Plug RJ45, sensor full format 18.1 Mpix, 200 000 ISO, 14 FPS, etc. This new SLR pro sets the bar very high.
Canon has just announced the release of its new reflex high end: the EOS – 1 d X. This camera to mount EF represents both the tenth generation of EOS and the unification of the high-end SLR. This box is supposed to settle reporters, sports and nature photographers, studio photographers and filmmakers. Suffice to say that Canon bet big.
Unique offer and break in the race for megapixels
Before this camera Canon proposed two boxes high range: an EOS – 1Ds Mark III is equipped with a sensor full
format dedicated to the studio and an EOS-1 d Mark IV shipping an APS-H sensor for outdoor photographers. The new EOS-1 d X equipped with a sensor full format 18.1 Mpix so comes to replace them. And it marks a change of mentality in the Canon DSLR because it does not propose a wild climb in definition: it is between the 1Ds Mark III Mpix 20 /5 d Mark II and the Mpix of the 1 d Mark IV 16.1. Canon claiming now prefer to focus on the image quality, in the high as in low sensitivities.
Avalanche of improvements but fixed screen
Triple processor, mounted ISO record, 14 FPS burst, stronger shutter, HDR integrated, etc. The new flagship of the EOS series to benefit many improvements to ensure his rank. The only notable absence is the screen 1.04 Mpix, which remains fixed. However it is video – Canon cases replace more cameras in film-, photo studio or reportage, a swivel screen can really be a plus.
In the 1 d Mark IV there was a Digic IV processor. This same processor is integrated into the EOS 1 d X but he flies more than autofocus and exposure, the management of the unit being controlled by two Digic v processors With such a use of power Canon seems to have all the computing power to ensure his ambitions. A strategy that is reminiscent of Nikon for its V1 : a device that goes less megapixels but faster and more efficient to process the images as animated fixed.
12 to 14 frames per second
Autofocus disabled, the unit charges 14 RAW images per second, a rate lowered to 12 fps once the automatic focus enabled. Important rates but that Sony can reach with its Alpha A77, a box that costs just 1 300 euros – a 1 d Mark IV costs € 4,000. Theoretically, the new case of Canon should ensure a very long burst with, hopefully, as generous as fast buffer.
Sensitivity: 204 800 ISO!
If Canon put a damper on the race for megapixels, then well make war on other plans. Here it is on the plan high sensitivities that brand to the red logo drives the point home by offering no less than ISO 51 200 base, extendable twice peaking at 204 800 ISO. Thus dethroning the Nikon D3s, champion of the category so far. It remains to validate this assumption by field tests.
Timidly enhanced video mode
Video side, filmmakers lament the absence of RAW video mode – Canon books no doubt good, high-end cameras more income-generating – and a number of limited improvements. The rank of which to note the passage of the limit of 12 to 29,59 minutes for registration (from 30 minutes a device is considered to be a camcorder and receives an additional fee). Mode 50/60 frames per second is still limited to the 720 p mode Full HD not be declining in 24,25 and 30 images per second.
With a processor dedicated to the development, Canon has put the package on autofocus. The new system covers 52% of the surface of the frame and has no less than 61 points. We can now assign more finely focus areas and these areas follow the photographer when it switches the unit in the horizontal position to the vertical. Canon are going to dethrone the King of Nikon in the field of autofocus and the quality of the track moving subjects? Then during the test!
All about image quality
The sensor of the 1Ds Mark III/5 d Mark II is one of the best that is in terms of image quality. More than three years after the release of this sensor, the fact that Canon uses the same surface (24 x 36 mm) with less of photosites mark clearly the will of the manufacturer to offer an even better image quality. This new Full Frame sensor version is, according to the manufacturer, designed to reduce the moire effect, the effect of deformation of verticals in video (jelly effect) and even chromatic aberrations in photo and video.
Network, new battery, magnesium housing
If HDMI and USB 2 catches are still in the game, there is the appearance of a network jack that seems to have many virtues: improve the management of the studio shooting device and allow reporters to go through FTP functions implemented in the device to send images over a network without going through a computer.
It should also be noted the appearance of a new battery for the EOS 1 d X.And for once we râlerons not since it does not multiply the models for nothing: first of all this new model meets more stringent safety standards, secondly the EOS 1 d X accepts old batteries as the old devices accept this new model.Add the magnesium housing is guaranteed any time (anti-moisture and dust) and has the same 100% than the 1Ds Mark III viewfinder.
Price to be agreed
Available in March 2012, the EOS 1 d X is a beautiful baby on the paper.Canon does not give its price but with a 1 d Mark IV 4 000 euros and a 1Ds Mark III, who flirted with the 6,000 euros, there is no doubt that he will sail between those two prices.