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Canon Announces 1D X Flagship DSLR Camera

Canon announced today the EOS-1D X—the company’s new flagship DSLR, which they’re calling “a high-speed multimedia juggernaut.” The model will replace both the 1Ds Mark III and the 1D Mark IV in the EOS lineup. So what makes the 1D X worthy of being called a juggernaut? Maybe the fact that the new “completely revolutionized” camera features three image processors, including Dual DIGIC 5+ processors, which Canon says are “capable of delivering approximately 17 times more processing speed than DIGIC 4,” though it also features a DIGIC 4 for metering and AF control. And speaking of AF, the 1D X includes a new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, “the most sophisticated DSLR AF system Canon has ever released.” All AF functions can be accessed quickly via their own menu tabs, and you can create customized settings of tracking sensitivity with the new AF Configuration Tool. For those photographers who’d like input on AF settings, it comes with a built-in Feature Guide to recommend settings based on subject matter.

The 1D X features a brand new 18-megapixel full frame CMOS image sensor, which Canon says produces the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera so far. The sensor uses pixels that are “1.25 microns larger than those in the EOS-1D Mark IV sensor and .55 microns larger than those in the EOS 5D Mark II sensor”, in addition to gapless microlenses, to achieve high sensitivity for those clean captures. The camera’s ISO range is adjustable from ISO 100 to a whopping ISO 51,200 within standard range, and can be expanded to 102,400 and 204,800, which Canon says are “ideal for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.” So, there’s that, if you’re in the habit of shooting in those conditions.

The 1D X is also Canon’s first EOS DSLR to feature Multiple Exposure capability, combining up to nine separate shots into a single image, in-camera—viewed in real time on the LCD monitor—speeding up your post-processing work, at least what’s usually required to remedy exposure problems. The 1D X records full HD video at 1080p, like its predecessors, but now notably features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB, allowing for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. This was an upgrade requested by documentary filmmakers who’ve previously worked with Canon DSLRs. Another request from Canon shooters was to include dual card slots for instant image back-up and more storage capacity, and the 1D X delivered.

The Canon EOS-1D X is scheduled to be available in March 2012 and will be sold body-only at an estimated price of $6,800.00. See the full press release below.

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