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Canon EOS-1D MARK-III Digital SLR Camera with 10.1 Megapixel, 1.5x - 10x Zoom and 3" LCD Screen

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About Canon

Canon's flagship EOS-1D Mark III is the most advanced EOS Digital SLR ever produced. It has a new 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-H size) with Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with Canon's Live View technology. The CMOS sensor has an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 50-6400. 14-bit A/D conversion means fine gradation and a significant drop in digital and shadow noise.

With its generous 28.1 x 18.7 mm image size, the sensor captures every nuance of your scene from highlight to shadow. Extensive noise reduction ensures an extremely high signal-to-noise ratio. Framing is natural because the sensor's 3:2 aspect ratio is the same as in 35 mm cameras, and the sensor's large size realizes an effective angle of view that's just 1.3 times the focal length indicated on Canon EF lenses The 1D Mark III has a redesigned 100% viewfinder, a new 45-point AF system, and can shoot up to 10 fps continuously with a maximum burst of 110 shots.

Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors work in tandem to speed up every process while refining image quality. A new, lighter body has improved weather sealing and shutter durability. Every facet of the EOS experience has been enhanced with the 1D Mark III. To combat against stray dust that enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor during a lens change, the 1D Mark III features a Canon-designed Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit. The IR-cut filter cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly.

Dust that has been missed by the Integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.0. The 1D Mark III's imaging sensor is able to single out the dust particles on its surface, then plots out their location coordinates within the image. This data is transmitted along with the image, whether JPEG or RAW, and can be either manually or automatically erased in Canon's DPP version 3.0. This added software option ensures the cleanest possible image, perfect for printing or archiving.

Canon Features

  • Entirely 10.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS Sensor (APS-H size, 1.3x lens conversion factor), featuring the EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • World's fastest digital SLR: shooting up to 10 fps, with a burst rate up to 110 full-resolution JPEG images or 30 RAW images
  • High-precision AF system with 19 user-selectable AF points and 26 additional "assist points"; superior low-light performance and faster operation
  • Lighter body with enhanced weather resistance and outstanding reliability: featuring a shutter that's durability-tested to 300,000 exposures
  • Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors work with CMOS sensors to produce superb image quality; Highlight Tone Priority option adds control of bright highlights
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor, featuring Live View function
  • Fully compatible with over 50 EF lenses and a wide range of EOS System accessories

Canon Specifications

Camera Type
Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium
CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC Memory Card (1 slot each), and/or External media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Canon WFT-E2A transmitter)
Image Format
1.11 x 0.74 in./28.1 x 18.7mm (APS-H size sensor)
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF, TS-E, and MP-E lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor
Image Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Image Sensor Pixels
Approx. 10.10 megapixels
Image Sensor Total Pixels
Approx. 10.70 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal:Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Recording Format
DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible. Multiple options for recording images on two memory cards, and onto compatible external USB hard drives (via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A)
File Size
(1) JPEG/Large: Approx. 10.1MB (3,888 x 2,592)
(2) JPEG/Medium 1: Approx. 8.0MB (3,456 x 2,304)
(3) JPEG/Medium 2: Approx. 5.3MB (2,816 x 1,880)
(4) JPEG/Small: Approx. 2.5MB (1,936 x 1,288)
(5) RAW: Approx. 10.1MB (3,888 x 2,592)
(6) sRAW: Approx. 2.5MB (1,936 x 1,288)
Can be manually created by user, and freely selected for subsequent images.
File Numbering
(1) Continuous numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset (the image numbering is reset to 0001, a new folder is created automatically)
Color Space
Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, mini-B port. NTSC/PAL for video output
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, five Custom WB settings (1-5), user-set Color Temperature (2,500~10,000K), five Personal White Balance PC-1 to PC-5 (Total 10 WB types)
Auto White Balance
Auto white balance, taken from imaging sensor
Color Temperature Compensation
White balance bracketing: Three consecutive images, Up to +/- 3 levels in 1-stop increments White balance correction: blue/amber bias and/or magenta/green bias +/- 9 levels; manually set by user
When blue/amber bias and magenta/green bias set with White balance correction, white balance bracketing cannot be set together during white balance correction
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage
Approx. 100% horizontally and vertically
0.76x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 20mm
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63)
Viewfinder Information
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure (metering mode, spot metering area, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure compensation, exposure warning), Flash (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure level), Image (JPEG recording, RAW recording, shots remaining, white balance correction, memory card information), Battery check
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button; possible in Live View mode
Eyepiece Shutter
Autofocus Type
TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points
19 cross-type AF points (plus 26 Assist AF points)
AF Working Range
EV -1 ~18 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C)
Focusing Modes
Autofocus (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF), Manual Focus (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection; Manual AF point selection: 19 AF points, Inner 9 AF points (C.Fn III-9-1), Outer 9 AF points (C.Fn III-9-2)
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam
None. Emitted by EX-series Speedlite or optional ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter
Metering Modes
63-zone TTL full aperture metering:
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of screen, at center)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of screen): Center spot metering, AF point-linked spot metering, Multi-spot metering (max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Centerweighted average metering
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II program AE (Evaluative flash metering, Averaged flash metering), Manual
ISO Speed Range
Equivalent to ISO 100-3200 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 6400 (via C.Fn I-3)
Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation (user-set): +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
Auto Bracketing (AEB): 3 shots, up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments, in all exposure modes. Can be changed via C.Fn I-6 to 2, 5, or 7 shots. Bracketing order can be changed via C.Fn I-5.
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual (user-set): By AE lock button in all metering modes
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), X-sync at 1/300 sec. (with EOS Speedlites; 1/250 maximum with other shoe-mount flashes, and up to 1/60 with studio strobes)
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10 sec. delay, 2 sec. delay
Remote Control
Canon N3 type terminal
EOS External Flash/Dedicated Speedlites
E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
PC Terminal
Provided; accepts third-party flash units with sync line voltages up to 250V maximum
Drive Modes
Single, silent, high-speed continuous (approx. 10 fps), low-speed continuous (approx. 3 fps), 10- or 2-sec. self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 10 fps (at a shutter speed of 1/500 sec. or faster in all recording modes); fastest speed can be lowered if desired via C.Fn III-15
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting
JPEG: approx. 110 frames (Large/Fine, at standard level 8 compression setting)
RAW: approx. 30 frames
RAW+JPEG: approx. 22 frames (Large/Fine)
LCD Monitor Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Screen Monitor size
3.0 in.
LCD Monitor Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Monitor Coverage
Approx. 100%
Brightness Control
7 levels provided
Image Display Format
Single image, 4-image index, 9-image index, Jump, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Histogram, Auto rotate, Rotate
Live view: view image before shooting on LCD monitor; live histogram and live simulation of exposure level possible with C.Fn IV-16-1
Highlight Alert
In the single image display and (INFO) display, over-exposed highlight areas will blink
Single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be protected or cancel the image protection
Single image, all images in a folder, all images in the memory card or check-marked images can be erased or unprotected.
Direct Printing from the Camera
Possible with compatible PictBridge-enabled printers
Compatible Printers
CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers (via USB Interface Cable IFC-200U, included with camera kit)
Dust Delete Feature
Self-cleaning sensor: IR-cut filter in front of CMOS sensor automatically vibrates at ultrasonic rates to shake off any foreign matter for approx. 4 seconds when camera is turned on or off. Can be user-activated with menu command while shooting, or completely disabled with menu command.
Picture Style
Recording Time
Max. 30 sec. per recording
Menu Categories
(1) Shooting (2) Playback (3) Setup, (4) Custom function/My Menu
LCD Monitor Language
18 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
One dedicated lithium-ion battery LP-E4
AC power can be supplied via the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min.
Back-up Battery
One CR2025 lithium battery
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in./156 x 156.6 x 79.9mm
40.7 oz./1,155g
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Great Camera for weddings, etc.

