There’s a new bad boy in town! Photographers, get ready to take notes and make a wishlist because Canon has just announced the launch of a new 1DX camera, after four years since the last high-end shooter rocked your world. 1D X MarkII is packed with exciting features, including shooting 4K video at up to 60 fps.
While the camera’s body is keeping with the design you came accustomed to (the original 1D X), the “brain” is nothing short of spectacular. With a full-frame 20.2-megapixel sensor and an ISO range of 100-51,200 (which, by the way, can be stretched up to, wait for it…, 409,600!), it’s almost impossible to complain about the quality of the images.
There’s more from where that magic came from. 1D X MarkII can shoot at up to 14 frames per second with autofocus and 16 without (which beats the D5’s 12 frames), meaning it might just be this year’s perfect gift if you’re a photojournalist, sports or wildlife photographer. Take into consideration that Canon has prepared a brand new auto-focus system with 61 selectable points (versus D5′ 55 points).
While Canon has released cameras that can record 4K destined for videographers, this is the first photo camera that can register 4K video at 60 frames per second. In video mode, you can use the touchscreen to focus with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF but that’s where the touchscreen play ends.
If you’re getting happier by the line, hit the brakes. Before you start saving up money, you should know that the 1D X Mark II will sell for $6,000 – just the body – in April. Also, you’ll have to get a wi-fi adapter for an additional $600.
It’s a collector’s item, definitely, if you don’t do photography for a living.
image credits: Canon