Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras

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Marketed March 2012

To date, Canon has developed its top-of-the-line digital SLR cameras through the 1Ds series, which delivers exceptionally high image quality, and the 1D series, which achieves superlative high-speed performance. Integrating the strengths of these two series, Canon’s new professional flagship model, the EOS-1D X, brings together the highest levels of image quality and speed performance.

The Canon EOS-1D X incorporates a newly developed approximately 18.1-megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor which, in addition to achieving an optimal sensor size and pixel count balance, effectively makes use of Canon’s proprietary semiconductor technologies to ensure low-noise performance. Featuring Dual DIGIC 5+, which comprises two new high-performance DIGIC 5+ image processors—each realizing approximately 17 times the processing power of DIGIC 4— the camera delivers exemplary image quality and speed performance. Compared with the EOS-1D Mark IV’s sensitivity range of ISO100-12800, the EOS-1D X offers a range that has been expanded by two steps, to 100-51200,* for outstanding imaging results with reduced noise, even when shooting indoors and other dimly lit settings.

Combining a 100,000-pixel RGB metering sensor and DIGIC 4 processor, the Canon EOS-1D X’s new AE system, the EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System, is capable of determining not only brightness levels, but also a subject’s face and target color, making possible high-precision exposure control. The newly developed AF system incorporates an AF sensor with a total of 61 autofocus points for improved high-precision subject capture. The sensor includes 21 f/5.6 cross-type sensors, 20 f/4.0 cross-type sensors, and 5 f/2.8 dual cross-type sensors. Equipped with 20 f/4.0 AF points, the new camera offers the same level of precision as the EOS-1D Mark IV at f/2.8. Additionally, working in tandem with the new AE system, the camera’s EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus) function is capable of tracking a subject’s face or target color to maintain focus on a moving subject.

The Canon EOS-1D X’s new Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors make possible high-speed continuous shooting of up to approximately 12 frames per second with high-precision AE and AF performance. In the ultra-fast continuous shooting mode, the camera realizes a continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 14 frames per second (mirror remains raised during shooting, JPEG images only).

* Standard ISO sensitivity range is ISO100-25600 when shooting video.

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording media Type I or II CF card, UDMA mode 7-compatible

* Dual CF card slots

Image sensor size Approx. 36 x 24 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S and EF-M lenses) (35 mm-equivalent lens focal length will be as indicated on the lens)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 18.10 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Dust delete feature Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System (DCF) 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original), RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording enabled
Recorded pixels L (Large) : Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
M1 (Medium 1): Approx. 14.20 megapixels (4608 x 3072)
M2 (Medium 2): Approx. 8.00 megapixels (3456 x 2304)
S (Small) : Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)
RAW : Approx. 17.90 megapixels (5184 x 3456)
M-RAW : Approx. 10.10 megapixels (3888 x 2592)
S-RAW : Approx. 4.50 megapixels (2592 x 1728)
JPEG quality 10 levels
Recording function Standard, Auto switch card, Record separately, Record to multiple
Create/select a folder Possible
File name Preset code, User setting 1, User setting 2
File numbering Continuous, Auto reset, Manual reset
Image Processing During Shooting
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3
White balance Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (Approx. 2500-10000K), Personal white balance (5 settings), White balance correction, and White balance bracketing possible

* Flash color temperature information transmission enabled

Noise reduction Applicable to long exposures and high ISO speed shots
Automatic image brightness correction Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Provided
Lens aberration correction Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction
Type Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100% (with Eye point approx. 20 mm)
Magnification Approx. 0.76x (-1 m-1 with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eye point Approx. 20 mm (from eyepiece lens center at -1 m-1)
Built-in dioptric adjustment Approx. -3.0 – +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Eyepiece shutter Built-in
Focusing screen Ec-C V provided, interchangeable
AF status indicator Provided
Grid display Provided
Electronic level Horizontal: 1° increments, ±6°
Vertical: 1° increments, ±4°

* During horizontal shooting

Mirror Quick-return type
Depth-of-field preview Provided
Type TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection
AF points 61 points (Up to 41 cross-type points)

* Number of available AF points and cross-type points vary depending on the lens.

