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EOS-1D Mark II

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Canon's newly developed single-plate CMOS sensor with 8-channel reading technology delivers exceptional image quality and accelerated continuous shooting. Large and extremely sensitive, with approximately 8.2 million effective pixels (8.5 million total pixels) and a generous 28.7 x 19.1mm image size, it faithfully captures every nuance of your scene from highlights to shadows. Moreover, extensive noise reduction ensures an extremely high S/N ratio. Framing is natural because the sensor's 3:2 aspect ratio is the same as in 35mm cameras, and the sensor's large size realizes an effective angle of view that's just 1.3 times the focal length indicated on Canon EF lenses.   DIGIC II Image Engine Compatible with DDR SDRAM, Canon's newly developed, state-of-the-art DIGIC II image engine achieves super high speed processing that results in continuous shooting of 8.2 megapixel images at 8.5 fps in maximum bursts of 40 (JPEG format) or 20 (RAW format) shots. This single-chip image processor employs original Canon algorithms to accurately convert signals from the CMOS sensor into crisp, high-quality images with natural color and rich gradation. By handling larger volumes of image data, DIGIC II also contributes to lower power consumption: up to about 1,200 shots can be taken on a full battery at 20ºC, or around 800 shots at 0ºC.   Memory Card Slots Professionals and serious amateurs alike will appreciate the new flexibility that two memory card slots provide. Images can be recorded on a CompactFlash card or SD memory card alone; on both cards at the same time as a safeguard against losing important data; or on both cards, one at a time, to maximize storage capacity. Type I and Type II CompactFlash cards with capacities up to and beyond 2GB are supported. Other advances include faster writing of image data to memory cards and an easier-to-open slot cover knob.   Recording Quality Images can be recorded in the JPEG image format, the RAW image format, or both formats simultaneously – with unprecedented control over image quality. The JPEG format is ideal when reduced file sizes are desired, and provides four quality settings (L, M1, M2, S) at any of ten compression ratios, as opposed to the Fine and Normal ratios available in previous models. Settings are easily selected by using a dedicated button that changes the setting shown on the rear LCD panel with each press. Canon's proprietary RAW format offers higher image quality, with rich 12-bit gradation and lossless image compression, but requires processing before use on a computer. This new CR2 version of the RAW format will be used on all future Canon digital cameras.   Color Matrix Seven Color Matrix settings are provided for JPEG and RAW images, allowing unparalleled control over color characteristics. The settings include five factory presets that were previously available and two new settings that allow independent user adjustment of color space, color saturation and color tone within a prescribed range. Users can choose the more versatile sRGB color space or the Adobe RGB color space, which is ideal for fine-tuning the color saturation of images on a PC or outputting images for commercial printing in an Adobe RGB environment. Five-level adjustment is provided for both color saturation (Low, Slightly Low, Standard, Slightly High and High) and color tone (-2, -1, Standard, +1 and +2).   ISO Speed ISO speeds are selectable in 1/3 increments (100-1600) and may be set as low as 50 or as high as 3200 through the ISO extension menu. This is the widest ISO speed range of any EOS digital camera. When combined with a high shutter speed, a high ISO speed can produce blur-free photos in dark settings.   White Balance Through 10 selectable white balance modes and other advanced WB settings, the user can obtain highly accurate color reproduction in almost any kind of lighting. New WB Compensation allows adjustment of blue/amber and magenta/green biases in ±9 steps, as well as combined use of light-balancing (LB) and color-correction (CC) equivalent digital color filters. In fact, 360 combinations of 36 (4 colors with 9 steps each) built-in digital color filters are possible. Improved WB Bracketing creates three bracketed images from a single shutter release by shifting the white balance by up to ±3 levels from the value set in the current WB mode. Images can also be bracketed to a magenta/green or blue/amber bias.
With its continuous shooting speed of approximately 8.5fps, the EOS-1D MARK II is the world&#8217;s fastest Digital AF-SLR camera (as of January 2004). This record-breaking speed is achieved even when recording in the Large JPEG setting (approx. 3,504 x 2,336 pixels) &#8212; a major triumph, considering the EOS-1D&#8217;s renowned 8fps continuous shooting speed is accomplished at about half this resolution. Moreover, 8.5fps are maintained during maximum bursts of 40 shots (20 shots in RAW format), whether recording in the One-Shot AF or AI Servo AF mode. Bursts are first recorded to memory to ensure maximum speed and then transferred to memory card for storage. The number of shots remaining during a burst is displayed on the right side of the viewfinder.<br/> <br/> In comparison with the EOS-1D, the EOS-1D MARK II offers higher One-Shot AF speed and higher AI Servo AF focusing precision. These improvements are realized by newly employed split multiprocessors that handle AF operations via two CPUs: the AF CPU and camera CPU. &#160; E-TTL II Autoflash The new improved version of Canon's proprietary Evaluative Through-The-Lens (E-TTL) Autoflash system offers new averaged metering in addition to the evaluative metering available on other EOS models.