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Our collected information about the new 1 series camera that follows the 1D X.


The 1D X was announced in October 2011, but didn’t ship until July 2012. According to Canon it replaces both the 1D4 and 1Ds3. The new Mark 2 version appeared in February 2016

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This page will contain 1D X mk 2 info that we find

There is a regularly updated timeline for EOS DSLRs further down the page, which is always useful when considering replacement timetables.

Canon 1dx mark2

1Dx mk2 manual is available for download [PDF]

  • Closer look at Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II – DPR
  • First impressions – DPR
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II hands-on review – IR
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II hands-on review – DCW
  • ‘Hands on’ preview [B&H]
  • Canon CPN articles about the camera.
  • Canon US information page for 1DX2
  • Canon CPN article about the 1D X 2 AF system

Ordering (check for other kit offers with free CFast card/reader) at Adorama | B&H |

Latest 1D X mk2 info

2018 April

3rd Minor firmware update [Canon]

Firmware Version 1.1.6 incorporate the following fix: Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera may not function normally when images are simultaneously displayed on the camera’s LCD monitor and an external monitor (via HDMI output).

2017 November

30th 1D X Mark II firmware version 1.1.4 (download) incorporates the following improvements and fix:

1. Support has been added for chromatic aberration correction, peripheral illumination correction, distortion correction, and Digital Lens Optimizer when using Digital Photo Professional to process RAW images captured with the following TS-E lenses: TS-E 17mm f/4L, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO, or TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO.

2. Fixes a phenomenon in which standard exposure may not be obtained, or an irregular exposure may result, when Silent LV (Live View) shooting with the following TS-E lenses: TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO, or TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO.

3. Support for Exif 2.31 has been added.


15th Canon has released new firmware for the EOS-1D X Mark II [Canon]

Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following improvements to enhance functions.
Corrects a phenomenon in which the drive mode icon is not correctly displayed when using custom shooting modes (C1/C2/C3).
Changes the maximum number of “Release cycles” displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the “Camera system information” menu.
Improves the reliability of communication via USB cable when using the Lens Data Registration function within EOS Utility 3 software.


31st Canon has a detailed guide to using the range of AF settings of the 1D X mk2 available for download [Canon]
Note that the AF system in the 5D mk4 is very similar, so it’s worth looking at if you have one of those too

2016 September

10th The new firmware is available [Canon]


27th More details about the firmware from Canon:

This new upgrade (version 1.1) addresses specific issues that professional news and photojournalism organizations have brought to Canon’s attention — we understand that not all of these will be important in more ordinary, everyday use to individual photographers. That said, the changes and new features that this firmware adds to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera are the ability to:
– Install up to 39 items of IPTC information into the camera, and to add data (or deliberately not apply it) to images you take
– Add set-up information for up to 40 new Wi-Fi networks to a memory card, and load that data as a full set of possible Wi-Fi networks to select from for connection
– Transfer only “protected” images via Wi-Fi
– Retain GPS position data: Continue to apply last known GPS location information to images subsequently taken, even if GPS connection is lost (photographer went inside a building, etc.)
– Change LCD color tone (four pre-defined settings), to either approximate display from other cameras you’re working with, or to shift color tone based on ambient lighting as the LCD monitor is being used

26th In the UK 5D mk4 announcement there is this note about 1D X2 firmware

Expanding functionality of the EOS 1DX Mark II
Based on customer feedback, Canon today announces a new firmware update for the EOS-1D X Mark II. Adding IPTC support and LCD colour tone as featured in the EOS 5D Mark IV, the update also improves the network and GPS functionality. The firmware will be available in September, for more details visit


8th Canon release a firmware update for the 1DX 2 addressing the Sandisk CF card issues.

“Firmware Version 1.0.2 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.
Incorporates countermeasures for a phenomenon in which the bottom part of still images recorded to SanDisk CFast cards become corrupted.
Enhances communication reliability between the camera and CFast cards.
If you are using the affected CFast cards, after having updated the camera firmware to Firmware Version 1.0.2, please make sure to use the camera to format the CFast card.”


28th Canon have acknowledged problems using SanDisf CF cards.

If a SanDisk CFast card is inserted into the camera or a card reader, the bottom part of still images recorded may be corrupted.
This phenomenon is confirmed in images recorded in both the RAW and JPEG formats.
In the RAW file, the image corruption may appear in the bottom right corner of the image.
In the JPEG file, the image corruption may appear in the lower third area of the image.
Please Note:
Movie recording is not affected by this phenomenon.
Still images or movies recorded to CF cards are not affected by this phenomenon.

This phenomenon is caused by SanDisk CFast cards. The camera does not cause this phenomenon.

Affected Products
SanDisk CFast cards.
Image corruption may be experienced with the cards listed below:
The “xxx” at the end of the product number varies depending on the sales region.
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxx)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxx)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxxA)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxA)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 64GB (SDCFSP-064G-xxxB)
SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast2.0 128GB (SDCFSP-128G-xxxB)

As a workaround it’s suggested to shoot a few extra shots before turning off the camera (or opening the card door)
There will be a firmware update soon (V1.02)
Info at Canon US
2nd Sigma have an advisory concerning some of their lenses and inaccurate exposure with the 1DX mk2 [Sigma]

When the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or
“Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera,
the image could show some underexposure.

SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art


28th Review at Lensrentals
20th The DLO feature of the 1DX 2 causes problems with some Sigma lenses – problem? – Turn Peripheral illum corr to OFF for that lens [SLRL]

Review of the Mk2 at TDP
3rd The 1D X mk2 would appear to be shipping in reasonable quantities. Some late ‘pre-orders’ may be a while yet, but stocks seem healthy

2016 March

16th A few selected individuals seem to be receiving their 1D X mk2 cameras, but not from general orders yet. These are likely early production models for Canon’s friends.

13th The 1Dx mk2 manual is available for download [PDF]

1st Park cameras have a new 1DX mk2 video with Andy Rouse, that features 1Dx2 video footage.


15th At DPReview, someone seemingly got hold of a 1DX2 for a quick test of pulling up shadow detail in an underexposed image.

This image was posted, showing a 1DX (right) and 1DX2 (left) image pulled up 5 stops after identical exposures.

1DX 1DX2 noise comparison

Now, it’s important to note that this won’t be a production camera and the RAW processing was with RAW Therapee.

The thread was pulled at DPR, but there is now a lengthy debate about angels and pins at [CR]

I believe the testing came from [MK]

4th Canon CPN article about the 1D X 2 AF system

3rd Canon US information page for 1DX2

2nd Official announcements:

Shipping is due for April 15th in the US, but May 2016 with an RRP of £5,199.99 in the UK

Canon CPN articles about the camera.

First Canon (Japan) sample images

‘Hands on’ preview [BH]

On the Canon UK info page I noticed this offer

“Register your product: Purchase and register your EOS-1D X Mark II before 1/10/2016 and get a free 64GB CFast 2.0 card and card reader.”

Some initial previews with pre-production cameras are listed above.

I note that Park cameras (UK – right) are doing an additional offer to the Canon one, which with both, would get you two cards and readers, as well as go into a draw to win a wildlife photography weekend with pro photographer Andy Rouse [Park]

It will be a while until we see reviews of production cameras and downloadable images / video

Given the market for this camera, things like the AF system will still be undergoing testing and refinement.

I’ll update this page with any info I find, but expect relatively basic tests until production models start getting distributed in April/May

1st A dealer pre-releases their 1D X mk2 information (see below)

As expected – they pulled the page when someone got in on Monday morning and no doubt ‘heard from’ Canon ;-)

We also have the complete technical specs below

Included in the box…

EOS-1D X Mark II Camera Body
Battery Pack LP-E19
Battery Charger LC-E19
Wide Strap
Eyecup Eg (Not shown)
Cable Protector
Interface Cable IFC-150U II
EOS Digital Solution Disk

At [CR], there is a shot of the rear (touch) screen showing video options

1dx2 video options

Press information

Immense power. Phenomenal speed. A remarkable combination of innovation and refinement.

The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Building on a heritage of sophisticated innovation, the EOS-1D X Mark II is blazingly fast. Up to 14 fps*(up to 16 fps* in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast™ card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. This remarkable speed means faster recording too: 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail. Combined with superb low-light performance thanks to its powerful sensor and expandable ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II performs brilliantly, swiftly and stunningly no matter when or where the photographer is shooting. From the stadium, safari or studio to virtually everywhere in between, the EOS-1D X Mark II maintains and enhances all the hallmarks of what Canon has to offer, marking a new page in the legacy of the EOS series of cameras.

Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps* full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps* in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors.
Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast™ cards in the new CFast 2.0™** slot.
Experience less noise in higher ISO images via a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with an ISO range of 100–51200; expansion to ISO 409600.
Improved AF performance through 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8***.
Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab**** in camera. Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.
View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.
Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.
Built-in GPS***** provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.
The new optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, supporting both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi® bands.
Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.
* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps* full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps* in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors.

