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Canon’s new 1D X Mark II is a beast

by Brandon Russell | February 2, 2016February 2, 2016 4:20 pm PDT

If you make your living as a professional photographer, Canon has a new camera for you. The Japanese company on Tuesday announced a brand new DSLR, the 1D X Mark II, designed to go after the pro market with an emphasis on features and functionality. If you find cameras full of dials, buttons and menus intimidating, avert your eyes. But if you want as many features as possible crammed into a monster body, read on.

The 1D X Mark II sports a full-frame 20.2-megapixel sensor that will be perfect for photojournalists and action photographers. Par that with a new Digic 6+ image processor, and Canon’s new shooter promises to be fast, ensuring you don’t miss a beat when the action gets frenetic. As a result of that new processor, 1D X Mark II users can shoot 14 frames per second with AF an AE enabled. That AF system, by the way, is new and comes with 61 points (41 cross-type).

In addition, it has a native ISO range of 100-51200, and can capture 4K video up to 60 frames per second directly to a CFast memory card. The 1D X Mark II probably won’t be used much as a dedicated video camera, but it certainly has the photo chops, especially for those who rely on the art as their lifeblood.

As you’d expect, Canon’s new professional camera isn’t going to be cheap when it launches this April, coming in at $5,999 for the body-only.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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