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Canon 1Dx2 rumours

Our collected rumours about the new 1 series camera that follows the 1D X.

The 1D X was announced in October 2011, but didn't ship until July 2012. According to Canon it replaces both the 1D4 and 1Ds3.

Personally I regard it as a full frame 1D4 (see specs of it compared to a D4) and for my own work not much of an improvement over the 1Ds3 (one reason I skipped this update)

With Canon's lengthy update cycles for high end cameras, I'm not expecting much here until 2015, but I'll update the page with any info we're sent or that I see on the web.

There is a regularly updated timeline for EOS DSLRs further down the page, which is always useful when considering replacement timetables.

The 1Dx Mk2 Rumours

  • For assorted 'High MP Camera' rumours see also our long running 3D page or 1D Xs page
  • The 5Ds/5Dsr at 50.6MP may well damp down high MP rumours for a bit...

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2015 November

  • 24th More possible specs appear - are we getting closer to an actual leak ;-) [CR]
    • 24mp full frame Canon sensor
      80+ AF Points
      New processor technology
      14+ stops of dynamic range
      Nearly 15fps
      4K video (max frame rate unknown)
      Dual CFast
      Slightly larger LCD
  • 6th More and a wider spread of AF points suggested [CR]
  • 3rd Some more 1Dx2 mentions [CR] maybe faster cards (CFast) and Digic 7.
    • January is looking good for an announcement, but given how many times we've seen predictions, lets wait for some 'real' leaks ;-)
    • As ever just have a look at the camera timeline below for one of the best long term guides to what to expect ...


  • 21st No real info, but the 1Dx2 is expected to be shipping by April [CR]
  • 12th Some specs (20MP) appear [CR] although it's probably too far from an announcement as yet for much accuracy


  • 7th A suggestion that the 1D X mk2 will have 4k video, but won't be a video oriented DSLR [CR] It's said that there won't be 4k in any other DSLR launched next year
    • If so with the 5D4 then I expect a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth ;-)
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    24th No specifications, but there are reports of pre-production versions of the 1DX 2 out for testing and promotional use [CR]
  • 8th A suggestion [CR] that the 1D X 2 will manage 14 fps with a 24MP sensor.
    • Rumours are quiet again, so I'm thinking the 14th (next Friday) is looking less likely...
  • 5th Another mention of the 1D X replacement [DPR] and putting an announcement (along with the 5D 3 replacement) around the US Photoplus show in October.
    • Nothing else backs this up at the moment, so keep the usual big pinch of salt ready.
  • 2nd A drop in price of the 1D X to $4600 [Adorama] - look out for more widespread price drops, that sometimes trail an update?
    • It's now August and there are no solid signs of any product launch yet...


  • 28th 24MP and at least 12fps? More 1Dx2 noises [CR]
  • 12th If we're to see a 1D X mk2 soon, the there should (hopefully ;-) be a few more leaks. There are suggestions [CR] that the new camera will have many more AF points (cross type) and that changes in viewfinder capabilities will be needed for it.


  • 7th More 1Dx 2 snippets - 25MP Canon sensor [CR]
    • Time to review the timeline - note that Digic 6 is hardly widespresd, and Canon doesn't tend to skip versions (note the dual Digic6 in the 5Ds - probably enough to work for the 1D mark 6 (as IMHO, you might reasonably call any 1DX2)
  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X        
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                        
Video                             1D C        
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III        
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D        
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D        
Mid APS-C         300D
Kiss Digital
Rebel XT
Kiss N
Kiss X
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7        
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70        
Mirrorless APS-C                             M M2 M3        

Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.

Video capable | Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual | Digic 6 dual

  • 2nd 1Dx 2 snippets - Digic 7 and extended DR [CR]


  • 27th Suggestions that the 1D X mk2 is out for testing will have a few more MP, improved viewfinder/display/AF, lighter battery, but no details [CR]
  • The only dates we've heard for this are late 2015/early 2016
    • (i.e. no idea really ;-)


  • 13th The actual appearance of a 1D X mk2 is pushed into 2016 [CR] even if it gets an announcement this year.
  • 5th With the 50MP 5Ds announced tomorrow, some Nikon D5 rumours appear, suggesting a 20MP camera later this year. This makes a 1Dx 2 just that bit more likely in September
  • ... let's just hope it ships a bit faster this time?


