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The 1DX Mark II is Canon’s flagship DSLR and an upgrade to the original 1DX. Key features include:

  • 20.2MP CMOS sensor

  • Improved dual-pixel autofocus with 41 cross-type points

  • Up to 16 fps continuous shooting

  • Enhanced ISO performance

Mark II Fever. The Mark II is more about refinement than knock-your-socks-off features. Seeing as its target market is professional photographers, Canon has prioritized reliability over fancy features that may or may not work. With that said, the Mark II surpasses its predecessor in many ways: it boasts a higher-resolution full-frame sensor with improved, dual-pixel autofocus; a faster continuous frame rate; built-in GPS; and in-camera 4K capture.

20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor. The modest increase in MP isn’t going to be noticeable to most, but the increase in performance that comes along with the higher-resolution sensor definitely will. Dual DIGIC 6+ processors help the new sensor to offer improved high performance throughout its normal ISO 100-51,200 range (expandable to 50-409,600), 14 fps (continuous focus)/16 fps (locked focus/exposure, live view), and generous unlimited-JPG/170-RAW buffer.

Improved AF. It’s not an entirely new autofocus system, but rather an overhauled version of its predecessors. What you get is a 61-point system (all user-selectable—no trickery) with 41 cross-type points. The difference comes in all 61 points supporting f/8 autofocus, the 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor for better exposure and tracking performance, and wider-spaced points for slightly larger frame coverage.

Dual-Pixel AF. The Mark II is the first full-frame sensor with Canon’s dual-pixel AF system. Limited to video shooting, this system uses phase-detection for continuous autofocus and tracking with user-adjustable sensitivity and speed settings. The camera also offers rack focusing via the touchscreen rear LCD when shooting video.

4K Video. While it’s not quite as feature-rich as the 1DC, the Mark II captures DCI 4K up to 60p (4:2:2/8-bit) and Full HD up to 120p (4:2:0/8-bit). 4K capture is limited to a central 1.3x crop of the sensor, while Full HD utilizes the full sensor frame. Clean HDMI output tops out at 1080p for external recording. Audio is handled by the in-camera stereo mic or externally using the 3.5mm input, with real-time monitoring possible thanks to the 3.5mm headphone jack. Please note that there’s no focus peaking or zebra warnings, so we recommend an external electronic viewfinder/video monitor with those features.

Professional Build. Just as you’d expect from a 1D-series camera, the Mark II is built like a tank. The magnesium-alloy body features built-in vertical grip, dust- and weather-sealing, multiple customizable buttons, bright 0.76x optical pentaprism with 100% viewfinder coverage, and a 3.2-inch, 1.62m-dot rear LCD with limited touch-sensitivity (video AF point selection only). The new higher-capacity LP-E19 battery offers up to 1210 shots per charge, but the Mark II offers backwards compatibility with the previous LP-E4N battery, albeit with a reduced top continuous shooting rate of 14 fps.

Dual CFast 2.0/CF Memory. To keep up with the increase in data flow, the Mark II takes advantage of the CFast 2.0 format. While Canon made the second slot CompactFlash, if you’re looking to get the most out of the Mark II, you’ll need to use CFast cards. 4K video recording for up to 30 minutes and 170-shot RAW buffer are based on using CFast. Try to use even the fastest of CF cards and that drops to a couple minutes of 4K video and a 73-shot RAW buffer. Long story short, use CFast as your primary card and CF as backup.


Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex camera

Recording Media

CF Card (Type I; compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards) and CFast™ Card (CFast 2.0™ supported)

Image Format

Approx. 36 mm x 24mm (35 mm Full-frame)

Compatible Lenses

Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S and EF-M lenses)

Lens Mount

Canon EF Mount

Image Sensor


High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate full-frame CMOS sensor


Approx. 20.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 21.5 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)

Color Filter System

RGB primary color filters

Low Pass Filter

Fixed position in front of the image sensor

Dust Deletion Feature

(1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
Self-cleaning can be done automatically when the power is turned on/off.During manual cleaning ([Clean now]), the data for light spot correction is also obtained.(2) Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
The coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the EOS software to automatically erase the dust spots.(3) Manual cleaning

Recording System

Recording Format

Design Rule for Camera File System 2.0 and EXIF 2.3

Image Format

Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14 bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG

Video: MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264*; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264*; Audio: AAC)
* Variable (averaged) bit rate

File Size

Large: Approx. 20.0 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)M1: Approx. 12.7 Megapixels (4368 x 2912)M2: Approx. 8.9 Megapixels (3648 x 2432)Small: Approx. 5.0 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)RAW: Approx. 20.0 Megapixels (5472 x 3648)M-RAW: Approx. 11.2 Megapixels (4104 x 2736)S-RAW: Approx. 5.0 Megapixels (2736 x 1824)Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

Recording Functions

StandardRecorded to the selected card.Auto switch cardWhen the current card becomes full, the camera switches to the other card automatically.Record separatelyThe CF card and CFast™ card record the same image at a different image recording quality (L, M1, M2, S, RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW).Record to multipleBoth the CF card and CFast™ card record the same image at the same image recording quality (Also applies to RAW+JPEG).