Focusing brightness range EV -2 – 18 (with center f/2.8 AF point, 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focus modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF area selection modes Single-point Spot AF (manual selection), Single-point AF (manual selection), AF point expansion (manual selection; up, down, left, and right), AF point expansion (manual selection; surround), Zone AF (manual selection), Auto selection of 61 AF points
AF point automatic selection conditions Depending on EOS iTR AF setting (AF using color and face detection information possible)

* iTR: Intelligent Tracking and Recognition

AF Configuration tool Case 1 – 6
AI Servo characteristics Tracking sensitivity, Acceleration/deceleration tracking, AF point auto switching
AF fine adjustment AF Microadjustment (All lenses by same amount or Adjust by lens)
AF-assist beam Emitted by the EOS-dedicated external Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering modes Approx. 100,000-pixel RGB metering sensor and 252-zone TTL metering at max. aperture
EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) system
Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 2.5% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)

* Spot metering: EV 2 – 20

Exposure control Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure
ISO speed
(Recommended exposure index)
Auto ISO, manually settable within ISO 100 – 51200 (1/3-stop or whole-stop increments), and expandable to L (Equivalent to ISO 50), H1 (Equivalent to ISO 102400), H2 (Equivalent to ISO 204800)
ISO speed settings ISO speed range, Auto ISO range, and Auto ISO minimum shutter speed settable
Exposure compensation Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (Can be combined with manual exposure compensation)
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button
Standard exposure level adjustment AE Microadjustment possible
Multiple Exposures
Shooting method Function/control priority, Continuous shooting priority
No. of multiple exposures 2 to 9 exposures
Multiple-exposure control Additive, Average, Bright, Dark
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds 1/8000 sec. to 30 sec., Bulb (Total shutter speed range.
Available range varies by shooting mode.), X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Drive System
Drive modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, 10-sec. self-timer, 2-sec. self-timer, Silent single shooting, Super high-speed continuous
Continuous shooting speed Super high-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 14 shots/sec.
High-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 12 shots/sec.
Low-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3 shots/sec.

* When the ISO speed is set to 32000 or higher (if the camera’s internal temperature is low, ISO 20000 or higher), the maximum continuous shooting speed will be approx. 10 fps.

Max. burst JPEG Large: Approx. 100 shots (approx. 180 shots)
RAW: Approx. 35 shots (approx. 38 shots)
RAW+JPEG Large: Approx. 17 shots (approx. 17 shots)

* During high-speed continuous shooting
* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style) and an 8 GB card.
* Figures in parentheses apply to an UDMA mode 7, 128GB card based on Canon’s testing standards.

External Speedlite
Compatible Speedlites EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
PC terminal Provided
Standard flash exposure level adjustment FE Microadjustment possible
External Speedlite control Provided

* Compatible with radio wireless flash photography.

Live View Shooting
Focus modes Live mode, Face detection Live mode (contrast detection), Quick mode (phase-difference detection), Manual focusing (approx. 5x / 10x magnification possible)
Focusing brightness range EV 1 – 20 (with contrast detection, at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Metering modes Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Silent shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Grid display Three types
Movie Shooting
Movie recording compression MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
Variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Recording format MOV
Recording size and frame rate 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p / 25p / 24p
1280 x 720 (HD) : 60p / 50p
640 x 480 (SD) : 30p / 25p

* 30p: 29.97 fps, 25p: 25.00 fps, 24p: 23.976 fps, 60p: 59.94 fps, 50p: 50.00 fps

Compression method: ALL-I (I-only), IPB
File size 1920 x 1080 (30p / 25p / 24p) / IPB : Approx. 235 MB / min.
1920 x 1080 (30p / 25p / 24p) / ALL-I : Approx. 685 MB / min.
1280 x 720 (60p / 50p) / IPB : Approx. 205 MB / min.
1280 x 720 (60p / 50p) / ALL-I : Approx. 610 MB / min.
640 x 480 (30p / 25p) / IPB : Approx. 78 MB / min.

* Card reading / writing speed necessary for movie shooting:
IPB: at least 10 MB per sec. / ALL-I: at least 30 MB per sec.

Focus modes Same as focusing with Live View shooting
Metering modes Center-weighted average and Evaluative metering with the image sensor

* Automatically set by the focusing mode.

