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Canon updates firmware for EOS-1D X

By dpreview staff on Jan 10, 2014 at 17:03 GMT

Canon has released firmware version 2.0.3 for its flagship EOS-1D X full-frame DSLR. The update improves accuracy and versatility to AF and exposure systems, as well as adding significant customization options.  

Some of the new features include:            

  • Initial AF point selection and 61-point auto selection AF synchronization
  • AF point switching according to camera orientation
  • Improved low-light performance
  • Expanded minimum shutter speed in auto ISO
Source: Canon

Comments

Total comments: 72
sneakyracer
By sneakyracer (3 months ago)

Canon, Where is the 1DSX???

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Joze Suhadolnik
By Joze Suhadolnik (3 months ago)

Can anyone tell me how to avoid reddish tone over all files made with 1D X?

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jtan163
By jtan163 (3 months ago)

Call me a cynic - I find it a little suspicious within a week of the D4s announcement Canon has firmware that can improve the low light performance of the sensor that has been in people's 1DX's for some time now.
And AF with the same AF hardware.

Still bravo for Canon releasing it at all.
I sooooo suspect my EM5 might be able to implement a number of EM1 features (focus peaking leaps to mind - given that a their seems to be software in th ecamera already that can identify the in focus edges), but I fear Oly will never release an update with new features now.

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

this firmware has been announced for sometime and it was expected to be released at this time, no news. How about the suspiciousness to be the way around?

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D1N0
By D1N0 (3 months ago)

looks like a samsung p&s :p

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (3 months ago)

I'm actually having major problems focusing now... Specially in low light or no contrast images. :(
I haven't even touched any settings.
Can the firmware be reinstalled? I know I can't go back...
Anyone has problems too?

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michonn
By michonn (3 months ago)

Hi I have diferent experience after upgrade the firmware. AF in Al servo now is much better in low light. Do you you have a problem with al servo or single AF in low light ?

Comment edited 51 seconds after posting
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clicstudio
By clicstudio (3 months ago)

I use OneShot AF… I never had any problems. Now there is focus hunt and the overall focusing speed is slower… :(

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michonn
By michonn (3 months ago)

Wowww this is very weird did u contacted to canon people ?

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raincoat
By raincoat (3 months ago)

try clearing all your settings to defaults

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michonn
By michonn (3 months ago)

I recommend to upgrade your firmware again. Mine 1DX is like a beast after upgrading this firmware 2.0.3

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (3 months ago)

I am reinstalling the firmware again. If it doesn't work I will reset the camera to factory settings. Will I lose the actuation count by doing so?

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Mikael Risedal
By Mikael Risedal (3 months ago)

tell me, how can any make a AF review and declare a winner?
D4 and D1x with all parameters included would take a month to discover, and then a test that we all can repeat

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

the real winner is the photographer who can tune either of the two to get the most out of it and it suits his own needs best

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hikerdoc
By hikerdoc (3 months ago)

So, a 1Dx user wishes to improve AF performance he/she logs onto the Canon site to download a firmware upgrade. A D4 user wishes to improve AF performance he/she logs onto the B&H site and buys a new body at a cost likely north of $6k.

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ihv
By ihv (3 months ago)

While seemingly correct, Canon had major problems with the 1D3 and 1D4. Just a moment in time doesn't always tell the whole story.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (3 months ago)

What's wrong with the D4 AF ? Some users reported it as being "perfect". If yours is faulty you might try and take the camera to Nikon and have it checked.

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raincoat
By raincoat (3 months ago)

So, a camera maker gains loyal fans by making faulty AF system firmware then later fixes it with a firmware upgrade?
I guess you believe those banner ads that give you software that doubles your CPU speed too?

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

no faulty focus with 1DX, it simply got improved. I have to give credits to Canon for giving firmware upgrades that are much more than just fixes, they are often performance and operational improvements. This is not the first major improvement (remember the focus points light and f8 compatibility?) for the 1DX. The 5DMKII and 7D got also quite a boost from firmware upgrades. At least is not starting calling new camera models as software updates with incremental naming (i.e. D610).