<br/> <br/> Averaged metering employs a new E-TTL autoflash recording algorithm to meter everything at the same distance from the camera, regardless of color, and calculate an accurate weighted average. More stable E-TTL autoflash control, an improvement much requested by EOS users, is the highly beneficial result. Even when a subject changes location, reflectivity or size, this stability in metering helps prevent underexposure and overexposure. Lens distance information is also taken into account, when available, to enhance metering stability should mirrors, white plates or other highly reflective objects be present in the frame.<br/> <br/> Apart from the addition of averaged metering and the absence of infrequently used depth-of-field AE, the EOS-1D MARK II offers the same AF modes, metering modes and other shooting modes as the EOS-1D, but with numerous improvements. &#160; Custom & Personal functions By taking advantage of Custom Functions and Personal Functions, users can easily tailor the EOS-1D MARK II to meet their own specialized needs.<br/> <br/> 21 Custom Functions are provided with 67 settings and various improvements requested by EOS-1D users. These include the removal of the ISO speed extension setting to the ISO speed extension menu, the addition of new E-TTL averaged autoflash metering, and the inclusion of AI Servo continuous shooting, which was previously a Personal Function.<br/> <br/> 25 Personal Functions can be installed in the camera at any time, via driver software, to meet high-level customization needs. New features include the ability to append data for data verification and the ability to apply the Quick Control Dial's ON/OFF switch to the Main Dial to prevent accidental changes to settings when shooting remotely with EOS Capture.<br/> <br/> Another requested feature, the ability to save and read camera settings, is now also possible. Almost all camera settings that appear in the top LCD panel, rear LCD panel, and menus (including Custom Functions and Personal Functions) can be saved to a memory card and later reloaded for use by simply inserting the card. &#160; Durability Designed as a serious tool for professionals, the EOS-1D MARK II performs reliably in the most demanding shooting conditions. Its handsome body offers the same high durability as the EOS-1Ds, thanks to rigid magnesium alloy in the chassis and external covers (top, front, rear and memory card slot cover). The Magnesium alloy also contributes to effective electromagnetic shielding, a long-lasting luxurious finish, and extremely low body weight that landscape photographers will surely appreciate.<br/> <br/> Exceptional durability extends to the inner mechanisms as well, which are shielded from dust and water by protective sealing on all exposed moving parts. Improvements include shutter durability which, at 200,000 shutter cycles, is 30% higher than in the EOS-1Ds.
The new 230,000-pixel, high-definition, 2.0-inch color TFT LCD offers nearly twice the resolution of monitors on other EOS digital models. In addition to providing superior image detail, it offers nearly 100% coverage of JPEG images, a new bolder typeface that simplifies reading of text menus, and brightness adjustable in five levels via LCD brightness menu. Users can choose to display one (Single), four (4-image index) or nine (9-image index) images on the screen, and the Single (Info) setting displays one image with detailed shooting information. A highlight alert function draws attention to white portions of the image that lack image information by blinking them when viewed in the Single (Info) or Single setting. &#160; Expand Zoom Displays Photos displayed on the high-resolution LCD monitor can be magnified from 1.5X to 10X in 15 increments, allowing users to check the focus and exposure of images with high precision. Operation is also extremely simple, since users need only press the Enlarge/Reduce button in combination with the AF point selector to zoom in, the AE lock button to zoom out, the Main Dial to scroll horizontally, or the Quick Control Dial to scroll vertically. For convenience, the magnification ratio selected for one image is maintained when the next image is viewed. The expanded zoom display function only available with one fixed ratio on the EOS-1Ds. &#160; RGB Histogram The RGB histogram function &#8211; a first for any EOS digital model &#8211; is a unique feature available on very few commercial digital cameras. This professional feature enables separate checking of color information for the red, green and blue channels, as well as inspection of other color-related information such as white balance bias, color balance, color saturation and color gradation compression. Available when viewing any recorded image in the Single (Info.) image playback mode, the RGB histogram is displayed in the same histogram display menu as the brightness histogram, which is also available the EOS-1Ds. Users can switch between the two histograms with ease. &#160; Auto Rotation of Vertical Images To enable easier viewing, images shot vertically are automatically rotated when played back on the LCD monitor. Manual clockwise rotation of the image is also possible by 90, 270 or 0 degrees through the image rotation menu. Automatic rotation is not available for image previews, but is available during video output of images to an NTSC or PAL external monitor via compatible video cable.
