Canon Announces 1D X Mark II : 35mm Full-Frame Sensor, 4K at 60FPS, Pre-Order for $6K

Canon has officially announced the new $6000 1D X Mark II camera, which features a 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, 409600 expandable ISO, as well as 4K at 60fps.

This video will introduce you to all of the 1D X Mark II's video features:

Technical Specifications

  • Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps* full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps* in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors.
  • Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast™ cards in the new CFast 2.0™ slot.
  • Experience less noise in higher ISO images via a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with an ISO range of 100–51200; expansion to ISO 409600.
  • Improved AF performance through 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8***.
  • Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
  • 4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab**** in camera. Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.
  • View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.
  • Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.
  • Built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.
  • The new optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, supporting both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi® bands.
  • Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.

According to the press release, here are some features included in the 1D X Mark II that Canon says are "firsts" for EOS cameras:

  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive
  • AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps1 in Live View mode;
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity 2;
  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the  ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*;
  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer);
  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8;
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy;
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.
  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility

The most exciting feature of the 1D X Mark II is clearly that it shoots 4K at 60fps, however the downside to that is that it records MJPEG just like 1D C. MJPEG means larger file sizes, which are not ideal. And contrary to a few claims from Canon Rumors, the camera doesn't have log mode, which may be a deal-breaker for some of you. But keep in mind that the 1D X Mark II is a $6000 camera, which means that it will have limited features and is primarily built with videomakers in mind.

You can pre-order the Canon 1D X Mark II from B&H now:

  • 1D X Mark II Premium Kit (plus CFast Card and reader): $6000
  • 1D X Mark II (Body Only): $6000

Canon 1D X Mark II Premium Kit -- B&H

Canon 1D X Mark II (Body Only) -- B&H

Your Comment

44 Comments

Really dig the simulated moire @16, just like the DSLR would actually do!

February 2, 2016 at 9:32AM

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doman nelson
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The question is whether it has clean HDMI out. If I can record 10-bit video onto an Atomos recorder in ProRes, that would be great.

February 2, 2016 at 9:48AM

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Glenn Bossik
Videographer
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Clean HDMI only in HD, not in 4K. You can't record 10-bit, it's an 8-bit camera.

February 2, 2016 at 11:06AM

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Danny T
Photographer
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Thanks, Danny.

February 2, 2016 at 12:33PM

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Glenn Bossik
Videographer
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In reality it is a 14-bit camera. I know for sure what those sensors are capable of, as I am an 5d M3 ML user. And I'm sure if those specs and cfast variable slots reach the 5dm4, a lot of people will bring themselves in tears.

February 3, 2016 at 7:04AM

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Edgar More
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If you are this concerned with video specs why don't you look into video cameras?

February 2, 2016 at 12:52PM

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Walter Wallace
YouTuber
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Walter, I'm not sure you realize where you are.

February 2, 2016 at 1:28PM

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" But keep in mind that the 1D X Mark II is a $6000 camera, which means that it will have limited features and is primarily built with videomakers in mind."

Uh, don't you mean photographers?

February 2, 2016 at 9:53AM, Edited February 2, 9:52AM

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"But keep in mind that the 1DX Mark II is primarily built with photographers in mind which means that it will have limited video features."

February 2, 2016 at 12:18PM

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Danny T
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Really.............?

February 2, 2016 at 10:16AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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for stills, sports & wild life.

February 2, 2016 at 10:18AM

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Keith Kim
Photographer
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Dat epic music tho

February 2, 2016 at 10:39AM

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4K at 60p is great, but it's windowed :/

No C-Log

HD recording is 4:2:0

No 4K output, but at least the HD is clean, 4:2:2

Overall, it's an underwhelming camera. Very incremental and limited to protect their higher $$$ cine cameras.

February 2, 2016 at 10:40AM, Edited February 2, 10:40AM

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seanmclennan
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4K on 1DX is 1.4x, 4K on 1DC was 1.3x. Not a big change and most cinematographer I know like the S35 better for film making.

Shoot 4K Motion Jpeg 4:2:2 and downsample instead of shooting ALL-I HD 4:2:0..

I believe that C-LOG is not there yet to protect the 1DC for now, but will come in a future FW. And for now there's quite a bunch of picture profiles around.

February 2, 2016 at 11:10AM

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Danny T
Photographer
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Yeah wouldn't be worth the $6k to me :/

February 2, 2016 at 11:57AM

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Clark McCauley
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RIP C100.

February 2, 2016 at 10:50AM, Edited February 2, 10:50AM

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It won't kill it. C100 has XLRs, build-in NDs, C-Log, Waveforms.
C100 MK1 cost 2500USD, MK2 cost 5000USD.

February 2, 2016 at 11:12AM

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Danny T
Photographer
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You're goddamn right.

February 3, 2016 at 12:58AM, Edited February 3, 12:59AM

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David R. Falzarano
Director / Writer / Editor
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Looks like I hit a nerve with C100 owners.

