|Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera|
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The current EOS-1D X camera has been my pick as the best full frame DSLR camera for sports and wildlife photography three years in a row. According to the latest information I have received, the long awaited EOS-1D X Mark II model will most probably be equipped with 4K video. That indicates to me Canon feels Nikon will definitely include 4K video in their soon to be announced D5 camera. They also want to make sure Sony, Leica and Nikon are not the only companies with a full frame camera capable of 4K video.
In order to support 4K video and other improved features and function, Canon will probably break its usual habit and equip the new camera with their latest processor - DIGIC 7. Up to now, Canon has always introduced their newest processors on the lower end models like the Powershot cameras first. The DIGIC 6 was a case in point. On top of that, the Mark II model will probably come with dual CFast card slots to handle the added processing power and vast amount of data. This means for many owners of the new DSLR, especially those who plan to use the 4K video feature a lot, they will have to buy a whole new supply of more expensive CFast memory cards.
My best estimate is the EOS-1D X Mk II may come with a new sensor in the low 20MP range, powered by new Digic 7 processors and additional processor(s) for metering and other functions. A new AF system with many more than the current 61 points and perhaps all cross-type. Frame rates matching the current model but perhaps without mirror lockup and a state of the art LCD monitor. The list price should be just below $7,000. Announcement may come in early Q1, 2016 with delivery commencing early Q2. I am very anxious to get my hands on the new camera. After almost 4 years, the EOS-1D X is getting a bit 'long in the tooth'. Keep checking back for the latest development and information.
Still here in the Canadian sub Arctic on my Polar Bear Photo Tour. Last night, there was some decent Aurora Borealis activity. Click here to see Polar bear photos from my previous tours. You can follow my travels on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram and see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com. I will be providing updates on the tour as time, condition and WiFi signal permit.