The Canon 1DX: A First Look

This is massive. Not just the size of the camera, but also the specifications behind the camera that is released worldwide today.

I am one of the fortunate few to manage to lay my hands on the pre-production prototype of this eagerly anticipated baby. The Canon 1DX promises to bring the best of the two lines, the 1D and the 1Ds, together in this one package.

The Canon 1DX will feature dual Digic 5 processors, up to ISO 51200 sensitivity, a new 18.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with bigger individual pixels to give better signal to noise ratios (the 1Ds has a 21 megapixel sensor). Up to an approximate 14 frames per second high-speed shooting[VIDEO]. Carbon fibre shutter blades promising 400,000 cycles. The ability to view, in-camera, the approximate number of shutter cycles. A new RJ45 gigabit ethernet port for LAN file transfers. Dual CF card slots. Customizable function buttons. Reworked AF and AE system. These are just a handful of the new features that caught my eye.

Also released today, two new nifty add-on modules: a new Wireless File Transmitter based on 802.11N (WFT-E6A) and a Global Positioning System (GPS-E1).

Currently our US counterparts have been told that the 1DX has a suggested retail price of $6,800. No pricing has been given by the Singapore office today. And we were also told that the camera is expected to ship sometime in the first half of 2012. I am guessing before all the major sporting events coming up next year, the Euro 2012 and the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

For a more in-depth preview you can read it off here. Also have a look at the Canon Singapore’s press release here.



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