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Rudy Winston

Rudy Winston has over 17 years experience with Canon USA's Pro Products team, and has been responsible during that time for training Canon's staff on new products, creating presentations for customers and dealers, numerous writing projects, and providing technical assistance to professional and amateur photographers.

What's New: EOS-1D X Mark II Battery Pack

February 01, 2016

New levels of shooting performance — speeds to 14 fps, with AI Servo AF — along with 360,000 pixel RGB metering, multiple on-board processors, and so on mean that the EOS-1D X Mark II needs an even more powerful battery than in previous generation EOS-1D cameras.  To meet these demands, the EOS-1D X Mark II is launched along with a higher-energy battery, the Canon LP-E19 battery pack.

Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II ships with a battery having greater capacity than any previous battery for EOS-1D series cameras. The Battery Pack LP-E19 has about 10% greater capacity than its predecessor, but still can be used in EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds models as far back as the Mark III versions.
New battery pack and charger

At 2700 mAh, this battery has about 10% higher capacity than its predecessor, the LP-E4N battery pack.  It’s readily identified by its light gray color and a red stripe on its upper surface.  There’s a new battery charger as well, called the Canon LC-E19, which is designed to meet the added needs of the LP-E19 battery pack.  Like the battery, the LC-E19 charger has a distinctive red stripe on its top surface, so it can be easily distinguished from earlier charger versions.

Along with the new battery pack is a new LC-E19 charger — easy to identify, like the battery, by the red stripe on its top surface. Note that this charger MUST be used to fully charge the new LP-E19 battery pack.

The LP-E19 battery pack continues to provide full battery information within the EOS-1D X Mark II’s set-up menu, displaying the following:

• Type of battery in-use

• Remaining percentage of charge capacity, displayed in 1% increments

• Shutter count since this battery last charged

• Recharge performance — the relative ability of this battery to retain a charge

Backward and forward battery compatibility

The new LP-E19 battery pack is the same size and shape, along with the same electrical contacts, as previous EOS-1D-series batteries.  So if you use battery packs for the EOS-1D Mark III or Mark IV, EOS-1Ds Mark III, or the EOS-1D X, you’re in luck:  There’s extensive back-and-forth battery and even charging compatibility.  Here’s what’s possible:

New LP-E19 battery pack

• Can be used in EOS-1D X Mark II

• Can be used in previous EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, and EOS-1D X

Must be charged with new LC-E19 charger (with red stripe on charger’s top surface)

Previous LP-E4 and LP-E4N battery packs for EOS-1D series

• Can be used in EOS-1D X Mark II
Note:  EOS-1D X Mark II maximum shooting speed will drop to approximately 12 fps

• Can be used in previous EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, and EOS-1D X

• Can be charged with any of the battery chargers for EOS-1D series:  LC-E4, LC-E4N or the new LC-E19 charger

Even though there’s a new Battery Pack for the EOS-1D X Mark II, near-total backward and forward compatibility with older batteries (and older versions of the EOS-1D/EOS-1Ds cameras) is provided, making the move to an EOS-1D X Mark II even easier for many potential photographers and photo organizations.
Conclusion

So the bottom line is that there are only two caveats to mixing old batteries with the new LP-E19 battery packs:  the new battery pack requires the new charger to fully charge it; if you do use an older battery pack in the EOS-1D X Mark II, there’s a slight drop in maximum shooting speed to about 12 frames per second (from its normal 14 fps maximum speed).

If you own multiple battery packs from previous versions of the EOS-1D or EOS-1Ds, or you belong to an organization that does, it’s a comforting fact to know you can continue to use them if you step up to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.  And, the new battery (and charger) will be useable with equipment you have already invested in.

LP-E19 Battery Pack:  approximate shooting capacity, EOS-1D X Mark II
Shooting method Temperature Possible shots/record time
Still images — thru viewfinder 73°F  (23°C) 1210
32°F  (0°C) 1020
Live View shooting 73°F  (23°C) 260
32°F  (0°C) 240
Video — 4K at 59.94 or 50.00p 73°F  (23°C) Approx. 1 hr. 40 min.
32°F  (0°C) Approx. 1 hr. 30 min.
Full HD;  119.9 or 100.0p 73°F  (23°C) Approx. 1 hr. 40 min.
32°F  (0°C) Approx. 1 hr. 30 min.
Full HD;  23.98 thru 29.97p 73°F  (23°C) Approx. 2 hr. 20 min.
32°F  (0°C) Approx. 2 hr. 00 min.
Movie playback time in-camera Approx. 4 hr. 30 min.

 

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