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The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III redefines the state of the art in no uncertain terms. A new 21.1-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor delivers astounding image quality. Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors work in tandem to speed up data handling and camera operation, while further refining imaging performance.

Tough, high-durability body and shutter designs, combined with the unique EOS Integrated Cleaning System, set new standards for professional dependability. Cutting-edge features such as a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor with Live View Function, and a fast, precise 45-point AF system makes the EOS-1Ds Mark III powerful and versatile. .

A New Full-Frame Performance Standard The recording area of the sensor is 36 x 24mm, which is equivalent to the full-frame size of the 35mm film format. The tremendous pixel count delivers high-resolution images of exacting precision, with Photoshop file sizes over 60MB for outstanding quality at large print sizes and post-processing cropping flexibility. Despite the higher pixel density, Canon CMOS sensor technology ensures exceptionally low noise and the widest usable ISO range* (from 50 to 3200, using ISO range extension).

Dual DIGIC III Image Processor Developed to maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography. The latest-generation DIGIC III Image Processor works in concert with Canon's CMOS sensor to achieve even higher levels of performance. The entire electronic system is totally re-designed, giving the camera itsincredible combination of speed and image quality. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, and color reproduction issuperior.

Live View Function which makes the LCD monitor a real-time finder. When the Live ViewFunction is enabled, the reflex mirror is locked up and the shutter opens. The image output from the CMOS sensor will be displayed in real time on the LCD monitor with 100 percent coverage. A selectable portion of the image can be magnified by 5x or 10x to aid inprecise manual focusing. Focus, exposure check, composing, and shooting can all be accomplished in this mode. There is also a grid overlay option, perfect for architectural photography.

Weather-Resistant Design Extensive weatherproofing ensures superior reliability, even when shooting in harsh environments.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System Dust that settles on the low-pass filter is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off.

Dust that has been missed by the Integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.2 or higher

CANON 1DS MARK III Specifications

Compatible Lenses
Canon EF, TS-E, and MP-E lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Image Format
1.42 x 0.94 in./36.0 x 24.0mm (full-frame sensor)
Image Sensor Type
Full-frame, high-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Approx. 21.10 megapixels
Product Type
Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium
CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC Memory Card (1 slot each), and/or External media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Canon WFT-E2A transmitter), compatible with UDMA-compliant CF cards, and SDHC SD cards
Total Pixels
Approx. 21.90 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Color Space
Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
File Numbering
Continuous numbering
Auto reset
Manual reset (the image numbering is reset to 0001, a new folder is created automatically)
File Size
JPEG/Large: Approx. (TBA) MB (5,616 x 3,744)
JPEG/Medium 1: Approx. (TBA) MB (4,992 x 3,328)
JPEG/Medium 2: Approx. (TBA) MB (4,080 x 2,720)
JPEG/Small: Approx. (TBA) MB (2,784 x 1,856)
RAW: Approx. (TBA) MB (5,616 x 3,
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, mini-B port. NTSC/PAL for video output
Low-pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Recording Format
DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible. Multiple options for recording images on two memory cards, and onto compatible external USB hard drives (via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A)
Recording System Folders
Can be manually created by user, and freely selected for subsequent images.
Auto White Balance
Auto white balance, taken from imaging sensor
Approx. 100%
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Approx. 20mm
0.76x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63)
Personal White Balance
White balance bracketing: Three consecutive images, Up to +/- 3 levels in 1-step increments
White balance shift: blue/amber bias and/or magenta/green bias +/- 9 levels; manually set by user
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, five Custom WB settings (1-5), user-set Color Temperature (2,500~10,000K), five Personal White Balance PC-1 to PC-5
Viewfinder Information
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light, point selection mode, registration), Exposure (metering mode, spot metering area, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), Flash (flash ready, high-speed sync
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
AF Point Selection
45-point (19 high-precision cross-type AF points plus 26 Assist AF points)
AF Working Range
EV -1 ~18 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C)
AF-assist Beam
None. Emitted by EX-series Speedlite or optional ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter
Auto Focus Type
TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button; possible in Live View Function
Eyepiece Shutter
Focusing Modes
Autofocus (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF), Manual Focus (MF)
Metering Modes
63-zone TTL full aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder)
Spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
Center spot metering
AF point-linked spo
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and on LCD panel
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual (user-set): By AE lock button in all metering modes
Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation (user-set): up to +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-half increments
Auto Bracketing (AEB): 3 shots, up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments, in all exposure modes. Sequence can be changed via C.Fn I-5
Exposure Control Method
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II program AE (Evaluative flash metering, Averaged flash metering), Manual, Bulb
ISO Speed Range
Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200 (via C.Fn I-3)
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Remote Control
Canon N3 type terminal
10 sec. delay, 2 sec. delay
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-, 1/2- or 1-stop increments), X-sync at 1/250 sec. (with EOS dedicated external Speedlites; 1/250 maximum with other shoe-mount flashes, and 1/60th-1/250th with studio strobes)
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Brightness Control
7 levels provided
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 5 fps (at a shutter speed of 1/(TBA) sec. or faster in all recording modes)
Drive Modes
Single, silent, high-speed continuous (approx. 5 fps), low-speed continuous (approx. 3 fps), 10- or 2-sec. self-timer
EOS External Flash/Dedicated Speedlites
E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting
JPEG: approx. 45 frames
RAW: approx. 15 frames
RAW+JPEG: approx. (TBA) frames (Large/Fine)
Monitor Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
PC Terminal
Provided; accepts third-party flash units with sync line voltages up to 250V maximum
Screen Monitor size
3.0 in.
Compatible Printers
CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers (via USB Interface Cable IFC-200U, included with camera kit)
Direct Printing from the Camera
Possible with compatible PictBridge-enabled printers
Dust Delete Feature
Via built-in microphone at rear of camera body; activated by pressing recording button on camera. Sound file attached to image file on memory card
Erase Modes
Single image, all images in a folder, all images in the memory card or check-marked images can be erased or unprotected.
Highlight Alert
In the single image display and (INFO) display, over-exposed highlight areas will blink
Image Display Format
Single image, 4-image index, 9-image index, Jump, AF point, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Brightness or RGB Histogram, Auto rotate, Rotate
Live View Function: view image before shooting on LCD monitor; live histogram and live simulation o
Picture Style
Single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be protected or cancel the image protection
Recording Time
Max. 30 sec. per recording
Back-up Battery
One CR2025 lithium battery
One dedicated lithium-ion battery pack LP-E4 AC power can be supplied via the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (included)
Battery Check
Automatic, displayed in six levels. Precise readout of percentage remaining, shots taken since last charge, calibration recommended, and approx. remaining battery life are displayed with Battery Info menu setting.
6.1 x 6.3 x 3.1 in./156 x 159.6 x 79.9mm (W x H x D)
LCD Monitor Language
18 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Menu Categories
Custom function/My Menu
Number of Shots
At 73°F/23°C: Approx. (TBA)
At 32°F/0°C: Approx. (TBA)
The above figures apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E4 is used
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less
Operating Temperature Range
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min.
Canon 1 year limited warranty
42.5 oz./1,205g
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