introduced 2004

• newly-developed 28.7 x 19.1mm single-plate CMOS sensor
• approx. 8.2 effective megapixels for fine detail and high-quality images
• fast shooting speed of approx. 8.5 shots per second with maximum burst of approx. 40 shots (for JPEG images)
• two memory card slots (CF card and SD card)
• compatible with Type I and II CompactFlash cards
• compatible with all card memory sizes, including those above 2GB
• image back-up mode
• next-generation DIGIC, enabling fast processing for fine detail and natural colour reproduction
• 230,000 pixel fine-detail LCD monitor
• RGB histograms provided for checking colour information
• auto rotation of vertical shots
• 12 menu languages
• compatible with all EF lenses (except EF-S)
• the same shutter release time-lag and viewfinder blackout time as the EOS 1D
• maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second, with 1/250 second flash synchronisation speed
• shutter durability of 200,000 cycles
• ISO speed range from 50 to 3200
• start up time about 0.5 second after power on
• faster One-shot AF speed and better AI Servo tracking than the EOS 1D
• shorter memory card writing time
• faster image transfer to a personal computer
• four JPEG recording quality settings, each with 10 compression rate settings
• RAW + JPEG images can be recorded simultaneously
• compatible with IPTC tags (JPEG only) for image transmissions
• added data creation for data verification system
• five preset and two user-set colour matrixes
• three user-programmed sets of colour matrixes
• White Balance compensation
• compatible with Adobe RGB-supported DCF 2.0 and Exif 2.21
• E-TTL autoflash recording system for stable flash exposures
• Video OUT terminal (NTSC/PAL)
• compatible with PictBridge, Bubble Jet Direct, CP Direct and DPOF
• camera settings can be saved to memory card and read by camera
• magnesium alloy for lightweight but highly rigid body and external covers
• moving parts are sealed tight for water and dust resistance
• weight is 30g lighter than EOS 1D

A replacement for the EOS 1D, with an 8.2 megapixel sensor (double the resolution of the earlier model).

EOS magazine, March 2004, page 58

Type: Digital AF/AE single-lens reflex camera. 36-bit colour (12 bits per RGB colour) CMOS sensor for direct imaging.
Lens mount: Canon EF mount; all EF lenses except EF-S are compatible.
Equivalent focal length: a focal length increase of 1.3x is needed for a 35mm camera to give a similar field-of-view from the same position as the EOS 1D.

Imaging element
Type: high-sensitivity, high resolution single-plate colour CMOS
Image size: 28.7 x 19.1mm
Total pixels: approx. 8.5 megapixels
Effective pixels: approx. 8.2 megapixels
Pixel unit: 8.2 microns (micrometres) square
Aspect ratio: 2:3
Colour filter type: tRGB primary
Low-pass filter: fixed position in front of the imaging element; non-removable
Cleaning mode: provided

Data display panel
Type: LCD with back illumination button

Recording system
Recording medium: CompactFlash (CF) card Type I or Type II and SD memory card (one slot each). Shooting is possible with either or both cards inserted. Files cannot be copied or transferred between the cards. Formatting is possible with the camera. All card sizes can be used, including those larger than 2GB. The camera can create a new folder and select any folder in the CF card. Shutter release can be locked when no card is inserted.
Image deletion: A single image, all images in a folder or all images stored in the card can be protected or unprotected. A single image, all images in a folder, or all images stored in the card can be deleted if they are unprotected.
Image formats: Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, Small (with JPEG compression); RAW (with lossless compression). RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording enabled in all formats.
Image quality: The quality level can be set from 1 (minimum quality, maximum compression) to 10 (maximum quality, minimum compression)
Information recorded with image includes: shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation amount, ISO speed, image format, shooting mode, while balance mode, colour temperature (only when value has been set), metering mode, AEB, flash use, flash exposure compensation amount, AF mode, focal length used, image protect, sound recording, date, time, folder name, file name and number, in-focus AF frame, AF frame selection, camera owner, camera body number, drive mode, flash synchronization timing, custom functions used, image processing parameters, IPTC information
Image file name: 0000 0001.JPG (the first four characters are factory-assigned and are unique to the camera; the second set of four characters is the file number; the final three letters is the file extension - JPG for JPEG files and CR2 for RAW files).
File numbers: Three types of numbers can be set:
• Sequential number: the images are numbered from 0001 to 9999; the numbering continues in sequence even if you change the folder where the images are stored
• Auto reset: the images recorded to a folder are numbered from 0001 to 9999
• Manual reset: resets the file number to 0001 and creates a new folder automatically
Processing parameters: in addition to the standard processing parameters applied automatically by the camera during image recording, three sets of the following parameters can be registered by the user:
• Tone curve: TCD1, TCD2, TCD3 (the tone curve must first be set with the dedicated software)
• Sharpness level: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
• Contrast: -2, -1, Standard, +1, +2
Back-up mode: The same image can be recorded simultaneously on both the CF and SD media cards

