Canon’s new flagship EOS-1D X Mark II shoots 4K video

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

After a gap of 4 years, Canon has finally unveiled an update to its flagship series of DSLRs in the form of the EOS-1D X Mark II. While not much has changed in terms of looks, there are a number of major changes made to its specs.

The headline-grabbing feature of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is its ability to record in 4K resolution at 60fps. While the 1D C was the first to offer this function at $15000 back in 2012, the new camera is the first affordable 4K product by the brand. That’s not to say it comes cheap, as it’s priced at $5999 in the US and Rs 455995 in India just for the body.

The cost clearly indicates the EOS-1D X Mark II is meant for professionals who need a top-of-the-line camera for their work. The gadget grabs a 20.2MP sensor with Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors to click stills. Its ISO goes from an expanded range of 50 to a whopping 409600. There’s also a 3.2-inch LCD panel which unfortunately acts as a touchscreen only when adjusting autofocus points.

Speaking of quick focusing, the Canon shooter is the first in the series to sport Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF). The tool allows for extremely rapid focusing and tracking when moving. The brand has also completely overhauled its 61-point autofocus system so that each point possesses a maximum aperture of f/8. This could prove to be especially useful in split-second scenarios commonly faced by sports and wildlife photographers.

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The EOS-1D X Mark II additionally ships with GPS, letting users tag location data to their images. A Wireless File Transmitter will be up for purchase separately at $600. If bought, consumers can connect their smartphone and the camera via Wi-Fi. Another optional buy is the 64GB CFast memory card and card reader which ship bundled with the device at $6299.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is set to hit shelves in April. Once again, it costs $5999 in the US and Rs 455995 in India.