Top 10 New Features Of The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

The time has finally come for the arrival of the mighty Canon EOS-1D X Mark II - the company’s most advanced camera ever. Its predecessor, the Canon EOS-1D X has been a huge success since its release almost four years ago, but with the Mark II version now available, the question everyone wants to know is how has it been improved?

So, in this article we take a close look at 10 of the most important advances that the Mark II offers.

To go straight to our Canon EOS-1D X vs EOS-1D X Mark II comparison table, please click here.

4K video

For us, one of the most welcome developments of the 1D X Mark II is the addition of 4K video recording. You can capture footage at either 30p or 60p and record it to the new CFast 2.0 storage media. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides smooth focus transitions and you can even shoot in slow motion.

8.8MP frame grab capability

Perhaps even more exciting is the inclusion of 8.8 megapixel frame grabs from the 4K video, similar to Panasonic’s brilliant Lumix 4K Photo technology. All we have to say on the matter is, thank you Canon! 

20.2MP sensor and dual DIGIC 6+ processors

With each new flagship digital SLR, Canon improve the sensor, and this time round they have introduced a redesigned 20.2MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, as well as dual DIGIC 6+ processors. Together, they combine to create Canon’s most advanced image processing to date and produce unbelievable images with vast dynamic range, natural colours, smooth tonal gradations, and improved noise reduction at high ISO ratings. In fact, noise is basically non-existent, so shadow detail is more accurately captured than ever before.

Touchscreen LCD monitor

The 3.2” 1,620k-dot Clear View LCD II monitor on the new Canon is made from reinforced glass and is anti-reflection and anti-smudge coated as it was on the 1D X, but crucially, this time round it is also a touchscreen. This can be disabled if necessary, but most users should find it to be an invaluable feature.

Extended battery life

The 1D X Mark II offers enhanced battery performance, with approximately 1,210 shots available per battery charge at 23°C. At 0°C, approximately 1,020 can be taken.

Built-in GPS

It’s simple to catalogue your shots on the Mark II with its new GPS functionality. With built-in GPS logs and IPTC input, you can accurately tag your images with longitude, latitude, elevation, and coordinated universal time. Position accuracy is within 30 metres (98.4 feet) based on good satellite reception on a clear day without obstructions. When you power off the camera, you can choose to allow it to continue to receive signals at regular intervals, or otherwise remain off.

Wi-Fi capability

As well as being able to manage your images via Ethernet and SuperSpeed USB3.0, you can now transfer data via Wi-Fi. While this is a very welcome addition, it should be pointed out that this is only possible with the optional WFT-E8 (5GHz band supported) or WFT-E6 wireless file transmitters.

Up to 16fps continuous shooting

Continuous shooting rates on the 1D X Mark II now go up to 14 frames per second with full AF / AE tracking with an unlimited number of JPEGs or 170 RAW images. In Live View mode this is increased to 16 frames per second with the mirror locked up and exposure and AF locked on the first frame.

Expanded AF with illuminated cross-type points

The 1DX Mark II boasts an expanded 61-point autofocus system that has 41 cross-type autofocus points. These are individually selectable and illuminate red in the EVF. Impressively, all 61 points with 21 cross-type points are selectable. The introduction of autofocus support at f8 allows you to use all the points with a converter, as opposed to just the centre. You would think it would be hard to improve the focusing of the 1D X, but somehow Canon have outdone themselves again, as the Mark II manages to track subjects even more quickly and accurately.

Greater ISO sensitivity range

ISO sensitivity has increased since the last 1D X and now ranges from 100-51,200 in ⅓ or whole stop increments. This is expandable to L:50, H1: 102,400, H2: 204,800, and H3: 409,600 so shooting in low-light conditions is now much more feasible.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review video 

You can watch our hands on video review of the Canon EOS-1D X below:

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II verdict

All in all, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II represents a very significant evolution from its older brother, the EOS-1D X. As expected, it will surely be the first choice for professional wildlife and sports photographers and is set to be the ultimate DSLR for a long time to come.

Park Cameras & Andy Rouse Canon EOS-1D X Mark II competition

At Park Cameras, to celebrate the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II launch, we are offering you the chance to win one of two places on a hide photography weekend with professional wildlife photographer Andy Rouse! 

Winners will be chosen at random from those who have pre-ordered and purchased the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II from Park Cameras’ Burgess Hill or London stores. This competition is open from Tuesday 2nd February 2016 and closes on Friday 13th May 2016. Further details on how to apply are available here. You can also view a blog post of Andy's Rouse's first impressions of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II here.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II pre-order promotion

Canon EOS-1D X vs EOS-1D X Mark II comparison 

Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Image processor
Dual DIGIC 5+
Dual DIGIC 6+
Focus points
61 point, 41 cross types
61 point, 41 cross types
EVF magnification / eyepoint
0.76x / 20mm
0.76x / 20mm
LCD monitor
1,620k-dot touchscreen
Up to Full HD 1080p
Up to 4K at 60p
Continuous shooting
Up to 14fps
Up to 16fps
Shots per charge
Up to 1,120 shots
Up to 1,210
Data transfer
Hi-speed USB, Ethernet
SuperSpeed USB3.0, Ethernet, & Wi-Fi*
2x CompactFlash Type I/II
1x CompactFlash Type I, 1x CFast2.0
1,340g (2.95 lb)
1,340g (2.95 lb)
158 x 163.3 x 82.7mm
158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm
*Via optional WFT-E8 (5Ghz band supported) or WFT-E6

So, if you are ready to buy the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, or if you would like to find out more about it’s impressive features, call our expert staff on 01444 23 70 70 or email them at sales@parkcameras.com.

If you found this article helpful, you might like to view our other related articles:

Having A Hoot With The Canon 1D X, 7D Mark II…. And Some Owls

Canon Announce The EOS-1D C: Superb 4K Movies, Stunning Stills - One Camera

Canon EOS-1D X Review By Will Cheung


Karl Bratby said...

Having used the 1Dx since its launch and shot over 1 million frames with mine two things i would like to see are a true silent shutter mode as it stops crowds in quiet venues, and please can we have the continuous glow for the live AF point as t was on the 1Ds3..so question is are these 2 things on the new 1Dx2 to make it worth the over 5k upgrade fee.If the claim that canon has listened to photos then they will be there as I know many people have asked for this

Park Cameras said...

Hi Karl,

Thanks for your question.

We can confirm that he continuous glowing AF point in AI Servo has returned to the EOS-1D X Mark II and there is a silent continuous shooting mode. This is far quieter than its predecessors, although not as quiet as the 6 or 5 series cameras. It is however much better than before and in outside public environments, it’s more subtle but not silent.

We hope that this is of help to you, but if you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us at any time.

David Burke said...

Looks amazing! What's the AF point coverage like though? I'd love to see less AF points 1mm away from each other all in the centre of the coverage, and more towards the outside of the frame, even at the rule of thirds points!

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