Canon EOS-1D User manual

Canon EOS-1D User manual
COMMERCIAL – Douglas Kirkland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
EOS 50D Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
PowerShot Digital Cameras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
EOS-1Ds Mark III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
LARGE PRODUCT – Gil Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
imagePROGRAF iPF9100
PowerShot Technology
PowerShot G11 / PowerShot S90
Ryszard Horowitz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
LANDSCAPE – Vincent Isola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
SMALL PRODUCT – Michel Tcherevkoff . . . . . . . . . . 17
ARCHITECTURE – Norman McGrath . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Bruce Dorn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Digital Projectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
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Digital Projector Technology
ASTRONOMY – Jennifer Wu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
REALiS WUX10 Mark II D / WUX10 Mark II /
EOS-1Ds Mark III Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
SX7 Mark II D / SX7 Mark II /
SX80 Mark II D / SX80 Mark II / SX800/ Visualizer RE-455X
EOS-1D Mark IV
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
WILDLIFE – Arthur Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Vincent Isola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
imagePROGRAF iPF6350
John Pinderhughes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Professional Video Cameras . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
John Huba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
SPORTS – Peter Read Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Professional Video Camera Technology
PHOTOJOURNALISM – James Nachtwey. . . . . . . . . . . 43
BEAUTY – John Huba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Parish Kohanim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
PHOTOJOURNALISM – Vincent Laforet . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Stephen Eastwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
TELEVISION – Félix Alcalá . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
XF305 / XF300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
imagePROGRAF iPF6300
imagePROGRAF iPF5100
CINEMATOGRAPHY – Shane Hurlbut . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
WEDDING/PORTRAIT – Charles Maring . . . . . . . . . . . 53
EF Lenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
CINEMATOGRAPHY – Russel Carpenter . . . . . . . . . . . 55
WEDDING/PORTRAIT – Sandy Puc’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
George Lepp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Parker Pfister . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
Speedlites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Sandy Puc’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
EOS-1D Mark IV Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Wireless Connectivity
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
EOS 5D Mark II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
WEDDING – Clay Blackmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II
Robert Farber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
Professional Software Tools
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Eddie Tapp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
PHOTOJOURNALISM – Richard Koci Hernandez . . . . 71
DOCUMENTARY – Joachim Ladefoged . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Studio Solution Software
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
NATURE – George Lepp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
CELEBRITY – Greg Gorman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II
Vincent Laforet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
ADVERTISING – Tyler Stableford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Canon Digital Learning Center
EOS 5D Mark II Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Canon Live Learning
Michel Tcherevkoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
imagePROGRAF Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
EOS Discovery Day
EOS 7D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Canon Publication
PIXMA Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
DOCUMENTARY – Lauren Greenfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
WEDDING/PORTRAIT – Michele Celentano . . . . . . . . . 93
Professional Services
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
DOCUMENTARY – James Longley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Canon Professional Services
WEDDING/PORTRAIT – Stillmotion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Canon Service & Support
BEAUTY – Stephen Eastwood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Canon Media Maintenance Service
COMMERCIAL/TV – Rodney Charters . . . . . . . . . . . 101
CORPORATE/INDUSTRIAL – Gregory Heisler . . . . . . 103
Professional Photo Printers Specifications . . . . . . . . . . 217
Professional Photo Printers Media Compatibility Chart. . . . . 219
EOS Nomenclature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
PHOTOJOURNALISM – Christopher Morris . . . . . . . 105
EOS 7D Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
EOS Custom Function Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
EOS 50D . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
EOS System Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
WEDDING – Hanson Fong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
TRAVEL – Lewis Kemper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
EOS for Professionals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
EOS Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165
©Lewis Kemper
The Complete Professional Digital Imaging Solution
Photography has always been about more than capturing images, and that’s more true today than ever before. Professional photographers are, by
necessity, digital imaging experts, and the tools of the trade have become at once more capable and complex. It is telling, then, that professional
photographers continue to depend on Canon EOS more than any other digital imaging system. The EOS System gives pros what’s needed to deliver
results, not just for image capture but also for every critical step in the production process, right through to output. EOS SLR cameras continue to
push the technology envelope, enabling not only still, but now also full HD video capture with awe-inspiring image quality and astonishing versatility.
The superb range of EF lenses, sophisticated Speedlite flashes and a comprehensive array of system accessories empower and inspire the
professional with such advanced capabilities as wireless connectivity and secure data handling. High-performance compact cameras, video cameras,
professional printers, image projectors, workflow-support software and even educational events and publications today extend the EOS System
family of products and services. Canon EOS: the comprehensive digital imaging solution — still the choice of discerning professionals.
©Vincent Isola
Digital Capture Redefined
Once in a while, a new tool comes along that recalibrates our capabilities…a technological
tour de force that forever changes our perception of what is and is not possible…a
professional instrument that expands the boundaries of creative communication. The
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III is just such a tool. True to the EOS-1 legacy, this remarkable camera
The Featured Professionals
redefines the state of the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens-Reflex) art in no uncertain terms.
Gil Smith
Jennifer Wu
Explorer of Light
Explorer of Light
Explorer of Light
Explorer of Light
Explorer of Light
The Stuff of Dreams
Detail and Tonality
A Superb Creativity Tool
Gil Smith is an internationally
recognized advertising photographer specializing in high-action
automotive and sports-industry
images. An innovator in live and
simulated-action photography, he
has created dramatic campaigns for
high-visibility American, European,
and Japanese auto manufacturers
and sports-oriented clients. Smith
depends on the “big picture”
capabilities of Canon EOS DSLRs,
which give him the pixel count
and quality he needs to create
the bold images of dreams.
Vincent Isola has won numerous
awards for his work, and teaches
digital photography, printing and
lighting techniques to photographers throughout the country. His
work and articles have been featured
in many prestigious publications,
including Architectural Digest,
Designer’s Illustrated, The Professional Photographer, Studio
Photography and Shutterbug. An
accomplished fine-art/landscape
photographer, Isola counts on
Canon for rugged reliability and
uncompromised image quality.
The recipient of more than a hundred awards for creativity, Michel
Tcherevkoff has captured images
and exhibited his work around the
globe. He is known for his unique
ability to create visual metaphors
for advertising, corporate, design
and editorial clients. His signature
style is “reality with a twist” —
finding the extraordinary in the
ordinary. For Tcherevkoff, the EOS
System stands alone as a photographic tool, enabling him to
experiment with design and color
as with no other camera system.
Specialty Lenses for
Specialized Shooting
Beauty in the Eye of the
Educated as an engineer, Londonborn photographer Norman McGrath
transitioned into his career as an
architectural photographer after
moving to New York in 1956. His
work has appeared in every major
architectural publication worldwide, and shooting assignments
and workshops have taken him
everywhere. McGrath credits
Canon and the EOS System’s ability
to deliver images, at one time
only possible with more cumbersome 4x5 view cameras.
Award-winning nature photographer
Jennifer Wu travels extensively
throughout the United States and
Europe to capture her striking
images. Her commercial work has
appeared in numerous local,
national and international publications. Wu’s lifelong quest to
capture the elusive and unrecognized beauty in nature pushes
her to ever more challenging
adventures. The Canon EOS System
is her choice for recording those
magical moments.
Get the Big Picture and the Smallest Detail
The Canon CMOS Advantage
Extended RAW Recording Capabilities
Canon CMOS sensors — designed and manufactured by
Canon for exclusive use in Canon digital cameras — provide
a number of important advantages over sensors typically
found in other digital cameras: Their significantly reduced
power consumption helps extend battery life and eliminates
performance problems related to increased heat and noise.
They deliver fast operation, taking full advantage of multichannel architecture to provide standout combinations of
high resolution and high-speed image capturing performance. In addition, a multi-layer low-pass filter is placed in
front of the sensor to isolate false colors that the sensor
may detect. Canon CMOS sensors also incorporate a novel
noise reduction system that records the noise of each
pixel prior to exposure then automatically subtracts that
noise. Lauded by the best in the business, Canon’s
CMOS sensors deliver outstanding resolution and
signal purity, making them ideal for the most critical
photographic applications. 23
The EOS-1Ds Mark III can capture RAW and sRAW (Small
RAW) images. This added versatility is ideal for photographers who prefer the control afforded by RAW capture in
shooting situations that do not require the camera’s full
resolution capability. Options are also provided for
simultaneous RAW+JPEG and sRAW+JPEG recording with
an extensive choice of JPEG sizing options. 28
s photographers,
we dream and
produce images. Canon
has also dreamed to give
us one of the most powerful imaging tools in
the world
today with
the Canon
EOS-1Ds Mark III,
its Dual “DIGIC III”
Image Processors and
an astounding 21.1
Megapixel Full-Frame
CMOS Sensor that
makes your image
pop off the page like
this one.”
Smoother Color Tonality
Gil Smith
The EOS-1Ds Mark III 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS
Sensor delivers a high-resolution image of exacting
precision, yielding a whopping 60MB file in Adobe®
Photoshop®, with superb data density for enhanced
large-output capabilities and post-processing cropping
flexibility. Actual size shown above.
individual pixel site size. Larger sites improve light
gathering capability, enabling the sensor to produce a
cleaner, more noise-free image.
EOS Digital SLR cameras with full-frame sensors let
you use interchangeable lenses exactly as you would
with 35mm film SLR cameras. They let photographers
use the entire range of superb Canon EF lenses without a
conversion factor, making it possible to take full advantage of the specific optical characteristics for which the
lenses were designed. This is an important benefit for
photographers who have sizable EF lens collections. 23
Exceptional Canon Full-Frame CMOS Technology
The EOS-1Ds Mark III incorporates a Canon CMOS sensor,
which delivers approximately 21.1 Megapixels (5616 x
3744 pixels). The recording area of the sensor is 36 x
24mm, which is equivalent to the full-frame size of the
35mm film format. Compared to typical smaller digital
camera sensors, the Canon full-frame sensor can accommodate a tremendous pixel count while maintaining larger
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Ultra-High-Resolution Image Capture
The 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor captures
images with stunning detail and precision. The resulting
high-resolution image files ensure exceptional reproduction quality, with generous data density for
enhanced large-output capabilities and post-processing
cropping flexibility. 23
The EOS-1Ds Mark III employs powerful 14-bit converters
to process the output of the imaging sensor. Each color
channel provides 16,384 separate steps of brightness,
from darkest to lightest. This ensures smoother tonal
transitions and more natural gradations. 16,384 distinct
tones can be recorded in each color channel, with every
click of the shutter — even JPEG images start using 14 bits
of tonal data!
Explorer of Light
©2009 Gil Smith. All Rights Reserved.
at One with
Rugged Weather-Resistant Design
Magnesium alloy body and location of major
water-resistant measures.
63-zone Metering System
made of an advanced magnesium alloy. In lesser cameras,
these parts are typically made of composite materials.
Exceptionally strong and rigid, this alloy results in a
camera that can truly withstand the punishment routinely
meted out by many professional photographers. At the
same time, it makes the camera lighter for improved
handling and maneuverability.
Extensive weatherproofing ensures true reliability,
even when shooting in harsh environments. Rubber gaskets
are used at nearly every joint and seam — including
around the battery compartment cover, memory card
door and flash shoe — to keep out moisture and dust. 26
he EOS-1Ds Mark
III is a wonderful
tool that has made
photography fun
again for me. It is
light and
with a
very long
life, all very important
features in my backpack. It provides me
with a similar experience to shooting with
my 4 x 5 camera,
without the bulk,
weight and dark cloth.
Most importantly, the
image quality is
superb, with fine detail
and smooth, continuous tones apparent
throughout the file.
The ideal professional camera is rugged yet not so massive
as to compromise usability. The entire body of EOS-1Ds
Mark III, including its internal chassis and mirror box, is
A 63-zone metering sensor combined with sophisticated
metering algorithms delivers more precise and stable
exposure calculation over a wider range of shooting situations. Both available-light and flash metering performance
have been improved. The metering sensor zones optimally
match the 19 primary AF points. Photographers can choose
from among automated Evaluative, Partial area (8.5%
at the center), Spot (2.4% at the center), Multi-Spot and
Center-Weighted average metering modes. 26
A Full-Frame Performance Standard
The CMOS sensor developed by Canon for the EOS-1Ds
Mark III delivers approximately 21.1 effective Megapixels
(5632 x 3750 pixels). It makes possible ultra-high-resolution digital photography, and the large amount of image
data recorded result in enhanced large-output capabilities
and effortless post-processing flexibility. 23
Vincent Isola
Explorer of Light
©2009 Vincent Isola. All Rights Reserved.
©2009 Vincent Isola. All Rights Reserved.
Dependable, Repeatable
High Image Quality
The Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E2A integrates elegantly
with the EOS-1Ds Mark III, is
powered by the camera body
and is as durable and
weather-resistant as the
camera itself.
Large 3.0-inch
LCD Monitor with
Live View Function
The 3.0-inch LCD
monitor on the EOS-1Ds
Mark III provides
the photographer
with a large, bright,
With 10x magnification
detailed view of
images and graphical data. The bigger image area makes
it easier than ever to confirm capture, check memory
card contents, confirm shooting parameters and access
all menu options.
Moreover, the EOS-1Ds Mark III features a sophisticated Live View Function, which makes the 3.0-inch LCD
monitor a real-time finder. When the Live View Function
is enabled, the reflex mirror is locked up and the shutter
opened. The image output from the CMOS sensor will be
displayed in real time on the LCD monitor at 100%
coverage. A selectable portion of the image can be
magnified by 5x or 10x to aid in precise manual focusing.
Manual focus, exposure check, composing and shooting
can all be accomplished in this mode.
Live View Function is convenient for tripod-mounted
shooting, macro work and other situations in which it
would be a physical strain to keep the eye at the
viewfinder. The Live View Function image can also be
displayed on a TV monitor, which is ideal for showing
images, as they are being composed, to clients and
portrait subjects. 31
he EOS-1Ds
Mark III is great!
The ability to capture
fine image detail is of
paramount importance
in my
work, and
this camera truly
What also impressed
me is the precise rendering of tonal nuance
over a wide range of
light values, which is
equally important in my
images. This camera’s
features — like the 3.0inch LCD, Live View
Function and improved
wireless capabilities —
are exactly what I’ve
wanted for tabletop
work. A superior
tool… a joy to use.”
Highlight Tone Priority: ON
Highlight Tone Priority: OFF
Highlight Tone Priority
Activated via a Custom Function, the Highlight Tone Priority
mode employs sophisticated processing algorithms to
preserve greater detail in image highlight areas — a
perennial problem for digital photographers, especially
those who work in bright sunlight or contrasty studio
lighting. Highlight Tone Priority actually expands the
available range of capture in the highlights, yet it exacts
no penalties in either shadow detail or camera performance. It benefits photographers who shoot RAW images
as well as those who rely on in-camera processing. 29
Stunning Image Quality
The EOS-1Ds Mark III features a Canon
full-frame 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor.