Backup Recording


File Numbering

The following three types of file numbers can be set:Continuous numberingThe numbering of captured images continues even after you replace the card.Auto resetWhen you replace the card, the numbering will be reset to start from 0001. If the new card already contains images, the numbering will continue from the last recorded image in the card.Manual resetResets the file number to 0001, and creates a new folder automatically.

RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording

One of three types of RAW images and one of four types of JPEG images can be recorded together.

Color Space

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Picture Style

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3*
* [Standard] is the default setting for [User Def. 1-3]

White Balance


Auto (Ambience priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy*1, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom (Custom WB) 1-5*2, Color Temperature, PC-1-5*3 (Personal WB)

*1 Also effective in twilight and sunset.
*2 [Select image on card], [Record and register WB] and [Edit WB name] can be used.
*3 Up to five white balance data settings set with EOS Utility.

Auto White Balance

Option between ambience priority and white priority settings

Color Temperature Compensation

Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels
*Corrected in reference to the current WB mode's color temperature.

Color Temperature Information Transmission




Eye-level pentaprism


Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally


Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity) / 35.1° angle of view

Eye Point

Approx. 20mm (at -1m-1 from eyepiece lens center)

Dioptric Adjustment Correction

-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 (diopter)

Focusing Screen

Ec-C6 provided, can be changed to Ec-A, B or L


Quick-return half mirror

Viewfinder Information

AF area selection modeAF point informationArea AF frameSpot metering circleElectronic level (dedicated indicator)*Grid*Shooting mode*Metering mode*White balance*Drive mode*AF operation*Flicker detection*Warning symbolAF status indicator* Asterisked items can be displayed or not with [Show/hide in viewfinder].

Depth Of Field Preview




TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor

AF Points

Max. 61 points (Cross-type AF points: Max. 41 points)
The number of AF points, cross-type AF points and dual cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used.

Focusing Modes

Autofocus, One-Shot AF, Predictive Al Servo AF (Al Servo AF III+)Manual focus

AF Point Selection

Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)Single-point AF (Manual selection)The checkmark cannot be removed from this option.AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: Up, down, left and right)AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)Zone AF (Manual zone selection)All AF points divided into nine focusing zones.Large Zone AF (Manual zone selection)All AF points divided into three focusing zones.AF point Auto selection AF

AF Function Registration/Switching

Customizable with Custom Controls

Selected AF Point Display

Superimposed display

Active AF Point Indicator

Displayed in viewfinder areaDisplayed outside viewfinder area

AF Assist Beam

When an external EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the following options are available:EnableDisableEnable external flash only

Exposure Control

Metering Modes

216-zone (18 x 12) metering with approx. 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. The following metering modes selectable:Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)Partial metering (center, approx. 6.2% of viewfinder)Spot metering (center, approx. 1.5% of viewfinder)Center spot meteringAF point-linked spot metering (Custom Function)Linkable to all AF points.With automatic AF point selection, center spot metering will apply.Multi-spot meteringUp to eight multi-spot meter readings can be taken.Center-weighted average meteringThe selectable metering modes can be restricted (Custom Function).

Metering Range

EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100, with evaluative metering)

Exposure Control Systems

Program AE (Shiftable)Shutter-priority AE (Safety shift possible)Aperture-priority AE (Safety shift possible)Manual exposureThe metering mode can be specified.BulbThree custom shooting modes

ISO Speed Range

Manual settingsFor [Highlight tone priority], the settable ISO speed range will be ISO 200–51200.
ISO speed safety shift possible with a Custom Function.
All the expanded ISO speeds, even for movies, are only “equivalent speeds.”Auto settings
*1 It depends on [Minimum] and [Maximum] of [Auto range].
*2 If overexposure will result with fill flash, the minimum ISO speed will be set to ISO 100 (except in the M and bulb modes).
*3 In the P mode, using bounce flash with an external Speedlite will have the ISO speed set automatically within ISO 400–1600 to suit the brightness.

Exposure Compensation

Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop incrementsAEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments* Indicated up to ±3 stops on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder.

