Monday, October 17, 2011

Canon EOS 1D X

Canon has announced the Canon 1D X, their new flagship DSLR which has a number of new features, including the DIGIC 5+ image processor and a $7,000 price tag:
Featuring advanced video-capture capabilities, the Canon EOS-1D X’s upgraded imaging system and Dual DIGIC 5+ deliver greatly enhanced movie quality. In particular, the camera minimizes the occurrence of color artifacts and moiré, and enables the shooting of low-noise video even in dark conditions.
Notice that they say the camera "minimizes" moiré, which is, of course, a good thing, and the camera has an ISO of 25600. The proof though, is in the video, and we'll have to wait for that...

On the other hand, it's still using AVC/H.264 and it seems as though it's evolutionary in it's video capabilities rather than revolutionary. There doesn't appear to be any 4:2:2 HDMI out or anything like that. The only really startling thing might be the Gigabit-Ethernet connection. I also want to know if it's HDMI out is clean and full frame; hopefully it is.

Personally, if the 5D Mark III is like this - which it probably will be - it may be a bit of an anti-climax. Roll on November 3rd!

CanonRumors: Canon EOS 1D X Press Release
EOSHD: Canon 1D X – Official
Photography Bay: Canon EOS-1D X Confirmed – BREAKING

Fron the US Press Release:

Enhanced EOS HD Video – New Compressions, Longer Recording

Centered around an all-new full-frame CMOS sensor with larger pixels than those found on the EOS 5D Mark II image sensor, the EOS-1D X utilizes new HD video formats to simplify and speed up post-production work. The two new compression formats offered on the EOS-1D X include intraframe (ALL-i ) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression, giving professionals the options they need for their ideal workflow. Answering the requests of cinematographers and filmmakers, the EOS-1D X includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing multiple cameras or separate sound recording to be synced together in post production.

Canon’s all new full-frame CMOS sensor ensures that video footage captured on the EOS-1D X will exhibit less moiré than any previous Canon model, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. A desired feature for many documentary filmmakers using Canon DSLRs was to enable recording beyond the four gigabyte (GB) file capacity and the EOS-1D X is the answer. The new camera features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB. The new file splitting function allows for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files; no frames are dropped and the multiple files can be seamlessly connected in post production, providing filmmakers the recording time they want in the same convenient DSLR form factor. The camera records Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards.

The Canon EOS-1D X also includes manual audio level control, adjustable both before and during movie recording, an automatic setting, or it can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input.

Canon: Canon U.S.A. Introduces The New Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera, Re-Designed From The Inside Out

Interview with Canon’s Chuck Westfall
Planet5D interviewed Chuck Westfall about the new camera and has some more details:
HDMI output
HDMI functionality matches what is in the Canon EOS 7D in that the image won’t downres during recording.

Planet5D: the new Canon EOS-1D X – what’s inside? the nitty gritty details you won’t get in the press release

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