Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Review
The table below was originally featured in our Nikon D2X review and was always intended to be used in both reviews. It shows that both of these cameras aim to offer similar things; double digit megapixel capture, a rugged body and a wide range of professional features. The 'headline' feature advantages for each camera are listed in the bullet points below, as you can see the EOS-1Ds Mark II does have some clear advantages, however you would have to ask yourself if these are worth the $2,500 premium.
In favor of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
- A 4.4 million pixel advantage, larger pixel pitch
- Full 35 mm frame sensor (36 x 24 mm)
- Wider default sensitivity range: ISO 100 - 1600 (additionally ISO 50 & 3200)
- JPEG quality programmable (10 levels)
- Dual storage capable (CF and SD)
- Firewire (IEEE 1394) connectivity
- Fully environmentally sealed
- Advanced RAW converted included (DPP)
In favor of the Nikon D2X
- Faster default continuous shooting (5 fps vs 4 fps)
- Special high-speed crop continuous shooting mode (8 fps at 7 MP)
- Lighter and more powerful Lithium-Ion battery, more battery info
- Slightly larger LCD monitor (2.5" vs 2.0")
- Additional features: Timelapse, GPS, Overlay
- USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface
- $2,500 less expensive than the EOS-1Ds Mark II
- Slightly smaller, lighter
Canon EOS-1Ds Mk II
O-rings around controls
Rubber seals on compartments
|Street Price **||US: $ 7,500
UK: £ 5,200
|US: $ 5,000
UK: £ 3,500
|FOV crop||1.0x (full size 35 mm)||1.5x (Nikon DX format)
2.0x (High-speed crop mode)
|Lens mount||Canon EF mount (not EF-S)||Nikon F mount (inc. DX lenses)|
|Sensor||17.2 million total pixels CMOS
RGB color filter array
36 x 24 mm
7.2 x 7.2 µm pixel pitch
|12.8 million total pixels CMOS
RGB color filter array
23.7 x 15.7 mm
5.49 x 5.49 µm pixel pitch
|Image sizes||4992 x 3328 (16.6 MP)
3600 x 2400 (8.6 MP)
3072 x 2048 (6.3 MP)
2496 x 1664 (4.2 MP)
|4288 x 2848 (12.2 MP)
3216 x 2136 (7.0 MP)
2144 x 1424 (3.1 MP)
|High-speed crop||n/a||3216 x 2136 (7.0 MP)
2400 x 1600 (3.8 MP)
1600 x 1064 (1.7 MP)
- with FOV crop of 2.0x
|Sensitivity||Default ISO 100 - 1600
+ ISO 50, 3200 equiv. option
|Default ISO 100 - 800
+ ISO 1600, 3200 equiv. option
RAW + JPEG
RAW + JPEG
|Color modes||4 x sRGB
1 x Adobe RGB
2 x custom (space, sat., color tone)
|2 x sRGB
2 x Adobe RGB
1 x sYCC
|Auto Focus||45 area
0 to 18 EV working range
7 cross-type, F2.8 or faster
|11 area (9 area in HS crop)
-1 to 19 EV working range
9 cross-type, F5.6 or faster
|AF Area Modes||One-shot AF
AI Servo AF
|Single Area AF
Dynamic AF + tracking
Closest Subject Priority
Group Dynamic AF
|Metering||21 zone SPC||1005-pixel CCD
3D Color Matrix Metering
0 to 20 EV working range
|Metering modes||21 Area Evaluative
|3D Color Matrix Metering II
Center Weighted Avg.
|Exp. Compen.||-3 to +3 EV||-5 to +5 EV|
|EV steps||1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV||1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV|
|Shutter speed||30 to 1/8,000 sec
|30 to 1/8,000 sec
|Flash X-sync||1/250 sec
High speed to 1/8000 sec
(full size image)
| 5.0 fps
Up to 22 JPEG frames
Up to 17 NEF frames
|n/a|| 8.0 fps
Up to 35 JPEG frames
Up to 29 NEF frames
|White balance||Auto (1 sensor)
Kelvin color temperature
|Auto (3 sensor hybrid)
Kelvin color temperature
|Noise reduction||Long exposure (Off, On)||Long exposure (Off, On)
High ISO (Off, Normal, High)
|Timelapse||No||Yes, Interval Timer|
|LCD Monitor||2.0" TFT LCD
|2.5" TFT LCD
|Audio clips||Yes, Voice narration||Yes, Voice narration
Optional auto record
|Wireless option||Yes, 802.11 b/g||Yes, 802.11 b/g|
|JPEG quality programmable||Yes (10 levels)||Yes (2 levels)|
|Storage||Compact Flash (Type I/II)
Secure Digital (SD)
|Compact Flash (Type I/II)|
|Battery||NiMH NP-E3||Lithium-Ion EN-EL4|
|Battery info||Battery life (4 stages)||Battery life (5 stages)
Remaining charge (%)
Shots taken since last charge
|Charger||Dual pack charger
120 mins full charge
100 mins full charge
IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
PC Sync terminal
|USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
PC Sync terminal
|GPS connection||No||Yes, optional|
|Dimensions||156 x 158 x 80 mm
(6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
|158 x 150 x 86 mm
(6.2 x 5.9 x 3.4 in)
|Weight (including battery, no lens)||1.56 kg
** Prices correct at time of publication
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