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JDThomas
By JDThomas (3 months ago)

@armandino: The D610 wasn't an incremental software (or more concisely, firmware) update. The D610 was a hardware update. The D610 has a different shutter mechanism and mirror box than the D600.

If you're going to rag on a camera company at least get your facts straight.

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

@JDThomas I am well aware of it. The facts are that Nikon released an updated camera within one year from its previous version to fix an hardware problem and leave who bought the previous version in the darkness. Do you own a D600 with dust and oil issues? I think your tone would be different if you did.

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jase
By jase (3 months ago)

Devils advocate: Why review them, they will both be very good, they sell in relatively small numbers and are both hugely expensive. The professionals will buy whichever system they already have if they feel they have to update and the amateurs with deep pockets will do the same. Neither will lie likely to click through the links on the DP Review pages when they decide to buy.

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (3 months ago)

... And another year went by and DPR still hasn't bother to review the 2 flagship Canon and Nikon cameras...

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Revenant
By Revenant (3 months ago)

The main purpose of a review is to help consumers make an informed choice. The people who are in the market for high end professional cameras are usually already deeply entrenched in the system of their choice, and aren't likely to need that help.

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mgblack74
By mgblack74 (3 months ago)

The first thing people do around here when a review is done is complain how off the mark DPR is on said review. A very very good place to read reviews is the user review section of B&H. Search product and click on reviews. It's by actual real world users. The detailed technical stuff is great to sit and sip coffee over but if you want a quick summary of what people like and dislike you can beat user reviews.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (3 months ago)

B&H reviews can be helpful except that so many are written by people clearly too inexperienced to know how to evaluate the kit they have. Breathless exclamations of joy written ten minutes after the opening of the box does not constitute a valid review.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (3 months ago)

It's hard to review high end cameras. The sensor performances is not better than cheaper models with similar sensor size. It's more about custom settings, different AF settings performance under different light condition or situation. How fast to get from point A to point B. A lot of that also has something to do with personal preference?

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (3 months ago)

Revenant, I don't agree. Some Prosumers with 5DIII's and D700's might be looking to upgrade to the flagships. A good review will let them know if it's worth it or not. Side by side comparisons and a thorough test will show the benefits of such a camera. This is not a site for beginners only. What bothers me is that DPR has been concentrating on other things and not reviews. These 2 cameras are far more important than the $200 point and shoots, although they sell in lesser quantities and the point and shoots are the bread and butter of the companies, these 2 are the ones that are really Pro. It makes no sense to concentrate efforts on a gimmick camera like the nikon Df and not pay attention to the successors to the highest rated (89%) cameras in DPR's history.

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raincoat
By raincoat (3 months ago)

They don't need reviews. Anyone at that level should know that the micro differences in gear doesn't make a difference. If switching brands at the top level really improves your photos, then either your skill is not up to scratch or you're that 0.000001% niche user.

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

Nevertheless I really enjoyed these reviews and I miss them. I wish there were also MF reviews!

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borno
By borno (3 months ago)

Ignore must only work in the forums

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Mikael Risedal
By Mikael Risedal (3 months ago)

where is my high resolution camera from Canon, with great DR and color resolution, no spray a pray 12pictures/sec photographer

https://picasaweb.google.com/106266083120070292876/ZeissOtusAt14MaybeTheBest5060mmLensEverMade?authkey=Gv1sRgCOCB46_Bl_ju6gE

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (3 months ago)

To me the future is Dynamic Range. Instead of dual pixels for focusing, give me a 12PM dual sensor camera with one sensor for shadows and one for highlights to finally be able to see what our eyes see and not a limited range.
I can't believe that a $7000 has the same DR of a $200 camera.
Spending that kind of money shouldn't only give you better pixel quality but at least double the DR of cheap cameras.
Whoever gets this, will eventually own the market.
Video cameras, with lower MP counts, can achieve better DR. That is the future IMHO.

