Canon has finally unveiled its updated flagship DSLR , the EOS- 1DX Mark II. The main attraction here is, of course, the ability to record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video at an impressive 60p, a feature mainly seen in camcorders and cinema cameras. 1DX Mark II comes with 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor, as well as dual DIGIC 6+ processors.
Just like its predecessor, the 1DX Mark II comes with two card slots – a CFast 2.0 card slot and a CF card slot for older media cards. The DSLR comes with an improved sensitivity with a native ISO 51200 which can be expanded up to ISO 409600. The 4K shooting, though, will be limited to a sensitivity range up to ISO 12800 while HD is available at up to ISO 25600. All this can be operated through a 3.2″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD, which is fixed into the magnesium alloy body.
Added to the DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) recording, the 1DX Mark II also comes with a true 24.00 fps shooting option in all its modes and can even shoot in FHD at upto a speed of 120 fps. Internally, the 4K video at 60p has an impressive 800 Mbps bit rate, while 24/30p have a 500 Mbps bit rate, ensuring a very sharp footage with minimum artifacting.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF for a full-frame sensor and Movie Servo AF provide a major boost in autofocussing while shooting video on the 1DX Mark II. This provides an exceptional speed and spot on accuracy, which is complemented by the touchscreen LCD panel which can be used by the user to change the focus area by simply tapping it.
Meanwhile, low-light shooting gets more convenient now with f/8 support. All of the 1DX Mark II’s 61 cross type points will be functional during low light shooting and this will further be helped by the fact that the center point would go down to -3EV. Just like the 1DX, the newly launched 1DX Mark II too shoots at a extremely fast 14 fps for still photography, with its 20.2MP sensor with full-time AF and AE metering.
Canon has implemented a Digital Lens Optimizer technology that stores lens aberration data in the camera and almost instantly corrects peripheral brightness and chromatic aberration, as well as distortion and diffraction. This ensures maximum resolution and detail from the 20.2MP CMOS sensor.
The camera is dust and water resistant, which makes it hold its own in the most difficult weather conditions which a photographer would encounter during wildlife or nature photography. Connectivity features in the 1DX Mark II include a PC sync port, a microUSB 3.0 transfer port, and an Ethernet port in addition to the Mini HDMI (Type C) and audio connections. The 1DX Mark II runs on the same batteries as those of the 1DX so you would not have to give up on your battery grip if you are upgrading to the 1DX Mark II. The top end Canon flagship DSLR is expected to begin shipping in April at a price of around $6,000 (body-only), or $6,300 for a premium kit that includes a 64GB CFast card and an Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 Card Reader/Writer.