The 21.1-megapixel Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III is Canon's flagship professional DSLR.

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Overall rating:


Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Overall score:94%
Image Quality:100%


  • High resolution, full frame, low noise, solid build, speed of AF


  • Manual focus live view, low-res LCD, artisan design


Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Review


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Canon has done it again with the 1Ds Mk III and I expect that studios across the globe will be ordering them as a matter of course, just for the high resolution. In use it’s a workhorse, and what it lacks in grace and beauty is made up for with its strength and results and what results! The image quality achievable from the 1Ds Mk III, when coupled with excellent optics, is, quite frankly, awesome. One notable example of this is the exceptional sharpness that?s possible from the high-resolution CMOS sensor, permitting very fine detail capture, and the excellent exposure and tonality of the pictures. As long as the camera produces images this good, there’s little else that matters.


PC Socket:Yes
Cable Release:Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5
AF Points:19 cross-type AF points (plus 26 Assist AF points)
Colour Temp Control:Yes
DoF Prview:Yes
Built-in Flash:Hotshoe only
Max Flash Sync:1/250sec
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
White Balance Bracket:+/-3 levels in single level increments. 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Focusing Modes:26 selectable point AF, manual
Shutter Type:Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Exposure Comp:+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Dimensions:156.0 x 159.6 x 79.9mm/ 1210g (battery weight 180g)
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Field of View:100%
Memory Card:CF/SD
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
ISO:100-1600, 50 and 3200 extended
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom (5 settings), Colour, Temperature Setting, Personal WB
Metering System:63 zone TTL evaluative, CW, Spot
Drive Mode:Single, continuous 5fps over 56 JPEGs
Exposure Modes:TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone SPC
Compression:JPEG (1-10 settings, user selectable), RAW / sRAW (14bit Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Sensor:36 x 24 mm CMOS, Approx. 21.1MP eff
Output Size:(L)5616x3744, (M1)4992x3328, (M2)4080x2720, (S)2784x1856, (RAW)5616x3744, (sRAW)2784x1856
LCD:3.0" TFT, approx. 230K dots. Live View Mode with selectable grid and aspect ratio markings.
Focal Length Mag:1x
Lens Mount:Canon EF
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec, Bulb
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features and Design
  3. 3. Performance and Handling
  4. 4. Image Quality & Value
  5. 5. Verdict
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