13:00 JST / 04:00 GMT: Canon has today announced its EOS-1V based digital SLR, the EOS-1D. It features a 1.3x focal length multiplier, 4.48 megapixel CCD producing a 4.06 megapixel (2464 x 1648) image. The EOS-1D is capable of shooting continuously at an amazing 8 frames per second for up to 21 JPEG images (or 16 RAW images). Other features include a fully environmentally sealed magnesium body, Canon's excellent 45-point AF, 1/16,000 max shutter speed, 1/500 sec flash X-sync, Firewire (IEEE 1394) connectivity, JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG saving modes, 21 custom and 25 personal functions, selectable colour matrixes (sRGB, Adobe RGB) and a super-fast 87 ms viewfinder blackout. The EOS-1D is expected to go on sale in at the end of December at a an expected street price of US$ 7000.

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Embargos etc... Par for the course, we were told 13:00 JST (04:00 GMT) for the Worldwide launch of the EOS-1D. However, the first leaks started at 21:00 GMT (night before) when Canon Norway posted full information (pics, specs). Closely followed by dp-now.com who posted at 23:00 GMT.

Canon Europe press release:

Canon introduces 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 around professional digital camera. The EOS-1D 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 11.7 MB file in a photographic 2:3 aspect ratio.

The combination of both speed and image quality makes the EOS-1D the most well balanced professional camera available today. Professionals no longer need to sacrifice either the speed demanded by the F1 sports photographer, or the high resolution required for studio shoots, for the EOS-1D offers both.

"We are extremely proud of our record in R&D" says Mr Komatsuzaki, Executive Vice President of Canon Consumer Imaging. "On average, Canon registers over 7 technology patents every working day resulting in world leading products such as the EOS-1D."

Photographers 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 & durability.

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 transmission, 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 length magnification of 1.3x, which permits wide-angle photography, & thus makes a big step in overcoming a traditional limitation of digital SLR cameras. In combination with Canon's new EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM lens, a 1.3x magnification, or 21-45.5mm wide angle zoom results. This reduces the need for an expensive dedicated lens for wide-angle photography.

Photographers can enjoy approx. 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 3 different equivalent film speeds. Such advances offer the professional extreme creative flexibility.

Not only can the EOS-1D deliver high frames per second throughput, 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 synched to 1/500 of a second. FP 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 Ni Mh battery pack with protective sealing. The shutter has been tested to an awesome 150,000 exposures.

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 over 50 of Canon's EF lenses. Canon has also extended its professional photographic system by introducing the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX (see other press release) 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. Shooting has been prioritised so photographers can immediately start photographing again even when displaying a recorded image.

Canon

Canon is a €26 billion company recognised as a world leader in new technology covering a broad range, from business solutions- including imaging systems and computer input/output devices - to cameras and optical products. With its European headquarters in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, Canon posted sales of €7.7 billion in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in 2000. For more information, please visit the Canon Europa web site: www.canon-europa.com

Canon EOS-1D specifications

General
Name EOS-1D
Type Digital AF SLR (CCD sensor /Direct� Imaging)
Recording medium Type I and II CF card
Image format 28.7 x 19.1 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (all)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length conversion factor Approx. 1.3x
   
Imaging Element
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CCD sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 4.15 megapixels (2496x1662)
Total pixels: Approx. 4.48 megapixels (2664x1681)
Aspect ratio 2:3
Color filter system RGB primary colors
Low-pass filter Located in front of the CCD sensor, fixed
   
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File system
Image format JPEG and RAW, 36-bit true color (12 bits/RGB color)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous recording
Provided File size

1) Large/Fine: approx. 2.4 MB (2464 x 1648 pixels)
2) Large/Normal: approx. 1.3 MB (2464 x 1648 pixels)
3) Small/Fine: approx. 1.1 MB (1232 x 824 pixels)
4) RAW: approx. 4.8 MB (2496 x 1662 pixels)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject and ISO speed.

