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The Canon EOS 1D X was announced in October 2011, but didn’t start shipping in any quantity until July/August 2012.

Before it’s announcement I was maintaining pages devoted to both 1Ds3 and 1D mk4 replacements, but according to Canon, the 1D X is the successor to both.

  • 18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • Up to 12fps and 14fps shooting
  • 100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800
  • 61 point AF system
  • Full HD 1080p EOS movie
  • Ethernet port

On this page I’ve collected links to technical information, full specifications, articles and reviews that are related to the 1D X and its performance.

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canon 1Dx

The 1D4 and 1Ds3 replacement

dual cf sockets
Review/preview info

> signifies new info

  • Jay Goodrich gets to try out a 1D X [JG]
  • Sample images appear at Canon
  • AF at f/8 – interesting article showing how a third party x1.4 TC works on the 800/5.6 [BAA].
  • Review at FM

1Dx latest

2016 November

14th Firmware V2.0.9

  • Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to “Enable”, correction will not be applied.


2nd The 1D X mk2 is launched.

2015 September

16th Firmware finally appears:V2.0.8

Fixes a phenomenon which occurs when the “Shutter button half-press” menu item, configured in “C.Fn5: Operation” > “Custom Controls Menu”, is set to metering start only; depending on when the shutter button is half-pressed, it may initiate AutoFocus.


14th Firmware 2.0.8 is seen on a camera, but no details of what changed from V2.0.8 (via Canon Rumors)

2015 January

29th New firmware V2.0.7
– Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
– Fixes a phenomenon in which, when shooting long exposures (several minutes), vertical lines appear on the right edge of captured images (still photos).
– Fixes a phenomenon in which the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may not perform as intended when in continuous shooting mode and where the shutter speed is longer than 1 second.
– Improves the reliability of the control mechanism for the Picture Style Auto setting.
– Fixes a phenomenon in which the electronic level indicator does not work correctly.
– Fixes a phenomenon in which, when using the “Save and read camera settings” function, the color space data that is selected in “Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)” is not saved.
– Corrects some incorrect indications on the “English” and “Russian” menu screens.

2014 May

2nd Canon update the guide to AF for the 1D X


4th There have been mutterings about low temperture AF issues with the 1D X for a while, but it seems that there is an internal service advisory from Canon that explains the problem for the 1D X and 1D C
There is a part in the mirror box that can malfunction at low temperture.
Any camera made in the last year or so should be OK, but check the full details at [CR]


23rd Canon US info about the new firmware, includes PDF guide.


10th A guide to the new 1D X firmware is available [CPN]
9th The new firmware (V2.0.3) is available [Canon]

1 Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
2 The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
3 The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
4 Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
5 The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
6 A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
7 A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
8 A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
9 New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
10 The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
11 A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
12 A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.

Firmware Version 2.0.3 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.2.4 or earlier. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to Version 2.0.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.2 through 1.2.4).
It is recommended that the latest application software be used, once the EOS-1D X is updated to the new Firmware Version 2.0.3 from older firmware (Versions 1.0.2 through 1.2.4). Certain previous versions of these applications do not support functions which are added by the new firmware. You can download the latest application software from our Web site.
Accompanying the enhancements to the functions, the instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.

2013 October

23rd New firmware is on its way for the 1D X and 1D C [Press info]
Canon Firmware Upgrades for the EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cameras Deliver Improved Creative Control and Convenience
Firmware Version 2 for the EOS-1D X is Based on Extensive User Input and Provides More Efficient Autofocus Performance in Low Light, Custom Controls, and Improved User-Programmed Functionality

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 22, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announces improvements in the functionality and convenient operation of the EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera and the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera through new firmware scheduled to be available starting in January 2014 and November 2013, respectively. Firmware enhancements for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera are designed to provide photographers with greater creative freedom and speed, especially in sectors such as sports, wedding, nature/wildlife, and journalism, which often contain rapidly changing action, sometimes in low-light environments. Service enhancements for the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera improve lens performance, lens status display, metadata storage, and audio recording.

“Canon constantly strives to provide our customers with advanced and innovative technology in our products,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We understand the daily life of photographers, we listen closely to what they have to say, and we use their feedback in our constant efforts to improve existing products and develop new ones. The latest Canon firmware for the flagship EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera provides better automation to help photographers fine-tune how the camera operates moment-by-moment so users can concentrate on creativity and success. Filmmakers have also requested improved functionality for the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera, and its new update delivers.”

Improved Operability for the EOS-1D X

Developed as the ultimate Canon EOS camera, the EOS-1D X Digital SLR is designed with foresight that enables its performance to be periodically improved with new firmware upgrades, helping to ensure maximum long-term value for owners and users of the camera. These improvements are engineered to support and advance the evolving creative needs and business imperatives of professional photographers and committed high-end amateurs. The features provided by firmware version 2 are designed for more efficient automation that takes the task of changing settings away from the “heat of the moment” and enables photographers to concentrate on creativity and obtaining valuable shots. Firmware version 2 upgrades and operability additions include a total of 10 features that are now new or improved:

• AF Performance with Moving Subjects – For greater creative control, additional parameters have been added to AI Servo 2nd Image Priority, enabling users to adjust these settings for more accurate AF performance according to the situation at hand. Photographers can fine-tune the balance between prioritizing focus versus the framing rate for the second and subsequent shots in a burst.

• Enhanced AI Servo AF Performance in Low Light Conditions – The AI Servo focusing algorithm has been improved to allow more time for light sampling during AF activation prior to shutter release, enhancing AF performance in low-light situations. Additionally, initial AF control is now based on the new “+2 focus priority” setting of AI Servo 2nd Image Priority, which has higher distance measurement capabilities under low-light conditions. Upon full depression of the shutter button, settings from AI Servo 1st Image Priority take over and then settings from AI Servo 2nd Image Priority are applied on any subsequent images in the burst. This increases the probability that the first image in a burst sequence will be as sharp as possible.

• Improved Acceleration/Deceleration Tracking Parameters – To improve tracking performance of fast-moving subjects that fill the frame, additional parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in AI Servo AF have been added to provide photographers with more precise control when photographing rapidly moving subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly or unexpectedly. In response to feedback from professional photographers, these new settings have been added to handle larger differences in speed (i.e., the rate of change in image magnification) compared to the previous firmware.

• Selection of Initial AF Point While Shooting in 61-Point Auto Selection AF – This new option in the AF Menu provides more continuity when switching to 61-Point Auto Selection AF from any other AF Point Selection mode. The option maintains the AF point selected from the previous Selection mode as a starting point for 61-Point Auto Selection AF. It also maintains the ability to change to a pre-programmed AF point when changing the Selection mode. This time-saving option is designed to help eliminate the need to stop and think, and helps photographers to customize their individual shooting style.

• AF Point Switching According to Camera Orientation – In addition to programming the EOS-1D X camera to automatically switch to a different AF point and area selection mode based on camera orientation, firmware version 2 adds the option of programming only the AF point according to camera orientation (horizontal, grip up and grip down). This new ability to select up to three different AF points according to camera orientation allows for greater customization of the camera to specific shooting styles.

• Expanded Minimum Shutter Speed in Auto ISO – In response to user feedback, this improved functionality in Auto ISO enables photographers to select a minimum shutter speed as high as 1/8000th of a second to freeze moving subjects.
Exposure Compensation in Auto ISO with Manual Mode Set – This new function enables photographers to manually set a desired shutter speed and aperture, use Auto ISO to control the exposure, and use Exposure Compensation to adjust the exposure for challenging lighting conditions (e.g., a very dark or very bright background). This new function can be activated through the Quick Control Dial or by using the Main Dial while pressing the SET button.

• Toggling Between Alternate Camera Settings – EOS-1D X camera users can now toggle between three groups of camera settings instantly by pressing the shutter button, AE Lock button [*] or the AF-ON button. Selectable settings that can now be assigned to the AE Lock and AF-ON buttons via Custom Controls include:
Currently selected AF point vs. pre-registered AF point
AI Servo AF configuration sets (Case 1 through Case 6)
One-Shot AF vs. AI Servo AF
Currently selected drive mode vs. 14 fps Super High Speed drive mode
With these new options, photographers can reconfigure their EOS-1D X camera on the fly, while keeping their eye on the viewfinder to maintain concentration on the shot they are trying to get. For example, the camera could be set up for One-Shot AF and single shot drive mode on the shutter button, AI Servo AF in Case 1 with high-speed continuous drive mode on the AE Lock button, and AI Servo AF in Case 4 with super-high-speed 14 fps continuous drive mode on the AF-ON button.

