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A new Canon 4K DSLR Camera on the way? A look at leaks about the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR

by on February 1, 2016

Stephan Jukic – February 1, 2016

It seems that Canon might just be coming out with a new DSLR camera that can shoot 4K video. At least that’s what some information found on the website Canonrumors and the Japanese site are indicating.

Both sites have reported on the upcoming release of Canon’s apparent latest DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark II and while this alone is some exciting news in a general sense for fans of photography and lovers of Canon cameras, the supposed 4K specs of this shooter are what’s most interesting for us at

To keep things simple, what seems to be the case is that the new Mark II uses a Motion JPEG codec but can also record continuous video footage in true DCI 4K at 4096 x 2160 pixels without file splits and can manage up to a very smooth 60 frames per second of recording thanks to a faster Dual DIGIC6 + processor and CFast cards. Furthermore, recording in Full HD on the Canon Mark II can be done at 120 fps. Canon is also saying that continuous autofocus during video shooting is also possible due to the company’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which is compatible with all EF lenses.

Additionally, focus points can be selected automatically or manually through the new DSLR camera’s touch panel LCD screen.

The seemingly robust outer shell of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

The seemingly robust outer shell of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

A few more key specs for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR come to us from the camera’s spec sheet:

  • Image Format: Video:MOV (4K Movie: Motion JPEG, Full HD Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: Linear PCM), MP4 (Movie: MPEG4 AVC/H.264; Audio: AAC)
  • Recording Media: CF Card (Type I; compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards) and CFast™ Card (CFast 2.0™ supported)
  • 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
  • Auto focus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible with all EF lenses.
  • Maximum ISO settings: In 4K up to 12800. In full HD up to 25600.
  • LCD monitor: 3.2-inches, Approx. 1.62 million dots
  • Video Out Terminal: HDMI mini OUT terminal is Type C. (Uncompressed HDMI output for Full HD videos).
  • Price: $5999 USD

As you can see, the new Canon Mark II is definitely not what we’d call a cheap DSLR and until it actually hits the market or becomes available for review, we can’t be sure about its real 4K performance among competing 4K DSLRs. However, at least as far as video recording specs are concerned, we definitely like what we’re reading here.

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