introduced 2001

• The world's fastest digital SLR camera with 8 fps continuous shooting
• Continuous shooting burst up to a maximum of 21 shots
• 4.16 megapixel 28.7 x 19.1mm CCD sensor
• Electronic shutter plus mechanical focal plane shutter
• New imaging engine for fine detail and natural colour reproduction
• Similar image reproduction as slide film
• Images captured in RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously
• 2-inch TFT LCD monitor for instant viewing of image
• Same high-speed, high precision AF as the EOS 1V
• Ultra-fast shutter speed of 1/16000 second
• Flash synchronization at 1/500 second
• Easy setting of flash exposure during manual flash exposure
• ISO speeds from 200 to 1600; can be pushed to ISO 3200 or 6400
• Precise auto white balance with fine WB adjustment
• Same shutter release time lag (55ms) as the EOS 1V
• Same viewfinder blackout time at the EOS 1V
• IEEE 1394 400 Mbps interface for high-speed image transfers
• Same features, performance and camera controls as the EOS 1V
• Same water-resistance, dust resistance and durability as the EOS 1V
• Chassis and covers made of magnesium alloy
• Compatible with EF lenses, EX Speedlites, and other EOS accessories
• Customizable - 21 Custom and 25 Personal Functions

With a shooting speed of up to 8fps (for up to 21 shots), this 4.15 megapixel camera is designed for news and sports photographers.It is based on the EOS 1V but adds advanced digital features, including a range of white balance modes, equivalanet ISO speeds from 100 to 3200, and simultaneous RAW/JPEG file capture.

EOS magazine, December 2001, page 6

Type: Digital AF/AE single-lens reflex camera. 36-bit colour (12 bits per RGB colour) CCD sensor for direct imaging.
Lens mount: Canon EF mount; all lenses 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 colour CCD
Image size: 28.7 x 19.1mm
Total pixels: approx. 4.48 (2664 x 1681)
Effective pixels: approx. 4.16 (2496 x 1665)
Pixel unit: 11.5 microns (micrometres) square
Aspect ratio: 2:3
Colour filter type: three separate RGB primary colour filters
Low-pass filter: fixed position in front of the imaging element
Cleaning mode: provided

Recording system
Recording medium: CompactFlash (CF) card Type I or Type II. One slot provided. Formatting possible with EOS 1D. 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 CF card can be protected or unprotected. A single image, all images in a folder, or all images stored in the CF card can be deleted if they are unprotected.
Image formats: Large/Fine, Large/Normal, Small/Fine (with JPEG compression); RAW (with lossless compression). RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording enabled in all formats.
Information recorded with image: 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 will initially be the camera body's alphanumeric code; this can be changed to any alphanumeric file name with the dedicated software; the second set of four characters is the file number; the final three letters is the file extension - JPG for compressed images of TIF for RAW images).
Image processing parameters: standard or custom (gamma correction, image sharpness and JPEG compression).

White balance
Type: Auto white balance with a dedicated external sensor and imaging element hybrid.
Modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Overcast, Light bulb, Fluorescent light, Flash, Manual (reading taken from a white subject), Colour temperature (value in degrees Kelvin set directly).
Bracketing: three white balance bracketed shots (standard, red-shift, blue-shift) can be taken automatically.

Type: fixed eye-level pentaprism (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
Magnification: 0.72x (with 500mm lens at infinity; -1 dioptre)
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 a CMOS sensor. Area AF with 45 focusing points
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 film exposure)
In-focus indicator: lights in viewfinder and beeps (beeper can be disabled)
Focusing point selection:
• Automatic selection: focusing point camera-selected;
• Manual selection: focusing point manually selected
AF focusing 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. 13.5% of viewfinder at centre)
• Centre spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at centre)
• Spot metering (linked to focusing point; approx. 3.8% 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)
• Depth-of-field AE
• E-TTL program flash AE (high-speed synchronisation, FE Lock, and wireless control enabled with Speedlite 550EX)
• Manual
• Flash metered manual
• Bulb
Metering Range: EV 0-20 (at 20C/68F with 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
ISO film speed range: 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600. With Custom Function 20 the ISO speed can be pushed to 3200 or 6400.
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 1/16000 second in 1/3-stops; X-sync at 1/500 second
Shutter release: soft-touch electromagnetic release
Shutter release time lag: 55ms (when full pressure is applied to partially depressed shutter button; 300ms (if shutter button is fully depressed from standing position).
Long exposure noise reduction: applied to shutter speeds of 1/15 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 fps
Continuous shooting: up to 21 shots
Image check: can be set to OFF or ON (1, 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. 120,000
Coverage: approx. 100 percent
Brightness adjustment: 5 levels
Refresh rate: approx 1/60 second

