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The Canon 1D mark 3 was announced in February 2007 as a replacement for the 1D Mk2N.

Aimed firmly at the sports market, it featured a maximum rate of 10 frames per second and a whole new AF system.

It was this AF system that didn’t live up to some expectations and led to a long running period of ‘1D3 AF problem’ threads on forums – eventually leading to Canon offering updates/repairs for the 1D3 and an extended warranty.

Although the 10.1 MP might seem a little tame compared to some of today’s cameras, it’s on an APS-H (1.3 crop) sensor, giving that extra reach and shooting speed if you are looking for a used camera, for sports/nature work.

Key specifications

  • 10.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor
  • 10 fps continuous shooting for up to 110 frames
  • 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
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1dmk3 focus

Collected 1DMk3 information

Latest News

2013 July

30th Canon has firmware updates for the EOS 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV.The updates incorporate the following fixes:

Resolves the following phenomenon: when the camera is not attached to a lens, power consumption may be higher than usual, causing premature battery drain.
Resolves a phenomenon in which “Err 70″ may be displayed when the shutter is released without a lens attached.

Canon 1D Mark III Firmware Version 1.3.2
Canon 1Ds Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.3
Canon 1D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.1.4

2009 December

17th Firmware updated to 1.3.0

Supports the WFT-E2 II wireless file transmitter

September 20th A suggestion that for ‘Bird in Flight’ (BIF) shots it might be better to revert to v1.2.3 of the firmware

May 30th Rob Galbraith looks at 1D3 AF again and what he says does not make the best reading for Canon

“Q. Does the revised AF calibration or firmware v1.2.5 bring an improvement in tracking autofocus?
A. No. The EOS-1D Mark III with these changes does not capture a greater proportion of properly focused or nearly focused frames when continuously tracking a moving subject. As before, the camera has a tendency to spontaneously focus in front of where it should – though it will at times shift the focus behind for several frames too, especially when Assist AF points are enabled – and it happens often enough to produce an unacceptable number of missed peak action moments.”

So, it looks as if this one will continue to run…

14th Canon announce oil on sensor problem – see 1DS3 page for more info.

March 3rd New firmware for the 1Ds3 and 1D3 – there is also a new hardware AF fix.

This is in addition to the sub mirror fix issued earlier by Canon, and requires returning the camera to Canon for service.

See the AF FAQ info for more details and to book a repair.

New firmware for the 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III has also been released to fix issues with live view, USB communication, and to update camera error codes. This brings the versions up to 1.2.5 and 1.1.4 respectively, and is available for download now.

FW 1.2.5

Corrects a phenomenon associated with image display during Live View shooting.
Corrects a phenomenon in which a displayed image becomes pitch-black if it is zoomed in during Live View shooting.
Improves reliability of USB communication. Corrects a phenomenon in which “busy” may continue to appear on the camera, if the USB cable is disconnected during USB communication.
Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera. In previous firmware, if an error is detected “Err 99” is displayed on the camera in most cases.

eos 1D Mk3Firmware Update Version 1.1.4 further specify the error indications as follows:

10- Malfunctions related to files have been detected.(*1)
20- Malfunctions related to the mechanical have been detected.
30- Malfunctions related to the shutter have been detected.
40- Malfunctions related to the power source have been detected.
50- Malfunctions related to the electric control have been detected.
70- Malfunctions related to images have been detected.
80- Malfunctions related to the electric control or images have been detected.
99- Malfunctions related to the mechanical charge mechanism have been detected.

*1: Err 10 is only displayed on the EOS-1Ds Mark III and other error numbers are shared.

If malfunctions in the camera are detected, “Err XX” will be displayed. A two-digit number that corresponds to the malfunctions detected by the camera will be displayed in the “XX” section of the error number. Other than the error numbers listed above, there are other numbers such as “01”. In that case, provide appropriate handling and servicing by following the details displayed on the LCD monitor of the camera.

If an error code appears frequently, the camera is malfunctioning; therefore, note down the error number and contact our service center.

The changes in the display of error indications only apply to the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III. The above error numbers and details do not apply to models other than the specified models.

February 12th Buy a lens and flash with your 1D mk3 and get a $200 rebate (US – until 1st March) – details on main Canon info page

2008 December 25th

Wildlife guide link added above.

We’re still getting conflicting reports on a replacement being announced this spring -or- this Autumn. See the 1D4 pagefor more info/rumours

October 31st Another B&H fall ($50) to $3999, although perhaps showing some of the strength of the US$ at the moment? In the UK, the price seems to have stuck at just over £2300 for a while. Are we now going to people from the US coming here to buy kit ;-)

23rd I’m told that B&H in the US (who follow suggested prices) have dropped the price of the 1D3 by $50 – I’m expecting to see some quite agressive cuts once the 5D Mk2 starts shipping, particularly with the likelihood of a replacement for the 1D3 announced by Feb/March.

September 15th We were sent (thanks), a link to a Canon USA publication [PDF] that has an excellent article covering some of the history of the 1D3 AF problems (p4-9). As an ex electronics engineer and writer of real-time control software, I can well appreciate some of the sentiments expressed.

August 21st Some of you may remember the viewfinder tilt problem I had with my 1Ds3. It’s now been fixed under warranty by Canon – Full story

6th – more 1D4 noises – see 1D4 page

3rd Interesting comments from RG, but I just don’t do the sort of work that would show up the issues he sees. I have added a few thoughts on the 1Ds3 page.

2nd In what may not be entirely welcome news for some at Canon, Rob Galbraith has at last published a mammoth study of AF issues with the 1D3 and 1Ds3. It’s a long article, so I’ll reserve comment on the 1Ds3 aspects until I’ve had a good read.

If you’re curious we have the 1D3/1D2N comparison specs below, from when the Mk3 came out. Why? having just read:

“Q. You haven’t said anything about the EOS-1D Mark II N. Is it still a better autofocus camera than the EOS-1D Mark III?
A. Yes.”

I guess the price of a second hand 1D2N has just gone up ;-)

Oh dear… this one will go on and on, I’d only suggest that when reading about it on the web you give much heavier weighting to comments from people who own and use the camera they are speaking about ;-)

July 31st The RG update is due today/tomorrow

10th After all the 1D3 AF issues, Rob Galbraith is promising an update on testing (1Ds3 and 1D3) later this month.

May 2nd Note that there appears to be a slight glitch on the warranty extension web site, in that it asks for your date of birth rather than purchase date – this results in your warranty being extended to your second birthday.

Guess I better take my 1Ds3 to Canon to get the viewfinder alignment fixed before March 13th, 1962 – should be interesting to see their reaction to a 1Ds3 :-)

1st Canon have announced a warranty extension programme in Europe for the 1Ds3 and 1D3. Warranty will now run for two years from the purchase date (for cameras purchased up until the end of this year)

“The EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark III cameras are Canon’s benchmark for absolute quality and professional performance. To express our pride in our flagship products, we’re making you this attractive offer.
For a limited time only, Canon is offering in addition to its standard warranty a one-year extended warranty absolutely free. This gives you a total warranty period of two years from date of purchase.
The offer is valid on all purchases made before 31 December 2008. So, whether you already own the EOS-1Ds Mark III or EOS-1D Mark III for a little while, or just bought it, you will benefit from the one-year extended warranty.
The deadline for registration is 31 January 2009.”

Registration online only…

An interesting set of tests of the new firmware (birds in flight) on the UKBirdphotographers forum (see 2nd and 3rd pages). Lots of images and the update gets a thumbs up.

April 30th New firmware


This firmware update (Version 1.2.3) incorporates the following improvements.

Includes the following new features that were frequently  requested by customers to the new firmware.

Direct selection of AF points by the  Multi-controller is added to C.Fn III-9.

Alternate access to Exposure compensation is added  to C.Fn IV-3.

With the camera’s External Speedlite control menu,  Flash function settings can be used to set the Wireless setting and Zoom.

Improves the stability of AF accuracy in AI servo AF when  shooting extremely low-contrast subjects.

The Version 1.2.3 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.1.3. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.2.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware.There is new firmware for the 1Ds3 as well.

Image below is from PDF describing changes

new Canon firmware

There is an update on RG with some more useful comments

April 29th Firmware update tomorrow? This from DPR a dealer letter from Canon

Canon (UK) Ltd
29 April, 2008
Dear Business Partner,
RE: New firmware update for EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III

On 30 April, Canon Europe N.V. will release a firmware update which further improves the AF performance of the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III under certain shooting conditions and adds new features for custom functions. Top professional photographers, working in extremely challenging conditions gave us the feedback that led to these improvements.
New shipping information with regards to the cameras including the new firmware update is expected to be available to you shortly. The boxes will include a leaflet providing information on the firmware update plus new features for custom functions.
Please be informed that users, as always, easily have access to the firmware update via the technical support site on the Canon website or via “
Canon will continue to listen to feedback from our customers and spares no effort to give its products the highest possible performance.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting your Canon Account Manager.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Yours sincerely,
Canon Consumer Imaging

Is this sorted at last? here is a Google translation of an article suggesting that it is V1.2.3 and that it has already been seen. It also seems that joystick control of the focus point is back.

27th Possible lens and camera rebates in the US? [DPR] BUT note price rises before [details on 5D2 page]

25th Is there news at last of a possible ‘final’ firmware fix?

There is this Spanish item which (I believe) hints at new flash adjustments, new personal function settings, and Autofocus in a firmware update on the 30th.

Another more vague hint at WHX (6th post). This ties in with reports I’ve heard from 1D3 owners who have had some cryptic comments at recent shows from Canon reps. [Thanks to all who’ve sent in info on this]

March 5th Canon have made an update to their 1D information. Make of it what you will…

“After the AF mirror Adjustment, including the updated firmware version 1.1.3, the EOS-1D Mark III AF function performed better in our tests than all previous EOS camera models.
Canon strives at all times to continuously improve our products in order to provide our customers with the best performance and value.
We are aware that some customers have raised questions about the performance of the EOS-1D Mark III AF system under certain conditions. We will continue to investigate, and look for opportunities to improve, the performance of the AF system to ensure the satisfaction of all of our customers”

In a comment at RG, he wonders if the statement is just to buy more time before the next ‘fix’?

