Canon introduced this tuesday 10/18 a new flagship / top of the line camera -- the 1D X (a full frame which replaces both the 1D APS-H sensor camera and the 1D-S full frame camera.
This camera has a full frame sensor with expanded / larger pixels for better low light / dynamic range than any previous camera
(dpreview article at http://www.dpreview.com/articles/5149972341/canon-eos-1d-x-overview )
<a href="http://www.canonrumors.com/2011/10/eos-1d-x-canon-usa-press-release/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+canonrumors%2Frss+%28Canon+Rumors%29"> (canonrumors copy of press release here)</a>
(planet 5D version with better images
This camera has 3 processors - two digic V+ and a dedicated digic IV for AF (with 61 point AF) and light metering (which has a 100,000 pixel sensor) for metering from ISO 100 to 51,200 in normal mode, down to ISO 204,800 in H2 mode (9 full f-stops normalrange). The AF has 21 point s that will work down to F 5.6, 20 that will work down to F 4.0, and all 61 work at F 2.8 - you can choose which ones you want to use via 6 modes (single point, single point with 4 surrounding, single point with all 8 surrounding, spot, zone, or auto. It also has a new "intelligent tracking" AF function to follow moving objects
Image Sensor World (http://image-sensors-world.blogspot.com/2011/10/canon-full-frame-35mm-sensor-news.html) has given this review of the
new sensor Below is a direct quote of the breakdown.
New photodiode construction has resulted in an improved photoelectric conversion rate that gives increased light sensitivity.
Improved transistors inside the pixels are said to make Signal to Noise Ratio higher
The first time that gapless microlenses have been employed on a Canon full-frame sensor.
14fps speed is achieved by a 16-channel analog output with two-vertical-pixel simultaneous readout. The 16 outputs are muxed in 4 ADCs siting on a separate image processor chip Digic 5+. It is around 1.4 times faster than the previous generation EOS-1D Mark IV and said to be a first for a 35mm full-frame digital sensor. At ISO 32,000 or higher the frame rate is reduced to 10fps.
This is the first digital camera to feature multiple exposure; it can combine up to 9 images in 4 ways Additive, Average, Bright and Dark compositing
It has a built in WIRED lan connetion with Gigabit 1000baseT connectivity (there is an optional wireless file transmitter that will also be available in March, as well as an optional GPS receiver)
Planet 5D summary focused on Video
With the 1D X we did get many advancements including the removal of the 12 minute recording time. I found it interesting that we did finally get real clarification from Canon that indeed the main reason for limiting recording time to under 30 minutes is a taxation issue in Europe. We also know that there’s still the 4gb file limit set by the file system used on the CF cards, but Canon has implemented a system that creates new files when the first one fills up – up to the 29.59 minute time limit to get under the taxation issue. We were also told that if this camera were shooting over 30 minutes of video, the price would need to increase about 30% to cover it! So I believe that the vast majority of people needing longer shooting times will be happy with this new compromise.