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Raising the bar again. Canon redefines total performance. Many factors go into making this professional performance possible. Significant advances in large-volume data processing technology, a completely new imaging engine, and advancements in mirror speed technology learned during development of the 35mm EOS-1v all contribute to the EOS-1D's speed and responsiveness. &#160; 8 fps - the fastest continuous shooting speed of any digital SLR camera*. Until you experience the EOS-1D's total performance in your hands, its specs are just numbers. It's when you pick it up and feel its responsiveness&#8230;feel - but not hear it run through 21 consecutive frames 60% faster than any other competitive professional digital SLR* that you know you're in the presence of something truly special. <br/> The world's fastest AF system, covering the world's largest AF area. Forty-five AF points cover more of the picture area than any other digital SLR in the world, making focusing and composing of off-center subjects a one-step operation. It's a versatile system, allowing the photographer numerous methods to manually select an AF point, or allowing the EOS-1D to automatically select the AF point instead. <br/> 1/16,000-second shutter speed and 1/500-second X-sync. Imagine the possibilities. The new large-area, four million pixel CCD imaging sensor electronically times shutter speeds, and makes possible speeds as fast as 1/16,000th of a second. EX-series EOS Speedlites can sync to an amazing 1/500th of a second. The bladed rotary-magnet shutter is durability-tested to 150,000 exposures. <br/> Shutter release time lag of just 55 ms. No digital SLR responds faster. A highly responsive viewfinder, courtesy of Canon's original Active Mirror Control method. One of the key hurdles to faster shooting speeds is an SLR was speed the mirror could move up and down, while stopping long enough between frames for an AF system to get updated information. Blackout time between exposures is a barely perceptible 45 ms, and contributes to the sense of solid responsiveness you get using the EOS-1D. &#160; IEEE1394 interface: the ideal way to move large files quickly. Direct-connection to compatible Windows or Macintosh computers is via an IEEE1394 ("FireWire&#8482;") interface, giving you the best of both worlds - convenience and speed. IEEE1394 provides reliable plug-and-play operation, and is ideal for fast downloading of EOS-1D image files to the computer. <br/> With a generous buffer memory, the EOS-1D can fire up to 21 consecutive frames (at up to 8 fps) in its full-resolution, best-quality JPEG mode. That's at four million pixels per image. Even more impressively, if capturing both RAW and JPEG images simultaneously, you can still fire bursts of up to 16 frames (at full resolution, of course) at up to 8 fps. A viewfinder indication is updated instantly to advise you of remaining frames in a burst. <br/> The best of both worlds: Image quality and performance. Using the 4.15 million pixel interline-transfer CCD makes true continuous 8 fps operation possible. Also, it functions as its own shutter - interline transfer CCDs can be "turned on" and "turned off" electronically with incredible precision. This is how the EOS-1D is able to shoot at shutter speeds up to 1/16,000th of a second, and perhaps even more important to professionals, sync with flash up to 1/500th of a second.
Build quality and reliability you can feel. Professional photographers need tools they can depend on in any conditions. Its body is superb: built of cast magnesium-alloy, it combines strength, rigidity and effective magnetic shielding of the electronic components. It's been engineered to withstand extremes in temperatures. No professional digital SLR has ever been as effectively protected from dust and the elements as the EOS-1D. &#160; An EOS tradition: superior comfort and control. In the EOS-1D, Canon blended the best of the digital and analog worlds to maintain its high standards. Buttons and switches are strategically placed in the same positions as on the acclaimed EOS-1v. Yet displays and controls that are unique to digital cameras, especially on the back panel, are laid out according to the same operational concept as the EOS D2000. The result is operation that is extremely intuitive for seasoned Canon users and easily accessible to others who are experiencing EOS for the first time. &#160; It's not all metal. It's all magnesium alloy. All body covers and most internal chassis components are constructed of magnesium alloy that minimizes weight and delivers exceptional rigidity. This alloy also serves as an effective electromagnetic shield, protecting internal mechanisms from electrical