Hands-On Review: Canon EOS-1Dx


In this video, Larry Becker takes a look at the Canon EOS-1D X, a new, phenomenally fast, accurate-focusing, full-frame flagship DSLR that shoots up to 12 frames per second while continuously focusing to guarantee the best possible performance. It produces more "keepers" for action shooters and pros.

Camera Type Digital SLR with Interchangeable lenses
Lens Mount Canon EF
Camera Format Full-Frame
Pixels Actual: 19.3 Megapixel
Effective: 18.1 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 17.9MP: 5184 x 3456 @ 3:2
Other Resolutions 14.2MP: 4608 x 3072 @ 3:2
10.1MP: 3888 x 2592 @ 3:2
8.0MP: 3456 x 2304 @ 3:2
4.5MP: 2592 x 1728 @ 3:2
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 36 x 24mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Bit Depth 14-bit
Memory Card Type CompactFlash
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 61
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.76x
Diopter Adjustment - 3.0 to +1.0 m
Display Screen 3.2" Rear Screen   LCD (1,040,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Live View Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-51200 (Extended Mode: 50-204800)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 seconds
Remote Control RS-80N3 (Optional)
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Metering Method Average metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Maximum Sync Speed 1 / 250 sec.
Flash Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 0.33 or 0.5 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System eTTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, PC Terminal, Wireless
Video Recording Yes
File Size 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1280 x 720
640 x 480
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps
Exposure Control Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Exposure Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 0.330.5 EV steps)
Focus Auto
Continuous Auto
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo, Via Optional External Mic
Self-Timer 10 sec., 2 sec.
Connectivity AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Battery 1x LP-E4N  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 11.1VDC, 2450mAh
AC Power Adapter ACK-E4 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature 32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3" / 157.48 x 162.56 x 83.82mm
Weight 3.4 lb / 1.54  kg with battery

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Aspect ratio: 3:02

Doesn't anyone bother to proofread this stuff before it's posted?

You also neglect to mention that two CF cards can be installed at the same time.

Dear Mr. Sommerwerck,

As the sole copy editor of content for this website, I take full responsibility and apologize for the typo that slipped past me, yet leapt out at you. We are in the process of correcting it now and, hopefully, by the time you see my reply, the word "phenomenally" will be spelled properly. We have also removed the extraneous zero from the Aspect Ratio spec.

Good catch, sir. Thank you for kindly pointing both out.


Very nice review - any chance you will be creating a review specific to the Canon EOS 1D C or focusing more on the video features of the EOS 1D X?

That is an excellent idea and we'll take it under strong consideration. Thanks for your input!