Canon 1DX review

The Canon EOS 1DX has 18MP and 61 AF points, and shoots at 12fps

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As the most recent addition to Canon's professional DSLR series, the Canon EOS-1DX showcases the company's camera building capability and doesn't disappoint.

In fact, in some respects it exceeds expectations. The 18.1MP sensor and dual Digic 5+ processor combination proves itself to be very capable, delivering images that have lots of detail and little noise, even at the higher sensitivity settings.

We liked

The Canon EOS-1D X's AF system is fast and reliable in a wide range of situations, and it captures subjects sharply even in very low light.

We disliked

Although the Canon EOS-1DX control layout is designed to enable you to adjust settings quickly whether you are shooting with the camera held horizontally or upright, Canon hasn't given it some of the useful features found on the EOS 5D Mark III.

There's no rating button, for example, so images can only be rated out of five via the menu. We'd also liked to see the Canon EOS 5D Mk III's in-camera HDR system, which works with raw files as well as JPEG images and saves the three constituent images as well as the composite picture.

Final verdict

A price tag of £5,299/$6,799 brings certain expectations, and the Canon EOS-1DX's build lives up to them. This is a camera that you can expect to survive several years of heavy use. Thanks to the control layout and deep comfortable grips it is also one that you can enjoy using.

The Canon EOS-1DX's noise control and autofocus performance particularly impress, and these are key areas for professional photojournalists who need a camera that they can rely on to get decent image, whatever the conditions.

With an f/2.8 lens, the Canon EOS-1DX can focus in very low light, and even at high sensitivities it delivers images that are clean enough to turn into full-page prints.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyEOS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedCompactFlash Type I (UDMA Compatible), CompactFlash Card Type II
Image StabilizationNo
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
DurabilityWater Resistant, Dust Resistant
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)1.34 kg
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size36 mm x 24 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height163.6 mm
Width158 mm
Depth82.7 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model1D X
Product NameEOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Prioirty
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part Number5253B009
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The EOS-1D X combines speed with image quality, to create the next generation camera for professionals. Full frame 18 megapixel sensor with Dual "DIGIC 5+" processors sets the standard, and up to 12 frames per second shooting takes it beyond.

Package Contents
  • EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E4N
Limited Warranty1 Year