Canon 1D X mk2

Up to 14 fps* Full-resolution RAW or JPEG, Up to 16 fps* in Live View Mode
Delivering outstanding performance at speeds of up to 14 fps*, and up to 16 fps* in Live View, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is loaded with technologies that help facilitate speedy operation at every step of image capture. The EOS-1D X Mark II features a new mirror mechanism designed for highly precise operation with reduced vibration even at incredibly fast speeds. The shutter unit is rated for 400,000 frames and captures at up to 16 fps*, while the CMOS sensor has high-speed signal reading that enables speedy image capture. A fast AF/AE system, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors and high-speed recording with its new CFast™card slothelps ensure that camera operations are performed quickly and precisely.

Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors

Key to the performance benchmarks achieved by the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors not only convert the light that passes through the camera’s sensor into high-quality photos and movies, but also enhance the camera’s overall performance. Improvements include high-speed processing, up to 16-fps* operation for stills and 4K/60p movies, lens distortion and diffraction correction during operation with virtually no effect on the camera’s speed, plus fast write times and much more.
* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast™ cards in the new CFast 2.0™** slot.

The EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera can capture an incredible amount of images and movies with amazing speed. When recording to CFast 2.0™* cards through its new CFast™ card slot, the EOS-1D X Mark II can record up to 170 full-size RAW files, and JPEGs up to full card capacity at 16 fps. 4K/60p and Full HD/120p video can also be recorded with virtually no restriction, and with exFAT format support, movie files of larger than 4GB can be recorded without the need to merge files. Performance with CF cards through the camera’s CF card slot is impressive as well: the EOS-1D X Mark II can capture up to 73 full-size RAW files and JPEGs up to full card capacity when recording to CF UDMA7 media.

As of February 2016, compatibility has been verified for the following CFast™ memory cards:

Proper operation cannot be guaranteed for all recording media. Long-term usage may reduce a CFast™ card’s write speed. We recommend users regularly fully format and refresh their card using the “Full Format and Refresh Tool.”

* Canon is an authorized licensee of the CFast 2.0™ trademark, which may be registered in various jurisdictions.

Experience less noise in higher ISO images via a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with an ISO range of 100–51200; expansion to ISO 409600.

20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor

The EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera features a Canon-developed 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that not only helps it record more pixels, but also includes gapless micro lenses for enhanced low-light performance. This results in noise reduction in dark portions of the image even at high ISO speeds, and increased sensitivity that contributes to the EOS-1D X Mark II’s high-speed image capture rate, accelerating frame-to-frame performance as well as enabling 4K movies (60p/30p) and improved playback. The new sensor is also Canon’s first full-frame sensor to include Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise AF during Live View still and movie recording.

ISO Range of 100–51200; Expansion to ISO 409600

The EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera delivers high standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100–51200, the EOS-1D X Mark IIis incredibly sensitive, and thanks to a high signal-to-noise ratio as well as powerful noise reduction, the EOS-1D X Mark II can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 102400 (H1), 204800 (H2) and even 409600 (H3)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.

Improved AF performance through 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8***.

Improved AF Performance
The EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera incorporates a number of significant improvements to help deliver highly precise, reliable AF and AF tracking, both faster and available in more situations. It features a new 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points that expands the AF area approximately 8.6% in the top and bottom of the central AF area, and approximately 24% at the top and bottom of the peripheral frame. A wider subject tracking area improves the AF system so that challenging focus tracking in scenes with sudden changes of speed and subject position is easier than ever. The AF system’s low-intensity limit has been improved to EV-3 and all 61 AF points are compatible down to f/8* for excellent low-light performance. The EOS-1D X Mark II’s AF algorithm has also been improved: it’s equipped with AI Servo AF III+, which remembers the AF path and helps refine precision. Whether choosing individual AF points manually, using the Large Zone AF area or any of the camera’s automatic AF selection modes, the EOS-1D X Mark II is designed to exceed users’ expectations for high-precision AF.

Improved Intelligent Viewfinder with Enhanced Visibility for AF Point Display

The EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera features a new Intelligent Viewfinder II for convenient composition and setting changes without taking an eye off the subject at hand. The camera’s viewfinder can show significantly more information in the LCD display and presents AF points in red, increasing visibility in dark locations where AF is typically difficult and in situations where the ambient light makes the AF frame difficult to see. Features like the electronic level, a grid, flicker detection, white balance, metering mode, AF information and more can be glanced at easily without drawing attention away from the subject.

* Except when using the Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM lenses.

Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera has an amazingly advanced 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and processor that greatly contribute to the camera’s impressive AF performance for both stills and video. Thanks to a high resolution and infrared sensitivity combined with a refined detection algorithm, this new sensor improves the color and shape recognition of the EOS-1D X Mark II’s iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) system, increasing the camera’s ability to recognize subjects for faster, more precise AF, metering and exposure compensation. This additional exposure and subject information also helps the EOS-1D X Mark II’s iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF system maintain focus on a moving subject with a greater level of consistency.

4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab**** in camera. Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is an incredibly capable camera for moviemaking. Thanks to its Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors and its advanced sensor, it can capture huge 4K (Motion JPEG)video at up to 60 fps, recording smoothly to CFast™ cards. It’s the first EOS camera able to record Full HD video at 120 fps, easily displaying minute details imperceptible to the human eyeand ideal for slow-motion video capture. With the camera’s new touch panel display, AF points can be easily selected while the camera’s rolling, and focus can be quickly confirmed with the EOS-1D X Mark II’s 4K still frame grab feature*, wherein an 8.8-Megapixel still image can be selected for review and saved. Low-light performance is improved as well, with video recording at ISOs of up to 12800 in 4K and 25600 in Full HD.The EOS-1D X Mark II also features uncompressed HDMI output for Full HD videos, helping to facilitate video editing with minimal image degradation. Not to mention, it can also save videos as MP4s for easy playback on mobile devices.

* Saving a still image from a single movie frame does not result in the same image quality as a normal still image.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.

With significant improvements in AF operation, the EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera can be an indispensible and remarkably portable moviemaking tool. Continuous AF, even during 4K recording, is made easy thanks to the EOS-1D X Mark II’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is compatible with all Canon EF lenses. Focus points can be selected automatically, or specified on the camera’s new touch panel LCD screen. Critical focus throughout the frame can be easily confirmed by enlarging stills grabbed from video recordings. The EOS-1D X Mark II’s Movie Servo AF is compatible with all frame rates and resolutions, and can be customized to set tracking sensitivity, AF speed and even Face Tracking priority. These advanced features help make the EOS-1D X Mark II a truly versatile and convenient camera for 4K and Full HD moviemaking.

View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.

The EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s 3.2-inchtouch panel TFT LCD monitor has approximately 1.62 million dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon’s Clear View LCD II technology for bright, sharp display in any number of shooting situations. Its new touchscreen function allows AF point switching and image magnification during Live View shooting and movie shooting, providing convenient operation. The LCD monitor can be ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections, 24 sections or 9 sections with diagonals, as well as the dual-axis electronic level, which helps ensure accurate level by displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments. For image review, the EOS-1D X Mark II has a dedicated Magnify/Reduce button. While pressing the button, zooming in or out (up to 10x) is achieved simply by turning the Main Dial. Images can be protected or erased quickly, individually or in batches, and slideshows can be created with some or all images and can be sequenced by date, folders, movies, stills,protection or rating. A feature guide can be accessed for the selected menu, providing detailed reference information when needed.

Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.

To combat any possible image degradation from lens aberration and diffraction, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is equipped with a number of in-camera optical correction functions for clear and high-quality images. The EOS-1D X Mark II even stores lens aberration data, helping to eliminatethe need to register lens data on previously released lenses, and correcting images with virtually no delay in-camera. The EOS-1D X Mark II not only corrects peripheral brightness and chromatic aberration, but also features distortion correction plus diffraction correction, which has been included for the first time in an EOS camera. Distortion correction helps resolve barrel and pincushion distortions,while diffraction correction virtually eliminates the blurring effects from diffraction that can be created when capturing an image at a small aperture. The camera’s Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors help ensure these corrections can be made with virtually no effect on operational speed. In-camera RAW processing is also made fast and convenient with Canon’s Digital Lens Optimizer, helping to improve image quality and giving photographers the ability to work confidently in more complex environments.

Built-in GPS***** provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.

Providing crucial location and time data, GPS has become an indispensible aspect of the professional workflow, especially for professionals who work on location and capture thousands of images each day. The EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera has GPS* built in, helping photographers and filmmakers not only tag their images with critical location data, but also adjust the time and timestamp on the camera automatically. Thanks to built-in GPS*, and Wi-Fi® connectivity throughthe optionalWireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A accessory, the EOS-1D X Mark II can use both GPS andWFT (Wireless File Transfer)together, making it easy to upload a great amount of images both quickly and from increasingly far-flung locales. Offering compatibility with American GPS satellites, Russian GLONASS satellites and Japanese quasi-zenith satellites Michibiki, the EOS-1D X Mark II’s GPS information is reliably accurate virtually anywhere you go.

* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

The new optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, supporting both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi® bands.

The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s new optional accessory, provides both a fastthroughput for image uploading andseveral new features that make dynamic wireless photography simple and fast. It has 5GHz 802.11ac support for high-speed image transfer, a revamped user interface that enables speedy set-up and configuration of wireless networks and even compatible smartphone connection.Accommodating both iOS* and Android** devices, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A makes it simple to use a smartphone as a remote control for still and video capture. It can even transfer recorded images back for viewing on the device’s screen. The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is both compact and durable, with excellent dust- and water- resistance for unfettered operation in difficult environments.
* Compatible with iOS versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

** Compatible with Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.

Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.

For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X Mark IIcamera is designed to perform superbly even in the most treacherous environments, every time. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features a grip design for easy finger placement and reduced hand fatigue. Its shutter has lightweight, carbon-fiber blades, and is rated to maintain up to 16 fps performance without compromise, for up to 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X Mark II and accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A have extensive gasketing for improved dust and water resistance, even at their connection points.

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A info

The Canon WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter adds impressive wireless operation and speedy image transfer to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera. Featuring fast communication speed, expanded versatility and an enhanced user interface, the WFT-E8A not only boasts incredible speed, but also streamlines wireless photography configurations whether in the studio or on location. Supporting IEEE 802.11ac wireless protocol using both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands for high-speed image transfer, the WFT-E8A also features comprehensive smart device connectivity and numerous camera linked shooting options for advanced photography and movies. It’s an ideal complement to the speed and power of the EOS-1D X Mark II.

wft-e8 wifi unitSupports Wireless LAN: IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b for ultra high-speed image transfer using both 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz.

Connecting to wireless Local Area Networks (LAN) via standards of IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b on both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is the first Canon WFT that can communicate on the IEEE 802.11ac standard. On this fast standard, the WFT-E8A can transfer data at speeds of up to 433 Mbps, almost three times faster than on the IEEE 802.11n standard, at a range of up to 492 ft.

Transfer images at your convenience using FTP transfer, EOS Utility, WFT Server or Canon Camera Connect app*.

The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A offers a number of convenient ways to transfer images based on the location, available equipment and the task at hand. Image transfer directly from the camera to local or offsite servers is facilitated via easily configurable FTP transfer. With Canon’s refined EOS Utility software installed on a PC, full-featured Live View remote shooting and image transfer are made simple. Accessed through a browser on a computer, tablet or compatible smartphone, Canon’s WFT Server enables offsite still and movie capture without the need for additional software. Plus, with Canon’s free Camera Connect app*, remote operation and image transfer can be completed simply on a compatible smartphone or tablet.

* Compatible with iOS versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

Smart device connection is now available for remote shooting, sharing and transferring of images and video using the Canon Camera Connect app*.

Canon’s free Camera Connect app* makes it simple to connect a compatible smartphone or tablet to the EOS-1D X Mark II camera using the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A. Remote operations such as Remote Live View still and motion capture, camera setting changes plus transferring images and MP4 movies are easily facilitated through the app’s simple and clear user interface.
* Compatible with iOS versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

Specially designed for use with the new EOS-1D X Mark II camera, with an improved UI, organized settings and a more simple display configuration.

Made to work seamlessly with the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A features dust- and moisture- resistance, and is also powered by the camera itself. Its new User Interface is designed to create wireless configurations of all levels of complexity, enabling wireless shooting and transfer of images and helping to create multi-camera wireless setup. Thanks to its reliable and robust wireless connections, the WFT-E8A helps enhance the creative options available to EOS-1D X Mark II users in both still and motion capture.

Wireless time syncing can sort images captured by multiple cameras and determine the accurate shooting sequence.

Syncing cameras is simple with the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A’s wireless time syncing feature. Capable of syncing time on up to ten EOS-1D X Mark II cameras, the WFT-E8Aenables recording of a timed succession of images from different sources and can be saved with a dependable level of precision. Event photographers will find this feature especially helpful as it’s now possible to make time adjustments without having to connect directly to a computer.

Compact, durable and lightweight body sealed for dust- and water-resistance.
Portability is almost as important as how well a product functions. Offering a compact design, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is both light and compact. Built to withstand inclement weather, this transmitter has the same dustproof and waterproof construction used in the EOS-1D X Mark II camera body. A durable design helps ensure that equipment can be safely used in various conditions, making the WFT-E8A an ideal accessory for demanding photographers constantly on the move.

UK Press information

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 2 February 2016

Canon today premiers the highly anticipated EOS-1D X Mark II, its new flagship DSLR engineered to put the ultimate combination of image quality, resolution and speed in the palm of your hand. Crafted to give photographers a competitive edge from the second they shoot, the EOS-1D X Mark II establishes a new benchmark for speed – shooting 14 frames per second (fps) with full AF/AE tracking and 16 fps in Live View mode – ideal for capturing high-speed subjects, whether in the wild, or at world-class sporting events.

Developed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X photographers, the EOS-1D X Mark II features a new 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor and new Al Servo AF III+, as well as 4K video capture up to 60p. This blend of power and performance makes the camera an essential companion for virtually all professional specialisms.

Redefining image quality and AF precision

Boasting a wide and versatile ISO range – an incredible 100 to 51200, expandable from 50 up to 409600 – the EOS-1D X Mark II excels in all lighting environments, from the brightest through to near darkness.

Ensuring each shot is captured with unrivalled precision, the camera features an improved 61-point AF system with 41 cross-type AF points, which covers an expanded area and focuses under low light up to -3EV. For the first time, when shooting with selected extenders and telephoto lenses, the new AF system also offers f/8 AF support with all 61 points, giving you the freedom to choose the focus point. Alongside Canon’s popular pro AF technologies – EOS iTR and AF Case settings – the EOS-1D X Mark II also includes new AI Servo AF III+ that improves the tracking sensitivity in scenes where subject movements may occur suddenly, such as animals moving quickly through the wild.

Working in partnership with the AF system is a new 360k RGB+IR metering sensor, providing accurate exposure and improved subject detection. Flicker Detection, as originally introduced in the EOS 7D Mark II, also guarantees consistent results under artificial lights – perfect for indoor sporting events.

Capture every second

Breaking the boundaries of high speed shooting, the EOS-1D X Mark II is able to shoot 14 frames per second with full AF/AE tracking and in RAW, equipping you to capture the exact moment of a sporting event, or an animal catching its prey. For those needing even more, up to 16fps can be shot in Live View mode without AF. With the new CFast 2.0™ card capability, the camera can deliver a burst of unlimited JPEGs or 170 RAW images in continuous high speed shooting.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is the most responsive EOS DSLR to date, thanks in part to the new Dual “DIGIC 6+” processors providing high-speed processing of the vast image data captured by the sensor. The refined mirror construction utilises a new drive mechanism to empower high speed shooting, with minimal mirror vibration or noise.

Pro-standard 4K movie making

Canon’s heritage in 4K movies culminates in the EOS-1D X Mark II, giving film-makers the option of shooting 4K (4096×2160) in a variety of frame rates up to 60fps to the CFast 2.0™ card. It also enables Full HD (1920x1080p) movie shooting at an incredible 120fps, ideal for slow motion scenes. Decisive moments from a 60fps 4K scene can be extracted as a high resolution 8.8MP still, giving you even more control over the exact moment of capture.

Film-makers can enjoy fast and smooth AF in 4K and Full HD shooting thanks to Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Movie Servo AF, while the touch panel LCD enables you to quickly select AF points when shooting movies.

Optimum image management and reliability

Professionals have the tools they need to manage their images, ensuring they can easily be transferred to news agencies or outlets in a matter of seconds. Built-in GPS records shooting locations in EXIF data, helping pros keep an accurate record of their shoots. Both Ethernet wired LAN and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 give you the choice of how images are shared – via FTP or direct to computers. Additionally, the new WFT-E8 wireless file transmitter[i] also supports the high-speed standard 802.11ac (5 GHz band).

Epitomising EOS design heritage, the EOS-1D X Mark II features an improved grip and controls, offering enhanced operability that feels natural in the hand, and weather proofing makes it resilient against the elements, ideal for outdoor shoots. The Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view, with an electronic overlay of shooting information meaning you never have to move your eye away from the viewfinder.

EOS-1D X Mark II Key Features:

· Capture subjects with exceptional image quality
· Deliver sharp images with incredible AF precision
· Ultra high-speed and reliable performance for capturing every moment
· Advanced 4K movie shooting brings your stories to life
· High-speed image output and management

Pricing and availability

The EOS-1D X Mark II will be available from May 2016 with an RRP of £5,199.99/€6,999.99.

