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Image sensor
Type: 28.1 x 18.7 mm CMOS
Effective pixels: approx. 10.1M
Total pixels: approx. 10.7M
Aspect ratio: 3:2
Low-pass filter: built-in/fixed with self-cleaning sensor unit
Colour filter type: primary polour

Image processor
Type: 2x DIGIC III

Lens Mount: EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
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.

Type: TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF system/ points: 19 cross-type AF points (plus 26 Assist AF points)
AF working range: EV -1 to 18 (at 23C and ISO 100)
AF Modes: One-shot; AI Servo
AF point selection: automatic selection, manual selection, home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF point display: superimposed in viewfinder
Predictive AF: yes
AF Lock: locked when shutter button is pressed half-way in One-shot AF mode.
AF assist beam: emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual focus: selected on lens, default in Live View Mode

Exposure control
Metering modes: TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC
1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at centre)
3) Spot metering: centre spot metering (approx. 3.8% viewfinder at centre); AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder); Multi/Spot metering (Max 8 spot metering entries)
4) Center weighted average metering
Metering range: EV 0 to 20 (at 23C with 50mm f1.4 lens, ISO 100)
AE lock: Auto: operates in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: by AE lock button in all metering modes
Exposure compensation: +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments. 1/2-stop increments selectable with C.Fn I-01
ISO speed equivalent: 100 to 3200 (in 1/3-stop increments). ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 6400 (selected with C.Fn I-03). ISO 200-3200 in Highlight Tone Priority (C.Fn II-03)

Type: Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb
Shutter release: Soft touch electromagnetic release

White balance
Type: auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom (5 settings), Colour Temperature Setting, Personal WB
White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9; 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Personal White Balance: 5 personal WB settings can be registered
WB Bracketing: +/-3 stops in full stop increments. Three bracketed images per shutter release. Method: 1. Blue/Amber 2.Magenta/Green.

Colour matrix
Type: Two types of colour space, sRGB and Adobe RGB.

Viewfinder: pentaprism
Coverage: vertical/horizontal approx. 100%
Magnification: 0.76x
Eyepoint: 20mm
Dioptre correction: -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing screen: interchangeable (10 types). Standard screen: Ec-C IV
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF1200mm f5.6 or shorter)
Viewfinder information: AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (metering mode, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, spot metering circle, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), white balance correction, JPEG recording, RAW recording, number of remaining shots, maximum burst, memory card information, battery check icon.
Depth-of-field preview: yes
Eyepiece shutter: built-in

LCD monitor
Monitor: 3 inch TFT, approx. 230K pixels. Live View Mode with selectable grid and aspect ratio markings.
Coverage: approx. 100%
Brightness: adjustable to one of seven levels

Modes: E-TTL II auto flash, metered manual
Hot-shoe/ PC terminal: yes/ yes
X-sync: 1/300sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash exposure compensation (FEC): +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments with EX-series Speedlites
Flash exposure bracketing: yes
Flash exposure lock: yes
Second curtain synchronisation: yes
External flash: E-TTL II with EX-series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support.

Modes: program AE, shutter priority AE, aperture priority AE, manual
Photo effects: monochrome (selected from the Picture Style menu) with options for filters and toning effects.
Drive modes: single, silent, continuous L, continuous H
Continuous shooting: max. approx.10fps. (speed maintained for up to 110 images JPEG, 30 images RAW) - depending on memory card speed/capacity

Recording pixels/compression
Image size: (L) 3888x2592, (M1) 3456x2304, (M2) 2816x1880, (S)1936x1288, (RAW) 3888x2592, (sRAW) 1936x1288
Compression: JPEG (1-10 settings, user selectable), RAW / sRAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)

File format
Still Image Format: JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording: yes (separate formats to seperate cards)
Folders: folder creation & selection is possible
File numbering: 1) consecutive numbering; 2) auto reset; 3) manual reset
Processing parameters: six preset Picture Style modes with three user defined settings
Sound Files: WAVE (monaural)

Direct print
Canon Printers: Canon compact photo printers and PIXMA printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge: Yes