• Same Exposure for New Aperture in Manual Mode – This new firmware feature provides users with the ability to maintain consistent exposure levels in Manual mode when the aperture changes, for example when a photographer shoots at maximum aperture with a variable-aperture lens (such as the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto zoom) or when using a lens equipped with built-in extender (such as the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X). The feature gives users the option to have the camera adjust the shutter speed or the ISO to compensate for the aperture change.

• Display Protected Images Only – Users can now page through protected images only via an option on the main dial. This feature already exists with rated images, and is an expansion of that capability.

Enhancements for the EOS-1D C

A versatile, self-contained 4K cinema camera as well as a robust still photography camera, the Canon EOS-1D C will also benefit from a new service update that further enhances the performance of this unique imaging device.
EF Lens Communication – The new service update for the EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera will enable Canon EF-mount Cinema lenses to store lens metadata in the video recorded by the camera. Furthermore, Canon EF-mount Cinema lenses will be supported by Peripheral Illumination and Chromatic Aberration Correction functions, helping to improve overall image quality [1].
Audio Recording – In response to user requests, audio on the EOS-1D C camera has also been enhanced. Currently audio recording is limited to a MIC input, but the forthcoming service update will permit selection of LINE or MIC input, allowing use of a wider variety of external audio sources.

New Firmware Release Schedules and Installation Procedures

Firmware version 2 for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be posted on the Canon U.S.A. website in January 2014. Users will be able to download and install the new firmware on their own, or have it installed by an authorized Canon Factory Service Center. For more information please visit:

The update for the Canon EOS-1D C Digital SLR Cinema camera is scheduled to be available November 2013, and will be installed at no charge as a service upgrade that requires the camera to be sent to an authorized Canon Factory Service Center. For more information please visit:


18th Product advisory from Canon. [full details]
Affected Products
EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera
In some units of the models listed below, there is a possibility that the following phenomena may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism.
1. AF searches but does not lock in on the subject.
(Caused by minute particles produced by wear mentioned above.)
2. The image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”.
(Occurs if wear progresses.)
Potentially Affected Products
1. EOS-1D X: If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, “5”, “6” or “7”, the phenomena described above may occur.
2. EOS-1D C: If the sixth digit of the serial number is “1”, the phenomena described above may occur.
NOTE: If the camera’s battery compartment contains one of the markings illustrated below, the camera is NOT affected by the
phenomena described above even if the sixth digit of the serial number is one of the numbers mentioned above.

battery compartment marks

7th New firmware for the 1D X available from Canon
Firmware Version 1.2.4 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes:

Improves the speed of the camera’s acquisition of focus when using a Canon Speedlite’s AF-assist beam.
Reduces the time it takes to display the metering result on the LCD or Viewfinder when the meter has been activated.
Fixes a phenomenon in which a ‘Caution 02’ message is unnecessarily recorded in the camera status log.
Fixes a phenomenon in which continuous shooting pauses when using a Canon Speedlite.
Fixes a phenomenon*, when the GP-E1 is attached, which causes the GPS device settings to be reset to default when the camera has been powered off.

* This phenomenon occurs only with firmware Version 1.2.1.
* After changing the GPS device settings, please be sure to power off the camera before removing the battery. This will ensure that the camera’s GPS device settings will be saved.


20th Product advisory from Canon
Affected Products: EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera, EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

Depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite’s AF Assist Beam.
Canon are developing a solution to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X and plan to release a firmware update based on following estimated schedule:

EOS 5D Mark III: (estimated) Late April, 2013
EOS-1D X: (estimated) Late May, 2013

1st New Firmware is now available from Canon V1.2.1


22nd Canon will soon be releasing Firmware 1.2.1

“This firmware update is to improve operational function in response from several professional
photographers that the Image Selection button was pressed without realizing and the image size had been changed. Also, this firmware incorporates quality issue fixes that have been reported from the market.
1. Details of Functional Improvements and Fixes
1-1. The function to disable the Image Size selection button is added.
1-2. Fixes Err 70 and Err 80 which may occur depending on the camera settings, shooting scenes, or the timing of releases. Also, some complained camera freeze when Err 80 occurred.
The above mentioned (1-2) phenomenon occur in very rare instances. In addition with the firmware update for 1-1, the fixes for these phenomena have been incorporated.
a) Err 70
In customization of operational buttons, there were errors in operational program for the exposure level display in the viewfinder when the Main Dial is set to change the aperture value in Manual mode, and may cause Err 70.
b) Err 80
Err 80 may occur depending on the distance to the subject, shooting scenes, or the timing of metering.
This phenomenon occurs in very rare instances due to the error in operational program for metering when shooting a subject at a distance with telephoto lenses with focal lengths of 300 mm or 400 mm”

15th ePhotozine review

2012 December

4th It seems that some 1DX cameras need the firmware v1.1.1 re-applying for f/8 AF to work
Canon Service info:

Firmware Ver. 1.1.1 enabled the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. On some of the cameras with firmware Ver. 1.1.1, auto-focusing does not function at f/8 aperture. This phenomenon does not occur with a camera which firmware has been updated by a user, or by Canon service center.

Affected Product

Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Cameras with the sixth digit from the left in the body number (serial number) is 4 or 5 are affected. Example: Body No. xxxxx4xxxxxx or xxxxx5xxxxxx


31st The full DxOMark tests are out, and whilst it does well, the figures don’t suggest I should change my decision to stick with the 1Ds3 (for the kinds of work I do)
19th Information page about firmware 1.1.1 Canon
18th Seems that when we were told that AF at F/8 was a firmware thing, it was right. Firmware V1.1.1 updates several 1D X features
Canon EOS-1D X Firmware v1.1.1 – new features:

• Auto focus with f/8
• Illuminated AF points and viewfinder information in AI Servo AF mode

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware v1.1.1– fixes:

• Corrects a phenomenon where the metering value of the AE sensor becomes abnormal, affecting the final image
• Corrects a phenomenon where Error 70 may occur during AEB shooting
• Corrects a phenomenon where the firmware of the lenses cannot be updated normally
• Minor corrections to Arabic menu

Full press release
11th Seems that unofficial DxOMark scores are out for the 1D X [CR]


22nd Interesting comparison between 5D3 and 1D X colour noise at 25600 ISO [CR]
5th Yes, you -can- get AF at f/8 – interesting article showing how a third party x1.4 TC works on the 800/5.6 [BAA].


31st Review at FM
Canon is extending the warranty in Europe for ‘Pro’ cameras (EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS C100, EOS C300, EOS C300 PL, EOS C500 and EOS C500 PL) – camera must be purchased in Europe
See Canon for more details [PDF].
30th Canon 1D X tutorials at Canon US – a reminder that you can download them to the camera.
28th New Firmware 1.0.6 [Canon US update link]
Firmware Version 1.0.6 incorporates the following fixes.

Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF Microadjustment cannot be correctly carried out.
Fixes a phenomenon such that when using the camera with combinations of certain lens *1) and extender *2) the images captured become back-focused.
*1) EF 70-200m f/2.8L IS II USM or EF200mm f/2L IS USM
When used with
*2) Extender EF 1.4x III or Extender EF 2x III
Fixes a phenomenon in which, when the camera is powered on in very dark environments (including instances when the lens cap or the body cap is attached), Error 80 appears on the camera.
Fixes the following phenomenon: if two CF cards are inserted into the camera and the \”Standard\” or \”Auto switch card\” settings is selected for the recording method for [Record func+card/folder sel.], and then one of the CF cards is removed and then reinserted into the card slot, the card selected for recording and playing back images may be switched to the other CF Card.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the AF microadjustment value is not correctly displayed in the EXIF information of the images captured.
Displays a \”O\” or \”X\” result to indicate whether images have been successfully transferred through the FTP protocol when using the FTP protocol when using the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter.
* The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.