interference. Every external detail was designed with environmental resistance in mind. Coupled with a durable baked coating, the body provides extra durability to withstand the toughest shooting environments. &#160; Built to take the worst conditions. The new EOS-1D is the most extensively protected camera in its class. Seventy-two points on the camera body are specifically gasketed and sealed to protect it even in the harshest conditions, and the NP-E3 battery pack is gasketed as well to protect the battery compartment. Even the lens mount has a protective rubber surface, which mates with rubber gaskets on certain professional EF lens. &#160; The rotary magnet shutter virtually eliminates failure. Canon developed the rotary magnet shutter not merely to reduce problems, but to eliminate the problems altogether. A bladed rotary-magnet shutter, similar to the ones used in EOS-1v and EOS-3, is used to protect the CCD and provide timing during longer exposures; this shutter is durability-tested to 150,000 exposures.
Less digital noise. Superior highlights and shadow tonalities. Wider range of contrast. The EOS-1D's newly developed 4.48 million pixel CCD sensor (4.15 million effective pixels) is a full 28.7 x 19.1mm in size-with square pixels a full 11.5 x 11.5 microns. With its large CCD sensor, the lens focal length factor is only 1.3x. This means less adjustment and compensation for lens focal length to get the results that you desire. &#160; The heart of the EOS-1D's image quality: one of the largest imaging sensors in a digital SLR*. As pixels on a digital imaging sensor become larger, they become more sensitive to light. This means less digital noise, superior highlights and shadow tonalities, and a wider range of contrast is likely. The EOS-1D's newly developed 4.48 million pixel CCD sensor (4.15 million effective pixels) is a full 28.7 x 19.1mm in size-with square pixels a full 11.5 x 11.5 microns in size. &#160; JPEG mode, or RAW mode. Decisions, decisions. In addition to three JPEG compression setting, the EOS-1D offers a proprietary RAW file mode for the finest possible image quality. RAW files from the EOS-1D have a number of quality advantages. Their data is recorded at 12-bits per pixel, which provides a wider range of tones and superior detail in bright highlights and deep shadows. When converting using the EOS-1D driver software, a variety of processing options and parameters provide incredible control over the finished file. &#160; Another benefit of the large 4.15 million pixel CCD sensor in the EOS-1D is that the lens focal length factor is only 1.3x. This means more than ever, your wide-angle lenses will behave similarly to how they do on a 35mm SLR film camera, a huge benefit to photojournalists, commercial photographers, and many other professional shooters. For example, the new EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens behaves like a 21-45mm lens on the EOS-1D. &#160; Unlike a film camera, the ISO Sensitivity can be adjusted between 100 and 3,200. EOS-1D's imaging sensor's ISO sensitivity can be altered freely from shot to shot, depending on the lighting and desires of the photographer. The EOS-1D provides a normal ISO range of 200-1,600 in 1/3-stop increments, and a Custom Function expands this range between 100 and 3,200. Entirely new is the EOS-1D's unique ISO Bracketing mode, which permits three bracketed exposures while maintaining the exact same aperture/shutter speed combination - the camera adjusts the ISO sensitivity to alter exposure! &#160; There's more to image quality than just the imaging sensor. The data from the sensor must be processed and assembled to create a finished RGB file. The EOS-1D does this using a totally new Imaging Engine, a sophisticated "chip" which produces incredible color accuracy, wide tonal range and detail while minimizing the effects of digital noise. With the reduction or elimination of this noise, professional photographers have the freedom to use long exposures where necessary. On any exposure longer than 1/15th of a second, the EOS-1D automatically activates its long exposure noise reduction. &#160; The best of both worlds, and an ideal option for the fast-paced world of photojournalism. The EOS-1D can record both a RAW image, for optimum image quality and archiving purposes, and a separate full-resolution JPEG file which provides quick access and small files sizes ideal for remote transmission over phone lines. Both files are recorded on the Compact Flash card. &#160; EOS-1D Color Matrix. It's like choosing different types of color film. Since the best coloring for a particular shot depends on photographer preference as well as shooting conditions, Canon provides a unique color matrix function that lets you select