Compared to typical smaller digital camera sensors, the
Canon full-frame sensor can accommodate a tremendous
pixel count while maintaining larger individual pixel site
size. Larger sites improve light gathering capability,
enabling the sensor to produce a cleaner, more noisefree image. The Canon full-frame sensor thus delivers
ultra-high-resolution images of exacting precision with
glorious color richness and tonal accuracy. 23
Explorer of Light
©2009 Michel Tcherevkoff. All Rights Reserved.
Record with
Precision and
Canon EOS Tilt-Shift Lenses
Highlight Tone Priority
Canon TS-E lenses are capable of tilt
and shift movements that normally
require the use of technical view
cameras. Tilt movements alter the
angle of the plane of focus between
the lens and the focal plane, making
broad depth-of-field possible even at wider apertures.
These capabilities greatly expand the versatility of the
EOS System and are ideal for specialized applications,
such as architectural photography.
The Highlight Tone Priority mode can be activated via
Custom Function to help preserve greater detail in image
highlight areas. It actually expands the available range
of capture in the highlights, yet it exacts no penalties in
either shadow detail or camera performance. It benefits
nearly all professionals — for example, a nature photographer shooting winter snow scenes, a wedding
photographer seeking to preserve detail in the bride’s
dress, or an architectural photographer facing a highcontrast scene in bright sunlight. 29
The Full-Frame Optical Advantage
Wide Dynamic Range
Digital SLR cameras with smaller sensors, by comparison,
require a focal length conversion factor that effectively
narrows the field of view as though you’ve added a telephoto converter. EOS Digital SLR cameras with full-frame
sensors let photographers use the entire range of superb
Canon EF lenses without a conversion factor, making it
possible to take full advantage of the specific optical
characteristics for which the lenses were designed. 23
The outstanding image capture performance of the Canon
Full-Frame CMOS sensor, the extended bit depth of the
A/D converters, and the advanced design of the Dual
Processor ensure
not only abundant detail but
also amazing
dynamic range.
The EOS-1Ds
Mark III thereby
addresses a critical shortcoming among many of today’s digital cameras.
It is better able to capture a wide range of light values
without blowing out highlights or losing shadow detail.
Subtle tonal gradations are also more accurately recorded.
63-zone Metering System
A 63-zone metering sensor combined with sophisticated
metering algorithms delivers more precise and stable
exposure calculation over a wide range of shooting
situations. Photographers can choose from among
Evaluative, Partial area (8.5% at the center), Spot (2.4%
at the center), Multi-Spot, and Center-Weighted average
metering modes. 26
much enjoyed using
the EOS-1Ds Mark III.
It is a superb piece of
equipment capable of
holding its own when
to a 4 x 5
view camera. With
its extraordinarily high resolution
in combination with
ease of operation, I
predict this will become
the tool of choice for
many architectural
Explorer of Light
©2009 Norman McGrath. All Rights Reserved.
Capabilities for
Lenses and Accessories for
Four Canon EF Macro lenses, a
Life-Size converter, two extension
tubes and three screw-on close-up
MP-E 65mm f/2.8
lenses make the EOS System lineup a
formidable tool for precision high-magnification photography, revealing detail undetectable by the unaided
human eye. Macro Twin Lite and Ring Lite options provide
riveting close-up lighting solutions.
GPS Support for Field Work
The optional Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E2 II A*/ WFT-E2A (for EOS-1Ds Mark III
and EOS-1D Mark IV), the WFT-E4 II A/
WFT-E4A (for EOS 5D Mark II), the WFT-E5A
(for EOS 7D) and the WFT-E3A (for EOS 50D)
can communicate with compatible thirdWireless File
party GPS devices connected via USB.
Latitude, longitude, altitude and Universal
Time are all recorded in each image’s EXIF shooting data.
This enables location coordinates to be recorded for
each picture as it’s taken.
*This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal
Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not, be offered for
sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
Wide ISO Range
By combining the excellent image capture capabilities of
the Canon CMOS sensor with advanced data processing
technologies, the EOS-1Ds Mark III offers an extraordinarily wide ISO range, making it possible to shoot even
in previously impossible lighting conditions. The standard ISO range of 100–1600 can be extended to a
remarkable low end of 50 and a high end of 3200.
More important, the low-noise performance at high ISO
settings makes the entire range usable in real-world
shooting situations. 23
Sophisticated Flash
Canon E-TTL II technology
incorporates distance information from compatible EF lenses to
ensure a meticulously precise flash Wireless Speedlitte
Transmitter ST-E2
exposure and deliver versatile
lighting control. Canon EX Series Speedlites provide
advanced wireless and automatic multiple-flash capabilities to deliver magnificent lighting solutions for a
wide variety of specialized shooting applications.
Integrated Cleaning System
Because professional photographers
must change
lenses in all kinds of adverse
environments, Canon invented
the Integrated Cleaning System,
which uses ultrasonic vibration
to remove dust that can settle
on the sensor surface. 29
Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
n a recent trip to the
White Mountains of
California, the camera
stood up to the high
heat of the day, the
bitter cold
of nights,
and rain
didn’t faze
the camera’s
weather sealing. The
long battery life is
essential for cold nights.
Other cameras with
shorter battery life give
up during long exposures
in low temperatures.
The EOS-1Ds Mark III
is the perfect camera
for photographing
nature and the stars.”
Jennifer Wu
Explorer of Light
©2009 Jennifer Wu. All Rights Reserved.
The Technology to Set the Standard
Raising the Bar in
Professional Cameras
Microlens Comparison & Opening Ratio
EOS-1Ds Mark III:
A Full-Frame Performance
multiple coatings to reflect infrared and ultraviolet rays. It effectively reduces red fringing
and color casts caused by reflections of the
sensor surface. A sophisticated low-pass filter
is also utilized, behind the IR-cut filter, to minimize color artifacts such as moiré.
High-precision AF System
Pixel Size
24.0 mm
Performance: Dazzling
Speed, Superb Precision
Dual “DIGIC III” Image
36.0 mm
Low-pass Filter Construction
EOS-1Ds Mark III Full-Frame
CMOS Sensor (Actual Size)
©2009 Vincent Isola
Image Quality
The EOS-1Ds Mark III incorporates the Canon
CMOS sensor, which delivers approximately
21.1 Megapixels (5616 x 3744 pixels). The
recording area of the sensor is 36.0 x 24.0mm,
which is equivalent to the full-frame size of
the 35mm film format. Compared to typical
smaller digital camera sensors, the Canon
full-frame sensor can accomodate a tremendous pixel count while maintaining larger
individual pixel site size. The EOS-1Ds Mark III
can capture up to 56 consecutive full-resolution
JPEG images or up to 12 RAW images in a
single continuous burst (at 5 fps with 21.1
Megapixel files). Larger sites improve lightgathering capability, enabling the sensor to
produce a cleaner, more noise-free image.
The Canon full-frame sensor thus delivers
high-resolution images of exacting precision,
with jaw-dropping data density for enhanced
large-output capabilities and post-processing
cropping flexibility.
Full-frame sensors let photographers use
the entire range of superb Canon EF lenses
without a conversion factor, making it possible
to take full advantage of the specific optical
characteristics for which the lenses were
designed. This is an important benefit for
photographers who have a sizable EF lens
Canon Exclusive CMOS Sensor
Designed and manufactured by Canon, CMOS
single-plate sensors advance the state of the art
in professional SLR sensor design. The imaging
area of the CMOS sensor of EOS-1Ds Mark III
measures 36.0 x 24.0mm (full-frame) — appreciably larger than 28.1 x 18.7mm (APS-H) and
22.2 x 14.8mm (APS-C).
Effective Light-gathering
The EOS-1Ds Mark III sensor
has 21.1 Megapixels.
Individual pixel size on the 1Ds Mark III’s
sensor is 6.4µm.
By optimizing the gap between the on-chip
microlenses and improving the fill factor
(photodiode area divided by total pixel size)
of each pixel, light-gathering efficiency has
been improved.
By combining the splendid image capture
capabilities of the sensor with advanced
Dual “DIGIC III” Image Processors, the EOS-1Ds
EOS-1Ds Mark III
100 - 1600
*CIPA standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index.
Dichroic mirror
(Reflects infrared rays)
Infrared-absorbing glass
CMOS sensor
Low-pass filter
(Separates image in vertical direction)
Phaser layer
(Converts linear polarized light
into circular polarized light)
Low Noise, High Speed
To achieve even less noise, the EOS-1Ds Mark III
has a feed-through output amp that attains
both high speed and low noise. Low noise is
also achieved with an improved manufacturing
process, an optimized pixel amp and an optimized reading circuit.
The EOS-1Ds Mark III employs a single-line,
8-channel reading. With a faster output amp
and optimized read circuit, a continous shooting speed of approximately 5 fps is attained.
To minimize the higher power consumption
Diagram of 8-channel
Signal Reading
Wide ISO Range
Mark III offers extraordinarily wide ISO range,
making it possible to shoot even in previously
impossible lighting conditions. The standard
ISO range of 100–1600, can be extended to a
remarkable low end of 50 and high end of
6400.* More importantly, the low-noise performance at high ISO settings makes the entire
range usable in real-world shooting situations.
images or up to 12 RAW images in a single
continuous burst. A shutter assembly, an autofocus system and Dual “DIGIC III” Image
Processors contribute to the landmark speed
of the EOS-1Ds Mark III.
Low-pass filter
(Separates image in horizontal direction)
required by the faster signal reading, the output amp’s power consumption has been
reduced. Also during long exposures, power to
the output amp is turned off and the standard
current driving the circuit is also cut off to save
power. In addition, during shooting with Live
View Function, the power distribution for the
signal-reading operation is optimized for more
pinpoint power-saving control.
For the Self Cleaning Sensor Unit, the
infrared-absorption glass is separate from the
three-layer, optical crystal plate. This makes
the dust-shaking plate lighter, saving power
and making it easier to control.
The infrared filter has a hybrid construction; it has an infrared-absorption glass with
DIGIC, a high-performance imaging processor, has been a major feature of
Canon digital cameras
because of its very fine
image detail, natural
color reproduction and
high-speed signal processing. DIGIC III retains
its basic concept and improves upon it with
higher performance and faster speed. For the
EOS-1Ds Mark III’s 21.1 Megapixels, Dual
“DIGIC III” Image Processors work for ultrafine detail, natural color reproduction and
high-speed image processing.
The extra power of Dual “DIGIC III” Image
Processors has also allowed analog-to-digital
conversion to improve from 12 to 14 bits per
channel, meaning that tonal gradation for RAW
images is divided into 16,384 separate levels
per channel rather than 4,096. When saved as
a 16-bit TIFF image, the image retains the full
range of tones obtained with 14 bits. Also,
JPEG images, at 8 bits per color, are generated
from the 14-bit data.
The autofocus system of
the EOS-1Ds Mark III
represents a complete
reconsideration of proAF Sensor
fessional autofocus. In addition to a sensor
chip, sophisticated manufacturing technologies
have made it possible to reconfigure the concave
submirror and the cleverly-designed secondary
image formation lens. The result is greater
sensitivity, easier and more logical navigation,
higher precision and significantly better realworld performance.
In the previous 45-point AF system used by
such cameras as the EOS-1v, EOS-1D, EOS-1Ds,
EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS-1D
Mark II N, there were seven cross-type, highprecision sensors grouped around the center
of the frame. Any of the 45 points could be
selected by navigating around the frame.
This was the configuration of the previous
45-point AF array:
Here is the AF point layout:
: f/2.8 sensors
(Cencer AF point is f/4)
: f/5.6
(C sensors
Blazingly Fast Shooting
Speed and Outstanding
Burst Rate
The EOS-1Ds Mark III provides a
continuous shooting speed of 5 fps at its full
21.1 Megapixel resolution. It can also capture
up to 56 consecutive full-resolution JPEG
5 fps continuous shooting speed (Images simulated)
Note that the 19 high-precision, cross-type
points are no longer clustered solely in the
center of the frame. The 26 additional assist AF
points are horizontal-line sensitive at f/5.6, are not
user selectable, but can be added to a manuallychosen point to expand its size, and are also
used in Automatic AF point selection mode.
AF Focusing Principle
Prime lens
Focusing plane
(Image plane)
CMOS area sensor
image-forming lens
gathering efficiency (for both the horizontal and
vertical line sensors), and greater low light AF
sensitivity. In addition, the camera’s ability to
latch onto subjects with little detail is improved.
Lenses (or lens + extender combinations)
with maximum apertures as slow as f/5.6 can
be used with AF at all focusing points. At the
center AF point only, the camera can focus with
a lens + extender with a maximum effective
aperture as slow as f/8 (using the vertical line
sensor only).
The remaining 26 AF points are “Assist
Points.” Each has a single-line vertical sensor,
and these points will focus with lenses having
maximum apertures f/5.6 or faster.
Sensor vertical-line
sensitive at f/2.8
Sensor horizontal-line
sensitive at f/5.6
Sensor horizontal-line
sensitive at f/5.6
Sensor vertical-line
sensitive at f/2.8
Separate CPU for AF
One important difference between the EOS-1D
series and other EOS series bodies is that a
totally separate CPU is used strictly for AF
processing. (In other EOS bodies, one main
processor handles primary camera tasks as
well as AF processing.) To attain 10 fps with
AI Servo AF (EOS-1D Mark III), the AF CPU
and camera CPU are separate, dedicated
Partial metering
Spot metering
Built to Perform: Durable,
Rugged, Precise
1-Series Body
EOS-1Ds Mark III retains and refines the beautiful curved surfaces and superb basic layout
of the EOS-1 series. Ease of operation and
holding comfort have been improved appreciably, as has ease of operation with accessories. The camera is designed to be easier to
understand and more reassuring. The massive
strength of its magnesium alloy body and
chassis, combined with complete environmental sealing, means that the camera
stands with its forebears as an instrument
worthy of the photographers who risk their
lives daily to take pictures.
level of ruggedness, surface finish and heating
processes in manufacturing have been changed
for specific highly durable parts. To increase
stability and shutter precision, a PR (Photo
Reflector) is employed to detect the slit-passing
time. For the X-sync contact, the mechanical
contact has been eliminated to prevent contact
scorching and wear.