23rd PB tries out the 1D X for video, and is impressed.
19th Intermittent stock at
6th Andy Rouse gives the 1DX a good try out
2nd A 1Dx ireview at TDP


22nd A comparison of 1Dx with D4 by two wedding photographers Xero
A 1D X is seen in a shop window in northern Spain…
17th More praise from Scott Bourne
16th New reviews/previews added above
12th 1D X usage – video tutorials from Canon
5th Robotic 1D X for the Olympics [Reuters]
2nd US/Canada deliveries, in small numbers [CR]


28th Review at Am Phot. [AP]
I’ve written up a short article covering why, despite it being a great camera, I’ve just cancelled my 1D X order – I’d really welcome people’s thoughts?
27th A short review from Martin Bailey in Tokyo [MB]

If anyone sees a review that doesn’t concentrate on AF and high ISO, please let me know?

26th High ISO raw samples. [C5D]
25th More cameras turning up, although in small numbers
– In the UK it seems that you need Olympic connections ;-)
We’re told though that late June/Early July is still the date Canon are giving for dealer shipments here in the UK.
23rd Underwater sports shots with a 1Dx [RG]
It seems that a few cameras are starting to ship in Singapore and a few other locations in the far east [CS].

No direct info here in the UK, but with no sporting connections I’m not thinking I’m likely to pick one up for a while yet ;-)

18th A few sample shots with a 500/4 [C5D]
13th A few cameras to appear in Japan, in time for a June 20th release date – don’t hold your breath for cameras turning up in any quantitiy, any time soon…
12th 1D X manual available for download [PDF]
More delivery hints [IR] – AF guidebook updated too.
9th In Canada, there are going to be a very few cameras arriving in July [CR] Looks as of many people will wait until at least September…
In the UK I was invited to an event next week to try one out, but unfortunately I’m overseas for a few days, so couldn’t go. I should note that it was very much aimed at sports shooters – with the new long lenses in attendance (I’d have gone, but probably taken my own TS-E lenses… As I’ve mentioned before, whizzy AF counts for precious little in my day to day work ;-)
7th A ‘review’ at Amateur Photographer magazine (UK) [AP] – but wait, you need to buy the magazine, and it’s not out till the 19th

Seems to think deliveries will be in mid June and gets ‘90%’ in the spurious ratings system beloved by so many magazines ;-)

1st A whole box of 1D X cameras, but all pre-release, no web photos allowed, and the cameras to be returned when the real ones ship [CS]

Talking of the 1D X, I heard of someone asking Canon if the 1D X mk2 would ship first… ;-)


31st There are suggestions that the 1D X may be further delayed [CR]
26th The 1D X is sighted in use at the PGA (golf) in Wentworth (UK)
24th More signs of limited 1D X availability [CR] ties in with what we heard in the UK a couple of weeks ago.
23rd Don’t forget the 1D X AF Settings guidebook – Canon US (mentioned below in April – updated link)
16th A US dealer sourced comment suggests the start of July for the 1D X. My own feeling is that we’ll see more new Canon cameras, before anyone gets a sight of a 1D X.

A personal view…

OK Canon, since when was a 8-9 month announcement to ship date ever considered good and honourable behaviour towards your valued customers? Was it only because you knew the D4 and D800 were coming and wanted to staunch a possible surge of people jumping ship? Is that too cynical a view?

As it stands, my 2007 1Ds3 is lasting well, but it would be nice to know that if it fell off a cliff, you were able to supply something to replace it with…

The last official word I heard was a UK press release (27th Feb) saying that the 1D X would ship at the end of April [2012]. (updated again in April)

10th We’re told that there are copies of the new 500 and 600 (and 1D X) with a big UK sports news organisation, and that they are being tested at UK football matches and in the Olympic rehearsal events.

Both subjects I know almost nothing about. Anyone seen anything?


28th Jay Goodrich gets to try out a 1D X [JG]
12th Official news from Canon UK :-(

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of an updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens, due to a delay to the start of mass production. The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012, and the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens from early-July. 

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to customers. 

10th ‘Cameras by the end of April’ is still the word for the 1D X – mind you, none of the dealers I’ve spoken too have had this actually confirmed (or denied) by Canon. At CR there are more comments that it will be pushed back…

When the 1D X was announced, I’d thought I might get to use one for an upcoming exhibition of some of my local architectural work, nope, all done on the 1Ds3, which still gives sterling service… ;-)

4th Canon have a 1D X AF Settings guidebook available [Canon US] – relevant for much of the 5D3 AF system too.
2nd In the UK, Canon have still not given any delivery estimates to dealers for this camera. The end of April is still the ‘officially suggested’ date from Canon, although at CR there are comments that it will be pushed back to June.


17th are accepting pre-orders – for end of April.
14th B&H are now accepting preorders for end of April delivery
11th News is a bit thin here, since I’m on holiday for a bit :-)
…but I see that there is a ‘1D X shoots F1’ article at Canon CPN


28th Some more specifications for the 1D X
Video card data rates for the 1Dx
Canon projects the EOS-1D X’s typical video data rates to be:

1080p, all fps, IPB compression: 235MB/minute
1080p, all fps, ALL-I compression: 685MB/minute
720p, all fps, IPB compression: 205MB/minute
720p, all fps, ALL-I compression: 610MB/minute
640 x 480, all fps, IPB compression: 45MB/minute

Canon recommends a CompactFlash card with a 10MB/s minimum sustained write speed capability for capturing IPB-compression video. For All-I, 30MB/s. The same values are recommended for read speeds, to enable video to play back without interruption in the camera.
Burst depth at ISO 100, the EOS-1D X will shoot 100 full-resolution JPEG, 35 CR2 or 17 JPEG+CR2 frames in a continuous burst to a UDMA Mode 7-capable CompactFlash card.
I also forgot to include the price in yesterday’s info

“The EOS-1D X is available from end of April 2012, priced at £5,299.00/€6,299.00 RRP incl. VAT. “

27th Canon UK press info:

“United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 27th February 2012 – Canon today announces that its next-generation, flagship professional Digital SLR, the EOS-1D X, will be available to buy from the end of April 2012.”

Canon‘s Japanese web site has some additional info (previously TBA):

Available late April 2012

Weight 1340 gm

Possible Number of Shots (CIPA Camera & Imaging Products Association standards):

View Finder shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 1120 shots

View Finder shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 860 shots

Live View shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 290 shots

Live View shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 250 shots

22nd Some suggestions that the 1DX will be delayed until April/May (heard at the WPPI show currently on in Vegas)– I’ll ask around again…
13th Some detailed comments from Ron Martinson [RM], but still no pictures.
7th 1DX sample images appear at Canon – only a few JPEGs as yet though
4th A report suggests that the f/8 focus issue is being addressed?[NU]


30th It may not be long till we finally get to see some 1D X sample images, and in some parts of the world, Canon is contacting CPS platinum members offering advance orders [CR]
A Canon article explains more about the multi-exposure mode whilst another publishes a Canon 1D X technical report
15th A [rumoured only] suggestion that there are battery related concerns in 1D X development, but that end of March launch date is still on [CR]
8th I’ve a rough comparison of -published- specs for the D4 and 1D X below.
7th We’ve been told that many of the discussed limitations of the 1DX are amenable to firmware updates, although it was pointed out that no-one has been able to publically test a 1D X yet, so what turns up in March should be the basis for discussion. (From one of our long time ‘rumours contributors’ BTW)
6th Canon article about customising the 1D X [Canon]
1st I’m assured that Canon are really keen to make that end of March shipping date – even if only a few cameras. Meanwhile a suitably blurry youtube video is doing the rounds again, giving a supposed glimpse of high ISO performance (but note the date – this is an early development model camera).

2011 December

15th Canon article about 1D X mechanics [Canon]
2nd Canon article about 1D X metering [Canon]


30th Japanese interview with 1D X developers [DCW , Google xlt]
14th Canon sets the price for the 1D X at C$7000 in Canada [RG]
10th Canon article about the 1D X AF system [Canon]


30th More comments [PD]
29th More about the 1D X [PB] See also DPR, and EPZ

You may feel that the definition os ‘hands on’ is getting a little loose these days ;-)

1D X lens mountInteresting comments as to how 18 can be more than 21 at [AP– Hmm, we shall see

“‘We have designed the Canon CMOS sensor for the EOS 1DX so that it is much thinner than before and so that the photodiodes are closer to the surface of the sensor. This way the pixels collect more light and produce a better, clearer, signal. 

