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Canon announces the 1D X Mark II, a flagship pro camera with 4K video

Just as Nikon announced the successor to its four-year-old flagship pro camera at CES a few weeks ago, Canon has done the same today. The EOS-1D X Mark II is Canon's answer to the D5, targeting professional sports photographers and photojournalists with a fast-shooting body designed to work in challenging conditions.

The camera has a full-frame 20.2-megapixel sensor; can shoot up to 14 fps with autofocus and 16 without; has a native ISO range of 100-51200 with expanded sensitivity of up to 409600; and can capture 4K video up to 60 frames per second. There's a sharper 1.62 million-dot 3.2-inch screen, a new autofocus system with 61 points (41 cross-type), and built-in GPS. The rugged body design is almost unchanged from 2012's original 1D X.

All of this is to say that pro Canon shooters who push their cameras to the edge have a new most wanted. The 1D X Mark II will be out in April for $5,999 body-only, and Canon is also selling a bundle with a 64GB CFast card and reader for $6,299. The new Wi-Fi adapter, meanwhile, will set you back another $600.

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