Canon EOS 1 d Mark II Supermaxad X – Speed

TEST: Canon EOS 1 d X from 2011, home of many photographers who needed professional speed. Now that Mark II of Canon’s flagship arrived, many wonder: should I upgrade? We have tested the fastest camera for press photographer right now.

Whether you need it or not, it is very to-ha-factor of the new Canon 1 d X Mark II. But why? The main answer is speed, and more developed, it’s functions. But how do they themselves against precursor 1 d X from 2011?The thing is that there are so many parts to tell if it is really only a small part that fits here.

The camera sits a new sensor on 20.2 megapixels that gives about 10% larger images than from it in 1 d X, on 18.1 Megapixels.ISO range has been increased further, now with the ability to shoot in 409600 ISO. As the fastest takes 16 frames per second, 14 with working auto focus.

Overall, 1 d X Mark II upgrade on multiple fronts, with the improved auto focus, better imaging and advanced circuits. To test the differences to its predecessor, we have photographed everything from football, ice hockey, stunt photography, action-packed occasions and used it as a press camera. This is what we came up with.

Improved design

Although we immediately recognize us from its predecessor, so Canon has still made some design improvements on 1 d X Mark II. Perhaps the biggest change is in the knob for video/still image with the start/stop button when the AF-ON button. The button feels like a smart addition, mainly in order to make the camera more video-friendly and fast available for the function. Really good that is.

Of the topic buttons so Canon has chosen to not have lighted buttons, something that clearly would be facilitated when shooting in low light to quickly find the right.

In addition, the surface of the joystick now become larger, which also was part of the criticisms made against 1 d x. Now is feeling much better, and thus accuracy. Canon listens to its users, which is good. However, Staples, they maintain that still have some very small buttons, such as the M-Fn button and the button to select autofokuspunkt and location.

To switch between horizontal and vertical photography now feels even better than before, in part because the AF-ON button now has more similar positions in the two different grips. Anyway a little improvement.

One thing that I think is a shame is the possibility of exposure compensation when shooting in manual mode with auto-ISO turned on. Just then, it is not possible to exponeringskompensera, which we of course want to do by delaying auto-ISO-scale to adjust the exposure.

Now with touch screen

The 3.2 inch big screen with a slightly higher resolution-1.62 million pixels — is now touch-screen facility. Of course, this is a real winner feature when shooting video, which allows you to set the focus directly on the screen by a simple pressure.

But what puzzles me is that this is also the only touch screen is used to. Why not able to browse image files, or zoom in these? Why not be able to touch the icons to get up (and can kustomisera the order of) when you press the Q button? It seems quite clear that untapped potential.

The brightness can be set in 7 positions, but unfortunately there is not any auto-setup for this course, which is a shame.

New features

As with the 7 d Mark II, 1 d Mark II has now also X a antiflimmer function to capture flickerfree light when shooting in such as an ice rink. In addition, the 1 d X Mark II built-in GPS, which lets you, for example, can have extremely high precision of the time limits specified in the image files, which improves for pressfotografen who work with multiple cameras, or against the editors, in order to get the pictures right.

Furthermore, Canon has now also added the ability to crop images and save them separately directly in the camera. This feature is most useful in situations where rapid delivery for Web is important. But what strikes me is why you can not adjust the position or size of the origin using the touch screen – it’s obvious to me that the function should be to take advantage of the opportunities.

Another thing is good, is the new kamerastatus-log. This will log events in the camera, which means that you may pass you from submitting camera body on service and can solve it all by phone, or to the Service Department can work faster by reading of this information. A really good thing for those that are professionals and rely on their equipment.

Another novelty is the DLO-circuit,» Digital Lens Optimizer «, which is built in as a circuit in 1 d X Mark II. This ensures that your photos are objektivkorrigerade directly in the camera instead of in the computer, as in the past.


Canon has merged with the pour of the 1 d Mark II 1DX X and 1 d C, then 1 d X Mark II improved on the video. Now we find, among other things, a headphone jack, which is basically seen as an obvious device on a camera like this, but not on 1 d x. Good so.