US Press info

Fast, Formidable, And 4K, All-In-One Camera Canon U.S.A. Introduces The EOS-1D X Mark II Professional Digital Camera
Delivering Precise and Reliable Performance with Versatility for Any Photo or Video Professional

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Rising to meet the rigorous and evolving demands of professional photographers and videographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera. With a new 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the EOS-1D X Mark II professional digital camera delivers stunning image quality and speed. Combining the ability to capture high-resolution still images at speeds up to 14 frames per second as well as stunning high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera becomes the ideal camera for any professional image creator.

The Ultimate EOS Camera: Continuing a Legacy of High Speed and Performance

Building on the success of the Canon EOS-1D X professional digital camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to deliver high-performance, speed, and image quality, with improved comfort for professional photographers. In addition to the new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera includes an improved 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The improved AF system includes expanded coverage that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. The camera also boasts excellent dynamic range and reduced color noise compared to its predecessor throughout its standard ISO speed range of 100 – 51,200. Expansion ISO speeds of 50, 102,400, 204,800 and 409,600 are also available. A first for the Canon EOS-1D series, this camera also features a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving facial recognition and tracking, as well as nature scenes. Additionally, the advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.

For filmmakers and photographers looking to do more than still photography alone with a DSLR camera and EF lenses, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera offers high resolution DCI 4K video at frame rates up-to-60p, with smooth movie recording to an in-camera CFast 2.0 memory card. An additional card slot supports standard CF memory cards up to UDMA 7. The built-in headphone jack supports real-time audio monitoring. Two additional EOS ‘firsts’ include 4K Frame Grab and 120p Full HD recording. The camera’s 4K Frame Grab function allows users to isolate a frame from recorded 4K video and create an 8.8 megapixel still JPEG image in-camera. When combined with the EOS-1D X Mark II’s high-sensitivity full-frame CMOS sensor, the new camera’s ability to record Full HD video at frame rates up to 120p will allow videographers to produce high quality slow motion video even in extremely low light. To make video shooting even more intuitive, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s touch-screen LCD allows videographers to select the camera’s AF point before and during video recording with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides responsive, accurate and quiet camcorder-like video autofocus to DSLRs.

“The innovations within Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera clearly set a new standard for professional cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, we looked to incorporate user-requested performance enhancements to bring professional photographers the ultimate EOS camera, a camera that has matured and been developed to meet their evolving needs.”

“Having f/8 capability on all 61 AF points is a tremendous benefit to wildlife photographers,” noted nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer. “In order to capture tight shots of animals without disturbing them, I frequently have to use very long lenses—sometimes with an extender attached, which further diminishes the aperture. The improved AF allows me to frame the shot exactly the way I envision it, without having to compromise.”

“This camera is a huge step forward,” remarked acclaimed photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Damian Strohmeyer. “Shooting sports in a gym at 8,000 ISO, it looked as good as 800 ISO from a generation or two ago. The images are tack-sharp, and the autofocus just doesn’t miss. I’ve been amazed by what I’ve seen so far.”

“The autofocus was awesome,” agreed Peter Read Miller, sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light. “The higher frame rate coupled with the speed of the CFast card was a definite advantage. It just never buffered out, even shooting RAW.”

The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera also offers a built-in GPS** receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, elevation and direction. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. It is also possible to use the camera’s built-in GPS to automatically sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature to professionals. An improved grip also makes the camera easier for photographers to hold and maneuver while shooting. In response to feedback from professional EOS users, the AF points in the EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II can be illuminated in red for improved visibility, especially when shooting in dark locations. AF sensitivity in low light has been doubled from EV -2 to EV -3 at the center AF point when the camera is set to One-Shot AF, enabling the camera to autofocus in extremely dark shooting conditions such as a moonlit nightscape. Viewfinder AF coverage has also been increased for greater compositional flexibility.

As with all EOS-1D series cameras, the EOS-1D X Mark II’s rugged construction and magnesium alloy body is weather resistant. The camera also features improved controls and more in-camera image quality enhancements than ever before, including a Digital Lens Optimizer function offering high quality aberration correction which can now be achieved without an external computer. This feature makes it easier for professional photographers to deliver finished files to their clients, especially in situations when access to a personal computer is impractical or inconvenient.

The estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5999 (MSRP) for the body or $6299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016***.

Technical specifications


Type Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex camera
Recording Media CF Card (Type I; compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards) and CFast™ Card (CFast 2.0™ supported)
Image Format Approx. 36mm x 24mm (35mm Full-frame)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S and EF-M lenses)
Lens Mount Canon EF Mount

Image Sensor

Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate full-frame CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels Approx. 20.2 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 21.5 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low Pass Filter Fixed position in front of the image sensor
Dust Deletion Feature
  • Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
  • Self-cleaning can be done automatically when the power is turned on/off.
  • During manual cleaning ([Clean now]), the data for light spot correction is also obtained.
  • Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
  • The coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.
  • The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the EOS software to automatically erase the dust spots.
  • Manual cleaning

Recording System

Recording Format Design Rule for Camera File System 2.0 and EXIF 2.3
Image Format Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14 bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG Video: MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264*; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264*; Audio: AAC)
* Variable (averaged) bit rate
File Size
  • Large: Approx. 20.0 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)
  • M1: Approx. 12.7 Megapixels (4368 x 2912)
  • M2: Approx. 8.9 Megapixels (3648 x 2432)
  • Small: Approx. 5.0 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)
  • RAW: Approx. 20.0 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)
  • M-RAW: Approx. 11.2 Megapixels (4104 x 2736)
  • S-RAW: Approx. 5.0 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)

Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

Recording Functions
  • Standard
    • Recorded to the selected card.
  • Auto switch card
    • When the current card becomes full, the camera switches to the other card automatically.
  • Record separately
    • The CF card and CFast™ card record the same image at a different image recording quality (L, M1, M2, S, RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW).
  • Record to multiple
    • Both the CF card and CFast™ card record the same image at the same image recording quality (Also applies to RAW+JPEG).
Backup Recording N/A
File Numbering The following three types of file numbers can be set:

  • Continuous numbering
    • The numbering of captured images continues even after you replace the card.
  • Auto reset
    • When you replace the card, the numbering will be reset to start from 0001. If the new card already contains images, the numbering will continue from the last recorded image in the card.
  • Manual reset
  • Resets the file number to 0001, and creates a new folder automatically.
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording One of three types of RAW images and one of four types of JPEG images can be recorded together.
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1–3*
* [Standard] is the default setting for [User Def. 1–3]

White Balance

Settings Auto (Ambience priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy*1, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom (Custom WB) 1–5*2, Color Temperature, PC-1–5*3 (Personal WB) *1 Also effective in twilight and sunset.
*2 [Select image on card], [Record and register WB] and [Edit WB name] can be used.
*3 Up to five white balance data settings set with EOS Utility.
Auto White Balance Option between ambience priority and white priority settings
Color Temperature Compensation Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels Corrected in reference to the current WB mode’s color temperature.
Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided


Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally
Magnification Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity) / 35.1° angle of view
Eye Point Approx. 20mm (at -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction –3.0 to +1.0 m–1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen Ec-C6 provided, can be changed to Ec-A, B or L
Mirror Quick-return half mirror
Viewfinder Information
  • AF area selection mode
  • AF point information
  • Area AF frame
  • Spot metering circle
  • Electronic level (dedicated indicator)*
  • Grid*
  • Shooting mode*
  • Metering mode*
  • White balance*
  • Drive mode*
  • AF operation*
  • Flicker detection*
  • Warning symbol
  • AF status indicator

* Asterisked items can be displayed or not with [Show/hide in viewfinder].