Canon's world-renowned lineup of professional EF lenses includes over 50 models ranging from 14mm ultra-wide-angle to 1,200mm super-telephoto. All of these extraordinary lenses, except the EF-S, are compatible with the new EOS-1D MARK II. Accessories Numerous&#160;convenient accessories are available for the EOS-1D MARK II, allowing users to meet additional needs. Besides a new camera strap and DVK-E2 data verification kit designed exclusively for this model, the EOS-1D MARK II is compatible with all accessories available for the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds (except the DVK-E1, IFC-450D6, IFC-200D6). These accessories include the Ni-MH battery pack NP-E3 and Ni-MH battery charger NC-E2, DC coupler kit DCK-E1, various interface cables, a range of Speedlites, the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, and many more. <br/> Through Canon's advanced optical know-how and micron precision engineering, EF lenses offer unprecedented capabilities that meet wide-ranging needs. Leading features include an Ultrasonic Motor that silently drives the autofocus mechanism with very high precision, an Image Stabilizer that automatically compensates for camera shake via microcomputer, advanced aspherical optics, fluorite lenses, Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) lenses, and Super UD lenses.<br/> <br/> Canon's sophisticated electronic lens mount technology communicates with the camera as soon as the lens is mounted to transfer information about the lens, such as its type, f-number and focal length, thus enabling faster, more precise control from the camera. &#160; Data Verification Kit While ease of manipulation is usually considered a key benefit of digital photography, officials involved in data verification considered it a liability until Canon's release of the optional DVK-E1, the world's first data verification kit for digital SLRs. This breakthrough was introduced as an option for the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds cameras. And now Canon is offering a new improved version &#8211; the DVK-E2 &#8211; as an option for the EOS-1D MARK II.<br/> <br/> Like its predecessor, this kit can verify whether or not a photo is an untouched original. But its use of a Secure Mobile (SM) card reader, instead of an IC card reader, makes it more compact than the previous version. Moreover, the versatile DVK-E2 is able to verify images photographed by the EOS-1Ds as long as they are appended with a data verification image. &#160; Software Digital Photo Professional is a new high-speed RAW image processing program that facilitates the workflow of professional photographers. It dramatically speeds the processing of RAW images by employing a newly-developed, dedicated image processing engine, and can process images taken by any digital SLR camera in the EOS-1D series.<br/> <br/> The interface of Digital Photo Professional is also streamlined to boost work efficiency. From the start, images are displayed as thumbnails on the main screen to help users select images for processing. Image editing features include the ability to adjust white balance for multiple images simultaneously. Various sorting functions further facilitate the search for desired images, and thumbnails can be displayed in a choice of three sizes or in a special layout with shooting data and a histogram alongside each image.
Digital Photo Professional offers a host of image editing functions designed to satisfy professional demands. For convenience, basic editing functions such as image rotation, white balance adjustment and exposure compensation, are available from the main screen. When more complex editing is desired, users need simply double-click any thumbnail to open Canon&#8217;s user-friendly editing screen. Or select multiple thumbnails and open the group image editing screen to display them all on the bottom or left side, with the currently selected image enlarged in the center of the screen.<br/> <br/> Both editing screens include two palettes: a RAW image processing palette for exposure compensation, white balance adjustment, dynamic-range adjustment, color adjustment and fine-tuning of tone curve characteristics; and an RGB image processing palette for adjustment of tone curve, brightness, contrast, hues and saturation.<br/> <br/> Adjustment results are instantly displayed, and switching between palettes is as simple as hitting the desired tab. Settings for each pallet can be copied and applied to other images or saved for later use. You can also split the screen in two, vertically or horizontally, to show the same image before and after processing. Up to 36 editing screens may be opened at one time. &#160; BATCH CONVERSION CAPABILITIES AND MORE<br/> Additional features complement the processing and editing capabilities of Digital Photo Professional and further facilitate the workflow of professional photographers. For example, batch conversion and batch saving of images is possible. Once images are selected in the main or group image editing screen, a single click can convert them to TIFF or JPEG images, save and convert them at the same time, or save them without conversion.<br/> <br/> Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, Wide Gamut RGB and Color Management System (CMS) using the International Color Consortium (ICC) Profile. It can also be used to control the EOS Capture remote image capturing function of EOS Viewer Utility. &#160; EOS VIEWER UTILITY<br/> With this convenient utility, JPEG and RAW images captured with the EOS-1D MARK II are clearly displayed on a PC monitor. Much faster than the File Viewer Utility that shipped with the EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds, it offers twice the image preview speed while retaining the basic functions that were well received in the previous version. Its improved user interface also enables viewing and comparison of up to 6 preview images at a time. A remote image capturing function, EOS Capture, is included to replace the previous RemoteCapture and offers a much improved user interface.




