Image Format Approx. 36 mm x 24mm (35 mm Full-frame)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF Lenses
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 18.1 megapixels
Total Pixels 19.3 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal:Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low Pass Filter Fixed position in front of the image sensor
Dust Deletion Feature (1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Carrier wave type
Removes dust adhering to the infrared- and ultraviolet-blocking glass.
Self-cleaning executed automatically (taking about 1.8 sec.) when power is turned on or off. Manual execution also possible (taking about 5.2 sec.).
Low-pass filter has a fluorine coating.
(2) Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
The coordinates of the dust adhering to the infrared- and ultraviolet-blocking glass are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.
The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the provided software to automatically erase the dust spots.
(3) Manual cleaning
Recording Format Design Rule for Camera File System 2.0 and EXIF 2.3
Image Format Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM)
File Size (1) Large: Approx. 17.9 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
(2) M1: Approx. 14.20 Megapixels (4608 x 3072)
(3) M2: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3456 x 2304)
(4) Small: Approx. 4.5 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)
(5) RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5184 x 3456)
(6) M-RAW: Approx. 10.10 Megapixels (3888 x 2592)
(7) S-RAW: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2592 x 1728)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Recording Functions 1. Standard
Select one of the CF cards to record.
2. Auto switch card
When the current card becomes full, the camera switches to the other card automatically.
3. Record separately
The same image is saved to both cards, but in a different size (L, M1, M2, S, RAW, M-RAW, or S-RAW) that was set for the respective card.
4. Record to multiple
The same image is saved to both cards in the same size (RAW+JPEG also possible).
Backup Recording N/A
File Numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset.
Possible to create new folders and select folders in the CF card
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording The image-recording quality can be selected in any combination of the three RAW and four JPEG recording quality settings.
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature setting
Auto White Balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels
*Corrected in reference to the current WB mode's color temperature.
Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity) / 35.0° angle of view
Eye Point Approx. 20mm (At -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction -3.0 to +1.0 m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflectance ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information - AF information (AF point, focus confirmation, AF status indicator)
- Exposure information (Metering mode, shooting mode, AE lock, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO speed (always displayed), exposure level, exposure warning)
- Flash information (Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation)
- Image information (White balance correction, highlight-tone priority (D+), maximum burst
(2-digit display), CF card information, JPEG/RAW indicator)
- Battery check
- Composition information (Grid, electronic level)
Depth Of Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Type TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points 61-point AF
*One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8, 10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4, and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. 1 cross-type AF point at f/8.* (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)
*With Firmware Version 1.1.1 installed.
Focusing Modes (1) Autofocus
Predictive AI Servo AF
For automatic AF point selection, the AF point to start the AI Servo AF operation can be selected.
For automatic AF point selection, the active AF point can be displayed.
AI Focus AF (Switches between One-Shot AF and AI SERVO AF automatically)
(2) Manual focus (MF)
AF Point Selection 1. Single-point AF (Manual selection)
2. Auto selection 61-point AF
3. Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
4. AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: up, down, left, and right). Firmware Ver. 1.1.1 allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point up to a maximum aperture of f/8 when using an extender. When AF point expansion is used with a lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point act as AF assist points. Points above and below are sensitive to vertical contrast, while those to the left and right are sensitive to horizontal contrast
5. AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
6. Zone AF (Manual zone selection)
AF Function Registration/Switching With a Custom Function, four types of AF function settings can be registered in a group: 1. AF area selection mode, 2. AI Servo tracking sensitivity, 3. AI Servo AF tracking method, and 4. AI Servo 1st/2nd img priority.
* This function can be assigned to the depth-of-field preview button or lens A stop button by customizing camera controls/buttons (Custom Controls).
Selected AF Point Display Indicated by transmissive LCD display in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel
Active AF Point Indicator AF Area and AF Point Selection
From the Orientation Linked AF Point menu, the AF area and manually-selectable AF point can be set separately for horizontal and vertical (camera grip at the top or bottom) shooting.
AF Point Illumination during AI Servo AF
With Firmware Ver. 1.1.1, AF points can be illuminated in red with a half-press of the shutter button in AI Servo AF mode. Illumination is intermittent, not continuous, and does not interfere with metering accuracy.
AF Assist Beam When an external EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the AF-assist beam from the Speedlite will be emitted when necessary.
Metering Modes 252-zone metering with approx. 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor and TTL maximum aperture metering employed. The following metering modes selectable:
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (center, approx. TBA% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (center, approx. TBA% of viewfinder)
1. Center spot metering
2. AF point-linked spot metering (Custom Function)
-Linkable to all AF points.
-With automatic AF point selection, center spot metering is set.