Depth Of Field Preview Provided


Type TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points (Optical AF) Max. 61 points (Cross-type AF points: Max. 41 points)
61-point High Density Reticular AF II 
(AF Points and AF Patterns)
Number of AF Points (Max.)
Dual Cross-type AF Points at f/2.8 and f/5.6 5
Cross-type AF Points at f/4.0+f/5.6 20
Cross-type AF Points at f/5.6 21
Horizontal-line Sensitive AF Points at f/5.6 20
Focusing at f/8 61
(Cross-type AF Point: 21)
The number of AF points, cross-type AF points and dual cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used.
Focusing Modes
  • Autofocus
  • One-Shot AF
  • Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF III+)
  • Manual focus
AF Point Selection
  • Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
  • Single-point AF (Manual selection)
  • The checkmark cannot be removed from this option.
  • 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)
  • All AF points divided into nine focusing zones.
  • Large Zone AF (Manual zone selection)
  • All AF points divided into three focusing zones.
  • AF point Auto selection AF
AF Function Registration/Switching Customizable with Custom Controls
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed display
Active AF Point Indicator
  • Displayed in viewfinder area
  • Displayed outside viewfinder area
AF Assist Beam When an external EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the following options are available:

  • Enable
  • Disable
  • Enable external flash only

Exposure Control

Metering Modes 216-zone (18 x 12) metering with approx. 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. The following metering modes selectable:

  • Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
  • Partial metering (center, approx. 6.2% of viewfinder)
  • Spot metering (center, approx. 1.5% of viewfinder)
  • Center spot metering
  • AF point-linked spot metering (Custom Function)
    • Linkable to all AF points.
    • With automatic AF point selection, center spot metering will apply.
  • Multi-spot metering
    • Up to eight multi-spot meter readings can be taken.
  • Center-weighted average metering
    • The selectable metering modes can be restricted (Custom Function).
Metering Range EV 0–20 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100, with evaluative metering)
Exposure Control Systems
  • Program AE (Shiftable)
  • Shutter-priority AE (Safety shift possible)
  • Aperture-priority AE (Safety shift possible)
  • Manual exposure
  • The metering mode can be specified.
  • Bulb
  • Three custom shooting modes
ISO Speed Range Manual setting
Normal ISO Speeds  ISO 100–51200 (in 1/3-stop increments)
Expanded ISO Speeds (Equivalent) L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800, H3: 409600
For [Highlight tone priority], the settable ISO speed range will be ISO 200–51200.
ISO speed safety shift possible with a Custom Function.
All the expanded ISO speeds, even for movies, are only “equivalent speeds.” Auto setting
Shooting Mode  ISO Settings
No Flash With Flash
P, Tv, Av, M ISO 100–51200*1 ISO 400 fixed*1, *2, *3
During Bulb shooting ISO 400 fixed*1
*1 It depends on [Minimum] and [Maximum] of [Auto range].
*2 If overexposure will result with fill flash, the minimum ISO speed will be set to ISO 100 (except in the M and bulb modes).
*3 In the P mode, using bounce flash with an external Speedlite will have the ISO speed set automatically within ISO 400–1600 to suit the brightness.
Exposure Compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
* Indicated up to ±3 stops on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder.
AE Lock
  • Auto AE lock
    • In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.
  • Manual AE lock
    • With AE lock button in P, Av, Tv and M modes. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.)
    • Enabled in all metering modes.


Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
X-sync at 1/250 sec.
• Shutter speed’s control range can be set.
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self Timer 10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay

External Speedlite

EOS Dedicated Speedlite E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
Zooming to Match Focal Length Provided
Flash Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock Provided
External Flash Settings
  • External flash control
  • Flash firing
  • E-TTL II Flash metering
  • Flash sync. Speed in Av mode
  • Flash mode
  • Radio wireless flash shooting
  • Optical wireless flash shooting
  • Zoom
  • Sync setting
  • Flash exposure compensation
  • FEB
  • Clear settings
  • Flash Custom Function setting
PC Terminal Provided
* No polarity.
* Sync speed: Since the flash duration of studio flash units vary, set a sync speed within 1/125 sec. to 1/30 sec. and check if the flash sync works.
* Both the accessory shoe (X-sync contact with maximum sync speed of 1/250 sec.) and the PC terminal can be used simultaneously for simultaneous flash firing.

Drive System

Drive Modes
  • Single shooting
  • High-speed continuous shooting
  • Low-speed continuous shooting
  • Silent single shooting
  • Silent high-speed continuous shooting
  • Silent low-speed continuous shooting
Continuous Shooting Speed*
  • Viewfinder shooting
    • High-speed: Maximum 14 shots/sec.
    • Low-speed: Maximum 13 shots/sec.
    • Silent high-speed: Maximum 5 shots/sec.
    • Silent low-speed: Maximum 4 shots/sec.
  • Live View shooting
    • High-speed: Maximum 16 shots/sec.
    • Low-speed: Maximum 13 shots/sec.
    • Silent high-speed: Maximum 5 shots/sec.
    • Silent low-speed: Maximum 4 shots/sec.

* Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

Maximum Burst The maximum burst during continuous shooting is as follows:
Image Recording Quality  CF Card CFast™ Card
Standard UDMA7 CFast 2.0™
L 140 Full Full
RAW 59 73 170
RAW+L 48 54 81
With “Full”, continuous shooting is possible until the card becomes full.

Live View Functions

Shooting Modes Still photo and video recording
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible with all EF lenses.
  • Manual focus
  • Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually.
Metering Modes
  • Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
  • Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder)
  • Spot metering (approx. 2.8% of viewfinder)
  • Center-weighted average metering

AE lock possible. The active metering timer can be changed.

Metering Range EV 0–20 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100, with evaluative metering)
Grid Display
  • Off
  • 3×3
  • 6×4
  • 3×3+diag
Exposure Simulation Same as with viewfinder shooting
Silent Shooting Provided

Video Shooting

File Format MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC)
Internal monaural microphone
External stereo microphone jack available
Recording Sizes 4096 x 2160 (4K)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Frame Rates [4096 x 2160]: 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97 fps/ 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps
[1920 x 1080]: 119.9fps / 100.0fps / 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97fps / 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Manual focus

* Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually (not possible during movie shooting).

Exposure Control
Shooting Mode Exposure Control Shutter Speed (sec.) Aperture
Auto Setting Manual Setting Auto Setting Manual Setting
P, bulb Program AE for movie shooting Yes Yes
Tv Movie shutter-priority AE Yes Yes
Av Movie aperture-priority AE Yes Yes
M Movie manual exposure Yes Yes
Exposure Compensation Up to ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
* If AE Microadjustment is performed, the settable exposure compensation amount will decrease by the amount of the AE Microadjustment. For example, if you set the AE Microadjustment to +1 stop, the exposure compensation amount will be limited to a maximum +2 stops on the positive side.
Continuous Shooting Time

MOV Format

Movie-recording Size Total Recording Time (Approx.) Movie Bit Rate /
File Size (Approx.)
4GB 16GB 64GB
(4096 x 2160)
59.94 fps, 50.00 fps Motion JPEG 39 sec. 2 min. 10 min. 800 Mbps
5733 MB/min.
29.97 fps, 25.00 fps, 24.00 fps, 23.98 fps Motion JPEG 1 min. 4 min. 17 min. 500 Mbps
3587 MB/min.
Full HD
(1920 x 1080)
119.9 fps, 100.0 fps ALL-I 1 min. 5 min. 23 min. 360 Mbps
2585 MB/min.
59.94 fps, 50.00 fps ALL-I 2 min. 11 min. 47 min. 180 Mbps
1298 MB/min.
IPB 8 min. 34 min. 2 hr. 18 min. 60 Mbps
440 MB/min.
29.97 fps, 25.00 fps, 24.00 fps, 23.98 fps ALL-I 5 min. 23 min. 1 hr. 33 min. 90 Mbps
654 MB/min.
IPB 16 min. 1 hr. 7 min. 4 hr. 30 min. 30 Mbps
225 MB/min.

MP4 Format

Movie-recording Size Total Recording Time (Approx.) Movie Bit Rate /
File Size (Approx.)
64GB 128GB 256GB
Full HD
(1920 x 1080)
59.94 fps, 50.00 fps IPB 8 min. 35 min. 2 hr. 21 min. 60 Mbps
431 MB/min.
29.97 fps, 25.00 fps, 24.00 fps, 23.98 fps IPB 17 min. 1 hr. 10 min. 4 hr. 41 min. 30 Mbps
216 MB/min.
29.97 fps, 25.00 fps IPB (Light) 43 min. 2 hr. 53 min. 11 hr. 35 min. 12 Mbps
87 MB/min.

LCD Monitor

Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size 3.2-inches
Pixels Approx. 1.62 million dots
Coverage Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally
Viewing angle: Approx. 170° vertically and horizontally
Brightness Control 7 levels provided
Interface Languages 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)


Display Format
Single Image Display
  • No information display
  • Basic information display
  • Detailed shooting information display
    • Basic shooting information
    • Lens information and RGB histogram
    • White balance
    • Picture Style
    • Color space and noise reduction
    • Lens optical correction
    • GPS information
Index Display
  • 4-image index
  • 9-image index
  • 36-image index
  • 100-image index
Highlight Alert On the single-image display, highlight areas without any image information will blink.

Image Protection and Erase

Protection Erase protection can be applied or canceled for a single image, all images in a folder or all images in the card.
Erase Erase a single image, selected images, all images in a folder, all images in a card or erase only unprotected images.

Direct Printing

Compatible Printers N/A (Direct printing not possible)

DPOF: Digital Print Order Format

DPOF Version 1.1 compatible

Direct Image Transfer

Compatible Images JPEG images, RAW images and movies
RAW+JPEG images can be transferred JPEG only, RAW only or RAW+JPEG. If JPEG or RAW images are appended with a voice memo, the voice memo file will also be transferred.


Custom Functions Total 34
Camera User Settings Current camera settings can be registered to C1, C2 and C3 on the Mode Dial.
Automatic updating of the registered settings can be set to Enable or Diable.
My Menu Registration Up to six top-tier menu options and Custom Function settings can be registered.
Up to five My Menu tabs can be added.


