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Is the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II the Ultimate 4k Video Filmmaking Machine?

Yesterday, I found this video from Canon that explains a lot of the details of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II that are missing from the press release (see our article on the launch)

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.

Dual-pixel AF:

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.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Movie Servo Settings

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Movie Servo Settings

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.

Touch Screen:

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