Canon EOS DCS 3
|Type||Single-lens reflex with Digital back|
|Sensor||CCD, 1.7x crop factor|
|Maximum resolution||1,268 x 1,012 (1.3 megapixels)|
|Shutter||electronic focal plane|
|Shutter speed range||30 to 1/8000 s|
|Exposure metering||TTL, full aperture, zones|
|Exposure modes||Full auto, programmed, shutter-priority, aperture priority, manual|
|Metering modes||Evaluative, Center Weighted, Average|
|Focus areas||5 points|
|Focus modes||One-shot, AI-Servo, AI-Focus, Manual|
|Continuous shooting||up to 2.7 frame/s, max 8 frames|
|ASA/ISO range||200-1600 in 1 EV steps|
|Custom WB||7 presets, including Auto and custom|
|Rear LCD monitor||none|
|Storage||PCMCIA card slot|
|Weight||1800 g (body only)|
|Optional battery packs||none.|
The Canon EOS DCS 3 was Kodak's first Canon based Digital SLR camera (a rebranded Kodak EOS DCS-3) released in July 1995. It uses a modified Canon EOS-1N film camera with a modified Kodak NC2000e digital camera back attached. As a result, it maintained the Canon EF lens mount, and full compatibility with all of Canon's EF lenses made until that time. The camera was followed by the six megapixel Canon EOS DCS 1, which was released later in 1995, and the 1.5 megapixel Canon EOS DCS 5.
The back had a then-massive 16MB of RAM to act as an image buffer, as well as a PCMCIA card slot for image storage, plus a SCSI socket for connection to a computer. The imaging element was an APS-H sensor with a 1.7x crop factor, and a resolution of 1268 x 1012 pixels (1.3 mp). The camera back did not have an LCD monitor.
A typical 260MB PCMCIA card or IBM Microdrive of the period could store 189 images. The EOS DCS 3 lacked any internal JPEG processing, and images had to be processed on a computer before they were usable in any form. The large amount of memory contributed the then-immense price of the EOS DCS 3, at nearly two million yen.
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