A model posing with Canon’s new EOS-1D X, the ultimate professional Digital SLR (DSLR) camera, designed to support any photographic application and shooting demands. Technological evolution in the EOS-1D X takes a giant leap ahead of previous professional EOS DSLR models such as EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV. Marrying and improving the class-leading features of its predecessors, the EOS-1D X sports a full-frame 35mm 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a shooting speed of up to 14 frames per second (fps) powered by the all new Dual DIGIC 5+ processor. Developed based on careful research on the needs of professional photographers around the world, the EOS-1D X expands the realm of photography, in just one camera, without compromising high resolution, high image quality and high continuous shooting speeds. GLENN GUAN/The Star
Specifications – Canon EOS-1D X
■ Full Frame
■ Dual DIGIC 5+ – 17 Times The Processing Power of DIGIC 4
■ ISO 100-51200 Native
■ 100,000 Pixel RGB Metering Sensor
■ EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis)
■ 61 Point AF
■ 21 f/5.6 Cross Type Sensors
■ 20 f/4 Cross Type Sensors
■ 5 f/2.8 Dual Cross Type Sensors
■ EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking & Recognition Auto Focus)
■ 12 Frames Per Second
■ 14 Frames Per Second JPG Only
■ 400,000 Shot Rated Shutter
■ Ethernet Connection
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 October 2011 – Canon Marketing (Malaysia) today announces the new EOS-1D X simultaneously with Canon Inc. in Japan. The EOS-1D X is the ultimate professional Digital SLR (DSLR) camera designed to support any photographic application and shooting demands.
Accompanying the EOS-1D X are two new accessories to further expand the professional EOS System: the WFT-E6 wireless file transmitter and GP-E1 GPS receiver.
Technological evolution in the EOS-1D X takes a giant leap ahead of previous professional EOS DSLR models such as EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV. Marrying and improving the class-leading features of its predecessors, the EOS-1D X sports a full-frame 35mm 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a shooting speed of up to 14 frames per second (fps) powered by the all new Dual DIGIC 5+ processor.
“In fact, today’s announcement shows an immense achievement in our ability to grow and adapt to market demands and needs and our drive and commitment to provide photographers with the best quality products. Do expect to see new innovations from Canon from optical design to electronics and production engineering, with the aim of further contributing to the creation of a new and enhanced photo culture,” said Melvyn Ho, President and CEO of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) during the launch at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.
Developed based on careful research on the needs of professional photographers around the world, the EOS-1D X expands the realm of photography, in just one camera, without compromising high resolution, high image quality and high continuous shooting speeds.
(from left) Canon Marketing Malaysia CEO & President, Melvyn Ho and Canon Marketing Malaysia Director of Image Communication Products Division, Simon Wong launching the new Canon EOS-1D X, the ultimate professional Digital SLR (DSLR) camera, designed to support any photographic application and shooting demands. GLENN GUAN/The Star
Stunning Image Quality
The EOS-1D X’s new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor has approximately 18.1 effective megapixels featuring a superior signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio and a pixel pitch of 6.95μm square pixels compared to the EOS-1D Mark IV’s 5.7μm square pixels. The larger pixel and sensor size enhances light gathering efficiency and faithfully captures the mood of the original scene with minimal noise.
Seventeen times faster than the DIGIC 4 processor used in the current EOS series, the all-new Dual DIGIC 5+ processor in the EOS-1D X boasts, ultra high speed processing to produce unprecedented image quality even at high ISO settings.
Representing a two step improvement in noise reduction, images shot at ISO 51,200 using the EOS-1D X are comparable to ISO 12,800 images shot with the EOS-1D Mark IV. Standard ISO settings have increased by 2 steps, up to ISO 51,200, compared to ISO 12,800 with the EOS-1D Mark IV. This can be further expanded up to ISO 204,800. With such a wide range of ISO settings, professionals can now eliminate motion blur in almost any kind of situations and yet achieve ultra low noise quality.
Other improvements in the EOS-1D X’s imaging capabilities include real-time chromatic aberration correction, in-camera RAW processing, lens distortion correction (using in-camera RAW processing) and multiple exposures.
Innovative AE/AF System
The EOS-1D X features a next-generation Auto Focus (AF) system sporting 61 point high-density reticular AF (41 cross-type points) that offers wide, auto focus coverage at high precision as well as enhanced subject tracking capability.
In the conventional AF system, the EOS-1D Mark IV utilizes 39 f/2.8 sensitive cross-type sensors which restrict usage of only f/2.8 or brighter lenses to achieve faster AF. The EOS-1D X enhances this by utilizing 41 f/4.0 sensitive cross-type sensors. Professionals can now use f/4.0 lenses to achieve the same AF speed compared to an f/2.8 lens on the EOS-1D Mark IV.
