Canon delays EOS-1D X delivery


posted Monday, February 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM EDT

Canon's EOS-1D X digital SLR. Click here to read our Canon 1D X preview!If you've been waiting for Canon's EOS-1D X digital SLR since it was announced last October, you've probably learned a thing or two about patience, and it's time to put those lessons to good use. Canon Inc. has today announced a delivery delay for the EOS-1D X, which was originally planned to go on sale next month.

The delay has so far been announced in the UK and Japanese markets, and it isn't yet clear whether this will also apply in North America. Given that the camera has been delayed in Canon's home market, a worldwide adjustment in availability does look fairly probable, however. The news means that Nikon's D4--which itself was recently delayed to mid-March--will likely be the first next-gen professional SLR to go on sale.

Availability is now slated for late April 2012 in both Japan and the United Kingdom. Canon UK has issued a press release acknowledging the new date, which can be seen below. Canon Japan hasn't yet made any official statement, but the product page for the 1D X on its Japanese-language website has a small note in red text, stating that the camera will ship in late April.

The Canon EOS-1D X is a replacement for both the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV models, and offers an 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor, plus dual DIGIC 5+ image processors that allow 12 frames-per-second burst shooting. More details on this camera can be found in our EOS-1D X preview.

Press Release

The ground-breaking Canon EOS-1D X available to purchase from the end of April 2012

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 27th February 2012 – Canon today announces that its next-generation, flagship professional Digital SLR – the EOS-1D X – will be available to buy from the end of April 2012. The culmination of 40 years’ experience in developing professional cameras, the EOS-1D X is Canon’s most advanced EOS model ever produced, offering photographers an unparalleled combination of speed, resolution and image quality to capture stunning stills and Full HD movies.


Providing class-leading versatility, the EOS-1D X is the ultimate camera for professional photographers shooting anywhere from the studio to the sports field, and is able to meet any creative challenge. The model blends a suite of first-class technologies that make it easier to capture images in outstanding quality, including a new 18.1MP fullframe CMOS sensor with an incredible 100-51200 ISO range (expandable to 204800) for shooting in extreme low-light conditions. A redesigned 61-point wide-area autofocus system offers advanced sensitivity and accuracy across the frame, while a newly-designed 100,000 pixel RGB metering sensor detects faces and colour to ensure correct exposure levels.

EOS-1D X is the first-ever camera to feature dual “DIGIC 5+” processors, which are designed to handle huge levels of image data while simultaneously reducing image noise. Combined with the sensor’s 16-channel read-out, the processors enable fullresolution continuous shooting up to 12fps while a super high-speed mode extends the shooting speed to 14fps[1].


The film-maker’s DSLR
In addition to stills, the EOS-1D X is capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080p) movies with the full-frame sensor. An extensive range of manual settings lets users control exposure, focus and frame rate2, while sound levels can also be displayed and adjusted on the Clear View II 8.11cm (3.2”) LCD screen, ensuring complete control over every aspect of a shoot.

Canon EOS-1DX – key features

  • 18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor

  • Up to 12fps and 14fps shooting

  • 100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800

  • 61 point AF system

  • 100,000 pixel RGB AE metering with DIGIC 4

  • Full HD 1080p EOS movie

  • Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors

  • Clear View II 8.11cm (3.2”) 1,040k LCD

  • Ethernet port


For more information on the EOS-1D X, please visit:

Pricing and Availability
The EOS-1D X is available from end of April 2012, priced at £5,299.00/€6,299.00 RRP incl. VAT.


  1. JPEG format only

  2. 1920 x 1080: 30 (29.97), 25, 24(23.976) frames per second, 1280 x 720: 60 (59.94), 50 fps, 640 x 480: 30 (29.97), 25 fps