Excuse us because we’ve just come across possibly the best camera on Earth currently (and this is only the faintest of exaggerations). It’s also left one of our editorial staff feeling rather faint; absolutely giddy with excitement.
Meet the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II – Canon’s new flagship model for 2016, a real powerhouse of photography and videography with 20.2Megapixels of muscle. But all that flexing didn’t harm its speed as it has an astounding 16 frames per second Live View and 14 FPS with full AE/AF. Plus an impressive ISO range from 100 to 51200, up to an expanded 409600.
Here are the most amazing things: 4K, 60FPS video recording 30mins (actually it’s 29mins 59 seconds but we won’t fault Canon for that), blowing every other DSLR out of the water.
Also, the mic placement is terrific. We tried listening to the recorded audio with earpieces and the built-in mic (which are usually shit) ISN’T SHIT. The audio sounds like it was recorded through an expensive external mic attached to the camera – an excellent nod towards video filming.
Canon did not reveal what the bitrate of the camera was, but according to their guesstimations, it’s the quickest DSLR on the planet right now. The bitrate is basically how quickly the camera can save video information onto the memory card.
It’s also heavy and has a solid-feeling weight, which helps in stabilisation and giving your forearms and shoulders a proper workout.
Then the not so great points: It’s USD$6,000+. It’s obviously made for professionals who have that kind of money. Plebeians like us can dream of owning a camera like that… and when/if we finally save up enough for it, the next model would have already arrived.
In our opinion, this camera is more suited for video because it has the amazing function to take screengrabs of the 4K video recordings. Now you can take both photo AND video because of how high-quality the videos are shot in, simply by pausing the video and saving the frames you want. You’ll never miss a jump shot again!
With the video industry moving away from bulky broadcast cameras into sleeker handhelds, the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II is a powerhouse upgrade for anyone looking to do serious filming.
Find out more about the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II on Canon’s site here.