Touch screen innovation - conservative UI
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Touch screen innovation - conservative UI

The EOS-1D X II gains a touchscreen, which we've seen work well in conjunction with the excellent live view focus that Canon's Dual Pixel AF can bring. Sadly, and presumably in the name of backwards compatibility, its use is extremely limited.

Thus, you can customize the arrangement of the Q.Menu but can't operate it by touch. You can use the touchscreen to specify the AF position in live view mode, but the camera can't then track the subject and, unlike its Nikon counterpart, you can't double-tap to zoom nor swipe to switch images.

In fairness, the 1D X II is designed as the zenith of what the conventional DSLR can do. It's a traditional, sports-shooting super camera that will be immediately familiar to existing users of the series. But is that a reason to limit the utility of a feature that its new owners are having to pay for?