Canon EOS 1D X Mark II

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Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Review Facts

Are you someone who’s willing to spend a pretty penny to ensure that you’ll get the best quality for your photography? Then look no further than the Canon Eos 1D X Mark II. Yes, a lot of people might have been a bit disappointed in the fact that the camera is heavy and expensive, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be getting a disappointing product out of the deal. You’ll be able to take high-quality images for any occasion with this camera. There is a high burst rate, so you won’t have to worry about there being a lot of buffer time between images. And, if you happen to have the camera with you and come across a situation in which you need to pull the camera out quickly, a lot of people said that the camera will power on quickly- so you won’t have to spend a long time waiting and missing your photography opportunity. It has great autofocus, so you will be able to get in on all the action. Plus, you won’t have to worry about having to charge the camera constantly; the long battery life allows you to take well over 1,000 images before even thinking about when the next charge needs to happen. Besides that, the camera is made out of some of the most durable materials out there, so you won’t have to worry about anything happening to this camera or not getting something that is worth all the money you paid for it. Overall, if you’re someone who can afford such a camera, this is not a bad option to consider.

Now, let’s get into all the different things that the Canon camera has to offer and whether or not you should purchase it.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • The image quality that this camera provides can’t be beat
  • The burst rate is extremely fast and there is almost no buffer in between
  • The battery life is long and you will be able to get a lot of use out of the camera between each charge
  • A lot of people commended the camera’s ISO performance
  • The durability of the camera is unbeatable, and it’s almost guaranteed that you won’t be able to find a camera made out of better materials
  • The camera is great with tracking and autofocus
  • The camera is bulky and heavy and is not too easy to carry around
  • There is not much use for the touchscreen, and a lot of people said that they would have liked to see more from the touchscreen
  • Different formats are used with the dual memory cards, which can cause problems as you take photos


One of the downsides to this camera is that when you purchase it, you will likely only be getting the body, and any additional accessories need to be purchased separately. This probably wouldn’t have been much of an issue if the body wasn’t so expensive, to begin with. You will be getting the batteries with the camera, but that’s it. You can choose to get a 256GB memory card with the camera, a zoom lens, more batteries, a camera strap, and more. But these all need to be purchased separately and will further put a dent in your wallet.


Many people were pleased with the build of this camera. It is evident upon holding and using the camera that it is made out of solid, high-quality materials. If you have used any previous models of the Canon 1D cameras, you will notice that the 1D X looks and feels almost exactly the same. This is simply due to the fact that cameras of this quality and type don’t typically change too much in terms of design between different models. The biggest areas where companies focus on changes and updates are when it comes to the camera’s performance and image quality. The camera is all black as usual. It has buttons on the top which allow you to start and stop your video, change between the camera and video, change the mode, zoom, and more. You will find that you aren’t going to use the touchscreen very often. Otherwise, this camera looks like a typical, high-quality Canon camera.


You will be able to use WiFi if you intend on doing wireless file transfers, but otherwise, using WiFi or any type of connection with this camera is totally optional.

Battery Life

The battery life of a camera that will likely be used for longer periods of time is one of the most essential features of the camera. You don’t want a camera that will die quickly and negatively impact your productivity. The good news is that the 1D X Mark II camera has a decent battery life and you will be able to use it for quite a long time before you need to charge the batteries again. The camera is said to be able to take approximately 1,210 shots during every charge, and it uses the LP-E19 battery. However, a lot of people said that they were able to take more shots than this before they needed to charge the camera up again.


You most certainly will not be disappointed in the performance of this camera. Once you receive it, it is easy to set up and to power up. You’ll be able to use it wherever you are at any time, and won’t need to worry about waiting forever for your camera to turn on. Otherwise, the camera is similar to the previous Canon models. It is fast and it will let you to spend a day taking as many pictures as you’d like that won’t be lacking in quality whatsoever. The camera has a great burst rate that you will be able to closely follow through the viewfinder. It has a dual-card format and the buffer of the camera will clear up fast, allowing you to take more and more photos. You won’t have to worry about not being able to use this camera for a long time. The durability and performance of the camera will ensure that you will be able to use it for any situation where a professional camera is demanded and that you will be able to use it for many years to come.


