We Have Tried the Canon EOS 1 d X Mark II

In one day got the camera & photo opportunity to look closer at the new flagship Canon EOS 1 d Mark II X. Here are our first impressions of the camera.

Camera & photo opportunity to try shooting with the Canon EOS 1 d Mark II X, to see how it works and how it feels to handle. There is much to tell, but as yet there are no ready-made cameras available, which means that this article is based on a so-called “beta-sample” camera, where the software can be adjusted. We will therefore not be able to discuss the quality of the image closer.

Many small design refinements

A closer look at the 1 d X Mark II gives the appearance that there is a lot that has happened from the predecessor. The weight of 1340 grams are the same as before. The design is basically the same with a few exceptions.

The grip feels really good, and if you look closely at the grip surface, one sees also that the Mark II has a greater slope on the back where your thumb falls. This gives you a better hold, something which also was noticed in grip, especially with telephoto lenses. The same thing can be said about the vertical grip for shooting portrait pictures-the edge has moved to provide better thumb pressure to the camera body.

In addition, we see that the AF-ON button in vertically been adjusted slightly downwards to be more consistent with the ergonomics. Really great, now your thumb right on the spot and you don’t have to stretch, while the distance to the exponeringskompensations button has been increased to avoid double pad printing. Image quality button has gone some centimeters upwards, a detail may seem – but it gives an opportunity to make it easier to hold the camera with your left hand and simultaneously holding the button. What I noticed was that you don’t need to hook your thumb as much, which is good.

Also the button for switching between still and video start/stop/has grown, with the rotary knob.

The multiväljar-sliders, rear two joysticks, now has a larger surface area, which means that it works much easier to use that button than its predecessor. And up front, we also see that the buttons are aligned in order to more easily reached and is found, with the new structure.

Once you feel, and uses the camera, so you notice that these small adjustments after all enhance grip. Overall, Canon has succeeded in really well with the design, and it is easy to understand that you don’t want to make more changes than small ones, but several, as is now done.


During the time we had to try out the camera we also got a demo of how the following autofocus worked. A hockey player was followed by a camera that was connected via wifi to a toad, which you could adjust the fokuszon through. Now the resolution is higher for the following autofokusens zones, which also include – the following square has quick update and find the right, while it follows and sets the focus on, for example, a person’s head, something that worked very well with the hockey player.

By using focus possibilities over wifi there is the possibility of bildproducera for example, a shipment, from a distance. This is something that comes more and more, and I think that Canon is totally right out when they develop these parts.

Even when shooting with the following focus felt the camera fast and rapp, which of course is a must for this class. The fact is that the camera is fast in many areas (as well as in 1 d X), and this is exactly how it should be – the flow continues without having to worry about something going wrong or stop by, and it’s very even this differentiates a professional camera to another, lower model (which may nevertheless be really good).You have to be able to trust that the camera delivers, and that it can withstand the most exposed.

Further testing of the autofocus, we have not had time for, but it’ll be fun to see how the new features work in different situations.

Image quality

Unfortunately we are not able to publish images directly from the camera then this is not fully completed in the software. On the other hand, we have the ability to publish pictures in 50% resolution. The pictures are taken with a “beta-sample” camera, and you cannot draw detailed conclusions about the camera’s image quality through these images.

Some figures or technical specifications about the picture quality, we have not received from Canon, but we will get back to you about this when we know more. But what we can assume is that the new design of the sensor, with A/D conversion directly at the sensor gives rise to reduced noise and increased dynamic range – in short, a better picture quality.

 For multijournalisten

To do other than to offer in 4 k had not been an option, especially now when the competitor Nikon D5 is the same, and that 4 k increases the opportunities within even still‑image photoshoot, then function to save down framegrabs found in the camera. In this way, you can get up to 50 images per second to choose between, and pick out the 8.8 megapixels.

This, together with the camera are well thought-out and designed to quickly produce images to send to editorial office, makes the Canon 1 d Mark II X becomes a camera that will suit many multijournalister on the field. As a further step in this process has 1 d X Mark II also provided with the ability to crop the image file, which gives the photographer more control over their images before they are published, mainly in a fast workflow.

Lastly, Canon has also invested in an additional part in post-processing, and then the correction of defective optical properties. By allowing an entire DLO-circuit, “Digital Lens Optimizer”, deal with the optimization of the image to compensate for spherical and chromatic aberration, linear distortion, diffraktionskompensering, and put on a basic sharpening for low pass filter’s effect, the images are “more complete” directly in the camera.

In the circuit are all lens correction data stored, and new lenses have this information in their circuit, allowing the DLO-circuit never needs to be updated.

Unfortunately, we had no opportunity to test these functions, as well as filming themselves.

CF and CFast 2-minneskortsplatser

In 1 d X Mark II, Canon has decided to have both a slot of the CF model and a brief scene of CFast 2-model. CF cards have a speed of 167 MB/sec, while the CFast 2 cards will come up in the entire 600 MB/s.

This is the way to that Canon and Nikon have taken – Nikon chose to run on dual XQD-slots in its flagship Nikon D5 (with the option to purchase a limited edition with dual CF card slots, as well as being able to swap slots at the workshop in retrospect).

Here goes the discussion apart, and many I talked to see the pros and cons of both: on the one hand, one can untyttja their cards already, and stick to an established standard that is also cheaper.

But on the other hand, you are stuck in a slower card type on one of the precious slots – something that basically allows many parts to two slots of CFast 2 cards to grant: so clearly more expensive card, but also much faster, which opens for the backup function for the two trays, transition from a full tray to another when necessary by long burst shooting in raw form , filming at 4 k with fewer flight hours for card replacement.

Myself, I think that we should bet on the double CFast 2-card to take advantage of the camera to the fullest. Price issue should not be a problem if you do buy a camera for over 60 000 kroons, and the faster the better. Canon themselves have not given any answer as to why they chose to have both CF and CFast 2 slots.


What we do know is that many expected on Canon 1 d X Mark II, and that professional photographers welcome the adjustments made from the 1 d X, because the most important of these users is reliability and a fast and efficient workflow.