Canon's just-announced EOS-1D X Mark II, records 4K (4096×2160) video to on-board CFast cards at up to 59.94p. With a price tag of $5999, it looks to be the company's new flagship DSLR.

DSLR shooters will be excited to have 4K video recording included as an option on a very capable high-end stills camera with a 35mm full-frame imager, but cinematographers may be underwhelmed to learn that Canon is not offering the Canon Log gamma setting offered on its cinema cameras. That would be a key difference between the 1D X Mark II and the more expensive ($7999) EOS-1D C, which is still available at retail but is no longer listed at Canon's website. If the 1D C is discontinued, it will be a signal that Canon does not intend to carry over the log shooting mode to its DSLR line.

Video shooters may also find the storage-hungry Motion JPEG format to be a little clunky—that 59.94p 4K video will chew up 800 Mbps, or 5733 MB/minute, meaning a 64 GB CFast card is limited to recording 10 minutes of 4K 59.94p or 50p video. The same 64 GB card will hold 17 minutes of 4K video at 23.98p, 24p, 25p, or 29.97p. Also missing are focus peaking and zebra displays that many cinematographers rely on.

Still, there's a lot to be said for a high-end pro DSLR that offers on-board 4K recording as an option, alongside a raft of HD recording modes ranging as high as 119.9p.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is slated to ship in April.

For more on the EOS-1D X Mark II, visit the Canon website or download the complete spec sheet [PDF].

Caon EOS 1D X Mark II