In other words, even with a 1.4X extender, an f/2.8 lens will still be able to utilize any of these 41 cross-type sensors. For f/2.8 lenses, there are 5 dual cross-type sensors in the centre that allow ultra high precision AF exceeding previous EOS-1D series with f/2.8 lenses. To top it off, there are also 21 cross-type sensors in the middle that are f/5.6 sensitive. The technological advancement in the EOS-1D X dramatically expands focusing accuracy to support a larger range of f/4.0 and f/5.6 lenses.
At the heart of the new AF unit is the new EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System that employs a 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor and AE dedicated DIGIC 4 image processor. This innovation recognizes a subject’s color and face to make Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (iTR) possible, offering reliable and continuous tracking of the subject. It is also able to focus better in darker places compared to conventional AF system.
Unprecedented High-speed Performance
The EOS-1D X offers instant response to match sports photographers’ reflexes with a minimum shutter-release lag reduced to 36 milliseconds (from 40 milliseconds in the EOS-1D Mark IV).
In the One-Shot AF and AI Servo AF modes, a maximum continuous shooting speed of 12 fps is attainable. Photographers also have the option to activate the super high-speed continuous shooting mode of 14 fps.
A new mirror mechanism, Quad Active mirror stopper, equipped with separate bounce lock mechanisms and double balancers in the EOS-1D X reduces mirror bounce instantly. The new mechanism enables stable and high-speed drive to ensure photographers will never miss any high-speed action.
(from left) Canon Marketing Malaysia CEO & President, Melvyn Ho and Canon Marketing Malaysia Director of Image Communication Products Division, Simon Wong posing with Canon’s new EOS-1D X, the ultimate professional Digital SLR (DSLR) camera, designed to support any photographic application and shooting demands. GLENN GUAN/The Star
Advanced EOS Movie
Already highly regarded for its high-quality images, low noise and cinematic look, EOS Movie takes another leap forward in the EOS-1D X. With the new Dual DIGIC 5+ processor and CMOS sensor’s new drive system, color artifacts and moiré that appear in scenes with (fine) horizontal lines are drastically reduced, coupled with high-quality images with low noise even at high ISO speeds.
New EOS Movie features in the EOS-1D X include SMTPE-compliant time code embedding, manually adjustable audio recording level settings and recording in P, Av, TV and Manual modes. Immediate recording is also possible through the use of user-customizable function buttons on the EOS-1D X.
Users are also able to select between ALL-I and IPB compression methods to suit their preferred post-production workflows. ALL-I compression results in larger file sizes but is ideal for speedy conversion during the editing process as individual frames are not linked to each other. Not only does IPB compression offer higher compression for smaller file sizes; it also offers image quality similar to previous versions of EOS Movie.
To meet the professionals’ demand for long takes and synchronizing multiple videos, video file sizes that exceed 4GB (FAT specifications) are automatically split. A new file is automatically created and recording continues without any interruption.
Enhanced Reliability and Durability
The EOS-1D X uses a completely new shutter unit featuring carbon fibre shutter blades that are lightweight and more rigid, with a life-span of up to 400,000 cycles assured. New in the EOS-1D series is the electronic first curtain shutter for a quieter operation during live view shooting.
With a robust magnesium alloy body, the EOS-1D X features a dust-proof and drip-proof design to meet the demands presented by the most grueling of shooting conditions. A new dust removal system, Ultra Wave Motion Cleaning, makes use of two vibrating elements in a carrier wave to effectively remove small particles from the sensor.
Frequently used controls like control dials have also been redesigned with non-contact rotation detection systems to reduce wear and tear.
Wireless and GPS Accessories
For image transfers up to three times faster than conventional wireless methods, the EOS-1D X coupled with the WFT-E6 dedicated wireless file transmitter is compatible with wireless LAN IEEE802.11n.
The WFT-E6 is more compact and lightweight than the WFT-E2 II, sporting dustproof and water resistance performance equivalent to the EOS-1D X. With the Wireless Time Syncing function, up to 10 units of EOS-1D X can be synced.
The GP-E1 is a compact GPS receiver that automatically adds location information to the EXIF data of images shot by the EOS-1D X. A dedicated map application will also ship with the GP-E1, allowing users to reference shooting locations with ease.
All in all, the EOS-1D X is to date, the world’s fastest full-frame DSLR redefining professional photographic excellence and performance.
Pricing and availability
Price and availability of the EOS-1D X are to be announced.
About Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd is a leading provider of cutting edge imaging and information technology solutions for the home and office environments. Established since 1987, Canon employs more than 500 staff who deliver products and service support to Malaysian users directly and through its nationwide network of channel partners. Its parent company, Canon Inc., a Fortune 500 Global company, is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits 10% of its total revenue each year to R & D. Canon’s operations globally is guided by its Kyosei philosophy, which focuses on living and working together for the common good. For more information please visit www.canon.com.my