different color characteristics as if you were choosing different types of film. Five settings let you choose between 4 variations of the standard sRGB color space or one setting for the expanded Adobe RGB (1998) color space. Color Matrix settings apply to both JPEG and RAW EOS-1D images, but can be overridden with RAW files when using Canon's driver software. &#160; Nine White Balance modes, and new White Balance bracketing. All digital SLRs provide white balance control. But none to date provide the variety of options available in the EOS-1D. From totally automatic control to precise dialing-in of the kelvin color temperature, white balance is an example of the designed-in flexibility of the EOS-1D, and an example of Canon's belief that in a professional camera, decisions should be left to the professional.
New and extensive controls in the EOS-1D driver software. EOS-1D images can be brought into a compatible Windows or Macintosh computer using either the camera's built-in high-speed IEEE1394 connector, or by removing the CF card and inserting it into a card reader. &#160; EOS-1D images can be brought into a compatible Windows or Macintosh computer. Images can be transferred using either the camera built-in 1EEE1394 connector (taking advantage of the speed of "FireWire"&#8482;), or by removing the CF card and inserting it into a card reader. Canon software includes an entirely new TWAIN driver (Windows) and Macintosh Plug-in Module, which have extensive capabilities including of course the ability to display JPEG and/or RAW EOS-1D images on-screen for editing or for RAW file conversion purposes. EOS-1D driver software provides a host of tools and controls that process RAW images files as they are converted into JPEGs or 8- or 16-bit TIF files. Brightness and contrast, white balance (including a one-step "click" control), tonal curves, sharpness, and even Color Matrix -the color palette used- can be adjusted by the photographer while your original "digital negative", your RAW image file, remains unaltered. Processing a RAW image only creates a copy; it never alters the original file. &#160; Even JPEG images benefit from the extensive controls in the EOS-1D's new driver software. Processing parameters permit adjustment and storage of various digital processing settings, and you can save up to three sets of these settings for different situations and apply them any time. Adjustments to the Tone Curve (contrast and gradation), Sharpness, and Subject Pattern Sharpness can be made to vary the "look" of RAW or JPEG images. You can also adjust the amount of JPEG compression in-camera. &#160; Thirty-four items of text data are recorded by the EOS-1D every time you fire the shutter, and all can be viewed on your computer monitor using the EOS-1D's driver software (18 of these items can also be viewed on the camera's LCD monitor). Press shooters and photojournalists will appreciate its compatibility with industry-standard IPTC data recording (19 items can be viewed using the EOS-1D driver software, and the photographer's name and date/time are automatically recorded). Finally, the EOS-1D allows sound recording - ideal for verbal note taking in the field. Sound files can be played back with the EOS-1D's driver software. &#160; Connect the EOS-1D to a compatible Windows or Macintosh computer with the IEEE 1394 cable, and Canon's Remote Capture software will allow you to shoot and save your images onto you computer's hard drive immediately as they are taken, and view them on the computer's monitor. It's a great option for various professional shooting; from studio portraits or catalog shoots to recording scientific data in the lab. Remote Capture software also includes timing controls for unmanned shooting, with intervals of up to 60 minutes between each shot possible. &#160; Three custom white balance settings can be called up and applied at any time. This is an invaluable time saver in a variety of professional applications, from newspaper photojournalism to studio shooting. Even a one-step "click" white balance obtained in difficult lighting can be saved and applied again whenever that lighting situation arises. Personal Functions are part of the EOS-1D's driver software, and can be installed into the camera at any time using the IEEE1394 connection to a compatible Windows or Macintosh computer. Personal Functions can be loaded into the camera, and once installed, they can be turned on and off just as the EOS-1D's built-in Custom Functions can. Twenty-four Personal Functions are available, and most match those used in the EOS-1v professional 35mm SLR. Combined with the built-in Custom Functions, the EOS-1D's Personal Functions provide professional flexibility unmatched by any other digital SLR.




