Canon EOS-1D X DSLR Camera

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Key Features

  • 18MP full-frame sensor sensor
  • 61-point AF sensor has 21 cross type AF points at the center (sensitive enough to be used with lenses with maximum apertures as slow as F5.6)
  • ISO 100-51,200, expandable to 204,800
  • 0.76x, 100% coverage pentaprism
  • 3.2 inch LCD with 1.4 million dots
  • 12-14 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080 HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates
  • Ethernet 1000 Base-T network port
  • 4GB automatic file partitioning when shooting video for continuous recording (29 minutes 59 seconds clips)
  • Shutter tested to 400,000 cycles
  • Dual Digic 5 processors

Product Description

The Canon EOS-1D X is the company's flagship professional DSLR. It's built around an 18MP full-frame sensor capable of shooting at up to 14 frames per second (12fps with AF) and offers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 204,800, effectively replacing both the 1D Mark IV and 1DS Mark III in Canon's lineup. Despite looking a lot like previous 1D-series cameras, the X has been extensively reworked and includes more professional video features than any other Canon DSLR.


Body type
Body type Large SLR
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Dual Digic 5+
ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600, 51200 (50, 102400 and 204800 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (5)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 61
Lens mount Canon EF
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)
Flash modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
Continuous drive 14 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Average
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker None
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA compatible
Storage included None
HDMI Yes (Mini)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes LC-5
Remote control Yes (N3 connector)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E4N rechargeable battery & charger
Dimensions 158 x 164 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.46 x 3.27)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)
GPS Optional
GPS notes GP-E1, GPE2


User Reviews

4.55 out of 5 stars
  • Uran, Dec 26, 2012 GMT:
    Canon 1DX

    I was fortunate enough to test the the canon 1DX against the Nikon D4 I have been shooting Nikon since 1979. For the work I do shooting dogs in action, horse shows eventing,wildlife, weddings, functions and calendars. The 1DX was the best also under for what I do. It was sharper in focus to provide significantly better detail of the hair on a dog, super IQ at functions at Iso 12800. The Nikon D4 was better with people dressed in black with Black hair and darker skin tones. However I have ...

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  • karmal, Nov 20, 2012 GMT:
    Great Camera

    I had one of Mark III 1d Mark IV but this is better, almost no noise to 12800 ISO, shutter speed awesome, amazing images. With latest firmware you can automatically capture f .8 with 2x converter. Recommended!! Problems: ND

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  • chiumeister, Nov 13, 2012 GMT:
    Current Top pro DSLR with steep learning curve/

    This is it, the top pro DSLR in late 2012. IMHO, better than the Nikon D4. I have used the Nikon D800E and Canon 5DM2 before as well as concurrently with the 1DX over 4 months. If you have large hands, the feel of the 1DX is just right. The portrait option with even a 70-200 2.8 handheld is natural and I can shoot hundreds of frames with little fatigue. Skin tones is just that tiny bit better over the Nikon. I love the details with the D800E and the Nikon 85 1.4, just that faces look ...

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  • dbeeler, Oct 25, 2012 GMT:
    1Dx great camera could be better

    I have not tested the new firmware I plan on doing that this Saturday. I shoot sports, mostly football. I own the 1Dx and the 1D mark IV. I am shooting Manual, ISO 4000, 3.2f, speed 500 with a 70-200 2.8 L IS II lens. I have shot about 30,000 pictures with the 1Dx since I got it in July. I bought this camera because it is a must have when shooting in low light. I can shoot at ISO 4000 and get much better pictures than my 1d mark IV at ISO 2500. It allows you to shoot at higher speeds and ...

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Questions & Answers


Which one to choose for all purpose dslr - Nikon or Canon

Hi there, I was learning photography for more than 1 year and now I think its time to get a gear. But I am little confused with all the reviews out there in youtube - Whether to go with Nikon Line or the Canons. Now about me - I am an artist who does Graphic Design, 3D visualizations/animations, Web design, Audio/Video Editing & VFX. My need is to get a gear suitable for landscapes, events, portraits, documentary, short films, videos with slow motion, etc To begin with I think Crop sensor(with professional lenses) will be sufficient and am thinking to upgrade to a full frame on the go(As my current budget is limited). So keeping in mind that I will upgrade the body later, which one to choose - Nikon d7100 or Canon 7D (these are the two shortlisted ones). I think d7100 has more features & have better low light performance than 7D. Is there any moire/anti aliasing issues with d7100 or 7D ? So thats my confusion - If I go with Nikon family I may get a feature - full dslr now, but in ...