Image display format: single image with info; single image; 4-image index; 9-image index
Information: in the single image with info display mode, the following information is displayed
• shutter speed
• aperture
• exposure compensation amount
• ISO speed
• image format
• shooting mode
• white balance mode
• colour temperature
• metering mode
• flash use
• focal length used
• image protect
• sound recording
• date
• time
• folder number
• file number
• AF frame used
• histogram
Highlight display: in the single image display modes the white portions which do not contain image information will blink.

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 functions menu, personal functions menu
Languages: Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish
Firmware updating: possible by user

Custom functions: 21 with 64 settings possible with the camera
Personal functions: 23 functions possible with dedicated software.

Battery: Dedicated Ni-MH pack; AC power with AC Adaptor PA-V16 and DC Coupler
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: indicated by display on LCD panel; back-up information is retained by charged Ni-MH pack while button battery is replaced.

Chassis: magnesium alloy
Exterior material: magnesium alloy

Size: 156 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
Wieght: 1350g (excluding batteries and CF card

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

Canon's new flagship camera the EOS 1D is a state-of-the-art professional AF-SLR which combines the EOS 1V with advanced digital features. Although targeted towards press and sports photographers, the new camera will appeal to many other types of user.

Imaging element
The EOS 1D uses a newly developed CCD sensor. This features an array of 2496 x 1665 effective pixels ? approximately 4.16 megapixels. The image size is 28.7 x 19.1mm, the same 2:3 aspect ratio as a 35mm film frame.

A high-performance imaging engine has also been developed to extract very fine detail and natural colour reproduction from the sensor without the need for additional image editing. JPEG image processing parameters are applied to render the image with the same fine detail, natural colours, colour saturation and contrast as professional slide film. At the same time, false colours are suppressed.

Software is provided which allows you to alter the image output characteristics, including gamma correction, image sharpness and JPEG compression rate.

Image formats
Images can be captured in RAW and JPEG formats. RAW images are saved with lossless compression to retain maximum image resolution. Dedicated software is needed to view and edit RAW images. JPEG images can be saved with higher compression levels, making them ideal for fast image transmission by phone or data lines.

Images can be captured in RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously. Since it is difficult to focus the subject with a RAW image, you can focus with a JPEG images and then select the corresponding RAW image.

The EOS 1D accepts Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards for storing image files. These are available with capacities up to 512Mb. The camera also accepts the IBM Microdrive 340Mb and Microdrive 1Gb drives.

The table shows the range of image sizes which can be selected, and indicates the approximate number of images which can be stored on a 16Mb CompactFlash card.

Continuous shooting speed
The maximum continuous shooting speed of 8 fps is the world's fastest for a digital SLR camera. It will have a particular appeal for news, sports and wildlife photographers. The speed is achieved in both AF modes (One-shot and Servo AF). Other drive speeds are 3 fps and single-frame.

Up to 21 shots in the Large and Small modes can be taken in a single burst of continuous shooting. In the RAW mode, 15 continuous shots can be captured in a single burst.

Electronic shutter
The EOS 1D features an imaging element electronic shutter capable of controlling exposure times between 30 seconds and 1/16000 second in 1/3 step increments. In addition there is a mechanical focal-plane shutter (based on the EOS 3 shutter) which covers and protects the CCD and control longer exposure times (Bulb exposures).

Flash synchronization is at 1/500 second, or slower.

The shutter release time lag when the partially depressed shutter button is fully depressed is 55ms (aperture closing down 3 stops; excluding AF operation time). This is the same as the EOS 1V. The viewfinder blackout time is 87ms.

The is a self-timer with settings of 2 and 10 seconds.

Instant switch
As with the EOS D30, you can instantly switch to taking pictures while viewing images on the LCD monitor, or while using the on-screen menu.

The camera controls and the LCD panel are almost the same as on the EOS 1V. In addition, the vertical grip controls are the same as the EOS 1V apart from the additional Assist button.

