Canon Inc. Tuesday has brought out its new shooting machine, targeting those who are interested in sports-oriented photography and those who want to click high-resolution portrait pictures.

The Canon EOS-1D X will replace 1D and 1D S series of the company, offering a high level of performance to satisfy the demands of professionals in such fields as sports photography, photojournalism and studio photography.

The new 1D X's most attractive feature is the 18.1 megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor. The full-frame sensor is capable of shooting 12 frames per second.

The camera features Dual DIGIC 5+, which comprises two new high-performance DIGIC 5+ image processors-each, realizing approximately 17 times the processing power of DIGIC 4.

The camera delivers exemplary image quality and speed performance, in addition to data processing power that has been greatly enhanced compared with the EOS-1D Mark IV, released in December 2009.

One more feature that is going to make the new camera very popular among sports journalists and photographers is the new Gigabit-Ethernet connection. The option allows the user, when shooting in a stadium equipped with a LAN connection, to transfer the data to editing desk quickly.

The Canon EOS-1D X will be available in Japan from late March 2012 at an open price. Canon has set initial production at 7,000 units per month.

Specifications

*  Full Frame

*  18.1MP

*  Dual DIGIC 5+ - 17 Times The Processing Power of DIGIC 4

*  ISO 100-51200 Native

*  100,000 Pixel RGB Metering Sensor

*  EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis)

*  61 Point AF

*  21 f/5.6 Cross Type Sensors

*  20 f/4 Cross Type Sensors

*  5 f/2.8 Dual Cross Type Sensors

*  EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking & Recognition Auto Focus)

*  12 Frames Per Second

*  14 Frames Per Second JPG Only

*  400,000 Shot Rated Shutter

*  Ethernet Connection

*  March Availability