1st I’ve been checking the AF accuracy of my 1Ds 3 and setting the AF microadjustment for a couple of my lenses that needed it. I was using a test image I was recently sent and have put together some notes on AF Microadjustmentshowing how it works (with a version of the test image). This procedure would be exactly the same with the 1D Mk3.

February 27th There’s a more detailed update on the ‘AF in blue’ story mentioned below (21st) at RG

The blue colour… “cited as a significant factor in the autofocus problems EOS-1D Mark III shooters were encountering, but the photographer we spoke with said that the camera’s autofocus performance changed with the quality of the light primarily, and that it was far from certain that the blue hues of the playing area were contributing to the camera’s autofocus troubles there.”

Meanwhile “Canon USA Technical Advisor Chuck Westfall says only that officially, the company is ‘continuing to investigate possible improvements to EOS-1D Mark III autofocus, and if anything is developed it will be announced as soon as possible.'”

“a Canon internal email” [suggests] “that a fix is coming in the form of a firmware update that’s intended to improve EOS-1D Mark III autofocus in specific types of light.”

Obviously the 1D AF saga is not over yet! (I’ve still not noticed problems with my 1Ds3, but then again I don’t do sports work)

26th Will the next firmware update finally add contrast detect AF to cameras with liveview. It would be nice if Canon broke their usual habits and added additional functionality to an existing model… [CR]

21st At last, a real true rumour (thanks!) – there’s a report at ATP of a conversation overheard at a PGA golf tournament.

Si Photog-”If Canon would make a camera that focused I would be using them instead, I guess I will have to wait till fall for that.”
Freelance Photog-”Fall? For a fix?”
Si Photog-”Not a fix, a new camera, the mark IIIN. There also talking about a trade in as well.” (for the old mark III)

So there you have it… ;-)

Another AF related issue for the 1D3? According to a German site, problems were found with AF performance in scenes with a lot of blue in them. This was at the Australian Open in Melbourne recently. This was (not unsurprisingly ;-) investigated as a matter of urgency by Canon Japan, and Canon Germany have acknowledged that the problem is known and a firmware fix is the solution. [Google translation]

For the existing 1D3 fix, there is some more concrete info about the nature of the fix at POTN

“The problem was submirror not returning fast enough to correct position in high speed shooting. By design it should return instantly to same exact position each time, on its dampening material. This (rubber) material apparently changed default characteristics in heat (sometimes more, sometimes less). When submirror’s return position was off it was not in correct angle any more related to the AF unit. This meant mirrored light projected off from AF unit, which ended up of course in OOF images.”

16th Canon Europe are having another round of rebates (5D/40D/400D and lenses) it starts on March 1st and runs to the end of June – details on the 5D2 page.

15th Canon have released an update for Mac users of the EOS Utility software for 1D3, 1Ds3, and 40D. It fixes and issue with downloading images after using liveview.

13th Canon have still not publically announced anything new to do with the AF issues. In fact, callers to some offices are being met with complete denials that there is a new fix…

The Canon ‘Optimising AF’ document [PDF] has been round a while, but we were just sent a link (thanks) to a German translation [PDF]

7th No ‘Final Fix’ yet? I’ve just heard from someone (thanks!) who had an interesting chat with an agency photographer. It seems that they are holding back from buying any more 1D3 (blue dot or not) until April the first when the ‘fix’ will be available.

Canon announces a 1D3 fix on 1st of April – seems a good choice of date ;-)

6th Is there to be a 1Ds3 ‘recall’?? (1Ds3 page)

Meanwhile at one of Canon’s US repair centres, there is no -official- notice of additional repairs… see this FM thread for more.

There’s an interview with Chuck Westfall at CNET, which includes some AF related info:

“- Do you think you’ve resolved the 1D Mark III autofocus issue?
The hardware fix and firmware update has effectively brought the camera within the design specifications. Under the vast majority of study conditions, the camera is functioning exactly the way we expected it to.”

5th No news yet from Canon about the ‘final fix’

3rd Is there another fix for the 1Ds3? Certainly some people who’ve compared it to the old 1D2N have observed that it’s not always as good.

Well there is a new update at RG, linked with the following:

“Starting on February 1, 2008, Canon USA began informing key photographers and key organizations using the EOS-1D Mark III that engineers at Canon in Japan have developed a new fix for the camera’s autofocus, a fix that’s in addition to the change in the sub-mirror mechanism and firmware updates introduced in 2007.”

Do read the article for the background, but I noted that:

“Some are being told that the new fix is comprised of both a hardware change and new firmware, others are being told that it’s not known yet at Canon USA whether the fix is comprised of hardware, firmware or both.”

January 30th A trade in offer when the 1D3 is superceded? (see 1D4 page)

29th I’m continuing to see some reports of lengthy delays in fixes to the camera, but most are round the week mark.

Obviously some people are still not happy, but see this FM thread for one happy user ;-)

10th I’ve had several messages today concerning Canon fixing the 1D3 in the UK.

It seems that Canon now have the OK from Canon Japan to extend the warranty for a year from when the ‘fix’ is applied.

Turnaround is currently only a few days, so with the warranty extension it might be worth delaying getting your 1D3 fixed if you are not experiencing any problems with it.

Canon extended warranty

9th I’ve seen several comments about a downwards movement of 1D3 prices of late, only a few hundred dollars or so at the moment.

While a lot of people are happy with their repaired 1D3, there are still some experiencing difficulties – certainly nowhere near the level before the ‘fix’ was announced. For more views see this lengthy FM thread.

2007 December 27th I’ve just heard from a non CPS member in the UK, who has just had their 1D3 taken away (“about a week”). It seems that they also just happened to have a call from someone doing a customer satisfaction survey for Canon. Needless to say they were not entirely complimentary ;-)
[timeline – 4/12 Phone Canon, no estimate of times, 20/12 Canon call to arrange pick up, 27/12 camera goes away]

However I’ve also heard from another person who pushed Canon a bit (by phoning their Elstree repair centre directly) after an initial ‘end of January’ estimate and got their camera moved up the queue and after 4 days away it returned fixed, and with a 2GB card thrown in…

25th The CI story rumbles on in the forums (but probably hasn’t made it too big since a lot of it is in French :-) Just one of those stories that reminds me that sometimes, when bad PR starts for a big company, it often takes on a bit of a life of its own…

Anyway, Happy Christmas (or Happy Holidays as for some reason, it gets called in the US ;-) to anyone visiting today! If you wonder why I’ve not got anything better to do today, well I’m in Ipswich, currently waiting for my Mum to cook the Christmas lunch, and it’s that sort of quiet time you sit around waiting for the festivities to get moving.

21st In a fit of pique, it would seem that Canon France decided to pull all their advertising from the French magazine Chasseur d’Images… [original article in French] Unusually, the magazine which is quite popular in France, has decided to call Canon’s bluff on this one.

“Canon France’s general manager seems to be very hot tempered because he suddenly withdrew all advertisements in a magazine which dared to publish less than laudative comments on the focussing performance of the Canon EOS-1DsMark III.” [25th – Correction – it should have been the 1D Mk3 ]

This will of course come as no surprise to anyone who has ever written reviews for a magazine. The advertising department exerts a lot of leverage in some organisations. It’s one of the reasons that we don’t accept any direct advertising for most of the non commercial parts of this site. If I write a product review then I like to be able to cover bits I don’t like about a product as well as any good bits — it’s actually more difficult, I find, to write a useful review of a product with major problems than one that’s a pleasure to use (our site review policy)

Since the French site doesn’t seem to work with Google’s translation service, here’s what it makes of the content:

“When Vincent Vantilcke, marketing director ITC Canon, reads an article that displeases him, he comes to exercise direct pressure on the magazine by cutting the pub! That is the mishap just live Chasseur d’Images, the first magazine of the picture in Europe.
The facts: Just before the summer, Canon is launching a pro SLR, the EOS 1D Mark-III. The device is presented in Hunter Image No. 292 of April (3 pages), then the subject in the next issue of a complete file and a test bench (20 pages) ends with 5 stars.
During the summer, a rumor spread: 1D Mark-III present problems autofocus. Etayées by testing Rob Galbraith, this data show a withdrawal of the sale. We are contacting Canon for its position, our interlocutors are categorical: “there is no problem, the device has not been withdrawn from sale, it is the users who can not control the AF … d ‘ Canon will also organize training, many say it to your readers. ” We publish …
Behind this article dozens of users contact us: they found the problem that Canon denies. Some even repaired their aircraft (up to 3 times) or obtained the exchange! Abroad, news circulating on the reminder boxes. Side Canon, it’s still the same refrain: “It’s wrong!”.
So, we require a written response we are promised, with a contract implausible at the end of which we are sending the press release that everyone already knows, confirming the recall of boxes in stores, but not those already sold! Apparently, we lâchons info Photim.
12 hours battery after its issue, the fall cut: the advertising agency says, embarrassed that the next issue of pubs are canceled!
–> In fact, we now know, this decision was taken by Vincent Vantilcke itself, and not by Canon-Europe as we thought. It is all the more incomprehensible that the responsible disposal, in the number he punishes, an interview where he had complete freedom to explain, so to report any disagreement with our articles.
Instead, he preferred responses erosive (CI No. 300 p.16) with an incredible swing: ads for Chasseur d’Images were transferred to another magazine! In 30 years of existence, this is the first time we are experiencing such a measure.
A few weeks earlier, Canon did not understand that, by ethics, we refused an invitation to the prince’s trip to Kenya. Meanwhile, Canon refuses any serious technical information on the exact nature of the failure 1D Mk-III and cache to journalists as clients a detailed description of how the repair workshops casings that Vincent Vantilcke describes himself as “defective” in a letter to dealers.
Vincent Vantilcke is more responsive to punish the press, which asks the right questions to resolve problems of customers who have purchased a reflex 4000 euros and would like to know what sleight of hand allows the SAS to report a device “in the standards “, without specifying further. His message is clear and journalists now know what to expect if they write things that are unpopular!
Clearly, anxious not to harm our readers, this mishap will not change our editorial policy: we will continue to advertise and test fairly, as we have always done, the products of that mark.”

