|Canon EOS-1D X Mk II camera|
Last week, I returned from my South Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It was quite a successful trip and there are many close encounters with the Big Five plus other animals and birds. I have been posting some new pics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and will add new photos to my website once I have more time. Keep checking back for the latest images and you can see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com
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. The long awaited EOS-1D X Mk II model may come with 4K video. If Canon decides to include this feature, I feel it will be a mistake because it can distract from the raison d'etre of the camera, namely to be the best DSLR camera on the market for still photography.
Canon already experimented with the EOS-1D C camera, basically an EOS-1D X body, combined with enhanced video capabilities. The camera met with very limited success, especially when there are camcorders like the CinemaEOS C300 Mk II that can do a much better job at shooting videos. Canon marked down the price of the EOS-1D C and I expect them to discontinue this model some time in 2016.
You know the time for the replacement camera is near. I have seen new EOS-1D X selling for just a little over $4,000 on eBay and rumored specs are coming out of the wood works. The Autumn Silly Season has begun. Some even claim the new camera will come with WiFi and GPS, 61 AF points with all crosstype and f/8, plus even touch screen LCD.
One should pay little attention to wish lists and wild guesses. My best estimate is the EOS-1D X Mk II will come with a new sensor in the low 20MP range, powered by new Digic 6+ processors and additional processor(s) for metering and other functions. A new AF system and frame rates matching the current model but perhaps without mirror lockup and a state of the art LCD monitor.
My expectation is for Nikon to release their D5 camera first, followed by Canon. The announcement may come in Q4 of 2015 with delivery commencing Q1 of 2016. Keep checking back for the latest news and developments.