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Canon EOS 1D X Review

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PROS / This camera is the fastest shooting pro-DSLR currently available.

CONS / This camera's image quality is lower than many lower-priced competitors.

 VERDICT / The Canon 1D X is not for everyone. It's large and heavy, and its image quality doesn't really stand out. It is, however, one of the fastest-shooting DSLRs, and despite its weaknesses, is a great choice for sports and action photography.

The EOS-1D X is Canon's premier DSLR for professional photography. As such, it offers superb image quality as well as excellent performance and design. While there are other cameras that offer better color depth, dynamic range and low-light performance, the 1D X offers a solid combination of attributes that help you capture quality photographs in even the most demanding situations.

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Image quality alone is not the 1D X's strong suit. While it affords good low-light performance with low grain at high ISOs, it is below average in the categories of color depth and dynamic range. This isn't the best news, but it doesn't mean that your images will have fake looking colors or constantly blown out highlights. The 1D X is still an excellent camera and in the right hands, still produces very high quality images.

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It is the 1D X's performance that really stands out from its many competitors. It offers up to 12 fps continuous shooting, a total of 61 focus points, 41 of which are cross-type, and shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 s. Thanks to these qualities, the 1D X is one of the best cameras available for sports and action photography.

Made with a permanently attached secondary grip, the 1D X allows you to shoot naturally and quickly in portrait or landscape orientation. By simply flipping a switch, you can enable separate adjustment dials and buttons specifically for portrait shooting.

Like other cameras in this style, there aren't many other design features to speak of – no articulating screen, built-in flash or auto-focus assist light. Considering this camera is mostly for high-paced sports and action photography, however, these omissions are far from fatal flaws.

When it comes to additional features, the same philosophy applies: This camera includes everything you need to capture the most intricate of moments in an intense shoot, and essentially nothing that doesn't. Photographers looking for convenience features like Wi-Fi, GPS, time lapse or panorama, though, would be better served looking at different models.

The 1D X comes with a one-year warranty. If you have any issues or questions that aren't related to defects, you can find answers by phone, email or in the support section of Canon's website.


The Canon 1D X is a very specialized professional DSLR designed to capture quality images of fast-paced action. It features best-in-class continuous shooting, autofocus and a body that facilitates shooting quickly in any orientation. For this reason, however, the 1D X is larger, heavier and substantially more expensive than most. And though other cameras offer better image quality, lighter bodies and more features, it's hard to beat the 1D X when it comes to capturing crucial moments in fast-paced scenes.

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