Canon flags new flagship DSLR – PLUS first review!

Canon Australia has released details of a new flagship model for the EOS 1-series of digital SLR cameras – the EOS-1D X – which we won’t see until late first quarter next year.

Superseding the EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III, the EOS-1D X is ‘the ultimate tool for all professional photographers,’ according to Canon, ‘offering both excellent image quality and unparalleled speed in one camera.’

The new camera features an 18.1-megapixel full-Frame CMOS sensor with larger photosites, and boasts an ultra-fast shutter release time and AF continuous shooting at 12 frames per second. It is designed to suit a wide range of professional applications from sport, photojournalism and nature photography through to studio, fashion and wedding/portrait work. It can also capture Full HD movies and complies with video industry standards.

Also announced was the GP-E1 Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver for EOS, and the WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter unit, enabling functions such as time synchronisation between cameras.

Key features:
– Autofocus (AF) continuous shooting at 12 fps (14 fps with mirror lock-up):
– Full-Frame 18.1MP CMOS sensor with large pixel size and gapless microlens technology;
– ISO range 100­­-51200 (L:50; H2: 204800) and low noise for high quality in all lighting conditions, including near-dark;
– Full High Definition movie recording, video industry standards compliance (ALL-I, IPB);
– Dual DiG!C 5+ image processors for high-speed processing and noise reduction;
– New AF system features 61 AF points (41 cross points) for precise focussing accuracy;
– Unique Auto Exposure (AE) metering uses RGB colour and face recognition for enhanced subject tracking.

First look review

Whiel the new EOS 1D X wil not be available until next year, Margaret Brown, technical editor of associated magazine/website Photo Review, has had the opportunity of a hand-on preview of the new model. To read her comprehensive assessment, click here.

Milestones

Canon is currently celebrating two important EOS milestones: September 2011 marked production of the company’s 50-millionth EOS-series SLR camera, with 10 million units manufactured in the last 16 months. The first professional film model, the EOS-1, was introduced in 1989, with the first pro DSLR, the EOS-1D, announced in September 2001.

It will also manufacture its 70 millionth EF lens before the end of this month, with 10 million units being produced in the last nine months. First introduced in March 1987, along with Canon’s EOS SLR camera system, the current EF lens line-up comprises 66 models ranging super-wide-angle to super-telephoto zoom lenses and including a wide variety of special purpose lenses.

– with assistance, Photo Review


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