Canon EOS-1D X

Canon’s new top of the line professional DSLR combines the creative advantages of a full frame sensor with high speed, high sensitivity technology to serve the needs of pro news, sports and wildlife photographers. Featuring an 18 MP CMOS sensor and powered by dual DIGIC 5+ image processors the EOS-1D X offers a well-balanced package of image quality and shooting speed that can go as high as 14 frames per second. Its standard 100-51,200 ISO range can be expanded to ISO 50 and 204,800. The newly engineered 61-point AF-system with 41 cross type sensors is the fastest and most accurate ever, enabling the camera to detect and track fast moving subjects even under lowlight conditions. Full HD video recording and built-in Ethernet complete the pro model.


Concern has been expressed about the delivery of the Canon EOS-1D X, which TIPA awarded this year as the BEST DSLR PROFESSIONAL.

No official availability date has been released by Canon so far; dates and quantities may vary from market to market.

Photo magazine editors have the chance to use and test cameras before their official launch. Not only did TIPA?s Technical Committee have the opportunity to use the Canon EOS-1D X after it was first announced in October 2011 but they also had at hand the results of TIPA?s laboratory test before the awards voting session. TIPA tested a pre-launch version of this camera, but this is not considered to be a problem when judging the image quality. The image quality of a pre-launch camera is sometimes not yet optimal, but a pre-launch product is never *better* than the final product. The image quality of the camera we tested was excellent, so we are certain that this will apply to the final product as well.

TIPA editors were able to express their opinion, including on the price-performance ratio. Retail prices change substantially due to different commercial policies, so TIPA always refers to the manufacturers’ suggested prices at the time of launch, as they are more comparable than any advertised dealers’ prices.

Availability on the market is an important point for TIPA, but neither the association nor a manufacturer can take into consideration events that go beyond their control. To date the reasons for the camera delay are a matter of personal speculation, and TIPA cannot comment on such a basis.