The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II has arrived! Features and first thoughts

So, here it is! The new Canon EOS 1DX mark II is now available for pre-order. There has been a lot of talk around the exact specifications of the new Canon flagship body. To me the biggest disappointment is with the resolution of only 20.2 MP, when I was really hoping for at least 24MP. That being said, the new body improves on all counts over the Canon EOS 1dX of course. The biggest improvement from a wildlife photography perspective is the possibility to shoot with 61 AF focus points while being at effective aperture of f/8. This means that we will now be able to use many more focus points than just the central focus point when using extenders that modify the aperture to f/8 and larger. See below a video from Canon giving a nice rundown of the new features and specs:

At a glance the new Canon EOS 1DX mark II key bird photography specs versus the now old Canon EOS 1DX:
– 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor (vs 18.1MP)
– 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View (vs 12 fps RAW)
– 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II (new AF system generation with all focus points at f/8)
– DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab (vs full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps)

For what matters most to me, there is an appreciated improvement in fps and noise performance. Does this justify ditching the old Canon EOS 1DX to buy the new one? Not sure… I am still pondering on that one 🙂

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