Shutter Design Specifications
1. Type
Vertical travel, focal-plane shutter
2. Shutter curtain type
Parallelogram link type
3. Shutter curtain blades
1st curtain: 4 blades,
2nd curtain: 4 blades, total 8
4. Shutter curtain
1st curtain: Two carbon blades,
two duralumin blades
2nd curtain: Two carbon blades,
two duralumin blades
5. Drive system
1st curtain: Dedicated torsion spring
2nd curtain: Dedicated torsion spring
6. Speed control method
Mechanical shutter with tension released
by a rotary magnet, all shutter speeds
7. Curtain speed
Approx. 2.3ms/21.0mm
8. Shutter speed range
1/8000 sec. – 30 sec. bulb
9. Max. flash sync.
1/300 sec.
10. Signals
1. X-sync,
2. 2nd curtain travel-completed signal
* C.Fn I -7-1 enables AF point-linked Spot metering.
All-magnesium Alloy, Including Mirror
Box and Chassis
AF Sensor
The EOS-1Ds Mark III features higher precision
AF with the 19 user-selectable, high-precision
cross-type AF points and improved low light AF
performance. The AF sensor, AF computation
method and AF-related electronic circuitry has
been designed for the EOS-1Ds Mark III. This
robust AF system provides even greater consistency in high-speed sequences when tracking
moving subjects.
The 19 cross-type AF points take advantage
of the following technologies:
• With finer processing steps, the peripheral
circuit could be made smaller and the f/2.8
AF sensor area could be expanded.
• The secondary image-forming lens (see
diagram) is molded glass. By incorporating
an aspherical surface on the lens, the
focusing area of the f/2.8 light flux could
be expanded.
Each of the 19 cross-type AF points uses a
high-precision horizontal component, with
about 3x the focusing precision of the vertical
component. The benefit is that AF accuracy at
the sensor is enhanced when the photographer needs it most — shooting with fast lenses, at wide apertures.
This means that on the actual AF sensor,
the horizontal line pairs are significantly farther
apart — and thus require a lens with a
maxi7mum aperture of f/2.8 or faster in order
to operate. At the center AF point, the highprecision horizontal line sensor works with
lenses f/4 or faster. In other words, with
fast lenses, two benefits are realized:
added precision, and simultaneous vertical
and horizontal coverage — ideal for focusing
on subjects with fine detail. When lenses
with slower maximum apertures are used,
only the vertical AF line sensor is active at
each AF point.
Advanced technology in the EOS-1Ds
Mark III’s AF sensor gives even greater light-
The EOS-1Ds Mark III incorporates a 63-zone
metering sensor linked to the 19 AF points.
The metering sensor is located at the rear of
the pentaprism. The 19 AF points in the Area
AF are a highly favorable match for the metering sensor’s zones. The metering range is EV
0 to EV 20 (at 73°F/23°C, 50mm f/1.4 lens,
ISO 100). The following metering modes
are provided: Evaluative, Partial, Spot, and
Center-Weighted average. Also, AF point-linked
Spot metering is possible with C.Fn I -7-1.
Partial metering reads approximately 8.5% of
the viewfinder and Spot metering reads
approximately 2.4%.
average metering
Actual AF Point Field-of-View
Speed and Predictive-AF Performance
63-zone Metering System
AF Sensor configuration
: f/2.8 sensors
(Cencer AF point is f/4)
: f/5.6 sensors
With the EOS-1Ds Mark III, the size of a
user-selected AF point can be expanded
(via Custom Function III-8) regardless of
whether the camera is in One-Shot AF mode
or AI Servo AF mode. As noted previously,
the assist AF points are also used when the
camera picks the AF point(s) in Automatic AF
point selection mode.
For low-light focusing, the EOS-1Ds Mark III
is much more sensitive than previous models.
The CMOS AF sensor’s pixel sensitivity has
been improved, thanks to pixel characteristics,
a pixel fill factor due to fine semiconductor
manufacturing processes and optimized pixel
size. As a result, the EOS-1Ds Mark III’s AF
sensitivity have been improved to EV -1
through EV 18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100).
This Evaluative metering system is based
on the concept for the previous 21-zone and
35-zone metering systems. With the optimized
63-zone metering sensor and improved calculations and processing, more consistent and
correct ambient and flash exposures are
obtained with less influence from the subject.
The basic concepts for the 63-zone Evaluative
metering are:
1. Metering is weighted on the linked AF point.
2. If there is a very bright object in the picture,
the exposure will be increased.
3. In backlit scenes, the exposure will be
increased. With dark backgrounds, the
exposure will be reduced.
The E-TTL II autoflash algorithm uses the
same 63-zone metering sensor. While based on
the previous system which weighted the metering based on the preflash reading, the EOS-1Ds
Mark III has been improved to obtain consistent
flash exposures. The major improvements are:
1. Correct flash exposures are obtained even
with off-center subjects.
2. The incorporation of lens distance information has been optimized to obtain accurate
flash exposures even with highly reflective
EOS-1Ds Mark III Magnesium-alloy Body
Because of its light weight and strength, magnesium alloy is used for the top, front and
rear covers as well as for the memory card slot
covers. The chassis and mirror box are also
made of magnesium alloy to make the body
very strong, rigid and light. The magnesium
alloy also works as an electromagnetic shield.
It is highly durable, allowing minimal wear
even under harsh conditions.
Durability, Tested
to 300,000 Cycles
The EOS-1Ds Mark III’s
shutter unit is rated
for 300,000 shutter
cycles. To attain this
By employing PR signals for the electronic X-sync
contact (a semiconductor switch), reliability is
improved. By optimizing the sync timing, an
X-sync speed of 1/300 second is now attained
with EX-series Speedlites.
Electronic X-sync Contact Diagram
X-sync contact)
Shutter PR
X-sync contact)
Shutter Unit
Weather-resistant System
Major Viewfinder Specifications
EOS-1Ds Mark III
Location of Major Water-resistant Measures
Coverage [Approx.]
The legendarily excellent water- and dustresistant construction measures are incorporated at 76 places around the camera controls
and along cover seams. Also, O-rings are used
on the memory card slot covers and the battery
compartment, and silicon rubber is employed
around the top and rear covers and buttons
where the user can
see it and feel reassured. The camera’s
hot shoe is shaped to
resist water with a rib around its perimeter.
When the Speedlite 580EX II is attached, water
resistance is maintained. When a water-resistant
EF lens is attached to the camera, the entire
camera-and-lens outfit will be moisture- and
Clear, Sharper Viewfinder
The EOS-1Ds Mark III’s viewfinder has approximately 100% coverage, 0.75x magnification, a
35° angle of view, a 20mm eyepoint, -3 to +1
dpt. dioptric adjustment and an eyepiece
shutter that is gray to make it easier to see
when it is closed.
Viewing Angle
Eye point [Approx.]
Dioptric adjustment
-3 to +1 dpt
The viewfinder’s optics have been developed to achieve best-in-class performance. A
highly refractive material is used for the pentaprism of the EOS-1Ds Mark III. To improve
viewfinder magnification, a larger pentaprism
is employed. The basic configuration of the
eyepiece optics has four lens elements.
Viewfinder Optics
Wide-view 3.0-inch LCD Monitor
SI lens 2
Canon has thoroughly investigated ways to make
camera operation easier. The camera uses the
EOS Digital line’s basic operation method with
the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial, Multi-controller, SET button and other buttons to select
Camera Control Modifications
AF/Drive mode
selection button
Info button
ISO speed button
AF start button
LCD Viewing Angle
Setting button
Metering sensor
Metering lens
AF start button
V-LCD prism
Condenser lens
Focusing screen
Function button
(WB/Recording media/
Image size selection button)
Quick Control Dial switch
Picture Style selection button
SI prism 1
SI prism 2
Horizontal Viewing Angle
H-LCD prism
Eyepiece lens
However, by increasing lens power, high
magnification is attained. Finally, the finder’s
parts are fabricated with greater precision
for more consistent performance at higher
The Ec-C IV focusing screen is a Laser Matte
unit whose molding method has been improved
over the previous Ec-C III focusing screen’s.
•JPEG/RAW Recording
•Battery Charge Level
Revised and Simplified Operation
Backlight lens
lens area
Professional Features
SI lens 1
SI mirror
Magnified Screen
•Metering Mode
“snap,” making it easy for photographers to
tell when an image pops into sharp focus. All
previous Ec-series focus screens can be used
in EOS-1Ds Mark III. Since the eyepiece frame
now has a different
shape to accommodate
the bigger eyepiece lens,
Eg-series viewfinder
accessories have been
Eyecup Eg
developed: Eyecup Eg,
Dioptric Adjustment Lenses Eg (7 types: -4, -3,
-2, 0, +1, +2, +3), and Anti-fog Eyepiece Eg.
The standard Eyecup Eg has a mount for
attaching it to the eyepiece. It is less likely to
detach inadvertently.
Cross section of
fresnel lens
It makes it easier to focus and provides naturallooking background blur (bokeh). It is also
brighter and less grainy, making it a very
well-balanced focusing screen. The dispersion
characteristic is improved, and the screen is
bright with minimal flare. The Ec-C IV focus
screen gives superb contrast and visual
The large, 3.0-inch wide TFT monitor features
approximately 230,000 pixels, a wide viewing
angle (140° both vertically and horizontally),
high-level brightness and low power consumption. The LCD monitor is backlit with
four LED modules. The maximum brightness
setting makes it easier to see the image on
the LCD monitor even in bright outdoor conditions. The seven brightness adjustment levels
make the camera more adaptable to environmental conditions. A large,
clear gray scale
is provided for
guidance. Also,
the color reproLCD Brightness
duction range
has been increased to more closely simulate a
personal computer monitor. The LCD monitor
is not only larger, but easier to use and the
display is more informative than ever.
and set various functions. Also, the ISO speed
button, AF Start (AF-ON) button, Picture Style
button, and Memory selection/Image size/White
balance function button have been added to
make camera operation easier.
With the older EOS-1D series cameras, the
basic shooting operation logic consisted of
holding down a button and turning the Main
Dial or Quick Control Dial to select a setting.
However, with the Mark III series, when you
press a button, it remains active for a while so
you can let it go and then turn a dial to set
something. Several buttons are multipurpose — press once and turn either the top
Main Dial or rear Quick Control Dial for the
respective functions.
The Multi-controller on the rear is used to
select Menu headings, and provides several
AF functions as well. If the AF point select
button is pressed once, a push on the Multicontroller toggles between selecting the center
AF point and Automatic AF point select mode.
The cameras can also memorize any of the 19
user-selectable AF points, and instantly jump
back to it when you press the Multi-controller.
Recording Options
The EOS-1Ds Mark III offers some highly flexible image recording options. With the
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 II A*, users
can download directly to a compatible
portable USB hard drive. Compatible devices
range from popular and convenient USB thumb
drives to many portable USB hard drives. With
the CF card, SD card and external media, the
following recording functions can be used:
• Standard: Images are recorded onto one
card (or connected hard drive).
• Automatic switching of recording media: When
the current recording medium becomes full,
the camera switches to another automatically
and continues recording without interruption.
• Separate recording: A captured image can be
recorded in different image sizes on different
media. Each recording medium can be set to
record a specific image size (L, M1, M2, S,
RAW, sRAW) for each shot.
• Recording of identical images: A back-up
mode, this records the exact same file type
and size onto two cards and/or a connected
hard drive.
SDHC (SD High-Capacity) is a memory
card standard (SDA Ver.2.00) to handle highcapacity data from 2GB to 32GB. Because it is
compatible with SDHC, the camera can be used
with SD cards having a capacity up to 32GB.
If the slot cover of the EOS-1Ds Mark III is
opened during the writing operation, an alarm
sounds and a warning message appears on
the screen to indicate that writing is in
Recording Quality Specifications: EOS-1Ds Mark III
Image Size
Pixels File Size Possible
[Approx. [Approx. Shots
Maximum Burst
L (Large)
or Larger
M1 (Medium1)
M2 (Medium2)
S (Small)
or Larger
L (Large)
M1 (Medium1)
M2 (Medium2)
S (Small)
L (Large)
M1 (Medium1)
M2 (Medium2)
S (Small)
(2,784x1,856) 14.5
The size of one image, number of possible shots (also related to
battery life) and continuous shooting speed are based on JPEG
quality 8, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style, Canon’s testing standards and a 1GB CF card. (These figures vary depending on the
subject, memory card brands, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.)
On-screen message
if the slot cover is opened
On-screen message
if the power switch is set to <OFF>
progress. The card writing continues even if
the slot cover is opened. Also, if you set the
power switch to <OFF> during the card writing,
a message appears on the screen to indicate
that writing is in progress. After the writing is
completed, the power turns off.
You can protect individual images, all
images in a folder, or all images on the card.
Alternately, you can cancel image protection.
You can erase individual images, all images
in a folder, all images in the card, or just
check-marked images. Unprotected images
will be erased.
Copying Image Files
Selected images, a folder of images, or the
entire contents of any memory card can be
copied by the photographer onto another
memory card — or attached USB hard drive —
at any time. This gives the ability to make
back-up copies of
important images,
whenever it’s
appropriate. If the
Canon Wireless
File Transmitter
Creating and selecting a folder
WFT-E2 II A* or
WFT-E2A is used, a compatible USB-enabled
hard drive can be attached directly to the transmitter’s USB port. Instead of having to bring a
laptop computer on location, a photographer
can quickly copy their files to a high-capacity
hard drive during a break in shooting. It’s an
ideal option to provide security and peace of
mind to the working professional.
*This device has not been authorized as required by the rules
of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not,
and may not, be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased,
until authorization is obtained.
File Naming Options
Each EOS-1Ds Mark III body comes with a
unique, 4-character prefix for its file numbers.
It also offers two user-defined options to tailor
file naming to the shooter’s needs: the user
can set their own first four characters for file
names (ABCD1234.jpg) or set the first three
characters, and have the camera add the 4th
to indicate size of the file (L for full-resolution,
M for M1, N for M2, or S for Small JPEG/Small
Highlight Tone Priority
This feature extends the dynamic range of
highlights by about one stop and improves
gradation within highlight areas. By expanding
Integrated Cleaning
The EOS-1Ds Mark III
incorporates the EOS
Integrated Cleaning
System, which is a com- Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
plete anti-dust system.
It suppresses dust generation and dust adhering to the sensor, removes dust and makes
any remaining dust less noticeable.
• The shutter has been improved to generate
less dust.
• The IR-cut filter’s anti-static charge surface
prevents attracting dust due to static charge.
• The sensor unit is self-cleaning.
• Dust Delete Data can be obtained and
appended to images.
• Manual cleaning of the imaging sensor using
air is still an option.