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

you got to give room to future development. What is left to the 1DX that does not have? Brands still need to sell their future models to survive

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michael19843
By michael19843 (3 months ago)

I'm kind of hoping Canon will release a new full frame camera with a sensor to challenge Sony's übermensch. Maybe in 2015.....

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (3 months ago)

What does potential Canon competition for the Nikon D800 have to do with the Canon 1DX? The 1DX is competition for the Nikon D4.

Canon already has a higher pixel count full framed DSLR, called the 5D III.

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michael19843
By michael19843 (3 months ago)

For those with a lack of cognitive skills the Canon sensors are dire. No one is remotely interested in a firmware upgrade to the 1DX. Nice try by Canon though. Maybe a pinch lens cap or another pointless firmware upgrade to the Mark III will be next.

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Ramjager
By Ramjager (3 months ago)

I guess Michael the best camera you have ever used is an Iphone to based on that assesment.
Given the 1Dx has the best hi ISO sensor in every aspect on the market(face facts the 1Dx spends most of its life at ISO's greater than 1200), the best AF in all conditions( a quick look at the huge number of complaints about the D4 AF system on boards and sidelines), best lens line up( lets face it who want to carry an extra 2kg with your Nikon 600F4),highest fps(cream on top only for some but important for some others),but hey i dont like pinch lens caps..but i do own the best sports action camera on the market the 1Dx..maybe dpr should compare the Iphone against it to and see how badly it performs against hi speed targets like glaciers and hi rise buildings.

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Revenant
By Revenant (3 months ago)

"For those with a lack of cognitive skills the Canon sensors are dire."

The Canon sensors are only dire to people who care more about lab tests, numbers and pixel-peeping, than about pictures and real-life photography. The lens you use, and your photographic skills and technique, have a much greater impact on the final image, than the sensor. Lab tests tend to exaggerate differences between sensors, that is often not noticeable in practice.

"No one is remotely interested in a firmware upgrade to the 1DX."

I'm sure those who actually own the camera think otherwise.

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michonn
By michonn (3 months ago)

Hi , just ignore this troll, I own the 1DX and Im very happy with the new firmware, the AF in al servo is better ( snappier, faster ) I had many problems before but now i can see that it all works better. The 1Dx's sensor to me is very good, the WB balance is also very good. I had the D4 in my hand before i purchased the 1DX and I wasn't very impressed.

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

I agree, white balance on this camera is really good, best of any I ever had. I also agree that unless needing to work with HDR all the time, or some screwed up exposure, Canon sensor is fine in terms of dynamic range. 1DX sensor is not in the same league as the 5DMKIII or any other Canon sensor either. I find it handles pulling shadows far better and better colours in the high iso range

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AJorger
By AJorger (3 months ago)

PLEASE CANON come out for the 70D.
Since we do not do well at first, now correct

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jase
By jase (3 months ago)

Now if they head said the new firmware unlocks the previously unannounced in body image stabilisation, wifi and GPS.....

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DPReview007
By DPReview007 (3 months ago)

Still no Auto ISO when you use flash... Puzzling.

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new boyz
By new boyz (3 months ago)

ISO is not part of an exposure, hahahaha....

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Jogger
By Jogger (3 months ago)

This is a true, professional tool.Well done Canon.

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Murilo Gomes NT
By Murilo Gomes NT (3 months ago)

It would be nice having a new firmware update from Nikon, too. A full 6 fps burst with my D7100 (instead of 5fps), using Lossless compressed 14-bit RAW, would be a start.

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raincoat
By raincoat (3 months ago)

How exactly would that happen? Can you upgrade a 3Ghz CPU to 4Ghz via firmware? Can you upgrade a 16GB SD card to 32GB via firmware? Can you upgrade a 30cm ruler to 40cm via firmware?

Does anyone NOT find it strange that the performance of the AF hardware can be changed via firmware?

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rrccad
By rrccad (3 months ago)

software algorithms can certainly be improved upon by changing firmware.