White balance
Type: Auto white balance with image sensor
Modes: Auto (3000 to 7000 K), Daylight (5200 K), Shade (7000 K), Cloudy (6000 K), Tungsten light (3200 K), Fluorescent light (4000 K), Flash (6000 K), Manual (reading taken from a white subject; 2000 to 10,000 K)), Colour temperature (value in degrees Kelvin set directly; 2800 to 10,000 K). In addition, up to three pre-set colour temperatures (PC-1 to PC-3) can be registered with the dedicated software.
Bracketing: the image can be bracketed to a blue/amber bias or a magenta/green bias with a single shot. It can be bracketed up to ±3 levels in single-level increments.
Compensation: ±9 levels of blue/amber or magenta/green compensation can be applied.

Colour matrix
Types: 1) Standard; 2) Portrait, 3) High saturation, 4) Adobe RGB, 5) Low saturation, 6) CM Set 1, 7) CM Set 2. The colour space for 1, 2, 3 and 5 is sRGB.
User-settable colour matrixes: The following colour matrixes can be registered under CM Set 1 and 2:
• Colour space (sRGB or Adobe RGB)
• Colour saturation (Low, Slightly low, Standard, Slightly high, High)

Type: fixed eye-level pentamirror (with condenser lens).
Focusing screen: interchangeable; Ec-C III screen provided
Eyesight correction: -3 to +1 dioptres
Eyepoint: 20mm
Coverage: 100 percent vertically and horizontally (for JPEG Large)
Magnification: 0.72x (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1 dioptre)
Viewfinder information: includes:
• On the screen: area AF ellipse; AF points; spot metering circle
• Below the screen: manual exposure level; AE Lock; flash ready; High-speed sync (FP flash); shutter speed; bulb; FE Lock; Busy (data being processed); aperture; exposure compensation; white balance compensation; ISO speed; shots remaining; self-timer countdown; In-focus indicator; AF point selection mode; memory card full warning; memory card error warning
• Right of screen: exposure level scale (±3 stops); exposure level; AE exposure compensation amount; AE Lock and real-time metering indicator; manual exposure level; exposure bracketing amount; background exposure with flash; multi-spot metering; flash exposure level; flash exposure compensation amount; FEB amount; manual flash exposure level; maximum burst for continuous shots; JPEG mark
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63); no vignetting with EF 1200mm f5.6 lens or shorter lens.
Viewfinder blackout: approx. 87milliseconds at 1/60 second or faster shutter speeds.
Eyepiece shutter: built-in
Depth-of-field preview: Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Type: TTL-AREA-SIR with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor.
AF points: 45-point Area AF. The seven vertical AF points at the centre are cross type
AF working range: EV 0-18 (at ISO 100)
Focusing modes:
• One-Shot AF: autofocus stops when focus is achieved; AF lock enabled; shutter releases only when focus is achieved
• Predictive AF with AI Servo AF: tracks subject movement up to the start of exposure; the shutter can be released at any time regardless of focus (Predictive AF control takes effect during continuous shooting); no in-focus indicator (blinks at 8Hz only if AF fails)
• Manual focusing: enabled with the focusing ring when the lens focus mode switch is set to MF (or M)
• Full-time manual focusing: enabled with the electronic focusing ring during continuous shooting (except during exposure)
AF point selection:
• Automatic selection: focusing point camera-selected
• Home position (switches automatically to any registered AF point, or to automatic AF point selection
• Manual selection: 45 points (standard); 11 or 9 points (with Custom Function)
In-focus indicator: focus confirmation light in viewfinder and beep (beeper can be disabled)
Active AF point indicator: Superimposed focusing point in viewfinder
AF-assist beam: emitted automatically by the attached EOS Speedlite when necessary (the camera does not have a built-in AF-assist light).