February 3, 2016 at 10:00AM

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So it's 16FPS at 4k RAW? Why not go with URSA Mini 60FPS 4k RAW for half the price?

February 2, 2016 at 11:57AM

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Clark McCauley
Spaceman
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Different camera, different usage. I don't see Canon advertising this as a cinema camera.

I believe the 1DX2 is build for travels, harsh condition, sports and photojournalism usage. You are right, if I want best video quality for price, I'll choose something like the URSA Mini, Sony FS7 or Red Raven but if I'm a travelling photographer that wants killer AF, a camera that resists almost everything and also good video quality, I'll probably go with the 1DX2.

February 2, 2016 at 12:15PM

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Danny T
Photographer
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I think they are referring to the stills which is the equivalent to more than 6k RAW with world leading auto focus mind you.

February 2, 2016 at 12:18PM

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16FPS is for Stills. It's not recording audio and looks like it can only do that for 170 frames. It's not made to shoot RAW video.

February 2, 2016 at 12:23PM

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One is a still camera and the other is a video camera.

February 2, 2016 at 12:53PM

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Walter Wallace
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Thanks all for the clarification, although if it's a stills camera, why put in the work for 4k 60p?

"But keep in mind that the 1D X Mark II is a $6000 camera, which means that it will have limited features and is primarily built with videomakers in mind."

February 2, 2016 at 1:15PM, Edited February 2, 1:16PM

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Clark McCauley
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I gotta admit, that was one cool commercial. By far the best camera promo I've ever seen. As for the camera itself... It's just a more expensive a7rII. I feel after owning the a7s that the DSLR isn't as attractive. But yea, you can buy one of these for $6k or you can buy both a7sII & a7rII for the same price. Had this come out a year or two ago it may have been exciting. Only thing I really like is that touch screen focus feature, that's great.

February 2, 2016 at 12:38PM

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Kaster Troy
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your comparison as a "more expensive a7rii" just showed your lack of information what this camera does and who it is designed for. a7rii and 1dxII are two absolutely different type of cameras and not comparable in any situation.

this is a super highend sports flagship camera that was released just early enough before Olympia aiming for speed, reliability and resistance and that can by the way record 4K/60p in a 800MB/s bitrate. if you're not sure which one to buy you're not the person canon is aiming for with this camera.

February 2, 2016 at 4:05PM

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Fanboy (cough).... Since your so much more educated in this department please tell me what this camera does differently than the a7rII and makes it worth double the price because I would actually really like to know. The a7rII is more than capable of pro sports photography. In fact I recently saw that Jason Lanier was a field photographer with his a7rII for an Arizona Cardinals game not long ago.

February 2, 2016 at 11:05PM

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Kaster Troy
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LOL Kaster, I don't think Charlie is being a fan boy. But you can't really compare the two cameras. They have two different applications. Canon has been making cameras for sports and wildlife photography (not video) for years before it was even a thought to Sony. Don't get me wrong I personally own an a7s II and I love it. But I wouldn't shoot with that camera or an a7r ii in certain applications. Mainly the sonys are not built to take a beating. I was on set a week after the a7r ii came out and the set photographer using it accidentally got the strap caught around a door handle and the camera took a spill on the ground. Camera LCD was cracked and it wouldn't fire. It dropped about 4 feet. If that was a 1D you would have been able to pick it up and drop it again and still be able to shoot with it. Now imagine being on a football field and having a 250lb wide receiver run into the baby a7s ;-). Additionally, I personally know wildlife photogs with older versions of the 1D that have taken them to shoot in rainforests, without a water rig. And the camera still works. The Sonys would cry and fry after about 5 minute. Don't get me wrong (and again, I own an a7s ii!) the sonys are amazing little cameras. But they are not made to take the beating like a $6k 1D. People shooting indoors in semi safe environments like myself making 4K videos will use Sonys. Professional wildlife and sports photogs that consistently face harsh environments will use the 1Ds

February 3, 2016 at 7:26AM, Edited February 3, 7:32AM

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Shooting on Canon VDSLR is so 2010 . Most of us have moved to raw workflows like blackmagic or compressed workflows like sony a7 series or fs series video cameras.

February 2, 2016 at 1:25PM, Edited February 2, 1:25PM

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Diego Ramirez budowski
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Who need 8 bit camera in now days? I do not need it even for 1000 usd...

February 2, 2016 at 1:37PM, Edited February 2, 1:37PM

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Yeah I could see this last year or two years ago for the price... I would want to see some footage before I fully say that though ;)

February 2, 2016 at 3:45PM

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Clark McCauley
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This is a profession still-photo camera and it should absolutely kill as a photo camera. The video functions are extra icing on the cake for pro photo shooters that still want to be able to produce a decent video.

February 2, 2016 at 8:03PM, Edited February 2, 8:05PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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We want 4k and 120fps HD standard in a mirrorless format in every Canon camera. From 60D mark III to whatever up. If it's for filmmakers why DSLR? C'mon get going or we'll all move to Sony or buy a cheap NX1 (which works flawlessly).

