So, there were a lot of “meh!” comments I read around the web about the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and win many ways, they're right.
But there are also some good and bad things that we've learned that you should know about the video side of this new beast.
this is updated from what the other Dual-Pixel AF cams – this looks awesome! They've added software that enhances the AF and reduces many of the complaints I've heard from filmmakers (Barry)
There's a “servo af” function (see 4:00 in the clip) with two modes – Face + Tracking and FlexiZone AF (which is available in 80% of the screen). And you can adjust the speed of the AF with ‘Movie Servo AF speed'… do you want it to zip or move more slowly (or anywhere in between). This is awesome to be able to set!
Plus there's ‘Movie Servo AF Tracking Sensitivity' which will alleviate many complaints I heard… “what if someone walks in front of the subject and ‘grabs' the focus?” – this setting will let you decide whether that can happen or not!
They've enhanced face tracking as well to include human bodies when faces aren't recognized… so sports for example the camera ‘should' recognize and focus on people before it would focus on objects. Sounds like fun testing. Oh, and they've improved tracking of objects by recognizing its color.
I note that at 5:40, Brent mentions that “one shot” AF is available during shooting! That will be nice. I don't recall that being on other cameras before (or am I getting lost in so many cameras with different features?).
Note too at 6:26 there's mention of assigning the turning on and off of Movie Servo AF to a button on the camera. This would let you use a button somewhat like a touch of the LCD to change focus if you want… best seen in the video.
It seems the only thing that is “touch” on this camera is focussing… according to imaging-resource, it is ONLY active in Live View! why oh why did they completely ignore the touch menus? Gosh, I can hear the Canon reps saying “professionals don't want touch access to menus” – but geez… so many cameras have it now, why would pros NOT want it? Give me the option to turn it on! I have to say to me, this is stupid. It would only make the camera better to have optional touch access to drive menus!Have you seen the AF tests for the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II? Filmmakers don't AF? Click To Tweet The new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the ultimate 4k video machine... right? Click To Tweet
Motion JPEG and formats:
Motion JPEG 4k is not people's favorite. But the bitrates are high… “up to a whopping 800Mbps at 60 fps (500Mbps at regular frame rates)” according to NewsShooter.
HD AVCHD/H.264 – .mov (ALLI or IPB) or .mp4 (only as IPB) (which gives easier to share video)
But also note, the 4k is shot at a 1.3 crop factor (but doesn't do pixel binning like the 5D3):
One thing that surprised me: Tho there is HDMI out, it is only 1080HD (10:50 in the video) – the 4k is ONLY recordable internally! Huh? Maybe it is an HDMI restriction? Well we know that's not true, other cameras do it.
This is a real shame. Many other cameras have this capability but they've left it out?
I bashed Canon for no wifi in the quick video Barry and I did on the night of the announcement, but I talked with a friend who says that Canon engineers told him that getting wifi out of a body like this is very difficult and most photographers don't need it… and that pros want accurate wifi and are willing to have the dongle.
So, that's what I've learned about the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II… i'd love to have one… and my birthday comes up in May… hint hint.
Here's Canon's video about video:
So, is it worth it?
Time for you to let me know what you think… is this the best 4k video camera on the market? (Well, I saw it in youtube comments so it must be true! HAHA)
I know that when I held the Canon EOS-1D X (thanks again to B&H for the loaner years ago), it felt to me like the camera I'd always wanted. The photos were amazing and it just feels like what a DSLR should feel like. Not one of these tiny ass little mirrorless things. A real camera.
And oh, the photos were just stunning (well, the photographer had something to do with it right?)
So I expect there are a lot of photographers who are chomping at the bit to get this.
But will filmmakers?
Abraham Joffee certainly showed excitement for the low light video he shot in the video above!
Tell me why or why not below!
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)