‘With less noise, and our new improved processing algorithms, the camera is able to reproduce more detail. While using MFT is perhaps not the best way to measure the resolution of the camera, if you did use this method the results for the EOS-1 DX and EOS-1 Ds Mark III would be very similar.’ “

27th Discussion of 1D X video performance [P5D] and more details of the camera [PB]
26th More observations from the London show [TR]
25th I was unable to get to London today, but here are some comments from Chris Miller on G+ after a brief go with the 1D X.
21st Concerns over the loss of f/8 AF capabilities [BPN]
20th Sensor tech info at ISW
18th 1Dx is announced. This is a replacement for the 1D4 and 1Ds3

Pre release rumours below


This new page is being updated as we find more info

Product Specification
Type 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 18.10 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 19.3 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed with fluorine coating
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type Dual “DIGIC 5+”
Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
Type TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8
The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF Working Range EV -2 – 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (61, 41 cross type only, 15 or 9 points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder
Predictive AF Yes, up to 8m
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam Emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
AF Microadjustment AF Menu
+/- 20 steps ( wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number
Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 252 zone from 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF point)
(2) Partial metering
(3) Spot metering:
Center spot metering
AF point-linked spot metering
Multi/Spot metering (Max 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in P, TV and AV modes.
Exposure Compensation ‘+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB 2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* Auto (100-51200), 100-51200 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1 102400, H2 204800
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments) + Bulb (Shutter speed range available varies according to shooting mode)
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 5 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing ‘+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.76x
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (12 types, optional). Standard Focusing Screen Ec-CV
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light, AF status indicator
Exposure information: Metering mode, shooting mode, AE lock, shutter speed, aperture,
exposure compensation, ISO speed (always displayed), exposure level,
exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level
Image information: White balance correction, highlight-tone priority (D+), maximum burst
(2-digit display), CF card information, JPEG/RAW indicator, battery check icon.
Composition information
Grid, electronic level
Depth of Field Preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece Shutter Built in
Type 8.11cm (3.2″) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) Approx. 170°
Coating Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options (1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync 1/250sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash Exposure Compensation ‘+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal Yes/ Yes
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control via camera menu screen
Modes Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Distortion correction
Resize to M1, M2 or S
RAW image processing – during image Playback only
Multiple exposure
Drive Modes Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), Silent single shooting
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 12fps. (speed maintained for up to TBA images (JPEG) or TBA images (RAW) (with UDMA card), 14fps with mirror locked up and exposure and AF locked on first frame
Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios
Still Image Type JPEG: 10 compression options (Exif 2.3 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, sRAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image Size JPEG: (L) 5184×3456, (M1) 4608×3072, (M2) 3456×2304, (S1) 2592×1728,
RAW: (RAW) 5184×3456 (M-RAW) 3888×2592, (S-RAW)2592×1728
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264 Intra frame / inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM)
Movie Size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Custom Functions 31 Custom Functions with 99 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust Resistance Yes
Sound Memo Up to 30sec per image – 48Khz or 8Khz
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x – 10x, Pixel level magnification
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
(6) Movie edit
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Data Verification data not available
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x4)
(2) AF Menu (x5)
(3) Playback menu (x3)
(4) Setup menu (x4)
(5) Custom Functions menu (x7)
(6) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal), HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), Extension system terminal (for WFT-E6/GP-E1), External microphone (Stereo mini jack), RJ-45(gigabyte ethernet)
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
Type 2x CompactFlash Type I/II (incompatible with Microdrive) (UDMA 7 compatible)
PC & Macintosh Windows XP (SP2/SP3) / Vista inc SP1 (excl. Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.4-10.6
Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory
Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E4N (supplied), 1xCR2025 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. TBA (at 23°C)
Approx. TBA (at 0°C)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30mins or Off.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4, Battery charger LC-E4N, Car Battery charger cable CG-570 (use with LC-E4N)
Body Materials Magnesium Alloy body covers
Operating Environment 0 – 45 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 158 x 163.6x 82.7mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. TBA
Viewfinder Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Focusing Screens Ec, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6
Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2,)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
Other Hand Strap E2, GP-E1 GPS reciever
Magnification with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
Continuous Shooting Based on Canon’s testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
With Battery strength 50% or higher
Battery Life Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
*Recommended Exposure Index
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.

top view of 1D X

Firmware 1.1.1 press info

United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, 18th October 2012 – Canon today announces a new firmware update for its acclaimed EOS-1D X professional digital SLR is now available, offering new functionality and improved performance to professional photographers. Developed in response to direct feedback from photographers around the world, Firmware v1.1.1 improves the scope and performance of the AF function and introduces minor fixes to offer professional photographers the ability to capture stunning images more easily in all conditions.

New functionality; enhanced performance

During AI Servo AF shooting in low light, viewfinder information is now illuminated, with the AF points blinking intermittently in red, allowing them to be easily confirmed whilst shooting, without affecting the metering of the scene.

Getting closer to the action is also even easier, with the firmware update allowing photographers to use extenders to increase the focal length of their super telephoto lenses, whilst maintaining the use of AF to capture a crisp, clear shot. Enabling the utilisation of telephoto zoom L series lenses plus extender, the centre AF point (one cross-type with four supporting points) can now be used to auto focus at a maximum aperture of f/8.

The firmware update v 1.1.1 is released for cameras with current firmware up to v 1.0.6. Firmware update v 1.1.1 is available to download now from:

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware v1.1.1 – new features:

• Auto focus with f/8
• Illuminated AF points and viewfinder information in AI Servo AF mode

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware v1.1.1– fixes:

• Corrects a phenomenon where the metering value of the AE sensor becomes abnormal, affecting the final image
• Corrects a phenomenon where Error 70 may occur during AEB shooting
• Corrects a phenomenon where the firmware of the lenses cannot be updated normally
• Minor corrections to Arabic menu

US Canon info

Changes: Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

1. Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8 (f/5.6 without the firmware update).
* Please see the “Lenses and Usable AF points” section of the revised instruction manual for more detail on the lens & camera combinations.
2. Displays the viewfinder information (such as the AF frames, grid, etc.) in red during autofocusing in AI Servo AF.
* When shooting in dark environments during AI Servo AF, the AF points can be easily confirmed.
* During AI Servo AF, the viewfinder will be lit intermittently, not continuously.
3. Corrects a phenomenon in which the metering value of the AE sensor becomes incorrect and the captured images become pitch-black depending on the timing of lens attachment and/or detachment.
4. Fixes a phenomenon in which Err 70 may occur during AEB shooting.
5. Corrects errors in the Arabic menu.
6. Fixes a phenomenon in which the firmware of the lenses cannot be updated normally.

The instruction manual has been revised consistent with the changes outlined in items 1 and 2 listed above. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.

Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.6. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

* The firmware update takes approximately seven minutes.

Download from: Canon US

UK Press info
Performance redefined – Canon unlocks new possibilities for professional photographers with the EOS-1D XUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 18th October 2011 – Canon today announces the arrival of the EOS-1D X – its next generation professional Digital SLR (DSLR). Offering an unparalleled combination of speed, resolution and image quality, the EOS-1D X is the ultimate camera for capturing stunning images and Full HD movies. Whether shooting in the studio, the sports field, or anywhere in between, this model is ideal for virtually any professional photographer. The new model launches as the flagship in Canon’s DSLR line up – marking the 10th generation of Canon’s professional system with the most advanced EOS model ever produced.

The culmination of 40 years’ experience in developing professional cameras, the EOS-1D X represents a new era for the EOS system and supersedes both the
EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III. Combining a new 18.1MP full-frame sensor, a redesigned autofocus (AF) system and powerful new metering technology with new dual “DIGIC 5+” processors, this camera has been designed to offer unparalleled usability and image quality – ensuring any scene is captured with greater accuracy and speed than ever before.

“The EOS-1D X is the ultimate camera for all types of photographer” said Kieran Magee, Professional Marketing Director, Canon Europe. “Professionals often shoot in fast-paced, high pressure situations, and the EOS-1D X provides the features and performance they need. We’ve carefully listened to the needs of professionals and created a versatile, powerful camera that will meet the requirements of more photographers than ever before.”

