After introducing the new superzooms Canon PowerShot SX540 HS and Canon PowerShot SX420 IS in January, Canon marked February by catapulting its new flagship, the revolutionary Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, which will head the Canon DSLR army.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, the successor of the legendary Canon EOS-1D X, brings numerous improvements and it is revolutionary in many aspects in relation to the Canon EOS class, which it belongs to. First of all, it features Canon's new full-frame 20.2MP CMOS sensor, coupled with two DIGIC 6+ processors. The dual DIGIC 6+ processors are so powerful that they offer incredible speed capabilities, so the burst rate is 14 fps in the Auto Exposure (AE) mode, while in the LV mode, with locked focus and exposure, it reaches up to astonishing 16 fps! In terms of numbers, this brings up to massive 170 RAW images in a single burst at 14 fps, while the number of JPEG images shot continuously is virtually unlimited (depending on a memory card). This rates apply when the new LP-E19 battery is used (by the way, according to the CIPA standards, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II can deliver up to as many as 1210 shots with this battery). When the old LP-E4N battery from the predecessor is used, the continuous shooting rate is the same like in the case of the 1D X - 12/14 fps.
The aspect that also underwent a rebirth is the autofocus system, which, like in the case of the predecessor, offers 61 points, 41 of which are cross-type, yet the frame coverage is now higher by as much as 24%. As far as the LV mode is concerned, the 1D X Mark II utilizes the latest iteration of Canon's Dual Pixel AF technology, which brings high-speed focusing in OneShot mode. Aside from the AF system, the metering system has been improved as well, and it is now equipped with a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor, which provides improvements when it comes to subject detection and tracking, including human faces, too.
The next item that elevates the Canon 1D X Mark II above the other EOS models is support for 4K (DCI) video capture. 4K video recording (4096 x 2160) takes place at tremendous 60 fps, by using the M-JPEG codec (by means of which frames are very easy to extract (Frame Grab)), while, thanks to the new CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video operates at up to 120 fps. The option Frame Grab enables users to isolate frames from recorded 4K video and thus create an 8.8MP still JPEG images in-camera. What is also very useful when it comes to videos is the fact that the already mentioned Dual Pixel AF technology offers continuous focus in video, which in combination with the touch screen (a 3.2" 1,620,000-dot TFT LCD screen) brings fantastic results, as focus points can be selected very easily by touch, even during recording. As for the screen, it is sensitive to touch only when selecting AF points in the LV mode.
The feature that also singles out the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the fact that it sports the Digital Lens Optimizer option, by means of which chromatic aberrations are corrected inside the camera. So far this action could be carried out only in post-processing on an external computer.
The aspect where the 1D X Mark II did not distance itself from the predecessor is storage - it still features two memory card slots, but now one is intended for CFast 2.0 cards, whereas the other is still for Compact Flash cards up to UDMA 7. For capturing 4K videos at 60 fps, it is necessary to use a CFast card, bearing in mind the information flow. Moreover, the 1D X Mark II inherited a sealed housing from the 1D X. Its body is composed of magnesium alloy and it is weather resistant. In addition, the optical viewfinder (pentaprism) is still present, with 100% coverage and 0.76x magnification.
However, in contrast to the predecessor, the new EOS-1D X Mark II boasts built-in GPS as well, along with an electronic compass. Wi-Fi support is available only optionally, in combination with the WFT-E8 transmitter.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II will hit the shops in April and the price for body-only will be $5999. Furthermore, a combination with a 64GB CFast memory card and reader will be available - priced at $6299.
The news was taken from CANON.