  • 4th The 1D X mk2 is suggested as getting a high MP sensor, although apart from both Sony and Canon saying in interviews that there will be such a sensor appearing some time, there is as yet very little actual evidence for where Canon will put one.

2014 November

  • 6th A 5D4 and 'another Canon Pro DSLR' for the start of February are mentioned in a dealer sourced rumour (see the 5D4 page for details)


  • 28th If there is to be a 'High MP' camera in the near future, then it's probably not the 1D X mark 2 [CR]
    • That's reassuring to me if it means the 'high MP' talk is about the return of the 'Ds' or even that old favourite, the 3d ;-)


  • 21st Both the 5D mk4 and 1D X mk2 are to be announced January/February of next year, we're told (thanks).
  • The 1D X mk2 will be announced first (potentially late this year), but will ship later.
  • Both will incorporate significant advances in sensor design, which mean that there will be no high MP '3D' class body this year.
    • The info suggested that this was what was being tested in the studios we heard about last month, and that elements of it woud appear in the upcoming 7D mk2, but that the real advance would be seen next year.
    • Thanks too for the aside, that I would finally see a camera that would make me 'rush' to replace my 1Ds mk3 - I'll believe it when I see it, but Northlight's next year financials does include provision for quite a bit of new glass and equipment, that I didn't see a need for, this year ;-)


  • 27th We're told (thanks) that someone from Canon recently visited several studios in NYC with a 'test' 1D X body for some well supervised tests. Images had to be processed on a particular laptop that came along with the camera/minder and no images were allowed to be retained.
  • The camera produced files of similar dimensions to a 5D3, but exhibited -much- better colour rendition and detail, with no moire. The only other real info was that the camera was for later this year or early 2015.
    • Is this some new sensor design from Canon? I asked for more details, but it seems that the whole test process was very secretive. If anyone else has heard of similar tests ...?
  • 22nd In the UK Canon are trying to up 1D X sales with a £400 trade in offer (details on main rumours page)

2013 November

  • 30th The '4 full frame' cameras info mentioned the other day (main rumours page) generated a lot of feedback [thanks].
  • From one of our long standing sources came the (not unreasonable) response that it was all 'too good to be true' and that the current 'unified' 1 series will continue, with a new model announced later on next year with a split pixel sensor and 'modest' bump in pixel count (it would share a slight change in body shape with a 1D C update). No big MP camera, and no move into MF. The 1/1C/5/6 line was it for a while.
    • Given that this is the one person who consistently told me to expect a 1D/1Ds merger, from 2010, should I perhaps take a bit more notice this time?
    • Of the two sets of info, I -prefer- to think that we -will- see a big MP camera, but my preferences count for very little, and I realise that very few people actually know, and they are not speaking ;-)


  • 24th New firmware (January 2014) is pre-announced for the 1D X [details on the 1D X page]
  • Improvements best summed up as covering improved AF functionality and an extension of auto ISO, they are firmly aimed at users who would have previously used a 1Dmk 4
    • It certainly suggests that there will be no mk2 announcement in the near future, although if Canon want to repeat the long lingering delays between announcement and shipping of the 1D X then we might first hear in 2014 for a 2015 ship date ;-)


  • 15th We're told not to expect any new full frame cameras until 2014

2012 December

  • 22nd still rumours pointing to a 'high MP camera' next year, but the follow on to the 1D X is several years away.


  • 22nd Assorted 'high end' rumours, but they point more to a 3D or 1D Xs

2012 February

  • 20th Given the 1D X still isn't shipping, there's not much here yet.

2011 October

  • 19th We're told (thanks) that a much higher resolution camera was being tested this year, but events in Japan, the upcoming Olympics and Nikon D4 mean that any studio version of the 1D X is 'some time away'.
    • This would tie in with comments we had earlier this year suggesting that Canon still saw the benefits of having two versions of their top camera. Whatever happens, I'd expect the 1D X to last at least 2-3 years.
  • 18th The 1Dx is announced, so in true rumours tradition, we have a mark 2 page.
  • Will the 1Dx line be split to cater for those wanting more than 18MP (1D Xs)
  • Meanwhile, a 1D X mk2 thread on DPR
  • 14th In what I'm genuinely surprised to see, it seems quite likely [CR] that the 1D and 1Ds lines are being amalgamated into a single camera...
  • -1D/1Ds follow on (no name yet)
  • -Full Frame 18MP, 12 fps, 61 AF Points
  • -New Battery, Available - March, Price unknown.
  • 11th A lot more 'One series' rumours appearing
  • A 'full frame' 16-20MP 1D5 is suggested at CR, but what about the largely discontinued 1Ds3?
  • 6th An 18MP full frame 14fps 1D5 is suggested for release on the 18th [via 1k1]