Exposure metering
Type: TTL maximum aperture metering with a 21-zone silicon photocell. There are six metering modes:
• Evaluative metering (linkable to any zone)
• Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at centre)
• Centre spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder at centre)
• Spot metering (linked to focusing point; approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
• Multi-spot metering (maximum 8 multi-spot metering readings)
• Centre-weighted averaging metering
During continuous shooting with Centre spot and Spot metering modes, the first shot is metered in real time and the meter reading is locked (AE Lock) for subsequent shots in the same burst)

Shooting modes
• Program AE (shiftable)
• Shutter speed-priority AE (in 1/3, 1/2 or full stops, safety shift enabled with Custom Function)
• Aperture-priority AE (in 1/3, 1/2 or full stops, safety shift enabled with Custom Function)
• E-TTL program flash AE with 21-zone metering (high-speed synchronisation, FE Lock, and wireless control enabled with Speedlite 550EX)
• Manual
• Flash metered manual
• Bulb
Metering Range: EV 0-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
ISO film speed range: 100, 125, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600. ISO 50 and 3200 are settable via menu (ISO extension)
Exposure compensation:
• Autoexposure bracketing (AEB) with shutter speed/aperture or ISO speed: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. Standard exposure, underexposure, and overexposure sequence. Repeated bracketing enabled according to current film advance mode. With self-timer, all three bracketed shots are taken in the continuous shooting mode regardless of the film advance mode
• Manual exposure compensation: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
• AEB and manual exposure compensation can be set together
AE Lock:
• Auto AE lock: operates in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
• Manual AE lock: AE lock button activates AE lock in all metering modes
Multiple exposures: not possible

Type: Vertical-travel, mechanical focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled, plus imaging element electronic shutter
Shutter speeds: 30 seconds to 1/8000 second in 1/3-stops; X-sync at 1/250 second. Shutter speeds can be set in 1/3 stop increments in Tv mode.
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic release
Shutter release time lag: 55ms (when full pressure is applied to partially depressed shutter button; 230ms (if shutter button is fully depressed from standing position).
Long exposure noise reduction: applied to shutter speeds of 1 second and longer.
Self-timer: electronically-controlled with 10 second or 2 second delay.
Remote control: N3 type terminal provided.

Drive modes: single; 3 fps; 8.5 fps
Continuous shooting: up to 40 shots (for JPEG images)
Image check: can be set to OFF or ON (2, 4, 8 seconds or hold)

Contacts: hot-shoe X-sync (with locking pin hole for Speedlite); PC terminal. Flash units can be connected and used simultaneously with both contacts.
• EX-series Speedlites provide E-TTL autoflash, FE Lock and flash metered manual
• Speedlites 540EZ, 430EZ or 420EZ can only be used with manual or stroboscopic flash
• other EOS dedicated Speedlites are not compatible as there is no manual firing facility
• M- T- and A- Speedlites and the 480EG can be used with manual firing or with the external flash metering enabled
Flash exposure compensation: manual setting; FEB enabled with the Speedlites 550EX, MR-24EX and MR-14EX.
Wireless flash: enabled with the 550EX, 420EX, ST-E2, MR-24EX and MR-14EX.

