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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can connect EOS-1D X Mark II to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No Significant Disadvantages
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.
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.
|Model||EOS-1D X Mark II|
|Announced||Feb 02, 2016|
|Body Type||Large SLR|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Number of Lenses||256|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,620k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||16.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||88|
|DxO Color Depth||24.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||13.5|
|DxO Low Light ISO||3207|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||61|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|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|
|Physical Dimensions||158 x 168 x 83 mm|
|Battery Life||1210 shots|
|Battery Type||1210 shots|