Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Detailed Review

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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In additional EOS 1D X Mark II was introduced by Canon in February 2016. It belongs to the Professional DSLRs category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Canon.

Brand Canon
Category DSLR
Date 02/2016
Sensor Properties

The EOS 1D X Mark II has a Full frame CMOS sensor with size of 36 x 24 mm² (1.42″ x 0.94″).

Picture of EOS 1D X Mark II’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: EOS 1D X Mark II comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The EOS 1D X Mark II’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The EOS 1D X Mark II features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format Full frame
Sensor area 36.00 x 24.00mm²
(1.42″ x 0.94″)
Resolution (physical) 21.50 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.20 megapixel
Pixel size 43.30 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 14 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Canon EF
Viewfinder Properties

The EOS 1D X Mark II has an optical viewfinder with a penta prism. Viewfinders with a penta prism are typical for enthusiast and professional DSLRs. The viewfinder covers 100% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.76x, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this.

Type Optical (Penta prism)
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.76x
Dioptric correction

The EOS 1D X Mark II’s shutter speed varies from 1/8000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/8000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The EOS 1D X Mark II’s sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 51200 ISO.

Also, Canon’s sensitivity can be boosted to 409600. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 51200 ISO
Boost 409600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The EOS 1D X Mark II supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Auto Focus Properties

The EOS 1D X Mark II’s auto focus processor uses 61 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in sports).

Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Phase Detection
AF points 61
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The EOS 1D X Mark II doesn’t feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Canon’s hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs
EOS 1D X Mark II display and touch screen

The EOS 1D X Mark II features a monitor with a diagonal of 81.00mm (3.2 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.62 megapixel. A resonable value that will make it easy to evaluate images directly in-camera.

Unfortunately, the EOS 1D X Mark II’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The EOS 1D X Mark II’s monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don’t work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 81.00mm (diagonal)
(3.2 in.)
Resolution 1.62 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

EOS 1D X Mark II video supported the resolution with 4096 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Video parameters:

Max. resolution 4096 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Canon. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

However, the camera can be controlled over a wired connection.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

USB 3.0 is already supported by the Canon. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera uses CompactFlash cards. The Canon does not support SD cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 2
Memory cards CompactFlash

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II has a LP-E19 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 1210 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The EOS 1D X Mark II’s battery battery parameters:

Type LP-E19 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 1210 photos

The Canon EOS 1D X Mark II’s dimensions are 158 x 167.6 x 82.6mm³. (6.2″ x 6.6″ x 3.3″). That’s the body only, without lens. The camera’s weight is a rather considerable 1340 grams (43.2 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Here is front and top view of the EOS 1D X Mark II:

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II size comparison

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