Canon announces 1D X

Is this the best camera in the world?

Maybe especially if you’re a Canon shooter with a bag of lenses.

The new Canon EOS 1D X is a full-frme 18-megapixel beast capable of shooting 12 frames per second in RAW and 61-point autofocus. It has three image processors onboard and a one gigabit ethernet port. Of course at $6800 it should be good.

So who needs the ID X?

Pros who shoot everyday and who shoot a lot of images will likely love it. Sports photographers who want the speed and commercial photographers who want the huge image size will line up to buy it. Oh yeah. Photographers who like to shoot available light in coal mines will treasure the camera’s expected amazing low light capability.

So should you run out and buy one?

You know the answer to this is…depends!

It depends if you need these features. It depends if someone is paying you enough to payback the high price for the body. It depends if you’re physically strong enough to lug this sucker around all day. Don’t laugh. That’s why I got so excited about my diminutive Olympus Pen system. I can carry six lenses and a body around in a smallish Think Tank camera bag. Can’t do that with the D-300 and six lenses and you won’t be able to do that with the 1D X.

On the other hand the Olympus (or the Nikon) can’t shoot wall-size images out of the camera. And neither will shoot in the dark and the Canon does shoot 1080p video and can shoot almost 30 minutes non-stop. (This is a big deal as the 35mm sensor makes the Canon one of the best pro-level video cameras yet and the 30-minute shooting time means Canon has figured out how to keep the sensor cool enough to record this long at one shoot.)

All in all, a great new camera which most of us can only dream about.

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