AE Lock

Auto AE lockIn the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.Manual AE lockWith AE lock button in P, Av, Tv and M modes. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.)Enabled in all metering modes.



Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled

Shutter Speeds

1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)X-sync at 1/250 sec.Shutter speed's control range can be set.

Shutter Release

Soft-touch electromagnetic release

Self Timer

10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay

External Speedlite

EOS Dedicated Speedlite

E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites

Zooming to Match Focal Length


Flash Metering

E-TTL II autoflash

Flash Exposure Compensation

±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

FE Lock


External Flash Settings

External flash control, Flash firing, E-TTL II Flash metering, Flash sync. Speed in Av mode, Flash mode, Radio wireless flash shooting, Optical wireless flash shooting, ZoomSync setting, Flash exposure compensation, FEB, Clear settings, Flash Custom Function setting

PC Terminal

Provided* No polarity.* Sync speed: Since the flash duration of studio flash units vary, set a sync speed within 1/125 sec. to 1/30 sec. and check if the flash sync works.* Both the accessory shoe (X-sync contact with maximum sync speed of 1/250 sec.) and the PC terminal can be used simultaneously for simultaneous flash firing.

Drive System

Drive Modes

Single shootingHigh-speed continuous shootingLow-speed continuous shootingSilent single shootingSilent high-speed continuous shootingSilent low-speed continuous shooting

Continuous Shooting Speed

High-speed: Maximum 16 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Maximum 13 shots/sec..
Silent high-speed: Maximum 5 shots/sec..
Silent low-speed: Maximum 4 shots/sec..

Maximum Burst

The maximum burst during continuous shooting is as follows: With “Full”, continuous shooting is possible until the card becomes full.

Live View Functions

Shooting Modes

Still photo and video recording


Dual Pixel CMOS AFDual Pixel CMOS AF is possible with all EF lenses.Manual focusMagnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually.

Metering Modes

Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)Partial metering (approx. 6.5% of viewfinder)Spot metering (approx. 2.8% of viewfinder)Center-weighted average meteringAE lock possible. The active metering timer can be changed.

Metering Range

EV 0–20 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100, with evaluative metering)

Grid Display


Exposure Simulation

Same as with viewfinder shooting

Silent Shooting


Video Shooting

File Format

MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC)
Internal monaural microphone
External stereo microphone jack available

File Size

4096 x 2160 (4K)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Frame Rates

[4096 x 2160]: 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97 fps/ 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps
[1920 x 1080]: 119.9fps / 100.0fps / 59.94fps / 50.00fps / 29.97fps / 25.00fps / 24.00fps / 23.98fps

Continuous Shooting Time

MOV Format

MP4 Format


Dual Pixel CMOS AFManual focus* Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually (not possible during movie shooting).

Exposure Control

Exposure Compensation

Up to ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
* If AE Microadjustment is performed, the settable exposure compensation amount will decrease by the amount of the AE Microadjustment. For example, if you set the AE Microadjustment to +1 stop, the exposure compensation amount will be limited to a maximum +2 stops on the positive side.

LCD Monitor


TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor

Monitor Size



Approx. 1.62 million dots


Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally
Viewing angle: Approx. 170° vertically and horizontally

Brightness Control

7 levels provided

Interface Languages

25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)


Display Format

Highlight Alert

On the single-image display, highlight areas without any image information will blink.

Image Protection and Erase


Erase protection can be applied or canceled for a single image, all images in a folder or all images in the card.


Erase a single image, selected images, all images in a folder, all images in a card or erase only unprotected images.

Direct Printing

Compatible Printers

N/A (Direct printing not possible)

DPOF: Digital Print Order Format


Version 1.1 compatible

Direct Image Transfer

Compatible Images

JPEG images, RAW images and movies
RAW+JPEG images can be transferred JPEG only, RAW only or RAW+JPEG. If JPEG or RAW images are appended with a voice memo, the voice memo file will also be transferred.


Custom Functions

Total 34

Camera User Settings

Current camera settings can be registered to C1, C2 and C3 on the Mode Dial.
Automatic updating of the registered settings can be set to Enable or Diable.

My Menu Registration

Up to six top-tier menu options and Custom Function settings can be registered.
Up to five My Menu tabs can be added.


USB Terminal

SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0)For computer communicationImage transferFor Connect Station CS100 connectio

Canon 1DX Mark II

Battery - Canon LP-E19

Camera Strap

Canon EF Body Cap

Canon Eyecup Eg

Charger - Canon LC-E19

Charger - Non-Polarized Cable

Manual - Canon 1DX Mark II Cheat Sheet / Paper Manual