Photokina 2002, 0600 GMT: One day short of a year after the EOS-1D Canon has officially announced the 11 megapixel, full-frame capture EOS-1Ds digital SLR. This camera had a leaked introduction to the web world a couple of weeks ago. The 1Ds is heavily based on the excellent EOS-1D D-SLR with that superb environmentally sealed magnesium body, 45-point AF, selectable colour space, Firewire connectivity, FAT32 support for CF cards greater than 2 GB and RAW+JPEG imaeg output (as well as many other features). Also new to the 1Ds is control of personal functions from the camera menu. The EOS-1Ds has a continuous shooting capability of 3 frames per second for up to 10 frames.

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Notable new features / changes (compared to the EOS-1Ds):

  • Full-frame 11 megapixel CMOS sensor (no FOV crop / multiplier)
  • Continuous shooting down to 3 fps, max 10 images
  • ISO range 100 - 1250, ISO 50 selectable from custom function
  • Personal functions can be set via in-camera menu
  • JPEG compression now represented as numbers rather than a ruler
  • FAT32 filesystem support for Compact Flash cards greater than 2 GB
  • Playback magnification now available
  • Images can be tagged with a unique 'signature' for use with Data Verification Kit
  • Improved battery life (thanks to CMOS sensor)

Press Release (Canon Europe):

Canon introduces the world's first full frame professional digital camera with an 11.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor - The EOS-1Ds

Amstelveen, September 24th, Canon announces the world's highest resolution professional digital camera the EOS-1Ds, featuring the first ever full frame 35mm CMOS sensor, with 11.1 million effective pixels. The EOS-1Ds captures astounding detail & colour, almost doubling the resolution considered state of the art for a digital SLR camera in the world today*.

The EOS-1Ds has made a huge leap in resolution by means of the continuous development of the CMOS sensor. Canon's groundbreaking CMOS technologies deliver high resolution, low noise and low power consumption, allowing photography to make a quantum leap in terms of digital image quality.

The EOS-1Ds can capture images at approximately 3 frames per second for a 10-frame burst, even at the highest quality setting. It also has almost three times as many pixels as the super fast EOS-1D.

With its extremely high resolution, the EOS-1Ds has been designed to meet the needs of those professional photographers who need the ultimate in digital image quality. Therefore, it is expected to appeal to professionals active in a wide range of specialties including studio, commercial, reportage, or fashion photography.

"The introduction of this camera tops Canon's flagship professional digital range, claiming dual world records for both the highest resolution, with the EOS-1Ds, and the fastest speed, with the EOS-1D, thus providing an incredibly competitive pro product line-up" said Mr. Komatsuzaki, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. "Launched in September 2001, the Canon EOS-1D remains the fastest professional SLR digital camera ever**, with a continuous shooting speed of 8 frames per second and a burst of 21 frames."

L to R: Canon EOS-1Ds CMOS sensor, Canon EOS-1D CCD sensor, Canon EOS-D60 CMOS sensor

Having a full frame sensor the same size & aspect ratio as 35mm film has long been the holy grail of digital photography, but the EOS-1Ds also delivers what has so far not been possible, ultra-high resolution in the SLR format. Another long-awaited benefit of a full frame sensor is that it allows the use of wide-angle lenses without any focal length magnification, a traditional limitation of previous digital cameras. "The world's best photographers will be happy to see that the arrival of the EOS-1Ds means that digital output now rivals the quality of 35mm film," said Mr. Komatsuzaki.

The EOS-1Ds sees the introduction of Canon's new imaging engine. This has been specially designed to achieve high image quality, excellent colour reproduction and a wide tonal range equal to, or better than, the 35mm slide film often favoured by professionals. In addition, the CMOS sensor's extremely high signal to noise ratio means that noise is minimized, even at the equivalent of ISO 1250.

The EOS-1Ds incorporates outstanding professional features globally acclaimed in the multi award winning EOS-1D and EOS-1V. These include 45-point area autofocus, 21 zone metering, the familiar EOS ergonomic layout and the camera's renowned toughness & durability.

