Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III (Body Only) reviews and prices: SLR camera

4 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III (Body Only): 21.9 MP (Megapixels), SDHC Card storage, No image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description

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Malcolm , Haire Keen amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Best ever
Bad points:
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Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Dec 2009

Chris, London Professional photographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The EOS 1 Ds MkIII is a robust, professional camera that captures incredible landscape and portrait images and truly excels in lower light conditions. Superseded in numerical sequencing by the new MkIV - that can shoot 9+ (16mb) frames per second and record HD live footage - I tried both cameras before opting for the MkIII's capacity to capture 'bulletproof' 21mb RAW files. I have no need for ultra-fast multi-image capturing or live options and the MkIII's higher resolution makes a big difference in post-production and large format printing. For me, this outweighed the MkIV's cheaper price, sexier rounded lines and increased joystick/display operation capabilities.

Compared to my EOS 5D MkII, that offers more many more 'functions', the EOS IDs MkIII is a much more basic, intuitive and refined camera to operate. You only have to compare the thickness of the handbooks to see it offers no added bells & whistles. It is simply an out-and-out thoroughbred that takes a little time time to tame and get working for you. Yet when you do the results are truly impressive.

In extreme conditions, poor weather or in dusty or sandy environments, the Ds MkIII is the only camera I'll take out. Likewise in the studio this workhorse eats up everything you throw at it. It comes with a good software support package and all the sturdy linkages and direct charge and PC access cables I needed. Out on location its large battery pack is an important bonus. In sub-zero temperatures a single pack/charge easily lasted three full nights and days of long exposure shooting.

Overall, this is a performance-based piece of engineering and when used with a quality Canon EF lens the EOS 1Ds MkIII produces the best quality DSLR images I've seen.
Bad points:
While the MkIII can excel in low light conditions, shoot a healthy 5+ frames per second, work tirelessly in the studio and operate in foul weather, stunning quality and performance does come at a price. You pay it in full, firstly when opening your wallet and subsequently every day you have to cart the camera around, for it is indeed a weighty beast!

Therefore the only question you must ask yourself is what price do you put on image perfection?

Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Oct 2010

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 5616x3744
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 1
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 1205
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 159.6x156x79.9
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 39322
Height in mm 16.0
Width in mm 156
Depth in mm 8.0
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes

Also known as: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III - Digital, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital

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Manufacturer's Description

21 Megapixels of full frame resolution with the flexibility that only an EOS SLR can offer. Benefit from DIGIC III processing, rugged build quality and technologies that redefine SLR performance.


  • 21 MP full frame CMOS
  • 14-bit A/D processing
  • 5 fps, max. burst of 56 JPEGs
  • Dual “DIGIC III” processors
  • High precision wide area AF
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • ISO 100-1600 range (L:50 H:3200)
  • 3.0" LCD with Live View mode
  • EF lens compatibility
  • Maximum quality. Total control.

21 Megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
The full frame CMOS sensor of the EOS-1Ds Mark III provides a massive 21 Megapixels of detail – exceeding the standard quality demanded by leading photo agencies. Images are processed at 14 bit colour depth for finer tonal gradations. Picture quality is assured by effective noise reduction at high sensitivities and a low pass filter that combats false colour and moiré. The sensor’s wide dynamic range can be set to preserve more detail from bright areas with the Highlight Tone Priority function.

Dual “DIGIC III” processors
Dual “DIGIC III” processors drive the camera’s rapid performance, allowing near-instant start-up and response times.

5 fps with 56 frame burst
The EOS-1Ds Mark III delivers 5 frames per second for a continuous burst of up to 56 JPEGs (12 in RAW).

Wide-area AF with 19 cross type points
A high precision AF system employs 19 cross type points with sensitivity up to f/2.8, spread out across the AF area to accommodate off-centre subjects. 26 AF assist points aid AF tracking for increased accuracy.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Canon’s built-in dust prevention and cleaning system uses a combination of technologies to reduce, repel and remove dust from the sensor. A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit shakes dust from the sensor with each power on.

Wide ISO Range
A wide 100 to 1600 ISO range as standard is expandable to L:50 and H:3200.

3.0" LCD with Live View mode
The bright 3.0" LCD provides pin-sharp definition for checking focus and composition, with 10x magnification for finer details. When shooting from awkward positions, Live View mode gives you the option of framing your image from the LCD.

Picture Style
Picture Style presets provide easy image processing. Each style offers a different colour response – similar to the way film types are changed to achieve different effects. Picture Style presets are customizable in-camera or through the supplied Picture Style Editor software.

Weather sealed, magnesium alloy body
A magnesium alloy body with dust and moisture resistant sealing protects the EOS-1Ds Mark III from harsh weather and the rigours of daily use.

EOS system compatibility
The EOS-1Ds Mark III is compatible with all EF lenses (excl. EF-S lenses), EX Series Speedlite flash units, and the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2.

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