Setting new standards
The EOS-1D X offers a comprehensively-upgraded specification that’s packed with new technologies. A newly-developed full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor offers exceptional flexibility, allowing photographers to shoot a wider range of scenes and subjects in high resolution. Redesigned architecture offers an incredible ISO range of 100-51200, expandable up to 204800, while dual “DIGIC 5+” processors offer a 2-stop improvement in noise performance – making it easier to capture outstanding quality, low noise images, even in extreme low-light conditions.

The new 61-point wide-area autofocus system offers even greater sensitivity, delivering increased precision and speed. With 41 cross-type points, including five dual cross-type points, the camera’s AF system offers unsurpassed accuracy across the frame, while new AF pre-sets are specifically designed for shooting common challenging subjects – providing exceptional reliability in notoriously difficult shooting situations.

AF layout

The EOS-1D X also features a newly-designed RGB metering system, providing incredible levels of accuracy. A 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor is linked to the AF system and powered by its own dedicated DIGIC 4 processor, detecting faces and colour to ensure correct exposure levels and improved AF tracking, even when shooting the most challenging of scenes.

Extreme power
Powered by next-generation processing technology, the EOS-1D X is the first-ever camera to feature dual “DIGIC 5+” processors. Offering performance up to three times faster than standard DIGIC 5, each processor is designed to manage huge levels of image data while simultaneously reducing image noise. In combination with the sensor’s 16-channel read-out, the dual processors enable full-resolution continuous shooting up to 12fps with 14-bit A/D conversion and full camera operation – the fastest of any DSLR currently available (according to Canon research, correct as of September 2011). A super high-speed mode extends the shooting speed to 14fps (JPEG format only), while a new shutter and mirror mechanism reduces shutter lag and mirror bounce, delivering consistently high performance when shooting at high speed.

The film-maker’s DSLR
The EOS-1D X is ideal for all professionals who want to exploit the EOS system’s extensive selection of lenses and accessories – whether shooting stills or HD movies. Users can record Full HD (1920x1080p) movies from the full-frame sensor with a full range of manual settings to control exposure, focus and frame rate (1920 x 1080: 30 (29.97), 25, 24 (23.976) frames per second, 1280 x 720: 60 (59.94), 50 fps, 640 x 480: 30 (29.97), 25 fps), while sound levels can also be displayed and adjusted on the LCD screen, ensuring complete control over every aspect of a shoot.

Thanks to the power provided by the dual “DIGIC 5+” processors moiré artefacts are also reduced, while EOS Movie now offers longer recording options, automatically creating a new file once the 4GB file limit has been reached. A new intra frame video codec also maintains the highest possible video quality, limiting compression of image data so users retain increased levels of information for post-production editing.

Designed for professionals
The EOS-1D X offers a carefully revised version of the classic EOS-1 series design, with larger, more tactile buttons that make it easier for users to control settings – even in extreme conditions where gloves are required. Two multi-controllers and a touch-sensitive control wheel, for use in movie mode, make it easier to change settings, while a range of customisable function buttons allow users to set-up the camera to suit their individual needs by allowing shortcuts to the features and pre-sets they use most.

A 100% viewfinder makes framing each scene easy, while intelligent viewfinder functionality instantly adds a grid display when required. A large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen offers a 1040K-dot resolution, and the anti-reflective structure prevents light reflections or glare when viewing images in bright conditions. A hardened glass cover also provides resistance to knocks and scratches commonly picked up while shooting on the move.

The menu system also features a comprehensively redesigned user interface, incorporating Help functions to make camera operation faster, clearer and easier. Additionally, a new dedicated AF tab allows photographers to access and customise AF pre-sets for common shooting situations or subjects, allowing users to concentrate on capturing the moment without the need to constantly adjust camera settings.

Built to last
The EOS-1D X offers a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy that provides protection against both the elements and the knocks of everyday use. The latest implementation of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System also uses technology adopted from Canon lenses, using wave-based vibrations similar to that of Ultrasonic Motors to shake dust and dirt from the sensor even more effectively.

An enhanced shutter mechanism also provides extended durability, providing 400K shutter cycles so photographers can rely on their camera to meet the challenge of repeated, demanding shoots. The EOS-1D X also features Canon’s protective sealing around the controls and cover seams, making the camera dust and water-resistant when combined with Canon’s range of weather-resistant EF lenses – perfect for shooting in a range of weather conditions.

Enhanced connectivity also ensures photographers can send images to picture desks or studios quickly and securely. An integrated gigabit ethernet port provides a fast, reliable way to transfer images from on-location events or in a studio, without the need for an adaptor.

The EOS System – unrestricted creativity
As part of the award-winning EOS System, the EOS-1D X is compatible with the world’s largest selection of lenses, Speedlite EX flash units and an extensive range of accessories. The ideal upgrade for existing EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III users, it’s also compatible with numerous EOS accessories, allowing the new body to seamlessly join any existing EOS-1 series kitbag.

In addition, launching alongside the EOS-1D X is the new WFT-E6 – a new, compact WiFi transmitter designed for transferring images when a wired connection isn’t available. Supporting the 802.11n WiFi standard and offering Bluetooth support for connectivity to external GPS devices, the WFT-E6 offers secure transfer of images and video to an FTP server, or the ability to display content on a compatible screen over a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) connection.

gps attachment for 1D X

The EOS-1D X will also be compatible with a new GPS receiver – the GP-E1. Enabling users to add location information to EXIF data and geographically track the progress of travelling shoot, the GP-E1 is particularly useful for wildlife or location-based photographers who may need to record the location of a scene for future reference.

Canon EOS-1D X – key features
18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor
Up to 12fps and 14fps shooting
100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800
61 point AF system
100,000 pixel RGB AE metering with DIGIC 4
Full HD 1080p EOS movie
Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors
Clear View II 8.11 cm (3.2”) 1040K-dot LCD
Ethernet port

Australian press info
Autofocus (AF) continuous shooting at 12 fps (14 fps with mirror lock-up)Full-Frame 18.1MP CMOS sensor with large pixel size and gapless microlens technology

ISO range 100-51200 (L:50; H2: 204800) and low noise for high quality in all lighting conditions, including near-dark

FULL High Definition movie recording, video industry standards compliance (ALL-I, IPB)

Dual DiG!C 5+ image processors for high-speed processing and noise reduction

New AF system features 61 AF points (41 cross points) for precise focussing accuracy

Unique Auto Exposure (AE) metering uses RGB colour and face recognition for enhanced subject tracking

Canon Australia has today announced the new flagship model of the renowned EOS 1-series of digital SLR cameras for professional photographers: the Canon EOS-1D X. Superseding the EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III, the EOS-1D X is the ultimate tool for all professionals offering both exceptional image quality and unparalleled speed in one camera. Also announced today are the GP-E1 Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver for EOS, and the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter unit, enabling functions such as time synchronisation between cameras.

The EOS-1D X revolutionises the professional camera category, combining the world’s fastest shutter release and AF continuous shooting of 12 frames per second (fps); benchmark image quality of a new 18.1-megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor, ISO range of 100-51200 (L:50; H2: 204800), and an innovative new AF system; and Full HD movie recording and compliance with video industry standards.

“The EOS-1D X is a truly ground-breaking camera developed in response to requests from professional photographers for an all-round camera that combines both speed and image quality,” said Cathy Hattersley, Brand Manager – EOS Professional, Canon Australia. “The EOS-1D X is the ultimate all-rounder for professionals from sport, photojournalism and nature photography through to studio, fashion and wedding/portrait work, also offering the ability to capture Full HD movies and comply with video industry standards.”

“Also the new GPS receiver for EOS and the Wireless File Transmitter unit will extend the appeal of this camera for news agencies, police and security organisations due to the ability to effectively catalogue images and synchronise units for purposes such as 3D image creation.”

The EOS-1D X incorporates an all-new 35-mm Full-Frame CMOS sensor enabling both a large pixel size of 6.95 microns and 18.1-megapixel image resolution. Canon’s gapless microlens technology ensures that light is delivered more efficiently to the light diodes, while Dual DiG!C 5+ Imaging Processors ensure low noise and high-speed processing. Standard ISO settings of 100-51200 (expandable L: 50; H1: 102400; H2: 204800) contribute to achieving unparalleled low-light shooting possibilities – including near-dark situations – with low image noise.