Other features
Custom functions: 57 custom functions with 156 settings
Personal functions: No
LCD panel (EL) illumination: Yes
Water/ dust resistance: Yes
Sound memo: up to 30 seconds per image
Intelligent orientation sensor: yes
Histogram: brightness, RGB
Playback zoom: 1.5x - 10x
Display formats: 1) single image with information (inc. file size); 2) single image; 3) four image index; 4) nine image index; 5) magnified view
Image erase protection: erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or cancelled at one time
Image erase: single image, all images (card/folder), checkmarked images
Self timer: approx. 2 or 10 seconds
Menu Categories: 1) recording menu; 2) playback menu; 3) set-up menu; 4) custom functions menu; 5) My Menu
Menu languages: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish
Firmware update: update possible by the user.

Computer: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other: Video output (PAL/ NTSC), 15-pin System Extension

Memory card
Type: CompactFlash Type I/II (Microdrive compatible), SDHC, SD memory (up to 2GB), external media (with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 only). Compatible with large memory card capacities, including cards of 2GB and more (camera may require firmware update).

Supported operating system
PC & Macintosh: Windows 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2) / Vista; Mac OS X v10.3-10.4

Browsing and printing: ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser
Other: PhotoStitch, EOS Utility with Remote Shooting (requires OS X 10.4.7 on an Intel Mac)
Drivers: PTP TWAIN Driver (Windows 2000 / XP)
Image manipulation: Digital Photo Professional (RAW Image Processing)

Power source
Batteries: 1x Li-ion pack LP-E4, 1x CR2025 for date & settings
Battery life: approx. 2200 exposures at 23C); approx. 1700 exposures at 0C
Battery check: Automatic
Power saving: power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
AC power supply: Power Adaptor ACK-E4

Lenses: all EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash: Speedlites 220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2
Remote controller/switch: remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
Power supply and battery chargers: Battery Pack LP-E4, Battery charger LC-E4, Car Battery Cable CG-570 (use with LC-E4), Power Adapter ACK-E4
Other: Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2, Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3, Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Focusing Screens Ec, Angle Finder C, Hand Strap E1

Physical specifications
Body materials: magnesium alloy
Operating environment: 0-45 C, 85% or lower humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD): 156.0 x 156.6 x 79.9mm
Weight (body only): approx. 1155g (battery weight 180g)


Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.

Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways:

Reduce - Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The redesigned body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.

Repel - Anti-static technologies are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.

Remove - A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.

Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.

Picture Style

Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software. The six pre-sets include:

Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing

Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones

Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines

Neutral – ideal for post-processing

Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K

Monochrome – for black-and-white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).

The User Defined Picture Style can be used to store up to three customised pre-sets, or any of the pre-sets available for download from Canon’s web site at


Digital Photo Professional

Digital Photo Professional software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation and colour tone. Images can be recorded in camera with sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space. Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, ColorMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces.

ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.

Improvements in the latest version of Digital Photo Professional include three times faster image previews, an enhanced Noise Reduction tool and simultaneous batch processing of TIFF and JPEG images.

EOS Utility

The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for remote shooting control, camera configuration, remote Live View support and configuration of the new Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 and Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 accessories. EOS Utility can be configured to monitor ‘hot’ folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system – ideal for Wi-Fi transfers, or for commercial and studio photographers who want to shoot direct to a computer.

22 February 2007

The world’s fastest D-SLR – remastered

Canon today sets new standards for professional photography with the launch of the EOS-1D Mark III. Delivering 10 frames per second at 10.1 Megapixels for a maximum burst of 110 Large JPEG images (30 in RAW), the EOS-1D Mark III replaces the EOS-1D Mark II N as the world’s fastest digital SLR. Dual DIGIC III processors drive the camera’s high speed, high resolution performance, and bring 14-bit image processing to the EOS series for the first time.

A redesign from the ground up introduces a host of new features and advancements to Canon’s flagship EOS-1 series, including a 3 inch LCD with Live View mode, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, new auto focus system with 19 cross-type sensors, and 63-zone exposure metering. The camera’s APS-H size (28.1 x 18.7 mm) CMOS sensor enables a wider 100-3200 ISO range as standard, expandable to L:50 and H:6400.

