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Corey Steib
Canon vs Sony War of 2016: Part 1
by Corey Steib on February 5th, 2016

It's not even into the first of the year in 2016 and already two of the biggest companies have come out with two cameras that record internal 4K (Canon and Sony). Earlier this week Canon came out with there new 1DX MK2 which is priced at around $6,000 dollars.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is blazingly fast. Up to 14 fps* (up to 16 fps* in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast™ card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. This remarkable speed means faster recording too:

4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail. Combined with superb low-light performance thanks to its powerful sensor and expandable ISO range, the EOS-1D X Mark II performs brilliantly, swiftly and stunningly no matter when or where the photographer is shooting.

From the stadium, safari or studio to virtually everywhere in between, the EOS-1D X Mark II maintains and enhances all the hallmarks of what Canon has to offer, marking a new page in the legacy of the EOS series of cameras.

images from canon

image from planet5D

image via canon rumors


  • Fastest shooting EOS-1D, capable of up to 14 fps* full-resolution RAW or JPEG, and up to 16 fps* in Live View mode with new Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors.
  • Achieves a maximum burst rate of up to 170 RAWs in continuous shooting at up to 16 fps, and 4K movies using CFast™ cards in the new CFast 2.0™** slot.
  • Experience less noise in higher ISO images via a new 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, with an ISO range of 100-51200; expansion to ISO 409600.
  • Improved AF performance through 61-point High Density Reticular AF II system with 41 cross-type points, improved center point focusing sensitivity to -3 EV and compatibility down to f/8.
  • Accurate subject tracking for stills and video with new EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF with 360,000-pixel metering sensor.
  • 4K video (4096 x 2160) up to 60 fps (59.94), with an 8.8-Megapixel still frame grab**** in camera.
  • Full 1080p HD capture up to 120 fps for slow motion.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF & Movie Servo AF for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting.
  • View and control high quality stills and videos via the 3.2-inch touch panel LCD with 1.62 million dots.
  • Increased resolution and fine detail, with lens aberration correction and diffraction correction via new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer technology.
  • Built-in GPS***** provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites.
  • The new optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A is compatible with IEEE 802.11ac/n/a/g/b, supporting both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi® bands.
  • Durable and rugged magnesium alloy body with dust- and-weather resistance for demanding shooting situations.         


  • 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  • Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  • 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AFBuilt-In GPS, Optional Wi-Fi Transmitter
  • Mag. Alloy Body, CFast & CF Card Slots
Adding Dual Pixel CMOS AF to a full frame sensor is great and having a touch screen opens up the full capability of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Canon owns auto focus in video and the 1DX MKII is taking full advantage of it.

Video Formats



4096 x 2160p / 59.94 fps (800 Mbps) / 50 fps / 29.97 fps (500 Mbps) / 25 fps (500 Mbps) / 24 fps / 23.98 fps

High Definition-MOV
1920 x 1080p / 120 fps (360 Mbps) / 100 fps / 59.94 fps (180 Mbps) / 50 fps / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps / 29.97 fps (90 Mbps) / 25 fps / 24 fps / 23.98 fps / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps) / 25 fps
/ 24 fps / 23.98 fps

High Definition-MP4
1920 x 1080p / 59.94 fps (60 Mbps) / 50 fps / 29.97 fps (30 Mbps) / 25 fps / 24 fps / 23.98 fps
/ 29.97 fps (12 Mbps) / 25 fps
The HDMI  was replaced with a mini HDMI connector with full uncompressed output. The 1DX MKII does have the 30 minute shooting limit but add a external recorder and you can go longer

Canon added Cfast Cards as well as compact flash to the new flagship and a touch screen.

(Dual Pixel AF). A touch screen is essential for getting the most from it. Just tap the area you want to focus and the DPAF snaps right in. The controls of how the AF works is also customizable. Want a slower rack. Just change how fast it focuses. Several different settings are available. 

It also comes with a 3.5mm audio input as well as a headphone jack and ethernet port is on the side.

Image from Canon
WiFi connectivity is a little big and requires an add on WFT-E8A Wireless File Transmitter, which uses a 802.11ac standard to achieve transfer rates of up to 433 Mbps. It’s not cheap at $589 soo muh :(.

Image from Canon

Part 2 will be up latter today with Sony and which camera I would buy and why.

Posted in 4K, DSLR Cameras, Canon DSLR Cameras, Large Sensor Cameras    Tagged with Sony, Sony A6300, A6300, A6300, Canon, Canon 1DXMK2, 1DXMK2, Canon 1DXMark ii, Canon 1DXMark 2, 1DXMKII


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