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

  • David K.

    Thanks for posting this!

    Does your video player play true 4K?

    Regardless, it’s some nice footage. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Would’ve liked to see AF, actually, as this is a major thing what sets this and the few other Canons with dual pixel AF apart. As I often shoot one man band, and would like to get more into vlogging, the dual pixel cameras are of extreme interest to me. The 1080p 80D, as well as the 4K C300 Mark II, and now the 1DX II.

    This 1DX II footage isn’t as punchy or sharp as the Canon C300 Mark II or Leica SL video out of the box. Now those two cameras output footage truly looks 4K without any additional effort.

    However, the 1DX II has that pleasantness that more affordable Canons seem to have. That’s not all bad for quick content production. The famous Canon blur is awfully kind to the face, after all, which seems to be why so many like the brand. Saves time in post, even though I’d prefer to see more details of natural items and the architecture around people.

    Now for filming something where there’s more $ and resources for post, I hope the image can be tuned up a bit. Some of the footage Canon released itself from the 1DX II looked almost like a James Bond film, so I imagine you can coax a C300 II like image out of it somehow. The codec is certainly enormous enough. All the detail should be there for any look desired. One would hope, anyway.

    If you can I’d love to see this at least casually shot out against the Leica SL and/or C300 II. Or least have someone ruminate about the differences from memory. Anything, really, is good. 🙂

    Almost nobody covers the $6k to $16k segment very much, even though the quality of these tools can give results more than worth the money. They can also give those better results much more easily, with less effort and crew (and thus less money long term), than some of the cheaper options.

    I see far too much short term thinking You can coax an incredible image out of a cheaper camera, sure, but you’ll radically increase post time and budget, which will not just completely devour any cost savings, but also can make it impossiblely expensive to bring a project to fruition. The labor of a good colourist alone will far exceed the cost of a camera that already has good colour science.

    And, of course, even for a vlog or a high end vlog style reporting, the salary of a full time camera money will far exceed anything that has the next generation dual pixel AF. No wonder the now billion dollar blog/vlog Vice got so far using dual pixel C100s and C300s. Ease of use by relatively amateur operators, yet incredible output nonetheless. Pay a little more up front, get a lot more result long term.