Digital AF/AE SLR

Recording Media

Type I or II CF card, SD memory card

Image Format

28.7 x 19.1mm

Compatible Lenses

Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lens)

Lens Mount

Canon EF mount

Image Sensor


High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor


Approx. 8.20 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 8.50 megapixels

Aspect Ratio


Color Filter System

RGB primary color filter

Low Pass Filter

Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable

Recording System

Recording Format

DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG and RAWRAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided, Backup image recording enabled (Same image recordable on CF card and SD memory card)

Image Format

JPEG, RAW (12-bit)

File Size

(1) L (Large): Approx. 2.8 MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)(2) M1 (Medium1): Approx. 2.2 MB (3104 x 2072 pixels)(3) M1 (Medium2): Approx. 1.7 MB (2544 x 1696 pixels)(4) S (Small): Approx. 1.0 MB (1728 x 1152 pixels)(5) RAW: Approx. 8.3 MB (3504 x 2336 pixels)JPEG quality: 8.Exact file sizes depend on the JPEG quality, subject, ISO speed, etc.


Folder creation/selection enabled

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering(2) Auto reset(3) Manual reset

Color Space

Five standard types plus two types that can be registered with color matrix


IEEE1394 for personal computers; USB for direct printing; Video output (NTSC/PAL)

White Balance


Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting, custom white balance (Total 10 settings)

Auto White Balance

Auto white balance with the image sensor

Color Temperature Compensation

White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments, White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments*Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible



Eye-level pentaprism


Approx. 100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels


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

Eye Point

20 mm

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 37:63, 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, spot metering circle, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), white balance correction, JPEG recording, number of remaining shots, memory card information

Depth Of Field Preview

Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Eyepiece Shutter




TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor

AF Points

45 AF points (Area AF)

AF Working Range

EV 0-18 (at ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

Focusing Modes

One-Shot AF (ONE SHOT); AI Servo AF (AI SERVO); 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 LCD panel

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite

Exposure Control

Metering Modes

21-zone TTL full aperture metering(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering
Center spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder at center)AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 3.8% of viewfinder)Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)(4) Center weighted averaged 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 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200

Exposure Compensation

AEB: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. Bracketing methods:1. Shutter speed or aperture2. ISO speed, Manual: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)

AE Lock

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


Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec. Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay Remote control with N3 type terminal


Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter

Shutter Speeds

1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.

Shutter Release

Soft-touch electromagnetic release

Self Timer

10-sec. or 2-sec. delay

Remote Control

Remote control with N3 type terminal

External Speedlite

EOS Dedicated Speedlite

E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite

PC Terminal


Drive System

Drive Modes

Single, low-speed continuous, high-speed continuous, self-timer

Continuous Shooting Speed

Low-speed continuous: Approx. 3 shots/sec. High-speed continuous: Approx. 8.5 shots/sec.

Maximum Burst

JPEG: Approx. 40 shots (Large, JPEG 8)
RAW: Approx. 20 shots

LCD Monitor


TFT color liquid-crystal monitor

Monitor Size

2.0 in.


Approx. 230,000


100% with respect to the effective pixels

Brightness Control

Five levels provided


Display Format

Single image, single image (INFO.), 4-image index, 9-image index, magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x - 10x), rotated image

Highlight Alert

In he single image and single image (INFO.) formats, any overexposed highlight areas will blink in the image display.

Image Protection and Erase


Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or cancelled.


One image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be erased (except protected images).

Sound Recording

Recording Methods

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

File Format


Recording Time

Max. 30 sec. per recording

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°/68°F: Approx. 1200
At 0°C/32°F: Approx. 800
The above figures apply when a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 is used.

Battery Check


Power Saving

Provided. Power turns 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)

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


43 oz. / 1220g (Body only. battery: 11.8 oz. / 335g)

Operating Environment

Working Temperature Range

0° C- 45° C / 32° F - 113° F

Working Humidity Range

85% or less

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

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