LCD monitor
Type: TFT colour, liquid crystal monitor
Screen size: 2 inches
Pixels: approx. 230,000
Coverage: approx. 100 percent
Brightness adjustment: 5 levels

Image display format: single image with info; single image; 4-image index; 9-image index; magnified zoom (1.5x to 10x in 15 steps)
Information: in the single image with info display mode, the following information is displayed
• shutter speed
• aperture
• exposure compensation amount
• image protection
• audio recording
• image quality
• shooting mode
• metering mode
• flash exposure amount
• ISO speed
• ISO speed bracketing amount
• White balance bracketing amount
• Colour temperature (when set manually)
• Date
• Time
• File number
• AF point
• Histogram
Highlight display: in the single image display modes the white portions which do not contain image information will blink.
Image rotation: Manual (0, 90 and 270 degrees); Automatic (during playback; not during image preview)

Image prtoection / erase
Protect: Single; all images in a folder; all images on a memory card
Erase: single; all images in a folder; all images on a memory card

Sound recording
Method: sound recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the respective image. A sound icon is displayed for the sound files. There is no sound playback facility in the camera; sound files can be played on a computer.
Format: 8 kHz sampling; 8-bit sample WAV file
Recording time: approx. 30 seconds maximum per recording (can be extended by repeating the sound recording operation).

Types: shooting menu; playback menu; set-up menu, custom/personal functions menu
Languages: select from choice of 12
Firmware updating: possible by user

Custom functions: 21 with 67 settings possible with the camera
Personal functions: 26 functions possible with dedicated software.

External interface
Digital port: IEEE1394 port (4-pin)
Camera direct port: USB
Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL
Remote control: N3 type

Direct printing
Configuration: Bubble Jet Direct; CP Direct. Dedicated cable is supplied with printer.
Printable images: JPEG (printing of RAW files from camera is not possible)
Systems: DPOF compatible; PictBridge compatible

Battery: Dedicated Ni-MH pack NP-E3; AC power with DC Coupler Kit DCK-EI
Main switch: three settings: OFF, ON, Sound
Battery check: automatic when main switch is turned on; battery level is indicated by one of four levels on the LCD panel.
Power save: settable to 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30 minutes before power turns off automatically after non-operation.
Back-up battery: CR2025 button battery
Back-up battery warning: none

Chassis: magnesium alloy
Exterior material: magnesium alloy

Size: 156 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
Wieght: approx. 1220g (excluding batteries and CF card)

Operating conditions

Temperature: 0 to 45 degrees Centigrade
Humidity: 85 percent or less

Combining formidable speed and exceptional resolution, the new EOS 1D Mark II delivers approx. 8.5 frames per second at 8.2 megapixels.

Canon has integrated three new technologies to deliver this performance, Canon's next generation DIGIC II processor, a new CMOS sensor, and a new extra large buffer system. These technologies work in concert to deliver 40 frame bursts at 8.5 fps in JPEG, or 20 frame bursts in RAW mode. This high level of performance can be achieved in either Single Shot AF or AI Servo AF mode.

"With commanding speed and phenomenal image quality, the EOS1D Mark II sets a new performance benchmark for sports and news photographers," says Mr. Komatsuzaki, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe.

New CMOS sensor
The pixels of the new 28.7mm x 19.1mm APS-H size CMOS sensor measure 8.2µm square, similar to the 8.8µm square pixels of the award winning EOS-1Ds. A new on-chip noise elimination circuit eradicates fixed pattern and random noise. A low-pass filter placed in front of the sensor reduces false colour and moiré effects, while the infrared filter suppresses red fringing caused by sensor reflections and fog.

The CMOS advantage
Going against the market trend of purchasing CCD sensors from third party manufacturers, Canon chose instead to pursue its own CMOS development program. Research and development investment has resulted in sensors with higher speed, higher resolution, lower noise and minimal power consumption when compared to competing CCD technology. The launch of the EOS 1D Mark II represents a strategic move for Canon, which now has its own CMOS sensors installed across its entire D-SLR range. Canon considers in-house manufacture of all key D-SLR components to be of significant strategic advantage. Canon is now the only manufacturer to offer a choice of digital SLRs with three different sensor sizes.