Digital AF SLR (CCD sensor/Direct imaging)

Recording Media

Type I and II CF card

Image Format

28.7 x 19.1 mm

Compatible Lenses

Canon EF lenses

Lens Mount

Canon EF lens mount

Image Sensor


High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large-area single-plate CCD sensor


Effective pixels: Approx. 4.15 megapixels (2496 x 1665)

Aspect Ratio


Color Filter System

RGB primary colors

Low Pass Filter

Located in front of the CCD sensor, fixed

Recording System

Recording Format

Design rule for Camera File system

Image Format

JPEG and RAW, 36-bit true color (12 bits/RGB color), RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording

File Size

(1) Large/Fine: approx. 2.4 MB (2464 x 1648 pixels)(2) Large/Normal: approx. 1.3 MB (2464 x 1648 pixels)(3) Small/Fine: approx. 1.1 MB (2464 x 1648 pixels)(4) RAW: approx. 4.8 MB (2496 x 1662 pixels)* Exact file sizes depend on the subject and ISO speed.


Folder creation and selection possible

File Numbering

Consecutive numbering, Auto reset, Manual reset


IEEE 1394 (with dedicated cable)

White Balance


10 Settings: Auto, daylight, shade, overcast, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, manual color temperature setting, personal white balance

Auto White Balance

Hybrid auto balance with the CCD sensor and a dedicated, external sensor

Color Temperature Compensation

White balance bracketing: +/- 3 steps in whole step increments (1 step = 5 mireds)



Glass pentaprism, eye-level type with eyesight correction


100% vertically and horizontally with respect the effective pixels


0.72x (-1 diopter with 50mm at infinity)

Eye Point


Dioptric Adjustment Correction

-3.0 - +1.0 diopter

Focusing Screen

Interchangeable (9 types)Standard focusing screen: Ec-CIII


Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 63:37, no mirror cut off with EF 1200mm f/5.6 or shorter lens)

Viewfinder Information

AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter, speed, aperture, manual exposure, metering range, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), JPEG format, number of remaining shots,CF card information

Depth Of Field Preview

Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Eyepiece Shutter




TTL-AREA-SIR with CMOS sensor

AF Frame

45-point Area AF (W x H: 15mm x 8mm)

AF Working Range

EV 0-18 (at ISO 100)

Focusing Modes

One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, Manual focusing (MF)

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection, manual selection, home position (switch to registered AF point)

Selected AF Point Display

Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite's built-in AF-assist beam

Exposure Control

Metering Modes

TTL full aperture metering with 21-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)(3) Spot metering a. Center spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center) b. AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center) c. Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)(4) Center weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 0-20 (at 20 °C/68 °F with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)

ISO Speed Range

Equivalent to ISO 200-1600 (in 1/3 stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 100 and 3200

Exposure Compensation

Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): +/- 3 stops in 1/3 stop increments

AE Lock

Auto: Operates in One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes


Electronic shutter with the CCD sensor and vertical-travel, local-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled 1/16,000 to 30 sec. (1/3 stop increments), bulb, X-synch at 1/500th sec. Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10-sec. or 20-sec. delay Remote switch N3-type terminal provided


Electronic shutter with the CCD sensor and vertical-travel, local-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled

Shutter Speeds

1/16,000 to 30 sec. (1/3 stop increments), bulb, X-synch at 1/500th sec.

Shutter Release

Soft-touch electromagnetic release

Self Timer

10-sec. or 20-sec. delay

Remote Control

Remote switch N3-type terminal provided

External Speedlite

EOS Dedicated Speedlite

Speedlite EX series E-TTL autoflash

PC Terminal

Provided; operates regardless of sync polarity

Drive System

Drive Modes

Single-frame, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous

Continuous Shooting Speed

Low-speed continuous: 3 fps. High-speed continuous: 8 fps

Maximum Burst

21 shots in Large/Fine, Large/Normal, Small/Fine modes16 shots in RAW, RAW+Large/Fine, RAW+Large/Normal,RAW+Small/Fine modes*Maximum shots per burst depends on the subject shooting mode, and ISO speed.

LCD Monitor


TFT color LCD monitor

Monitor Size

2.0 inches


Approx. 120,000


Approx. 100% with respect to the effective pixels

Brightness Control

Adjustable to one of five levels


Display Format

(1)Single image with information(2) Single image(3) 4-image index(4) 9-image index

Highlight Alert

In display formats (1) and (2) above, any overexposed highlight areas will blink in the image display

AF Point Display

Displayed in the single image with information display format

Image Protection and Erase


Erase protection of one image, all images in folder, or all images in the CF card can be applied or cancelled at one time.


One image, all images in folder, or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images) at one time

Sound Recording

Recording Methods

The voice narration recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image

File Format


Recording Time

Max. 30 sec. per recording


Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu(2) Image reviewing menu(3) Setup menu(4) Custom/Personal functions

LCD Monitor Language

Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user

Power Source


One Ni-MH Pack NP-E3*AC power can be supplied via the AC adapter and DC coupler

Number of Shots

At 20°C/68°F: approx. 500. At 0°C/32°F: approx. 350 When a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 battery and EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens are used; the photo image confirmation function is on; the confirmation display time is 2 sec.; and the file format is RAW + Large/Fine)

Battery Check


Power Saving

Provided, Power turn off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.

Back-up Battery

One CR2025 lithium battery

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)

156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm/6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in.


1250 g/44.1 oz. (Body only. Battery: 335 g/11.8 oz.)

Operating Environment

Working Temperature Range

0 - 45°C/32 - 113°F

Working Humidity Range

85% or lower

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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