The new flagship professional EOS enables image capture never before possible, delivering 12-fps continuous AF shooting. Super High Speed mode enables continuous shooting 14-fps with the mirror locked up, ideal for fixed-focus shooting and capturing motion trails. The EOS-1D X has also achieved the world’s fastest*1 shutter release lag – as short as just 36 milliseconds – to ensure instantaneous first response.

An all-new AF system delivers better subject tracking and precise focus accuracy than conventional systems. The new system features a 61 point AF sensor for wide, high-density coverage to enable photographers greater freedom to compose their shots as well as enhanced subject tracking. Up to 41 cross-type points (depending on lens used) means enhanced focus in situations such as subjects with stripes or in low-contrast situations.

In addition, Canon has developed a unique ‘intelligent’ AE system that employs an RGB AE sensor and a DiG!C 4 image processor dedicated to AE, which work together to allow subject recognition based on brightness, colour and facial features. Ensuring accurate tracking, this feature is ideal for sports such as tennis, speed skating, or soccer where subjects move erratically.

High precision is further enhanced by Smart AF Adjustment – a new semi-automatic feature that accurately adjusts camera and lens focus, and records the settings, to ensure that the setup is optimised for every combination of camera and lens. The feature will be ideal for situations, such as newspapers, where multiple camera and lens combinations are possible.

In response to user feedback, the new camera features a range of enhancements to operation buttons, controls and menu structures. These include consolidation of function-setting operations into the Menu for consistent location, with most-commonly used settings (centred on AF) elevated to higher hierarchical positions in the Menu for easy access. A new Camera Guidance feature provides a clear and concise explanation of individual settings when the Info button is pressed.

New buttons for direct touch control include a Live View/Viewfinder button, a Quick Control button to change settings using just the right hand and a Multi-Controller for easy AF point selection when shooting in the vertical position. Moreover, the front of the camera features Multi-Function buttons enabling users to assign customised functions such as Electronic Level Display or Registered AF for intuitive access without needing to take your eyes of the subject.

The EOS-1D X takes the renowned build quality of the EOS 1-series to the next level for even greater reliability under heavy shooting or extreme environmental conditions. To meet professional field requirements, shutter durability of 400,000 cycles combines with the lightweight, heavy-duty magnesium-alloy chassis and superior dust and moisture seals at 76 locations.

Internally, the camera features a new “carrier wave” type self-cleaning sensor unit, which effectively removes extremely light weight dust particles that may be visible near the minimum aperture (f/22 or higher). A new System Status Display also keeps users up to date with performance and service-related information such as shutter count.

Only Canon EOS offers Full HD (1920×1080: 24/25 fps) movie-making in a professional-grade DSLR camera, and the new EOS-1D X features refinements to enhance the quality and utility for professional purposes. Processing and CMOS sensor upgrades have enabled enhanced movie recording performance, including a reduction in moiré and false colour. Moreover, the camera achieves an expanded movie ISO range of 100-25600 (H:51200; H1:102400; H2:204800) for high sensitivity and exceptional low-light performance. Assisting continuity of shooting, the camera automatically segments files every 4GB of recorded content.

Enabling best quality editing results, the camera supports the ALL-I compression format, as well as high-quality, high-compression IPB format. Audio recording is manually adjustable both before and during shooting.

The launch today of a new compact Wireless File Transmitter unit WFT-E6 offers extended functionality for the EOS-1D X, including synchronised shooting with multiple camera units, remote control shooting, image review and download using an Internet browser, and high-speed Wi-Fi or Bluetooth file transfer.
Also launched today, the GPS receiver GP-E1 adds location and direction information to images during shooting for such uses organising news coverage and research. Bundled software enables tracking of shooting locations on a map.

The EOS-1D X will be available through Canon Professional Dealers from March 2012 (RRP: TBC). For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167
*1 Among mirror-drive cameras

US Press release

Canon 1D X Press ReleaseCanon U.S.A. Introduces The New Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera, Re-Designed From The Inside Out

Featuring a Completely New 61-Point Autofocus, Fast Shooting up to 12 fps, 18-Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Full HD Video Recording and Much More

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 18, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce a completely revolutionized EOS-1D series camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera.* As the new leader in Canon’s arsenal of professional DSLRs, the EOS-1D X will be a high-speed multimedia juggernaut replacing both the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV models in Canon’s lineup. Enhancing the revolutionary image quality of the EOS-1Ds and speed capabilities of the EOS-1D series, the EOS-1D X DSLR features an 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processors, 14-bit A/D data conversion and capable of shooting an incredible 12 frames-per-second (fps). Canon’s EOS DSLR cameras and accessories have a long-standing legacy of providing high-quality results to professionals in a wide range of markets, including sports, nature, cinematography, wedding and commercial studios. The addition of this new model will help take this tradition to a whole new level.

The EOS-1D X announcement comes on the heels of Canon’s recent manufacturing milestone with the production of the Company’s 50-millionth EOS-series SLR camera in September of 2011. Furthermore, Canon will achieve yet another milestone at the end of this month producing the 70-millionth EF lens.

“The EOS-1D X represents the re-invention of the EOS-1Ds and EOS-1D series, combining new proprietary Canon technologies with the culmination of customer feedback and requests from the field. We are proud to introduce this camera to the worldwide community of professional photographers and cinematographers with the features and capabilities they need to capture the great moments that display their talent,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Camera With Three Brains

The EOS-1D X features three DIGIC processors, including Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors capable of delivering approximately 17 times more processing speed than DIGIC 4, and a dedicated DIGIC 4 for metering and AF control. In conjunction with the newly developed high-performance 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor, the Dual DIGIC 5+ processors provide high-speed continuous shooting, lower noise, and a significant increase in data processing speed than previous EOS-1D models. This new level of data processing speed allows the EOS-1D X to perform many functions including chromatic aberration correction for various Canon EF lenses in-camera instead of through post-production software. The DIGIC 4 processor utilizes a new 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor for enhanced exposure accuracy with color and face detection, and works together with the camera’s new EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF.

The EOS-1D X employs a completely new imaging sensor, producing the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera to date for stunning portraiture and studio work. The new 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor utilizes large pixels – 1.25 microns larger than those in the EOS-1D Mark IV sensor and .55 microns larger than those in the EOS 5D Mark II sensor – together with gapless microlenses to achieve enhanced light gathering efficiency, higher sensitivity and less noise at the pixel level. The new sensor has improved on the already very high signal-to-noise ratio of sensor output of earlier EOS models for outstanding image quality, even in extremely low light. When combined with the Dual DIGIC 5+ imaging processors the results are stunning. The images produced with the EOS-1D X camera’s new sensor are so clean that files can easily be up-sized if necessary for even the most demanding high-resolution commercial applications. The EOS-1D X will also feature new Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC), Canon’s second generation self-cleaning sensor unit, which utilizes carrier wave technology to remove smaller dust particles from the sensor and it includes a new fluorine coating on the infrared absorption glass to help repel dust.

The low-light capability of the EOS-1D X is evident in its incredible ISO range and ability to photograph in extremely low-light conditions. Adjustable from ISO 100 to 51,200 within its standard range, the new model offers a low ISO 50 setting for studio and landscape photography and two high settings of 102,400 at H1 and 204,800 at H2, ideal for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.

New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

The EOS-1D X includes a brand new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, the most sophisticated DSLR AF system Canon has ever released. The 21 focusing points in the central area are standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, depending on the lens in use. The center five points are also high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures as small as f/2.8. All 61 points are sensitive to horizontal contrast with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6 and 20 of the outer focusing points function as cross-type points with maximum apertures as small as f/4.0. Other innovations of the new 61-point High Density Reticular AF include expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low light sensitivity, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. (See image below for AF point configuration)

All AF functions now have their own menu tab for quick and easy access (formerly AF custom functions in previous EOS models). A new AF Configuration Tool allows for customized setting of tracking sensitivity, the acceleration and deceleration of tracking subjects, and AF point auto switching, all of which are easily accessed and adjusted via the new AF menu tab. A built-in Feature Guide advises photographers on which settings to use according to subject matter.

Similar to the AF point selection options offered in the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera, the EOS-1D X offers six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection. (See image below AF point selection options.)

