Canon EOS 1D X Mark II User Manual

Quick start guide, Preparation, Introduction safety precautions

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Quick Start Guide

Insert the battery.


To charge the battery, see page
42 of the Instruction Manual.

Insert the card.


The left slot is for CF cards, and
the right slot is for CFast cards.

Attach the lens.


Align the red mount index on
the lens with the red mount
index on the camera.

Set the lens’s focus mode
switch to <

Set the power switch to




* Shooting is possible as long as there is a CF card or CFast

card in the camera.


Room Temperature

(23°C / 73°F)

Low Temperatures

(0°C / 32°F)

Possible shots

Approx. 1210 shots

Approx. 1020 shots

Set the shooting mode to <d>.


Press the <W> button.


Look at the top LCD panel and
turn the <6> or <5> dial to
select <d>.

Image Playback

Focus on the subject.


Look through the viewfinder and aim
the viewfinder center over the subject.


Press the shutter button halfway, and
the camera will focus on the subject.

Take the picture.


Press the shutter button
completely to take the picture.

Review the picture.


The image just captured will be
displayed for approx. 2 sec. on
the LCD monitor.


To display the image again,
press the <x> button.





Number of Possible Shots


Menu Operations

Image Quality Settings


Picture Style

Menu items



Main tabs

Secondary tabs

1. Press the <M> button to display the menu.
2. Each time you press the <Q> button, the main tab will switch.
3. Turn the <6> dial to select a secondary tab, then turn the <5> dial to

select the desired item.

4. Press <0> to display the setting.
5. Turn the <5> dial to set the item, then press <0>.

Image size


Select [z

2: Img type/size], then press <0>.


Turn the <6> or the <5> dial to select the image size, then

press <0>.


Select [z

1]: [Picture Style], then

press <0>.


Select a Picture Style, then press





Color tones optimized for the particular scene.



Vivid colors and sharp images




Nice skin tones and slightly sharp images.



Vivid blue skies and greenery and very sharp images.


Fine Detail

Detailed outline and fine texture.


Monochrome Black-and-white images.


For <S> (Neutral) and <U> (Faithful), refer to the camera's
instruction manual.





<Q> button

<0> button

<5> Quick

Control Dial

<6> Main Dial

Image size


Possible shots
RAW: Turn the <6> dial to select

the quality.
JPEG: turn the <5> dial to select

the quality.


Quick Guide


Safety Precautions

The following precautions are provided to prevent harm or injury to yourself and

others. Make sure to thoroughly understand and follow these precautions before using

the product.

If you experience any malfunctions, problems, or damage to the product,

contact the nearest Canon Service Center or the dealer from whom you

purchased the product.


Follow the warnings below. Otherwise, death or

serious injuries may result.

To prevent fire, excessive heat, chemical leakage, explosions, and electrical

shock, follow the safeguards below:

• Do not use any batteries, power sources, or accessories not specified in the

Instruction Manual. Do not use any home-made or modified batteries, or the

product if it is damaged.

• Do not short-circuit, disassemble, or modify the battery. Do not apply heat

or solder to the battery. Do not expose the battery to fire or water. Do not

subject the battery to strong physical shock.

• Do not insert the battery’s plus and minus ends incorrectly.

• Do not recharge the battery in temperatures outside the allowable charging

(working) temperature range. Also, do not exceed the recharge time indicated in

the Instruction Manual.

• Do not insert any foreign metallic objects into the electrical contacts of the

camera, accessories, connecting cables, etc.

When disposing of a battery, insulate the electrical contacts with tape. Contact

with other metallic objects or batteries may cause a fire or an explosion.

If excessive heat, smoke, or fumes are emitted when recharging the battery,

immediately unplug the battery charger from the power outlet to stop

recharging. Otherwise, it may cause a fire, heat damage, or electrical shock.

If the battery leaks, changes color, deforms, or emits smoke or fumes, remove

it immediately. Be careful not to get burned in the process. It may cause a fire,

electrical shock or burns if you keep using it.

Prevent any battery leakage from contacting your eyes, skin, and clothing. It

can cause blindness or skin problems. If the battery leakage comes in contact

with your eyes, skin, or clothing, flush the affected area with lots of clean water

without rubbing it. See a physician immediately.

Do not leave any cords near a heat source. It can deform the cord or melt the

insulation and cause a fire or electrical shock.

