Review roundup: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon is looking to hit another home run as it comes back for round two with the EOS-1D X Mark II. It looks impressive on paper, but how do the camera buffs think it holds up? 

When it comes down to numbers, 1D X Mark II is a winner. Offering 14 fps shooting, and breakneck 16 fps when shooting in live view mode, it’s definitely up there as one of the highest resolution DSLRs available. Numbers aren’t everything, but this camera certainly isn’t lacking substance.

Design

We’re big fans of the 1D X Mark II, even down to the way it looks. It’s a fairly hefty bit of tech, and while its size may deter those after something smaller, the 1D X Mark II delivers in almost every way, more than making up for its size.

Pocket-lint.com said: “if you’re looking for something small then, well, this isn’t going to fit the brief. Having just reviewed the mid-range Canon 80D, the 1D X II is a whole different beast… despite the size everything falls to place in the hand well, catering for both portrait and landscape orientation thanks to dual controls.”

Tech Radar said: “the EOS-1D X [Mark II] feels almost identical to the 1D X. Both cameras are heavy and solid-feeling, with the characteristic ‘battery bulge’ in the base doubling up as a vertical grip for portrait format shooting. This has been revised for the Mark II with a deeper grip for a more secure hold.”

Autofocus

When it comes to autofocus, the 1D X Mark II packs a punch. Although it may initially appear similar to the autofocus system found in the previous model, Mark II delivers on a variety of upgrades and tweaks that set it apart from the last generation. While still operating on a 61-point system, the new Ai Servo III+ tracking system allows the camera to more accurately predict tracking movement.

Pocket Lint said: “all 61-points are sensitive to f/8 – which will be handy if you’re using a 2x converter and are forced to use a smaller aperture (21 of these AF points are cross-type to said sensitivity). You can choose to utilise all points or cross-type only in selection, with 1-point, 5-point group, 9-point group, centre/left/right areas and full 61-point arrays being available using the dedicated focus type button and M-fn button.”

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Resolution

This camera is fast, that’s for sure. When 16 frames per second isn’t enough for you, the Mark II’s 4K Frame Grab feature means you can capture 8.8 megapixel JPEG images at a whopping 60fps.  

ephotozine said: “The 1D X Mark II offers a wide range of 4K video recording options, as well as high-speed FullHD video, and the video capabilities of this Digital SLR are the best you will find in a consumer level interchangeable lens camera, better than most other cameras, with the ability to record full CINE resolution 4K video at 60/50fps, whilst others only offer 4K video at 30/25/24fps.” They called it the fastest shooting full-frame camera available.

Backwards compatibility

Canon’s latest offering may come at a price, but don’t worry, your kit and accessories from the last iteration will still work with the Mark II.

Digital Photography review said: “As well as offering familiar ergonomics, the camera offers a good degree of backwards compatibility. For example, the Mark II uses a new battery, the LP-E19 but is still able to make use of the LP-E4 batteries used by its predecessor.”

4K video

Making the big jump to one of the latest video standards, the EOS-1D X Mark II also introduces 4K video, which was lacking in the previous model. As mentioned above, the Mark II is capable of shooting beautiful 4K video at 60fps.

Tech Radar said: “the 1D X Mark II doesn’t just shoot 4K at 30fps, it can shoot it at 60fps too. That requires serious processing power and it means you can record smooth 2x slow motion footage at 4K resolution. Interestingly, the Mark II shoots ‘real’ 4 at 4,096 x 2,160 pixels, rather than the slightly smaller UHD format most other cameras refer to generically as ‘4K’.”

You can pre-order the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II here and receive a free SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO CFastT 2.0 memory card . For everything else, call 03332 400 888, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.


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