Buying a camera that costs in excess of $5,000 generally means one of two things: you’re either a professional, or you have money to waste. In either instance, money most naturally won’t be that much of a problem and considering a camera such as the 1D X would be totally acceptable.
Geared towards the best of the best, the Canon EOS 1D X is a full DSLR camera that shows strengths in its body construction, high ISO range and incredible burst shooting capabilities. Needless to say this is not a camera geared at just any professional, but especially those who are into wildlife, sports and other types of fast moving photography.
This camera is definitely not on a diet and by virtue of its dimensions, it’s safe to say that if you’re the petite build, you may have problem using this camera for long periods of time. That weight though is not put to waste as you will find out later. Overall the design is a solid build and one that lends credence to the cameras great weather proofing, though we wouldn’t suggest you subject it to the elements.
Sporting dual DIGIC 5 processors and a DIGIC 4 processor as well, the 1D X carries 18.1 megapixels with 12fps (14fps available via Super High Speed Mode). The AF system carries 61 points and the metering system is TTL full aperture, 100,000 pixels thanks to the DIGIC 4. Like previous Canon DSLR cameras, the 1D X supports full 1080p video shooing which should make it a hit among indie filmmakers.
The 1D X also carries an ISO range of 100 – 51,200 with expandability to 204,800. The 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor has a 170 degree viewing angle and features reflection resistance. The camera comes with dual CF card slot as well as the option to add a GPS receiver or WIFI transmitter for geo-tagging photos or transferring photos to your computer wirelessly.
If you must absolutely have the best, this camera is it. It’s the perfect choice for shooting gazelles running for their lives across the plains of Africa or linebackers chasing down their prey on a football field. It’s even fast enough to catch Usain Bolt….while running.
In our short time with the camera, tested the low light capabilities and we were easily able to put the ISO to 25,600 without seeing much grain. Granted we were shooting RAW, but anyone who would buy this camera to shoot in JPEG obviously is an armature.
The camera is extremely fast in focusing thanks to its 61-point system. It takes less than a second for you to lock on to a target. Anyone who has shot sport photography knows this can be the different between you capturing a touch down or dunk, or the aftermath thereof.
It’s not every day you spend $7,600 on a camera, and buying a camera like this means that you will be keeping this for years. Investing in the 1D X is a no brainer for those whose occupation is photography. For the rest of us, we can always dream.