Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Review
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
|Price (body only)||$8000 [check]||$5000 [check]|
|Dust removal||• Self-cleaning filter
• Anti-static coating
• Dust delete data
|• Dust-off image|
• Environmentally sealed
|• Splash proof
• Dust proof
• Sealed lenses available
|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|
|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
• 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
• 6 presets
|• 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)|
|External flash||• Hot-shoe
• PC sync terminal
• Wireless flash
• 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
|• FUNC button
• Multi-selector cent.
• Preview button
• AE-L/AF-L button
|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
|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
|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)|
- 18 Software & Raw
- 19 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 20 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 21 Photographic tests (DR)
- 22 Vignetting/Shading
- 23 Photographic tests
- 24 Compared to
- 25 Compared to (JPEG)
- 26 Compared to (JPEG)
- 27 Compared to (JPEG)
- 28 Compared to (RAW)
- 29 Compared to (RAW)
- 30 Compared to (RAW)
- 31 Compared to (Resolution)
- 32 Conclusion
- 33 Samples
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