Do not hold the camera in the same position for long periods of time. Even if the

camera does not feel too hot, prolonged contact with the same body part may

cause skin redness or blistering due to low-temperature contact burns. Using a

tripod is recommended for people with circulation problems or very sensitive skin,

or when using the camera in very hot places.

Do not fire the flash at anyone driving a car or other vehicle. It may cause an


When the camera or accessories are not in use, make sure to remove the

battery and disconnect the power plug from the equipment before storing. This

is to prevent electrical shock, excessive heat, fire, and corrosion.

Do not use the equipment where there is flammable gas. This is to prevent an

explosion or a fire.

If you drop the equipment and the casing breaks open to expose the internal

parts, do not touch the exposed internal parts. There is a possibility of an

electrical shock.

Do not disassemble or modify the equipment. High-voltage internal parts can

cause electrical shock.

Do not look at the sun or an extremely bright light source through the camera or

lens. Doing so may damage your vision.

Keep equipment out of the reach of children and infants, including when in use.

Straps or cords may accidentally cause choking, electrical shock, or injury.

Choking or injury may also occur if a child or infant accidentally swallows a

camera part or accessory. If a child or infant swallows a part or accessory,

consult a physician immediately.

Do not use or store the equipment in dusty or humid places. Likewise, keep the

battery away from metallic items and store it with its protective cover attached to

prevent short-circuit. This is to prevent fire, excessive heat, electrical shock, and


Before using the camera inside an airplane or hospital, check if it is allowed.

Electromagnetic waves emitted by the camera may interfere with the plane’s

instruments or the hospital’s medical equipment.

To prevent a fire and electrical shock, follow the safeguards below:

• Always insert the power plug all the way in.

• Do not handle a power plug with wet hands.

• When unplugging a power plug, grasp and pull the plug instead of the cord.

• Do not scratch, cut, or excessively bend the cord or put a heavy object on

the cord. Also do not twist or tie the cords.

• Do not connect too many power plugs to the same power outlet.

• Do not use a cord whose wire is broken or insulation is damaged.

Unplug the power plug periodically and clean off the dust around the power outlet with

a dry cloth. If the surrounding is dusty, humid, or oily, the dust on the power outlet may

become moist and short-circuit the outlet, causing a fire.

Do not connect the battery directly to an electrical outlet or a car’s cigarette lighter

outlet. The battery may leak, generate excessive heat or explode, causing fire,

burns, or injuries.

A thorough explanation of how to use the product by an adult is required when the

product is used by children. Supervise children while they are using the product.

Incorrect usage may result in electrical shock or injury.

Do not leave a lens or lens-attached camera in the sun without the lens cap

attached. Otherwise, the lens may concentrate the sun’s rays and cause a fire.

Do not cover or wrap the product with a cloth. Doing so may trap heat within and

cause the casing to deform or catch fire.

Be careful not to get the camera wet. If you drop the product in the water or if

water or metal get inside the product, promptly remove the battery. This is to

prevent fire, electrical shock, and burns.

Do not use paint thinner, benzene, or other organic solvents to clean the product.

Doing so may cause fire or a health hazard.


Follow the cautions below. Otherwise, physical

injury or property damage may result.

Do not use or store the product in a high-temperature location such as inside

a car under the hot sun. The product may become hot and cause burns.

Doing so may also cause battery leakage or explosion, which will degrade the

performance or shorten the life of the product.

Do not carry the camera around when it is attached to a tripod. Doing so may

cause an injury or an accident. Also make sure the tripod is sturdy enough to

support the camera and lens.

Do not leave the product in a low-temperature environment for an extended

period of time. The product will become cold and may cause injury when


Do not fire the flash near the eyes. It may hurt the eyes.

Never play the provided CD-ROM in a drive that is not compatible with the

CD-ROM. If you use it in a music CD player, you may damage the speakers and

other components. When using headphones, there is also a risk of injury to your

ears from excessively loud volume.

While listening with headphones, do not change the sound-recording settings.

Doing so may cause a blast of loud sound that will hurt your ears.

Instruction manuals (PDF files) and software can

be downloaded from the Canon website.

The EOS-1D X Mark II (G) is a digital single-lens reflex camera featuring a full-

frame CMOS sensor (approx. 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm) with approx. 20.2 effective

megapixels, Dual DIGIC 6+, normal ISO speed range of ISO 100 - ISO 51200,

viewfinder with approx. 100% field of view coverage, high-precision and high-

speed 61-point AF (up to 41 cross-type AF points), maximum continuous shooting

speed of approx. 14.0 fps during viewfinder shooting or approx. 16.0 fps during

Live View shooting, 3.2-inch (approx. 1.62 million dots) LCD monitor, Live View

shooting, 4K 59.94p/50.00p movie shooting, High Frame Rate movie shooting

(Full HD at 119.9p/100.0p), Dual-Pixel CMOS AF, and GPS function.