Elsewhere, there are comments coming in about repairs around the world, and the majority of tests I’ve seen suggests that it makes a real and positive difference (and I still have no issues whatsoever with my 1Ds Mk3 :-)

19th Some UK repair info from a number of 1D3 users on DPR (and another mention of a free 2GB card)

17th It seems that Canon in the UK are asking 1D3 users for their views when discussing 1D3 repairs… An FM post where the writer was ‘rewarded’ for sticking with Canon :-)

16th I had an interesting mail from Australia (thanks) covering how a 1D3 was fixed … from a call from Canon on the 11th, with the camera air-freighted from Adelaide to Sydney, to the return of the fixed camera on the 14th. From lacklustre AF performance to what looks pretty good. So it seems that the fix doesn’t need to take long (I’ve also heard of it bing done ‘while you wait’ at one Canon centre.

13th The fallout from the RG article rumbles on with more discussions as to when Canon will bring out a new camera. They only waited a year or so to bring out the 1D2N…

I was also sent (thanks) a link to someone’s own 1D3 test on UKNP which mirrors some of my own (quick) tests with my 1Ds3

I’ve no issues with 1Ds3 AF whatsoever, apart from noticing that it can pick up quite a bit more things to focus on, so I’ve had to be a bit more careful with AF point selection. That said i’ve not experimented with a lot of Custom Functions yet and have to keep reminding myself tht I’m not still using the 1Ds, so things -will- be different.

Canon have posted a PDF about getting the best out of the 1D3 and 1Ds3 – well worth reading.

10th The long awaited RG article about the 1D3 AF is finally published, and as expected says that the AF in fixed 1D3 cameras with the 1.1.3 firmware is a great improvement. However there are still some caveats where RG still says that sometimes the 1D2N works better – particularly in bright sunlight.

After all the delays – Canon has not given Rob an official response to his testing – that despite the article being held to wait for them. Make of that what you will, but while it may reflect corporate policy, it will not improve Canon’s image amongst some people. Do read the whole article however, since Rob has been careful to include a lot of additional info and tips, and includes a lot of background info on how Canon (USA) have been involved and helped out.

I notice that 1Ds3 AF is mentioned in the article (it’s not been tested), and obviously it’s something I have an interest in. I’ve not noticed -any- problems here in the UK in December… however since I don’t care for very hot weather, don’t ever spend much time in bright sun, and don’t do sports, I’d not have expected anything :-)

There still appears to be cameras being sold in the ‘needing a fix’ range. I’ve heard from more people who’ve received new cameras that still will need sending away. There’s a related thread on DPR.

In Australia the repairs are underway with one person commenting that:
“It only took them a few hours, I was told about 45 mins per camera. They were very good about it and helpful. I didn’t have to keep following them up as I expected that I may have to do when I initially rang them.”

8th Whoops… the RG article has been postponed until Monday … rather than selectively quote bits, read what Rob has to say about it.

7th The state of repairs still seems to rather dependent on which Canon office you call in the world. In Austalia, a fixed camera came back with the comment:
“The part descriptions shows ‘stopper, sub-mirror’ (part No. CY4-0220-000) being replaced. The technician added that some adjustment were done to the focus mechanism, installed v1.1.3, cleaned sensor and tested the camera.”[DPR]

It’s now the ‘week of the 3rd Dec’ and the RG article on the 1D3 still hasn’t appeared… as you’d expect, the conspiracy nuts are having a field day with this :-) UPDATE [RG]– it will be today or tomorrow ;-)

6th In a story that reflects very poorly on Dell and still none too well for Canon, we’ve heard from someone in the US who ordered a 1D3 from Dell back on the 7th of November. Delivered yesterday … no blue dot on the box and yes it is in the range of serial numbers that need fixing.

What did Canon say? “… that they are taking a list and it could be at the outside FOUR MONTHS before all camera’s are repaired. The actual repair time is about 10 days but if you at the end of the list, you are looking at possibly April to repair your camera”

Meanwhile Dell will refund the price (and shipping) but can’t offer a replacement until maybe after Christmas, and then maybe not for the same price.

Shoddy work indeed from Dell… guess it’s not only their computers I won’t be buying…

4th In the UK I’m told (thanks) of someone calling Canon where after being asked if they were with CPS, were told that it would take 5 days once they were contacted by the service dept to send the camera in.

However, there was a comment on DPR claiming that Canon is actually giving replacement 1D3 for some large (and important ;-) customers like the wire services.

3rd The Canon page for 1D3 repair info has been updated Go to this URL and search for Case ID 72525

“Starting on 6 December 2007, Canon will begin offering free repairs for any affected EOS 1D-Mark III camera. In order to have your camera repaired, we kindly ask you to make a registration first at our Helpdesk. … The Helpdesk will register each repair request in order for repairs to be handled as quickly as possible. After your registration the repair centre will call you back to make an appointment to repair your camera.
The Canon Helpdesk has been fully briefed to answer any questions you may have and to assist in resolving issues as soon as possible.”

From someone who called in the UK:
“They are mentioning ‘up to two weeks’ turnaround for the cameras (though he did say that this was likely to be the upper limit.) “

Also, in the US at least, Canon is extending the warranty to one year from when your 1D3 was fixed [FM]

November 30th In a comment that should whip conspiracy theorists into a fervour, the RG article on 1D3 AF has been postponed

“The overdue next installment of our ongoing EOS-1D Mark III autofocus analysis article is going to be delayed for what should be the final time. For reasons that we’ll be in a better position to explain once the update is published, we need to push its release into the week of December 3. Thanks for your patience.”

I did a quick AF test on my 1Ds Mk3 this morning and it seemed to work fine. Note though that I’ve only ever used AI Servo mode a few times in the 4 years I’ve been using the 1Ds. I’m keeping comments and observations about my move from 1Ds to 1Ds3on a page of their own :-)

28th Canon US have posted a new notice about the recall for servicing:

Canon U.S.A., Inc. will use the following procedure to accept EOS-1D Mark III cameras in need of an AF Mirror Adjustment.

a. We have established a dedicated repair center to handle this issue. Repairs will begin on December 3, 2007.
b. Please contact our Canon Customer Support Center (contact information listed below) to register your EOS-1D Mark III for service.
c. The support center will contact you to schedule your appointment to send your EOS-1D Mark III camera to Canon U.S.A., Inc. for service. Due to the anticipated volume, we ask for your continued patience and understanding during this process.
d. All repairs and 2 way shipping will be free of charge. Our support center agent will provide you with a pre-paid shipping label before your appointment.
e. Please do not send your camera to our Irvine or Jamesburg Factory Service Centers unless specifically instructed to do so by our support center.

Firmware 1.1.3 is released:

It includes the following improvements and fixes:

Increases transmission speed when using high-speed SD cards.
Through the efforts to accelerate transmission, the speed of writing images to or reading images from high-speed SD cards is made faster.
*Depending on the SD cards you use, there may be no difference.
Fixes a phenomenon involving not being able to release the shutter.
Depending on the timing at which the AF-ON button and shutter release button are pressed, in rare cases the shutter could not be released; but this phenomenon has been fixed.
Improves AF tracking in specific conditions.
a) Improves AF tracking when shooting outdoors in bright environments.
b) Improves AF tracking of low-contrast subjects.
*The improvements described in a) have been incoporated since Firmware Version 1.1.1.
The improvements described in b) are new to Firmware Version 1.1.3.
Corrects errors in the Spanish and Korean menu screens.
There were errors in the Spanish wording of some of the C.Fn items and in the wording of messages that appear in Korean during firmware updates, but those have been corrected.
*The errors described above that appear in Korean during firmware updates will be corrected after this update is completed.

26th In Japan, Canon have started sending out emails to registered 1D3 users “advising that they were now taking applications to have cameras in the affected serial range fixed. The procedure is to either call a special hotline or go to one of the Canon repair centers.” [DPR] In Australia “We are making preparations to offer repairs free of charge and will start accepting repairs from the 10th of December 2007 onwards.” – major news agencies to get the fix first [DPR]

The new firmware will be Version 1.1.3 at least [Sportshooter]

25th A reason for the delay in RG’s testing? There may be another firmware update available soon from Canon for the 1D3. It seems, via Chuck Westfall, that there is a 1D3 announcement due next week.

23rd In the UK it would seem that: “Canon UK will be doing the repair to CPS members bodies first, and that they were only waiting for tooling to arrive which would be as Canon have already stated at the end of November” [FM]

22nd The eagerly awaited AF report on RG has been delayed until next week…

Conspiracy theorists are already pouring out on to the streets over this one :-) :-)

20th For a positive ‘blue dot’ report (and some nice bird pics) see this FM thread.

18th A report on Naturescapes raises some concerns about the improvement in AF performance of a ‘Blue Dot’ 1D3. Whilst there are numerous reports of improved functionality as well, reports like this are not likely to inspire further confidence.

A lot of people (at Canon too I’ll bet) will be waiting to hear the results of Rob Galbraith’s testing, due out soon.

17th It seems there are some ‘good’ 1D3 cameras within the range of serial numbers announced by Canon.

More info at RG … The 3450 cameras have serial numbers as low as 504234 and up to 546557. This puts them within the 501001 to 546561 range various Canon offices announced

16th There are some Nikon D3 sample images at RG… “We were given a preproduction D3 in late October, but in making the body available, Nikon USA stipulated that we not publish pictures from it. If we could, we’d show examples of how the D3 stacks up against Canon’s EOS-1D Mark III at higher ISOs, and those examples would reveal that, while there are differences in the appearance of image graininess – Canon’s grain is tighter and less visually objectionable – the D3 produces a higher-quality file overall at ISO 3200 and beyond. On the other hand, EOS-1D Mark III files – especially CR2s processed through Canon’s Digital Photo Professional – are generally crisper and more detailed.More about this, and other comparisons, including how the D3’s autofocus system stacks up against an EOS-1D Mark III with the recently-announced sub-mirror fix in place, will come when we have a production-level D3.”

13th A short life for the ‘unlucky’ 1D3? info on the ‘1D4’ page

blue dot for fixed AF camera12th People are getting repaired cameras, and new stock is appearing with the ‘Blue Dot’ mark. Reflecting a camera with the AF ‘fix’

There is a lengthy thread on FM from people with new cameras, and others who for a variety of reasons are still not happy.

