Canon 1D X Mark II First Shots: We get our hands on a final production copy of the flagship EOS camera
posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 3:54 PM EDT
At long last, we've finally procured our final production-level Canon 1D X Mark II review sample. We therefore wasted no time sending it down to the lab for testing. Although earlier we posted pre-production real-world gallery images, we'd yet to run our standardized lab test shots in order to get a more analytical look at this flagship camera's image quality.
Sporting a brand new 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, the 1DX II offers a slight bump up in resolution from the 18MP Canon 1D X. The Mark II is also now closely matched to its major competitor, the 20.8-megapixel Nikon D5. This new sensor and dual DIGIC 6+ image processor setup offers improved expanded ISO capabilities up to ISO 409,600. That still a bit shy of the D5's highest expanded ISO setting of 3,280,000!
Nevertheless, these two cameras are the heavy-hitters of the professional sports and wildlife world, so let's take a look at how the brand new Canon 1D X Mark II stacks up against its predecessor as well as its arch rival. As always, you can do your own side-by-side comparisons with our Comparometer, but for a quick taste-test, scroll down for some 1:1 comparisons below.
Or, if you simply want to jump over to the meat of the matter, check out the Canon 1D X Mark II Samples Page for all of our laboratory First Shots, with the full range of test images across the ISO scale, including both JPEGs and RAWs.
Stay tuned for more with the Canon 1D X Mark II as our review testing continues.