There was a long delay but the Canon EOS-1D X has finally arrived. Has it been worth the wait? Find out in our Canon 1D X review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 1D X

Overall score:93%
Image Quality:95%


  • Performs exceptionally well in low-light situations, Capable of shooting breathtaking bursts at high speed, Feels robust and up to the task of any photo challenge


  • AF drive mode isn’t displayed through the viewfinder when it’s being changed, Star rating isn’t as intuitive as that on the EOS-5D Mark III, No identifiable movie-record button on the body


Canon EOS 1D X Review


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Canon EOS 1D X – Verdict

What Canon has achieved with the EOS-1D X is remarkable and we have no hesitation in saying it’s the best Canon DSLR we’ve ever used. The way it produces acceptable results even at ISO 12,800 and 25,600 is extremely impressive. We weren’t hesitant at any stage to push above ISO 6400 by a stop or two for the fear of image noise severely degrading image quality in low light situations.

Then there’s of course the speed at which it shoots and records, which sets a new benchmark for pro-spec DSLRs. The way in which the pair of DIGIC 5+ processors work together in the way they do to provide such blazing processing speeds is astonishing.

Canon has not only paid close attention to the features and performance, they’ve looked at the bigger picture and the finer details too. A good example of this is remodeled vertical grip to improve handling in the portrait orientation and even the neck strap features gold lettering and a high end feel.

Yes it’s expensive and for most people other than the professionals it’s aimed at, it’s going to take a lot of justification to spend this amount of money.Many professional photographers will be fortunate enough to have one supplied to them from their agencies at no personal expense and for everyone else it’s a camera that many will aspire to own.

We can happily say you’re getting everything you could ever need with the Canon EOS-1D X. The old saying of good things come to those who wait certainly applies in regard to the EOS 1D X and a 93% score sees it pick up a Gold award.


Built-in Flash:No
Lens Mount:Canon EF
White Balance:AWB, Daylihgt, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom
ISO:100-51,200 (expandable to 50-204,800)
Cable Release:Yes
Exposure Comp:+/- 5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Memory Card:2 x compact flash type I/II (UDMA 7 compatible)
Compression:10 Stage (JPEG), 1st stage RAW
PC Socket:Yes
Viewfinder Type:Optical
Output Size:5184x3456
LCD:3.2in, 1040k dot
Field of View:100%
Colour Temp Control:Yes
AF Points:61 selectable points
White Balance Bracket:+/-3 levels in single level increments
Focal Length Mag:1.0x
Max Flash Sync:1/250sec
Sensor:18.1Mp CMOS
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Metering System:252-zone, 100,000-pixel RGB AE sensor
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens based
Live Mode:Yes
Exposure Modes:M,A,S,P
Movie Mode:1920x1080 (30,35,24fps) Intra or Inter frame 1280x720 (60,50fps)
Connectivity:High Speed USB, HDMI mini output, 3.5mm mic port
File Format:14 Bit Raw (CR2), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
Power:Rechargable Li-iobattery LP=E4N
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec, plus bulb
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self Timer, Silent single shooting
Focusing Modes:One Shot, AI Servo, Manual
Colour Space:SRGB, Adobe RGB
  1. 1. Canon EOS 1D X - Features
  2. 2. Canon EOS 1D X - Design
  3. 3. Canon EOS 1D X - Performance
  4. 4. Canon EOS 1D X - Image Quality
  5. 5. Canon EOS 1D X - Value for Money
  6. 6. Canon EOS 1D X - Pro's View
  7. 7. Canon EOS 1D X - Verdict
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