Canon EOS 1D Mark III SLR Review

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Canon EOS-1D Mark III Pro SLR Specifications

Camera 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)
Image format 1.11 x 0.74 in./28.1 x 18.7mm (APS-H size sensor)
Compatible lenses Canon EF, TS-E, and MP-E lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Lens mount Canon EF lens mount
Lens focal length conversion factor Approx. 1.3 x of indicated lens focal length (*compared to 35mm format)
Image Sensor
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 10.10 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color filter system RGB primary colors
Low-pass filter Located in front of the CMOS sensor, non-removable
Recording System
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)
Image format JPEG, RAW (Canon .CR2)
Provided file size JPEG/Large: Approx. 3.5MB (3,888 x 2,592)
JPEG/Medium 1: Approx. 2.8MB (3,456 x 2,304)
JPEG/Medium 2: Approx. 2.1MB (2,816 x 1,880)
JPEG/Small: Approx. 1.2MB (1,936 x 1,288)
RAW: Approx. 13.0MB (3,888 x 2,592)
* sRAW: Approx. 7.6MB (1,936 x 1,288)
* Exact file sizes depend on the JPEG quality, subject, ISO speed, etc.
Folders Can be manually created by user, and freely selected for subsequent images
File numbering Consecutive numbering
Auto reset
Manual reset
Color space Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
Backup image recording Enabled (same image recordable on CF card and SD card)
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, mini-B port. NTSC/PAL for video output
USB for direct printing
Video output (NTSC/PAL)
White Balance
10 Settings 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
Auto white balance Auto white balance, taken from imaging sensor
Color temperature compensation White balance bracketing: Three consecutive images, Up to +/- 3 levels in 1-stop increments White balance correction: blue/amber bias and/or magenta/green bias +/- 9 levels; manually set by user
* When blue/amber bias and magenta/green bias set with White balance correction, white balance bracketing cannot be set together during white balance correction
Type Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Coverage Nearly 100% vertically and horizontally
Magnification 0.76x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm
Built-in dioptic correction -3.0 -- +1.0 diopter
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63)
Viewfinder Information AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (metering mode, spot metering area, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure compensation, exposure warning), Flash (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure level), Image (JPEG recording, RAW recording, shots remaining, white balance correction, memory card information), Battery check
Depth-of-field preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button; possible in Live View mode
Eyepiece shutter Built-in
Type TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF points 19 cross-type AF points (plus 26 Assist AF points)
AF working range EV -1 ~18 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C)
Focusing modes One-Shot AF
Predictive AI Servo AF
Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Automatic selection; Manual AF point selection: 19 AF points, Inner 9 AF points (C.Fn III-9-1), Outer 9 AF points (C.Fn III-9-2)
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and on LCD panel
AF-assist beam None. Emitted by EX-series Speedlite or optional ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter
Exposure Control
Metering modes 63-zone TTL full aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3)Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of screen)
     a. Center spot metering
     b. AF point-linked spot metering
     c. Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Centerweighted average metering
Metering range EV 0-20 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control systems Program AE (shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II program AE (Evaluative flash metering, Averaged flash metering), Manual
ISO speed range Equivalent to ISO 100-3200 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 6400 (via C.Fn I-3
Exposure compensation Exposure Compensation (user-set): +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments. Auto Bracketing (AEB): 3 shots, up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments, in all exposure modes. Can be changed via C.Fn I-6 to 2, 5, or 7 shots. Bracketing order can be changed via C.Fn I-5.
Bracketing methods (1) Shutter speed or aperture (2) ISO speed Manual: +/- 3 stops in 1/3 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes
Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), X-sync at 1/300 sec. (with EOS Speedlites; 1/250 maximum with other shoe-mount flashes, and up to 1/60th or faster with studio strobes)
Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote control Canon N3 type terminal
EOS External Flash or Dedicated Speedlites E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
PC terminal Provided; accepts third-party flash units with sync line voltages up to 250V maximum
Drive System
Drive modes Single, silent, high-speed continuous (approx. 10 fps), low-speed continuous (approx. 3 fps), 10- or 2-sec. self-timer
Continuous shooting speed Approx. 10 fps (at a shutter speed of 1/500 sec. or faster in all recording modes); fastest speed can be lowered if desired via C.Fn III-15
Max. burst during continuous shooting JPEG: approx. 110 frames (Large/Fine, at standard level 8 compression setting)
RAW: approx. 30 frames
RAW+JPEG: approx. 22 frames (Large/Fine)
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size 3.0 inches
Pixels Approx. 230,000
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness control 7 levels provided
LCD Monitor Languages Eighteen
Image Playback
Image display format Single image, 4-image index, 9-image index, Jump, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Histogram, Auto rotate, Rotate Live view: view image before shooting on LCD monitor; live histogram and live simulation of exposure level possible with C.Fn IV-16-1
Highlight alert In the single image and single image (INFO.) formats, any overexposed highlight areas will blink in the image display.
Image Protection and Erase
Protection Single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be protected or cancel the image protection
Erase Single image, all images in a folder, all images in the memory card or check-marked images can be erased or unprotected
Direct Printing from the Camera
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)
Settings Print quantity, style (image, paper size, paper type, printing effects, layout, date, file number), trimming
Power Source
Battery One dedicated lithium-ion battery LP-E4
AC power can be supplied via the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4
Number of shots At 73°F/23°C: Approx. 2200
At 32°F/0°C: Approx. 1700
With a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E4
Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided, Power turn off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Back-up battery One CR2025 lithium battery
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 156 x 156.6 x 79.9 mm / 6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.
Weight 40.7 oz./1,155g
Operating Environment
Operating temperature range 0 - 45 °C / 32 - 113 °F
Working humidity 85% or lower

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