Sheriffz asked
1 year ago


Hey pal. The above is how I read your request once I stripped away the non-essentials. For instance, I'm not saying you're not an artist. I just don't know yet. Moreover, I don't know how much study you did in photography. Without a camera, it's hart to tell how much would sink in. If it were me, probably not so much without a way to practice. You're mostly going to get a lot of nonsense from some of the Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony fans as well as some more honest information. People tend to sell what they own, understand and like. We all do. We want others to agree with our choices. It validates those decisions we made. An example is that guy called Beagle. He's a Canon owner. You can about always count on him to say he prefers Canon because of better image quality. See what I mean and he's typical with no images in his gallery or linked to anywhere else in his profile, and that's typical of many others. Promote what you own and claim better images, but can't show those better ... Continue Reading

Guidenet answered
1 year ago

You mention video almost as an afterthought. Unless you really want to use your DSLR for video a lot you might be better advised to concentrate on stills capability. If you do, I think it's fair to say that the top models (APS--C and FF) from all makers are capable of excellent image quality. They all have enough features to satisfy pretty well all photographic needs. However, they differ widely in the way they feel in your hand and the way their controls work. These usability factors are really the most important things about a camera: it's no use owning a camera if you don't like using it, because you'll be less likely to take it out. Here's an example that might seem trivial but sometimes it's the little things that matter. My brother has several Nikon DSLRs. He likes them a lot. Along the inside edge of the grip (where your right-hand fingers go) there's a raised strip: I think it's intended to improve the security of the grip. When I hold those cameras the strip hits exactly ... Continue Reading

1 year ago

If video is a major concern to you the Nikon cameras are out of contention - Canon has the much more comprehensive and better suited DSLR for the dual purpose... Continue Reading

Karl Gnter Wnsch answered
1 year ago


Anyone know how to connect 1DX with iPhone using WFT-E6?

Anyone know how to connect 1DX with iPhone using WFT-E6?

chiumeister asked
1 year ago


I'm assuming you mean direct rather than using a PC or Mac with EOS Utility. I don't think Canon has an iPhone app that works with the 1Dx and WFT-E6.  They recently released EOS Remote for the 6d only.  Hopefully, they are working on apps for other cameras and wireless transmitters. Continue Reading

Nikon1977 answered
1 year ago

Have you read the WFT-E6 manual yet? You can set the 1D-X in WFT server mode and connect to it using any web browser. Continue Reading

Le Kilt answered
1 year ago

What is a WFT server? Is that similar to a web server which provides access to the image files or is it more sophisticated with the ability to stream video plus more for an advanced 'tethered' connection? Continue Reading

riknash answered
1 year ago


Canon 1D X. Images remaining/images possible readout. Conflicts. Why?

On my Canon 1DX if I press the INFO button one of the pieces of information I get is an estimate of how many images are possible on the memory card based on the image sizes or format in which I have chosen to record my images. See below (in this case, its around 2553): INFO screen Now, if I then enter the camera settings status screen, I also get to see, again, how many images it's possible for me to store on the memory card and the figure ALWAYS agrees with that from the display given by the INFO screen. See below: INFO camera settings status screen However, the top plate LCD ALWAYS reads 1,999 images if the figure in the above two screens gives a reading of more than 2,000. I have found that the only way for me to get all three readings to agree is if the reading given by the first two screens is lower than 2,000. See below: Top plate status LCD reading 1999 images So, can someone explain why the top plate LCD behaves the way it does. I looked in the manual and could find no ...

plevyadophy asked
4 months ago


I believe what Keith was trying to say was that "1" in the top LCD is not capable of displaying anything other than a one.You can see the bracket directly to the left of the "1" that is in a fixed position.Making it impossible to form any number beside "1".Or it can remain off for #'s below 1000. The highest # the top display can diplay is 1999.So for #'s 2000 and above it will just display 1999. Robert Continue Reading

robert614 answered
4 months ago

Yes, if you look at the top panel it's like an alarm clock, not like a typical LCD monitor.  Think of an older school digital alarm clock, it uses bars that either activate or not to create the number you see.  The first digit (the thousands digit) on the 5D3 and 1DX only has 2 bars, so it can only form the number 1.  You need 7 bars to create the numbers 1-10.  Basically they didn't have enough room to fit them all for the thousands digit.  Have a look in your manual and you'll see what I mean, check out the nomenclature chart and it shows the top panel as though everything were active that could be active. Continue Reading

Keith Z Leonard answered
4 months ago

I think because the 1 in 1000 isn't a full numeric LCD layout, just a 1, so it's either on or off, as in the top LCD cannot display 2000. Continue Reading

Keith Z Leonard answered
4 months ago


  • EOS-1D X Digital SLR Body
  • Eyecup Eg
  • Battery Pack LP-E4N
  • Battery Charger LC-E4N
  • Wide Neck Strap L7
  • Cable Protector
  • Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
  • EOS Digital Solution Disc
  • Software Instruction Manual

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