Metering range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control 1. Auto-exposure, 2. Shutter-priority AE, 3. Aperture-priority AE, 4. Manual exposure

* With 1, 2, and 3, exposure compensation and AE lock are possible.

Exposure compensation 1/3-stop increments, ±3 stops (±5 stops for still photos)
ISO speed:
(Recommended exposure index)
P, Av, and BULB: ISO 100 – 25600 set automatically, or ISO expansion to H (equivalent to ISO 51200), H1 (equivalent to ISO 102400), H2 (equivalent to ISO 204800)
Tv : ISO 100 – 25600 set automatically
M : Auto ISO (ISO 100 – 25600 set automatically), ISO 100 – 25600 set manually (in 1 / 3- or whole-stop increments), or ISO expansion to H (equivalent to ISO 32000 / 40000 / 51200), H1 (equivalent to ISO 102400), H2 (equivalent to ISO 204800)
Time code Supported
Drop frames Compatible with 60p / 30p
Sound recording Built-in monaural microphone, external stereo microphone terminal provided
Sound recording level adjustable, wind filter provided
Grid display Three types
Still photo shooting Possible
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots Wide, 8.1 cm (3.2-in.) (3:2) with approx. 1.04 million dots
Brightness adjustment Manual (7 levels)
Electronic level Provided
Feature guide Displayable
Camera system status display Provided
Image display formats Single-image display, Single-image + Info display (Basic info, shooting info, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index display
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
AF point display Possible
Grid display Three types
Zoom magnification Approx. 1.5x – 10x, starting magnification and position settable
Image browsing methods Single image, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, by movies, by stills, by rating
Image rotate Possible
Ratings Provided
Movie playback Enabled (LCD monitor, video/audio OUT, HDMI OUT), built-in speaker
Slide show All images, by date, by folder, movies, stills, or by rating
Image protect Possible
Voice memo Recording / playback possible
Copying images Possible
Post-Processing of Images
In-camera RAW image processing Brightness correction, White balance, Picture Style, Auto Lighting Optimizer, High ISO speed noise reduction, JPEG image-recording quality, Color space, Peripheral illumination correction, Distortion correction, and Chromatic aberration correction
Resize Possible
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG and RAW images
Print ordering DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Wired LAN
Ethernet 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T
FTP transfer Automatic transfer upon shooting, Image selection / transfer, Transfer with SET button, Transfer with caption
EOS Utility EOS Utility’s remote control works with wired LAN
WFT server Camera control, simple control, basic shooting, image viewing, and downloading
Media server DLNA-compatible
Multi camera time sync function Master camera can synchronize time with up to 10 slave cameras
Time error of approx. ±0.05 sec. between master and slave cameras
Image Transfer
Transferrable images Still photos (JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG images), Movies
Custom Functions
Custom Functions 31
Save camera settings Up to ten sets can be registered in a card
Custom shooting modes Register under Mode C1/C2/C3
My Menu registration Possible
Copyright information Entry and inclusion enabled
Audio / video OUT /
Digital terminal
Analog video (Compatible with NTSC / PAL) / stereo audio output
Personal computer communication, Direct printing (Hi-Speed USB or equivalent), GPS Receiver GP-E2 connection
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (Auto switching of resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone IN terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
Remote control terminal Compatible with N3-type remote controller
Ethernet terminal RJ-45 terminal, gigabit Ethernet compatible
System extension terminal For Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6 and GPS Receiver GP-E1
Battery Battery Pack LP-E4N / LP-E4 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4

Battery information Remaining capacity, Shutter count, and Recharge performance displayed
Battery life:
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
With viewfinder shooting: Approx. 1120 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 860 shots at 0°C/32°F
With Live View shooting: Approx. 290 shots at 23°C/73°F, approx. 250 shots at 0°C/32°F
Movie shooting time Approx. 2 hr. 10 min. at 23°C/73°F
Approx. 2 hr. at 0°C/32°F

* With a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E4N

Date/Time battery CR2025 lithium battery (Quantity 1)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 158.0 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm / 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3 in.
Weight Approx. 1530 g / 54.0 oz. (CIPA Guidelines)
Approx. 1340 g / 47.3 oz. (Body only)
Operation Environment
Working temperature range 0°C – 45°C / 32°F – 113°F
Working humidity 85% or less