Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 80D Exclusive Preview

March 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Canon Singapore held an exclusive hands-on preview session on 9 March 2016 at the Canon Imaging Academy for both their new upcoming EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 80D DSLR cameras. It was a casual sharing session with EOS Professional Nugene Chiang, who shared on the new features of the two cameras. I had the chance to attend this exclusive preview session as an EOS World member and pre-production units are used in this hands-on session.

EOS Professional, Nugene Chiang sharing on the new features of the EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon's new top full frame flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark II is a true beast suitable for professional photographers who needs to capture fast action images such as sports and wildlife photography, as it has a high continuous shooting speed of up to 14fps in using the viewfinder and up to 16fps in using live view shooting. However it is not to say that the 1D X Mark II isn't suitable for other photography genres, it is actually a pretty good all rounder professional camera with its 20.2MP full frame sensor, Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors and a new 61-point AF sensor with improved AF algorithm "AI Servo AF III+". There is also a new red display of AF points on the viewfinder's LCD display for better visibility for shooting in low light conditions. These will be helpful for weddings, events, sports and wildlife photographers who need to shoot in low light environments.

One thing I noticed about the shutter sound made by the 1D X Mark II is that the normal shooting burst mode is quite loud, you could hear the tat-tat-tat sound from a distance. Silent shooting mode is slightly quieter but still louder than the other Canon DSLRs' silent shooting mode.

EOS-1D X Mark II has a tough magnesium body that is made for photographers who need to shoot in very harsh environments and weather as it is dust proof and drip proof. The body is also of a higher level toughness than the 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II cameras.

For videographers, you are not left out too. For the first time in Canon DSLRs, the 1D X Mark II is able to shoot 4K 60p high resolution videos to a CFast 2.0 card and there is even a touch screen function on the LCD screen to control the AF during video shooting.

I will not elaborate on the full specifications in detail since you can easily find them on the internet.

New improvements to the EOS-1D X Mark II New improvements to the EOS-1D X Mark II New improvements to the EOS-1D X Mark II Nugene Chiang demonstrating on the high continuous shooting speed of up to 14fps Picture of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Picture of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Picture of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon's other new upcoming DSLR, the EOS 80D is an APS-C sensor camera that is an improvement to the current EOS 70D camera. The new 80D has a 24.2MP APS-C sensor, DIGIC 6 image processor with a 45-point all cross type AF system that has an improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast and accurate AF. It is also able to do high speed continuous shooting of up to 7fps, which is pretty decent for some fast action shots. The 80D also retains the articulated LCD screen from the 70D, that is great for shooting images or videos from awkwardly high or low angles by tilting the LCD screen. Image quality produced by the 80D looks good enough, even when used with its EFS 18-135mm kit lens. I am not sure how is the image quality compared to the 70D, but both should be quite similar.

The new EOS 80D is capable of producing good quality images

For videographers, the EOS 80D is able to shoot full HD 60p videos more efficiently with the help of the improved AF system and articulated LCD screen, although not able to shoot 4K high resolution videos on the 80D is clearly a disappointment, since there are so many cameras on the market right now that is able to shoot 4K videos.

Overall, I feel that the EOS 80D is still a pretty good DSLR for people who are looking for a better Canon APS-C semi-pro DSLR but does not have the budget to spend on the EOS 7D Mark II, Canon's current top flagship APS-C sensor camera. For users with other brand cameras and looking for an APS-C semi-pro camera, you might be able to find better choices elsewhere.

Picture of Canon EOS 80D Picture of Canon EOS 80D Picture of Canon EOS 80D Picture of Canon EOS 80D Picture of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 80D side by side Picture of Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 80D side by side EOS World members trying out on the new cameras during the hands-on session

This is by no means an actual review of the new cameras since they are just pre-production units for hands-on.

Unfortunately there are no sample images taken by the two new cameras, as we are not allowed to remove the storage card from the camera.

Thank you Canon Singapore for organising the exclusive preview session.


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