The compact Self Cleaning Sensor Unit is
optimized for the full-frame EOS-1Ds Mark III.
On the front infrared-absorption glass, two
thin, single-layer piezo-electric elements are
Self Cleaning Sensor Unit Construction Diagram
Highlight Tone Priority: ON
Sealing material
CMOS sensor
Low-pass filter
Piezoelectric element
Support material
Highlight Tone Priority: OFF
the range from the correct exposure level (18%
gray) to the maximum allowable highlight
level, the gradation from the grays to the highlights becomes smoother and loss in highlight
detail is minimized. If [C.Fn II-3; 1: Enable] is
set, the ISO range is ISO 200-3200 (EOS-1Ds
Mark III: 20–1600).* When active, zeros in the
ISO display are lower case (2oo, 4oo, etc).
Depending on shooting conditions, noise in
the shadow areas may increase slightly.
*Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index.
attached. By applying ultrasonic vibration to
the infrared absorption glass, the adhering
dust is shaken off. The removed dust particles
stick onto adhesive material around the
infrared absorption glass. Also, to prevent
dust from entering the sensor unit, the assembly is secured with sealing material around the
perimeter. Unlike some competitors who
vibrate an extra glass plate, the EOS-1Ds
Mark III vibrates the infrared absorption
glass directly, so the optical performance is
not degraded by an extra layer of glass and
the unit can be kept compact. The Self
Cleaning Sensor Unit can therefore be incor-
Dust in the image is deleted by Digital Photo Professional
software using “Dust Delete Data.”
porated in a conventional size body.
Operation timing is either Auto or Manual.
The default setting has the unit operating for
about 3.5 seconds whenever you turn the
power switch ON or OFF. While the unit is operating, the LCD monitor displays a logo indicating that sensor cleaning is being executed. If
the menu is set to [Auto cleaning: Disable], the
auto cleaning is not executed.
When the menu is set to [Clean now], you
can clean the sensor whenever you wish. It
takes about 4 seconds. During the cleaning,
ultrasonic vibration is applied to the infraredabsorption glass and the shutter is cocked
three times so that the dust falls off the
infrared-absorption glass and any dust resettling on the shutter curtains is also shaken off.
During sensor cleaning, whether started automatically or manually, pressing the shutter
button halfway or pressing the Menu button
will immediately terminate the cleaning and
the camera will be ready to shoot. Because the
unit has very low power consumption, cleanings do not significantly affect the number of
possible shots, even if the default Auto setting
is selected.
To prevent the piezo-electric elements from
overheating and to ensure proper cleaning,
the unit cannot operate again within 3 seconds of finishing operation. Also, if the unit
operates five times successively at intervals
shorter than 10 seconds, it will not operate
again for 10 seconds. During the stoppage, the
[Clean now] menu option can not be selected.
The position and size of any remaining dust
particles can be mapped onto each image, and
the dust “cloned-out” with supplied Canon
Digital Photo Professional software. This
removal of dust takes place with a simple
mouse click, and can be automatically performed on one or hundreds of images at a time.
A “Dust Delete Data” test image needs to
be taken to enable this, and after it’s taken,
the location of any remaining dust is added to
each subsequent image. Activated via a Menu
setting, the user simply sets their camera lens
to infinity, and fills the frame with a plain
white subject located about 1 or 2 feet away.
A test shot is taken, with the camera switching momentarily to Av mode at f/22. The LCD
monitor confirms whether Dust Delete Data
was successfully acquired. Dust Delete Data
can be updated whenever the photographer
feels it’s necessary.
Live View Function
Live View Function is a
significant addition to the professional SLR
shooter’s arsenal. It is a terrific problemsolver for all those situations in which it
would be awkward, difficult or impossible
to look through the viewfinder to compose,
meter and shoot. In response to the particular
requests of studio and remote sports photographers, EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) shooting
with a computer, wired or wireless, is possible
with the EOS-1Ds Mark III. By connecting the
camera via USB to a computer with the EOS
Utility 2.0 software provided, the computer
will display in real time the image output by
the camera’s imaging sensor. You can then
check and adjust the focus, subject framing
and so forth in real time and shoot remotely.
With the optional Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E2 II A* or WFT-E2A attached, you can use
a wireless LAN and see the Remote Live View
Function on a computer without using a cable.
Key features of Live View Function include a
100% field-of-view, precise manual focusing
with 5x and 10x magnification, the ability to
pre-visualize exposure, framing and focusing
on a computer monitor, easy checking for
moiré and false color, displaying film-related
aspect ratios and having a video-out terminal
for TV display.
Camera Live View Function
Instead of looking through the viewfinder, you
can shoot while viewing the scene on the
camera’s LCD monitor. Compared to looking
through the viewfinder, it provides the following advantages:
1. The real-time picture can be magnified by 5x
or 10x to help make focusing more precise.
2. Shoot while checking the composition on
the LCD monitor.
3. You can view a live histogram before the
shot is taken (C.Fn IV-16-1, then press the
INFO button to apply histogram).
Live View Function is extremely effective
in a variety of conditions. It’s applied by first
enabling it with a menu setting, and then
pressing the SET button. The reflex mirror will
then lock up, the shutter will open, and the
image output from the CMOS sensor will be
displayed in real time and 100% image coverage on the camera’s LCD monitor. Press the
SET button again and the reflex mirror will go
back down and the shooting with Live View
Function will end.
Focusing is manual-only with Live View
Function. Use the Multi-controller to move the
AF point aimed over the area on which you want
to focus, then press the Magnify button to
enlarge the
image by 5x or
10x at the AF
point’s position.
Press the button
again to return to
normal view. At
Live View Function enabled
5x or 10x magnification, you can
focus manually
while looking at
the LCD monitor.
To make it easier
to focus during
With 10x magnification
the magnified
view, image sharpness is applied at a higher
setting on the LCD monitor than it really is.
Pressing the depth-of-field preview button
stops down to the aperture that will be used to
take the picture. It will simulate the shooting
exposure and you can check both the exposure
level and depth-of-field. If you use depth-of-field
preview during regular viewfinder shooting, the
viewfinder will look dark and it may be difficult
to see the depth-of-field. However, with Live
View Function shooting, a clever simulation is
displayed so checking the depth-of-field is
easier as long as the exposure setting is near
the metering’s correct exposure.
Remote Live View
Remote Live View Function
is controlled through the
EOS Utility software included on the EOS Digital
Solution Disk, Ver.14 or
higher. The camera can be
connected, either wired with
the provided USB 2.0 HiSpeed cable, or wirelessly
with the Wireless File
Transmitter WFT-E2 II A* or WFT-E2A. To get
started, the camera must be set to enable Live
View Function. Then, click the [Starting Live
View Function] selection on the Remote Live
View Function screen.
*This device has not been authorized as required by the rules
of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not,
and may not, be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased,
until authorization is obtained.
The metering
mode is set to AF
Live View Function settings
Evaluative metering. Other shooting settings (Shooting mode,
Drive mode, Image Size, ISO speed, Exposure
Compensation, etc.) can be set in the same
way as during viewfinder shooting. The metering timer is 16 seconds (including AE lock).
Focus presets with super telephoto lenses
cannot be used. Even during shooting with
Live View Function, the power will turn off after
the [Auto power off] time elapses. During Live
View Function, pressing the MENU or Playback
button will terminate the Live View Function
shooting and the menu screen or image playback will appear.
Metering and Exposure with Live View
Evaluative metering directly off the imaging
sensor is used. The Metering mode cannot be
changed. The metering range is EV 0 to EV 20
(at 73°F/23°C, with EF 50mm f/1.4 lens). Any
shooting mode and drive mode can be used.
Also, AE lock, Exposure Compensation, AEB,
and depth-of-field preview are possible.
During magnified view, AE lock is automatically applied to the meter reading for the entire
image. If C.Fn IV-16 [Live View exposure simulation] is set to [1: Enable (simulates exposure)] and the shooting mode is P, Tv, Av, or M,
then the LCD monitor’s brightness will change
in response to the exposure setting so you can
see how the exposure will look before you take
the picture. When you press the shutter button
completely, the opened shutter will close; the
shutter will be cocked and released, and the
picture will be taken.
If flash is used, the mirror must come down
briefly. Pressing the shutter button completely
will cancel the mirror lockup and the metering
sensor will execute E-TTL II flash metering control (preflash fired and the correct flash output
is retained). Then the reflex mirror is locked up
again and the picture is taken. For continuous
shooting, the maximum shooting speed as
with normal shooting can be achieved. During
continuous shooting, the LCD monitor is off.
After the shooting ends, the captured image is
displayed on the LCD monitor. When the user
is ready to shoot again, the camera returns to
the Live View Function display automatically.
As with viewfinder shooting, pressing the
AE lock button during shooting with Live View
Function will lock the current exposure and an
asterisk will appear on the LCD monitor. During
magnified view, AE lock will be applied automatically to the exposure level of the full view
display. The Tv and Av settings will be displayed in orange. During the magnified view,
the AE lock button will not work. With C.Fn IV 16-1, the picture brightness is also locked.
Normally, the image with Live View
Function displayed by the LCD monitor is
always displayed at the correct brightness,
regardless of the exposure setting, for easy
viewing similar to compact digital cameras.
However, if C.Fn IV16 [Live View
Function exposure
simulation] is set to
1, the picture will be
displayed on the
No compensation
LCD monitor at virtually the same brightness as the final
exposure will be —
based on the current
aperture, shutter
1 1/3 stop compensation
speed, ISO and
exposure compensation settings. This enables
you to see the exposure condition before taking the picture. Exposure simulation will not
work with flash or long time exposures in Bulb
mode. If you press the depth-of-field preview
button, exposure simulation will be active at
all times regardless of the C.Fn IV-16 setting.
Info Display During Live View Function
Below the image, the shutter speed, aperture,
exposure level (Exposure Compensation
amount, AEB level), flash exposure level,
shots remaining and ISO speed are displayed.
In the magnified view, the magnified location,
magnification and AE lock status are displayed
on the right of the image. In addition, when
you press the INFO button, the Picture Style,
battery check, AE lock status and flash-ready
are also displayed on the lower left of the
image. If C.Fn IV -16-1 is set and you press the
INFO button again, a brightness or RGB histogram appears on the right of the image. (For
flash shots and bulb, the histogram display
will be grayed out.)
Press the INFO button again and only the
image seen with Live View Function (without
information) will be displayed. If [Grid display:
On] has been set, a four-line grid will be displayed on the image. This can be used to
check the vertical or horizontal orientation of
the image. The grid appears only in the full
view mode (not in the magnified view). Also,
with C.Fn IV-14 [Add aspect ratio information]
set anywhere from 1 to 6, you can shoot in the
same aspect ratio as 6 x 4.5, 6 x 6, 6 x 7 and 4
x 5, corresponding to medium- and large-format film sizes.
When this feature is set, vertical lines
matching the respective aspect ratio will
appear on the screen. You can then compose
the subject within this frame. Since the aspect
ratio information will be appended to the
image, when you open the image with Digital
Photo Professional 3.0 or higher, the image
will be displayed in the aspect ratio that was
set. Note that the image areas outside the
vertical lines are not actually deleted and that
when the image is played back with the camera,
the vertical lines matching the aspect ratio will
also appear.
Shooting Sequence
During shooting with Live View Function, the
picture is displayed and then the reflex mirror
locks up automatically to maintain display
with Live View Function (and returns later).
Comparison of Shooting Sequence
Viewfinder shooting
Normal shooting
Live View Function
Normal shooting
SET: Mirror lockup
SET: Mirror lockup
Shutter opens
Shutter opens
Metering (AE sensor)
AF (AF sensor)
Metering (AE sensor)
AF (AF sensor)
Flash metering (AE sensor)
Shutter closes
Shutter closes
Mirror lockup
Mirror lockup
Mirror returns
Shutter opens
Shutter opens
Flash metering (AE sensor)
Exposure (CMOS)
Exposure (CMOS)
Shutter opens
Shutter opens
Exposure (CMOS)
Exposure (CMOS)
Shutter closes
Shutter closes
Shutter closes
Shutter closes
Mirror returns
Mirror returns
Captured image displayed
Captured image displayed
Mirror lockup
Grid Display
C.Fn IV-14-1 (Aspect Ratio 6:6)
Aspect Ratio Display (6:6)
Information Display 4
Captured image displayed
Live-View display/
Captured image displayed
Continuous shooting)
The Live View Function display’s frame rate is
approx. 30 fps. The picture remains smooth
even if you change the camera’s direction or if
the subject moves. If the camera direction is
changed to a scene with a very different light
level, the picture brightness seen with Live
View Function will be thrown off for a moment.
If this happens, wait until the picture brightness stabilizes again before shooting.
If the light source changes, the image seen
with Live View Function may flicker. If this happens, stop shooting with the Live View
Function and press the SET button to start
shooting with the Live View Function again.
During continuous shooting, the exposure for
the first shot will also be applied to subsequent shots. If the sun or other bright light
source enters the picture, the bright area
might look dark. However, it will be correctly
recorded as a bright area. Note that FE lock
and modeling flash cannot be used.
Thermal Issues
Live View Function can normally be used
without a practical time limit, allowing photographers to shoot extensively without interruption. However, if Live View Function is used
and the camera is in a hot area (such as in
direct sunlight), it’s possible for image quality
to degrade slightly. Another factor that can
increase camera temperature during Live View
is use of a MicroDrive-type memory card.
To avoid this, an internal temperature sensor in the EOS-1Ds Mark III will alert the photographer by displaying an icon on the LCD
monitor shaped like a thermometer. In
extreme conditions, Live View Function will terminate automatically. It’s possible to return to
Live View Function after the camera’s internal
temperature drops to a normal level.
Custom Functions
The old Personal
Functions of the
previous EOS-1D
series have been
consolidated with
Custom Functions
(C.Fn), 57 in all,
with a helpful
numbering system. They are
organized in
groups I to IV.
Custom Functions
Custom Functions
External Speedlite Control
Speedlite 580EX II Flash C.Fn Settings
Distance indicator display
Auto power off
Modeling flash
FEB auto cancel
FEB sequence
Flash metering mode
Meters (m)
Feet (ft)
Enabled (DOF preview butt.)
Enabled (Test firing butt.)
Enabled (with both buttons)
External metering: Auto
External metering: Manual
are now pleasantly faster to select and set.
With the Speedlite 580EX II attached, you
can set or cancel the Speedlite’s Custom
Functions (C.Fn-0 to C.Fn-13) with the EOS-1Ds
Mark III. You can also use the camera to set
the 580EX II’s flash mode, flash exposure
compensation amount, FEB, flash sync and
other Speedlite functions. The EOS-1Ds Mark III
also allows Wireless E-TTL settings to be made
on the camera’s menu.
