Canon EOS 1D X - Sleek Design

Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR Review (Podcast 341)

Last week, on June 20, I was one of the lucky few in Japan to receive a phone call to let me know that my Canon EOS 1D X Digital SLR camera was ready to pick up, on the day of its launch. Having spent a lot of time with...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Ricky Jones
    Posted at 21:48h, 27 June

    Excellent review, very well done.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:05h, 27 June

      Thanks Ricky! I’m pleased you enjoyed it.

  • Ciprian Trofin
    Posted at 22:47h, 27 June

    Thank you for sharing.

    By any chance, does 1DX allow exposure compensation in Auto ISO mode?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:15h, 27 June

      Hi Ciprian,

      In Av or Tv modes, yes, you can do Exposure Compensation with Auto-ISO. In Av mode the shutter speed goes down to the slowest set in the Auto-ISO shutter speed range, before the ISO starts to crank up. In Tv mode, the camera will go to the widest aperture on the lens before cranking the ISO, though you can set a smaller maximum aperture if you want to avoid that.

      In Manual mode, you select both shutter speed and aperture, and the old camera controlled variable is Auto-ISO, and there’s no Exposure Compensation. The camera basically changes ISO to achieve what it think the exposure should be, at zero.

      Hope this helps!

  • Ryan Lim
    Posted at 22:56h, 27 June

    Very informative! Well Done!

  • Bushkape
    Posted at 23:13h, 27 June

    Thank you very much for your review!
    I really want to explore the raw files from 1Dx and 5DIII on 100, 1600 and 6400 ISO.
    You can download the raw files(with sunflower) on file sharing?

    Thank you!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:56h, 27 June

      Hi Bushkape,

      What you see here is basically the RAW files processed with the default Lightroom 4 settings, only converted to JPEG for viewing here. I can’t really make six RAW files available, as that would cripple my server.



  • Joseph
    Posted at 23:27h, 27 June

    Beautiful review. Best one available.

    What’s your off-the-cuff impression of the raw files? Are they also a stop better than the 5d3 raw files?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:51h, 27 June

      Thanks Joseph.

      The shots that you see here are basically untouched, with just the default Lightroom 4 processing. LR4 of course improves them some, but that’s the base I use for my tests. I don’t see much point in taking it any lower than that, as I process everything in LR4 or ACR.


  • Roberto Farren | Boston Photographer
    Posted at 23:36h, 27 June

    Great review, very interesting read and nice to see the comparison against the 5d3. Cheers, Roberto

  • Sabyasachi Patra
    Posted at 23:41h, 27 June

    Nice review. I was first stumped when I changed the AF point and it didn’t get highlighted by the redlight, then realised that it is different than the Mark IV. I hope Canon will correct it. Good to see that you had success with the hovering Kingfisher.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:53h, 27 June

      Yes, it got me at first too Sabyasachi. I thought it was a setting problem until I found information on this on Canon Rumors.

      The Kingfisher was magical. I can’t wait to continue working with this camera!


  • Sandrino | CuevaDesigns
    Posted at 00:05h, 28 June

    Love the review and I am waiting for my 1DX to come in.