The picture at the right is from a larger image of a 1D3 box, showing just what the blue sticker looks like…

9th Testing of the new, fixed or ‘blue spot’ version of the 1D3 is underway at Rob Galbraith, although no definite timetable is in place, expect some comments next week…

7th If the Dell price is of interest, read this FM thread which has lots of stuff about coupons and various other marketing related obfuscation that if used correctly, might get you (in the US) a 1D3 for ~$3500

6th A 1D3 for $4000? I was sent a link to a Dell page which had a price of $4050 – that’s just ~£2000 at current exchange rates.

New versions of the 1D3 are arriving in stores. A post on naturescapes mentions receiving a 1D Mark III with a serial number outside of the issue range. The boxes with ‘fixed’ AF have a blue sticker on them.

2nd A 1D3 for £1800 … sounds too good to be true? I was asked about a site called dmxcity, supposedly in France, selling very cheap kit. Well, one of the first things I did is put ‘dmxcity scam’ into Google. All the results have big warnings, this is a complete and utter scam site. I’d say avoid -any- site that trys to get you to use a money transfer service such as e-gold. The whole area is full of crooks and scam merchants, this bunch even email people back if you ask for info.

It will probably change its name and re-appear to fool more people…

In the US you should also try the site which is good at picking up the dodgy NYC photo ‘shops’

Remember: Too good to be true … usually means just that!

1st Canon USA announces its version of the recall notice…

After a thorough investigation, we have found that some EOS-1D Mark III cameras may have an issue with the mirror mechanism, which is part of the autofocus optical system. This issue may cause inconsistent focusing accuracy or inconsistent focus tracking with moving subjects when using AI-Servo AF and continuous shooting modes, particularly in high temperatures.
The EOS-1D Mark III cameras that could have this problem can be identified by serial number: If the serial number on the bottom of the camera is between 501001 and 546561, the camera might require an adjustment of its AF mirror mechanism. Please note that the issue occurs only in some EOS-1D Mark III cameras within this serial number range. If you are satisfied with the AF performance of your EOS-1D Mark III camera now, it will not be necessary to have it repaired for this issue.
Starting in late November, we will offer repairs free of charge for customers who have affected products and are experiencing this problem. We will announce additional details on our Web site as soon as they become available.
We appreciate your patience, and we offer our sincerest apologies to the customers using these products who have been inconvenienced by this issue.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Contact Information for Inquiries
Call Center
1-800-828-4040 (toll free)
8:00 a.m. – Midnight, EST (M-F)
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., EST (Sat.)

There is some more info at RG including the observation from Chuck Westfall, that in the US:

“Any bodies currently being shipped to dealers in the USA, says Westfall, already contain the fix and have a serial number outside the range noted above. In fact, he says, any EOS-1D Mark IIIs that shipped from the factory since early in October 2007 to Canon sales companies globally – including the USA – already contain the sub-mirror fix. It’s a safe bet that dealers around the world have been receiving fixed bodies into their inventory since roughly mid-October, though various factors mean that some dealers will have started receiving fixed bodies sooner than that, and others later than that. In the USA, and perhaps elsewhere, the box containing a fixed EOS-1D Mark III will have a round blue sticker on the UPC code label.”

Canon Europe follows Australia with an official announcement

Go to this URL and search for Case ID 72525

The title is

“Why do I experience inconsistent Auto Focus (AF) behaviour with my EOS-1D Mark III?”

The focus or AF tracking is inconsistent when using the Artificial Intelligent (AI) servo continuous shooting mode under high temperatures in particular.
In the digital SLR camera, EOS-1D Mark III that was launched in May this year, Canon has found that some cameras have an adjustment problem with the mirror for AF. The adjustment problem means for the affected products that the focus is not stable or that the Auto Focus tracking is not right when using the AI servo continuous shooting under high temperatures in particular.
Affected products:
The products that could have this problem can be identified as explained below. If the serial number on the bottom of the camera is between 501001 and 546561, it could contain one of the AF mirrors with the adjustment problem.
For customers who have affected products and are experiencing these problems, we are making preparations to offer free of charge repairs planned to start from late November. We will announce additional details about the repair process on our Web site as soon as they become available.
In case you have questions about this or other issues, please contact Technical Support using the button at the end of this message. Alternatively you can also call our Helpdesk. Please click here for the phone number.
We offer our most sincere apologies to all affected customers who have been inconvenienced by this issue.

The UK phone number is 00 800 22666 767 (UIFN-Universal International Free Number) or 08705 143 723 if you feel like paying for the call.

An official announcement from Canon in Australia

To owners of the EOS-1D Mark III:
We regret to inform that some units of the EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR camera (launched in May 2007) have been found to have an issue with the Auto Focus Mirror. This issue is limited to a specific range of units, and results in unstable focusing and AF tracking performance when using AI servo continuous shooting, particularly in high temperatures.
Please check the serial number as indicated below to confirm whether this issue is relevant to your camera. We are preparing to offer a free service from late November to customers with a! ffected cameras who are experiencing the issues described.
We will announce additional details on our website as soon as they become available.
We offer our most sincere apologies to all who have been inconvenienced by this issue.
How to identify affected products:
If the serial number on the bottom of the camera is between 501001 and 546561, it could be affected by the “AF mirror adjustment issue”
Contact Information
Contact Information for Inquiries:
For CPS members, please contact Canon Professional services on the number below:
Canon Australia
Canon Professional Services
1800 804 240
For other enquiries, please contact the numbers below:
Canon Australia
Customer Care
13 13 83 (local call)
Canon NewZealand
Customer Care
09 489 0470

It not a minor thing for a Japanese company to use a phrase like “We offer our most sincere apologies to all who have been inconvenienced by this issue.”

October 31st Several Canon software updates are available for download (details on 5D2 page)

30th According to AP, a Canon UK rep has confirmed the leaked letter with the confident ‘I have seen the [internet] link to the letter. We think it is genuine… basically there will be an official announcement out on Wednesday regarding this.’

Oh that’s OK then… we ‘think’ it’s genuine :-)

29th In the UK Calumet say that only certain serial numbers of 1D3 are affected. They should know those numbers later this week, and should be in a position to sell stock not on that list.

In another update I was told of Canon contacting people in the UK and letting them know that official notification would be on the Canon Europe site first (next week suggested as likely).

28th I’ve seen comments that quite a few US dealers are listing the 1D3 as on ‘back order’ – some still say they have stocks, but not everyone updates their web sites really quickly… I’ve not heard of anyone actually getting a 1D3 in the last few days though.

Some of what’s mentioned in the PDF may be slightly suspect regarding UK consumer rights, regarding faulty/defective products. Note though that these are -consumer- rights, so if your business has purchased one, then you will not have the full weight of consumer protection legislation behind you.

27th We were just sent an interesting PDF… It purports to be from Lee Bonniface, Channel Director, Special Retail, Canon UK.

“Canon wishes to ensure a clear and concise message to the market … ”

It seems that Canon UK have withdrawn all unsold 1D3 cameras from UK dealers. A DPR post mentions this PDF sent out from Canon UK.

It says:

25 October, 2007

Re: EOS-1D Mark III – Quality Issue

We would like to make you aware that we have concluded that there is a quality issue with some EOS-1D Mark III units in the market. The problem can be linked to the adjustment of the AF Sub Mirror, and we believe that this affects only a minority of units in the market at this time.

The phenomenon resulting from this problem (especially in high temperature) is that the optimal focus point is uncertain in AI servo mode, or that the tracking performance of AI Servo is not accurate.

Regarding the products that have been sold to consumers, we are currently preparing a resolution for this issue and will inform you of further detailed information and required steps through our official website at the end of October or the beginning of November. Canon will accept these units for repair, but we will not be offering an exchange or return.

In order to ensure that the customer experience is not damaged, and as a responsible company, Canon has decided to stop the shipment of all EOS-1D Mark III. We would therefore like to collect all unsold EOS-1D Mark III units from your stock. Please kindly contact Customer Administration on 01737 220841 to arrange a collection and a refund at your purchase price. We will inform you of the date that shipping will recommence as soon as it is confirmed…

As of today we are taking end-user inquiries with the above information through our Technical Help Desk on 08705 143 723. If you get an inquiry from an end-user, please advise them to contact this number until such time that the official website announcement has been published.

Canon wishes to ensure a clear and concise message to the market and we ask for your understanding, cooperation and support in this matter.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience resulting from this matter and please do not hesitate to contact your account manager with any questions that you may have.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

So, at last some official word from Canon…

26th In the UK, expect an official Canon 1D3 announcement next week. I had a comment (thanks) from someone speaking to them. ‘…it has taken so long as there is a lot they [Canon] want get right (possible deluge of returns and the way to cope with this)’

It seems that UK prices are falling a bit more, with several people (such as Dabs) moving to £2500 (incl. VAT)

25th If you are using the WFT-E2/ E2A wireless transmitter, then there is a firmware update, Version 1.0.1 is available at Canon Japan

It addresses the following issue:

“The shutter cannot be released after the camera enters image transmission mode while network errors are occurring due to an unstable wireless or wired communication environment or connection.

With this fix, the images taken will be stored in the recording media (CF card or SD card) even if network errrors occur prior to or during image transmission.”

23rd Still much confusion about the fix if this DPR story reflects the view from Canon UK… if anyone has had any more positive responses, do let us know :-)

There’s still indication as to how to find out if your 1D3 is one with a problem (AFAIK)

22nd Still not much word from some parts of Canon about the AF fix (I’m told that Canon in the UK are now acknowledging it ;-). There’s a bit more info on IR where we learn that “Canon made clear that the service program would be done at their expense, and any cameras returned for service would be fast-tracked through their repair organization.”

20th The sub-mirror problem is 1D3 specific. From the latest RG info:
“Canon is planning to provide a simple way for EOS-1D Mark III shooters to identify if their camera was manufactured in production runs that included a sub-mirror assembly that is either adjusted differently or contains one or more different parts than a fixed sub-mirror assembly.”

18th Many more reports saying that Canon is indeed going to ‘fix’ cameras. There doesn’t appear to be a date or serial number range (publicly) available yet, so phone Canon for instructions about camera returns.

Lots more details on the ‘fix’ at RG

It is… “A hardware fix. Specifically, a component in the camera called the sub-mirror must be adjusted. The sub-mirror – also called the secondary mirror – is a tiny mirror behind the main mirror that passes light down to the autofocus module in the base of the mirror box. The adjustment procedure may include the swapping of one or more parts that make up the sub-mirror mechanism, though the sub-mirror component itself will not be replaced.”