Lightweight “Smart”
Battery Pack and
The powerful LP-E4
rechargeable battery
pack — a 2300 mAh,
Battery Pack LP-E4
Lithium-ion battery is
small and lightweight. It can display the
following on the camera’s LCD menu: Power
source type, remaining capacity 6-level icon,
display in 1% increments, shots taken since
battery charged, whether battery calibration
is needed and even when the battery has
reached the end of its useful life.
This information can be
viewed with the
[Battery info.]
menu. The system also consists
Battery Info.
of Battery Charger
LC-E4 and AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4.
An IC chip in the battery tracks battery
information. Battery level is displayed upon
communication with the chip. The remaining
Quickflash w/continuous shot
Test firing with autoflash
AF-assist beam firing
Auto zoom for sensor size
Slave auto power off timer
Slave auto power off cancel
Flash recycle w/ exter. power
Flash exposure metering set.
Full output
60 minutes
10 minutes
Within 8 hours
Within 1 hour
Flash and external power
External power source
Speedlite button and dial
Speedlite dial only
battery level is indicated by a battery icon indicating one of six levels on the top LCD panel,
in the viewfinder (during metering), and on the
menu screen [Battery
Battery Check
info.]. If communication
Level (%)
with the battery chip fails,
100 – 70
a communication error
69 – 50
message will appear. By
49 – 20
selecting [OK], you can
19 – 10
continue shooting. (The
battery icon will be dis0
played as empty.)
After the battery undergoes 20 discharging
and charging cycles, a message recommending battery calibration will appear on the bottom of the screen the next time the battery is
installed. Calibration is performed with Battery
Charger LC-E4 to find out the battery’s capacity
so that the remaining battery level can be indicated accurately. Each time the battery is
recharged and used or discharged naturally, a
slight discrepancy between the battery’s
remaining capacity information and the actual
remaining capacity develops. With repeated
recharge/discharge cycles, this discrepancy
can become a large one. By performing
calibration to discharge the entire battery and
by then recharging the battery fully, accurate
battery capacity information can be obtained.
Two battery packs can be attached to the LC-E4
charger. It takes about 120 minutes to recharge
one battery pack. The charger is compatible with
the optional DC power adapters (12V/24V) so
you can connect it to a car battery with the
optional Car Battery Cable CB-570 to recharge
the battery pack.
The Featured Professionals
Designed to Succeed. Designed to Exceed.
A remarkable combination of imaging performance and high-speed shooting capability,
it offers performance that’s nothing short of stunning: the flagship of the Canon EOS
series, the EOS-1D Mark IV. Offering the most comprehensive combination of speed
and accuracy available today, the EOS-1D Mark IV is the true professional choice. With
its APS-H sized 16.1 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
and a spectacular ISO expandable up to 102400, the EOS-1D Mark IV is designed to
surpass expectations. With a completely redesigned 45-point AF system, including 39
cross-type points, plus 10.0 fps shooting, spectacular Live View shooting, Full HD
movie recording and a host of new features to enhance every facet of the shooting
process, it’s clear that there’s nothing like it.
Read Miller
John Huba
Explorer of Light
Explorer of Light
Explorer of Light
Taking Flight
The Moment of Victory
Bearing Witness
After being an elementary school
teacher for 23 years, Arthur
Morris picked up a camera and
would go on to become a
renowned photographer of birds,
with images published in
Audubon, National Geographic
and Nature Photographer. The
Canon EOS high definition LCD
monitor faithfully reproduces the
hues of his subjects, allowing
Morris to capture creatures as
famous for their intricate coloring
as their colorful displays.
A respected sports photographer
for over 20 years, Peter Read Miller
has covered eight Olympics, 14
NBA finals and 34 Super Bowls,
plus numerous other events ranging from the Kentucky Derby to
World Championship Freestyle
Wrestling. Capturing the perfect
catch or slam-dunk as it happens,
Miller depends on Canon EOS
digital SLR cameras and their
blisteringly fast autofocus technologies so that the victor’s glory
lives on forever.
James Nachtwey has devoted
himself to documenting wars,
conflicts and critical social
issues, from the deserts of Africa
to the jungles of Central America.
Requiring a camera that is
durable, strong and resistant to
the elements is absolutely
essential to Nachtwey’s work,
and Canon EOS digital SLRs
deliver. With Canon, Nachtwey
captures some of the most haunting
images in photojournalism.
The Coordinated Canon
John Huba came to New York City
in his early twenties seeking a
career in fashion photography. He
has since established himself as a
sought-after portrait and editorial
photographer, working in his studio and traveling all over the globe
to capture magical images. With a
keen appreciation of the simplicity
afforded by a coordinated workflow,
Huba keeps it all in the Canon family
to ensure a smooth transition from
capture to print.
Félix Alcalá
Sandy Puc’
Explorer of Light
Explorer of Light
Stills and Video United
Behind the Camera
Game-changing Technology
To the Stars
The Image Will Go On
Romance in Soft Light
New York-based photographer
Vincent Laforet’s work got him
recognized as one of the “100
Most Influential People in
Photography” by American Photo
Magazine, and his images have
appeared in outlets such as
Vanity Fair, The New York Times
Magazine, and Life. Integrating
stills and video into his portfolio,
Laforet uses Canon EOS SLRs for
everything from adventure scenes
to eye-popping aerial photography.
California native Félix Alcalá got
his start in television with the
series Homefront and later won
an ALMA award for his directorial
work on Third Watch. Bringing his
cinematographic skills to other
shows like House, Stargate Universe
and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,
Alcalá requires acuity, vivid color
and an easy video production
process — the kind of technology
found in Canon’s unique Full HD
EOS digital SLR cameras.
Known for his energy and passion,
Shane Hurlbut uses those qualities
to make his work stand out.
Cinematographer for a wide
range of productions, from the
blockbuster action film Terminator
Salvation with its gritty, grainy
look to the more thoughtful biopic
The Rat Pack, Hurlbut uses Canon
EOS digital SLR technology to up
his game and capture the imagery
that makes movies explode off
the screen.
An acknowledged pioneer in the
digital cinema revolution, Charles
Maring taps Canon digital SLR
cameras’ abilities to capture both
stills and HD video of some of the
most glittering weddings in
Hollywood, with his footage
being shown on Entertainment
Tonight and Extra and his stills in
several wedding books.
Capturing special moments in a
variety of ways is a Canon EOS
hallmark, getting every sparkle
and smile.
Having won the Academy Award
for Cinematography for his work
on Titanic, Russel Carpenter’s
cameras double as cinematic
tools. Requiring his cameras to
meet the challenges unique to
moving images, Carpenter’s
Canon EOS digital SLR cameras,
with their razor-sharp HD video
technology, not only capture
moving images with the precision
Canon is known for, but augment
them with all the effects afforded
by Canon’s vast array of lenses.
Her sets range from natural,
window-lit scenes to elaborate
fairytale tableaus, so Sandy Puc’
relies on the high ISO performance
of the Canon EOS System for
beautiful, timeless imagery.
Tapping the romance of soft light
and shadow, Puc’ depends on
Canon for grainless and sharp shots,
even if taken in dim light. Puc’ also
values the journalistic style of her
EOS digital SLRs, capturing a soft,
romantic vision with a technologically advanced tool.
Clear and
Detailed Viewing
Clear View II LCD
The EOS-1D Mark IV features the finest Canon LCD screen
to date: the high resolution, 3.0-inch Clear View II VGA
LCD has 920,000 pixels and provides a new level of clarity and sharpness with a 160˚ angle of view. It’s perfect not
only for confirming focus and composition, but for composing and shooting in Live View mode, or when shooting video. It features a tempered glass protective cover
with an optical elastic resin filling between the actual
LCD and glass cover that minimizes internal reflections
and improves visibility in bright viewing situations.
During image playback, pressing the illumination button
displays an LCD brightness screen, so brightness can be
adjusted quickly and easily. 64
detects the human face automatically and focuses with
contrast AF. If multiple faces are detected, the largest
face closest to the center is chosen automatically.
Alternative faces can be selected via the camera’s Multicontroller. In Quick mode AF, phase-difference detection
AF with the AF sensor is completed as in normal AF.
When focus is achieved, the image appears automatically.
In Live View mode, the EOS-1D Mark IV’s exposure simulation mode displays the image as it would record based
on chosen exposure, helpful in avoiding under or
overexposed images. Additionally, exposure control and
drive modes are the same as with viewfinder shooting,
making for no-compromise photography whether composing through the viewfinder or on the EOS-1D Mark IV’s
Clear View II monitor. 62
Live View
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With the EOS-1D Mark IV, Live View
operation is made easy with a dedicated
Live View function
settings screen. Image
review, AF, Drive, ISO,
Grid view and size,
plus other menus can
be accessed without
leaving Live View mode,
enabling the photograLive View shooting information display
pher to tailor-fit their
view, easily. The EOS-1D Mark IV’s Live View shooting is
enhanced with three improved AF modes: in Live mode,
AF is achieved with contrast detection according to AF
point selection. In Face detection Live mode, the camera
Improved Menu Screens
Canon has refined the EOS-1D Mark IV menu screens
for faster, easier control of settings. With 256 colors,
proportional fonts, gradations and animations, plus
25 languages, every screen is refined and intelligently
Ergonomic Design and Button Layout
Improving on the design of the flagship EOS is no small
feat, but the EOS-1D Mark IV offers refinements and
improvements in the design of covers, buttons and more,
for improved, more intuitive operation. The Multi-controller
has an improved shape and protrudes more. The AE lock
and AF buttons all protrude more and have improved stroke,
while all terminal covers are attached and well-sealed.
he Canon EOS-1D
Mark IV features
fast and sure initial
focusing acquisition
and consistently accurate
My images
of birds
were all
razorsharp, even their eyes.
With static subjects,
the ability to quickly
select any one of the
45 autofocus points is
a huge plus. And the
high resolution LCD
monitor makes it a
snap to evaluate
image composition
and sharpness.”
Arthur Morris
Explorer of Light
©2009 Arthur Morris. All Rights Reserved.
Speed and Accuracy
in Autofocus
45-Point Wide Area AF
New AF Sensor
Sensor vertical-line
sensitive at f/2.8
Sensor horizontal-line
sensitive at f/5.6
Sensor horizontal-line
sensitive at f/5.6
Sensor vertical-line
sensitive at f/2.8
The EOS-1D Mark IV has a redesigned, extensively fieldtested and refined, high-precision AF sensor designed
for split-second response and spot-on performance no
matter the subject. This phenomenal new system
includes 45 manually selectable points covering the
expanse of the camera’s field-of-view, including 39
cross-type AF points for precise and fast focusing in
both portrait and landscape modes (with f/2.8 and other
EF lenses) no matter the area.60
AF Point Selection
©2009 Peter Read Miller. All Rights Reserved.
With the EOS-1D Mark IV’s new
AF system, AF point selection
has been improved as well.
Photographers can select their
own point through either the
camera’s Multi-controller or
Main Dial/Quick Control Dial.
Automatic selection is as simple
as the press of a button.
AF point selection
Additionally, photographers can define their own default
focus points depending on the camera’s orientation
when composing in normal, plus grip-up and grip-down
vertical positions, instantly switching the AF point
according to the position of the camera. Photographers
can also program the camera to focus from five predetermined focus zones, and can even choose to have their
primary focus point supported by adjacent focus points
for more accuracy in motion photography. 60
AI Servo II AF
The EOS-1D Mark IV’s AI
Servo II AF mode has been
thoroughly redesigned to
improve stability, reliability
and focus tracking.
Directed by an entirely new
algorithm, the completely
redesigned AI Servo II AF
system answers the call of
photography professionals
for reliable and stable focus
and tracking of speedy and
irregular movements. While
invaluable for sports, the
new AI Servo II AF algorithm
AF for subject tracking (C.Fn III -8-3)
is precise and responsive
enough to shoot at high-magnification using macro lenses
where the distance between the camera and subject
changes rapidly and focus accuracy is critical. 60
am knocked out by
the Canon EOS-1D
Mark IV’s autofocus. It
combines almost instant
focus with incredibly
focus tracking. I have
shot with
this camera
in bright sun, in flat
lighting and in very
low light. In each situation, this camera has
out-performed any
digital SLR I have ever
used. Throw in 10 fps
and astonishing high
ISO performance and
you have the perfect
camera for shooting
sports, day or night.”
Peter Read
Explorer of Light
Second to
©2009 James Nachtwey. All Rights Reserved.
Amazing Magnesium-alloy Body
Built to endure the worst possible environments, the
EOS-1D Mark IV has a lightweight and incredibly strong
magnesium-alloy construction. Built to go wherever the
photographer dares, it’s ready for anything. It features
durable, baked-on paint with a grippy surface that keeps
the camera in hand, ready to shoot. 64
Shutter Durability
The EOS-1D Mark IV’s shutter unit
has a durability of 300,000 shutter
cycles. And the rest of the camera
is built to last — the mechanical
Shutter Unit
parts, electronics, optics and
operation controls are constructed to the highest standards to perform brilliantly, whether it’s the camera’s
30th or 300,000th shot. 64
Numerous Weather Seals to Ensure Dust and
Water Resistance.
All the EOS-1D Mark IV’s controls, buttons and external
covers are dust- and water-resistant, ensuring uninterCountermeasures for dust- and water-resistance
rupted operation whether shooting in the rain, in a
windstorm or anything in between. When the EOS-1D
Mark IV is used with a dust- and water-resistant EF lens or
external Speedlite, the entire camera system is nearly
impervious to the elements. 64
Integrated Cleaning System
Dust is managed with the advanced
Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning
System. To combat stray dust that can enter the camera
Countermeasures for dust- and water-resistance
Low-pass mask
Sealing material
CMOS sensor
Low-pass filter
Piezoelectric element
Support material
when changing a lens, the Canon Self Cleaning Sensor’s
low pass filter cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic
vibrations every time the camera is turned on or off.
Removed dust adheres to material beneath the filter to
ensure it stays off. Dust missed by the cleaning unit is
captured by the Canon Dust Delete Data Detection software and can be removed from the image file. By ensuring
the sensor is free of dust and debris, the camera
guarantees a cleaner image. 64
he durability of
the new Canon
EOS-1D Mark IV is as
tough and rugged as
its predecessor, the
Mark III.
The Mark IV
the harsh
encountered by
photojournalists —
dust and rain and the
cold. Bang it around
and it keeps on shooting. When you’re way
out on the edge, with
no second chance,
you want to be using
a camera you can
rely on.”
