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1. The big, 3.2-inch LCD monitor is great for video shooting, but doesn't tilt or swivel. 2. While previous 1-series EOS DSLRs had slots for CompactFlash and SD cards, the X has two CF slots, and it's compatible with UDMA 7 (recommended for high-speed still and video shooting). 3. Inside the extremely rugged pro body is a shutter tested to 400,000 cycles.

Canon EOS 1D X

Estimated Street Price: $6,799 (body only)

Canon has long produced two versions of its flagship EOS-1-series pro DSLRs: an EOS-1 model with an APS-H (1.3x crop) sensor and high frame rate, and a high-megapixel, full-frame model with even better image quality. Now, Canon has merged the 1-series into a single model: the 18.1-megapixel, full-frame EOS-1D X, which can shoot full-res images at up to 14 fps. That rate is for JPEGs, with the mirror locked up (no AF). But it also can do full-res RAW (and JPEG) images at 12 fps with phase-detection AF for each frame—faster than the recently discontinued 16-megapixel APS-H EOS-1D Mark IV. Helping to make the EOS-1D X Canon's speed champ are two new-generation DIGIC 5+ processors, each 17 times more powerful than the DIGIC 4s used in the previous 1-series generation.

An all-new AF system features 61 points covering more of the image frame than its predecessor. Forty-one of the points are cross-types when using most lenses of ƒ/4 or faster, and 20 are cross-types with most lenses of ƒ/5.6 or faster (none were cross-types at ƒ/5.6 with previous 1-series cameras).

The metering system is also all-new, featuring a 100,000-pixel RGB sensor and its own dedicated DIGIC 4 processor. These features enhance accuracy and enable an innovative new feature called EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition), which uses color and face-detection capabilities to improve tracking performance when the 1D X is set to autofocus using all 61 AF points.

Video features are similar to those in the new EOS 5D Mark III: 1080p at 30 fps, 25 fps and 24 fps, as well as lower-res options, plus stereo sound with volume adjustable during recording.

STANDOUT FEATURE: 12 fps at 18.1 megapixels, with AF for each frame.


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