Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Last Updated (25 April’12):
– Review by DevHardware

The Canon EOS-1D Mark III (announced 22 February, 2007) is the successor of EOS-1D Mark II N which was the world’s fastest digital SLR. The camera features the new Dual “DIGIC III” processors which gives higher speed, higher resolution performance, and brings 14-bit image processing to the EOS series for the first time. The EOS-1D Mark III also features a 3.0” LCD with Live View mode, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, new auto focus system with 19 cross-type sensors, and 63-zone exposure metering. The Mark III should be available in April 2007 for US$ 3999

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Canon EOS-1D Mark III News

02 November’07: Service Notice – AF Mirror Adjustment Problem
Canon have found an issue with the mirror mechanism, which is part of the autofocus optical system which may cause inconsistent focusing accuracy or inconsistent focus tracking with moving subjects when using AI-Servo AF and continuous shooting modes, particularly in high temperatures. If the serial number on the bottom of the camera is between 501001 and 546561, it could contain one of the AF mirrors with the adjustment problem.


Canon offers repairs free of charge for customers who have affected products and are experiencing this problem.

More info from: Canon USA, Canon Canada, Canon Japan

Canon EOS-1D Mark III Reviews

DevHardware reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“the camera is always capable of shooting sharp images. However, the proportion of blurred images increases greatly under bright lighting and, bizarrely, in warm conditions..”
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CEN reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“1D Mark III is a beautifully engineered and constructed camera capable of taking jaw-droppingly awesome photographs in a whole range of conditions. It sets new standards in terms of both features and functionality, and backs this up with superior image quality. ”
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Shutterbug reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“While the EOS-1D Mark III is far from perfect, it delivers the kind of stunning image quality that professional photographers demand and their clients expect. ”
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DigitalCameraInfo reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“Overall, the Canon EOS-1D Mark III is the fastest DSLR available. It produces high-quality 10-megapixel images with great color quality, noise control, and dynamic range. It performs well because of innovative technology that has been combined very, very well. If the focus works for you, go for it.”
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Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“They say that you get what you pay for, and in the case of the 1D Mark III, it’s very true. We’ve become accustomed to a trend of new digicams replacing their predecessors with a combination of more/better features and lower price. This camera will not disappoint – the Mark III is an excellent value for the pro who needs its increased resolution and improved performance, and to the extent that the Mark III enables them to earn more income, they will buy it.”
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Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“Overall, the good stuff is tempered by a couple of disappointments that include the LCD-exposure assessment issues and the focusing performance, which Canon have already started to address with the aforementioned firmware updates. If you’re thinking of upgrading from the EOS Mk II and you need the stunning speed performance of the new camera then you’d be hard pressed to find an excuse not to part with your cash, though you may need to get mortgage to do it.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

KammaGamma reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“…you can see the Canon can preserve color edges better. The Nikon D200 result has quite a lot of false colors artifacts – around the yellow ball of string, near the shadows and at the left end of the battle label. Looking at Chroma view, you can see that the Nikon D200 chroma edges are sharper with more artifacts. Once again, those artifacts are showing up as color noise leftovers at RGB view. ”
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Stuff.TV reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“The 10.1MP CMOS sensor may not offer quite as many pixels as some but it produces incredible detail and some of the most noise-free shots we’ve ever seen.Even at ISO 3200 we were pulling off usable shots, making this one of the best low-light performers around.”
Rating: ★★★★★

TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“The Canon EOS 1D Mark III now has the ease of use of the 5D, 30D and many other Canon DSLRs. No longer do you have to hold a button down while making setting changes, navigating the menu, reviewing images … When you press a button, it remains active for 6 seconds – allowing you to make a setting change. This is a much more intuitive design in my opinion. ”
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T3 reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“The body alone weighs the same as four compact cameras and that’s before you add a lens and flash – neither are supplied, so budget for another couple of grand… You might never own the world’s best car or house, but sell the ones you have and you can afford the world’s best digital camera”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“The Canon EOS 1D Mark III packs an impressive mix of features and functions into a rock-solid pro body. Image quality is first-rate at low ISOs and it pushes the envelope with its high ISO performance — managing noise while maintaining resolution very well. It ups the ante in terms of autofocusing speed and range, ISO range, LCD screen size and live preview, and of course, that world-beating 10 fps burst rate. We expected something big from Canon this year, as the company celebrated its 70th anniversary and 20 years of the EOS system. It delivered a real winner with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III. ”
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ProPhotoHome reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“In wedding photography the Canon 5D still probably holds a slim edge due to the full size sensor design. The improvements that full frame brings in terms of wide angle performance and subsequent ability to isolate your subject with standard lenses such as the Canon 24-70 f/ 2.8L and the 70-200 f/ 2.8 L cannot be easily overlooked. In addition weddings can be very long affairs (often 9+ hours) where the body weight becomes an issue for you and your back. However, if you tend to be one of those machine gun, fast action type shooters you may be better served with the MKIII. ”
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CNET reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“The good: Extremely fast, 10-megapixel continuous shooting; very low noise; highly customizable; well-designed body with weather sealing; 3-inch LCD; abundant optional accessories. The bad: Heavy; may be a bit too large for people with small hands. The bottom line: Canon’s EOS 1D Mark III offers a luxurious cocktail of high-resolution, extremely low noise, blazingly fast burst shooting, abundant customization, and a build quality and ergonomic design among the best you’ll find in today’s camera market. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

OutbackPhoto reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“Clearly the new Canon EOS 1D Mk. III seems to deliver on its promises. Some users may have issues with the size and weight. On the other side I think a sports camera to be used with lenses from 300-600mm needs the weight to be rugged and also to counter balance these long lenses. Important is also that this technology will likely be used in the next generation of 1Ds and 5D bodies…So far we only dislike the display of the histograms (hard to see the boundaries of the histogram area in sunlight). Overall we are at a very good start.”
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PhotoReview reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“Although not the only DSLR to offer real-time viewing of subjects on the LCD monitor, the Live View system on the 1D Mark III is by far the smoothest and most colour and tonally accurate we’ve seen. Because the mirror locks up with this setting, focusing is totally manual and the lens must be set accordingly before Live View is engaged. You can magnify selected parts of the view by 5x or 10x to check focus and a histogram (brightness or RGB) can be superimposed on the view by pressing the Info button.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PopPhoto reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“The preproduction camera’s exposure was spot-on in most images, and it varied (as did the white balance) only as the imperceptible flickering of the fluorescent lights caused the scene to range from yellow to slightly blue (see photo sequence, opposite page). The human eye adjusts for this flickering, but when shooting at 10 fps, it may happen too rapidly for the Mark III’s auto white-balance system to keep up.”
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LuminousLandscape reviews the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and writes;
“One can also quibble as to whether the Canon 5D has been the best yet (my opinion), but there will be no argument that with the MKIII Canon has now exceeded what has come before, and has set a new benchmark for low noise…ISO 100, 200 and 400 are noise free. ISO 800 is just starting to show a bit of luminance noise, but hardly enough to warrant any noise reduction. ISO 1600 looks similar to what ISO 400 looks like with my 1Ds MKII, and ISO 3200 is completely usable, even without post-processing noise reduction, though the use of a plug-in like Noise Ninja or Noiseware Pro can be helpful. ISO 6400 is noisy, but no worse than ISO 1600 from many other cameras – a full two to three stop advantage over some other makes.”
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Rob Galbraith has a preview of the Canon EOS-1D Mark III;
“In the EOS-1D Mark III, the median-like blurring is gone, and in-camera JPEGs are far more detailed as a result. There is still some always-on blurring of in-camera JPEGs, regardless of how the camera’s noise reduction options are set, but it’s far less detail-munging than the EOS-1D Mark II N’s method. And it looks like at lower ISOs anyway that the mild blurring effect may be applied somewhat selectively, with dark tones being affected more than lighter ones.”
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Video Preview by ImagingResource