Explorer of Light
©2009 James Nachtwey. All Rights Reserved.
Canon CMOS Sensors
Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
In addition to speeding up and enabling a
dizzying array of camera functions, the
EOS-1D Mark IV’s Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors ensure
that color rendition, noise reduction and reproduction of
fine detail are improved such that editorial and advertising
photography are now standard fare for a digital SLR. 59
APS-H Size CMOS Sensor (Actual Size)
The EOS-1D Mark IV’s CMOS sensor was
designed by Canon to deliver only the
highest quality images. Smooth complexions, stunning colors and sharp detail are achieved
thanks to the sensor know-how of Canon. 59
Noise Reduction Technology
With its noise reduction
technology, the EOS EOS-1D
Mark IV is designed to minimize digital noise that can
ruin what is otherwise a
beautiful photo. Smooth
images, rivaling the best
High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
medium-format films, are
achieved simply and quickly thanks to brilliant Canon
hardware and software solutions. 59
Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
14-bit A/D
The EOS-1D Mark IV employs a 14-bit converter to process
the output of the CMOS sensor. Compared to the 12-bit
converters used in most digital cameras, the Canon
design ensures smoother tonal transitions, more natural
gradations and superior color fidelity. RAW images are
recorded at 14 bits (or 16,384 colors) so that processed
16-bit TIFF images contain the full range of tonal values
captured by the sensor. 60
he first thing that
strikes me about
the EOS-1D Mark IV
is speed. Fast shooting,
fast focusing, fast ISO,
fast period.
I only shoot
RAW, and
with this
camera, I
can shoot a burst of 25
images without waiting
for it to buffer. That’s
25 RAW images in
about 2.5 seconds. The
focusing is incredible,
I use it in conjunction
with the 300mm f/2.8.
This combination
allows you to capture
any subject, in focus,
quickly, whether it’s a
linebacker breaking a
tackle or an eagle taking flight. This camera
John Huba
©2009 John Huba. All Rights Reserved.
in the 21st
Final apperance of Wireless
File Transmitter WFT-E2 II A*
may be different
No-compromise Video and
Stills in One Camera
In addition to its standout
still-image capture, the
EOS-1D Mark IV offers
enhanced image quality,
smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure
compensation. Shooting video with the EOS-1D Mark IV
is effortlessly simple, and the camera increases flexibility
for the photographer. The fully-operational multi-lens
system of the EOS-1D Mark IV is totally portable, and its
rugged design means shooting in remote or adverse
situations is simple. And since switching from stills to
video is as easy as the press of a button, the EOS-1D
Mark IV ensures no-compromise, adaptable recording
suitable for whatever comes in front of the lens. Still
images can be captured, in full resolution, while shooting
movies and can be saved as distinct files. It’s as simple
as pressing the shutter button while recording a movie,
and the resultant image can be modified as could any
other recorded still. 61
The Advantage of
Interchangeable Lenses
By shooting video with a large sensor camera, it’s simple to
take advantage of characteristics intrinsic to SLR photography. Since the EOS-1D Mark IV is part of a comprehensive
SLR system, an entire range of compatible lenses adds
enormous freedom and
creativity in shooting.
With control of depth-offield, focal length and
more, EF lenses lend the
With a Redrock Micro DSLR Cinema rig
ability to bring the same
“eye” to both still and
moving pictures, helping
to ensure that a consistent and established
style is maintained,
Inside of the lens bag
whatever the media.
Use of Canon EF15mm Fisheye on the hood of a car
he EOS-1D
Mark IV provides
me with a one-two
punch. It allows me to
capture my stills with
one of the
best digital
today. The camera has
an incredible array of
autofocus features that
allows me to photograph
sporting events, news,
aerial and fine art photography. Its 1080p
video function allows
me to push the boundaries. The CMOS sensor
and Dual DIGIC 4
Image Processors
capture an incredibly
high-quality video that
mimics the look of 35mm
motion picture film.”
Explorer of Light
©2009 Vincent Laforet. All Rights Reserved.
*This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not, be offered for sale or
lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
Shooting Commercials
on an SLR
Frame Rates
In response to the varied applications
of the commercial video market, the
EOS-1D Mark IV shoots not only at a number of different
resolutions, including Full HD, it also shoots at a variety
of frame rates to suit most any application. In Full HD, at
a resolution of 1920 x 1080, the EOS-1D Mark IV can
shoot at 30 frames per second (actually 29.97 fps), the
Three recording modes
Full HD
©2009 Félix Alcalá. All Rights Reserved.
1920 x 1080 pixels
16:9 aspect ratio
1280 x 720 pixels
16:9 aspect ratio
640 x 480 pixels
4:3 aspect ratio
traditional speed for video produced for viewing online or
to be viewed or broadcast on television. 29.97 fps is the
same exact frame speed as television in North America.
At 24 (23.976) fps, the EOS-1D Mark IV shoots at the
same frame rate as a typical film camera, and creates
what some consider a more “film-like” look, rendering
video perfectly suited to be interspersed with digitized
film in the editing room. Finally, the EOS-1D Mark IV
shoots at 25 fps, the standard for PAL, perfect for video
produced in international markets. When shooting in HD
(1280 x 720) or VGA (640 x 480), the EOS-1D Mark IV can
shoot at up to 60 (59.94) fps, perfect for action, sports
or reality broadcasting, not only allowing for smooth
rendition of movement but also for grabbing still images
after the shoot. 61
APS-H Sensor
With the EOS-1D Mark IV, and its sensor
resolution of 16.1 Megapixels, there’s no question that
movies and stills can be captured in extensive detail. But
the EOS-1D Mark IV’s APS-H sized sensor offers distinct
advantages. The EOS-1D Mark IV’s sensor, at 27.9 mm x
18.6 mm (similar in size to super 35mm motion picture
film), captures a large number of pixels for greater detail,
lower signal-to-noise ratio and better light sensitivity. The
difference between imagery captured on a small sensor
camera and video captured on a large, Canon CMOS
sensor is evident at first sight. 59
Image Quality
With the combination of its large sensor, its sophisticated
shooting capabilities and its compatibility with optics
unavailable for dedicated video cameras, the EOS-1D Mark IV
is a compelling hybrid system, offering uncompromised
performance for both still and moving image-makers.
Still photo shooting during video recording (conceptual diagram)
(1) – (4) indicates the recording sequence
he future of cinema has arrived
with the EOS-1D
Mark IV. With its
large sensor and 24p
this camera is as
good as
any pro
video capture camera
on the market. It’s a
small size, has no
cables and is able to
take an adapter for
pro lenses. I love it
and will use it on any
job I have for TV or
Félix Alcalá
CF card
(2) (3)
Video file
Still photo file
Pressed Recording completed
completely live video reappears
Still display
Approx. 1 sec.
©2010 Félix Alcalá. All Rights Reserved.
High Definition,
Courtesy of Bandito Brothers film on the US Navy SEALs © 2009
Low Light Performance
Thanks to the EOS-1D Mark IV’s advanced
movie shooting modes, it’s now possible to
shoot quality video footage
in dimly-lit situations where
one would never have imagined being able to shoot.
With the combination of the
EOS-1D Mark IV’s large
Live View/Movie function setting
CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4
Image Processors and wide aperture Canon EF lenses
with advanced Optical Image Stabilizer technology, low
light shooting is truly a reality.
High ISO Performance for Low Light
Video Capture
Thanks to Canon’s advancements in both the
design and the manufacturing of the EOS-1D Mark IV’s
Courtesy of Bandito Brothers film on the US Navy SEALs © 2009
CMOS sensor, increased sensitivities are a real possibility.
The EOS-1D Mark IV can shoot video at ISO 25600 with
ISO expansion enabled. 61
When shooting Full HD video
at a resolution of 1920 x
1080, the EOS-1D Mark IV
can shoot at frame rates of
30p, 25p and 24p. With 24p
Movie Recording Size/Frame Rate
recording, film-like movement is recorded, not only providing a look and feel
that’s familiar to filmmakers, but delivering a quality
motion recording that can easily be mixed in with film
footage in the editing room. 61
Stellar Image Quality
The standout Canon EOS SLRs have inspired photographers and their audiences for decades. As
filmmakers buy Canon EOS cameras with
video in mind, they can do so with the
knowledge that they’re buying some of the
best image-making tools in the world. And
while the EOS-1D Mark IV’s video features
open up a world of new possibilities to still
photographers, filmmakers too will be
thrilled to discover the expansive choices
available to them with 16.1 Megapixel still
capture in their video cameras.
reviously, the ISO
that I used on the
EOS 5D Mark II for
night photography was
at 1600 ISO; now I am
getting the
same quality with the
Mark IV at
6400 ISO. With three
times less light to capture imagery, I can
take advantage of
existing light on location and create lighting
set-ups that were not
possible before. The
weight of the EOS-1D
Mark IV makes it more
agile and allowed for
more stable capture
when I documented
undercover operations
of the Navy SEALs.”
ISO 12800
High Quality, High
Definition Stills
and Movies
High Image Quality Stills
The EOS-1D Mark IV employs a newlydeveloped 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor which records
images of amazing clarity and size, perfect for most any
application. At 27.9 mm x 18.6 mm, the sensor records at
1.3x the lens crop of 35mm (full-frame). 59
Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
The EOS-1D Mark IV’s Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging
Processors ensure that images are captured,
processed and saved with remarkable speed — up to
10 frames per second! The Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
work in concert with Canon CMOS sensor chips to dramatically enhance image quality and deliver a more intuitive,
responsive camera. 59
Noise Reduction Technology
With new, on-chip noise reduction technology, the
EOS-1D Mark IV is fully equipped to counter the digital
noise that can occur when shooting at high ISOs, or in
the bright and dark areas of the image. Sophisticated
hardware and software designs work to ensure continuous, film-like smoothness in all images is captured. 59
14-bit A/D
The EOS-1D Mark IV employs a 14-bit converter to process
the output of the CMOS sensor. 14-bit means smooth
tones, natural gradations and phenomenal colors. RAW
images are recorded at 14 bits so that processed 16-bit
TIFF images contain a maximum range of tones. 60
High Quality Video
The EOS EOS-1D Mark IV’s video mode eliminates the need to bring a video camera when
shooting both moving and
still images. Plus, it allows
for full use of the vast range
of Canon EF lenses. Video
shot on a large sensor
camera is enhanced by
image characteristics intrinsic to SLR photography, like
the EOS-1D Mark IV’s expansive range of ISO sensitivities, full manual control over exposure and depth-of-field,
plus lens choice and more. Full HD Video is captured at
1920 x 1080 resolution at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second.
Other recording sizes include HD at 1280 x 780 (50/60
fps) or SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (50/60 fps). Sound is
recorded either through the EOS-1D Mark IV’s built-in
microphone or through an external microphone connected
to the Microphone Terminal, and movies can be viewed
on the spot through the EOS-1D Mark IV’s HDMI port,
USB port or analog AV output. 61
he EOS-1D
Mark IV is a revolutionary camera that
allows new levels of
creativity that reach far
beyond our
expectations. The
of stills and motion picture is a major shift in
the evolution of wedding
photography, and its
incredible low light
sensitivity allows us to
capture beautiful
moments for print and
in motion with clarity
and quality that is second to none. Photography
is more personal than
ever, which makes the
EOS-1D Mark IV the
ultimate camera for
wedding photographers.”
©2009 Charles Maring. All Rights Reserved.
Making a
Movie with
an EOS
Full HD Movie Capture
The EOS-1D Mark IV captures video with
all the benefits of shooting with an EOS
SLR. It allows for full use of
Canon EF lenses, including
wide angle, macro, tilt-shift
lenses and more. By shooting video with a large sensor camera, it’s simple to
take advantage of the image
quality and characteristics intrinsic to SLR photography.
The photographer has access to the EOS-1D Mark IV’s
extended ISO sensitivities, and can control exposure and
depth-of-field with ease. 61
Resolution and Frame Rates
Full HD video captured at 1920 x 1080
resolution can be shot at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second,
for up to 4GB per clip. Movies are saved as MOV files and
can be viewed in Full HD with the EOS-1D Mark IV’s HDMI
output. Other recording sizes include HD at 1280 x 780
(50/60 fps) or SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (50/60 fps).
Movie shooting area of Full HD
quality (1920x1080)/HD quality
©2009 Russel Carpenter. All Rights Reserved.
Movie shooting area of SD quality
SLR Effects in Motion
In the EOS-1D Mark IV’s manual Video mode,
users can control depth-of-field and sense of
motion, creating gorgeous background blur.
Exposure can be determined and set even in complex
lighting situations, maintaining the same look and feel
through an entire scene, not just the initial shot, and
minimizing camera noise that can occur when the aperture changes due to exposure adjustment mid-clip. The
EOS-1D Mark IV has a built-in microphone for simple
mono recording and stereo sound can be recorded
through an external
1. PC terminal
2. Remote control
Playback and simple
3. External microediting can even be
phone IN terminal
done in-camera, and
4. HDMI mini OUT
movies can be played
5. Audio/video OUT/
Digital terminal
on televisions by
using an analog AV
or HDMI cable. 61
he images shot in
the EOS-1D
Mark IV’s movie mode
really have to be seen to
be believed. The pictures
produced in
low light
due to the
sensitive CMOS sensor
offer the cinematographer completely new
ways of visualizing
nighttime exterior scenes
while shooting at high
ISO settings. I especially
appreciate that Canon
has responded to filmmakers’ requests for
24/25 frame rate as
well as fully manual
aperture adjustments. I
personally see the Canon
EOS-1D Mark IV as an
invaluable tool in the
professional filmmakers’
Ready to Go
No Matter
the Light
Wide ISO Range
The EOS-1D Mark IV has the
largest ISO range in the history
of EOS cameras, with an
improved normal range of ISO
100 – 12800 and an expanded
range of 50 to 102400! The combination
of Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors and the Canon CMOS
sensor ensures that even at a setting of 102400, noise is
kept to a minimum. 59
Pixel size [µm square]
ISO speed range
100 - 12800
H1 H2 H3
Noise Reduction Technology
©2009 Sandy Puc'. All Rights Reserved.
The EOS-1D Mark IV’s CMOS sensor incorporates a unique
on-chip noise reduction technology to deal with both fixed
pattern and random noise. It features a new photodiode
that results in
an improved
conversion rate.
Pixel size
This speedier
Pixel size on the EOS-1D Mark IV is just 5.7µm, with
improved microlens gap technology, resulting in
greater light gathering efficiency.
means faster
and increased sensitivity at the pixel level. This speed and
sensitivity, in combination with new gapless microlenses
plus less space between microlenses and photodiodes,
means a better signal-to-noise ratio, which translates to
better real world performance and image files. 59
he EOS-1D
Mark IV is one of
the most dynamic capture devices yet.