EOS iTR AF: Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Enhances AF Performance

The Canon EOS-1D X features incredible new EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF options ideal for wedding and event photography as well as sports and photojournalism. The default AF mode for the EOS-1D X uses phase detection AF information, while a new second option uses Face Detection technology to track recognized faces in addition to color information, ideal when shooting events such as tennis or dancing where facial recognition of the original subject will help keep that person in focus throughout the scene.

Exposure Control

For the first time in a Canon DSLR camera, a DIGIC processor is used exclusively with the metering sensor for fast, accurate exposure control. The Canon DIGIC 4 processor takes advantage of the EOS-1D X’s 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor and utilizes 252 zones for general metering or 35 zones for low-light metering to help ensure accurate evaluative ambient or flash exposure. The new subject recognition capabilities enhance nearly all of the camera’s automatic functions, helping to adjust exposure, autofocus, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Automatic Picture Style to the scene being captured for enhanced image quality.

Multiple Exposure Modes

The EOS-1D X is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature Multiple Exposure capability. The camera can combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for post-processing in a computer. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera’s LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS-1D X’s Multiple Exposure mode even allows photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image.

Super High Speed Mode

The Canon EOS-1D X camera breaks new ground in the world of digital SLRs, offering a Super High Speed Mode which increases shooting speeds up to 14 fps at full 18-megapixel resolution in JPEG modei. The new camera is also capable of shooting RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG at speeds up to 12 fps in One Shot AF or AI Servo AF for enhanced performance in sports photography and other applications requiring high-speed digital capture. This new level of performance is made possible by the combination of the EOS-1D X’s 16-channel readout CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors, and a completely new reflex mirror mechanism that has been engineered by Canon to combine high-performance with exceptional precision and reliability.

Enhanced EOS HD Video – New Compressions, Longer Recording

Centered around an all-new full-frame CMOS sensor with larger pixels than those found on the EOS 5D Mark II image sensor, the EOS-1D X utilizes new HD video formats to simplify and speed up post-production work. The two new compression formats offered on the EOS-1D X include intraframe (ALL-i ) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression, giving professionals the options they need for their ideal workflow. Answering the requests of cinematographers and filmmakers, the EOS-1D X includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing multiple cameras or separate sound recording to be synced together in post production.

Canon’s all new full-frame CMOS sensor ensures that video footage captured on the EOS-1D X will exhibit less moiré than any previous Canon model, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. A desired feature for many documentary filmmakers using Canon DSLRs was to enable recording beyond the four gigabyte (GB) file capacity and the EOS-1D X is the answer. The new camera features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB. The new file splitting function allows for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files; no frames are dropped and the multiple files can be seamlessly connected in post production, providing filmmakers the recording time they want in the same convenient DSLR form factor. The camera records Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards.

The Canon EOS-1D X also includes manual audio level control, adjustable both before and during movie recording, an automatic setting, or it can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input.

Enhanced Ergonomics & Optimized Design

Photographers familiar with Canon’s EOS 1D-series of cameras will notice the control configuration of the EOS-1D X takes a different approach to button placement. The re-designed exterior and ergonomic button configuration feels comfortable in your right hand, allowing seamless navigation through menu options.The Live View Button has been conveniently placed near the user’s thumb for one-touch switching between Live View and Viewfinder shooting. The Quick Control Button and menu navigation controls will allow users to change camera settings using only their right hand, for fast, simple one-handed control using their thumb on the scroll wheel. The new multi-controller is positioned by the right hand thumb when the camera is held for vertical shooting and enables the same level of control to camera operators when shooting vertically as they have when shooting horizontally. On the front of the camera are four user assignable function buttons, two for vertical shooting and two for horizontal shooting, allowing customizable button control when shooting in either position. The camera also features a level of weather resistance equivalent to earlier professional models such as the EOS-1D Mark IV.

Canon has answered the request of many professional EOS photographers and incorporated Dual Card Slots into the new EOS-1D X DSLR camera. The dual CF card slots will allow photographers to carry only one memory card format and still achieve instant image back-ups and enhanced storage capacity.

This camera also features a new shutter design with even greater durability and precision. Rated to 400,000 cycles, the new carbon fiber shutter blades are more lightweight and durable, allowing the EOS-1D X to achieve over 100,000 cycles more than the shutter of the EOS-1D Mark IV. A new shutter motion and new motor help further reduce vibration in the camera. The EOS-1D X also features an electronic first curtain, new to the EOS-1D series DSLRs, for minimal in-camera vibration during image capture.


For professional photographers who prefer a wired workflow and transfer system, Canon has included a built-in LAN connection in the EOS-1D X DSLR. The built-in LAN connection features a gigabit Ethernet Jack capable of 1000BASE-T transmission speeds, offering photographers a stable wired connection for ultra-fast data transmission. If the network were to go down, the camera will attempt to resend images until the files are sent. The EOS-1D X also features a direct image transfer function whereby images can be selected for transfer, and only sent once a LAN or USB connection is established.


Designed exclusively for the EOS-1D X, the new Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter* features wireless LAN support for 802.11n network transfer rates providing users with increased communication speed when compared to previous models. With this new dust and weather resistant model, professionals can synchronize clocks on multiple cameras and use the unit to support linked shooting when utilizing multiple cameras. In addition, Bluetooth-compatible equipment can be easily linked to the device as well.

The EOS-1D X also offers an optional Canon GP-E1 GPS Receiver*, which can be easily integrated into the camera’s body. Powered by the camera, this GPS receiver provides the same weatherproof resistance as the EOS-1D X, even at the connector. With an electronic compass on-board, the GP-E1 will log movement – latitude, longitude, elevation, and the Universal Time Code – and allow viewing of camera movement on a PC after shooting. The receiver will also record camera direction when shooting, even when shooting vertically.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera is scheduled for March 2012 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $6,800.00. The compact, lightweight WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter is scheduled to be available in March 2012 and have an estimated retail price of $600. Availability for the GP-E1 GPS receiver is expected in April 2012 with an estimated retail price of $300.

Pre- release info

2011 October

14th In what I’m genuinely surprised to see, it seems quite likely [CR] that the 1D and 1Ds lines are being amalgamated into a single camera…
-1D/1Ds follow on (no name yet)
-Full Frame 18MP, 12 fps, 61 AF Points
-New Battery, Available – March, Price unknown

Well, if true, it looks as if my bank account is safe for the time being, unless there is something pretty special about those 18MP ;-)

11th A lot more ‘One series’ rumours appearing

…nothing (IMHO) of much consequence though.

A ‘full frame’ 16-20MP 1D5 is suggested at CR, but what about the largely discontinued 1Ds3?

Is Canon really happy to have it’s flagship FF DSLR at less MP than the 5D2? I’m still inclined to look at the Canon DSLR timeline below for some hints as to what needs updating ;-)

6th An 18MP full frame 14fps 1D5 is suggested for release on the 18th [via 1k1]


17th Another specs lists appears at CR

Another one that puts APS-C crop pixels at 1/1.6 the FF value – doh!

8th Lots more somewhat variable specs lists appearing at CR.

I note that the creator of these particular specs hadn’t realised that pixel numbers for FF are around 2.6 times APS-C numbers for the same sensor design.

I’ve still had nothing seriously suggesting a 1Ds/1D merger at this time.

6th Some very detailed specs are published at CR.
It suggests that the 1D and 1Ds lines will be merged into a 1D Mark V.
The 1Ds line will be superceded by a more studio oriented camera with a new designation (When?)
Highlight specs: 32.2MP, Full frame (35mm), ISO to 102k, 9.1 FPS, Digic V (just the one…)

So, I wonder… How do you announce this and ‘sell’ it to current 1Ds3 or 1D4 users?

Nope, another wish list IMHO.


12th Another 1Dv/merger thread [CR]
Mid September release?

Nope, still don’t quite buy this one :-)

Do you try and sell it at the 1D price point or the 1Ds price point?


1st ‘End of APS-H’ 1Ds/1D merger stuff [CR]
See the timeline below for one of the best guides to what to expect and when ;-)


2nd At CR there are suggestions that the 1D/1Ds merger may be ‘sooner than expected’.

We’ve had no serious ‘unification’ rumours for several years, and indeed several suggesting that the differing needs of typical 1D and 1Ds series users meant that the two model approach was likely to continue for some time yet.


