New top of the line Canon 1D X coming March 2012

Canon has announced a new flagship camera, the EOS-1D X. From March 2012, professional photographers will be able to get their hands on the Canon’s finest creation yet. With...

Canon EOS-1D X

Canon has announced a new flagship camera, the EOS-1D X. From March 2012, professional photographers will be able to get their hands on the Canon’s finest creation yet. With specs that will ensure it takes the crown as the best Canon ever, on-board is a full-frame 18.1 Megapixel sensor, up from 16 on the 1D Mark IV. There’s also the world’s fastest shutter release, firing off shots at 12fps.

A 61-point Autofocus system and ISO range of between 100 and 51200 to ensure your photos are always crisp and clear even in near-dark conditions. Canon fans will be familiar with the DiG!C 4 image processors from models like the 5D Mk 2 or even the 600D. The Canon 1D will introduce a Dual DiG!C 5 image processor for high-speed processing and noise reduction of your precious photos.

Not to be outdone by the latest smart phones, the 1D features Auto-exposure, new wireless file transmitter and GPS receiver to geotag your photos. The new Wireless File Transmitter unit (WFT-E6) offers synchronised shooting with multiple camera units, remote control shooting, image review and download using a browser, and high-speed Wi-Fi or Bluetooth file transfer.

Naturally the best camera available needs to perform dual-duty as a video camera as well. Canon have you covered with Full HD video recording, although this was available in the current model, it was only possible to get around 12 minutes captured.

Canon are also listening to your complaints and have addressed some by restructuring buttons, controls and menu structures based on user feedback. A new Camera Guidance feature will provide a simple explanation of individual settings when the Info button is pressed, making the pro camera more approachable to newbies.

The Canon EOS-1D X may not have an official price tag in Australia, but Engadget are reporting a cost of US$6,800.

Canon EOS-1D X with Lens
Image credit: Dacookieman

In other Canon-related news, announced today, the company has now sold more than 70 million EF lenses. Starting back in 1987, Canon has just shipped the last 10 million units in just 9 months. Not entirely surprising as DSLR’s are more affordable than ever.

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