Working with children
requires a
lot of
and speed.
The Canon
EOS-1D Mark IV is
perfect. It gives me the
ability to shoot a more
journalistic style and
capture the true
essence of my subjects.
The high ISO allows
me time to think about
the final image, rather
than worry about
where I am going to
find the light. I have
the freedom to work
fast and it provides the
superior image quality
my clients demand.”
16.1 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
The EOS-1D Mark IV’s amazing CMOS sensor captures
a tremendous level of resolution with striking detail
down to each individual pixel. With size to spare, it’s
easy to crop images or to make massive enlargements
without concern of losing detail. A marvel of technical
innovation, the EOS-1D Mark IV’s CMOS sensor incorporates a number of significant refinements that
enhance the performance and speed in the capture of
each image. Thanks to advanced, in-house design and
manufacturing, the EOS-1D Mark IV’s sensor has more
pixels than its predecessor with less digital noise,
higher ISO sensitivity and greater dynamic range. 59
Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
The EOS-1D Mark IV’s Dual DIGIC 4 Image
Processors work in concert with the Canon
CMOS sensor chips to improve image quality and make
every camera action faster and more intuitive. Features
like Face Detection Live mode AF, Full HD Video, the
amazing Canon Auto Lighting Optimizer, Lens Peripheral
Illumination Correction and more are all possible thanks to
the speed and processing power of the EOS-1D Mark IV’s
Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors. 59
Sandy Puc’
Explorer of Light
A New Standard for Ultra-High-Quality
Rapid-Fire Digital Image Capture
Exceptional Performance
Newly-developed 16.1
Megapixel CMOS Sensor
When it comes to imaging sensor technology, Canon raises the standard for
the industry with innovative in-house development and manufacturing advancements
respected across the industry. The EOS-1D
Mark IV features a new Canon CMOS sensor
Canon APS-H (27.9 x 18.6mm) CMOS sensor.
Actual size shown.
with a capture resolution of 16.1 Megapixels
(4912 x 3270), providing outstanding imaging
detail. The recording area of the sensor is 27.9
x 18.6 mm (APS-H), yielding a lens conversion
(crop) factor of approximately 1.3 in relation to
traditional full-frame 35mm film.
The latest Canon refinements in micro
semiconductor manufacturing have further
reduced sensor circuitry size. This leaves more
physical space for the photodiodes, enabling
their collective area to be significantly
increased. The larger sensor photodiode area
results in wide dynamic range, elevating imaging performance to a level never before
achieved with such high pixel site density. The
new photodiode design also improves photoelectric conversion rate, providing a markedly
improved S/N ratio. The resulting boost in
sensitivity makes higher usable ISO speeds
possible. A new fabrication process eliminates
gaps between the microlenses, yielding even
higher light gathering efficiency. The new
CMOS sensor thus delivers a remarkable
combination of high resolution, low noise and
unprecedented high ISO shooting capability.
Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
Developed by Canon, DIGIC Image
Processors are found exclusively in
Canon digital cameras. The EOS-1D Mark IV
incorporates not one, but two DIGIC 4 Image
Processors operating
in tandem to further
boost performance,
ensuring natural
color reproduction
and handling the data from the new highresolution sensor at high speeds for instantaneous camera response. This remarkable
parallel processing power makes possible
not only high-speed shooting, but also such
advanced features as Full HD video recording
with comprehensive frame rate options, Live
View with Face Detection AF, HDMI output,
UDMA Mode 6 (CF card) support and
advanced Auto Lighting Optimizer.
Unprecedented ISO Range
Combining the inherent low-noise
performance of the new imaging
sensor and the sophisticated noise reduction
capabilities of the Dual DIGIC 4 Image
Processors, Canon engineers have endowed the
EOS-1D Mark IV with the widest ISO range yet in
an EOS digital SLR: 100–12800 in standard
Pixel size [µm square]
ISO speed range
100 - 12800
H1 H2 H3
mode, settable in 1/3-stop increments. In
extended range modes, the photographer can
select a low ISO speed of 50 and one of three
high settings: 25600 (H1), 51200 (H2), 102400
(H3). This greatly expanded capability provides
a previously unavailable range of real-world
shooting options, especially in available-light or
dim situations. Also significant is the camera’s
improved low ISO range performance. The new
Canon CMOS sensor features advancements
that make it possible to operate with reduced
electrical charge saturation. This improves
imaging performance at the low end of the ISO
scale, which can be highly useful when shooting high contrast scenes with fast (e.g., f/1.4)
lenses. Blown highlights can be avoided, and
photographers can use wider apertures to control depth-of-field in ways not possible at higher
ISO settings.
The EOS-1D Mark IV now also provides an
ISO Auto option. When this feature is selected,
the camera automatically selects ISO within the
standard range of 100–12800 to provide the
best exposure for the shutter speed and aperture combination selected by the photographer.
Sophisticated Noise Reduction
The advanced algorithms developed for the
powerful Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors significantly improve noise control capability. They
more effectively remove not only color noise but
also luminance noise. This results in dramatic
subjective image quality enhancement because,
while color noise is more readily noticed, luminance noise affects factors such as perceived
image “naturalness.” At extremely high ISO settings, the EOS-1D Mark IV clearly reproduces
fine detail and subtle gradations. Moreover, all
noise reduction settings other than the highest
(Strong) can now be used without affecting the
camera’s continuous shooting speed.
during continuous shooting are 121 shots for
JPEG Large (at a compression setting of 8) and
28 shots for RAW. When shooting RAW+JPEG (at
compression 8), the maximum burst is 20 shots.
14-bit A/D Conversion
The EOS-1D Mark IV is equipped with a 14-bit
A/D converter which means that tonal gradations for RAW images are now represented by
16,384 separate levels per channel rather than
4,096 of 12-bit. When saved as a 16-bit TIFF
image, the image retains the full range of tones
captured at 14 bits. Moreover, 8-bit-per-channel
JPEG images are generated from the 14-bit data.
Artifacts related to limited dynamic range, such
as tonal skipping and highlight clipping, are
thereby substantially reduced.
10.0 fps High-speed
Continuous Shooting
The new CMOS sensor in the
EOS-1D Mark IV features an improved, faster
single-line reading sequence and an 8-channel
signal path that achieve remarkable data
transfer speeds. The camera drive system has
also been enhanced with a two-motor design
and an active mirror bounce suppression
mechanism. These and other advances in the
shutter assembly, autofocus system and Dual
DIGIC 4 Image Processors make possible highspeed continuous shooting at 10.0 fps at full
16.1 Megapixel resolution. Maximum bursts
EOS-1D Mark IV features an improved AI Servo AF focus
tracking and 10.0 fps high-speed continuous shooting,
for sharp, detailed photographs in every shot.
The 45-point Area AF sensor features 39 cross-type highprecision AF points with manual AF point selection. Any of
the 45-points are selectable.
New High-Precision AF
Improved 45-point AF Sensor
The EOS-1D Mark IV incorporates an amazingly
precise, newly-developed 45-point Area AF sensor. Compared to the 19 points in the previous
Mark III, 39 of the focusing points are crosstype (provided manual AF point selection is
used), and any of the 45 points can be selected
manually if desired.
When the maximum lens aperture is f/2.8
or faster, the new AF system executes highly
accurate cross-type focusing with f/2.8-equivalent
light flux vertical line detection and f/5.6-equivalent light flux horizontal-line detection. The
center AF point is a cross-type sensor providing
f/4-equivalent light flux vertical-line detection
and f/8 horizontal-line detection. When the
maximum lens aperture is f/4 or faster, the center
AF point provides high-precision cross-type
focusing. When the maximum lens aperture is
f/8 or faster (including the use of an extender),
the center AF point uses horizontal-line detection. Many popular Canon EF Series lenses,
including several with f/4 maximum aperture,
can take advantage of 39 cross-type focusing
point precision with this new system.
More Accurate Focus in More Situations
Both One-Shot AF and AI Servo AF modes are
provided to cover a wide variety
of shooting situations. The AI
Servo AF mode has been reengineered to ensure improved
speed and stability with more
reliable focus-tracking performance. The new algorithms
make it possible to more
accurately track subjects that
move irregularly. In addition,
AI Servo AF greatly enhances
macro photography with algorithms that automatically
sense the use of a macro-focusing lens at close distances,
appropriately adjusting AF
operating parameters to better accommodate
unpredictable camera/subject movement.
Powerful, Customizable AF Operation
The photographer can select any one of the 45
AF points manually or allow the camera to make
the selection automatically. To select an AF
point manually, the user can press the AF point
selection button, then use either the Multicontroller or a combination of the Main and
Quick Control Dials to highlight the desired
point in the viewfinder. As with previous EOS-1
series cameras, the photographer can use a
Custom Function to automatically expand a
manually selected AF point. The expansion of
points can be limited by the user to 19, 11,
inner 9, or outer 9. A Custom Function can also
AF Point Expansion Selections
Inner 9-point
Outer 9-point
AF Point Expansion
With single AF
point selected
With two AF
points selected
With right AF
point selected
C.Fn III-8-1
C.Fn III-8-2
C.Fn III-8-3
AI Servo AF
AF point manually selected
Points for AF expansion
AF Point Registration
Automatic AF point switching to
registered AF point when camera’s
orientation is changed.
be used to pre-register an AF point for selection
on demand. Another Custom Function enables
the user to enable or disable the burst of short
flashes when a flash unit without an IR AFassist beam is used.
Brilliant 100% High-magnification
The viewfinder on the EOS-1D Mark IV delivers
exactly what professional photographers want:
a large, bright image that provides clear, accurate
framing, focus and shooting parameter information. Most digital SLR viewfinders display
less than 100 percent of the actual capture
area, which makes it difficult, if not impossible,
to accurately frame an image. The EOS-1D
Mark IV viewfinder not only provides approximately 100% coverage, but also does so with
a high magnification of 0.76. The 28.3-degree
angle of view is also uncommonly wide. The
viewfinder has a high eyepoint of 20mm and
provides built-in dioptric adjustment in the
range of -3 to +1. Photographers can also
choose from a range of optional interchangeable focusing screens to suit specific needs.
EOS Full HD Video:
An Exciting New Tool for
Motion Picture Capture
The EOS-1D Mark IV captures Full HD (1920 x
1080) at 30 (29.970) fps for NTSC, 25 fps for PAL,
and 24 (23.976) fps for cinematography, Standard
HD (1280 x 720) at 60 (59.940) fps for NTSC and
50 fps for PAL, and SD (VGA – 640 x 480) at 60
(59.940) fps for NTSC and 50 fps for PAL.
Unique Video
With the introduction of Canon EOS
digital SLRs capable of Full HD video
capture, professional photographers, videographers and cinematographers have at hand an
important new imaging tool. They have discovered not only the convenience, but also the
very special qualities of Canon EOS HD Video.
By shooting video with a large sensor camera,
it’s simple to take advantage of the image
quality and characteristics intrinsic to SLR photography. The EOS-1D Mark IV increases flexibility
for the photographer in that it also allows for
full use of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses, including
wide angle, macro, tilt-shift and fish-eye,
providing a wealth of depth-of-field and other
creative shooting options once reserved only
for still photography. The resulting HD video is
unique in its incomparable depth-of-field
characteristics, remarkable capture capability
under poor lighting conditions and deep clean
blacks with undetectable noise.
Comprehensive Choice of Frame Rates
and Formats
The EOS-1D Mark IV is the first EOS-1 series
digital SLR to provide video capture capability,
and, not surprisingly, it sets new standards for
image quality and professional versatility. It
supports a wide range of frame rates and video
formats, enabling photographers to tailor their
raw footage to specific needs and markets.
Video is captured with progressive scanning and recorded in the MOV format (MPEG-4
AVC/H.264 video, uncompressed linear PCM
audio) using a variable bit rate. This ensures
high-quality image and sound while keeping
file size to a minimum.
use Evaluative metering linked to the AF point
corresponding to the face to calculate exposure.
In P, Tv, Av and Bulb shooting modes,
ISO speed is automatically set between
100 – 12,800 and shutter speed is automatically set between 1/30 – 1/4,000 second at 30/25/24 fps and between 1/60 –
1/4,000 second at 60/50 fps. With these
shooting modes, aperture is also automatically selected. (If ISO speed expansion
has been selected, the range can be
extended to 102400.) As with still shooting, AE lock is available for video.
Exposure compensation is available in the
range of ±3 stops.
Full manual exposure control can also be
used when shooting video. ISO speed can be
set automatically or manually between 100
and 12800. Shutter speed can be manually
set up to a maximum of 1/4,000 second.
Available aperture settings are specific to
the lens used.
Sound Recording Options
A built-in microphone below the camera
nameplate records monaural sound. Stereo
recording is possible with an external stereo
microphone connected to the camera’s mic
input connector (a standard 3.5mm stereo
jack). Audio levels are automatically adjusted
whether recording with the built-in or an
external microphone.
Advanced Exposure Control
When shooting HD video, including Full
HD, the EOS-1D Mark IV employs CenterWeighted average metering (using the
imaging sensor) to ensure stable motion
picture exposure. If the AF mode is set to
Face Detection Live View, the camera will
HDMI Connectivity
An HDMI output port is provided for fullresolution digital transfer of still and video
Live View and playback of images to studio
monitors, projectors and other post-production equipment.
Easy File Transfer
The new plug-in will allow for simple and easy
transfer of video content from Canon’s EOS
DSLR cameras directly into Final Cut Pro. The
EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 will take advantage of
Final Cut Pro’s powerful Log and Transfer
feature, which allows users to select video for
import from the memory card, add custom
metadata and ingest the clips in the background so the editing can begin immediately.
The plug-in will be compatible with Final Cut
Pro 6.06 or higher and currently supports
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D
Mark IV cameras.
Professional Pedigree
Better Flash Photography
The advanced automatic exposure system of
the EOS-1D Mark IV includes an upgraded flash
metering algorithm that reduces overexposure
with wide-angle shots in which the main subject
occupies a small area. E-TTL II autoflash control
is possible with all Canon EX-series Speedlite
flash units. Moreover, with the Speedlite 580EX
II, 430EX II and 270EX, all flash settings can be
controlled via the camera menu and Custom
Functions. (Limited camera control is available
for other Speedlite models.)
