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Canon announce their flagship DSLR, the new EOS-1D X

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***Updated with new Canon video***

The EOS 1D has gone full frame and with it Canon have introduced some new features that are of interest to us in the world of video.

If you've got nearly $7,000 to spare on a DSLR then this 18.1 megapixel full 35mm frame camera might be the body for you when it is released in March of next year. 

 

If you are going to be using this camera to shoot stills, then take a look at the Canon EOS-1D X page for the full specification. We'll also post some pictures after the video details.

The camera can now shoot with two compression settings although RAW is still not supported.

"For movie shooting the EOS-1D X offers the ability to choose from two different compression methods – Inter frame (IPB) and Intra frame (ALL-I). The Full HD movie clip length shooting time is now 29 minutes and 59 seconds as the EOS-1D X is capable of automatically creating a new file once the 4GB single file limit is reached (although the clip may be split across three different files)."

No news if the FCP7 import plugin will be updated to handle the new format.

The extension of the recording time to 1 second under 30 minutes is to avoid the camera having extra tax levied on import. With reports of Canon DSLR's overheating whilst operating continually does raise the question of whether you should be shooting this long anyway.

The camera supports the following frame sizes and rates:

1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter frame
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter frame
640 x 480 (59.94, 50 fps) inter frame

Canon have also incorporated SMPTE compliant timecode into the camera and this can be set to record or free run. There is also a new Live View shooting/Movie shooting button, and a new menu tab has been introduced which is dedicated to movies, allowing settings to be changed quickly and easily mid-shoot. Sound recording levels can also be checked and changed during recording on the Quick Control screen.

Maybe the biggest news is that Canon have said that the new camera doesn't suffer from Moiré or rolling shutter as badly as their existing range of DSLRs. One curious addition is an RJ-45 connector - will we be able to stream out of the camera in the future?  The HDMI output has the same functionality as the 7D.

We are looking forward to the first pictures and video from this camera as we would hope that the new sensor technology might filter down to the other cameras such as the upcoming 5D mkIII. (whenever it should be announced!)

You can view the complete specification list on the Canon website.

 

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