3. Multi-spot metering
- Up to eight multi-spot meter readings can be taken.
(4) Center-weighted average metering
1. The selectable metering modes can be restricted with a Custom Function.
Metering Range EV 0 - EV 20 (at 73°F/23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed Range Automatically set, ISO 100-51200 (in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments)
Basic Zone modes: ISO 100-51200 set automatically
Extension settable: ISO 50; 102,400 and 204,800
Exposure Compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
* Indicated up to ±3 stops on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder.
AE Lock (1) Auto AE lock
In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.
(2) Manual AE lock
With AE lock button. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.) Enabled in all metering modes.
Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec. (still)
1/4000 - 1/30 (Movie / Program AE)
1/4000 - 1/30 (Movie / Manual Exposure) for 24/25/30 fps
1/4000 - 1/60 (Movie / Manual Exposure) for 50/60 fps
Shutter speed's control range can be set with a Custom Function.
EOS Dedicated Speedlite E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
Zooming to Match Focal Length Provided
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock Provided
External Flash Settings 1) External Flash Control
Flash mode, sync setting, FEB (not with 270EX II / 270EX), flash exposure compensation, E-TTL II, zoom, wireless master flash, (not with 430EX II / 270EX), and clear settings.
2) Flash Custom Function Setting
PC Terminal Provided; accepts third-party flash units with sync line voltages up to 250V maximum
Drive Modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, Silent Single Shooting and Self-timer (10-sec. self-timer/remote control, or 2-sec. self-timer/remote control)
Continuous Shooting Speed Super High-speed: Maximum 14 shots/sec.
High-speed: Maximum 12 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Maximum 3 shots/sec.
Maximum Burst The maximum burst during continuous shooting is as follows:
JPEG Large: Approx: TBA
UDMA CF Card: Approx: TBA
RAW: Approx: TBA
UDMA 7 CF Card: Approx. TBA
Live View Functions
Shooting Modes Still photo and video recording
Focusing Quick mode (61- Point Phase-difference detection AF)
Live mode/Face detection Live mode (One-Point Contrast detection AF, switching to another point possible)
Face detection Live mode (Contrast AF, Face Selectable)
Manual focusing (5x/10x magnification possible)
Metering Modes Real-time Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering Range Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor:
Metering range: EV 0 - EV 20 (At 73°F/23°C, 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
AE lock possible
The active metering time can be changed.
Grid Display Three grid display provided
Exposure Simulation Possible
Silent Shooting Provided
File Format MOV (image data: H.264; audio: Linear PCM)
Internal monaural microphone
External stereo microphone jack available
File Size Recording Sizes:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480
Frame Rates [1920 x 1080]: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
[1280 x 720]: 60 fps / 50 fps
[640 x 480]: 30 fps / 25 fps
Continuous Shooting Time Recording Times based on 8 GB Memory Card:
[1920 x 1080]
30 fps: ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
25 fps ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
24 fps ALLI-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
[1280 x 720]
60 fps: ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
50 fps ALL-I (TBA) / IPB (TBA)
[640 x 480]
30 fps: IPB (TBA)
25 fps: IPB (TBA)
Focusing Same as Live View Shooting
Exposure Control Program AE, Manual exposure
Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
Display Format Single image, Single image + Image-recording quality/shooting information, histogram, 4- or 9-image index, magnified view (approx. 1.5x-10x), rotated image (auto/manual), image jump (by 10/100 images, index screen, by shooting date, by folder), slide show (all images/selected by date/folder), star rating
Highlight Alert With single-image display (Info.) and single-image display, overexposed highlight areas will blink
Image Protection and Erase
Protection Erase protection can be applied or canceled for a single image, all images in a folder or all images in the card
Erase Erase a single image, selected images, all images in a folder, all images in a card or erase only unprotected images
Could Be The Best Camera In The World
I have had this camera for over a year now and I absolutely love it. The image/video quality in low light and at high ISO settings are almost mind blowing. I give Canon a lot of credit for going with the 18mp size sensor on their flagship model. The sensor, because it has the larger pixels, can capture more light per pixel, a more quality image in a slightly smaller package (which is also great for time lapse, as 35+ mb files add up much faster than 22 mb files do.)
I use this camera for both still and motion picture, often times simultaneously. Having had a pro-body in the past, I could never go back to a smaller body without the pro functions, at least not as my primary camera, although the Mark III was tempting. The image quality that you get with the 1D-x is just to good to pass up, not to mention its feel in your hands, solid and accessibility of control. I started as a photographer and have since morphed into doing both still and video work. I actually bought the 1D-X to replace my old 1D-S because of the video functionally, as I was starting to get into that type of work more.
