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As we said when we reviewed the Nikon D3 a couple of months back, the air is pretty thin at the very top of the digital SLR tree and at the moment both the big players avoid trampling on each other's toes too heavily, meaning the EOS-1Ds Mark III has nothing you could call a direct competitor. There are currently only three other full frame digital SLRs on the market; Canon's venerable EOS 5D and Nikon's dynamic duo, the D700 and D3. None of these can hold a candle to the Mark III in sheer resolution terms, and only the D3 can match it for build and functionality. The EOS-1Ds Mark III sits on its own (for the time being) as the undisputed king of the megapixel.

Positives versus the competition

  • Highest resolution SLR on the market today
  • Built-in sensor cleaning / dust removal system

Negatives versus the competition

  • No autofocus at all in live view
  • Compared to D3: lower resolution screen, no HDMI output, only 5.0 fps, ISO range and metering / AF specs
  • Price (as compared with other 35mm format digital cameras)
 

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Nikon D3
Price (body only) $8000 [check] $5000 [check]
Dust removal • Self-cleaning filter
• Anti-static coating
• Dust delete data
• Dust-off image
Environmental sealing

• Environmentally sealed
• O-rings around controls

• Splash proof
• Dust proof
• Sealed lenses available
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 36 x 24 mm 36 x 23.9 mm
Sensor area 864 mm² 860 mm²
Image Stabilization Lenses only Lenses only
Effective pixels 21.1 million 12.1 million
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
FOV crop 1x 1x
Image size 5616 x 3744 4256 x 2832
Live View • Yes
• Up to 10x magnify
• Manual focus
• Remote live view over USB or Wi-Fi/Ethernet
• Yes
• Up to 1:1 pixel view
• Contrast detect AF
• Mirror flip AF
Lens support • Canon EF
• Incompatible with EF-S (crop)
• Nikon F mount
• Compatible with DX (crop)
File formats JPEG (10 compression options), RAW (CR2, 14-bit) JPEG, TIFF, RAW (NEF 12-bit / NEF 14-bit)
Auto focus • 45 point
• 19 cross-type
• -1.0 to 18 EV
• 51 point
• 15 cross-type
• -1 to 19 EV
AF illuminator External speedlite only External speedlite only
AF adjustment Yes, body and per lens Yes, body and per lens
Metering sensor 63 zone 1005 pixel RGB
Metering range 0 to 20 EV 0 to 20 EV
Metering modes Evaluative, Partial, Spot, CWA 3D Color Matrix, CWA, Spot
Exp. comp. +/- 3.0 EV +/- 5.0 EV
Exp. comp. EV steps 0.3 or 0.5 EV 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV
Manual EV steps 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV
Sensitivity range (boost setting) (50), 100 - 1600, (3200) (100), 200 - 6400, (25,600)
Auto ISO adjust No (Safety shift option will over-ride selected ISO if enabled). Max ISO & Min shutter speed selectable
Shutter speed 30 - 1/8000 sec 30 - 1/8000 sec
Shutter life 300,000 exposures 300,000 exposures
Continuous rate (high) 5 fps 9.0 fps (11 fps in DX crop mode)
Continuous buffer • 56 JPEG
• 12 RAW
• 130 JPEG Norm
• 17 RAW
White balance • 6 presets + fine tune
• Color temp (K)
• Manual (5 mem)
• WB Bracketing
• 7 presets + fine tune
• Color temp (K)
• Manual (4 mem.)
• WB Bracketing
Image parameters

• 6 presets
• 3 user presets
• Sharpness: 0 to 7
• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G

• 4 presets
• Saturation +/- 3, A
• Contrast +/- 3, A
• Brightness +/- 1
• Hue +/- 3
• Sharpness 0-9, A
• Quick adjust +/- 2
• B&W filter
• B&W tone
Noise reduction control 1 additional level 4 levels (ISO 2000+ only)
DR / Shadow adjust. Highlight Tone Priority Active D-Lighting (4 levels)
Built-in flash None None
External flash • Hot-shoe
• PC sync terminal
• Wireless flash
• Hot-shoe
• PC sync terminal
• Wireless flash
Flash sync speed • 1/250 sec
• Up to 1/8000th with supported speedlights
• 1/250 sec
• Up to 1/8000th in Auto FP mode (with supported speedlights)
Customizable controls • SET button
• AF-ON button
• AE lock button
• Dials
• FUNC button
• FUNC+dials
• Multi-selector cent.
• Preview button
• AE-L/AF-L button
• Dials
User memories 3 via menus 4 via menu
Delete in record review Yes Yes, drive mode
Storage • CF (inc. UDMA)
• SD / SDHC
CF (inc. UDMA) x2 slots
Viewfinder • 100% coverage
• 0.76x magnification
• 100% coverage
• 0.7x magnification
LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT LCD
• 230,000 dots
• 3.0" TFT LCD
• 922,000 dots
LCD articulation No No
Top panel LCD Yes (plus rear info panel below screen) Yes (plus rear info panel below screen)
Battery 25.5 Wh 27.75 Wh
Battery status • Percentage (%)
• Shutter Count
• Recharge performance
• Percentage (%)
• Shots since charge
• Battery aging
Vertical grip Built in Built in
Mirror lock-up Yes, custom function • Yes (drive mode)
• Exposure delay
Other features • Custom 'My Menu'
• Audio clips
• Silent drive mode
• FTP, PTP, HTTP connectivity (via IEEE802.11 b/g or ethernet) plus storage onto attached USB disks via optional WFT-E2/E2A Wireless File Transmitter

• GPS record with optional cable
• Retouching & RAW processing
• Intervalometer
• Custom 'My Menu'
• FTP and PTP/IP file transfer with optional Wireless Transmitter WT-3 (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
• Audio clips (with playback via built-in speaker)
• Virtual Horizon
• Image Authentication

Video output Composite HDMI (up to 1080i)
Dimensions 150 x 160 x 80 mm
(6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
160 x 157 x 88 mm
(6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in)
Weight (no batt) 1205 g (2.7 lb) 1240 g (2.7 lb)
Weight (inc batt) 1385 g (3.1 lb) 1420 g (3.1 lb)
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