Item Check List

Before starting, check that all the following items are included with your camera. If

anything is missing, contact your dealer.


(with body cap and battery

compartment cap)

Battery Pack


(with protective cover)

Eyecup Eg

Battery Charger


(with protective cover)

Wide Strap

Interface Cable


Cable protector

* Attach the Eyecup Eg to the viewfinder eyepiece.

* Be careful not to lose any of the above items.

Instruction Manuals


Instruction manual (PDF files) download site:

Camera Instruction Manual, Wired LAN Instruction Manual, and Software

Instruction Manuals

Handling Precautions

Camera Care

This camera is a precision instrument. Do not drop it or subject it to physical shock.

The camera is not waterproof and cannot be used underwater. If you accidentally

drop the camera into water, promptly consult the nearest Canon Service Center.

Wipe off any water droplets with a dry and clean cloth. If the camera has been

exposed to salty air, wipe it with a clean, well-wrung wet cloth.

Never leave the camera near anything having a strong magnetic field such as a

magnet or electric motor. Also, avoid using or leaving the camera near anything

emitting strong radio waves, such as a large antenna. Strong magnetic fields can

cause camera misoperation or destroy image data.

Do not leave the camera in excessive heat, such as in a car in direct sunlight. High

temperatures can cause the camera to malfunction.

The camera contains precision electronic circuitry. Never attempt to disassemble

the camera yourself.

Do not block the mirror operation with your finger, etc. Doing so may cause a


Use only a commercially-available blower to blow away dust when it adheres to

the lens, viewfinder, reflex mirror, focusing screen, etc. Do not use cleaners that

contain organic solvents to clean the camera body or lens. For stubborn dirt, take

the camera to the nearest Canon Service Center.

Do not touch the camera’s electrical contacts with your fingers. This is to prevent

the contacts from corroding. Corroded contacts can cause camera malfunction.

If the camera is suddenly brought in from the cold into a warm room, condensation

may form on the camera and internal parts. To prevent condensation, first put the

camera in a sealed plastic bag and let it adjust to the warmer temperature before

taking it out of the bag.

If condensation forms on the camera, do not use the camera. This is to avoid damag-

ing the camera. If there is condensation, remove the lens, card and battery from the

camera, and wait until condensation has evaporated before using the camera.

If the camera will not be used for an extended period, remove the battery and store the

camera in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location. Even while the camera is in storage, press

the shutter button a few times once in a while to check that the camera is still working.

Avoid storing the camera where there are chemicals that result in rust and corrosion

such as in a chemical lab.

If the camera has not been used for an extended period, test all its functions before

using it. If you have not used the camera for some time or if there is an important shoot

such as a foreign trip coming up, have the camera checked by your nearest Canon

Service Center or check the camera yourself and make sure it is working properly.

If you use continuous shooting, Live View shooting, or movie shooting for a prolonged

period, the camera may become hot. This is not a malfunction.

If there is a bright light source inside or outside the image area, ghosting may occur.

LCD Panel and LCD Monitor

Although the LCD monitor is manufactured with very high precision technology with

over 99.99% effective pixels, there may be a few dead pixels displaying only black

or red, etc. among the remaining 0.01% or less pixels. Dead pixels are not a malfunc-

tion. They do not affect the images recorded.

If the LCD monitor is left on for a prolonged period, screen burn-in may occur where

you see remnants of what was displayed. However, this is only temporary and will

disappear when the camera is left unused for a few days.

The LCD monitor display may seem slightly slow in low temperatures, or look black

in high temperatures. It will return to normal at room temperature.


After detaching the lens from the camera, put down the lens

with the rear end up and attach the rear lens cap to avoid

scratching the lens surface and electrical contacts.



Quick Control

Electronic Level

ISO speed

Metering Mode

White Balance Correction

AF Operation

Picture Style

Shutter speed


White Balance

Auto Lighting Optimizer



/AEB setting


Press the <Q> button.



The Quick Control screen will appear.


Each time you press the <B>

button, the screen display will



Display the electronic level.


Use the <9> to select a function and press



Turn the

<5> o

r <6> dial to change some of the settings.

Drive Mode














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