Canon EOS-1D Mark III

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Eos-1D Mark III Front View.jpg
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
LensInterchangeable (EF)
Maximum resolution3,888 × 2,592 (10 million)
StorageCompactFlash (Type I or Type II) , Secure Digital, External Hard Drive or other USB Storage Devices.
Focus modesAutofocus (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF), Manual Focus (MF)
Focus areas45 AF points (19 cross-type and 26 Assist AF points)
Exposure metering63-zone TTL full aperture metering
Metering modesEvaluative metering (linked to all AF points), Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of screen, at center), Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of screen), Centerweighted average metering
ShutterVertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter speed range1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments)
Continuous shooting10frame/s up to 22/30/110 frames (raw+JPEG Large Fine/raw/JPEG Large Fine)
Rear LCD monitor3.0 in, 230,000 pixels (690,000 dots) TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Made inJapan
ReleasedMay 2007
ReplacedCanon EOS-1D Mark II N[1]
SuccessorCanon EOS-1D Mark IV[2]

The EOS 1D Mark III is a professional 10.1 megapixel digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) camera body produced by Canon. The EOS 1D Mark III was announced on February 21, 2007[3] and is the successor of the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N and was first released in May 2007. In late 2009, the camera was succeeded by the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV.


  • 28.1 × 18.7 mm APS-H CMOS sensor
  • 10.1 megapixel effective
  • Dual DIGIC III image processors
  • Canon EF lens mount (excludes EF-S)
  • 1.3x crop factor[4]
  • 45-point TTL-AREA-SIR autofocus with a dedicated CMOS sensor
  • TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone SPC
  • 100–3200 ISO speed equivalent (ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 6400 with custom function)
  • 30–1/8000 sec. shutter speed and bulb
  • Auto white balance
  • Eye-level pentaprism viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
  • 230,000 pixel (690,000 dot), 3.0" color TFT liquid-crystal monitor with approx. 100% coverage (for JPEG images)
  • Live preview on the camera's rear LCD, also via an external system using Canons EOS Utility (disables AF)
  • E-TTL II flash mode with optional in-camera controls for the Speedlite 580EX II flash
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting (JPEG: max. 110 frames, raw: max. 30 frames)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 156 × 157 × 80 mm (6.1 × 6.2 × 3.1 in)
  • Weight (body only): Approx. 1155 g
  • Microphone for recording voice annotations

The camera's image sensor is a CMOS-based integrated circuit with Bayer filters for RGB color detection (Canon calls it single-plate, in contrast with three-CCD sensors). It has approximately 10.1 million effective pixels. A non-removable optical anti-aliasing filter is located in front of the image sensor, which also vibrates as part of an anti-dust mechanism (similar to the one used in the entry-level Canon EOS 400D).

The shutter is an electronically controlled focal-plane shutter. Its maximum speed is 1/8,000 of one second. The shutter is operated by an electromagnet.

The Mark III is Canon's first professional Digital SLR to include a Live View feature, usually reserved for point-and-shoot cameras. The image is displayed on an electronic screen instead of in the viewfinder alone.


The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) named the Canon EOS 1D Mark III the "European Professional Camera of the Year 2007-2008".[5]


Issues about Mark III cameras were reported throughout the online photographer communities after the camera's retail launch. These relate to SERVO AF mode, to stripes within the picture, cursor navigation failure, Err 99 messages and sub par low light focus acquisition performance compared to previous models. Canon investigated a few of these issues, and some are believed to be resolved in firmware release 1.1.1, which was released in September 2007.

Most significant of the issues is the autofocus (AF) issue; under certain conditions, (notably warm, bright, sunny days, conditions under which AF usually operates the best) photographer Rob Galbraith has reported poor AF performance.[6] As of October 17, 2007, Canon technical representatives began stating the widely reported auto focus issue is suspected to be caused by an internal submirror assembly that requires replacement on most Cameras with serial numbers between 501001 and 546561[7] This correction has been made in production models dating to sometime shortly before the announcement of the fix.

As of August 2008, some reviewers have continued to note some level of remaining problems with AF both in the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III even after the hardware and firmware fixes noted by Canon.[8]

On March 3, 2009, Canon announced new firmware and a free AF recalibration for the 1D Mark III. Initial reports from owners who have received their camera back from the AF recalibration seem to be largely positive, although there are still some mixed results.


This latest firmware available for the EOS-1D Mark III is version 1.3.2. The latest upgrades to the firmware for the Canon EOS-1D Mark III can be found on Canon's firmware download page.[9]

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  1. ^ "EOS-1D Mark III - Canon Camera Museum".
  2. ^ "What's New in the EOS-1D Mark IV: Improved CMOS Sensor".
  3. ^ "CANON RELEASES THE EOS-1D MARK III DIGITAL SLR". 2007-02-21. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  4. ^ "Canon EOS-1D Mark III digital camera specifications". Digital Photography Review. Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  5. ^ "EOS-1D Mark III EISA's Best Professional Camera". Archived from the original on 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  6. ^ Galbraith, Rob (2007-06-19). "An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance". Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  7. ^ "Support & Service Start of repairs for AF Mirror Adjustment Issue". Archived from the original on 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  8. ^ Galbraith, Rob (2007-08-01). "An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance". Archived from the original on 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  9. ^ "EOS-1D Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.3.0". Retrieved 2010-02-08.

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