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.
Sony has just announced two alpha series DSLR cameras: the a77 and a65, which are the latest in Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology lineup. According to Sony, “these new cameras [are] the fastest, most responsive interchangeable lens cameras in their class, [and] set new performance benchmarks that even professional DSLRs have yet to achieve. ” Each features a 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, and the a77 boasts the “world’s fastest continuous autofocus (AF) shooting performance (among DSLRs in Aug 2011), capturing a burst of full resolution, 24 megapixel images at 12 frames per second with full-time phase-detection AF.” Additionally, the α65 has a 10fps shooting speed.
Both the a77 and a65 feature a new OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, which has the advanced capability to adjust exposure, white balance and other settings in real-time. Sony says, “Photographers can also make fine focus adjustments via a zoomed-in portion of the image.”
The α77 Translucent Mirror interchangeable lens camera will be available in October in a kit with the new SAL1650 f2.8 lens for about $2000, and offered as body-only for about $1400. The α65 Translucent will be available in October in a kit with a standard 18-55mm lens (SAL1855) for about $1000, and offered as body-only for about $900. Read the full press release from Sony below.
Chrome has just announced their new Niko Camera Bag, and to celebrate they’ve launched a photo contest—the prize for which is the Niko Camera Bag and a NikonD3000 DSLR to go inside of it. The deadline is July 25, 2011 so listen close if you want to enter. They are looking for shots that capture something special about your city. “Stories that make up your city are found in the faces, sights, and sounds that are immersed in it. From the recluse to the regulars, everyone carries a piece of its many parts. We’ve all got that favorite record store, little-known food spot, bicycle shortcut, or local hero that makes a city wholly ours,” says Chrome. So go ahead and capture your own shot for the chance to win. More info on how to enter can be found at the official This Is My City: Photo Contest site.
PENTAX has just announced the availability of the limited edition 645D medium-format DSLR camera kit, including a stylish and eye-catching lacquer-finished body, leather strap, body mount cap,center-spot-matte focusing screen and chic wooden box. The 40-megapixel camera, first announced last year, is being called Camera Grand Prix Japan’s “Camera of the Year.” The limited edition 645D will be built-to-order, with a minimum four month delivery period from the date the order is placed.