USB Terminal SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)

  • For computer communication
  • Image transfer
  • For Connect Station CS100 connection
Video Out Terminal AV/OUT terminal not provided.
HDMI mini OUT terminal is Type C (Resolution switches automatically) / CEC compatible.
  • The correct video format of [NTSC] or [PAL], matching the connected TV, must be set or the video image will not appear.

Extension System TerminalFor connection to WFT-E8A and WFT-E6A

Power Source


Battery Pack LP-E19 (or LP-E4N, LP-E4) x1

  • With the AC Adapter + DC Coupler, AC power of possible.

Number of ShotsApprox. (Based on CIPA testing standards)Shooting Method BatteryTemperaturePossible ShotsViewfinder shootingBattery Pack LP-E19At 73°F/23°C1210At 32°F/0°C1020Live View shootingAt 73°F/23°C260At 32°F/0°C240Battery CheckAutomatic battery check when the power switch is turned ON.Power SavingPower turns off after the set time (1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 min.) of non-operation elapses.Date/Time BatteryBuilt-in secondary battery
When fully charged, the date/time can be maintained for approx. one month.


  • Recharge time: approx. 8 hr.
    • To become capable to maintain the right date/time for one month after main battery power exhaustion.

Start-up TimeApprox. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
* Excluding the recognition time for genuineness (genuine Canon battery) at the installation of the battery.
* Start-up time becomes longer with a battery being used for the first time with the very camera.

Dimensions and Weight

(W x H x D)Approx. 6.22 x 6.60 x 3.25 in. / 158.0 x 167.6 x 82.6mmWeightApprox. 53.97 oz. / 1530g (Based on CIPA guidelines)
Approx. 47.27 oz. / 1340g (Body only, without battery, cards, body cap or eyecup)

Operating Environment

Working Temperature Range32–113°F/0–45°CWorking Humidity Range85% or less

Initial 1D X2 Nikon D5 comparison

Initial comparison based on released figures – note that some data is missing or not clearly defined in the initial launch specs/info.

Feature Canon EOS 1D X mk2 Nikon D5
Recording media 1x CF + 1x Cfast 2.0 2x CF OR 2x XQD, serviceable
Filesystem exFAT ? tba
Camera Canon EOS 1DX mark II Nikon D5
Processor Dual DIGIC 6+ EXPEED 5
Custom Modes 3 ? tba
Max shutter range 1/8000 to 30s 1/8000 to 30s
Flash sync speed 1/250 (x-sync) 1/250s
Dual Card Modes Overflow, Mirror (including RAW+JPG), Quality-separate ? tba
RAW depth 14-bit 12bit, 14-bit
Resolutions (RAW) 5472 x 3648 5568 x 3712 (APS-C 3648 x 2432)
4104 x 2736 4176 x 2784 (APS-C 2736 x 1824)
2736 x 1824 2784 x 1856 (APS-C 1824 x 1216)
Megapixels 20.2 20.8
Pixel Pitch ~6.579 microns ~6.466 microns
Max burst rate 14 fps (16 mirror-up) 12 fps (14 mirror-up)
Max RAW buffer (at best) 170 (Cfast 2.0) 200 (XQD, RAW+JPG)
Max RAW buffer (CF) 73 (UDMA7) ? tba
ISO 100-51200 (power 0-9) 100-102400 (power 0-10)
Low 50 (power -1, L) 50 (power -1, L)
High 409,600 (power 12, H3) 3,280,000 (power 15, H5)
Metering Range EV 0 to +20 (@ 73°F/23°C, ISO 100, evaluative metering) -3 ± 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 0 to 20 EV (Highlight-weighted metering)
AF system Canon EOS 1DX mark II Nikon D5
Detection Range “(center point) EV -3, down to f/8″ “EV -4 to +20 (@ 68°F/20°C, ISO 100)”
Resolution 360,000 pixels 180,000 pixels
AF points 61, 41 cross 153, 99 cross
f/8 points all (21 cross) 15 (? tba types, 9 selectable)
Additional points 5x f/2.8+5.6 dual-cross ? tba
20x f/4+f/5.6 cross ? tba
21x f/5.6 cross ? tba
20x f/5.6 horizontal ? tba
Viewfinder ~100% ~100% (APS-C 97%)
Magnification ~0.76x, 35.1 deg angle-of-view ~0.72x
Display 3.2″ 3.2″
Touchscreen Live-view only Playback Only
Resolution 1.62 Mpix 2.359 Mpix
Video stats Canon EOS 1DX mark II Nikon D5
AF drive active servo, DPAF ? tba
Max ISO 12800 (power 8) (4K), 25600 (H1, power 9) (others) ? tba
Video interface HDMI micro HDMI micro
Container MOV MOV
Codec Motion-JPEG (4K only), H264, AVC, Linear PCM audio H264, Linear PCM audio
Bitrate see below ? tba
4K 4096 x 2160, in-camera framegrab (8.8Mpix) 3840 x 2160 in APS-C crop
4K 60/50fps intraframe JPEG, 60/50fps @ 800Mbps (5733 MB/min) n/a
4K 30/25/24fps intraframe JPEG, 30/25/24fps @ 500Mbps (3587 MB/min) progressive (3 mins max)
1080 120/100fps intraframe ALL-I @ 360Mbps (2585 MB/min) n/a
1080 60/50fps intraframe ALL-I @ 180Mbps (1298 MB/min) progressive HQ (10 mins max)
interframe IPB @ 60Mbps (5733 MB/min) progressive Normal Quality (20 mins max)
1080 30/25/24fps intraframe ALL-I @ 90Mbps (654 MB/min) progressive HQ (20 mins max)
interframe IPB @ 30Mbps (225 MB/min), Lower mode @ 12Mbps (87 MB/min) progressive Normal Quality (30 mins max)
720 60/50fps ? tba progressive (20-30 mins max)
420 30/25/24fps ? tba progressive (30 mins max)
Max recording length Card space (29:59 – not known ); external recording see above (external recording limits? tba )
Internal Overflow uninterrupted 4GB (split-file ? tba )
Others Canon EOS 1DX mark II Nikon D5
Rated Shutter Life 400000 ? tba
GPS Built-in GP-1A
WIFI WFT-E8A, IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, 2.4GHz/5GHz WT-5A/WT-6A
App Canon Camera Connect (iOS, Android) Nikon WMU (iOS, Android)
Build Magnesium-Alloy, Dust-and-Weather-resistant ? tba , Dust-and-Weather-resistant
Dimensions 158mm x 167.6mm x 82.6mm 160mm x 158.5mm x 92mm
Weight 1530g 1405g (XQD), 1415g (CF)
Battery LP-E19 EN-EL18a
performance per charge 1210~1020 viewfinder, 260~240 live-view CIPA; Video recording performance ? 3780 CIPA; 110 mins HD footage
Data Interface USB 3.0 micro-B, Ethernet USB 3.0 micro-B, Ethernet
Price ($US) 5,999 6,497

Pre release rumours


29th The leaks seem to have been started for the weekend…

1d X mark 2 topMore detailed specs emerging:

20.2MP CMOS Sensor

Dynamic range improvement

Dual pixel CMOS AF

Dual DIGIC6 + processor

ISO100-51200 (extended with 409600)

Continuous shooting 14 frames / sec.

Live View mode at 16 frames / sec – high-speed continuous shooting new mirror drive system to allow the (at 16 frames / sec.)

Continuous shooting possible number is 170 frames in RAW -. In JPEG Unlimited

61-point AF system, which range is expanded. 41-point cross-type

AF is -3EV correspondence

With lighting AF point red

AI AF accuracy and motion tracking was improved Servo AF III + – 360000 dot metering sensor.

EOS iSA. EOS itr

Viewfinder magnification 0.76 times. 100% field of view


  • 4K 60fps.
  • Full HD 120fps.
  • 4K video can be recorded with the internal CFast2.0 Media
  • Movie Servo AF

LCD monitor 3.2 inches, 1.62 million dot. Touch panel.

Camera digital lens Optimizer (DLO).

Lens aberration correction.