“The EOS-1D Mark III represents a complete reappraisal of everything Canon has learned over the past 20 years of EOS development,” said Tsunemasa Ohara, Senior General Manager, Camera Development Center, Canon Inc. “In building this camera, we started with a blank canvas. Every facet of the photographic process has been refined, every design decision re-evaluated to bring us to this point: a camera that combines familiar EOS ergonomics with a vastly enhanced specification. Our engineers are overjoyed with the result.”

Key features

• 10.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor
• 10 fps continuous shooting for up to 110 frames
• Dual DIGIC III processors
• New auto focus system with 19 cross type sensors
• EOS Integrated Cleaning System
• ISO 3200 (expandable to H:6400)
• 3 inch LCD with Live View mode
• Wider, brighter viewfinder
• Picture Style

The choice of professionals

The EOS-1D line has enjoyed massive popularity among the world’s leading sports, reportage and wildlife photographers, with international wire agencies AFP, Getty and Reuters choosing Canon for their photographers. “The people at Canon are great to work with because they listen to photographers. It’s their attention to detail and the pace of innovation that makes EOS the system of choice,” explained Stephen Munday, Director of Operations – Editorial, Getty Images.

Exceptional image quality

Canon’s dual DIGIC III processors deliver unprecedented levels of speed, responsiveness and image quality. Ready to shoot within 0.2 seconds of power on, the EOS-1D Mark III can capture and process over 100 megapixels of image data per second, rapidly clearing the image buffer to allow up to 110 frames in one burst. Images are processed at 14 bits for a total colour depth of up to 16,384 tones per pixel, compared to 4,096 tones from 12 bit images.

The third generation CMOS sensor incorporates a new pixel design that works together with on-chip noise reduction circuitry to ensure high image quality at ISO 3200. The option to expand to H:6400 will benefit professionals working in news and sports locations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Greater precision, more control

Canon has redesigned its auto focus system to include 19 cross-type sensors with sensitivity up to f2.8, spread out across the AF area to better accommodate off-centre subjects. An additional 26 AF assist points are used to aid AF tracking for improved accuracy.

Responding to professional photographer requests, a dedicated AF button on the back of the camera allows users to instantly switch auto focus on or off while keeping their eye on the viewfinder. The viewfinder is now brighter and offers a wider angle of view. The camera’s new 63-zone metering system gives photographers a greater level of control over exposure.

New LCD with Live View

The bright 3 inch LCD monitor provides 230K pixels resolution for precise framing and reviewing of shots. New to EOS, Live View mode enables photographers to frame without having to look through the viewfinder – particularly useful for shooting from awkward positions.

The menu system on the EOS-1D Mark III has been completely redesigned to take advantage of the LCD size – menus are easier to read and use. A choice of 57 custom functions gives photographers more options for customising camera settings to their daily working requirements. A new My Menu option allows photographers to store frequently used settings on a separate menu for faster access.

Settings for new accessories such as the Speedlite 580EX II and
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 can be controlled directly from the LCD.

Total reliability

The EOS-1D Mark III incorporates a range of practical enhancements for the working photographer. Shutter durability has been increased by 50% to 300,000 cycles. The body is protected by a magnesium alloy casing with dust and moisture resistant seals. The EOS Integrated Cleaning System provides further reliability by reducing sensor dust, minimising the need for manual cleaning on assignment. To avoid corruption of captured images, a warning appears on the LCD and an alarm sounds if the memory card door is opened while images are still being written. Interfaces include video out (for display in both NTSC and PAL formats) and USB 2.0.


The EOS-1D Mark III is supplied with a comprehensive software suite to help the photographer’s workflow. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control.

DPP integrates with cameras features such as the Dust Delete Data and Picture Style. The camera also comes with EOS Utility, ImageBrowser/Zoom Browser and Photostitch.

Canon Professional Services

Professional EOS photographers can benefit from Canon Professional Services (CPS). Free of charge to qualifying members, CPS provides support at major sporting and news events across Europe. The CPS website and newsletter keep photographers up to date with pro-oriented articles, resources and technical guides.

Membership requirements and further information is available at 

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