Video recorded in 4 k at up to 60 frames per second in 8-bit 4:2: 2 (800 megabits) for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. Full HD recording in the 120 or 60 frames per second in 4:2: 0 (180 megabits). As a curiosity, it is also possible to frame grab images from 4 k video to save down a large picture as 8.8 megapixel JPG. Unfortunately this does not work in full-HD mode, which means that you can’t save images from video taken in 120 frames per second directly into the camera, which is a bit of a shame. The next step is to make sure that they can spin their way through every frame with rear snurreglage instead of pushing buttons, which can be solved with a simple firmware update.

On the HDMI port can output the highest full-HD in the 8-bit 4:2: 2.

Canon has not with Log-Gamma function in 1 d X Mark II, which we find, for example, Canon’s cinemakamera C300. You don’t know what it is so you will not miss it.

The autofocus when shooting video works really well and is fast. You think it’s too fast, you can set omfokuseringshastigheten in ten modes, as well as the sensitivity of the refocusing of the seven modes. Really, really good, and fun to those features that we have previously seen in other models now come with a professional camera.

For speed

Perhaps the absolute best area using 1 d X Mark II within is precisely sports, or for objects that move fast in both depth and width. This is of course also the direct link to djurfoto, which often focuses on a flying bird or animal, perhaps in the low light.

Autofokuspunkterna now takes a major place on the surface, almost a quarter more in width and one-tenth more in height, which means that there is a large games room. This is also evident, since it will be easier to get the focus to keep up with moving objects when you for example have telephoto lenses and pan. Good!

In addition, it is possible now to see if the camera is kept in scale, even when you focus, which increases the chance for straight horizons.

Another good thing is that Mark II a illuminated focus points, which land had not – this makes it easier to see where they are when they use these to not fall off the grid of points. You can also choose a higher brightness at focus points if they think that they need to illuminate further.

The following autofocus works, incidentally, so good that it clings to the place you chose to focus on, and you can see how 1 d X Mark II update their focus points really quickly and safely.

In low light, I also feel that the camera is able to focus really well, and it will be according to the specifications of clear light down to-3 EV, EV step better on this point. In addition, it is possible now to also shoot with autofocus on all 61 focus points (including 21 cross type) at aperture f/8.On 1 d X were able to a focus point in this mode. Clearly a very good feature!

Need to take shots quieter so there is now a quiet shooting mode with 5 frames per second, which is really useful for wedding.

But if you are shooting sports, it’s probably 14 frames per second, with the following autofocus. This means some shovelling the data, which also means an increased need for fast memory cards. Canon has opted to have both the CFast and CF card slot in the camera, which is both good and bad.Good for those who have many CF cards, but bad for those who want to take advantage of the camera to the full — for example, you cannot use the same quick backup function with two cards, or need to quickly refuel over their pictures.

With a 64 GB CFast cards 3500x (525 MB/s), we were able to photograph the 515 images in series in the full-sized råformatsbilder in 14 frames per second before it took stop (with RAW + Large JPG was number 170). This means that you can shoot in raw form for over a half-minute.

Image quality

To begin with, we can say that Canon 1 d X Mark II gives really nice pictures. At the highest ISO we see no difference from its predecessor 1 d X.

If we look at images from the low ISO values, we see an improvement where it happened to things. The dynamic range is clearly improved by at least one step in 1 d X, which may be due to Canon now placed A/D konvertrarna on the camera’s sensor to reduce the signal pathways. Depending on how one interprets the result one can angle it differently, but to get to such an improvement while increasing both data shoveled and faster burst shooting is really good.

Stills from 4 k video in 8.8 Megapixels are very similar to a usual cropped snapshot, which means that the absolute can be used as a smart and important aid when more do they need around four times more frames per second than the 16 to get within 20 megapixels.


Canon 1 d X Mark II is the fastest press photo camera today, followed closely by the Nikon D5. Although the differences are not large, it has a few more frames per second, in terms of both still and video in full HD.

The speed is not just about images per second, but also about the management and the functions of the camera.

It also feels as if Canon focused somewhat more on those who need filming in their camera, with quick and good focus and focus settings.

Generally, Canon has made a really good upgrade parts in total, led to an improved camera, not least when they managed to increase the speed and at the same time enhancing the dynamic range. For those who need these things, there is a particular relevance in to upgrade from 1 d X. However, there are some functions that can easily evolve with a firmware to make the camera even better.

Canon EOS 1 d X Mark II is a robust, stable and well thought-out camera with many clever moments and professional features for a workflow speedups press photographer on site, and is sure to deliver when it comes to, both in terms of operation and image quality.