Diffraction correction

CFast2.0 and compact flash of dual card slot

GPS built-in – 2-axis electronic level

USB3.0 terminal, HDMI terminal

W-FI option (WFT-E8A)

Size of 158mm x 167.6mm x 82.6 mm

Some initial info appears
[DCI via googleXLT]

We’re close enough to the launch that this probably deserves a bit more attention than many previous spec lists

– 20.2MP CMOS sensor. Dynamic range improvement
– Dual pixel CMOS AF
– 61-point AF system, which range is expanded. 41-point cross-type. All of the distance measuring point can be selected
– With lighting AF point red
– F8 even 61 points all of the distance measuring point can be selected
– AI AF accuracy and motion tracking has improved Servo AF III +
– Dual DIGIC6 + processor
– New mirror drive system that enables high-speed continuous shooting
– Video 4K 60fps. Possible internal recording at CFast2.0T media
– Continuous shooting up to 16 frames / sec (live view mode)
– Dual pixel CMOS AF, enables smooth AF with 4K video
– GPS built-in
– USB3.0 terminal, HDMI terminal
– Dust and water specification
– Wi-Fi option (WFT-E8)
– The size of 158mm x 167.6mm x 82.6mm
– Weight 1340g

Also photos – note the bump (GPS?) at the front…

possible 1DX mk2

1D X mk2 rear

27th An announcement is looking very likely for the 1st/2nd of Feb (next week)

A slew of US patents might hint at some of the new technologies in the 1D X mk2 – see main Canon rumour page

22nd A forum suggestion of expanded AF capabilities [FM]

“…feature of the 1DX Mk2 is its AF and tracking capabilities over the 1DX. Not only is the AF faster, when using a 2X TC on a 500/600mm f4 lens, the new camera will allow all focusing points to be active even when the effective aperture is f8. On the 1DX, only the centre AF point and 4 surrounding points (with AF area expansion) are effective. I understand there will also be a multi-frame silent shooting mode instead of the single shooting silent mode on the 1DX.”

We’re likely close enough to an announcement that such details are a bit more worthy of attention.

17th Canon events are planned for the start of February, so it’s looking like 1D X mk2 time

16th Two slots for the 1Dx 2 – 1 CF and 1 Cfast? [CR]

13th 1D X 2 to feature a 4k burst mode? [CR]

Still no solid info, so expect more snippets like these for a while

11th Latest ‘info’ for the 1D X mk2 suggests that Canon will claim 15 stops of DR [CR]

Still no signs of detailed info I’m afraid.

8th 22MP for the mk2 is suggested [CR]

7th With the Nikon D5 announced, it would seem that a 1D X mk2 announcement shouldn’t be more than a month or two away (the CP+ show is next month) [CR]

2015 December

17th A few 1Dx2 suggestions – no solid details yet [CR]

One idea is that the 1D X mk2 will replace both the 1D X and 1D C.

I don’t know how good 1D C sales have been and whether the likes of the C300/500 meant that a dedicated video 1 series body just doesn’t fit any more?

Max video frame rate: 4K @ 60fps, 120fps @ 1080p
Touch setting for AF point selection
New sensor technology
A “learning mode” for AI Servo
New AF system
GPS built-in (no mention of Wifi)
New LCD screen type/technology

11th No details, but a January announcement for ‘a significant Canon DSLR’ is suggested [CR]

…it is an Olympics year after all, so a new 1Dx is quite reasonable.


24th More possible specs appear – are we getting closer to an actual leak ;-) [CR]

24mp full frame Canon sensor
80+ AF Points
New processor technology
14+ stops of dynamic range
Nearly 15fps
4K video (max frame rate unknown)
Dual CFast
Slightly larger LCD

6th More and a wider spread of AF points suggested [CR]

3rd Some more 1Dx2 mentions [CR] maybe faster cards (CFast) and Digic 7.

January is looking good for an announcement, but given how many times we’ve seen predictions, lets wait for some ‘real’ leaks ;-) 

As ever just have a look at the camera timeline below for one of the best long term guides to what to expect …


21st No real info, but the 1Dx2 is expected to be shipping by April [CR]

12th Some specs (20MP) appear [CR] although it’s probably too far from an announcement as yet for much accuracy


7th A suggestion that the 1D X mk2 will have 4k video, but won’t be a video oriented DSLR [CR] It’s said that there won’t be 4k in any other DSLR launched next year

If so with the 5D4 then I expect a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth ;-)


24th No specifications, but there are reports of pre-production versions of the 1DX 2 out for testing and promotional use [CR]

8th A suggestion [CR] that the 1D X 2 will manage 14 fps with a 24MP sensor.

Rumours are quiet again, so I’m thinking the 14th (next Friday) is looking less likely…

5th Another mention of the 1D X replacement [DPR] and putting an announcement (along with the 5D 3 replacement) around the US Photoplus show in October.

Nothing else backs this up at the moment, so keep the usual big pinch of salt ready. 

2nd A drop in price of the 1D X to $4600 [Adorama] – look out for more widespread price drops, that sometimes trail an update?


It’s now August and there are no solid signs of any product launch yet…

2015 July

28th 24MP and at least 12fps? More 1Dx2 noises [CR]
12th If we’re to see a 1D X mk2 soon, the there should (hopefully ;-) be a few more leaks. There are suggestions [CR] that the new camera will have many more AF points (cross type) and that changes in viewfinder capabilities will be needed for it.


7th More 1Dx 2 snippets – 25MP Canon sensor [CR]

Time to review the timeline – note that Digic 6 is hardly widespresd, and Canon doesn’t tend to skip versions (note the dual Digic6 in the 5Ds – probably enough to work for the 1D mark 6 (as IMHO, you might reasonably call any 1DX2)

  Crop  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 2018 2019 2020 2021
            1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Best Full       1Ds 1Ds II 1Ds III 1D X 1DX II 1DX III
1.3     1D 1D II 1D IIn 1D III 1D IV                    
vid.                             1D C          
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D II 5D III 5D IV
1.6                   7D 7D Mk II        
'Better'  Full                                               6D 6D 2
1.6 D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D 90D
Mid 1.6         300D
Kiss N
Kiss X
760D T6s 77D
        750D T6i 800D T7i 850D T8i
Micro 1.6                                 100D SL1 X7 200D SL2 250D
Entry 1.6                   1000D / XS / F 1100D / T3 / X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6 2000D T7
EOS R Full                               R5
                              EOS R
                              EOS RP
EF-M 1.6                               M5
                              M50 M50 II
                            M M2 M3 M6 M6 II
                              M10 M100 M200

Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates. Video capable 4k 8k

Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual | Digic 6 dual | Digic 7 dual | Digic 8 dual | Digic X dual

2nd 1Dx 2 snippets – Digic 7 and extended DR [CR]


27th Suggestions that the 1D X mk2 is out for testing will have a few more MP, improved viewfinder/display/AF, lighter battery, but no details [CR]
The only dates we’ve heard for this are late 2015/early 2016

(i.e. no idea really ;-)


13th The actual appearance of a 1D X mk2 is pushed into 2016 [CR] even if it gets an announcement this year.
5th With the 50MP 5Ds announced tomorrow, some Nikon D5 rumours appear, suggesting a 20MP camera later this year. This makes a 1Dx 2 just that bit more likely in September
… let’s just hope it ships a bit faster this time?


4th The 1D X mk2 is suggested as getting a high MP sensor, although apart from both Sony and Canon saying in interviews that there will be such a sensor appearing some time, there is as yet very little actual evidence for where Canon will put one.

See main rumours page for more.

2014 November

6th A 5D4 and ‘another Canon Pro DSLR’ for the start of February are mentioned in a dealer sourced rumour (see the 5D4 page for details)


28th If there is to be a ‘High MP’ camera in the near future, then it’s probably not the 1D X mark 2 [CR]

That’s reassuring to me if it means the ‘high MP’ talk is about the return of the ‘Ds’ or even that old favourite, the 3d ;-)


21st Both the 5D mk4 and 1D X mk2 are to be announced January/February of next year, we’re told (thanks).
The 1D X mk2 will be announced first (potentially late this year), but will ship later.
Both will incorporate significant advances in sensor design, which mean that there will be no high MP ‘3D’ class body this year.

The info suggested that this was what was being tested in the studios we heard about last month, and that elements of it woud appear in the upcoming 7D mk2, but that the real advance would be seen next year.
Thanks too for the aside, that I would finally see a camera that would make me ‘rush’ to replace my 1Ds mk3 – I’ll believe it when I see it, but Northlight’s next year financials does include provision for quite a bit of new glass and equipment, that I didn’t see a need for, this year ;-)


27th We’re told (thanks) that someone from Canon recently visited several studios in NYC with a ‘test’ 1D X body for some well supervised tests. Images had to be processed on a particular laptop that came along with the camera/minder and no images were allowed to be retained.
The camera produced files of similar dimensions to a 5D3, but exhibited -much- better colour rendition and detail, with no moire. The only other real info was that the camera was for later this year or early 2015.

Is this some new sensor design from Canon? I asked for more details, but it seems that the whole test process was very secretive. If anyone else has heard of similar tests …?

22nd In the UK Canon are trying to up 1D X sales with a £400 trade in offer (details on main rumours page)

2013 November

30th The ‘4 full frame’ cameras info mentioned the other day (main rumours pagegenerated a lot of feedback[thanks].
From one of our long standing sources came the (not unreasonable) response that it was all ‘too good to be true’ and that the current ‘unified’ 1 series will continue, with a new model announced later on next year with a split pixel sensor and ‘modest’ bump in pixel count (it would share a slight change in body shape with a 1D C update). No big MP camera, and no move into MF. The 1/1C/5/6 line was it for a while.

