When I was choosing a video camera to buy this year, it was dizzying just thinking through all the choices available out there, but after using the Canon 1DX Mark II for a commercial shoot, I saw all the features I wanted in an everyday camera.
The cameras vertical grip makes it easy to hold the body, while its internal image stabilization makes slow motion shots look smooth as butter, plus the full frame camera fit with all my other EF Canon lenses.
Video is my primary focus, so having 4K video that can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and clear sharpness was irresistible.
The box came with a Canon camera strap, an LP-E19 battery, a charger, solution disks, and instructions.
As mentioned this is a 4K DSLR with smooth AF, but another big pro is that it can shoot up to 120 fps on video in 1080p. Although there's a small crop, the flawless stabilization and is unmatched by any DSLR or Mirrorless camera out there.
The battery lasts over 6 hours (we tested a few different situations), with two safely lasting you a full day. The touch screen AF has quick tracking and an ISO range of 100-51200, which means less noise in video and photos you take.
One of my favorite features is the weather resistant body for rainy and dusty conditions, something I've always worried about when using my Canon 5D Mark III.
One aspect this camera is lacking is an articulating screen, which would be better than having an additional monitor on set.
Though the batteries last long, their large size takes up space, and comes with a price... LP-E19 batteries range from $160-$190.
Another drawback for me was the need for CFast cards. Not an SD, or Compact Flash, these cards are expensive at $170+. Given the price of the additional batteries and cards, the extra cash needed might be a bit pricey for some. But there is a light at the end of this tunnel, as CFast card adapters are available.
IS IT WORTH IT?
This isn't a camera I recommend for beginners, but it's user friendly layout will help anyone learn with practice. With a market price of $5,500+ this camera might also seem expensive, but with used and refurbished options out there that can save you $1000+, you can cover the additional costs for batteries and cards. With Canon's next edition rumored to be dropping in 2020, getting these amazing qualities in one camera without dropping the full price is definitely worth it.
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