Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review

The EOS-1D X II was a camera ahead of its time, and with the new EOS-1D X III on the way, prices are starting to fall...

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II review
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With the EOS-1D X Mark III coming, the existing Mark II version might sound like yesterday's news. But you don't have to spend too much time checking the specs to realise that the EOS-1D X Mark II was a camera ahead of its time. It pales against the new Mark III, to be sure, but judged in isolation, the Mark II is still an extremely powerful camera, and as prices start to fall, its appeal will only grow.


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    14/16fps continuous shooting

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    170-shot raw buffer

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    4K 60p video


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    Still expensive, even today

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    Uses CFast card format

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    20MP resolution only just enough

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Four years is a long time in digital photography, but that's how long ago the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II was launched (we're writing this in 2020). You'd expect any four-year-old camera to have tech straight out of the stone age, but the EOS-1D X Mark II has capabilities that any enthusiast – and many pros – will lust after even now. 

It shows that the camera features are not necessarily limited by what's technically possible, but by how much the market is prepared to pay. Either way, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has for a long time remained one of the best professional cameras you can buy, even if its price excludes it from our list of the best DSLR cameras all round.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at