Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Review

Overall 42
Imaging 18
Features 60
Size 66
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Expands to 50 - 409600)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 16.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 4096 x 2160 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 158 x 168 x 83 mm
  • Weight: 1530 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Canon 1D X.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Summary

This review is devoted to EOS-1D X Mark II that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 02, 2016. This model is a Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Canon released to replace their older product 1D X.

In Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #111 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #806 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Continuous Shooting: 16.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.5
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 3207
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • Af Touch: Yes
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 61
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Wireless Connectivity: Optional
  • Dust Proof: No

Complete Comparison of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II With Other Cameras in Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has the following external dimensions 158 x 158 x 83 mm (62.2 x 66.14 x 32.68″) with the weight of 1530 g.

The typical weight for average Pro DSLR type cameras is 1275g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 83mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II — 1210 shots
Min: 650 shots
Average: 2336 shots
Max: 4400 shots

Thickness

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II — 83 mm
Min: 74 mm
Average: 85 mm
Max: 123 mm

Weight

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II — 1530 g
Min: 735 g
Average: 1275 g
Max: 1585 g

Unfortunately, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Photo and Sensor Features

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has the following ISO range 100 - 51200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 409600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features a 20.0 MP Full frame sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 88 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,620k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in EOS-1D X Mark II has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.76x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Compared to other cameras from this class, this model comes packed with excellent magnification and coverage. Its coverage indicator of 100% guarantees excellent quality of shots and ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the ViewFinder while shooting. This also contributes to a better framing of your shots, so, in most cases, there won’t be a need for further cropping.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II are its 16.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, EOS-1D X Mark II unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Canon EOS-1D X Mark II stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 61 points.

In addition, EOS-1D X Mark II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 4096 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II allows you to save files in MPEG-4, H.264 and Motion JPEG formats.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of EOS-1D X Mark II.

In addition, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Canon EOS-1D X Mark II a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect EOS-1D X Mark II to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS-1D X Mark II provides a shooting life of 1210, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 2336 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS-1D X Mark II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS-1D X Mark II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS-1D X Mark II to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D X Mark II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D X Mark II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 78. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1210 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (158 x 168 x 83 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D X Mark II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II can be called a 97 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (16.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (61)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (3207)
  • Big battery life (1210 shots)
  • Big size (158 x 168 x 83 mm)

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D X Mark II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (1530 g)
  • Big size (158 x 168 x 83 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS-1D X Mark II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II can be called a 98 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.5)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (3207)

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model EOS-1D X Mark II
Announced Feb 02, 2016
Body Type Large SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF
Number of Lenses 256
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 1,620k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.76
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 16.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 88
DxO Color Depth 24.1
DxO Dynamic Range 13.5
DxO Low Light ISO 3207
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 51,200
Max Boosted ISO 409,600
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 61
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 4096 x 2160 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
Max Video Resolution 4096 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1530 g
Physical Dimensions 158 x 168 x 83 mm
Battery Life 1210 shots
Battery Type 1210 shots
Battery Model LP-E19
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type n/a
Storage Slots 2

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