The only con I have with this camera is the lack of clean HDMI out, and for multiple reasons I need this function. I use a HD electronic view finder, but with the dirty HDMI signal it is both hard to focus and the output that goes to a monitor for a director to see, or the client, is all slightly soft. That in turn confuses me, the director and the client. Focus is hard, this makes it harder.
Had I known that the 5D Mark III was going to have clean HDMI out and the 1D-X never would I think I would have bought the Mark III with some glass to boot. That being said, now that I have shot with the 1D-X for a year, and with the hopes that Canon puts a clean HDMI out on it, I do not regret my decision at all. But If they do not, I will have to sell what could have been the best camera in the world.
December 8, 2013
Note that I wanted to withhold a star for overall rating because there is no clean HDMI output (the 5D3 got that update a few months ago, but the more expensive 1DX has been snubbed! so far.). Canon, please get on this!
But I withheld a star from features for this reason.
Image quality is great; color, sharpness, low-noise. The High ISO capability has changed the way I take many still pictures. Indoors can now often be without flash or added lighting, which not just makes things easier, but also allows 'seeing' right off what a shot will look like (you can avoid flash/strobe 'flatness' and maintain the direction of the lighting (which might be the key to why the scene/framing caught your eye in the first place), and naturally you can be more stealth too). Of course there's softness/noise as the ISO gets in the upper 4 and into the 5 digits, but the advantage of being able to use a faster shutter speed negates this by avoiding motion blur.
Can't do that (yet) with medium format cameras.
Still, I use ISO 100 a lot, and it is sharp and smooth as butter.
The frame rate is phenomenal. And at full-frame size, this is really a big, big deal for catching action and multi-exposure effects.
Focusing is now often like it's supposed to be: quick and spot on, especially with the good L lenses (the focusing updates were a pleasant welcome too).
It can take a bit of playing around but when you get the focusing and that frame rate working together, look out. Can't do stuff like that (yet) with medium format resolution cameras.
In general, the 18 megapixel is better (cleaner) than having a more noisy higher megapixel image. In other words, it seems to me that, for examples, the 5D3 and D800 can show more detail, but when you zoom in to equivalent pixel size esp. over 100 percent, the 1DX is cleaner at equivalent percentages (Maybe it's the photosite size ----certainly when you compare the (also) 18 mp 7D you can see the massive difference in noise, with the 1DX far far better (never mind the color and DR, and ISO differences); though I know the 7D is 'old').
If you want more megapixel landscapes, maybe use a panoramic head and stitch them (2 shots at 18mp will blow away a single D800 36 mp landscape pic any day)
* Needs a clean HDMI output (even the much cheaper 5D3 has that now!). For video use, would also be nice if it had focus peaking (but even the 1DC doesn't have that -- which, if it did, I'd be more strongly considering that camera (can THAT be in a 1DC firmware update, Canon?).
Weight and size of camera doesn't bother me, because I like the stability and the way it feels balanced in my hands. So it's more often a plus than a negative.
I would say it's challenging to use, not difficult, since, it's a pro camera after all.
October 27, 2013
I've been a photographer for over 40 years. I rented this camera before I bought it. The picture quality is the best I've ever seen with a digital or film camera. That's one reason I bought it.
The other reason is I shoot a lot of motorcycle races and need a camera that can focus "fast". The 1Dx is a camera that's super fast for sports and also perfect for still life, models, whatever. It's not cheap, but the best never is.
July 30, 2013
Impressively Outstanding 1D-X !
First off I have been into the art photography since I was child I started shooting on my grandmothers Canon A1 and worked my way up to a 1D mark III and then to my recent purchase of my 1D-X It amazies me on how technology advances and how great that technology and art can be combined into this amazing DSLR. I go from shooting public events and weddings to even underwater photography in the reefs of the Florida Keys and the 1D-X is my go to DSLR its ability to since the perfect section colors to match all most to what my eyes perceives, is what makes so incredible to use. Here is my advice to you, see I was considering buying the 5D Mark III but I thought I would rather spend the extra money and go with 1D-X because I new I would had the best there is to offer in Pro DSLR it was one of the best purchases I ever made in my life the 1D-X will never let me down and I tell everyone that asks if you want consider you self the best then you will need the best equipment there is to offer and the 1D-X is that.
May 19, 2013
* Available on EOS-1D X with Firmware Update Version 1.1.1 or later. ** The maximum continuous shooting speed is restricted to 10 fps when the battery charge is less than 50% or when ISO speed is above 32000. If the camera's internal temperature is low and ISO speed is above 20000, the maximum continuous shooting speed is restricted to 10 fps.
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