Exclusive hands-on with a prototype of the new Canon flagship, EOS-1D X Mark II

We are barely a month into the new year, and Canon has announced the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera. The new flagship camera has a 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors. The camera can capture images at up to 14 frames per second, and HD video up-to-4K 60P, with Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology. We had an exclusive chance to get our hands on a prototype of the latest canon flagship, and here’s the lowdown.

At first look, the camera seems to have quite a similar body-layout to its predecessor the Canon 1DX. The camera feels strong in hand with its rugged and weather resistant construction, and there are subtle grip changes that Canon has done to improve the hold. While the camera features continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps in Live View mode. Its Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors are said to help in transferring image data at high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting of up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. The camera can shoot 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

Canon informed that the camera has a Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera, and this previously required post-processing on an external computer. The camera’s has an improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8. There is a central area expansion of approximately 8.6% vertical and peripheral area expansion of approximately 24% vertical.

There are other changes like continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II, and compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for better performance with faster transfer rates and buffer speeds.

Canon informed that the camera will cost around Rs. 4.5lac body only, and will be available to buy by April 2016.