Canon 1D X II
- 20MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3.2" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 51200 (Bump to 409600)
- 1/8000s Max Shutter
- 4096 x 2160 video
- Canon EF Mount
- 1530g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
- Launched February 2016
- Previous Model is Canon 1D X
- New Model is Canon 1D X III
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Canon 1D X II summary
Canon 1D X II is Canon's Pro DSLR camera initially introduced on February of 2016. The camera has got a 20MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.
Canon released this camera in order to replace the older Canon 1D X (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently brought out the newer Canon 1D X III (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.
The 1D X II stands at #5 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and over all #123 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please try out our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your personal factors.
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Canon 1D X II family
The Canon 1D X II is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full list underneath.
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Canon 1D X II Gallery
You can look at the 1D X II from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon 1D X II Pros and Cons
Here is a selection of good and bad points of the Canon 1D X II based on criterias which are typically regarded as important in a camera.
Canon 1D X II Sensor information
The Canon 1D X II features the Dual DIGIC 6+ processor. The sensor spec in the Canon 1D X II is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor boasts 20 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 51200. The ISO can also be widened electronically to 50 - 409600. RAW photos are saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath illustrates the 1D X II's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The 1D X II sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is pointed out in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Canon 1D X II dimensions
Canon 1D X II weighs around 3.37 lbs (1,530 gr / 53.97 oz) and features exterior dimensions of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3"). The weight of average Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 gr so the Canon 1D X II is heavier as compared to various rivals.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a image of the Canon 1D X II alongside a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view under will highlight the button design on the 1D X II.
Canon 1D X II Lens information
The 1D X II works with the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses on the market today. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 1D X II.
Canon 1D X II Connectivity
The 1D X II has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send pictures and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Many apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Canon 1D X II Video information
The highest possible video quality in the Canon 1D X II is 4096 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4, H.264 and Motion JPEG format. 2160p provides a great quality for video recording. You can easily downsample to 1080p in order to get clearer results. Beware of the substantial file sizes and make sure you have high quality SD cards with good write speed. The camera does have both headphone and mic port making it pretty useful while capturing audio.
Canon 1D X II Weather Sealing
Canon 1D X II features weather proofing making it a excellent pick to use during tricky environments. This is especially valuable any time you are not sure about the conditions you might face during outdoor photography.
Canon 1D X II Display and Viewfinder
The Canon 1D X II has got a 3.2 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 1,620 thousand dots.
Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you can easily switch focus points plus adjust settings using your fingertips. The 1D X II also comes with a Top LCD display in order to instantly look at your settings.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details regarding Canon 1D X II are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- ViewFinder Coverage 100%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x
In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders will be pretty useful.
Canon 1D X II Shutter information
Canon 1D X II has the capability to shoot continuously at 16.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.
Canon 1D X II Flash and Hot shoe information
Canon 1D X II includes external flash support but is lacking integrated flash.
Canon 1D X II Autofocus information
Canon 1D X II includes both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it useful for portraits.
The AF system has got 61 focus points to choose from. Canon 1D X II has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Canon 1D X II has the ability to use manual focus in case it is required during low light conditions or you want to have more exact control on focus.
Canon 1D X II Battery life
The battery life (LP-E19) on the Canon 1D X II is designed to last for 1210 pictures based on the CIPA requirements which is lower in comparison with its competitors. The average Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X comes with the best (4400) battery life within this group of cameras.
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Canon 1D X II for different forms of photography
The following illustration gives a outline of the Canon 1D X II for different forms of photography. To understand more, check out the specific section underneath.
Canon 1D X II as a Portrait photography camera
The Canon 1D X II has a points total of 82 which is exceptional, and means the camera is a outstanding pick for portrait images. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support together with the flexibility to work with external lighting.
Canon 1D X II Street photography info
Coming in at a very good points total of 62, the Canon 1D X II is a very decent choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.
Canon 1D X II Sports photography advice
A above average sports photography points tally of 74 indicates the Canon 1D X II is a very decent fit for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Canon 1D X II Travel photography information
Portability is pretty crucial when choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Canon 1D X II gets a decent 54 as a travelling camera which is fairly acceptable to take with you on your trips.
Canon 1D X II Landscape photography details
When you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 1D X II at it's very good score of 70 as a landscape camera is a very decent fit in the current market.
Vlogging with Canon 1D X II
A vlogging camera should really come with a moving display, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon 1D X II is not really acceptable for vlogging as it comes to a terrible rating of 30.
Canon 1D X II Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the 1D X II, here is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall under the class of Pro DSLR.
The graph just below offers you a bird's eye view of the 1D X II compared to it's highest ranked rivals suggested earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may view as alternative options. To check out a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.