It has been a while since we last heard from Canon’s DSLR division—especially regarding anything new regarding a DSLR that can shoot video. This morning, in what looks like a solid piece of information, both canonrumors and the Japanese site digicame-info.com, reported on the upcoming Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. This is certainly exciting news for all Canon lovers out there although the price of this camera might not be for everyone.
As a Canon 1DC user who has been patiently waiting for some firmware updates to make the video shooting experience a little better, it is still too early to know if any of my wishes have been fulfilled. However, if the reported specifications of the new camera are correct, then it is certainly something to look forward to.
It a nutshell, it sounds like the codec hasn’t been changed (Motion JPEG), but now you can record continuously in true 4K (4096 x 2160), without any file split, and up to 60 fps thanks to the faster Dual DIGIC6 + processor and CFast cards. Also, recording in full HD up to 120 fps is possible. According to Canon, continuous autofocus during video shooting is now possible and the company’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is compatible with all Canon EF lenses. Focus points can be selected automatically, or specified on the camera’s new touch panel LCD screen
Here are more relevant points from the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR spec sheet regarding shooting video with this new camera:
- Image Format: Video:MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC)
- Recording Media: CF Card (Type I; compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards) and CFast™ Card (CFast 2.0™ supported)
- Frame Rates: [4096 x 2160]: 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97 fps/ 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps
[1920 x 1080]: 119.9fps / 100.0fps / 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97fps / 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps
- Auto focus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible with all EF lenses.
- Maximum ISO settings: In 4K up to 12800. In full HD up to 25600.
- LCD monitor: 3.2-inches, Approx. 1.62 million dots
- Video Out Terminal: HDMI mini OUT terminal is Type C. (Uncompressed HDMI output for Full HD videos).
- Price: $5999 USD
It is yet to be seen how the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR will perform—or how it will compete in the 4K DSLR/mirrorless market. It’ll be exciting to see if Canon is getting serious again in providing filming tools—especially for those who still like to shoot their video projects in DSLR form factors cameras.