See the 4K and 100fps 1080p video footage shot with Canon’s flagship pro DSLR


When Canon announced the Mark II update of its flagship EOS-1D X DSLR in February 2016 the big news for filmmakers was the ability of the camera to record DCI 4K (4096×2160) footage up to 50fps internally. We took the chance to shoot some 4K and high frame rate clips in central London and can now share some of our first sample footage.

The footage was shot using an EOS-1D X Mark II body with two Canon L-series zoom lenses – the EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM and the EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM – and was recorded to a 128GB CFast card. The aim was to see the first 4K results and also to try out the 100fps (PAL) high frame rate of the camera when shooting at 1080p.

The footage was shot by The Video Mode’s videographer John Layton, who commented: “A 128GB card gave me about 16 minutes of footage at 100Mbps. I was quite impressed by it. It also incorporates the high frame rate that a lot of people want now and having the 100 frames per second is actually really good… that would sway me [towards buying the 1D X Mark II]. All of the skies were blown out so I had it at f/22 for most of the time because it was outside on a bright day. Because I’m a videographer rather than a photographer I automatically just manually focused rather than using the touch screen focus control.”

Our first-ever sample footage filmed with the EOS-1D X Mark II shows a mixture of 4K footage shot at 50 frames per second and Full HD 1080p clips shot at 100 frames per second. All footage was shot with a neutral picture profile and no colour grading was applied.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: key video specs

DCI 4K (4096×2160) internal recording at 17:9 ratio

4K 50p (PAL) Motion JPEG shooting at up to 29 minutes 59 seconds

Full HD 1080p at up to 100fps (PAL); 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps options

Uncompressed output via HDMI port

LCD touch screen AF control; Dual Pixel CMOS AF system

In-camera 8.8MP frame grabs from 4K video

Built-in headphone jack