Note that Canon is still being very careful as to how they describe the situation. This may be as much due to the litigious nature of doing business in the US as to any more sinister motive ;-)

17th Do we have a ‘fix’ for the AF problem? A DPR poster says that Canon in the US have said that the fix (for affected cameras) is the replacement of a “Submirror assembly”

The (unnamed ;-) Canon rep said “they are to start collecting names of owners to contact, in addition to going off of existing registration data.” It seems that Canon service now “have a statement they can give to 1d3 owners who call in about the focusing issue.”

Several people have said that they have return info from Canon, so it would appear that if you have an AF problem then the best thing to do is ring Canon again. To reach the pro SLR team in the US, I see that it is to call “800 OK CANON and follow the prompts”

September 28th Still no news on when the latest firmware update will be available for download. Meanwhile I’ve heard from several people with genuine AF related problems, and the response they’ve had from Canon has not always been overly helpful.

Many of the frontline Canon techs don’t seem to realise just how offensive even a polite version of ‘read the manual’ (RTFM) can be. Of course this could be all they are -allowed- to say in which case I can sympathise…

BTW I’m currently travelling in the US – so updates may be a little patchy for the next couple of weeks. I’m keeping a travel blog of sorts if anyone is curious ;-)

17th More thoughts on what’s happening at Canon over the 1D3, from several different reports we received over the weekend (see rumours index page for all the different info)

There has been some significant embarrassment over the AF issues at Canon.

Canon have some sense that the issues were ‘blown up’ a bit through the internet

Note -I haven’t -personally- met a 1D3 user with any AF problems, and to read some of the stuff on DPR, I’m ready to blame AF issues for the current sub-prime mortgage lending market ;-) That’s not to say I don’t believe that -some- people have had genuine problems, just I’ve no direct experience!

However there is an [internal] acknowledgement that it hasn’t been good for their reputation in the 1 series market.

There has been an unusually high number of returns of the 1D III, with some stores returning 1 in every 10 bodies.

Needless to say there has been a lot of hand wringing and angst as to how this happened give the extensive testing program that a camera like this goes through.

Canon realise that many of the AF configurations use by Pros are quite task specific and the AF issues only showed up in certain AF settings and shooting situations.

The AF ‘problem’ is seen as a very complex issue made up of:

Several different firmware issues which have been addressed over several updates
Some temperature related variability in some of the new AF sensors. This has been reduced as a ‘in-line manufacturing change’ in all new 1D mk3 cameras being made. It’s also fixed for the 40D, 5D Mark 2 and 1Ds mk3
There was the occasional camera with a faulty AF unit which made the problem seem worse.
A very complex set of custom functions supporting the AF – making it easy for people to get ‘unexpected results’.
A degree of ‘group think’ where a number of people with cameras working perfectly well would get the occasional out of focus shot and panic based on net reports.

Canon have been working through these problems and believe that with their latest firmware 1.1.1 the overall standard of AF is significantly better than the 1D Mk2N. However there are acknowledged still to be some minor issues to fix with the wide range of custom function AF options.

There might yet be a 1DMk3n – but given the 3 year development cycle this won’t be decided until next year. Options include

High resolution rear LCD
Contrast based live AF
Newer more temperature tolerant AF sensors (already in 40D)
DIGIC IV which would allow even faster frame rates

See also 1D4 info… ;-)

16th I had a report form someone attending a ‘pro’ day in the UK, who had this to say about how the AF issues were addressed by Canon:

“I was pleased to see quite an open response at the seminar from the Canon rep re. the 1D3 autofocus issue – gave quite a lot of time to exemplar CF settings and expressing that the problem would be resolved. His comment was that if a camera recall would be necessary it would have happened by now. No absolute date given for general release of firmware 1.1.1 update – only September was mentioned.”

Thanks very much for the info!

7th The AF ‘problem’ won’t go away, with rumours about large buyers ‘demanding’ a fix from Canon. A Reuters related thread at DPR is typical. If I was concerned about AF issues for a camera of my own then I think that RG possibly has the best (and most balanced) coverage of the issues.

1st See the excellent technical article at kammagamma for discussions about 1D3 noise reduction and what’s going on in your camera when shooting Jpeg files

27th August Initial reports are that the new firmware improves AF in bright light (see link yesterday for an active discussion)

26th New firmware is now being installed by Canon service at the Osaka games (DPR)

“V1.1.1 firmware for the 1d MKIII – fixes more auto focus issues and the Error 99 problem”

Should be available for download ‘in September’. As yet I’ve seen no reports on its efficacy.

Meanwhile, have a look at the ‘is there an AF problem’ poll on FM. It has people’s serial number info in it as well. I’ve only spoken directly to three 1D3 owners and not one had noticed an AF problem (but then it’s summer in the UK and therefore not too hot ;-)

I just don’t do the kind of work that would really show this problem up – I’ll have a look though when I finally get a 1Ds3, since the AF system is supposed to be the same…

23rd Nikon move to FF too (Nikon D3 info) Very interesting specs and well worth a look for 1D3 users – look to see some of these features in a 1D3N ;-)

20th Still no official comment from Canon over 1D3 AF problems experienced by some people.

We had a message from someone in Switzerland who was told, when asking Canon about the AF issues:

“I have no comment about this test [the RG AF tests] , most of our clients (Switzerland) are very satisfied with this camera!”

They also sent a PDF explaining how to use various CF settings… (a 500k PDF – mail me if you can’t find a copy)

There is a very nice 63 page PDF all about the 1D3 (for a long read ;-) This camera has an awful lot of new features

Here’s a comparison chart between the 1D2N and 1D3. At the bottom of this page is a comparison chart showing the 1D2 specs compared to the 1D2N

Major Specifications Comparison between EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1D Mark II N

indicates the newly developed functions for the EOS-1D Mark III (items marked with * require the use of accessories).
indicates the superiority of the EOS-1D Mark III over the EOS-1D Mark II N.
Item EOS-1D Mark III EOS-1D Mark II N
Imaging Sensor Imaging Sensor CMOS
Effective Pixels (Approximate) 10.1 megapixel 8.2 megapixel
Effective Sensor Size (mm) 28.1 x 18.7 28.7 x 19.1
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 1.3x
Color Filter System RGB primary color filter
Low-pass Filter 3 Layers/Built-in, Non-removable
EOS I.C.S Support (Sensor Cleaning) Yes
Recording System Image Processor Dual DIGIC III DIGIC II
A/D Conversion [bit] 14 12
Recording Media CF Card (Type I, II) Yes
SD Card Yes
Card Slots 2
Automatic Switchover of Media Yes
CF/SD Simultaneous Recording (Backup) Yes Yes
CF/SD Separate Recording Yes Yes
Copying of Images Between Media Yes
Recording Pixels
(Approx. Megapixels)
Large 10.1 8.2
Middle 1 8 6.4
Middle 2 5.3 4.3
Small 2.5 2.0
RAW 10.1 8.2
sRAW 2.5
JPEG Quality (Compression Ratio) Settings [Levels] 10
Picture Styles (Setting) Yes (6+3)
Color Space sRGB/Adobe RGB
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording RAW+JPEG Yes
Max. Number of Images Saved per Folder 9999
User-Defined File Name 2 1
Selection of Noise Reduction Function Long Exposure Yes/Auto/No
High ISO Speed Yes
Highlight Tone Priority Yes
White Balance Auto White Balance (AWB) Yes
Preset WB Settings 6
Custom WB Images in card → Registered Yes
Shooting → Registered Yes
Registered/saved settings 5 1
Number of Custom WB Settings on PC 5 3
WB Correction/WB Bracketing Yes/Yes
Viewfinder Magnification (-1dpt, 50mm lens at infinity) 0.76 0.72
Coverage (%) 100
Standard Focusing Screen Ec-C IV (Laser Matte) Ec-C III (Laser Matte)
Interchangeable Focusing Screen Yes
Eye Point 20mm
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 (dpt.)
Autofocus AF Points Cross-type 19 7
Assist AF 26
Total 45
AF Frame Selection Quick Control Dial
Focusing Range (EV) -1 to 18 0 to 18
AF Speed, Accuracy Excellent
Predictive AF Minimum Distance (50 km/h, 300/2.8L) 8m
AF-assist Beam External Flash
Exposure Control P, Tv, Av, M and Bulb Yes
Light Metering Mode (%) Evaluative Metering
(No. of Zones)
Yes (63) Yes (21)
Partial (%) 13.5
Spot (%) 3.8
Metering Area (50/1.4; ISO 100) [EV] 0-20
ISO Speed Normal Range 100 – 3200 100 – 1600
Expansion (C. Fn) L:50, H:6400 L:50, H:3200
Safety Shift (C. Fn) Yes
Autoflash Metering Method E-TTL II
Shutter Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
X-sync Speed 1/300 sec 1/250 sec
Release Time Normal 55ms
Minimum 40ms
Drive System Drive Mode Single S
Continuous Shooting Speed (Approximate) 10fps 8.5fps
Maximum Burst (Shots) JPEG/L 110 48
RAW 30 22
RAW+JPEG/L 22 19
Live View Shooting Remote Live View Yes
(Camera) Live View Yes
LCD Monitor Size 3” 2.5”
Pixels (Approximate) 230,000
Max. Brightness Excellent (7) Good (5)
Wide Picture Coverage 140/140 170/170
Menu display Font Size Excellent Good
Menu Operation during Processing/Writing Yes
Interface Languages 18 15
Playback Display Formats Single Image Yes
Single Image+Shooting Info 3 1
4-image, 9-image Index Yes
Histogram Brightness Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
AF Frame Display Yes
Magnified View Magnification 1.5x to 10x
Default Position Center/Selected AF point
Image Review after Shooting Yes
Rotate Manual/Auto
Jump Yes (6)
Sound Recording Yes
Customization Custom Functions 57 21
Personal Functions Integrated into Custom Functions 27
My Menu Registration Yes
Save/Load Camera Settings to/from Memory Card Yes (10) Yes (1)
Original Image Data Evaluation System Yes
Image Encryption Support* Yes
Compatible Wireless Transmitter WFT-E2 WFT-E1
Save to External Media* Yes
GPS Compatibility* Yes
External Interface PC Terminal USB 2.0 Hi-Speed IEEE1394
Video OUT Yes (NTSC/PAL)
X-sync Flash Terminal Yes
Remote Control Terminal Yes (N3-type)
Extension System Terminal Yes
Shutter Durability (Release Cycles) 300,000 200,000
Power Source Battery Type Lithium ion secondary Nickel Metal Hydride
Model LP-E4 NP-E3
Capacity 2300 1650
Battery information Remaining capacity detection Yes
Recharge performance Yes
Shutter count Yes
Number of shots (CIPA) 2200 shots 1200 shots
Start-up time 0.2 sec
Exterior Material Magnesium Alloy
Color Black
Water/Dust-Resistance Excellent
Chassis Material Magnesium Alloy
Dimensions (W x H x D) 156 x 156.6 x 79.9mm 156 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
Weight Without batteries 1155g 1225g
With batteries 1335g 1560g
Price (in Japan/ yen) Open
Release Late May 2007 (scheduled) September 2005