Given that this is the one person who consistently told me to expect a 1D/1Ds merger, from 2010, should I perhaps take a bit more notice this time? 
Of the two sets of info, I -prefer- to think that we -will- see a big MP camera, but my preferences count for very little, and I realise that very few people actually know, and they are not speaking ;-)


24th New firmware (January 2014) is pre-announced for the 1D X [details on the 1D X page]
Improvements best summed up as covering improved AF functionality and an extension of auto ISO, they are firmly aimed at users who would have previously used a 1Dmk 4

It certainly suggests that there will be no mk2 announcement in the near future, although if Canon want to repeat the long lingering delays between announcement and shipping of the 1D X then we might first hear in 2014 for a 2015 ship date ;-)


15th We’re told not to expect any new full frame cameras until 2014

2012 December

22nd still rumours pointing to a ‘high MP camera’ next year, but the follow on to the 1D X is several years away.


22nd Assorted ‘high end’ rumours, but they point more to a 3D or 1D Xs

2012 February

20th Given the 1D X still isn’t shipping, there’s not much here yet.

2011 October

19th We’re told (thanks) that a much higher resolution camera was being tested this year, but events in Japan, the upcoming Olympics and Nikon D4 mean that any studio version of the 1D X is ‘some time away’.

This would tie in with comments we had earlier this year suggesting that Canon still saw the benefits of having two versions of their top camera. Whatever happens, I’d expect the 1D X to last at least 2-3 years.

18th The 1Dx is announced, so in true rumours tradition, we have a mark 2 page.
Will the 1Dx line be split to cater for those wanting more than 18MP (1D Xs)
Meanwhile, a 1D X mk2 thread on DPR

I’ve updated the Canon DSLR timeline below.

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.
11th A lot more ‘One series’ rumours appearing
A ‘full frame’ 16-20MP 1D5 is suggested at CR, but what about the largely discontinued 1Ds3?
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.

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?


1st ‘End of APS-H’ 1Ds/1D merger stuff [CR]


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 FF 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)

We actually have a page dating from the last update, which details the 1D2 to 1D2N differences.

Who knows, we may get a 1DSV at some point too

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

1D3/1D4 comparison

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Canon EOS-1D Mark III 
Sensor 16.1 million total pixels
27.9 x 18.6mm
10.7 million total pixels
27.9 x 18.6mm
Image processor Dual DIGIC IV Dual DIGIC III
A/D converter 14-bit 14-bit
Image sizes 4896 x 3264
4320 x 2880
3552 x 2368
2448 x 1632
3888 x 2592
3456 x 2304
2816 x 1880
1936 x 1288
RAW files CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
mRAW (9.0 MP)
sRAW (4.0 MP)
CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW (7.6 MP)
Auto focus 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
39 cross-type for F2.8 or faster lenses
19-point TTL CMOS sensor
19 cross-type for F4 or faster lens
26 non-selectable assist points
Noise reduction Four levels of High ISO NR High ISO NR On/Off
Movie mode 1920×1080 at 30, 25 or 24 fps
1280×720 at 60 or 50 fps
640×480 at 60 or 50 fps
LCD monitor 3.0″ TFT LCD
920,000 pixels
7 brightness levels
2.0″ TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
5 brightness levels
Continuous shooting 10.0 fps
Up to 121 JPEG Large/Fine images
Up to 28 RAW images
Up to 20 RAW+ Large/Fine JPEG images
(Figures are with UMDA 6 card)
10.0 fps
Up to 110 JPEG Large/Fine images
Up to 30 RAW images
Up to 22 RAW+ Large/Fine JPEG images
Custom functions 62 57
Storage Compact Flash slot (UDMA support)
SD card slot (SDHC support)
USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A
Compact Flash slot
SD card slot (SDHC support)
USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A
Dimensions 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in) 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)
No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)

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.

The original EOS 1DMk3

eos 1D Mk3

UK PRCanon today sets new standards for professional photography with the launch of the EOS-1D Mark III. Delivering 10 frames per second at 10.1 Megapixels for a maximum burst of 110 Large JPEG images (30 in RAW), the EOS-1D Mark III replaces the EOS-1D Mark II N as the world’s fastest digital SLR. Dual “DIGIC III” processors drive the camera’s high speed, high resolution performance, and bring 14-bit image processing to the EOS series for the first time.A ground-up redesign introduces a host of new features and advancements to Canon’s flagship EOS-1 series, including a 3.0” LCD with Live View mode, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, new auto focus system with 19 cross-type sensors, and 63-zone exposure metering. The camera’s APS-H size (28.1 x 18.7 mm) CMOS sensor enables a wider 100-3200 ISO range as standard, expandable to L:50 and H:6400.

“The EOS-1D Mark III represents a complete reappraisal of everything Canon has learned over the past 20 years of EOS development,” said Tsunemasa Ohara, Senior General Manager, Camera Development Center, Canon Inc. “In building this camera, we started with a blank canvas. Every facet of the photographic process has been refined, every design decision re-evaluated to bring us to this point: a camera that combines familiar EOS ergonomics with a vastly enhanced specification. Our engineers are overjoyed with the result.”

Key features

10.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor
10 fps continuous shooting for up to 110 frames
Dual “DIGIC III” processors
New auto focus system with 19 cross type sensors
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
ISO 3200 (expandable to H:6400)
3.0” LCD with Live View mode
Wider, brighter viewfinder
Picture Style1
The choice of professionals

The EOS-1D line has enjoyed massive popularity among the world’s leading sports, reportage and wildlife photographers, with international wire agencies AFP, Getty and Reuters choosing Canon for their photographers. “The people at Canon is great to work with because they listen to photographers. It’s their attention to detail and the pace of innovation that makes EOS the system of choice,” explained Stephen Munday, Director of Operations – Editorial, Getty Images.

Exceptional image quality

Canon’s dual “DIGIC III” processors deliver unprecedented levels of speed, responsiveness and image quality. Ready to shoot within 0.2 seconds of power on, the EOS-1D Mark III can capture and process over 100 Megapixels of image data per second, rapidly clearing the image buffer to allow up to 110 frames in one burst. Images are processed at 14 bits for a total colour depth of up to 16,384 tones per pixel, compared to 4,096 tones from 12 bit images.

The third generation CMOS sensor incorporates a new pixel design that works together with on-chip noise reduction circuitry to ensure high image quality at ISO 3200. The option to expand to H:6400 will benefit professionals working in news and sports locations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Greater precision, more control

Canon has redesigned its auto focus system to include 19 cross-type sensors with sensitivity up to f/2.8, spread out across the AF area to better accommodate off-centre subjects. An additional 26 AF assist points are used to aid AF tracking for improved accuracy.

Responding to professional photographer requests, a dedicated AF button on the back of the camera allows users to instantly switch auto focus on or off while keeping their eye on the viewfinder. The viewfinder is now brighter and offers a wider angle of view. The camera’s new 63-zone metering system gives photographers greater level of control over exposure.

New LCD with Live View

The bright 3.0” LCD monitor provides 230K pixels resolution for precise framing and reviewing of shots. New to EOS, Live View mode enables photographers to frame without having to look through the viewfinder – particularly useful for shooting from awkward positions.

The menu system on the EOS-1D Mark III has been completely redesigned to take advantage of the LCD size – menus are easier to read and use. A choice of 57 custom functions gives photographers more options for customising camera settings to their daily working requirements. A new My Menu option allows photographers to store frequently used settings on a separate menu for faster access. Settings for new accessories such as the Speedlite 580EX II and Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 – also released today – can be controlled directly from the LCD.

Total reliability

The EOS-1D Mark III incorporates a range of practical enhancements for the working photographer. Shutter durability has been increased by 50% to 300,000 cycles. The body is protected by a magnesium alloy casing with dust and moisture resistant seals. The EOS Integrated Cleaning System provides further reliability by reducing sensor dust, minimising the need for manual cleaning on assignment. To avoid corruption of captured images, a warning appears on the LCD and an alarm sounds if the memory card door is opened while images are still being written. Interfaces include video out (for display in both NTSC and PAL formats) and USB 2.0.

Compatibility and accessories

Canon is marking today’s launch with the release of several additions to the professional EOS system:

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM – A fast, ultra wide-angle zoom lens delivering exceptional image quality throughout the aperture range.
Speedlite 580EX II – An update of the Speedlite 580EX that offers weather resistance when attached to the EOS-1D Mark III.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 – Smaller, lighter and more versatile than its predecessor, the WFT-E2 speeds up workflows by allowing photographers to transmit images wirelessly during the shoot.
Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 – Verifies the authenticity of images taken with the camera and supports image encryption for additional security.

The EOS-1D Mark III is supplied with a comprehensive software suite to help the photographer’s workflow. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control.

DPP integrates with cameras features such as the Dust Delete Data and Picture Style. The camera also comes with EOS Utility, ImageBrowser/Zoom Browser and Photostitch.

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