Canon EOS-1D X
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Canon EOS-1D X Review
The Canon EOS-1D X is the new flagship of the company’s professional line of DSLRs, sporting improved shooting speed, beefed-up autofocus capabilities, and a full-frame CMOS image sensor. Like previous 1D-series models, the 1D X combines landscape and portrait grips, durable design, and all the manual control that a professional would need. The 1D X also integrates the professional-quality video features needed in an industry that’s increasingly focused on multimedia capability, while improving the ergonomics of the previous 1D-series cameras for sports, wildlife, and news photographers.
The body of the EOS-1D X has the same weatherproof construction as the EOS-1D Mark IV, with 76 seals around a magnesium body and internal structure. The 1D X is slightly larger and considerably heavier, though, weighing 1,340g. Combined with even the lightest of lenses, it feels very solid and reassuringly sturdy. The grip is deep and long, making it surprisingly easy to hold in one hand, although the strap makes for welcome relief during rest periods.
On the top plate, white balance now gets its own dedicated button and the FEL button is replaced by one of the three multi-function (M.Fn) buttons.On the back next to the main control dial is a dedicated live view button and a quick menu button, as on the EOS 7D. A second thumb joystick has been added for vertical operation and the zoom controls have moved from the AF select and AE lock buttons to its own dedicated button, while zooming during image preview is performed using the finger dial. On the front of the camera, the multifunction and depth of field preview buttons placed to the right of the lens are duplicated in the bottom right for natural finger placement in both horizontal and vertical holds. To avoid buttons being knocked or pressed accidentally, one or all of the main dial, quick control wheel and thumb joysticks can be disabled using the ‘lock' position on the power switch.
The vertical control buttons can also be turned on and off with a separate switch. The styling of the buttons has been refined slightly across the camera, with a more rounded appearance. The quick menu is a handy route to some of the more popular features but, with the exception of the picture styles, white balance shift and auto lighting optimizer, all these functions already have direct access via a button on the camera body.
As a tool, it works better as a method of checking the settings than actually changing them. The main menu is clear and easy to use, sectioned by icons, each with a range of tabs, so functions can be found by scrolling across rather than down a long list.
In the default Standard Picture Style, JPEG images look great straight from the camera, but their contrast is markedly higher than simultaneously captured raw files. However, the automatic white balance system generally does an extremely good job of maintaining the atmosphere of the scene and producing a natural-looking result. There is a tendency towards warmer tones, but this gives images a pleasing appearance.
When the iFCL metering system is used in evaluative mode it can generally be relied upon to deliver correctly exposed results, even coping with some quite extreme lighting conditions.
The exposure compensation control was only found to be needed when the sun was shining on white areas of the scene that weren't under the AF point. Though the camera generally got the exposure of the main subject right, the exposure was reduced often in these situations to retain a bit more detail in the highlights. The AF system is fairly complex, and it enables quite a bit of customization in continuous AF mode. However, we found the AF system extremely quick and accurate in a range of situations. It also manages to focus the lens in very low light. The Canon EOS-1DX is capable of capturing a lot of information, especially at the lower sensitivity settings. It out-performs Canon's APS-C format 18 million pixel cameras in this respect.
Image noise is also extremely well controlled, with ISO 6400 images being impressively clean. Raw files that are subjected to bespoke processing usually have the maximum amount of detail and appear sharper than their JPEG counterparts. Though noise is visible in images captured at ISO 51,200, the results are still impressive, and perfectly usable at A3 (16.5 x 11.7 inches) size.
Overall, the Canon EOS-1D X is a very versatile camera. When you shoot with it, you feel like it can handle anything. Combined with ultra wide-angle lenses, the 1D X captures amazing full frame landscape photos. It does costs more but you'll get great dynamic range, less banding, and body that you can take anywhere under any conditions
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- The Canon EOS-1D X is manufactured by Canon and was added in December 2014 in the Digital Cameras section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
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