At the bottom of this page is a comparison chart showing the 1D2 specs compared to the 1D2N

• World’s fastest AF DSLR with approximately 10 fps continuous shooting in One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF
• Maximum burst (JPEG Large, compression level 8) approximately 110 shots; RAW, approximately 30 shots (based on Canon’s testing standards)
• Dual DIGIC III Image Processors for fine detail, natural color reproduction and high-speed performance
• ISO 100-3200 with ISO speed extension, L= 50, H = 6400
• 14-bit A/D conversion for fine gradation
• Live View in camera and remote, wired and wireless
• New 45-point Area AF sensor with 19 high-precision, cross-type points (f/2.8 compatible), 26 standard-precision AssistAF points
• New AF point selection methods
• AF micro-adjustment (fine adjustment of AF point of focus)
• Adjustable operation characteristics for AFpoint selection, shutter release priority and focus-tracking sensitivity with AI Servo AF
• New methods of AF point expansion during manual AF point selection
• New 10.1-megapixel CMOSsensor, APS-H size
• Improved microlens array and pixel fill factor plus optimized photodiode structure to increase light-reception efficiency
• Professional EOS Integrated Cleaning System with Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit, Dust Delete Data acquisition
• RAW, sRAW (new SmallRAW), RAW+JPEG, sRAW+JPEG, JPEG+JPEG simultaneous recording
• Increased shutter durability of approximately 300,000 cycles
• Large and bright 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and wide viewing angle
• Five custom WB settings
• Selectable noise reduction for high ISO images, 50% less shadow noise for all images
• Selectable Highlight Tone Priority
• High-speed shutter with 1/8000 sec. maximum speed and high-speed X-sync at 1/300 sec. with EX Speedlites
• Startup time approx. 0.2 sec.
• Shutter release time lag approx. 55 ms. (approximately 40 ms. at maximum aperture with C. Fn IV-13-1) and viewfinder blackout time 80 ms. at 1/250 or higher
• Compatible with SDHC (SD High-Capacity) memory cards as well as high capacity CF cards
• Compatible with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed image transfer
• Faster writing to memory card
• High-magnification, wide-coverage viewfinder and improved focusing screen with 100% finder coverage
• 63-zone metering sensor for more stable exposure control with ambient light and flash
• High-capacity, lightweight and compact lithium-ion battery with estimated battery life display
• Enhanced recording options include automatic switching ofrecording media, separate recordings to media and identical recordings to multiple media
• Silent mode for single images
• Image copying and backup to external media enabled
• ISO speed safety shift
• ISO speed and metering pattern always displayed in viewfinder and on top LCD data panel
• New control layout with SET button, AF On button and Multi-Controller
• Displayable camera settings and better image information during playback
• Histogram display, jump display, error code display, and shooting settings display
• Chassis, mirror box, and exterior covers made ofmagnesium alloy
• Maintains water resistance with new 580EX II Speedlite
• Personal Functions consolidated with Custom Functions, resulting in 57 Custom
Functions in 4 groups
• Custom Function settings can be registered and called up
• Camera settings can be saved and read
• Camera’s basic settings can be registered and applied
• New “MyMenu” function can be registered and displayed at startup
• Camera direct printing (PictBridge) improved and DPOF print ordering provided
• Direct printing of RAW and sRAW images
• Direct image transfer
• Wireless/wired LAN for image transfers via new WFT-E2A dedicated Wireless File Transmitter
• External USB recording media and GPS unit usable via the WFT-E2A
• Verification data can be generated, encrypted and appended to the image with new Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3
• Compatible with original image verification system
• Speedlite Custom Functions settable with the camera when the 580EXII Speedlite is attached
• New software package includes Digital Photo Professional 3.0 and EOS Utility 2.0
• New EF16–35mm f/2.8L II USM lensfeatures improved peripheral image quality

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Weather sealing

UK PRCanon 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.

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From Canon US


EOS Digital SLR

Item Code: 1888B002
Available in April 2007

The Fastest, Most Powerful Digital SLR in the World*

Canon’s flagship EOS-1D Mark III is the most advanced EOS Digital SLR ever produced. It has a new 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-H size) with Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with Canon’s Live View technology. The 1D Mark III has a redesigned 100% viewfinder, a new 45-point AF system, and can shoot up to 10 fps continuously with a maximum burst of 110 shots. Dual DIGIC III Image Processors work in tandem to speed up every process while refining image quality; a new, lighter body has improved weather sealing and shutter durability. Every facet of the EOS experience has been enhanced with the 1D Mark III. It’s the new standard.
*As of February 2007.

Entirely new 10.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS Sensor (APS-H size, 1.3x lens conversion factor), featuring the EOS Integrated Cleaning System
World’s fastest digital SLR: shooting up to 10 fps (frames per second), with a burst rate up to 110 full-resolution JPEG images or 30 RAW images
All new high-precision AF system with 19 user-selectable AF points and 26 additional “assist points”; superior low-light performance and faster operation
New lighter body with enhanced weather resistance and outstanding reliability: featuring a shutter that’s durability-tested to 300,000 exposures
Dual DIGIC III Image Processors working in parallel to provide up to 50% less shadow noise and superb image quality; new Highlight Tone Priority option adds control of bright highlights
Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, featuring Live View
Fully compatible with over 50 EF lenses and a wide range of EOS System accessories

new 1d3 sensorEntirely new 10.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS Sensor (APS-H size, 1.3x lens conversion factor), featuring the EOS Integrated Cleaning System

World’s fastest digital SLR: shooting up to 10 fps (frames per second), with a burst rate up to 110 full-resolution JPEG images or 30 RAW images

All new high-precision AF system with 19 user-selectable AF points and 26 additional “assist points”; superior low-light performance and faster operation

New lighter body with enhanced weather resistance and outstanding reliability: featuring a shutter that’s durability-tested to 300,000 exposures

Dual DIGIC III Image Processors working in parallel to provide up to 50% less shadow noise and superb image quality; new Highlight Tone Priority option adds control of bright highlights

Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, featuring Live View

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

More Pixels, Cleaner
Entirely new 10.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS Sensor (APS-H size, 1.3x lens conversion factor), featuring the EOS Integrated Cleaning System

The EOS-1D Mark III features an all-new Canon 10.1 megapixel APS-H size CMOS sensor with an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 50–6400.* 14-bit A/D conversion means fine gradation and a significant drop in digital and shadow noise. With its generous 28.1 x 18.7mm image size, the sensor captures every nuance of your scene from highlight to shadow. Extensive noise reduction ensures an extremely high signal to noise ratio. Framing is natural because the sensor’s 3:2 aspect ratio is the same as in 35mm cameras, and the sensor’s large size realizes an effective angle of view that’s just 1.3 times the focal length indicated on Canon EF lenses.

*Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index.

10.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor

sensor cleaningSelf-Cleaning Sensor Unit
To combat against stray dust that enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor during a lens change, the 1D Mark III features Canon-designed Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit. The IR-cut filter cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly.

Sensor cleaning

Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit

Dust Delete Data Detection
Dust that has been missed by the Integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.0. The 1D Mark III’s imaging sensor is able to single out the dust particles on its surface, then plots out their location coordinates within the image. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon’s DPP version 3.0. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.

‘smart’ dust removal

World’s fastest digital SLR:

shooting up to 10 fps (frames per second), with a burst rate up to 110 full-resolution JPEG images or 30 RAW images

With a maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 10 frames-per-second, for up to 110 shots, the EOS-1D Mark III is the world’s fastest digital SLR. Bursts are first recorded to the camera’s internal memory to ensure maximum speed and then transferred to memory cards for storage. The number of shots remaining during a burst is displayed on the right side of the viewfinder.

Photographers can expect an exceptional degree of performance and reliability exceeding any film camera they’ve ever used. Speedy shooting is achieved with an entirely new, lightning-fast 45-point AF system, sophisticated tracking and predictive AF technology combined with precise, instant metering, no matter the setting.

Perfect Focus in An Instant

All new high-precision AF system with 19 user-selectable AF points and 26 additional “assist points”; superior low-light performance and faster operation

The EOS-1D Mark III raises the bar for AF performance. It uses an extraordinary 45-point high-density area AF system that provides not only the industry’s largest continuous AF coverage area, but also the greatest range of control over focusing point selection. The focusing point can be selected automatically by the camera (based on high-speed microcomputer analysis of image content), or users can manually select any of 19 high precision, cross-type AF points which can be complemented by 26 additional Assist Points for pin sharp accuracy, instantaneously.

1d3 focus pointsA processing unit devoted solely to focusing the 1D Mark III uses advanced algorithms that ensure the fastest, most accurate AF performance under the widest variety of conditions, with processing up to 3 times faster and a full stop darker than on the EOS-1D Mark II N. The One-Shot AF mode is ideal for more static subjects. The camera rapidly selects the optimum focusing point and the subject is instantly brought into focus even if it is off-center. The AI Servo AF mode is excellent for moving subjects. Aided by a highly “intelligent” predictive focusing algorithm, it precisely tracks subject movement, even at speeds of up to 10 fps. Even with erratic or rapid subject movement, the photographer can shoot continuously, concentrating solely on image composition.

New Custom Functions aid the photographer in choosing from default focusing points, as well as changing the size of a manually-selected AF point, making this not only the fastest, but also the most customizable AF system on the planet.

