Canon announces the launch of the EOS 1DX and the C300 - a new cinema video camera

Canon have been relatively quiet with their DSLR rollout but its been well worth the wait with the 1DXannouncement of the 18 megapixel EOS 1DX which will surely entice most Canon pros to upgrade to the new model once its out in March since it's a full frame camera that shoots 12-14 frames per second.

Canon's achilles heel has been their focusing and they have pulled all stops to address users complaints with a new 61-point autofocus system that early reviewers have been impressed with because of its ability to focus on subjects very quickly even in low lighting conditions.

Other improvements come in the body and ergonomics especially in regards to button layout and controls when switching from horizontal to vertical grips.   

The key specs of the 1DX are:

- 18mp CMOS sensor
- 12-14fps 
- ISO 100-51200 (but can go to 50 in the low end and 204,800 at the high end)
- 61 autofocus points
-  Full 1080HD Video recording up to 29:59 minutes without interruption

The camera is priced at US$6800 and is expected to ship in March 2012 so we should get it in the ME region sometime right after that.

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