Canon EOS 1D Mark III Review

canon 1d mark 3 camera reviewThe big story with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III is that it’s a better, more universally appealing professional camera for more types of professional photographers. I think a lot of intermediate photographers may want to make the jump as well, given its more friendly interface and astonishing high ISO performance. The additional 1.5 frames per second isn’t the most important improvement with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, it’s just a nice enhancement. The same goes for the jump from 8 megapixels to 10.

The Canon EOS 1D Mark III isn’t just for sports anymore. It’s a more universal camera for the vast majority of pro photographers. With the multiple improvements in the new camera, photographers will no longer need to trade off resolution, image quality, and speed against each other. The 1D Mark III now has enough of all three to satisfy a huge slice of the market in a single camera body.

The EOS 1D Mark III has several improvements that illustrate its greater versatility:

  • Fast performance, high resolution, and improved image quality across the board
  • Resolution sufficient for double-truck spreads and general commercial photography
  • Even faster capture, processing, and write speeds, and faster AF tracking for sports shooters
  • Super low-light capability for photojournalists (High ISO)

In addition, the EOS 1D Mark III has a few new features that will expand the camera’s versatility and convenience:

  • Live View mode for image composition on the camera’s LCD or via a remote computer
  • Compatibility with a faster optional WiFi transmission system
  • Canon’s new dust reduction technology which first appeared in the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

At a glance, you really can’t tell the difference between the Canon EOS 1D Mark II N and the Canon EOS 1D Mark III. They’re both large, cut an imposing profile, and look like high quality instruments. Even the name looks similar. But look more closely and there are different design accents and, new buttons, new button arrangements, and a nice big three-inch LCD.

The Mark III was redesigned from the ground up. There are so many changes in the Mark III that it’s a little tough to know where to start. It’s a camera designed to extend Canon’s superiority in areas like autofocus and high-ISO image quality, to shore up areas of competitive weakness such as the battery system and camera configuration and to incorporate emerging features like Live View and remote camera access, but do these things better than they’ve been done before in the digital SLR arena. And while they were at it, Canon opted to increase the EOS-1D Mark III’s resolution and frame rate too, relative to the EOS-1D Mark II N it replaces.


Weight: 2.6 lbs
Width: 6.1 in
Depth: 3.1 in
Height: 6.1 in
Body Material:magnesium alloy


Resolution: 10 megapixels
Sensor resolution: 10 megapixels
Optical Sensor Type: CMOS
Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,000,000 pixels
Total Pixels: 10,700,000 pixels
Light Sensitivity: ISO 50, ISO 6400, ISO 100-3200
Shooting Programs: Landscape, Portrait mode
Special effects: Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome
Field of View Crop Factor: 1.3
Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec
Sensor Features EOS Integrated Cleaning System
X-sync Speed: 1/300 sec
Exposure Metering: Spot, Evaluative, Multi-spot, Spot AF area, Partial (13.5%)
Exposure Modes: Bulb, Manual, Program, Automatic, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, E-TTL II program flash
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing: 7 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
White Balance: Custom, Presets, Automatic
White Balance Presets: Flash, Shade, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten light, 2500K – 10000K (100K steps)
Status LCD Display Information: Program, Aperture, Drive mode, Film speed, Flash mode, Focus area, Frame counter, Metering mode, Photo quality, Shutter speed, Autofocus mode, Self-timer mode, Battery condition, Picture resolution, Bracketing indicator, Exposure compensation, Remote control indicator, White balance indicators
Still Image Format: RAW, JPEG, RAW + JPEG
Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames per second , 10 frames per second
Color support: Color
Exposure Range: EV -1-18 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure Metering Zones: 63
White Balance Bracketing: Yes
Status LCD Display Illumination: Yes
Remote Control: Optional
TV Tuner: None


Flash Memory: None
Floppy Drive: None
Image Storage: RAW 3888 x 2592 – 13 MB, JPEG 3888 x 2592 – 3.5 MB, JPEG 3456 x 2304 – 2.8 MB, JPEG 2832 x 1880 – 2.1 MB, RAW 1936 x 1288 – 7.6 MB, JPEG 1936 x 1288 – 1.2 MB
Supported Flash Memory: Microdrive, CompactFlash, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card


Lens System Mounting: Canon EF


Self Timer: Yes
Self Timer Delay: 2 sec,10 sec
Flash Terminal: Hot shoe, PC terminal
Additional Features: AE lock, AF lock, FE lock, Mirror lock, Wi-Fi ready, DPOF support, Direct print, Dust resistant, Audio recording, Auto power save, Remote live view, Histogram display, LCD live view mode, PictBridge support, USB 2.0 compatibility, Digital noise reduction, Highlight point display, RGB primary color filter, Built-in eyepiece shutter, Display brightness control, Depth-of-field preview button, Interchangeable focusing screens (11 types)


Type: None


Viewfinder Type: Optical – Fixed eye-level pentaprism
Field Coverage: 100%
Magnification: 0.76x
Dioptric Correction Range: -3 to +1
Frames: Autofocus frame
LCD Display Information: AE lock, AF lock, Aperture, Shutter speed, White balance, Battery status, Metering system, Exposure compensation, Frames-remaining counter


Type: LCD display – TFT active matrix – 3 in – Color
Mounting: Built-in
Resolution: 230,000 pixels


Type: None


Type: Microphone – Built-in


Connector Type: 1 x USB, 1 x Composite video output, 1 x Remote control, 1 x System accessory terminal
Expansion Slot(s): 1 x CompactFlash Card – Type I/II, 1 x SD Memory Card


Auto Focus: TTL phase detection
Auto Focus Points (Zones): 45


Carrying Case: None
Cables Included: USB cable, Video cable
Included Accessories: Body cap, Neck strap
Min Operating Temperature: 32 F
Max Operating Temperature: 113 F


Power Device: Power adapter + battery charger – External


Operating system: MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.1, Apple Mac OS X 10.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.3, Apple Mac OS 9.0 – 9.2
Peripherals: USB port, CD-ROM drive


Supported Battery: Canon LP-E4
Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery – 2300 mAh ( Included )

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