Following its first announcement in October 2011, the 1D X has taken a long time to enter production. As professional cameras finally begin to appear on store shelves across the world, much of the excitement has been muted by the arrival of models such as the Nikon D4, which was the first to enter the market.
As a result, Canon has decided to replace the full-frame 1Ds Mark III and APS-H 1D Mark IV with a single camera, the full-frame 1D X, which has an 18-megapixel sensor and dial Digic V processors.
Please make no mistake about it, this camera is a high-end photography machine designed for professional photographers. It’s not hard to figure out what the pricing is going to be based on the ludicrous constant frame rate.
Design and functional
With dust and water resistance befitting a camera of this caliber and scale, the 1D X is built to last with a sturdy fit and finish that ensures a reliable user experience. It is constructed of magnesium alloy, which is durable and will withstand the demanding circumstances that sports and professional SLR would encounter, and it is weatherproofed to complete the package.
The camera includes two primary grips, one for conventional landscape photography and the other, which is a near replica, for portrait photography. Both grips are made of rubber. The grips guarantee that the body is securely held in the hand, and all of the buttons and dials are easily accessible. Both shooting configurations provide access to the AF-ON button and the exposure lock and shutter buttons. However, despite the fact that it is an enormous camera, the 1D X is not overly burdensome due to its excellent ergonomics.
Due to the camera’s 170-degree viewing angle, the 3.2-inch, 1.04-million-dot LCD screen on the back of the camera is both bright and simple to see in broad daylight conditions, making it ideal for usage in low-light circumstances. A control wheel with a Set button in the center, similar to those seen on other Canon high-end models, provides access to menu settings and shooting functions.
Dual CompactFlash slots are concealed behind a lockable door on the device’s rear. For shooting, the slots provide four distinct functions: single card recording, overflow control, independent recording of various-sized photos to each card, and redundancy recording on the same card (or RAW and JPEG on either card).
To capture video footage, the 1D X supports a variety of various resolutions and formats, which is similar to the 5D Mark III’s offering. 1080p recording is offered at 24 or 25 frames per second (All-I or IPB), 720p at 50 frames per second (All-I or IPB), or VGA resolution at 25 frames per second (All-I or IPB) (IPB).
In comparison to other Canon SLRs, video shooting with the 1D X is a little more challenging. First and first, movie shooting must be enabled for usage in Live View from inside the menu system before it can be used. Then, expanded focus operates in a manner identical to that of the 5D Mark III, with the zoom button situated beneath the screen and magnification controlled via the control dial. The M-Fn button, which is located next to the shutter button and serves in place of the conventional Set button, is used to start and stop recording.
Video recording may make use of the whole ISO range, as well as manual exposure settings. During recording, the audio and exposure settings may be adjusted with the use of the quiet control pad located within the rear dial.
The 1D X delivers exceptionally high-quality footage, which is to be anticipated considering its history and genealogy back to the 5D series of cameras. There is just a slight amount of rolling shutter apparent, and the photos are crisp (though to some extent, this will rely on the quality of the glass in front of the sensor.)
The Canon EOS-1D X is a superb SLR camera that is designed for sports photographers and demanding professional photographers. It will not disappoint those who seek the best performance from their equipment. If you’re wanting to capture professional-quality video with this SLR, the one noticeable missing is the lack of headphone monitoring, which is a big disappointment because it was included with the 5D Mark III previously.