Second generation DIGIC
A new generation DIGIC II processor provides the processing power necessary to deliver unprecedented levels of resolution and speed. The technology combination of CMOS, DIGIC II and a new buffer system allows the EOS 1D Mark II to shoot and process over 69 Megapixels of data per second. Start-up time is within approximately 0.5 seconds after turning on the camera. The processor's upgraded capacity has also led to advances in the image processing algorithms to improve white balance, auto exposure and overall image quality. Photographers can choose JPEG images with four resolutions, each with ten selectable levels of compression rate. The EOS 1D Mark II supports sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces with user-settable colour saturation and tone levels, and provides five preset and two user-definable colour matrices. White Balance (WB) bias is correctable by ± 9 levels for both blue/amber and magenta/green bias and the camera supports WB bracketing up to ±3 levels.

Reliability to depend on
Shutter durability improves by 33%, to 200,000 cycles. A weather resistant magnesium-alloy casing with over 70 moisture resistant seals protects the camera.

A 'Back-Up' mode, designed for critical shooting situations, allows simultaneous recording to both CF and SD memory cards. When one card is full, it is possible to cancel the Back-Up mode and elect to shoot to the card that is not yet full.

In 'separate recording' mode, images are written either to the CF or SD card (as selected by the user). When the selected card is full, a 'Card Full' warning is displayed, giving the user the option of switching to the second card if one is inserted in the camera.

Camera settings can be saved to the card, a valuable feature for professionals that personalise their cameras and need to move preferred settings to rented or loan equipment, or for agencies that have a large number of photographers and therefore a need to standardise the camera settings or format of files produced.

Distance linked flash
The EOS 1D Mark II features Canon's new E-TTL II flash system to optimise flash exposures, particularly with moving or off-centre subjects. Based on a new flash algorithm, it links distance information from the camera/lens system to the 21-zone evaluative or averaged metering readings from the pre-flash. Areas with abnormally high levels from reflections are ignored for flash calculation, thus greatly reducing the possibility for errors caused by subject reflection.

Total control
Extreme low (ISO 50) and high (ISO 3200) settings are selectable to further extend the camera's wide ISO 100-1600 speed range if needed. Metering modes draw on a possible 21 zones and include evaluative (linked to any AF point), partial, centre spot, AF point-linked spot, multi-spot, and centre-weighted average. Images can be automatically rotated and checked on the 230,000 pixel LCD for focus and composition, while a 15 step 10x zoom offers the opportunity to check specific detail. Interfaces include video out (for display in both NTSC and PAL formats), IEEE1394 (Firewire) and USB. The camera is PictBridge and Direct Print compliant for direct printing to any brand of compatible photo printer. A brightness or RGB histogram can be displayed during playback. Shutter speed range is from 1/8000 of a second to 30 seconds, with a super quick 40 ms shutter lag and noise reduction settable via Personal Function 26.

RAW processing
New Digital Photo Professional image processing software is provided for high-speed processing of lossless RAW files. Processing with Digital Photo Professional is approximately six times faster than the previously supplied File Viewer Utility. It allows real-time display and immediate application of adjustments to images and includes a wide array of RAW, TIFF or JPEG image editing functions, which give control over variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces are supported, and an ICC (International Color Consortium) profile is automatically attached to RAW images that have been converted to TIFF of JPEG formats. This allows images to be displayed in their faithful colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. Image processing of various parameter changes can now be batched rather than carried out sequentially, vastly increasing the efficiency of applying a number of changes to the same images. An EOS Viewer Utility is also supplied, providing control over camera settings such as white balance, tone curve, colour matrix settings, JPEG image quality and personal functions.

Lens and flash compatibility
The EOS1D Mark II is compatible with over 60 Canon EF lenses (excluding EF-S lens) and the entire EX series Speedlite flash range.

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