  • 17th Another specs lists appears at CR
    • Another one that puts APS-C crop pixels at 1/1.6 the FF value - doh!
  • 8th Lots more somewhat variable specs lists appearing at CR.
    • I note that the creator of these particular specs hadn't realised that pixel numbers for FF are around 2.6 times APS-C numbers for the same sensor design.
  • 6th Some very detailed specs are published at CR.
  • It suggests that the 1D and 1Ds lines will be merged into a 1D Mark V.
  • The 1Ds line will be superceded by a more studio oriented camera with a new designation (When?)
  • Highlight specs: 32.2MP, Full frame (35mm), ISO to 102k, 9.1 FPS, Digic V (just the one...)
    • So, I wonder... How do you announce this and 'sell' it to current 1Ds3 or 1D4 users?
    • Nope, another wish list IMHO.


  • 12th Another 1Dv/merger thread [CR]
  • Mid September release?


  • 1st 'End of APS-H' 1Ds/1D merger stuff [CR]


  • 2nd At CR there are suggestions that the 1D/1Ds merger may be 'sooner than expected'.
    • We've had no serious 'unification' rumours for several years, and indeed several suggesting that the differing needs of typical 1D and 1Ds series users meant that the two model approach was likely to continue for some time yet.


  • 7th FF 1D mkV @28MP by the Autumn... [DPR]


  • 13th Whilst we get a comment to expect the 1Ds4 announcement in 'late Spring', at CR they are suggesting a 1D5 to unify the 1D line, with the 5D3 moving 'upmarket'.
  • 12th Ever since the 1D Mk2n there are, a year or two into its life, suggestions of an 'n' variant of a camera.
  • This time a suggestion [CR] is that a 'video free' version would be produced to alleviate some problems with sports photographers and video rights at events.
    • Just how real this problem is with some of Canon's big customers and whether it would ever be worth producing a 'non-video' version is unclear...

2010 December

  • 16th There is a suggestion [CR] that a full frame 1D5 could appear next year. That would make the 1D4 rather short lived, although I've seen it suggested that the 1D4 was moved forward from an early 2010 release after the 'focus issues' with the 1D3.
    • Replacements for the 1D4, 1Ds3 and 5D2 next year would also make for a lot of announcements - perhaps enough to take some of the light of publicity off a Nikon D4?
  • 11th The 1D4 is now well over a year old and there is still no sign of a 1Ds4. Whilst we've had several comments suggesting that the tight 1D/1Ds model coupling is to be broken with new models, there are no solid rumours yet.


  • 3rd No sign of 1Ds4 yet, so a 36 month cycle - as before?

2010 February

  • 22nd Some suggest the 1Ds4 is due tomorrow - putting the 1 series on a 30 month update, so Feb 2012 for the FF 21MP 1D5?

2009 October

  • 21st There is a lot in the 1D4, with 16Mp, video and a new AF system, but some are already saying 'is that it?'... [DPR]
    • Not a view I share personally...
  • 20th It's a 1D4, so time to return this page to obscurity for a few years? ;-)
  • 19th Until we know the name of any new model - I'll put updates on the 1D4 page
  • 18th A report from the US (thanks) about a large dealer asking if someone wanted to be put on the 1DV waiting list.
  • How do you explain (excluding reasons of superstition) missing out 1D mark IV ? - Video. The camera will have to contain the best video performance in an EOS camera.
  • We know that Canon was genuinely surprised at just how well the 5D2 video features were taken up and has (so we were told) had several big re-arrangements of staff and organisational structures.
    • I'm personally waiting for the next 1Ds, but have long expected extremely good video in the updates to the 1 series. We've had comments (no details I'm afraid) about an expanded range of special video oriented accessories to be added to the 1D range - not long to wait and see :-)
  • Check the 1D Mk4 rumours page for our full rumour history for this camera.