In response to customer requests, an image enlargement function has been introduced. 25 sections of a selected image can be enlarged on the camera's LCD screen, thus allowing you to check for detail & sharpness.

As CMOS sensors consume less power than CCDs, battery life has been improved, so that the NP-E3 battery pack can now capture up to 600 exposures on one charge***. CMOS sensors are also utilised in the award winning Canon EOS D60 prosumer model.

With the high-speed FireWire standard, IEEE1394, enabling 50 Mbps throughput, high transfer speeds allow rapid plug & play downloads to a computer. CF cards can be formatted in either the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Formatting in FAT32 is intended for high-capacity CF cards over 2GB and is selected automatically by the camera when formatting this type of card.

Other leading innovations include the unique ability to dial in colour temperatures to meet specific lighting conditions. 10 White Balance (WB) modes and WB bracketing provide maximum flexibility and superb colour accuracy. ISO speed bracketing allows photographers to fix aperture and shutter speeds, yet shoot at 3 different equivalent film speeds. Such advances offer the professional advanced creative opportunities.

Entirely new software is available for the EOS-1Ds from the EOS Digital Solutions Disk and is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. The camera also features a CF card type I/II slot enabling the use of CF cards and IBM Microdrives.

The EOS-1Ds utilizes a tough, weather resistant magnesium-alloy body and has over 70
moisture & dust resistant seals, plus a Ni-Mh battery pack with protective sealing. The shutter
has been tested to an awesome 150,000 exposures.

An optional accessory, the Data Verification Kit DVK-E1 consists of a dedicated IC card and card reader, together with special software for Windows 2000/XP. This allows one to check that the EOS-1Ds' image files have remained absolutely unaltered after being circulated. This may well be a landmark for digital imaging in law enforcement, copyright and many other areas.

The EOS-1Ds is compatible with over 60 of Canon's EF lenses. Canon has also extended its professional photographic system by introducing the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX for extremely versatile macro flash photography.

* As of September 2002
** As of September 2002
*** At 20°C / 68°F

Canon EOS-1Ds specifications

Name EOS-1Ds
Type Digital AF SLR (CCD sensor /Direct� Imaging)
Recording medium Type I and II CF card
Image format 35.8 x 23.8 mm (1.4 x 1 in)
Pixel pitch 8.8 x 8.8 µm
Compatible lenses Canon EF lenses (all)
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length conversion factor None
Imaging Element
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 11.1 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 11.4 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary colors
Low-pass filter Located in front of the CMOS sensor, fixed
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File system (except Color Matrix 4) and RAW
Filesystem FAT16 or FAT32 (supports CF cards greater than 2 GB)
Image format JPEG and RAW, 36-bit true color (12 bits/RGB color)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous recording
Provided File size

1) Large/Fine: approx. 4.1 MB (4064 x 2704 pixels)
2) Large/Normal: approx. 1.7 MB (4064 x 2704 pixels)
3) Small/Fine: approx. 1.4 MB (2032 x 1352 pixels)
4) RAW: approx. 11.4 MB (4064 x 2704 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
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
WB Bracketing +/-3 stops in full-stop 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)
Type Glass pentaprism, eye-level type with eyesight correction
Coverage Approx.100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Magnification 0.7x (-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
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 Control Metering modes TTL full aperture metering with 21-zone SPC
1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
2) Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at center)
3) Spot metering
    - Center spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder at center)
    - AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% 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 100-1250 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 with C.Fn 3-1.
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.
Type Electronic shutter with the CCD sensor and vertical-travel, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter speeds 1/8,000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb,X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Noise reduction Operates at 1 sec. or slower shutter speeds 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 Approx. 3 fps
Max. burst during continuous shooting 10 shots (The maximum shots per burst depends on the subject, 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
5) Magnified view (P.Fn-30)
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 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
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 67 settings
Personal functions 26
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. 600
At 0°C/32F: Approx. 450
(With a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, image viewer is ON, image checking time is 2 sec., and Large/Fine image quality)
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
(W x H x D)
156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight 1265 g / 44.6 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 All the specifications above are based on Canon's testing and measure standards. The camera's specifications and physical appearance are subject to change without notice.