Canon EOS 1D X vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS 1D X

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

75

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 1D X

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,786 ISO
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.76x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Size
Really small
Professional size (152×114×75 mm)
Thickness
Thin
3"
Weight
Light-weight
850 g
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 1D X.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 1D X

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
14 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,786 ISO vs 1,815 ISO
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The 1D X has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 1D X's maximum light sensitivity is 6 f-stops better
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Cross type focus points
Many more cross-type focus points
41 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
36 ms vs 206 ms
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5.7x less delay when taking photos
Focus points
Many more focus points
61 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.76x vs 0.71x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1500 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 1D X's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Size
Much smaller
152×114×75 mm vs 158×164×83 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.8 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Much lighter
850 g vs 1,530 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$2,038.18 vs $4,599.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,561 cheaper (2.3x less)
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 18.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              1D X0.76x
              5D Mark II0.71x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Weight Heavy Help
              1D X1,530 g
              5D Mark II850 g
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              1D X$4,599.00
              5D Mark II$2,038.18
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Size Large Help
              1D X158×164×83 mm
              5D Mark II152×114×75 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              1D X11.8 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              1D X18.1 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,935 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $1,699 body only

              $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 - $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon EOS 1D X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $3,789 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,419 - $2,997 body only

              $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5DS R

              Canon EOS 5DS R

              Pro DSLR

              $3,899 body only

              $4,250 with 50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $949 - $1,039 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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