  • 11th Lots of people suggesting that there will be a Mark IV announced at the end of this month.
  • Quite a few still suggesting that the numbers will jump from four to five, however this assumes a reticence to use the number '4' due to it's 'unlucky' nature in some far eastern cultures.
  • Official Canon info tends to use terms like Mark III - Roman numerals, so a 1Dmk4 is not what you'll see from Canon, but a 1D Mark IV might well be.

2009 July

  • 20th We're told from one of our sources to expect a 1D MkV - possibly skipping v4 to indicate a big jump
  • Yesterday a new comment we've received, said that the 1D4 will be 12fps/16MP and 1.3 crop, with better video than the 5D2.
Effective pixels
Sensor size
Continuous High (JPEG) LCD monitor
EOS-1D Sep 2001 4.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.0 fps, 21 frames 2.0"
EOS-1Ds Sep 2002 11.1 mp Full frame 3.0 fps, 10 frames 2.0"
EOS-1D Mark II Jan 2004 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 40 frames 2.0"
EOS-1Ds Mark II Sep 2004 16.7 mp Full frame 4.0 fps, 32 images 2.0"
EOS-1D Mark II N Aug 2005 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 48 images 2.5"
EOS-1D Mark III Feb 2007 10.1 mp 1.3x crop 10.0 fps, 110 images 3.0" (Live view)
EOS-1Ds Mark III Aug 2007 21.1 mp Full frame 5.0 fps, 56 images 3.0" (Live view)

We actually have a page dating from the last update, which details the 1D2 to 1D2N differences.

Who knows, we may get a 1DSV at some point too
Published specs for the Canon 1D X and Nikon D4
  Canon EOS-1Dx Nikon D4
Announced October, 2011
(availability: July 2012)
January, 2012
(availability: February 2012)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective Pixels 18.1 million 16.2 million
Sensor Size 36 mm x 24mm 36.0 x 23.9mm
Image Sensor Format full frame FX
File Format Still Images JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original)
Picture Control Auto
User Defined 1-3
User-customizable S
Storage Media Compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards CompactFlash (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
Card Slot Dual CF Cards (Type I or II) 1 CompactFlash (CF) card and 1 XQD memory type card
Viewfinder Frame Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 100% FX (36x24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30x20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24x16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30x24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.76x 0.70x Approx.
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. 30 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution Super High-speed: 14 shots/sec.
High-speed: 12 shots/sec.
Low-speed: 3 shots/sec.
10 frames per second
11 frames per second (AE/AF Locked)
Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-51200
Extension settable: ISO 50; 102,400 and 204,800
ISO 100 - 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
Dynamic AF Mode One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8
10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4, and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)
Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Focus Modes Single-point AF (Manual selection)
Auto selection 61-point AF
Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: up, down, left, and right)
AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
Zone AF (Manual zone selection)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 61 51
Built-in Flash No way! No!
Flash Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
White Balance Auto
Tungsten Light
White Fluorescent Light
Color Temperature setting
Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Movie 1920 x 1080: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps / 50 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps / 25 fps
HD 1920 x 1080 / 30 fps
HD 1920 x 1080 / 24 fps
HD 1280 x 720 / 30 fps
HD 1280 x 720 / 60 fps
Monitor Size 3.2-inches 3.2 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution Approx. 1.04 million dots 921,000 Dots
Monitor Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Battery Life (shots per charge) TBA 2,600 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA)
Approx. Dimensions 6.2 x 6.4 x 3.3 in.
(158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm)
Width 6.3 in. (160mm)
Height 6.2 in. (156.5mm)
Depth 3.6 in. (90.5mm)
Approx. Weight TBA 41.6 oz. (1180g) camera body only
Price $6,800.00 $5,999.95

