We round up some of the key features of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II video capabilities


To save you pouring over the specifications and first look reviews, we’ve picked nine key features of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II that videographers should know.

4K Internal Shooting
The key feature for videographers is the fact that the EOS 1D X mk II records 4K footage internally, just like the EOS 1D C. Footage can be captured at up to 60fps, in 4:2:2 colour subsampling with 8-bit colour depth. Video is saved as MJPEG files, which allows the 8-million-pixel still images to be easily extracted.

29Mins 59secs
That’s how long you can record 4K or Full HD video clips for. That means you can record 4K footage for 26mins and 59 secs longer than you can on the Nikon D5.

17:9 Ratio
With the 4K footage being cinema (4096 x 2160), 4K, rather than Ultra High Defintion, (UHD) (3890 x 2160) 4k, the 4K footage from the Canon EOS 1D X Mk II is actually 17:9 ratio, rather than the more standard 16:9. This is great for cinema use.


You’ll need a CFast 2.0 to get the best from the EOS 1D X Mk II
With a data transfer rate of 800Mb/s Canon insist that an CFast 2.0 card is required to get the best possible 4K footage from the 1D X Mark II. Whilst it is possible to write at this rate to the very latest SD cards, the risk of some cards not being compatible, as well as the possibility of dropped frames, means that the CFast card is seen as a safer bet. It also means that Canon is once again going head to head with Nikon, who has chosen to use XQD cards in its Nikon D5.

There is another option for shooting 4K video and saving to a CompactFlash card. To do this the 4K footage can only be shot at 30fps, and the CompactFlash card has to be rated as being UDMA 7 compatible.

The Canon EOS 1D X Mk II will replace the EOS 1D C
Obviously it is no surprise that the new camera will replace the EOS 1D X, but as the 1D X Mk II shoots 4K video internally, it also replaces the EOS 1D C. This is great new for videographers in two regards. Firstly, photojournalists will have the chance to shoot 4K video and still image in the same camera, making it a very versatitle piece of kit. Whilst 4K may still be in its infancy in peoples houses, that will change in the next few years, futureproofing the camera for until its next update. It also gives videographers the chance to crop in to footage significantly and still have Full HD broadcast quality footage. Not only can the extra pixels help to provide a different crop of the scene, but also for post production image stabilisation.

As a result of the new camera we should also expect the price of the 1D C to drop slightly, with more available used.

New Sensor. Better shadows
Whilst the EOS 1D X and 1D C used an 18.1-million-pixel sensor, the new EOS 1D X mk II has a newly developed 20.2-million-pixel sensor. The moderate increase in resolution keeps the pixel pitch at roughly the same size, more significantly the Analogue to Digital (AD) conversion now happens on the sensor, rather than on a separate processing chip. By cutting down the amount of wiring on the circuits, Canon have said that noise has been reduced. Interestingly they are saying that the decrease in noise is actually noticed more in the dark areas of low sensitivities, so expect to see more detail in shadow areas, which should help when colour grading footage.

Touchscreen can be used for focus pulling
Thanks to EOS 1D Mk II having the first Dual Pixel AF sensor, you can autofocus quickly using the rear 3.2inch capacitive touch screen, which can be used when in Live View and video mode. When combined with the Dual Pixel AF system of the sensor, the camera should be able to focus quickly and accurately when in According to Canon the touchscreen can be used for focus pulling, by simply touching between the areas of the scene that you wish to switch focus between. There are even varying speeds that can be use for the touch AF, depending on whether you want slow or quick AF changes.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II HDMI WEB-5

No External 4K HDMI
You can capture full HD resolution video from the HDMI output, but you cannot output 4K footage. So there will be no capturing Pro-Res 4K footage from the EOS 1D X Mk II.

The 1D X Mk II has an exhaust pipe
Yep, inside the 1D X Mk II is a pipe that takes heat away from the sensor and processor of the camera. Presumably it moves it to a large heat snk inside the camera, or the magnesium alloy body itself. With all the weathersealing of the camera there aren’t a lot of places for the heat created to escape too.