Quesabesde has a preview of the Canon EOS-1D Mark III;
“Sensor CMOS of type APS-H (in spite of the rumors, Canon continues betting by a factor of multiplication of 1,3x in this series) elevates its resolution until the ten of megapíxeles and resorts to two processors DiGIC III to move resemblance amount of information at the speeds of vertigo that reaches this camera. ..yes we have been able to verify has been the forceful burst, impressive as much by its sound as by the numbers that handle: 10 photograms per second, extending up to 110 firings in JPEG and 30 in RAW. ..”
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“For a lot of people, when they look at the specs for the Canon 1D Mark III, the first thing they’ll focus on is that it has a couple more megapixels than the Mark II N before it. It turns out though, that the image quality story of the Canon 1D Mark III isn’t just about the addition of a couple of extra megapixels, it’s about delivering more megapixels, while simultaneously increasing dynamic range, increasing light sensitivity, and improving tonality. That’s an achievement of quite another order.”
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Canon EOS-1D Mark III Samples

Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ DigitalCameraInfo
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ Pocket-Lint
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ ProPhotoHome
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ Pbase
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ Flickr
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos by BLueReptile
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ PopPhoto
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ RobGalbraith
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photo (ISO 3200)
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photo (ISO 400)
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Sample Photos @ Canon Japan

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III User Manuals (PDF)

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– Download Canon EOS-1D Mark III User Manual in English (PDF – 5.44 MB)


Canon EOS 1D Mark III vs Mark II N

Live View Video Demo @ ImagingResource

Imaging Resource’s Shawn Barnett talks to Chuck Westfall of Canon USA about the new Mark III and the 580 EX II flash.

Canon EOS Mark III’s burst mode

This is a small portion of the french announcement video of the Canon EOS 1D Mark III dubbed over in english.

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III Firmware

EOS-1D Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.1.0
* Improves the look of images when played back on the LCD monitor.
* Fixes a problem in the operation of the dials (Main, Quick Control, Vertical-grip Main).
* Reduces the tendency to autofocus on the background instead of the main subject when shooting in AI Servo AF under certain conditions.
* Corrects errors in the Italian and Simplified Chinese menu screens.
* Fixes a rare phenomenon in which the camera cannot start normally when the battery is inserted. (Version 1.0.9 only)

Canon EOS-1D Mark III White Paper

– Download Canon EOS-1D Mark III White Paper (PDF)
– Download Canon EOS-1D Mark III Specifications (Doc)
– Download Canon EOS-1D Mark III Product Images (BIG .Rar file – 11.8MB)

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III Press Release

The world’s fastest D-SLR – remastered Canon’s EOS-1D Mark III: The new benchmark

United Kingdom, 22 February, 2007: Canon today sets new standards for professional photography with the launch of the EOS-1D Mark III. Delivering 10 frames per second at 10.1 Megapixels for a maximum burst of 110 Large JPEG images (30 in RAW), the EOS-1D Mark III replaces the EOS-1D Mark II N as the world’s fastest digital SLR. Dual “DIGIC III” processors drive the camera’s high speed, high resolution performance, and bring 14-bit image processing to the EOS series for the first time.

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4 Responses to “Canon EOS-1D Mark III”

  1. John says:

    Thanks for the review of the new 1D MK III. Any news on the reported new battery? Any indications that the/a new battery will be compatible with the 1DS MK II?

    Oh, and thanks for the pictures of the review team i8n the sample pics =;O I am definately going to book mark your page. Beautiful young ladies!

  2. Richard Grupe says:

    Before buying be aware of auto focus problems.

    In depth test and explanation here:

  3. Richard, Thanks for the Info.. 😉

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