DxOMark Gives the 1D X Mark II the Highest Score Ever for a Canon DSLR Sensor

The 1D X Mark II might just be the best in Canon's line of 1D DSLRs.

DxOMark, a "comprehensive RAW-based image quality measurement database" has taken a long look the 1D X MARK II and its sensor, and now the 35mm full-frame DSLR is officially the highest-rated Canon sensor they've ever tested with a score of 88. This is partly due to the 1D X Mark II's 35mm full-frame sensor, native ISO of up to 51,200, and its Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors. 

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Here's how DxOMark's ratings compare among Canon's most popular DSLRs. As you can see, the 1D X Mark II is right there at the top.

And here is how the camera compares with two other 1D models, including the 1Dx and the 1Ds Mark III.

According to DxOMark, the 1D X Mark II sensor also performs well compared to some of the most sought-after DSLRs today, including the Nikon D5 and the Sony A7 II, which have garnered much praise for their low-light performance, dynamic range, and color profiles:

From DxOMark:

Canon’s newly-developed sensor achieved an overall DxOMark score of 88 points, making it the best-performing sensor in the company’s range. Some small gains were made in both low ISO and high ISO color noise levels, but more significant is the widening of the dynamic range from base (ISO100) to ISO3200. The 13.5 EV dynamic range at base is the best in the maker’s range.

And just in case you haven't checked out the features of the 1D X Mark II, here are some important specs:

  • 24.2-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Digic 6+ image processor
  • 3.2-inch 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor
  • DCI 4K video at up to 60 fps
  • 61-point high-density reticular AF II system
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • ISO up to 51,200 and 409,600 with expansion
  • 14 fps shooting in RAW with AE/AF; 16 fps in LV mode
  • Built-in GPS
  • CFast and CF card slots
  • Price: $6,000

The 1D X Mark II might be the highest-rated in the maker's range according to DxOMark, and it might have some desirable features for indie filmmakers; however, you have to keep in mind that a lot depends on image quality apart from a good sensor, including framing, lenses, and most importantly, lighting.

Head on over to DxOMark's full review for more information about the test.     

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Hilarious that my "lowly" 4-year-old Nikon D600 beats it by 6 points. The 1D X II scores slightly better in high ISO, but my D600 still has almost a stop more dynamic range and higher color depth.

June 30, 2016 at 11:12PM, Edited June 30, 11:12PM


Hopefully the 5d Mark IV does the same and does not have that 4k 1.5x crop. Fingers crossed

July 1, 2016 at 8:56AM


Misleading title. The Canon is ranked 21!!! With 8 Sonys before it and 9 Nikons before it.

A better title might be... Canon still not in the top 20 cameras.

15 of the top 20 cameras are less than half the price of the Canon. You'd need your head examined if you bought this camera.

13 of the top 20 are 3 years or older!!! Thats how bad Canon are!

Its been years since Canon made it into the top 20.

They are no longer a player.

July 1, 2016 at 5:45PM, Edited July 1, 5:57PM


If you read the graphs the differences are minuscule, what it comes down to is color, skin tones, motion cadence, rolling shutter, autofocus for photography, body, and many other things. Unfortunately the 1.5x crop is kind of stupid and makes the a7 series more desirable at least for me and other, I know some people would prefer the super35mm area

July 3, 2016 at 11:06PM


Just shot last weekend for the first time with the 1DX MkII - wow! Such a great camera, image is beautiful and the autofocus may actually negate the need for a focus puller. Loved it!

July 1, 2016 at 6:58PM

Lance Bachelder

Sounds like an incredible camera if we were in 2014.
I mean come on Canon..., 4K with a x1.5 crop factor ?!
Sony was able to do 4K full frame like 2 years ago.
And MJPEG as Video Codec ?? It's from the 1990's for god's sake. 20 years ago !
I really want to buy this camera out of affection for picture/video balance but still I'd be fool to do so. At 6000$ the competition offers better at half of the price.
Wake up Canon, you're falling way behind!

July 1, 2016 at 7:46PM, Edited July 1, 7:54PM

Martin Brewer
Director, DOP

In 2012 I started filming with the Ti3. If i see the video footage and images now, I always think: What a crap! Never again Canon! The worst price/value proportion on the market.

July 2, 2016 at 9:20AM, Edited July 2, 9:20AM

Markus Stark
Nature 4K Film, YT: Markus Stark

While this may be good news for Canon, this isn't saying much compared to other manufacturers...gonna take more than this to switch from my RED Raven!

July 2, 2016 at 10:01PM

Aaron Nanto

I wouldn't switch to either for an alexa mini. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But these are different categories. The Raven has it's own limits like crop, lens mount, no 4k prores, cameras that still suffer with reliability issues(less than before), a manufacturer that doesn't have the same turn around or cheap price for repairs as bigger publicly traded companies like Sony and Canon. Of course this is based on the Raven's price category.

July 3, 2016 at 11:13PM

You voted '-1'.

... well of course they did. It's the flagship camera, and it's the latest model. If it were worse than cheaper or older models, that'd be a ridiculous state of affairs.

July 3, 2016 at 5:49PM