The newly designed 61-Point High Density Reticular AF features an Offset Array Sensor (with staggering AF point arrangement) to deliver greater accuracy, no matter the situation. It offers multi-zone wide-area AF for better tracking, has 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal & vertical) and 20 outer cross-type points (f/4.0 horizontal), and is sensitive in extremely low-light situations (EV -2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens). With Firmware Ver. 1.1.1 installed, cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point is possible even when the maximum aperture of a Canon EF lens/extender combination becomes as small as f/8. If AF point expansion is selected with an f/8 maximum aperture lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point will act as AF assist points. AF points above and below the center will be sensitive to vertical contrast, while points to the left and right will be sensitive to horizontal contrast.
The EOS-1D X has a dedicated AF menu tab, so AF can be controlled without having to go through custom function menus. It also has 6 AF point selection methods (Spot, Single Point, Single + Adjacent 4 Points, Single + Adjacent 8 Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection), plus a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching). With Firmware Ver. 1.1.1 installed, AF points in the EOS-1D X’s viewfinder can be illuminated in red when the shutter button is pressed halfway during AI Servo AF mode, for easy viewing of the selected point. This valuable feature will enhance the photographer's ability to aim the camera accurately in low-light conditions, and when photographing dark subjects.
The EOS-1D X uses the 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor to aid the AF system in Automatic Point Selection. This dramatically increases the tracking performance for subjects that were previously unpredictable to follow, such as fast-moving or flying subjects. EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF recognizes the subject based on face and color detection from the AE system, and tracks it using AF points. The EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System incorporates color recognition and Face Detection for proper exposure. Specific parameters can be adjusted and refined and saved in the AF menu for later use.
Note that I wanted to withhold a star for overall rating because there is no clean HDMI output (the 5D3 got that update a few months ago, but the more expensive 1DX has been snubbed! so far.). Canon, please get on this!
But I withheld a star from features for this reason.
Image quality is great; color, sharpness, low-noise. The High ISO capability has changed the way I take many still pictures. Indoors can now often be without flash or added lighting, which not just makes things easier, but also allows 'seeing' right off what a shot will look like (you can avoid flash/strobe 'flatness' and maintain the direction of the lighting (which might be the key to why the scene/framing caught your eye in the first place), and naturally you can be more stealth too). Of course there's softness/noise as the ISO gets in the upper 4 and into the 5 digits, but the advantage of being able to use a faster shutter speed negates this by avoiding motion blur.
Can't do that (yet) with medium format cameras.
Still, I use ISO 100 a lot, and it is sharp and smooth as butter.
The frame rate is phenomenal. And at full-frame size, this is really a big, big deal for catching action and multi-exposure effects.
Focusing is now often like it's supposed to be: quick and spot on, especially with the good L lenses (the focusing updates were a pleasant welcome too).
It can take a bit of playing around but when you get the focusing and that frame rate working together, look out. Can't do stuff like that (yet) with medium format resolution cameras.
In general, the 18 megapixel is better (cleaner) than having a more noisy higher megapixel image. In other words, it seems to me that, for examples, the 5D3 and D800 can show more detail, but when you zoom in to equivalent pixel size esp. over 100 percent, the 1DX is cleaner at equivalent percentages (Maybe it's the photosite size ----certainly when you compare the (also) 18 mp 7D you can see the massive difference in noise, with the 1DX far far better (never mind the color and DR, and ISO differences); though I know the 7D is 'old').
If you want more megapixel landscapes, maybe use a panoramic head and stitch them (2 shots at 18mp will blow away a single D800 36 mp landscape pic any day)
* Needs a clean HDMI output (even the much cheaper 5D3 has that now!). For video use, would also be nice if it had focus peaking (but even the 1DC doesn't have that -- which, if it did, I'd be more strongly considering that camera (can THAT be in a 1DC firmware update, Canon?).
Weight and size of camera doesn't bother me, because I like the stability and the way it feels balanced in my hands. So it's more often a plus than a negative.
I would say it's challenging to use, not difficult, since, it's a pro camera after all.
October 27, 2013
I've been a photographer for over 40 years. I rented this camera before I bought it. The picture quality is the best I've ever seen with a digital or film camera. That's one reason I bought it.
The other reason is I shoot a lot of motorcycle races and need a camera that can focus "fast". The 1Dx is a camera that's super fast for sports and also perfect for still life, models, whatever. It's not cheap, but the best never is.
July 30, 2013
Impressively Outstanding 1D-X !
First off I have been into the art photography since I was child I started shooting on my grandmothers Canon A1 and worked my way up to a 1D mark III and then to my recent purchase of my 1D-X It amazies me on how technology advances and how great that technology and art can be combined into this amazing DSLR. I go from shooting public events and weddings to even underwater photography in the reefs of the Florida Keys and the 1D-X is my go to DSLR its ability to since the perfect section colors to match all most to what my eyes perceives, is what makes so incredible to use. Here is my advice to you, see I was considering buying the 5D Mark III but I thought I would rather spend the extra money and go with 1D-X because I new I would had the best there is to offer in Pro DSLR it was one of the best purchases I ever made in my life the 1D-X will never let me down and I tell everyone that asks if you want consider you self the best then you will need the best equipment there is to offer and the 1D-X is that.
May 19, 2013
Best investment ever
I am a professional and have been using Canon products for 30+ years and I have found this 1DX to be superior in every way that I have used it so far. I photograph wildlife and need that speed, plus the advantages of the ISO range with out noise is out of this world. I own 2 1Ds mark III's, and I plan on getting at least 2 more of the 1DX's. Only regret is that I didn't get the 1DX sooner.
May 13, 2013
* Available on EOS-1D X with Firmware Update Version 1.1.1 or later. ** The maximum continuous shooting speed is restricted to 10 fps when the battery charge is less than 50% or when ISO speed is above 32000. If the camera's internal temperature is low and ISO speed is above 20000, the maximum continuous shooting speed is restricted to 10 fps.
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