A Canon E0S-1DX Mk II Review


The 1DX MK II is an illustration of how enhanced fine-tuning capabilities and better manual controls can serve to redefine the photographic industry.  Better image quality and an intuitive auto-focus system are two metrics which serve to define this model.  However, some feel that the design could have made better use of touchscreen technology.  Before we make a final judgement, let’s take a look at some of the unique features of the iDX Mk II Canon DSLR camera.

Notable Improvements

The Mk II is intended to be a replacement for the original 1DX.  While there is only a slight increase in terms of resolution, there are some other areas which definitely stand out.  For example, this unit is fully capable of shooting 4K videos and this is further enhanced by what is known as a continuous shooting mode.  The overall resolution has been upgraded to 20.2 megapixels; a moderate improvement over the 18.1 megapixels associated with the original 1DX line.  However, we should keep in mind that this model is more intended for low-light and high-speed shots; an understandable reason why we have not witnessed the 24+ megapixels associated with other high-end cameras.  It should be a welcome addition to sports and news photographers; perhaps why many predict that the iDX Mk II will make its debut at the upcoming Olympic games.

Handling and Design

Weather-resistant shells and a high-strength magnesium housing enable the unit to stand up to demanding conditions while being able to take the occasional bump or bruise.  Both horizontal and vertical grips provide better stability when taking demanding shots.  All controls on the rear of the device can be accessed easily by both hands and as they are found next to the viewfinder, quick adjustments should not be a problem.  The 3.2-inch rear screen responds to touch, but only when in the Live View mode; slightly disappointing but acceptable.  A weight of 1.53 kilograms dictates that the 1DX Mk II falls towards the top of this category although as mentioned previously, the dual horizontal and vertical grips should mitigate this factor.


The images on the screen realistically reflect the result of a photograph, so users should not be surprised with the end result of their shots.  A native sensitivity value of ISO 102,400 could prove to be a bit too high when pictures are enlarged and for this reason, users may instead use ISO 51,600.   Overall, the pictures and videos produced are clear and crisp.  Low-light sensitivity and excellent auto-focus capabilities enable the unit to be much less hands-on when compared to other models and yet, adjustments can be made quickly when needed.

At a price tag of approximately £4,100 pounds, the 1DX Mk II is definitely not for the casual photographer.  The variety of functions, a crystal-clear resolution and a robust build are still very impressive.  We should expect this model to enjoy a strong presence within the world of physical photography well into the future.