Controls relating to digital features and the 2-inch LCD monitor (approx. 120,000 pixels) are concentrated on the back of the camera. The camera body is slightly smaller than that of the EOS 1V HS, and about 30g lighter.

The firmware in the EOS 1D can be updated by the user.

The 45-point Area AF, AF frame selection method, AI Servo AF performance and AF precision are all the same as found on the EOS 1V. However, since the CCD sensor is smaller than a 35mm film frame, the AF area is proportionately larger in the viewfinder area.

Except for the field-of-view, the viewfinder specifications are also the same as those for the EOS 1V ? 100% coverage, 0.72x magnification, eyesight correction and built-in eyepiece shutter).

The viewfinder information is based on that for the EOS 1V, but also includes digital feature information, such as the ISO speed, shots remaining, maximum continuous shooting burst and JPEG imaging format.

Exposure control
Again, with the 21-zone metering sensor, the EOS 1D offers the same metering system as the EOS 1V. The smaller field-of-view means that the spot metering area is proportionately larger at 3.8% (2.4% on the EOS 1V), with the partial metering area occupying 13.5% of the screen (8.5% on the EOS 1V).

The exposure control is the same as that for the EOS 1V, except for the automatic exposure bracketing (AEB). Here, the shutter speed and aperture remain unchanged ? exposure compensation is given by an ISO speed shift.

As with the EOS D30, flash exposure control is with E-TTL autoflash only. For manual flash exposure, the flash metered manual feature enables the correct flash exposure level to be set without the need for a separate flash meter.

LCD monitor
The 2-inch TFT LCD monitor on the back of the camera can be adjusted to one of five brightness levels to suit the ambient light conditions. The screen offers four menu displays and four image playback modes.

Shooting menu: custom white balance, colour temperature, gamma correction (standard/manual set), sharpness level (0 to 5), pattern sharpness (5 levels), file format (RAW only, RAW + Fine L, RAW + Normal L, RAW + Fine S), file numbering (continuous, auto reset), review (on/off), review time (1, 2, 4, 8 seconds, hold), noise reduction (on/off)

Playback menu: protect images (select/clear all in folder/card), erase all (OK/cancel), highlight area (shows white portions of image which do not contain image information), show active AF points (off/on)

Set-up menu: auto power off (1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 minutes, off), date/time, firmware (update/cancel), format CF card (OK/cancel), sensor cleaning (OK/cancel), LCD brightness, language (Japanese, English, French, Dutch, Spanish).

Custom Function menu: enables the setting of 21 Custom Functions and 28 Personal Functions. 'Clear all' option available for both sets.

Single image playback with info: includes shooting data and histogram
Single full image playback: fills screen with image
Four image playback: shows four images on the screen
Nine image playback: shows nine images on the screen

Unlike the EOS D30, image magnification, image rotation and DPOF features are not provided.

Sound recording
A sound recording (mono) up to 30 second long can be attached to any image being viewed. The recording can be played back on any computer that can handle WAV files.

WAV is a common audio file format for Windows computers. Macintosh computers need Macromedia SoundEdit 16 or similar audio player software. QuickTime Player can also play back WAV files.

White balance
A hybrid auto white balance (AWB) uses the imaging element and a dedicated external sensor to set a precise white balance. Alternatively, you can select one of six preset modes ? daylight, shade, overcast, light bulb, fluorescent or flash.

For unusual light sources, manual white balance adjustment and the direct setting of the colour temperature in K are possible. You can also bracket the exposures with different white balance settings. Three consecutive exposures are taken with the white balance set to standard, red-compensated and blue-compensated. The amount of compensation can be varied.

ISO speeds
The normal equivalent ISO speed range is from ISO 200 to ISO 1600 in 1/3 stop increments. However, with Custom Function 20 the range can be extended to ISO 3200 and ISO 6400.

Custom and Personal Functions
Except for the functions listed below, all the Custom and Personal Function numbers and settings are the same as for the EOS 1V. Custom Functions can be set from the camera; Personal Functions are set using dedicated software when the camera is connected to a computer.

Custom Functions
01. EOS 1V: Auto film rewind mode
EOS 1D: Enable/disable viewfinder display during the exposure
02. EOS 1V: Film leader position after rewind
EOS 1D: Enable/disable shutter release when no CF card is loaded
03. EOS 1V: Film speed setting method (automatic/manual)
EOS 1D: Sets the subject tracking sensitivity during AI Servo AF
08. EOS 1V: Frame counter options
EOS 1D: LCD panel ISO display ? ISO/shots remaining
20. EOS 1V: not available
EOS 1D: Enable/disable push exposure

Personal Functions
08. EOS 1V: Sets AEB only for the first two frames

EOS 1D: Number of bracketed shots

11, 12, 22, 29 and 30 are not available on the EOS 1D.