Folders Folder creation and selection enabled
File numbering 1) Consecutive numbering
2) Auto reset
3) Manual reset
Image-processing Standard parameters plus up to three customimage processing parameters can be set
Interface IEEE 1394 (with dedicated cable)
White Balance 10 Settings: Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, manual, color temperature setting, custom white balance
Auto white balance Hybrid auto white balance with the CCD sensor and a dedicated external WB sensor
Custom white balance Up to three custom white balance settings can be registered
   
Color temperature
White balance bracketing +/-3 steps in whole step increments
   
Color Matrix
Type Two types of color space, sRGB and Adobe RGB. Preferable type is selectable out of four types of color tone in sRGB (Total 5 types)
   
Viewfinder
Type Glass pentaprism, eye-level type with eyesight correction
Coverage Approx.100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Magnification 0.72x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint 20 mm
Built-in dioptric correction -3.0 - +1.0 diopter
Focusing screen Interchangeable (9 types), Standard focusing screen: Ec-CIII
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF 1200mm f/5.6 or shorter lens)
Viewfinder information AF information (AF points, focusconfirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure,metering range, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), JPEG format, number of remaining shots, CF card information
Depth-of-field preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece shutter Built-in
   
Autofocus
Type TTL-AREA-SIR with Area AF CMOS sensor
AF frame 45-point Area AF (W x H: 15mm x 8mm)
AF working range EV 0-18 (at ISO 100)
Focusing modes 1) One-Shot AF
2) AI Servo AF
3) Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Automatic selection, manual selection, homeposition (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated ontop LCD panel
AF-assist beam Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite's built-in AF-assist beam
   
Exposure
Exposure Control Metering modes TTL full aperture metering with 21-zone SPC
1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)
3) Spot metering
    - Center spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
    - AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder)
    - Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
4) Centerweighted average metering
Metering range EV 0-20 (at 20�C with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control Program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE,systems aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, E-TTL flash AE, manual, flash metered manual
ISO speed range Equivalent to ISO 200-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 100 and 3200.
Exposure compensation Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
Bracketing methods 1) Shutter speed or aperture
2) ISO speed Manual: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
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.
   
Shutter
Type Electronic shutter with the CCD sensor and vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter speeds 1/16,000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb,X-sync at 1/500 sec.
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Noise reduction Operates at 1/15 sec. or slower shutter speedslong exposures (including bulb)
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote control Remote Switch N3-type terminal provided.
Flash External flash Speedlite EX series E-TTL autoflash
PC terminal Provided
   
Drive System
Drive modes Single frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous
Continuous Low-speed continuous: 3 fps, high-speed continuous: 8 fps
Max. burst during continuous shooting 21 shots in Large/Fine, Large/Normal,Small/Fine modes16 shots in RAW, RAW+Large/Fine,RAW+Large/Normal, RAW+Small/Fine modes* Maximum shots per burst depends on thesubject, shooting mode, and ISO speed.
   
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size 2.0 inches
Pixels Approx. 120,000
Coverage Approx. 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness control Adjustable to one of five levels
   
Image Playback
Image display format 1) Single image with information
2) Single image
3) 4-image index
4) 9-image index
Highlight alert In display formats 1 and 2 above, any overexposed highlight areas will blink in the image display
Active AF point Displayed in the �single image with informationIndicator' display format
   
Image Protection and Erase
Protection Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the CF card can be applied or canceled at one time.
Erase One image, all images in a folder, or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images) at one time.
   
Sound
Sound Recording Recording method The voice narration recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image.
File format WAV
Recording time Max. 30 sec. per recording
   
Menus
Menu categories 1) Shooting menu
2) Image reviewing menu
3) Setup menu
4) Custom / Personal Functions
LCD monitor language Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish
Firmware update Update possible by the user
Custom functions 21 with 64 settings
Personal functions 25
   
Power Source
Battery One Ni-MH Pack NP-E3
AC power can be supplied via AC adapter PA-V16 and DC coupler DC-E1.
Number of shots At 20�C/68F: Approx. 500
At 0�C/32F: Approx. 350
(When a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 battery and EF50mm F1.4 USM lens are used, the photo image confirmation function is�on�, the confirmation display time is 2 sec., and the file format is RAW + Large/Fine.)
Battery check Automatic Power saving Provided.
Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Back-up battery One CR2025 lithium battery
   
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions
(W x H x D)
156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight 1250 g / 44.1 oz. (Body only. Battery: 335 g/11.8 oz.)
   
Working Conditions Working Temperature range 0 - 45�C / 32 - 113�F
Working humidity 85% or lower
   
Major Specifications Specifications are subject to change without notice. All performance figures are based on Canon's Standard Test Method.

Canon EOS-1D information leaflet (PDF)

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