The EOS-1DS Mark III is provided with the 'Canon EOS Solutions Disk 16' which includes:
Canon ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 - Easy-to-use image browsing and organization application with a unique interface. Includes rudimentary image editing, printing and e-mail functions. Allows RAW conversion via the 'RAW Image Task' plug-in - Windows only.
Image Browser 6.0 - Mac OS X only.*
Canon EOS Utility 2.2 - Automatic or Manual transfer of images via WIA, also allows for the adjustment of camera settings and remote 'tethered' shooting.*
Canon EOS-1 DS Mark III PTP/WIA driver - Windows only.
* Universal Binaries (Intel / PowerPC) for Mac OS X.
Remote Live View
Like most recent EOS models the EOS-1Ds Mark III offers the ability to use live view over a USB (or Wi-Fi with the optional transmitter). In addition to the usual options for remote capture you can preview white balance changes and close the lens down for depth of field preview. The preview image can be zoomed / magnified anywhere within the frame.
The ability to use live view remotely has many applications (especially once you start using Wi-Fi) and Canon's implementation works very well.
As is normal in our digital SLR reviews we like to compare the supplied RAW conversion software, any optional manufacturer RAW conversion software and some third party RAW converter. In the case of the EOS 450D we used the supplied Digital Photo Professional as well as Adobe Camera RAW 4.4. In this case we haven't included the more basic Canon Raw Image Task as (using the default settings) the output is nigh on identical to DPP.
JPEG - Large/Fine, Default settings
DPP - Digital Photo Professional 3.3
ACR - Adobe Camera RAW 4.5
CAP 1 - Capture One 4.0.1
Place your mouse over the label below the image to see the color from a GretagMacbeth ColorChecker chart produced using each RAW converter. As we would expect there is no difference between JPEG from the camera and Digital Photo Professional. Adobe Camera RAW's default settings take a slightly more conservative approach to color response and has a less contrasty tone curve.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mk III
Sharpness and Detail
Whilst all three raw converters produced sharp, clean and detailed output there are slight differences in the amount of sharpening applied by default (with Capture One the sharpest). The Mark III's JPEGs are pretty good but there's a noticeable increase in resolution when shooting raw.
These crops demonstrate that significantly more resolution is available from Digital Photo Professional, Capture One and Adobe Camera RAW conversion of RAW files than can be obtained from JPEG, and that the Mark III really is capable of capturing an astounding amount of detail. That said, a lot of this detail could be described as 'false' (produced beyond Nyquist), although frankly the majority of the time this is useful as it improves the appearance of 'texture'.