Power sources
A new Ni-MH Power Pack is dedicated to the EOS 1D (see 'New accessories' below). When the pack is removed from the camera, a user replaceable CR2025 battery installed in the camera provides back-up power to retain the date, time and other settings.

The camera can also be run from a mains power supply by using the DC Coupler.

IPTC information
International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC) is a tag used by newspapers and wire services to ensure smooth image data transmission. It can be attached to files to provide information such as the shooting date and time, file number, colour or black-and-white, image size and resolution.

IEEE external interface
The IEEE 1394 interface allows high-speed image transmissions from the camera to a personal computer. At 400 Mbps it faster than the transfer speed of the EOS 2000 (100 Mbps).

Bundled software
Software supplied on CD with the camera is compatible with Windows (98SE, Me, 2000) and Macintosh (Mac OS 8.5.1 or higher with Quick Time 2.1 or higher). It includes the following programs:

• TWAIN driver. As with the EOS D2000, the EOS 1D can transfer image data (via IEEE 1394 and a card reader), display images and process RAW images. DCF-JPEG, D2000/6000 TFF RAW, EOS D30 RAW and EOS 1D RAW image formats can be used. Personal Functions, image processing parameters and other camera features can also be set.
• WIA driver (Windows Me only). Allows the camera to be mounted on the computer's desktop; Explorer or a wizard can be used to transfer image data. Various camera functions can also be set.
• ZoomBrowser and PhotoRecord. Enables the viewing and display of images/ In addition to features found in the previous version, image data transfers via IEEE 1394 and the file management of RAW images are now possible.
• RemoteCapture. Enables remote control picture taking from a personal computer. Images captured by remote control can be displayed, deleted or printed.
• Photoshop LE. Cut-down version of popular image editing software.

• Photoshop plug-in. Offers similar features to the Windows TWAIN driver.
• Mount driver. Enables the CompactFlash card from the camera to be mounted on the Macintosh desktop.
• ImageBrowser. Provides similar features to the Windows ZoomBrowser.
• RemoteCapture. Provides similar feature to the Windows RemoteCapture.
• Photoshop LE. Cut-down version of popular image editing software.

Reliability and durability
The main external covers (top, front, rear) and the chassis are made of magnesium alloy for a lightweight and highly rigid body. The body also has the same strong and durable paint finish as the EOS 1V.

The camera uses the same dust and water resistance measures as the EOS 1V. All the switches and major body seams are sealed to allow reliable camera operation in harsh environments.

The mechanical focal-plane shutter has been tested to 150,000 cycles.

Size and weight
156 x 157.6 x 79.9; 1350g (body only, excluding battery).


Ni-MH Power Pack
A high-capacity Ni-MH Power Pack has been specially developed for the EOS 1D. It has silicon rubber along the seams where it connects with the camera for high dust and water resistance. The battery capacity is 1650mAh (the NP-E2 pack for the EOS 1V is 1500 mAh). The new pack can be recharged by the existing Ni-MH Charger NC-E2 which was introduced with the Power Drive Booster PB-E2. The recharging time is about 120 minutes. Over 500 charging cycles are possible.

The power packs for the EOS 1D and EOS 1V are not interchangeable.

DC Coupler
If the new DC Coupler is attached to the EOS 1D, the camera can be connected to an AC adaptor and be powered from an AC mains power supply. The existing AC Adaptor PA-V16 can be used.


EF lenses
The EOS 1D can use all EF lenses without restrictions. However, the effective focal length will appear to be 1.3x longer than the actual focal length for users familiar with 35mm cameras. This is because the size of the CCD sensor is smaller than the size of a 35mm film frame. There is no change to the actual focal length of the lens ? it is only the field-of-view which is different.

Lens Mount Converter FD-EOS and Macro Lens Mount Converter FD-EOS can only be used with manual exposure.

Electronic flash
The EOS 1D is fully compatible with EX-series Speedlites. Other EOS-dedicated Speedlites can only be used with manual flash (external autoflash is possible with the Speedlite 480EG). Studio flash can be used via the camera's PC terminal.