1D3/1D4 comparison

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Sensor 16.1 million total pixels
27.9 x 18.6mm
10.7 million total pixels
27.9 x 18.6mm
Image processor Dual DIGIC IV Dual DIGIC III
A/D converter 14-bit 14-bit
Image sizes 4896 x 3264
4320 x 2880
3552 x 2368
2448 x 1632
3888 x 2592
3456 x 2304
2816 x 1880
1936 x 1288
RAW files CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
mRAW (9.0 MP)
sRAW (4.0 MP)
CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW (7.6 MP)
Auto focus 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
39 cross-type for F2.8 or faster lenses
19-point TTL CMOS sensor
19 cross-type for F4 or faster lens
26 non-selectable assist points
Noise reduction Four levels of High ISO NR High ISO NR On/Off
Movie mode 1920x1080 at 30, 25 or 24 fps
1280x720 at 60 or 50 fps
640x480 at 60 or 50 fps
LCD monitor 3.0" TFT LCD
920,000 pixels
7 brightness levels
2.0" TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
5 brightness levels
Continuous shooting 10.0 fps
Up to 121 JPEG Large/Fine images
Up to 28 RAW images
Up to 20 RAW+ Large/Fine JPEG images
(Figures are with UMDA 6 card)
10.0 fps
Up to 110 JPEG Large/Fine images
Up to 30 RAW images
Up to 22 RAW+ Large/Fine JPEG images
Custom functions 62 57
Storage Compact Flash slot (UDMA support)
SD card slot (SDHC support)
USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A
Compact Flash slot
SD card slot (SDHC support)
USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A
Dimensions 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in) 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)
No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)

The original 1D Mk4

US Info (from Canon)

Offering a comprehensive combination of speed, accuracy and image quality, the EOS-1D Mark IV is the perfect choice for professional photographers and subjects on the move.

With a completely redesigned 45-point AF system including 39 cross-type points, a new AI Servo II AF focus tracking system with improved algorithm combined with 10 fps continuous shooting, the EOS-1D Mark IV can handle even high-speed situations with ease.

An APS-H sized 16.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, a spectacular ISO range of 100 - 12800 (up to 102400 in H3 mode) with an advanced noise reduction system helps ensure sharp, low-noise images even in low-light situations.

Add advanced Live View shooting, Full HD movie recording with selectable frame rates and manual exposure control plus a host of new features that enhance every facet of the shooting process.

The EOS-1D Mark IV is the choice of professionals looking for the ultimate in SLR performance.


New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support plus new AI Servo II AF with improved algorithm.

ISO 100 - 12800 (expandable to L: 50, H1: 25600, H2: 51200, H3: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light with low noise levels.

canon 1d4 front viewEOS HD movie with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 60p (59.94) / 50p).

16.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors for high image quality and speed.

10.0 fps continuous shooting up to 121 Large JPEGS or 28 RAW using a UDMA CF card.

3.0-inch ClearView II LCD monitor, 160° viewing angle, 920,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.

Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 300,000 cycles and exclusive dust- and weather-resistance.

Fully compatible with over 50 EF lenses and a wide range of EOS System accessories.

Professionally Proven, High-Speed AF.

New 45-point Area AF sensor including 39 cross-type AF points with f/2.8 support plus new AI Servo II AF with improved algorithm.

The EOS-1D Mark IV has a newly developed, high-precision Area AF sensor with 45 manually selectable points including 39 cross-type, high-precision AF points for exacting and fast focusing no matter the subject. New AI Servo II AF focus tracking features improved algorithms that help improve stability, reliability and focus no matter the situation.

Whether shooting a fast-paced soccer game or shooting a close-up of a bee on a wind-blown flower during macro photography, AI Servo II AF helps ensure sharp focus every time. AF point selection has been improved as well.

Photographers can select their own point through either the camera’s Multi-controller or Main Dial/Quick Control Dial. Automatic selection is as simple as the press of a button.

With Custom functions, photographers can select their own default focus point to automatically switch between horizontal and vertical shooting and can even choose to have primary focus supported by adjacent focus points for more accuracy with moving subjects.

The original EOS 1DMk3

eos 1D Mk3


Canon today sets new standards for professional photography with the launch of the EOS-1D Mark III. Delivering 10 frames per second at 10.1 Megapixels for a maximum burst of 110 Large JPEG images (30 in RAW), the EOS-1D Mark III replaces the EOS-1D Mark II N as the world’s fastest digital SLR. Dual “DIGIC III” processors drive the camera’s high speed, high resolution performance, and bring 14-bit image processing to the EOS series for the first time.

A ground-up redesign introduces a host of new features and advancements to Canon’s flagship EOS-1 series, including a 3.0” LCD with Live View mode, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, new auto focus system with 19 cross-type sensors, and 63-zone exposure metering. The camera’s APS-H size (28.1 x 18.7 mm) CMOS sensor enables a wider 100-3200 ISO range as standard, expandable to L:50 and H:6400.

