Canon EOS 1D X Coming on March 2012

Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. has just announced today the achievement of two major manufacturing milestones: combined production of film and digital EOS-series single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras surpassed the 50-million mark in September this year, and the EF series of interchangeable lenses is expected to reach the 70-million-unit milestone later this month.

Besides, what is more important is that they also announced a new flagship DSLR called Canon EOS 1D X. This is a full-frame 18-megapixel camera with three processors and greatly expanded low-light sensitivity.

In Canon’s press release about “Canon celebrates production of 50 million EOS SLR cameras, 70 million EF interchangeable lenses,” the 1D X is mentioned on the fifth paragraph: “Currently, the company offers a broad product lineup that serves the needs of all levels of users, from entry-level enthusiasts to advanced amateurs and professionals. This lineup has further expanded with the addition of the new high-performance EOS 1D X, Canon’s new flagship digital SLR camera, scheduled to go on sale in late March 2012.”

In a separate press release, it is said that the camera is offering a high level of performance to satisfy the demands of professionals in such fields as sports photography, photojournalism and studio photography.

The new Canon EOS 1D X incorporates a newly developed approximately 18.1-megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor which, in addition to achieving an optimal sensor size and pixel count balance, effectively makes use of Canon’s proprietary semiconductor technologies to ensure low-noise performance. “Featuring Dual DIGIC 5+, which comprises two new high-performance DIGIC 5+ image processors, each realizing approximately 17 times the processing power of DIGIC 4, the camera delivers exemplary image quality and speed performance, in addition to data processing power that has been greatly enhanced compared with the EOS-1D Mark IV, released in December 2009,” Canon says.

Compared with the EOS 1D Mark IV’s sensitivity range of ISO 100–12800, the EOS 1D X offers a range that has been expanded, to 100–51200 — expandable to 204,800. It is claimed that you will get outstanding imaging results with reduced noise, even when shooting indoors and other dimly lit settings.

How about the price? It seems the price has not been finalized. However, it speculated that it will be in the US$ 7000 range.

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