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jtan163
By jtan163 (3 months ago)

You can invent new mthods of use to use a 30cm ruler to measure a 40cm line, you can as pointed out, optimise code to get better performance for a given application on a given cpu, and part of that might be improved compression which lets you store the same data in half the space.

Not saying it is possible with the D7100 but it seems likely.

For example the pathetic 3 frame bracket in my D7000 is almost certainly an artificially constrained feature.

Deleting the number 3 in the loop test and inserting the number 7 would almost certainly be a 30 second edit.

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Carlos Loff
By Carlos Loff (3 months ago)

Bring the 7D Mark II so Nikon brings the D400 - So far Canon waited for CES to launch 2 compacts and a Firmware ???

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325xia
By 325xia (3 months ago)

A great update. Installed on my 1D X last night. Feels like a new camera again. One of the first to get my 1D X in the States. Way back in mid 2011. Serial No. under 100.

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RPJG
By RPJG (3 months ago)

Cool story bro.

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325xia
By 325xia (3 months ago)

Thanks sis

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clicstudio
By clicstudio (3 months ago)

what part of the serial are you looking at, if I may ask? The last 3 digits? Mine ends in 778… Can u advise? Thanx

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325xia
By 325xia (3 months ago)

Yes. The last digits. The preceding are all zeros, except some letters.

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Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (3 months ago)

According to FredMiranda they also added exposure comp when using manual mode and Auto ISO which is pretty sweet.

Does "AF point switching according to camera orientation" mean that if I select an AF point on the right side of the AF layout when shooting landscape and than turn the camera to portrait than the AF point will still be on the right side (not the top or bottom as they would if the points stayed "frozen")? If so that's a pretty sweet feature too.

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TimR32225
By TimR32225 (3 months ago)

Orientation linked focus points is something that the camera has had from the start. The update is just a variation on that.

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Photo Pete
By Photo Pete (3 months ago)

A firmware update prompted by the upcoming Nikon D4s no doubt.

Always makes me wonder why such features weren't in the original firmware... but reassuring ongoing support nontheless.

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Michael H
By Michael H (3 months ago)

No, Canon announced the firmware upgrade a few months ago.

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Zvonko
By Zvonko (3 months ago)

the Nikon D4s should've been a firmware upgrade announcement.

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michonn
By michonn (3 months ago)

The nikon D4s is a RIP OFF for nikon users who got the D4 in the middle of 2012 !! Thanks God Canon made a very good step with an oustanding firmware!!!

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xtralight
By xtralight (3 months ago)

The D4 had the same "upgrades" long before the 1Dx. It was about time Canon!!!

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RPJG
By RPJG (3 months ago)

Michonn, the D4S release doesn't make your D4 any less capable.

Do you propose something ridiculous, like a minimum timeframe before vendors are allowed to release new products?

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michonn
By michonn (3 months ago)

Im using the 1DX

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

I am glad that Canon does not have 2 years model refresh cycle, these bodies loose value fast enough already

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raincoat
By raincoat (3 months ago)

I'm sure michonn doesn't actually own a camera. Who owns a flagship and spends their time whining about unimportant things? Next thing michonn will ask for a firmware update that increases the MP count of the sensor.

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jtan163
By jtan163 (3 months ago)

I believe unpredictable release cycles hurt sales more than help them.
I think people choose not to upgrade until they absolutely have to, because they fear that the latest and greatest might be replaced sooner rather than later.

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michonn
By michonn (3 months ago)

To raincoat - u r silly man ;) Im not spending time for whining here about unimportant things. The new firmware is very important and because I actually own the 1DX I can share my thoughts. Before u comment stupid things go and do some reaserch in this forum. There is a 1D, 5D, 6D forum for people who own the flagship camera and I posted some pictures that u can easily find

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armandino
By armandino (3 months ago)

perfect timing, I just got a 1DX 2 days ago!

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canon20s
By canon20s (3 months ago)

PLEASE come out for the 5DIII.
PLEASE!!!!

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ybizzle
By ybizzle (3 months ago)

The 1DX...Unmatched performance with a price to match!

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Total comments: 72