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Marketed May 2007
Original Price Open price

The EOS-1D Mark III boasts a newly developed large APS-H-size (28.1 x 18.7 mm) 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that supports an ISO range from 100 up to 3200*, which in combination with Canon’s new Dual “DIGIC III” high-speed image-processing system, realizes a truly exceptional level of image quality. Coupling superlative image quality with speed, the new flagship model enables continuous shooting of high-quality (JPEG large/fine) images at around 10 frames per second for up to approximately 110 consecutive shots. Moreover, a new high-speed, high-precision Area AF with 19 cross points plus 26 assistance points, and a newly developed viewfinder offering 100-percent coverage further contribute to the camera’s outstanding performance capabilities.

Designed to meet the rigorous demands of professional news, sports and studio photographers, the EOS-1D Mark III offers outstanding resilience with a shutter durability capable of withstanding 300,000 cycles, marking a dramatic 150-percent increase over its predecessor, the EOS-1D Mark II N, released in September 2005.

Moreover, the combination of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, which helps prevent the accumulation of dust inside the camera, a durable dust- and water-resistant Canon EF lens, and three new EOS-system accessories designed specifically for use with the EOS-1D Mark III enables the camera to deliver unfailing performance under even the most grueling conditions.

Type Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording media Type I or II CF card, SD/SDHC memory card

* CF cards, and Microdrive cards with a 2GB or larger capacity can be used
* With Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2/E2A attached, recording possible with USB external media

Image sensor size 28.1 x 18.7 mm
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)
(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx.1.3 times the lens focal length)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels Effective pixels: Approx. 10.10 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 10.70 megapixels
Aspect ratio 3:2
Color Filter System RGB primary color filter
Low-pass Filter Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Dust deletion feature (1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) User-activated sensor cleaning
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording System
Recording Format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14bit, Canon original)
simultaneous recording
Provided (sRAW+JPEG also possible)
File size (1) L (Large) : Approx. 3.5 MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(2) M1 (Medium1) : Approx. 2.8 MB (3456 x 2304 pixels)
(3) M2 (Medium2) : Approx. 2.1 MB (2816 x 1880 pixels)
(4) S (Small) : Approx. 1.2 MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)
(5) RAW : Approx. 13.0 MB (3888 x 2592 pixels)
(6) sRAW : Approx. 7.6 MB (1936 x 1288 pixels)

* JPEG quality: 8, ISO 100, Picture Style: Standard
* Exact file sizes depend on the subject, JPEG quality, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

Folder setting Folder creation/selection enabled
File name Preset code, User setting1 (4 characters), User setting2 (3 characters + 1 image size character)
File numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 – 3
Recording methods (1) Standard
(2) Auto switch media (recording media switched automatically)
(3) Rec. separately (specified image size for each recording media)
(4) Rec. to multiple (same image recorded to all recording media)
Image copy Image copying between recording media enabled (Images with checkmarks or all images in folder or card)
Backup With WFT-E2/E2A attached, all images and folders in the CF card and SD card can be backed up to USB external media
White Balance
Settings Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash, custom (total 5 settings), color temperature setting, personal white balance (total 5 settings)
Auto White Balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments

* Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible

Color temperature information transmission Provided
Type Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Coverage Approx. 100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Magnification Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint Approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 – +1.0 m-1 (diopter)
Focusing screen Interchangeable (11 types sold separately), Standard focusing screen: Ec-C IV
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF1200mm f/5.6L USM or shorter lens)
Viewfinder information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), metering and exposure information (metering mode, spot metering circle, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), white balance correction, JPEG/RAW recording, maximum burst, number of shots remaining, battery check, recording media information
Depth-of-Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece Shutter Built-in
Type TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF Points 19 AF points (cross-type) and 26 Assist AF points (total 45 points)
Metering range EV -1 – 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes One-Shot AF (ONE SHOT), AI Servo AF (AI SERVO), Manual focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection Automatic selection (45 points), manual selection (19 points, 9 inner points, 9 outer points)
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
AF-assist Beam Emitted by the dedicated external Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering Modes 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering
· Center spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)
· AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder)
· Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems Program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash, flash metered manual
ISO speed
(Recommended Exposure Index)
100 – 3200 (1/3-stop or 1-stop increments), expandable to ISO 50(L) and 6400(H)
Exposure Compensation Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB:±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE Lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes
Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
X-sync at 1/300 sec. (with EX series Speedlite for EOS cameras)
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self-timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote Control Remote control with N3 type terminal
Drive System
Drive Modes Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, Self-timer (10 sec. and 2 sec), and Silent single shooting
Continuous shooting speed (Approx.) High-speed continuous: Max. 10 shots/sec.,
Low-speed continuous: Max. 3 shots/sec.
Max. Burst JPEG (Large): Approx. 110, RAW: Approx. 30, RAW+JPEG (Large): Approx. 22

* Based on Canon’s testing conditions with a 1GB CF card for high-speed continuous shooting with JPEG quality 8, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style.
* Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand, image-recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom Functions, etc.

External Speedlite
Compatible flash EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock Provided
External flash settings Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings
PC Terminal Provided
Zooming to match
lens focal length
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size 3.0 in.
Dots Approx. 230,000
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness adjustment 7 levels provided
Interface languages 18
Image Playback
Image Display Format Single image, single image + image size, shooting info, histogram, 4-image or 9-image index, magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x – 10x), rotated image, jump (by 1/10/100 images, 1 screen, shooting date, or folder)
Highlight Alert Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protection and Erase
Protect Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or canceled at one time
Erase One image, all images with checkmarks in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be erased (except protected images) at one time
Sound Recording
Recording method The sound clip recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image
File type WAV
Recording time Max. 30 sec. per sound clip
Direct Printing
Compatible printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS-1D Mark III
Digital Print Order Format
DPOF Version 1.1 compatible
Direct Image Transfer
Compatible images JPEG and RAW/sRAW images

* Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen

Custom Functions Total 57
C.Fn setting registration Provided
My Menu registration Provided
Save camera settings Provided
Register basic camera settings Provided
USB terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB)
Video OUT terminal NTSC/PAL selectable
Extension system terminal For connection to WFT-E2/E2A
Power Source
Battery Battery Pack LP-E4 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4

Number of Shots At 23°C / 73°F: Approx. 2200 shots
At 0°C / 32°F: Approx. 1700 shots

* With fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E4
* Without Live View shooting
* The figures above are based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards

Battery Check Automatic (Displayed in 6 levels)

* Detailed battery information provided

Power Saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Back-up Battery One CR2025 lithium battery
Startup time Approx. 0.2 sec.
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 156 x 156.6 x 79.9 mm / 6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.
Weight 1155 g / 40.7 oz. (Body only)
Operating Environment
Working temperature range 0°C – 45°C / 32°F – 113°F
Working humidity 85% or less

* All specifications above are based on Canon’s testing standards.
* The camera’s specifications and exterior are subject to change without notice.
* If a problem occurs with a non-Canon lens attached to the camera, consult the lens maker.