Canon did what no other camera manufacturer has done since 2008 this morning: announce a digital SLR with a full-frame sensor. Yes, the long drought of new DSLRs with sensors approximately the size of a piece of 35mm film ends with the Canon EOS-1D X, Canon’s new flagship professional DSLR, which boasts an 18MP full-frame CMOS sensor.
In an unusual move, the fast shooting Canon 1D X, which can capture RAW bursts of up to 12 frames per second, will replace both the 16MP Canon 1D Mark IV and 21MP Canon 1Ds Mark III at the top of Canon’s professional line. The 1D Mark IV, which can shoot 10 frames per second, is popular with sports photographers and photojournalists while the high-resolution 1Ds Mark III appeals to studio and commercial photographers.
The only catch to the new 1D X announcement is that photographers will have to wait a while to get their hands on it. It’s not scheduled to start shipping until March 2012, which makes it ready for the 2012 London Olympics. The 1D X’s pricetag of $6,800 (body only) will be several thousand dollars higher than the 1D Mark IV but approximately in line with the 1Ds III
While it’s not exactly a recession-friendly model, the Canon 1D X is loaded with features and should attract a good deal of interest from pros looking for a camera that bridges that gap between the two previous models.
We watched an hour-long presentation about the 1D X out at Canon’s U.S. headquarters in Long Island last week and had some brief hands-on time with the camera. In a nutshell: it seems impressive.
Read more about the Canon 1D X and check out our hands-on preview by clicking here.
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