“The EOS-1D Mark III represents a complete reappraisal of everything Canon has learned over the past 20 years of EOS development,” said Tsunemasa Ohara, Senior General Manager, Camera Development Center, Canon Inc. “In building this camera, we started with a blank canvas. Every facet of the photographic process has been refined, every design decision re-evaluated to bring us to this point: a camera that combines familiar EOS ergonomics with a vastly enhanced specification. Our engineers are overjoyed with the result.”

Key features

10.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor
10 fps continuous shooting for up to 110 frames
Dual “DIGIC III” processors
New auto focus system with 19 cross type sensors
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
ISO 3200 (expandable to H:6400)
3.0” LCD with Live View mode
Wider, brighter viewfinder
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The choice of professionals

The EOS-1D line has enjoyed massive popularity among the world’s leading sports, reportage and wildlife photographers, with international wire agencies AFP, Getty and Reuters choosing Canon for their photographers. “The people at Canon is great to work with because they listen to photographers. It’s their attention to detail and the pace of innovation that makes EOS the system of choice,” explained Stephen Munday, Director of Operations – Editorial, Getty Images.

Exceptional image quality

Canon’s dual “DIGIC III” processors deliver unprecedented levels of speed, responsiveness and image quality. Ready to shoot within 0.2 seconds of power on, the EOS-1D Mark III can capture and process over 100 Megapixels of image data per second, rapidly clearing the image buffer to allow up to 110 frames in one burst. Images are processed at 14 bits for a total colour depth of up to 16,384 tones per pixel, compared to 4,096 tones from 12 bit images.

The third generation CMOS sensor incorporates a new pixel design that works together with on-chip noise reduction circuitry to ensure high image quality at ISO 3200. The option to expand to H:6400 will benefit professionals working in news and sports locations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Greater precision, more control

Canon has redesigned its auto focus system to include 19 cross-type sensors with sensitivity up to f/2.8, spread out across the AF area to better accommodate off-centre subjects. An additional 26 AF assist points are used to aid AF tracking for improved accuracy.

Responding to professional photographer requests, a dedicated AF button on the back of the camera allows users to instantly switch auto focus on or off while keeping their eye on the viewfinder. The viewfinder is now brighter and offers a wider angle of view. The camera’s new 63-zone metering system gives photographers greater level of control over exposure.

New LCD with Live View

The bright 3.0” LCD monitor provides 230K pixels resolution for precise framing and reviewing of shots. New to EOS, Live View mode enables photographers to frame without having to look through the viewfinder – particularly useful for shooting from awkward positions.

The menu system on the EOS-1D Mark III has been completely redesigned to take advantage of the LCD size – menus are easier to read and use. A choice of 57 custom functions gives photographers more options for customising camera settings to their daily working requirements. A new My Menu option allows photographers to store frequently used settings on a separate menu for faster access. Settings for new accessories such as the Speedlite 580EX II and Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 – also released today – can be controlled directly from the LCD.

Total reliability

The EOS-1D Mark III incorporates a range of practical enhancements for the working photographer. Shutter durability has been increased by 50% to 300,000 cycles. The body is protected by a magnesium alloy casing with dust and moisture resistant seals. The EOS Integrated Cleaning System provides further reliability by reducing sensor dust, minimising the need for manual cleaning on assignment. To avoid corruption of captured images, a warning appears on the LCD and an alarm sounds if the memory card door is opened while images are still being written. Interfaces include video out (for display in both NTSC and PAL formats) and USB 2.0.

Compatibility and accessories

Canon is marking today’s launch with the release of several additions to the professional EOS system:

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM – A fast, ultra wide-angle zoom lens delivering exceptional image quality throughout the aperture range.
Speedlite 580EX II – An update of the Speedlite 580EX that offers weather resistance when attached to the EOS-1D Mark III.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 – Smaller, lighter and more versatile than its predecessor, the WFT-E2 speeds up workflows by allowing photographers to transmit images wirelessly during the shoot.
Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 – Verifies the authenticity of images taken with the camera and supports image encryption for additional security.

The EOS-1D Mark III is supplied with a comprehensive software suite to help the photographer’s workflow. This includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP), a powerful RAW converter that provides complete RAW image processing control.

DPP integrates with cameras features such as the Dust Delete Data and Picture Style. The camera also comes with EOS Utility, ImageBrowser/Zoom Browser and Photostitch.