Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

EOS Digital SLR and Compact System Cameras

EOS-1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Maximum quality. Total control.

21 Megapixels of full frame resolution with the flexibility that only an EOS SLR can offer. Benefit from DIGIC III processing, rugged build quality and technologies that redefine SLR performance.

  • 21 MP full frame CMOS
  • 14-bit A/D processing
  • Up to 5 fps, max. burst of 56 JPEGs
  • Dual "DIGIC III" processors
  • High precision wide area AF
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • ISO 100-1600 range (L:50 H:3200)
  • 3.0" LCD with Live View mode
  • EF lens compatibility

21 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor

The full frame CMOS sensor of the EOS-1Ds Mark III provides a massive 21 Megapixels of detail - exceeding the standard quality demanded by leading photo agencies. Images are processed at 14 bit colour depth for finer tonal gradations. Picture quality is assured by effective noise reduction at high sensitivities and a low pass filter that combats false colour and moiré. The sensor’s wide dynamic range can be set to preserve more detail from bright areas with the Highlight Tone Priority function.

Dual "DIGIC III" processors

Dual "DIGIC III" processors drive the camera’s rapid performance, allowing near-instant start-up and response times.

Up to 5 fps with 56 frame burst

The EOS-1Ds Mark III delivers up to 5 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 56 JPEGs (12 in RAW).

Wide-area AF with 19 cross type points

A high precision AF system employs 19 cross type points with sensitivity up to f/2.8, spread out across the AF area to accommodate off-centre subjects. 26 AF assist points aid AF tracking for increased accuracy.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

Canon’s built-in dust prevention and cleaning system uses a combination of technologies to reduce, repel and remove dust from the sensor. A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit shakes dust from the sensor with each power on.

Wide ISO Range

A wide 100 to 1600 ISO range as standard is expandable to L:50 and H:3200.

3.0" LCD with Live View mode

The bright 3.0" LCD provides pin-sharp definition for checking focus and composition, with 10x magnification for finer details. When shooting from awkward positions, Live View mode gives you the option of framing your image from the LCD.

Picture Style

Picture Style presets provide easy image processing. Each style offers a different colour response - similar to the way film types are changed to achieve different effects. Picture Style presets are customizable in-camera or through the supplied Picture Style Editor software.

Weather sealed, magnesium alloy body

A magnesium alloy body with dust and moisture resistant sealing protects the EOS-1Ds Mark III from harsh weather and the rigours of daily use.

EOS system compatibility

The EOS-1Ds Mark III is compatible with all EF lenses (excl. EF-S lenses), EX Series Speedlite flash units, and the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 36 x 24 mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 21.1M
Total Pixels Approx. 21.9M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built in/Fixed
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type 2 x DIGIC III
Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens

FOCUSING

Type TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points 19 cross-type AF points (plus 26 Assist AF points)
AF Working Range EV -1 - 18 (at 23°C & ISO 100)
AF Modes One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection, Home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder
Predictive AF Yes, up to 8m ¹
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON button is pressed.
AF Assist Beam Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
AF Microadjustment C.Fn III-7
+/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 20 lenses individually

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering:
Center spot metering (approx. 2.4% viewfinder)
AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
Multi/Spot metering (Max 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
AE Lock Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button
Exposure Compensation +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments. 1/2-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop or 1 stop increments) ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom (5 settings), Colour Temperature Setting
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance 5 custom WB settings can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

VIEWFINDER

Type Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.76x ¹
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 (1/m) (dioptre)
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (10 types). Standard Focusing Screen Ec-C IV
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF1200mm f/5.6 or shorter)
Viewfinder Information AF information: AF points, focus confirmation light
Exposure information: Metering mode, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, spot metering circle, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning
Flash information: Flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level
Image information: White balance correction, JPEG recording, RAW recording, number of remaining shots, maximum burst (2 digit display), memory card information, battery check icon.
Depth of Field Preview Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
Eyepiece Shutter Built-in

LCD MONITOR

Type 3.0"" TFT, approx. 230K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) Approx 140°
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options (1)Shooting function
(2) Camera settings
Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
X-Sync 1/250sec (EX series Speedlites only)
Flash Exposure Compensation  +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments with EX series Speedlites
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal Yes/ Yes
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support.
External Flash Control via camera menu screen

SHOOTING

Modes Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual
Picture Styles Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction
Drive Modes Single, Silent, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s, 10s)
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx.5fps. (speed maintained for up to 56 images (JPEG)¹³, 12 images (RAW)) ²³

LIVE VIEW MODE

Type Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode
Metering Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed
Display Options Grid overlay

FILE TYPE

Still Image Type JPEG: 10 compression options (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, sRAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
Image Size JPEG: (L)5616x3744, (M1)4992x3328, (M2)4080x2720, (S)2784x1856
RAW: (RAW)5616x3744, (sRAW)2784x1856
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions 57 Custom Functions with 153 settings
LCD Panel / Illumination Yes
Water/ Dust Resistance Yes
Sound Memo Up to 30sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats (1)Single image with information (inc. file size)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card.
Data Verification Original image verification data and encryption can be appended to the image (OSK-E3 required for verification + encryption/decryption)
Menu Categories (1) Recording menu (x2)
(2) Playback menu (x2)
(3) Set-up menu (x3)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu
Menu Languages 18 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Polish
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

Computer USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Mini-B)
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC), 15-pin System Extension terminal

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes
Type CompactFlash Type I/ II (Microdrive compatible)¹, SDHC¹, SD memory (up to 2GB).

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2) / Vista (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.3-10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory

POWER SOURCE

Batteries 1x Li-ion pack LP-E4, 1x CR2025 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 1800 (at 23C)¹
Approx. 1400 (at 0C)
Battery Indicator 6 levels + percentage
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers Battery charger LC-E4, Car Battery Cable CG-570 (use with LC-E4), Power Adapter ACK-E4

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials Magnesium Alloy
Operating Environment 0-45 °C, 85% or lower humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 156.0 x 159.6 x 79.9mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. 1210g (battery weight 180g)

ACCESSORIES

Viewfinder Eyecup Eg, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Focusing Screens Ec, Angle Finder C
Wireless File Transmitter Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2
Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
Other Hand Strap E2
Magnification ¹ with 50mm lens at infinity, -1(1/m) dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution
² Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
³ Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
Type ¹ Compatible with large memory card capacities, including cards of 2GB and more (camera may require firmware update).
Battery Life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
Predictive AF ¹ with EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph
  • *Recommended Exposure Index
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.