Scheduled for a Spring 2012 release, the EOS-1D X replaces the EOS-1Ds Mark III and the EOS 1D Mark IV. This new flagship DSLR is one of the most anticipated cameras ever, and its feature set looks impressive, to say the least.
Dual DIGIC 5+
Dual new-generation DIGIC 5+ processors—each 17 times more powerful than the DIGIC 4—make possible the implementation of new noise-reduction algorithms, on-the-fly chromatic aberration correction and an improved video codec.
New 18.1 MP Full-Frame Sensor
The EOS-1D X features an all-new 18.1-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor. This is a bit higher resolution than the 16.1-megapixel EOS-1D Mark IV and less than the 21.1-megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark III. The 18.1-megapixel sensor provides faster shooting and better high-ISO performance than would be possible with a higher pixel count.
New AF System
The EOS-1D X features an entirely new AF system with a new AI Servo II tracking algorithm. There are 61 AF points, covering more of the frame area (52% of the width vs. 41% for previous cameras); 41 of the points are cross-types with lenses of ƒ/4 or faster, and 20 are cross-types with lenses of ƒ/5.6 or faster (versus no cross-types at ƒ/5.6 with previous EOS-1 cameras). There are five central dual cross-type points for lenses of ƒ/2.8 or faster. This new AF system will no longer function with lens/converter combinations of ƒ/8.
The new EOS-1D X features a rugged body with a magnesium-alloy cover and chassis. It has 76 gaskets and seals to keep out moisture and dust. The shutter is rated at 400,000 cycles. A new quad-action mirror design reduces vibration and speeds operation.
The EOS-1D X's normal ISO range is 100 to 51,200, settable in 1⁄3-EV increments. This can be expanded downward to 50 and upward to a remarkable 204,800. We don't expect ISO 204,800 to be usable for general photography, but solid-looking images at ISO 25,600 is a real possibility.
Image Sensor: 18.1 MP CMOS Max. Resolution: 5184x3456 pixels Sensor Size: 36x24mm (full-frame) Video: 1920x1080/30p, 25p and 24p; 1280x720/60p and 50p; 640x480/30p and 25p AF System: 61-point phase-detection Shutter Speeds: 30 to 1⁄8000 sec., B ISO Settings: 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-204,800) Continuous Firing Mode: 12 fps (14 fps JPEG with mirror locked up) Recording Format: RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG Metering: 252-zone evaluative, partial, CW, spot Storage Media: Dual CompactFlash slots Dimensions: 6.2x6.4x3.3 inches Weight: TBA Power Source: Rechargeable LP-EN4N or LP-EN4 lithium-ion battery Estimated Street Price: $7,000 body only (final pricing isn't set yet) Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com