Today on the 18th October, at 1300hours local (Singapore) time, I was very privileged and honoured to be invited by Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide to a media event, amont the first few in Singapore, to view and witness the arrival of a new generation of professional DSLR by Canon.
Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s give a warm welcome to the Canon EOS-1D X !
Before I proceed to extract some key facts and specifications for your perusal, let me give you my first hands on experience with Canon EOS-1D X, in simple English language (pardon the tone), it’s a monster ! Armed with the latest 18 Megapixels Digic 5+ censor and it’s full frame! A marriage of the legendary Canon EOS 1Ds and 1D series, the sweet letter “X” marks the spot, the sweet spot, in a new era of Canon EOS DSLR !
12fps at ISO 25,600 and high speed continuous shooting at 14fps, that’s the dream combination for a Formula One Night Race shooting (in Singapore of course!), along with other high end performance sports that are played in the night too! That’s not all, with the latest and unprecedented high performance technology, sporting next-generation Auto Focus (AF) system, sporting a 61 point high-density reticular AF (41 cross-type points) that offers wide, auto focus coverage at high precision as well as enhanced subject tracking capability. Source : Canon Singapore
Inside the monster powerful Canon EOS-1D X, it lies 2 more new systems, namely – EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System that employs a 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor and AE-dedicated DIGIC 4 image processor. This innovation recognizes a subject’s color and face, in addition to movement, to make Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (iTR) possible, offering reliable and continuous tracking of the subject. These two technologies work in tandem to deliver better focusing capability in lower light. – Source : Canon Singapore
Personally speaking, the 2 new systems inside the Canon EOS-1D X is going to be very helpful to sports photographers (like myself) especially in sports with very fast paced action and capturing the first few crucial action photographs are important. I believe it would make the focusing faster and allowing us to capture more live sporting action!
Have you ever wonder how the new AF Focus looks like inside the Canon EOS-1D X, here’s my bird’s eye view of the 61 points through the viewfinder –
Being a Canon EOS-1D MK 3 user myself, I am a big fan and supporter of the new 1D series and I really welcome the arrival of the Canon EOS-1D X, when I held on to it, it was like a dream made in heaven, pressing the shutter down using its 12fps and 14fps in action, the sound is very smooth and not noisy at all ! For more detailed information, please visit the press release site for the Canon EOS-1D X by Canon Singapore here!
While the pricing and availability of the Canon EOS-1D X is yet to be announced, I am dreaming of the day whereby I would be shooting with Canon EOS-1D X with the EF-300mm f2.8 II IS L lens at the Singapore F1 GP !