Ok guys, i've had time to sleep, Here are my complete thoughts on the 1D X
First off, I like it, its a gigantic step foreward, everything about it is new, and thats nice...some highlights to me:
- New sensor seems targeted right between the D3S and the D3X, More pixels than the S for wedding photogs needing to make large prints, but less than the X to keep noise controlled nicely, Very cool
- New metering system with a 100,000 pixel RGB matrix(253 zones in most situations VS 63), This sounds MUCH more like Nikon's meter..Hopefully it works as well
- New AF system, Wow, that seems like a lot of cross type points and that...Very nice system, hopefully it performs as well as it looks (And i dont doubt it)
- AF Microadjust, Now you can adjust both ends of the zoom range by different amounts, Thats a cool feature right there... Hopefully this one trickles down the line fast
- 3.2" Rear Screen, Cool, wish it was articulating but i understand that its not because of the 1D X needing absurd durability
- Controls, Wow, I like this, vertical joystick FINALLY for focus point selection Also like the FOUR buttons on the front of the camera that seem to be assignable to DoF preview/etc...Also good to see a set for vertical orientation
Overall this is very much like what I said when i proclaimed the 1-series would be combined into a single camera, The One Camera To Rule Them All, and this seems like it is that, it seems like a camera you can take to any situation and it will perform perfectly in that situation, and at $6800, its really not that bad when you consider a 1Ds III sold for $7000-8000 at one time....
Now, this is a good thing, if I'm right, then this means Canon is likely going to start incorporating more features into the 7DII and 5DIII
I expect the 5D Mark IIs successor will be a higher resolution (Perhaps 32-36mp) Studio/Landscape camera, it will have a bit higher durability than the previous 5DII, New AF system, probubly a refinement of the 19 point system in the 7D using tech from the 1D X
The 7D's successor will be even more tailored to the wildlife and action shooting set, for those of us who want a 1.6x crop or who simply cant afford the 1DX, Probubly remain at 18mp, but refined a bit for better high ISO performance, the AF system will likely use imporvements from the 1D X and I hope it has smaller AF points and is more discerning than the current one (And yes, For the 600 Billionth Time I know about Spot AF, and I STILL feel Spot AF is not discerning enough..)
And I expect we will indeed see a new cheaper FF SLR, I predict the 5DIII will move up a little in price (Like the Rumored D800) which leaves a spot to put an affordable FF SLR in the lineup...