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Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EOS 1D X

Sensor Quality Claims and Reality

How does sensor quality compare to the Canon 5D Mark III? Is there disappointing banding and streaking noise at low ISO as seen with the 5DM3?

Canon’s press release suggests that expectations should be high:

The EOS-1D X employs a completely new imaging sensor, producing the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera to date for stunning portraiture and studio work.

The new 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor utilizes large pixels - 1.25 microns larger than those in the EOS-1D Mark IV sensor and .55 microns larger than those in the EOS 5D Mark II sensor - together with gapless microlenses to achieve enhanced light gathering efficiency, higher sensitivity and less noise at the pixel level.

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