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5 Important Features About the New Canon 1D X

The Canon 1D X is a pro camera that can finally cover everything. It’s fast enough for sports, has a sensor big enough for portraits, and records video!

Canon advertising stock shot of the 1D X flagship

A new member is about to officially join the BorrowLenses Canon 1D pro-body family! The 1D X (“X” representing the merger, or “crossover”, of the 1D and 1Ds series) takes the impossible choice out of sports/wildlife vs portrait/landscape by being able to, seemingly, do everything! Here are 5 reasons to be excited about this new camera:


The 1D X has the fastest FPS of any 1D so far (up to 14 FPS).

Full AF Overhaul

The 1D X uses a 61-point/41 cross-type AF system. Cross-type focus allows for higher accuracy in contrast detection.

Bigger, Better Sensor

With a 18.1 megapixel full frame sensor, the 1D X produces images up to 5184 x 3456 in size and uses the latest photodiode construction technologies (which results in increased light sensitivity).

Increased Light Sensitivity

Not only does the ISO range go up to 204,800 on the 1D X, but the Auto Lighting Optimizer that was used during the ID Mark IV era has been improved. This is particularly useful when a subject is backlit.

Addition of Video

As if the 1D X doesn’t already do enough, it also features 1920 x 1080 HD video capture with 64-step volume control and the ability to automatically split large video files for nearly 30 minutes of continuous recording.

1D X Specifications

• 18.1 megapixel, full frame CMOS sensor
• 61-point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF points
• Zone, Spot and AF Expansion Focusing modes
• DUAL “DIGIC 5+” processors
• 12 FPS shooting with 14 FPS super High Speed continuous
• ISO 100-51,200 (50-204,800 expanded)
• 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor
• DIGIC 4 processor dedicated to AE functions
• +/- 5 Stop Exposure Compensation
• Full HD Movie shooting with ALL-I or IPB compression
• 29mins 59sec clip length in Full HD Movie
• 55ms shutter lag, 36ms via ‘Shortened Release Lag’ Custom Function
• Timecode setting for HD Movie shooting
• Transparent LCD viewfinder with new focusing screen
• 8.11cm (3.2”), 1.04 million pixel Clear View II LCD Screen
• Improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (EICS)
• Dual CF Card slots
• Silent control touch-pad area

Who Needs the 1D X?

If you’re a photographer who shoots a wide range of topics, from documentary subjects to fashion to fast-moving cars, and you find yourself carrying around a lot of different kinds of cameras to shoot with, the 1D X might just be the one pro camera that can finally cover everything.

Tags: Last modified: July 7, 2021