There are plenty of great features that the 1D X camera has to offer.

First, when using the new batteries that are offered with the camera, you will be getting great image quality and you’ll get 14 frames per second when it comes to continuous shooting. You can, of course, use some of the older batteries that were compatible with previous models, but you should not be surprised to know that this will cause the camera to be slower and will cause a decrease in the quality of the images. The HD video quality is 1920x1080, which is high and which a lot of people were pleased with.

A lot of people were pleased with the camera’s battery life. While it is officially marketed at being able to take 1,210 photos in between charges, a lot of people said that they were able to take a lot more than that. Besides, not everyone is taking that many photos in a day unless they are going to a wedding or other important event. So, it is likely that you will be able to get plenty of use out of this camera before you have to think about charging it again soon.

Despite the fact that the accessories need to be purchased separately, many people liked the camera strap, the memory card, and the zoom lens that are compatible with this camera, so it may be worth having to purchase them separately.

There is a feature on this camera- anti-flicker- which will allow you to adjust the lighting should you be in an environment where there are flickering lights. Another great update with this camera is that it has great autofocus, so if you are photographing something that moves a lot, you will be able to still get high-quality images out of the deal.

The camera also has a built-in GPS system which not only allows you to be able to tag where you are but will also be able to sync to whatever time zone you are in.

The camera also offers a headphone jack if you are planning on taking a video and need to be able to monitor the quality of the audio.


Of course, you can expect that a camera which is as high-quality and durable as this one, and that will offer as many features as this Canon camera does will be expensive. This certainly is not a camera that you would choose if you are on a tight budget. The retail price of the camera is $5,999- not for the faint of heart- and you are likely to be able to find it for a few hundred dollars less on websites where the camera is offered (for example, Amazon offers the camera for $5,499- while this isn’t a huge saving, it definitely is something). If you’re relatively new to photography, this price might shock you, but in reality, a price in the thousands can be expected from such a high-quality piece of equipment. However, some people did say that this is a high price to pay for such a camera.

Key Features

-The camera’s autofocus and burst speed have some of the best quality on the market
-The Canon camera is made with high-quality and solid materials
-A lot of people were pleased with the camera’s image and video quality
-The battery life of the camera is long
-The camera has a headphone jack if you want to be able to monitor how the audio is when recording a video
-The camera has a built-in GPS system

Bottom Line

As with many other cameras, whether or not you like this camera will depend on what your personal preferences are when it comes to what you want a camera to be able to do. When it comes to the most basic features- the camera’s durability, the quality of the images and video it takes, and how well the camera works in many different situations- a lot of people said that they were pleased.

Now, whether or not you are willing to shell out almost $6,000 for a camera could be a dealbreaker for you. But if that’s not something you’re too worried about, then it may be worth considering giving the Canon Eos 1D X Mark II camera a shot. There are plenty of great features that it offers that fall in line with what many previous versions of the 1D cameras offer. The one thing that many people felt was certain when it comes to any camera in this series is that it is made out of some of the best materials on the market, and they will certainly be able to get ample use out of any camera they choose. That also goes for this model; you know that, should you purchase this camera, you’re going to get something unbeatable and that will serve you in almost any situation.

The battery life of this camera is great; you will be able to take well over 1,000 photos before needing to charge it again. The official site claims that the camera can take 1,210 photos between charges, but some people said that they were able to take a lot more. Plus, the new batteries allow you to use the camera for longer periods of time.

Besides that, the camera has great autofocus, so you will be able to follow the action and get great shots at the same time. The camera offers a headphone jack should you be taking a video and want to be able to monitor how well the audio sounds. There is also a built-in GPS, as well as optional WiFi connection if you want to upload your photos to your computer. There are plenty of great features that this camera offers. The biggest downside is how expensive the camera is, but if you’re someone who can afford it, then we don’t see too many reasons why you shouldn’t consider the Canon Mark II camera.