Viewfinder accessories
The EOS ID is compatible with EOS 1V viewfinder accessories: Eyecup Ec, Eyecup Ec-II, Antifog Eyepiece Ec, Dioptric Adjustment Lens E, Rubber Frame Ec, Magnifier S, Angle Finder B, Angle Finder C, Angle Finder Adaptor Ed.

The camera is also compatible with the Focusing Screen Ec range, though the edges of the screen will be masked in the viewfinder.

Remote Control
The EOS 1D uses the N3 remote control terminal. This is compatible with the Remote Switch RS-80N3, Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 and Wireless Remote Controller LC-4.

Other accessories
Existing grips, motor drives and databacks are not compatible. EOS Link software ES-E1 cannot be used (but many of the functions of this software are built into the EOS 1D).

25 September 2001

Canon Introduced the World's Fastest Professional Digital Camera: the EOS 1D

Canon's new flagship EOS 1D claims the position of the world's leading all round professional digital camera and is a staggering 50% faster than its nearest competitor. This unique camera has a continuous shooting speed of 8 frames per second in either Single Shot or AI Servo mode and can sustain this for 21 frame bursts. The high resolution XL (eXtra Large ) CCD uses 4.15 Megapixels to create a true 11.7MB file in a photographic 2:3 aspect ratio.

Shooting has been prioritised on the EOS 1D, so photograhers can immediately start photographing again even whilst displaying a recorded image. Professionals no longer need to sacrifice either the speed demanded by sports photography or the high resolution required for studio shoots, for the EOS 1D offers both.

Robert King, Marketing Manager, Canon (UK) Ltd said "we are investing heavily in R&D activities and we are extemely proud of our acheivenments in this area. On average, Canon registers over 7 technology patents every working day resulting in world leading products such as the EOS 1D. The combination of both speed and image quality makes the EOS 1D the most well balanced professional camera available today."

Photograhers can now enjoy a digital camera that incorporates the highest professional features acclaimed in the current award winning EOS 1V. These include 45-point area auto focus, 21-zone metering, familiar EOS ergonomic layout and the camera's renowned toughness and durability. The shutter has been tested to an awesome 150,000 exposures.

However, the EOS 1D offers much more than just incredible speed and resolution. Images can be saved simultaneously to the CF card, in both lower resolution JPEG, for easy and quick transmision, and Canon's RAW file format, for high quality archiving and image control. Deadline critical news can be sent to the Picture Desk in lower resolution JPEG, with the peace of mind that the highest resolution exists in RAW format if needed.

The new XL CCD is 20% bigger than that of the closest competitor, offering a low focal lenght magnification of 1.3x, which permits wide angle photography, and thus makes a big step in overcoming a traditional limitation of digital SLR cameras. In combination with Canon's new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens, a 1.3x magnification, or 21-45.5mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle zoom results. This reduces the need for an expensive dedicated lens for wide angle photography.

Photographers can enjoy approximately 100% image coverage through the viewfinder, so that what they see is what they get, perfect for accurate composition.

Other leading innovations include the ability to dial in colour temperatures to meet specific lighting conditions. ISO speed bracketing allows photographers to fix aperture and shutter speed, yet shoot at three different equivalent film speeds. Such advances offer the professional photographer extreme creative flexibility.

Not only can the EOS 1D deliver high frames per second throughout, but it also provides the incredibly high shutter speeds demanded by pro photographers. The camera's shutter speed can reach 1/16,000 of a second and the flash can be fully synced to 1/500 of a second. High speed flash can be engaged at all available shutter speeds.

Also, the ability to adjust the camera's file name settings makes for an efficient imaging workflow.

The EOS 1D utilises a tough, weather resistant magnesium-alloy body and has over 70 moisture resistant seals, plus a new NiMh battery pack with protective sealing.

Entirely new software is available for the EOS 1D with powerful new tools for image control and camera customisation for both Windows and Mac. The camera features a CF card type I/II compatible slot and a high-speed IEEE1394 interface.

The EOS 1D is compatible with Canon's full range of EF lenses. Canon has also extended its professional photographic system by introducing the Macro TwinLite MT-24EX for extremely versatile flash photography.

Other features include 10 white balance modes and white balance bracketing functions as standard, with the ability to set white balance using degrees Kelvin.

The EOS 1D is available form the beginning of December for RRP 5,499.99.

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