Canon EOS-1D X

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Canon EOS-1D X
Canon EOS-1D X body.JPG
TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
ReleasedMarch 2012
Intro priceUSD 6,799.00
LensInterchangeable (EF)
Sensor typeCMOS
Sensor size36 x 24 mm (Full-frame)
Maximum resolution5184 x 3456 (18.1 effective megapixels)
Film speed100 – 51200 in 1/3 stops (expandable from L: 50 to H1: 102400; H2: 204800)
Storage mediaDual CompactFlash (Type I or Type II)
Focus modesOne-Shot, AI Servo, Manual
Focus areas61 AF points (41 cross-type AF points), High-Density Reticular AF with EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (iTR)
Exposure modesProgram AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure, Custom, Movie
Exposure metering100,000 pixel RGB sensor, 0–20 EV, 252 zones, with EOS Intelligent Subject Analysis (iSA)
Metering modesEvaluative, Partial, Spot, Centre-weighted Average
ShutterElectromechanical carbon fiber focal-plane shutter. Selectable electronic 1st curtain shutter.
Shutter speed range1/8000 - 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), Bulb; X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Continuous shooting14 fps JPEG in Live View mode. 12 fps RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG.
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism with 100% coverage and 0.76x magnification / LCD (Live View)
Image processing
Image processorDIGIC 4 and dual DIGIC 5+
LCD screen3.2" (8.1 cm) Clear View II colour TFT LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
BatteryLP-E4N lithium-ion battery pack
Dimensions6.2 × 6.4 × 3.3 inches (158 × 163.6 × 82.7 mm)
Weight1,340 g (2.95 lb)
Made inJapan
ReplacedCanon EOS-1D Mark IV, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III[1]
SuccessorCanon EOS-1D X Mark II,[2] Canon EOS-1D C[3]

The Canon EOS-1D X is a professional digital SLR camera body by Canon Inc. It succeeded the company's previous flagship Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. It was announced on 18 October 2011.[4]

It was released in March 2012 with a suggested retail price of US$6,799.00 (body only)[5] and a suggested retail price of £5,299 in the United Kingdom.[6]

The camera is supplemented by the Canon EOS-1D C, a movie-oriented camera that shares most of its still photographic features with the 1D X. The 1D C was announced in April 2012 and released in March 2013.[7]

In CES (January) 2014, Canon released firmware version 2.0.3 with significant improvements:[8]

  • Initial AF point selection and 61-point auto selection AF synchronization
  • AF point switching according to camera orientation
  • Improved low-light performance
  • Expanded minimum shutter speed in auto ISO

On 1 February 2016, Canon introduced the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II as the successor to the EOS-1D X.[9]


The Canon EOS-1D X is an 18.1 effective megapixels full-frame DSLR.[10] The camera is capable of acquiring video at Full HD resolution (1,920 × 1,080 pixels) at frame rates of 24, 25 and 30 fps or 720p (1,280 × 720) at 50 or 60 fps, and SDTV (640 × 480) at 25 or 30 fps. The h.264 video can be switched between all inter frame and IPB with bidirectional prediction to reduce file size. The EOS-1D X has two DIGIC 5+ image processors for sensor reading and compression, and a separate DIGIC 4 dedicated to automatic exposure. It was officially released on 20 June 2012.[4] Like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EOS-1D C, the camera features 61 autofocus points, which are assisted by a 100,000-pixel metering sensor.[11]

The camera features an ISO setting range from 50 to 204,800 which can be selected automatically or adjusted manually.[12] Like all Canon DSLR full frame cameras, the 1D X does not feature a built in flash. The camera can shoot 14 frames per second continuous shooting JPEG (with mirror locked up, no autofocus) and 12 frames per second continuous shooting in RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG with full auto focus and lens aberration correction.[10] According to Canon, the maximum shooting rate is reduced to 10 fps at ISO settings of 32,000 and higher.[13] The camera's viewfinder has an estimated magnification of .76x and 100% field of view.[14]

The camera can be operated remotely with a Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter, allowing an external web enabled device to control the camera.[4] The WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter unit also enables Bluetooth v2.1 +EDR, to embed GPS location data into files. The EOS-1D X also features dust and weather resistance.[4] The Canon EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C have four customizable function buttons at the front of the camera, two that can be used for shooting vertically and two for horizontal shooting.


According to Canon's website, the EOS-1D X model comes equipped with:[15]

  • EOS-1D X Digital SLR Body
  • Eyecup Eg
  • Battery Pack LP-E4N
  • Battery Charger LC-E4N
  • Wide Neck Strap L7
  • Cable Protector
  • Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-200U

Known defects[edit]

Canon issued a product advisory indicating that insufficient lubrication within the camera's driving mechanism may lead to excessive wear, potentially causing autofocus to fail and the viewfinder image becoming "blurry" or "not steady". Any bodies sold with the issue are eligible for inspection and repair free of charge. Canon has not issued a recall for selected EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C models that have this issue. Only certain models are affected.[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EOS-1D X". Canon Camera Museum.
  2. ^ "EOS-1D X Mark II". Canon Camera Museum.
  3. ^ "Canon EOS-1D C Instruction Manual" (PDF).
  4. ^ a b c d "Canon U.S.A. Introduces The New Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera, Re-Designed From The Inside Out" (Press release). Canon. 18 October 2011.
  5. ^ Alexandra Chang (19 October 2011). "Canon announces EOS-1D X DSLR camera for pros". Macworld. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  6. ^ Chris Cheesman (18 October 2011). "Canon EOS-1D X full-frame DSLR set for 'Olympics' debut". Amateur Photographer.
  7. ^ Honig, Zach (12 April 2012). "Canon unveils EOS-1D C and C500 4K Cinema cameras, two new lenses ahead of NAB (updated)". Engadget. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Canon updates firmware for EOS-1D X". Digital Photography Review. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  9. ^ Alvarez, Edgar (1 February 2015). "EOS-1D X Mark II: Canon's flagship DSLR goes 4K". Engadget. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  10. ^ a b R Butler (18 October 2011). "Canon EOS-1D X overview". Digital Photography Review.
  11. ^ "EOS-1D X on film". Canon EOS-1D X. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  12. ^ Michael Palmer (17 October 2011). "Canon EOS-1D X Preview". Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  13. ^ "The EOS-1D X explained: inside Canon's professional DSLR". Canon Professional Network. October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Field of View Crop Factor (Focal Length Multiplier)". Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Box content". EOS-1D X. Canon. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Canon Lubrication Issue With Some EOS-1DX And 1D C DSLRs". ePHOTOzine. 19 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Product Advisories". Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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