February 3, 2016 at 3:56AM

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I would like to point out what everyone is missing? CANON IS NOT MAKING THIS FOR FILMMAKING. this is a sports camera, this is a field camera, most importantly this is a professional photography camera. as someone else commented the video features are just add ons, since when has canon made a dslr specifically for video? never every dslr so far by them has been a photography camera with video tacked on. Everyone agrees their video department is still killing it with their movie/cinema cameras. photography cameras have never ever been primarily geared towards videos. if you want to compare canon to the a7sii specifically for video? then compare the c100 m1 or 2 to it because thats a more far comparison and if were being honest the c100 m2 kills it. I shoot canon, my personal camera is a 70d, ive worked with a GH4 and ive worked with the A7sMII but i prefer to use to use the c100 if im renting a camera and if i can stretch it i use the c300. Ill probably get a lot of hate for this post, but lets be honest here canon never claims to build any photography cameras for us filmmakers, they "said with video makers in mind" so its not built for us but it was given some features that were interested in, but still not built for us. so anyways have fun debating this while I worry more about what im shooting than what im shooting with, cause either im making the best with what i have and not complaining its the equipment fault or im using the best camera for the job.

February 3, 2016 at 6:44AM

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Carsten Weizer
Independent swiss army knife of a film maker
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At least someone is making sense on here!

February 3, 2016 at 7:44AM

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Yeah, yeah I get the point that this is a camera meant for photography, but why then tout the 4k? If Canon was serious about the fact that this was meant for photography, why not just stick with HD, because no one is going to be using this camera for film right? The irony is this- Canon "wants" people to use this for film, but it also doesn't. We get some bells and whistles, but when people cry foul about 8-bit 4:2:0 or lack of log, Canon falls back on the photography bandwagon. I get that Canon is trying to protect their top line whilst at the same time stay "relevant" (I laugh inside when I type this), but in all seriousness, stop giving filmmakers these $6k+ Frankensteins that pander to a demographic up to it's ears in the goodness that is Sony and BlackMagic. In other news, I'm sure photographers are more than thrilled with this addition to Canon's DSLR linep.

February 3, 2016 at 7:41AM

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Joseph Arant
Writer
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HD is no longer relevant, its like asking in 2010 why canon wasnt still only using SD video in DSLRs, or for that matter why are they still not using SD video? 4K is becoming available to the average consumer so they still have to update it.

February 3, 2016 at 8:57AM

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Carsten Weizer
Independent swiss army knife of a film maker
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This really only makes sense for photographers who occasionally do some light video work. At this price and considering what else is out there for video, it's a pretty irrelevant camera.

February 3, 2016 at 9:12AM

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Derek Means
Director of Photography
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Question to everyone on here: I know you're all film makers, but where does the final product of your films end up on? Movie theatres, Television, YouTube ect.... ????

February 3, 2016 at 1:38PM

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Frogy
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And the announcement is met with a resounding..... yawn.
Looks like an awesome photography-camera, which is exactly what this is. One that happens to produce solid video as a bonus, but anyone serious about "filmmaking" could find many ways to better spend $6k.

February 3, 2016 at 9:40PM, Edited February 3, 9:43PM

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J.M. Anderson
Director of Photography
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For $6K Lemme see, 4K URSA MINI + Rokinon Glass+ Cfast Cards + and Battery...yeah pretty much

February 3, 2016 at 10:53PM

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Wentworth Kelly
DP/Colorist/Drone Op
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If you are mainly focussed on photography and do a little video on the side, this might be interesting. However It's clearly not for fulltime filmmakers, in both features and price tag. Let's wait and see the images and DR but using external devices to get a proper 10 bit image out of this defeats the purpose of a compact body imo.

Stellar device for photographers for sure but isn't the 20MP a bit low for serious print applications?

February 4, 2016 at 4:49AM, Edited February 4, 4:58AM

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Serhan Meewisse
Filmmaker
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Oh Canon, still out in the weeds. WTF is this product for?

For $6K, we can buy a proper cinema camera that shoots a high-quality codec or even raw. Yeah, the BlackMagic Ursa Mini is less than this, has a proper cinema 35mm-sized sensor, and even a Canon lens mount.

Canon hasn't understood motion pictures... well, ever. Witness the original 5D that couldn't shoot 24p. WTF. Then came the ridiculous "cinema" cameras that couldn't shoot 4K and recorded to decimated-color, interframe-compressed garbage codecs. And still do.

For $3000, we can buy a 4K camera that shoots uncompressed raw footage with an S35-sized sensor. Why does Canon continue to trowel out this embarrassing junk? It's pathetic. Red wasn't worried about anyone when they were starting out... except Canon. Canon was seen as having the know-how and the sensors to threaten the motion-picture-camera establishment. And they have failed to capitalize on it, in spectacular fashion.

February 6, 2016 at 3:19AM

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David Gurney
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