I had a meeting with Canon at the PhotoPlus Expo today. They showed me the new 21-megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark III pro DSLR and told me a little more about it. The meeting was short but I did get to play with the camera a bit and since I’ve been using the EOS-1D Mark III I was already familiar with a lot of the features and functionality.
Basically, the EOS-1Ds Mark III is a 1D Mark III with a 21-megapixel full-frame sensor with a bigger brighter viewfinder, larger buffer, UDMA CompactFlash compatibility, and the new sRAW format for multiple RAW resolution options. The larger buffer makes it possible for the camera to capture 5 frames-per-second, making it a viable sports camera and not just for studio or landscape photographers anymore. Thanks to the larger buffer, the EOS-1Ds Mark III can also shoot 21.1-megapixel files continuously for up to 56 JPEG or 12 RAW images.
One of the most immediately impressive features of the 1Ds-Mark III is the new viewfinder. It has a larger pentaprism than the 1D Mark III, with all new optics, higher magnification and a higher eyepoint. Anyone who’s used to using previous Canon DSLR will appreciate the new viewfinder. It’s noticeably larger and brighter than anything I’m used to.
Canon also introduced new software with the EOS-1Ds Mark III. Picture Style Editor allows photographers to create their own custom curves that can be loaded into the camera for in-camera processing. And the new Digital Photo Professional 3.2 software converts the EOS-1Ds Mark III RAW files and can make optical corrections for 29 Canon lenses, with more to follow.
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III includes Live View, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, a 3-inch LCD display, a 45-point AF system with 19 cross-type sensors, and 14-bit color capability – all valuable features introduced earlier this year in the EOS-1D Mark III. The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III should be available in November for $7,999, although it’s already backordered and is sure to be sold out for a while.
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