Canon has announced a completely new model in its DSLR range – called the EOS-1D X, it a professional DSLR with an 18.1-megapixel full-frame sensor.
The EOS-1D X features a myriad of new features optimised for high speed and low noise at high ISO settings. Inside, the EOS-1D X sports the new Dual Digic 5+ processor, which offers more advanced image processing at a higher speed – up to seventeen times faster than the older Digic 4 processor.
Because of advances in the image processsing speed, the camera can perform a number of features in real time, such as real-time chromatic aberration correction, in-camera RAW processing and lens distortion correction.
The EOS 1D X can shoot at up to 12-frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus and metering, and can go up to 14fps if the camera’s mirror is locked up and recording JPEGs only.
The EOS-1D X also features a wide ISO range from ISO 100 to ISO 51,200 and Canon claims that noise in images shot at ISO 51,200 on the EOS-1D X are comparable to ISO 12,800 images shot with the EOS-1D Mark IV.
The autofocus system of the EOS-1D X has also been completely redesigned from its EOS-1 series predecessors, and now sports a 61-point high-density reticular autofocus system with 41 of those being cross-type AF sensors.
Movie mode has also been improved thanks to the Dual Digic 5+ processor and the camera is capable of shooting up to 1080p HD video at 29.97fps or at 720p at 59.9fps using the H.264 codec, with SMTPE-compliant time code embedding.
Like all EOS-1 series DSLRs, the EOS-1D X is made of a robust weather-sealed magnesium alloy body and features a completely new shutter blade design that utilises carbon fibre, which is said to last at least up to 400,000 cycles.
The EOS-1D X has dual CompactFlash slots, and apart from HDMI and USB connectors, also comes built-in with a standard RJ45 Gigabit LAN port. The camera is expected to hit the stores in March 2012. No local prices have been set yet.