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Canon EOS-1D X marks the full-frame, 1080p and Ethernet spot

The Canon EOS-1D X is an 18-megapixel, full-frame professional camera complete with high-definition video and an Internet connection.

X marks the spot for the latest monster dSLR from Canon. The Canon EOS-1D X is an 18-megapixel, full-frame professional camera complete with high-definition video and an Internet connection.

The 1D X boasts not one but two dual DIGIC 5 processors for super-fast processing. It shoots 14 JPEGs per second or 12 raw shots in a second. A multiple exposure mode fires up to nine times and combines the shots into one high dynamic range image with loads of detail and colour.

The camera packs a 61-point AF system. ISO speed goes up to 51,200, or you can boost it to ISO 204,800 in seriously dark conditions. There's a redesigned shutter and mirror mechanism, and a 3.2-inch LCD screen at the back. The body features a built-in grip to shoot in landscape or portrait mode with a second shutter button when you turn it sideways.

Video is emphasised here with assorted filmmaking features. You can record up to half an hour of 1080p video, and adjust sound and exposure as you film, automatically chopping footage into 4GB files without interrupting filming.

Fancy connecting your camera to the Internet to transfer pictures and videos? Sure thing. The 1D X has a built-in Ethernet connector, which seems strange when many cameras use Wi-Fi. But as anyone who's ever tried to work over Wi-Fi knows, an Ethernet connection is much more reliable and can better handle big tasks such as sending HD video files.

Prices and release dates haven't been confirmed yet, but the EOS-1D X is expected to cost north of £5,300 when it goes on sale around March next year, just in time for sports snappers to upgrade for the Olympics. We'll have a full review in due course, but in the meantime let us know what you think in the comments section below, or over on our Facebook page.