Stronger, Lighter and More Powerful

New lighter body with enhanced weather resistance and outstanding reliability: featuring a shutter that’s durability-tested to 300,000 exposures

In response to requests from professional users, the new EOS-1D Mark III is more rugged, yet lighter than its predecessor. Able to withstand shooting in the roughest conditions, the 1D Mark III is clad in a magnesium alloy shell, chassis and top panel, providing impressive strength without excessive weight. All of the 1D Mark III controls and external cover seams are sealed from water and dust. Even the perimeter of the 1D Mark III’s hot-shoe is ribbed for water resistance, enabling flash photography with Canon’s new Speedlite 580EX II.

Other new features include an improved shutter, durability tested to 300,000 exposures, powerful new metering, a new control interface that mirrors the design of other popular EOS Digital SLR cameras and a 100% coverage viewfinder with a larger pentaprism for higher magnification, plus a number of optional focusing screens.

1dmk3 frameCanon is also introducing a new, lightweight lithium-ion battery system that provides feedback on the LCD monitor, including number of shots taken on a charge, percentage of battery power remaining and whether the battery should be reconditioned with the charger. With the new battery installed, the EOS-1D Mark III body is about 1/2 pound (approx. 225g) lighter than the EOS-1D Mark II N body.

Powerful, Speedy In-Camera Processing, Times Two
Dual DIGIC III Image Processors working in parallel to provide up to 50% less shadow noise and superb image quality; new Highlight Tone Priority option adds control of bright highlights

Dual DIGIC III Image Processor
Developed to maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography, the EOS-1D Mark III’s Dual DIGIC III chips give the camera two of Canon’s newest processing units, working in parallel, to dramatically enhance image quality and deliver the speed and power needed to combine 10 million pixels and 10 frames per second. The latest-generation DIGIC III Image Processor works in concert with Canon’s new CMOS sensors to achieve even higher levels of performance. The entire electronic system is totally re-designed, giving the camera its incredible combination of speed and image quality. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, and color reproduction is superior.

Highlight Tone Priority
By expanding the range from the correct level (18% gray) to the maximum allowable highlight level, the gradation from the grays to the highlights becomes smoother and loss in highlight detail is minimized. This vital Custom Function lets photographers get even better detail in bright highlights, even in contrasty lighting conditions. It’s beneficial for nearly any form of professional work, where a user may encounter bright highlight areas where he or she wants to preserve details. Finally, there’s no impact on the camera’s shooting speed or burst rate when Highlight Tone Priority is engaged.

“Picture Style” settings
With Picture Style technology and the 1D Mark III, photographers can recreate characteristics of their favorite films. Color, saturation, sharpness and contrast settings create noticeable variation in the saved image. In addition to six preset Picture Styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome), users can create three additional settings for their particular photographic style.

USA Press Release
TWENTY YEARS OF THE CANON EOS SYSTEM LEADS TO THIS MOMENT: CANON RELEASES THE EOS-1D MARK III DIGITAL SLRThe Legendary Canon EOS System Evolves To Meet The Demanding Needs Of Imaging Professionals With the Release of The World’s Fastest Digital SLR*, EF 16-35 mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens and Speedlite 580EX II FlashLAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 21, 2007 – Canon, the worldwide market leader in digital cameras, celebrates the 20th anniversary of its top-selling EOS single lens reflex camera system by announcing the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, the world’s fastest digital SLR camera. At 10 frames per second, the 10.1 megapixel EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR can fire huge motor-driven bursts of 110 Large JPEGs or 30 RAW files because it employs the new Dual DIGIC III image processor engine, providing enough computational horsepower to do parallel processing at a rate unmatched by any other digital SLR. The all-new 10.1 megapixel, APS-H size CMOS sensor which is designed and manufactured by Canon, is the most light-sensitive and innovative sensor that Canon has developed to date. It features a new microlens array and a more efficient pixel structure for ultra-low noise, resulting in exceptional image quality and an amazing ISO range of 100 to 3200 with extensions to ISO 50 and a highly usable ISO 6400. Furthermore, Canon today unveils several new accessories, including the EF-16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and the Speedlite 580EX II Flash.

Scheduled for initial U.S. shipments in Spring, the estimated selling price of the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR will be similar to that of its predecessor, the EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLR. This makes the new camera a stunning bargain and a “must have” for most pro shooters on the basis of features, performance, reliability, ease of use and compatibility with the powerful Canon EOS system.

“The new EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR is an essential tool for professional sports photographers and photojournalists because of its exceptional speed and durability and it will attract a broad range of other professional and advanced amateur photographers because of its superior image quality and improved low-light performance,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A. Inc. “In designing the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, Canon responded to the requests of its many professional customers by adding new features that cater to their demanding needs. But at the same time, we have once again raised the bar for digital SLR cameras by introducing new technologies that only Canon can offer with the legendary EOS System.”

See the Whole Picture with a Live View LCD
One of the landmark functions of the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR is the introduction of a Live View shooting mode, tweaked to meet the needs of professional shooters. Photographers who use point-and-shoot digital cameras are familiar with looking at the LCD screen on the back of the camera to compose their images. Normally, a single lens reflex cannot do this because the mirror that lets you look through the lens is in the way. With the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, a photographer has several options in addition to conventional SLR through-the-lens viewing. If the camera is going to be close at hand, the new Live View shooting mode lets the user focus and compose on the extra-large 3.0-inch LCD screen and magnify the image 5x or 10x, to achieve the optimal focus. If a user is going to be several feet away from the camera, in a studio, for example, the camera can be connected to a computer with a USB 2.0 high-speed cable. New software included with the camera, EOS Utility 2.0, lets you view what the camera is seeing in real time and control its operation. If a professional photographer is going to be far away from the camera, say, on the other side of a racetrack or stadium, or if the camera is hidden or buried someplace inaccessible, the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR can be operated wirelessly with the assistance of the new WFT- E2A Wireless File Transmitter. This allows users to view images directly off the camera’s sensor in virtually real time with the ability to adjust many camera settings on the fly. As a side benefit, Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds.

The EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Another first for a professional digital SLR of this caliber is a complete dust management solution, called the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The new CMOS image sensor is designed with a lightweight infrared absorption glass cover that vibrates for 3.5 seconds when the camera is turned on or off. This brief delay can be cancelled immediately upon startup if desired, simply by pressing the shutter button. In fact, the sensor is sealed around its edges to help keep dust out. The shutter, newly upgraded to 300,000 cycle durability, generates less dust; it fires three times during the process so dust is shaken off the shutter curtains, too. This cleaning system uses very little battery power and can also be turned off in the custom function menu, if the user chooses to do so. The second part of the anti-dust system is a software solution that records the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor as Dust Delete Data and this information is appended to the image file. In the Digital Photo Professional 3.0 software application included with the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, the spots are erased automatically.

Advanced Autofocus Technology
The brand-new autofocus system in the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR represents a complete reconsideration of professional AF. Like previous EOS 1-Series Canon cameras, the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR has 45 AF points, but unlike its predecessors, 19 of them, rather than seven, are of the high-precision cross-type configuration. In addition to the center point, the new array allows the other points to be divided into groups of nine inner and nine outer focusing points plus a center point, which makes picking an individual focusing point much faster and easier than going through all 45, as in the past. During manual AF point selection, the AF point area is expandable. At the request of sports and wildlife photographers, a new micro-adjustment feature allows for very fine changes in the AF point of focus for each lens type in use, along with the addition of adjustable focus-tracking sensitivity as another sophisticated new AF feature. In addition to the AF sensor itself, other new components in the AF system include the reconfigured concave submirror and the secondary image formation lens, both products of Canon’s vast expertise in optical engineering. Last but not least, the low-light sensitivity of the new AF sensor has been doubled to EV-1 for superior performance compared to earlier EOS digital SLRs.

Twice as Smart With Dual DIGIC III Image Processors
To cope with the voluminous signal processing required by the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR’s 10.1 megapixel resolution and top continuous shooting speed of 10 fps, Dual DIGIC III imaging engines are incorporated for parallel signal processing. The DIGIC III image processor replaces the DIGIC II and assists in rendering very fine image detail and natural color reproduction with 50% less shadow noise than previous EOS digital SLRs. The CMOS sensor reads out to the dual DIGIC III processors simultaneously in eight channels. By having two processors handle the workload, image processing is now approximately 1.5x faster; Compact Flash(tm) access speed is now 1.3x faster and SD card access is now 2x faster. The EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR is compatible with the new high-capacity SDHC format memory card. The extra power of dual DIGIC III processors has also allowed analog-to-digital conversion to improve from 12 to 14 bits per channel, meaning that tonal gradation for RAW images is now divided into 16,384 separate levels per channel rather than 4,096. The difference can be seen in the superb prints and magazine spreads the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR makes, as well as, in its freedom from defects such as moir‚.

The Canon Proprietary CMOS Sensor
The all new, 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor is designed and manufactured by Canon using semiconductor manufacturing equipment that is designed and manufactured by Canon, allowing synergies that are unique in all of photography. The sensor is APS-H size, 28.1 by 18.7mm, significantly larger than the much more commonly found APS-C, usually about 23.5 by 15.5mm. The lens magnification factor is 1.3x, rather than 1.5x or 1.6x. The increased sensor size means that each pixel can be larger for a given resolution. The pixels of the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR are 7.2 microns square. A sensor with 10 megapixels in APS-C size would have pixels less than 6 microns square, smaller and therefore receiving less light, requiring more amplification and producing more noise. The comparison is even more favorable to the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR because Canon’s intense involvement with sensor technology has enabled it to increase the proportion of each pixel that is sensitive to light, called the fill factor, so its pixels are not only bigger, but they are also more receptive to light. Yet another improvement comes from the revised microlens array that collects light for the sensor. The new unit has smaller gaps between the tiny lenses, meaning more light is gathered and less is lost. All of this helps to explain the sensational low-light performance of the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR and the terrific quality of images shot at ISO 3200 and 6400.

Focus On New and Advanced Professional Features
The EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR has several new features that make it much more reassuring and confidence inspiring. Highlight tone priority extends the dynamic range of highlights by about one stop and improves gradation within highlight areas. Safety shift lets the camera automatically change the shutter speed, the aperture or even the ISO speed, according to the photographer’s choice, even if the light level changes out of the range that the settings on the camera can normally handle, thus avoiding unhappy surprises. In-camera noise reduction for high ISO images and silent drive mode reduce a different kind of noise: the sound of the camera shutter in a quiet place.

The EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR is the product of a “reset to zero” design process; absolutely everything was re-evaluated. The result is a new and exceptionally easy to use set of controls. The 1D Mark III Digital SLR uses a Main Dial, a Quick Control Dial, a Multi-controller, a SET button and several other buttons to select and set various functions. In addition, the ISO speed button, AF Start (AF-ON) button, Picture Style button, and Memory selection/Image size/White balance function button have been newly added to make camera operation faster and easier than previous models. This system follows the logic of the EOS family of cameras. You use the Quick Control Dial to make the selection and press the SET button. When you press a button, it remains active for a while so you can let it go and then turn a dial to set something. You use the Quick Control Dial or the Main Dial to select any of the 19 cross-type AF points. Answering the requests of many current EOS system users, information displays have also been improved. For example, both the ISO speed and the metering pattern in use are now visible at all times, not only on the top LCD data panel, but in the viewfinder as well.

The EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR’s power supply is yet another valuable new feature: The camera now uses a new LC-E4 Lithium-ion battery pack instead of the previous NP-E3 Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) type. As a result, the weight of the 1D Mark III Digital SLR with the battery and memory cards installed is approximately 8 oz. lighter than the EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLR when comparably equipped, and estimated shooting capacity has significantly improved from 1200 shots for the 1D Mark II N Digital SLR to approximately 2200 shots for the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR under normal shooting conditions. Additionally, new technology makes it possible for the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR to display battery charge levels in 1% increments.

The Custom Functions and Personal Functions of previous EOS models have been merged to create an easier to manage set of 57 Custom Functions arranged in four groups according to categories such as exposure and autofocus. Up to six frequently used menu options and Custom Functions can be registered in a new user-friendly feature, called “My Menu.” Up to 10 sets of camera settings can now be saved to one recording medium and moved from one camera to another. Up to five Personal white balance settings and five custom white balance data items can now be registered.

Major advances have also been made in recording, storage, and playback. For example, in addition to the RAW and JPEG options found in previous EOS Digital SLRs, the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR now offers the “sRAW” recording format. “sRAW” has all the flexibility of standard RAW data recording, but at one quarter the resolution and approximately half the file size of conventional RAW images. Another breakthrough option is the ability to record to external USB storage devices connected to the camera via the optional WFT-E2A Wireless Transmitter (see below for more information on the WFT-E2A). Yet another new option is automatic switching of recording media; when the current recording medium becomes full, the camera switches to another automatically and continues recording without interruption. With separate recording, a captured image can be recorded in varying sizes on different media. Each recording medium can be set to record a specific image size (L, M1, M2, S, RAW, sRAW) for each shot. With recording of identical images, the same image is recorded to all recording media. This is also possible with RAW+JPEG and sRAW+JPEG. Any image stored in a memory card or external media can be copied to another installed or connected recording medium.

With the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, if the card slot cover is opened during the writing operation, an alarm sounds and a warning message appears on the screen to indicate that writing is in progress. The card writing continues even if the slot cover is opened. Also, if you set the power switch to the “off” position during the card writing process, a message appears on the screen to indicate that writing is in progress. After the writing is completed, the power turns off.

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens:
A new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens succeeds the versatile EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM Lens as a high-performance L-series wide-angle zoom lens, specifically designed for improved peripheral image quality. Compatible with all EOS SLRs past and present, it uses three high-precision aspherical lens elements and two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) lens elements to minimize lateral chromatic aberration and to produce superb image quality with excellent resolution and contrast. New coatings minimize ghosting and flare. It is an internal focus design, so the front element does not rotate during focusing and zooming, a convenience for users of circular polarizer filters. The lens is also fully gasketed and sealed for dust and moisture resistance, and it features an electronic diaphragm with circular blades for natural-looking background blur effects.

Speedlite 580EX II Flash
The popular Speedlite 580EX Flash is being replaced by the new Speedlite 580EX II Flash, which features a host of improvements, including a metal hot shoe with an improved locking mechanism for added durability, an external metering sensor for non-TTL automatic flash exposure control and a PC socket for use with non-dedicated slave triggers. Fully compatible with all EOS SLRs, the new Speedlite 580EX II is gasketed for dust and moisture resistance, making it possible for users of EOS-1 class digital SLRs and many L-series EF lenses to use flash safely when shooting in dusty or wet environments.

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A
The new accessory dedicated Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A allows wireless transfer and backup, as well as remote control of the camera in Live View mode. The new transmitter is much smaller and lighter than its predecessor and more affordable as well. The WFT-E2A has many useful capabilities besides wireless transmission of digital photos. In addition to supporting the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR’s Remote Live View functions, it can also be connected to various Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as high-capacity hard drives or convenient flash drives with much larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera, for instant backup as images are captured. Whats more, the WFT-E2A can be connected to portable GPS devices to record GPS information (longitude, latitude, altitude, UTC) which is added to file metadata and displayed on the camera’s LCD screen below the histogram.

Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3
The newly developed Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 enables independent verification of the authenticity of image data and metadata (including GPS data). Additionally, the OSK-E3 Data Verification Kit features optional data encryption of EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR files upon capture to prevent modification of image data or unauthorized interception of images during wireless transmission.

Improved Software
The EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR will be supplied with the latest versions of Canon’s powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.0 and EOS Utility 2.0, which now support the camera’s Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Also included are new versions of ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser for easy browsing, viewing, printing and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Canon will display and demonstrate the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR and its new accessories March 8 – 11 at the PMA trade show in Las Vegas.


Info from Canon Japan

There is a flash/html version of 1D3 information available at

Major Specifications Comparison between EOS-1D Mark II N and EOS-1D Mark II

 Indicates the superiority of the EOS-1D Mark II N over the EOS-1D Mark II.

Item EOS-1D Mark II N EOS-1D Mark II
Imaging Sensor Imaging Sensor CMOS
Effective Pixels (Approximate) 8.2 megapixel
Effective Sensor Size (mm) 28.7 x 19.1
Color Filter System RGB primary color filter
Low-pass Filter 3 Layers/Built-in, Non-removable
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 1.3x
Recording System Recording Media CF Card (Type I, II)
SD Card
Card Slots 2
Recording Pixels (Approx.) Large 8.2 megapixel
Middle 1 6.4 megapixel
Middle 2 4.3 megapixel
Small 2.0 megapixel
RAW 8.2 megapixel
JPEG Quality (Compression Ratio) Settings 10
Picture Styles (Setting)  (6+3)
Processing Parameters Integrated in Picture Style
Color Matrix  (5+2)
Color Space sRGB/Adobe RGB
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording  (Either as RAW/JPEG image)
RAW+JPEG Recording on Separate
Memory Cards Selectable as RAW/JPEG
Recording Slot Switching system
Backup Mode  (CF/SD same file recording)
Automatic Folder Creation
Folder Selection to Save Images
Max. Number of Images Saved per Folder 9999
User-Defined File Name
Noise Reduction Yes/Auto/No Yes/No
Low Level Format for SD Card
Support for 2GB and Larger Memory Card
Image Processor DIGIC II
White Balance Auto White Balance (AWB) Image Sensor
WB Settings 12
WB Bracketing Amount ±3 steps in full steps
Method Blue/Amber
Release 3 Bracketed Image per Shutter Release
White Balance Compensation Levels ±9 steps in full steps
Viewfinder Magnification (-1dpt, 50mm lens at infinity) 0.7
Coverage (%) 100
Focusing Screen Standard Ec-C III (Laser Matte)
Ec-S Support  (Super Precision Matte)
Interchangeable Focusing Screen  (10)  (9)
Eye Point 20mm
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 (dpt.)
Autofocus AF Points 45
AF Frame Selection Quick Control Dial
Focusing Range (EV) 0 to 18
AF Speed, Accuracy Excellent
Predictive AF Minimum Distance
(50 km/h, 300/2.8L)
AF-assist Beam External Flash
Exposure Control P, Tv, Av, M and Bulb
Light Metering Mode (%) Evaluative Metering (No. of Zones)  (21)
Partial (%) 8.5
Spot (%) 2.4
Metering Area (50/1.4; ISO 100) [EV] 0-20
ISO Speed Normal Range 100 – 1600 (1/3 step)
Expansion (C. Fn) L:50, H:3200
Autoflash Evaluating Metering E-TTL II
Average Metering (C. Fn)
Shutter Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
X-sync Speed 1/250 sec.
Release Time Normal 55ms
Minimum 40ms (P.Fn-26)
Drive System Drive Mode Single/Continuous
Continuous Shooting Speed (Approximate) 8.5 fps
Max. Burst Shots JPEG/L/F 48 40
RAW 22 20
LCD Monitor Size 2.5” 2”
Pixels (Approximate) 230,000
Wide Picture coverage
Playback Display Formats Single Image
Shooting Info  (file-size display)
4-image Index
9-image Index
Histogram Brightness
Highlight Alert
AF Frame Display
Magnified View Magnification 1.5x to 10x
Default Position Center/Selected AF point Center
Image Review after Shooting
Image Quality Excellent
Rotate Manual/Auto
Playback Image Position (Playback OFF Playback) From the last playback image From the last shot image
Image Protect Per Image/Per Folder/Per Memory Card
Sound Recording
Menu Languages 15 15 (supported by firmware-upgrade)
Menu Operation during Image Processing/Data Writing
Printing CP Direct, Bubble Jet Direct
DCF/Exif [Ver.] 2.0/2.21
Customization Custom Functions 21 Functions/69 Settings 21 Functions/67 Settings
Personal Functions 27
Camera Settings Storage  (CF Card)
Original Image Data Evaluation System
Add IPTC information
Support for Wireless Transmitter WFT-E1
External Interface PC Terminal IEEE1394
Video OUT
X-sync Terminal
Remote Control Terminal N3-type
Shutter Durability (Release Cycles) 200,000
Power Source Battery NP-E3
Battery Life 1200 shots
Start-up time 0.2 sec. 0.3 sec.
Exterior Material Magnesium
Color Black
Water/Dust-Resistance Excellent
Chassis Material Magnesium
Dimensions (W x H x D) 156 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
Weight 1225g 1220g
Price Open Open
Release September 2005 April 2004