As our Facebook followers would have seen earlier this week, we’ve just upgraded our camera bodies to the latest generation of Canon professional cameras, the Canon 5D Mark III and the newly released Canon 1Dx. The 1Dx is the newest incarnation of full frame Canon professional bodies, and looks very similar to the camera it replaces – the Canon 1Ds Mark III, which we have been using for the past three years.
Despite its external similarities, the Canon 1Dx is a completely new design, featuring a new 61 point autofocus system, improved metering and blazing speed, being able to capture up to 12 frames per second at full resolution. Additionally, with boosted processing power it can push these images through to the memory card faster than any other camera, enabling a photographer to shoot dozens of images without having to wait for the buffer to clear. This is a real bonus when shooting sports, or even fast moving wedding action!
The autofocus system is amazing, and a big step forward from the Canon 1Ds Mark III, which featured an already very good 45 point system. The improved focusing helps significantly for photographers who like to shoot with very fast lenses that have very shallow depth of field. Often when we shoot the plane of sharp focus may be as little as 1cm deep, so you can understand that having great focus is critical to getting good images. The 1Dx delivers this, even in incredibly low light.
The final bonus for us is the huge improvement in low light capabilities of the camera. Our previous cameras enabled us to shoot in low light, but in very dark receptions etc. we were often forced to use slower shutter speeds to be able to avoid flash. The 1Dx can shoot confidently in light 1/32 as bright as our previous cameras. This means better reception images, and better images at twilight and after dark.
Anyway, after all of that, here’s some images I took in my first shoot with the 1Dx – we went on a whale watching cruise earlier this week, and I took it along to have some fun. All I can say is that I was thrilled with its responsiveness and focus accuracy.