Although the Canon EOS-1D X is big, this professional DSLR camera incorporates all the best features and settings you will need for any photo shoot. The full-frame, 18.1-megapixel sensor delivers high quality images, and you can use the continuous shooting feature and get up to 14 frames per second (fps) in Super High Speed Mode. Our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner has a 3.2-inch LCD screen, dual memory card slots and a broad ISO range. Canon continually has updates for its cameras, so you can expect the newest and most updated firmware. With additional ports for a mini-HDMI connection and an external microphone, this is one of the best professional DSLR cameras you'll find.
The EOS-1D is a great camera for taking photos in low light due to its high ISO range of 100 to 204,800. Two of these ISO extensions are presets H1 and H2, and high ISOs can exhibit a lot of noise unless you make the adjustments inside the camera. It keeps noise under 1.5 percent through ISO 12,800, which we noticed is perfect for shoots involving fireworks, stars or meteor showers. Noise reduction is also accomplished with the Dual DIGIC 5+ image processor. This works to keep noise and graininess to a minimum so that you get clear, vivid photos.
The full-frame, 18.1-megapixel CMOS sensor lets you see the full picture of what you want to shoot. Full-frame cameras like the 1D X are kind of like swapping out your stock lens with a wide-angle lens, which is great for landscape photography. If you enjoy shooting mountain ranges, broad skies or even wildlife, we recommend this camera.
AE (automatic exposure) and AF (automatic focus) are both included with this professional camera, which is nice if you want to get a quick shot without having to adjust the aperture or shutter settings. That being said, you aren't forking out several thousand dollars just to use the automatic settings. The processor makes it possible for continuous shooting at a rate of up to 12fps, but Super High Speed Mode gives you close to 14fps.
Another thing we are impressed with was the camera's ability to record video. The EOS-1D X captures HD video and supports MPEG-4 files. If a file is bigger than 4GB, the camera automatically splits the file for extended recording. The best part of this is that you can manually adjust the exposure and other settings and still use the zoom and focus controls while you are shooting video. Frame rates for 1080p shooting are 25 and 30 frames per second. If you lower the resolution to 720p and 480p, you can choose between 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24 frames per second.
The first thing we noticed about the design of this camera is the magnesium-alloy body. Couple this with a durable, dust- and weather-resistant shutter, and this camera can withstand the most treacherous environments. Plus, it's lightweight, so while the camera is large and won't fit in any pockets, having it around your neck isn't going to cause you any pain.
Canon heard its customers' input and made a lot of changes as to where the buttons are located. The ergonomic design was comfortable for us to use and very simple to use once we learned the buttons – and what each button is supposed to do. All the shooting settings can be adjusted with the right hand, and image details and processing with the left. You will appreciate the comfort of the vertical grip if you expect to be shooting for hours.
As we mentioned above, this digital SLR camera has dual memory card slots that have three settings for recording media: Auto switch will automatically switch from one card to the other when the first one has filled up; Record Separately records to each card but in different sizes or file types; and Record to Multiple records the same image to both cards as the same size and file type. This last option gives you more security when it comes to saving your files.
The Canon EOS has built-in picture correction and multiple-exposures shooting. This setting takes anywhere from two to nine exposures to create a composite image, which isn't HDR formatting because this is a feature the EOS-1D X lacks. There are four distinct exposure settings, which are additive, average, bright and dark. In-camera processing is also possible. You can adjust the white balance and brightness, as well as resize your images.
There are two ports: mini-HDMI and Video Out. These allow you to show your images and videos on a larger display. One nice thing about professional DSLR cameras is that you will almost always find slot to plug in an external microphone for better sound. We had a shotgun mic that performed far better than the camera's built-in microphone.
Canon offers a variety of help and support options with the camera, including a user guide and instruction manual. The website has a FAQs page and an extensive resource and learning center that has tips and how-to's on using Canon products, along with photography tips. Reference materials are downloadable, so you can save them to your computer or print them. This DSLR camera has a one-year warranty.
With the big price tag comes certain expectations for a professional camera, and the Canon EOS-1D X meets all of them. With a shutter life of more than 200,000 shots, you can expect to use this camera for several years. The grip is comfortable and the design can withstand the elements. The only drawback we found is the absence of an HDR effect option, but since that is the only missing feature, we highly recommend this digital SLR camera for any style of shooting you want to do.
The EOS-1D X can be set for continuous shooting at a rate of 14 frames per second.
There is no in-camera HDR feature like there is on other professional DSLR cameras.
This camera handles landscape and sports photography better than many other DSLRs. It's a great choice no matter what style of photos you want to take.