It’s been quite a long time since Canon introduced the (now old) EOS 1D Mark IV and EOS 1D Mark III: Canon has finally unveiled the 10th (I might be wrong, but this should be the right number) generation of its professional digital camera.
The new Canon EOS-D1 X sports a CMOS sensor with 18.1 megapixels and ISO sensitivity range between 100 and 51.200, two (!) DIGIC 5+ processors and a brand new autofocus system with 61 focus points reaching new performance levels in sharp and fast focusing.
The RGB measurement system has been renewed too: featuring no less than 100.000 pixels and a dedicated DIGIC 4 processor (coupled to the autofocus system), is aimed at exposure measurement, colour calibration and AF tracking.

By the way, the double DIGIC 5+ processors are up to three times faster than previous DIGIC 5 and, accordingly, the I/O subsystem (Canon explains) has been upgraded to 16 channels allowing for up to 12 fps, full resolution @ 14 bit!
Not enough? An extra hi-res mode allows up to 14 fps in JPEG!
As any DSLR in 2011, even the EOS-1D X shoots video too: supported mode is Full HD 1080p with full manual control over exposure, focusing, frame rate and audio leveling.
Again, the twin DIGIC 5+ give a boost to video quality reducing file compression, keeping high the frame rate and overriding the 4GB video limitation – by automatically creating a new movie file when this limit is reached.
The EOS-1D X, as any Pro-camera has a magnesium-alloy body and some minor enhancements over the previous EOS-1 models: bigger buttons, twin multi-controllers and a touch-sensitive control dial.
Viewfinder coverage is 100% and the Clear View II LCD display is 3.2″ and with 1.040.000 pixel gives a great deal of image quality to both photo preview and Live View mode.
My favorite feature is the Gigabit Ethernet port: a must for professionals and a first-time ever on such camera (AFAIK).
The Canon EOS-1D X becomes, de facto, a network appliance as any other (albeit a bit expensive) and, from the professional point of view, a better part of any photo workflow.
I guess upcoming software will better leverage this great asset!
Availability: March 2012
Price: estimated retail price $6,800.00.

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