7th FF 1D mkV @28MP by the Autumn… [DPR]


13th Whilst we get a comment to expect the 1Ds4 announcement in ‘late Spring’, at CR they are suggesting a 1D5 to unify the 1D line, with the 5D3 moving ‘upmarket’.
12th Ever since the 1D Mk2n there are, a year or two into its life, suggestions of an ‘n’ variant of a camera.
This time a suggestion [CR] is that a ‘video free’ version would be produced to alleviate some problems with sports photographers and video rights at events.

Just how real this problem is with some of Canon’s big customers and whether it would ever be worth producing a ‘non-video’ version is unclear…

2010 December

16th There is a suggestion [CR] that a full frame 1D5 could appear next year. That would make the 1D4 rather short lived, although I’ve seen it suggested that the 1D4 was moved forward from an early 2010 release after the ‘focus issues’ with the 1D3.

Replacements for the 1D4, 1Ds3 and 5D2 next year would also make for a lot of announcements – perhaps enough to take some of the light of publicity off a Nikon D4?

11th The 1D4 is now well over a year old and there is still no sign of a 1Ds4. Whilst we’ve had several comments suggesting that the tight 1D/1Ds model coupling is to be broken with new models, there are no solid rumours yet.


3rd No sign of 1Ds4 yet, so a 36 month cycle – as before?

2010 February

22nd Some suggest the 1Ds4 is due tomorrow – putting the 1 series on a 30 month update, so Feb 2012 for the 21MP 1D5?

2009 October

21st There is a lot in the 1D4, with 16Mp, video and a new AF system, but some are already saying ‘is that it?’… [DPR]

Not a view I share personally…

20th It’s a 1D4, so time to return this page to obscurity for a few years? ;-)
19th Until we know the name of any new model – I’ll put updates on the 1D4 page
18th A report from the US (thanks) about a large dealer asking if someone wanted to be put on the 1DV waiting list.
How do you explain (excluding reasons of superstition) missing out 1D mark IV ? – Video. The camera will have to contain the best video performance in an EOS camera.
We know that Canon was genuinely surprised at just how well the 5D2 video features were taken up and has (so we were told) had several big re-arrangements of staff and organisational structures.

I’m personally waiting for the next 1Ds, but have long expected extremely good video in the updates to the 1 series. We’ve had comments (no details I’m afraid) about an expanded range of special video oriented accessories to be added to the 1D range – not long to wait and see :-)

Check the 1D Mk4 rumours page for our full rumour history for this camera.


11th Lots of people suggesting that there will be a Mark IV announced at the end of this month.
Quite a few still suggesting that the numbers will jump from four to five, however this assumes a reticence to use the number ‘4’ due to it’s ‘unlucky’ nature in some far eastern cultures.
Official Canon info tends to use terms like Mark III – Roman numerals, so a 1Dmk4 is not what you’ll see from Canon, but a 1D Mark IV might well be.

2009 July

20th We’re told from one of our sources to expect a 1D MkV – possibly skipping v4 to indicate a big jump
Yesterday a new comment we’ve received, said that the 1D4 will be 12fps/16MP and 1.3 crop, with better video than the 5D2.

Model Announced Effective pixels Sensor size Continuous High (JPEG) LCD monitor
EOS-1D Sep 2001 4.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.0 fps, 21 frames 2.0″
EOS-1Ds Sep 2002 11.1 mp Full frame 3.0 fps, 10 frames 2.0″
EOS-1D Mark II Jan 2004 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 40 frames 2.0″
EOS-1Ds Mark II Sep 2004 16.7 mp Full frame 4.0 fps, 32 images 2.0″
EOS-1D Mark II N Aug 2005 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 48 images 2.5″
EOS-1D Mark III Feb 2007 10.1 mp 1.3x crop 10.0 fps, 110 images 3.0″ (Live view)
EOS-1Ds Mark III Aug 2007 21.1 mp Full frame 5.0 fps, 56 images 3.0″ (Live view)

The original 1D Mk4

US Info (from Canon)

Offering a comprehensive combination of speed, accuracy and image quality, the EOS-1D Mark IV is the perfect choice for professional photographers and subjects on the move.

With a completely redesigned 45-point AF system including 39 cross-type points, a new AI Servo II AF focus tracking system with improved algorithm combined with 10 fps continuous shooting, the EOS-1D Mark IV can handle even high-speed situations with ease.

An APS-H sized 16.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, a spectacular ISO range of 100 – 12800 (up to 102400 in H3 mode) with an advanced noise reduction system helps ensure sharp, low-noise images even in low-light situations.

Add advanced Live View shooting, Full HD movie recording with selectable frame rates and manual exposure control plus a host of new features that enhance every facet of the shooting process.

The EOS-1D Mark IV is the choice of professionals looking for the ultimate in SLR performance.


New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support plus new AI Servo II AF with improved algorithm.

ISO 100 – 12800 (expandable to L: 50, H1: 25600, H2: 51200, H3: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light with low noise levels.

canon 1d4 front viewEOS HD movie with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 60p (59.94) / 50p).

16.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors for high image quality and speed.

10.0 fps continuous shooting up to 121 Large JPEGS or 28 RAW using a UDMA CF card.

3.0-inch ClearView II LCD monitor, 160° viewing angle, 920,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.

Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 300,000 cycles and exclusive dust- and weather-resistance.

Fully compatible with over 50 EF lenses and a wide range of EOS System accessories.

Professionally Proven, High-Speed AF.

New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support plus new AI Servo II AF with improved algorithm.

The EOS-1D Mark IV has a newly developed, high-precision Area AF sensor with 45 manually selectable points including 39 cross-type, high-precision AF points for exacting and fast focusing no matter the subject. New AI Servo II AF focus tracking features improved algorithms that help improve stability, reliability and focus no matter the situation.

Whether shooting a fast-paced soccer game or shooting a close-up of a bee on a wind-blown flower during macro photography, AI Servo II AF helps ensure sharp focus every time. AF point selection has been improved as well.

Photographers can select their own point through either the camera’s Multi-controller or Main Dial/Quick Control Dial. Automatic selection is as simple as the press of a button.

With Custom functions, photographers can select their own default focus point to automatically switch between horizontal and vertical shooting and can even choose to have primary focus supported by adjacent focus points for more accuracy with moving subjects.

Published specs for the Canon 1D X and Nikon D4
Canon EOS-1Dx Nikon D4
Announced October, 2011
(availability: July 2012)
January, 2012
(availability: February 2012)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective Pixels 18.1 million 16.2 million
Sensor Size 36 mm x 24mm 36.0 x 23.9mm
Image Sensor Format full frame FX
File Format Still Images JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original)
Picture Control Auto
User Defined 1-3
User-customizable S
Storage Media Compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
Card Slot Dual CF Cards (Type I or II) 1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 XQD memory type card
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100% FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30×20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30×24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.76x 0.70x Approx.
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. 30 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution Super High-speed: 14 shots/sec.
High-speed: 12 shots/sec.
Low-speed: 3 shots/sec.
10 frames per second
11 frames per second (AE/AF Locked)
Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-51200
Extension settable: ISO 50; 102,400 and 204,800
ISO 100 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
Dynamic AF Mode One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8
10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4, and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Focus Modes Single-point AF (Manual selection)
Auto selection 61-point AF
Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: up, down, left, and right)
AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
Zone AF (Manual zone selection)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 61 51
Built-in Flash No way! No!
Flash Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
White Balance Auto
Tungsten Light
White Fluorescent Light
Color Temperature setting
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Movie 1920 x 1080: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps / 50 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps / 25 fps
HD 1920 x 1080 / 30 fps
HD 1920 x 1080 / 24 fps
HD 1280 x 720 / 30 fps
HD 1280 x 720 / 60 fps
Monitor Size 3.2-inches 3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution Approx. 1.04 million dots 921,000 Dots
Monitor Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Battery Life (shots per charge) TBA 2,600 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA)
Approx. Dimensions 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3 in.
(158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm)
Width 6.3 in. (160mm)
Height 6.2 in. (156.5mm)
Depth 3.6 in. (90.5mm)
Approx. Weight TBA 41.6 oz. (1180g) camera body only
Price $6,800.00 $5,999.95