63-Zone Metering System
The EOS-1D Mark IV incorporates a 63-zone
metering sensor linked to the 45 AF points. The
metering range is EV 0 to EV 20 (at 73°F/23°C,
50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100). Photographers can
choose from the following metering modes:
Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Multi-spot and CenterWeighted average. AF point-linked spot metering
is also possible via a Custom Function. Partial
metering reads approximately 13.5% of the
viewfinder area, while Spot metering reads approximately 3.8%. The Multi-spot mode automatically
averages measurements taken from up to eight
spot readings. The E-TTL II autoflash system uses
the same 63-zone metering sensor and makes use
of distance information from the lens to ensure
accurate flash exposures even with highly reflective
backgrounds. For both regular and flash shooting,
the EOS-1D Mark IV provides a new AE microadjustment feature that enables the photographer to
fine-adjust “standard” exposure. Adjustments up to
±1 stop can be made in 1/8-stop increments.
employs advanced exposure and processing
algorithms, taking advantage of the sensor’s
wide native dynamic range to address a perennial problem for digital photographers — loss of
image detail in highlight areas, especially in
bright sunlight or contrasty studio lighting. This
feature extends the usable capture range of
highlights by about one stop and improves gradation within highlight areas. By expanding the
range from the correct exposure level to the
maximum allowable highlight level, the gradation from the grays to the highlights becomes
smoother and loss in highlight detail is minimized.
Depending on shooting conditions, noise in
shadowed areas may increase slightly.
display. After autofocus has executed, the mirror
flips up, and the Live View image is restored.
The Live mode uses the image sensor to perform contrast-detection AF. The Multi-controller
can be used to select the AF point. The Live
Face Detection Mode uses contrast AF to detect
the human face. If multiple faces are detected,
the largest face closest to the center is automatically selected as the autofocus point. The photographer can use the Multi-controller to select
a different face for AF as desired.
A Grid display can be superimposed during
Live View to aid in composition. There are two grid
choices: two horizontal and two vertical or five
vertical and three horizontal lines.
Enhanced Live View
Picture Style Presets
Whether shooting stills or video, photographers
can make use of advanced Live View functionality
to compose images using the large, high-resolution LCD monitor on the EOS-1D Mark IV. The
various Live View settings can now be accessed
via a centralized function screen for easier use.
Via the function screen, the user can enable
or disable
Live View
and choose
whether to
use it for
stills only or
for both stills
and movies. Switching the shooting information display
In Live View mode, the camera uses Evaluative
metering via the image sensor. Camera menus
can be accessed and image playback performed
while in Live View mode — the display will revert
to Live View when the user is finished with menu
and image playback functions. Shooting options
— such as drive mode, ISO speed, Picture Style,
white balance and AF mode — can be selected
while in Live View mode.
For still shooting, the EOS-1D Mark IV Live
View mode provides a choice of three AF
modes. In Quick Mode, the AF sensor is used
for phase-difference detection. The camera
defaults to One-Shot AF mode, and the user can
opt for auto or manual AF point selection. When
the shutter release button is partially depressed
or the AF Start button is pressed, the mirror
goes down, momentarily interrupting the live
The myriad features and settings
available to the digital SLR user can be daunting
— even for seasoned professionals. Canon
Picture Style presets offer an ingenious solution,
providing a library of useful preprogrammed
camera settings that can be instantly recalled as
needed based simply on the type of shooting.
The EOS-1D Mark IV provides six factory preset
styles and enables the photographer to program
3 additional custom presets. To create a custom Picture Style, the user can start with one
of the base style presets above and modify
it before saving as a user-defined preset.
Auto Lighting Optimizer
The Auto Lighting Optimizer automatically
adjusts brightness and contrast during image
processing. With RAW images, Canon Digital
Photo Professional (DPP) software can be used
to make use of the Auto Lighting Optimizer.
Auto Lighting Optimizer is available in most
shooting modes, including Manual mode.
Standard, weak, or strong processing as well as
an option to disable.
Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction
The EOS-1D Mark IV incorporates a sophisticated
feature that automatically corrects for light falloff at the four corners of an image. Since
peripheral illumination characteristics vary for
each lens, this corrective system relies on a
registered database. With JPEG images, the correction is performed in-camera at the time of
capture. With RAW images, the same correction
can be performed post-capture using Canon
DPP software. The EOS-1D Mark IV includes
pre-registered data for approximately 30 Canon
lenses. The camera can, however, store correction data for about 40 lenses. Lens data can be
added or deleted using the EOS Utility. When
the feature is enabled, correction is automatically applied whenever there is corresponding
data for the attached lens. (Note that in-camera
correction is about 70% of what can be performed
in post-processing using Canon DPP software.)
Highlight Tone Priority
The Highlight Tone Priority feature is activated
via a Custom Function on the EOS-1D Mark IV. It
Versatile Recording Options
The EOS-1D Mark IV provides a comprehensive
set of JPEG and RAW recording options. They
greatly enhance shooting flexibility, enabling
the photographer to select pixel dimensions
appropriate to the assignment and reducing file
sizes when necessary to streamline data transfer
and storage. The photographer can select from
among four JPEG and three RAW image sizes.
JPEG images can be compressed to any of ten
size/quality levels. A dedicated, clearly organized image size setting menu screen facilitates
selection of recording options.
UDMA Recording
The EOS-1D Mark IV fully supports the UDMA
(Ultra Direct Memory Access) Mode 6 standard.
With UDMA CF cards, data write/read operations
are significantly accelerated.
A Powerful, Extensible
System of Photography
Top-notch Wireless
The new WFT-E2 II A Wireless File
Transmitter* is a compact
adapter that fits unobtrusively on
the side of the camera, providing
a wide range of networking functions that expand the photographer’s shooting versatility and
Wireless File
efficiency. It is powered by the
camera and thus requires no
dedicated battery. The many advanced features
of the WFT-E2 II A include:
•Weather-Resistant Design – Like the EOS-1D
Mark IV, the WFT-E2 II A features a magnesium
alloy body, making it rugged and lightweight.
Moreover, its fully sealed design ensures that
the highly weather-resistant design of the camera is not compromised.
•Extensive Wired and Wireless LAN Functions –
The WFT-E2 II A supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
wireless LAN environments. For wired connections, the adapter supports high-speed
100Base-TX communication. Built-in WPS
(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) makes it easy to make
secure LAN connections.
•Remote Live View – When combined with the
WFT-E2 II A, the Remote Live View function takes
on added power. The unit then serves as a wireless server, transmitting images and enabling
camera control over a LAN connection using any
browser-enabled device such as a smartphone
or a notebook computer. A handheld device, for
example, can be used as remote live image
viewer and a remote camera control, enabling
the photographer to both view the image and
release the shutter from a remote distance.
•Multiple File Transfer Options – The WFT-E2 II A
enables wired or wireless file transfer using a
wide range of standard protocols. With the FTP
mode, the computer becomes an FTP server,
enabling files to be transferred to a folder on
the computer’s hard drive. EOS Utility mode
provides two-way communication between
camera and computer, enabling not only file
transfer but also remote live view and camera
control capabilities. HTTP mode makes it possible for up to three separate computers to view
the camera’s memory card contents over the
Internet, providing simple drag-and-drop file
transfer capability. The HTTP mode now also
includes a server function, enabling remote
Live View and remote camera control.
•USB Host Capability with GPS Support –
Photographers can take full advantage of the
WFT-E2 II A USB host capability by connecting a
compatible GPS device. This makes it possible
to add GPS coordinates, altitude and UTC time
code to embedded shooting data on images
captured with the EOS-1D Mark IV. Compatible
GPS units include several in Garmin’s GPSMAP
series and in the Magellan eXplorist series
(using NMEA 0183 v.2.0.1 output data standard
or “Garmin protocol”).
Wireless and Wireless LAN Functions
FTP Transfer
Transfer images to an
FTP server.
EOS Utility
Use EOS Utility to capture,
view, and download images
remotely to your computer.
WFT Server
Use a web browser to
capture,view, download
images or remotely control
your camera.
Media Server
View images on a DLNAcompatible TV or home
entertainment devices
Linked Shooting
Wirelessly trigger shooting by
multiple Slave cameras linked
to a Master camera
Functions When Connected Via USB
External Media
Record or backup images onto external media
Connected by a USB cable
Connected via Bluetooth dongle
Add the latitude, longitude, altitude, date and time
and other shooting information to images
•Linked Multi-Camera Shooting – Using multiple WFT units on compatible EOS Digital cameras, up to ten Slave cameras can be linked
wirelessly to a Master camera. Connections are
made simply and conveniently via wireless LAN.
Slave camera shutters are automatically tripped
when the Master camera shutter is released. With
such a setup, a photographer can, for example,
shoot simultaneously from various angles.
*This device has not been authorized as required by the rules
of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not,
and may not, be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased,
until authorization is obtained.
Original Data Security Kit
The OSK-E3 Original Data Security Kit is an
optional accessory providing sophisticated data
verification and security features. With the EOS1D Mark IV, shooting data (including any GPS
data), as well as pixel data in the image itself,
can be verified as original and unaltered. Image
data encryption/decryption (secured transmission) is also possible with the EOS-1D Mark IV.
Designed for press applications, this feature will
prevent the wrongful use of images intercepted
at public events. With the Canon OSK-E3, the
images themselves are encrypted, not just the
memory card. Encryption of images requires the
use of a registered camera with the Original
Data Security card installed. Decrypting image
files and viewing or saving them requires a
computer with OSK-E3 software, the card
installed in the included card reader and user
authentication. The kit consists of the Original
Data Security card, the USB reader/writer, and
the dedicated application programs (in the EOS
Digital Solution Disk).
The system consists of the Battery Charger
LC-E4 and AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4. Battery calibration is performed using the charger. With
repeated charge/discharge cycles, a discrepancy
between the battery’s reported and actual
remaining capacity develops. Thus, after the
battery undergoes 20 discharge/charge cycles,
a message recommending battery calibration
will appear at the bottom of the camera screen
the next time the battery is installed. Calibration
entails a full discharge followed by a full
recharge, after which accurate battery capacity
information can once again be obtained.
Two battery packs can be attached to the
LC-E4 charger. It takes about 120 minutes to
recharge one battery pack. The charger is compatible with the optional DC power adapters
(12V/24V), enabling charging via a car battery
with the optional Car Battery Cable CB-570.
An Unmatched Selection of Focusing
The EOS-1D Mark IV is equipped with the Laser
Matte Ec-C IV focusing screen, which provides
top notch optical performance. Background blur
appears more natural, and graininess and flare
are reduced. At the same time, the finder is
brighter, especially at the edges and corners.
Moreover, as with all EOS-1 Series digital SLR
cameras, the EOS-1D Mark IV provides professional photographers with a wide choice of
interchangeable focusing screens.
Unsurpassed Dependability
and Ergonomics
Lightweight “Smart” Battery Pack and
Outstanding Shutter Durability and
The powerful Canon LP-E4 Rechargeable Battery
Pack — a 2300 mAh Lithium-ion battery — is
small and lightweight. It is a “smart” battery,
containing an IC chip that enables information
exchange with the camera. On a dedicated
screen on the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV’s LCD, the
photographer can quickly verify power source
type, remaining capacity (with a 6-level indicator
and a percentage readout), shots taken since
the battery charged, whether battery calibration
is needed and even when the battery has
reached the end of its useful life.
The EOS-1D Mark IV shutter mechanism is rated
for 300,000 cycles. To attain such a high level
of dependability, Canon developed new surface
finishes and heating processes in manufacturing
Drive system
to create key components of exceptional
durability. To increase shutter stability and
precision, a PR (Photo Reflector) is employed
to detect the slit-passing time. No mechanical
contacts are used for the X-sync flash trigger,
thereby eliminating contact scorching and
wear. Instead, the X-sync employs the PR signal
and a semiconductor switch. This not only
improves reliability but also makes possible
a maximum X-sync speed of 1/300 second
with Canon EX-series Speedlites.
Rugged Magnesium-alloy Construction
Magnesium alloy is used for the EOS-1D Mark IV
top, front and rear covers as well as for the
memory card slot covers. The chassis and mirror
box are also made of magnesium alloy. Because
the alloy exhibits an excellent strength-to-weight
ratio, the camera body is exceptionally tough,
rigid and light. The magnesium alloy also functions as an electromagnetic shield, providing
added data protection. The EOS-1D Mark IV is
thus built to withstand punishing professional
use, providing reliable long-term performance
under the most demanding conditions.
Shutter unit
High-resolution 3.0-inch Clear View II
LCD Monitor
The EOS-1D Mark IV features a brilliant 3.0-inch
LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 dots
for high-resolution image and information display. It provides 100% image area coverage
LCD monitor anti-glare construction
Previous LCD monitor
Clear View LCD
Weather-resistant Design
Legendary Canon water- and dust-resistant
construction measures are incorporated
throughout the EOS-1D Mark IV. All camera
controls and cover seams are tightly sealed
with specially designed silicone rubber gaskets.
O-rings protect the memory card slot covers and
the battery compartment. The camera’s hot shoe
is shaped to repel water with a rib around its
perimeter. With professional Canon Speedlite
flash units, such as the 580EX II, waterresistance is maintained. And when a waterresistant EF lens is attached to the camera, the
integrated combination provides professional
photographers with extreme dependability
under the harshest working conditions.
Clear View LCD II
LCD panel
and a wide viewing angle of 160˚ (both vertically and horizontally) with vibrant brightness
to ensure excellent viewing ability even in
bright outdoor conditions. A specially engineered optical elastic resin filling between
the LCD panel and the outer reinforced glass
protective cover reduces internal reflections,
ensuring breath taking display visibility and
clarity. When viewing images, the user can
press the illumination button to immediately
access the LCD brightness adjustment screen.
Refined Ergonomics
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Main mirror
off, but it can also be manually activated. A
special collar positioned around the sensor
holds the loosened dust. In addition, by shooting a plain white subject, the photographer can
acquire dust delete data that are transmitted
along with the image (whether JPEG or RAW).
Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software
can then be used to manually or automatically
erase the dust spots, potentially saving a
tremendous amount of time in post-processing.
On the EOS-1D Mark IV, the low-pass filter on
the front surface of the sensor also has an
advanced fluorine coating that resists dust
adhesion. Persistent dust particles that used to
be difficult to loosen by vibration alone are now
more easily removed.
The Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System
uses both mechanical and software methods to
effectively deal with dust accumulation on the
imaging sensor. Dust that settles on the sensor
surface is removed using ultrasonic vibration.
This self-cleaning routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or
Subtle enhancements in the shape, stroke and
positioning of buttons and controls make the
EOS-1D Mark IV one of the most ergonomically
advanced cameras ever designed. Attention to
user interface detail provides the precise tactile
feedback and intuitive control layout on which
professional photographers depend for fast
operational mastery and day-to-day productivity.
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