This is an excellent camera. I got a great deal on this purchasing it used from someone that upgraded to the Mark IV. I had the opportunity to use this to photograph a wedding recently and have used it for portraits as well. While I have owned it a short time, I am very pleased with its capabilities. The Autofocus capabilities in low light during for wedding use are miles ahead of any camera I have used(entry level and mid range DSLRs), noise appears to be very low even at higher ISOs, even 3

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This is an excellent camera. I got a great deal on this purchasing it used from someone that upgraded to the Mark IV. I had the opportunity to use this to photograph a wedding recently and have used it for portraits as well. While I have owned it a short time, I am very pleased with its capabilities. The Autofocus capabilities in low light during for wedding use are miles ahead of any camera I have used(entry level and mid range DSLRs), noise appears to be very low even at higher ISOs, even 3200 is usable in my opinion(although I still prefer to stay with low when possible and use flash, but it is nice to have the option to go higher when I need to shoot available light). The ISO safety shift is a great feature, and the ability to really customize the camera to your needs is great, once you get used to the operation of the camera it is quite intuitive and easy to adjust settings on the go. Very impressive burst speed, and the ability to save to more than one memory card for image backup is priceless(especially for wedding photographers). I highly recommend this camera(or the Mark IV if money allows). I chose this over the 7D or 5D Mark ii because of the ability to backup images in camera, but the other features this camera has are an added bonus.


Most Liked Negative Review


Auto Focusing Nightmare

Bought EOS 1D Mark III and received on 12/25/08. Serial Number in the 569000 range. Camera does not continuously focus on subjects. Over 90 % of shots out of focus. Camera being returned for credit. Will wait for release of EOS 1D Mark IV. Hopefully, Canon will fix and improve AF and make it a state of the art camera for sports photographers. Hint: increase CMOS image sensor size, make full size (36 by 24) CMOS image sensor, LCD with 920000 dots, HDMI out, 2 CF slots, etc.

Reviewed by 82 customers


Like a Rocketship


This is my 1st 1D body and it focuses fast. Took over 2000 images and battery life was till at 72%.


Great Camera


I live in Alaska and have always wanted/needed a high frame rate camera for whale breaches. I have other EOS 1 bodies but they were not this fast. Love it.


Adorama is the best


I ordered the Canon 1D Mark lll and it came in the next day. This was what I always get, fast results. The camera was great but I had a problem, the text was to small for old eyes and I have a 7D and have changed the lens setup for the 7D from the manufactures.. I forgot about this. It would take weeks and money to redo the lenses. With this, I sent it back. In 7 days, I had my money back in the card. Adorama, thank you.


f grade 1dmkiii


Purchased for a knock around river body that will likely be forever fused to a 400mm f5.6. Adoramas description of the product was accurate and though it shows heavy wear and is missing some components still takes great pictures.


Great product, great service


This camera was bought as a gift for me from my wife with my input. This camera will become my main body amongst the 3 bodies that I have. Even though this was a used camera, it came looking like a new camera. There were VERY minimal blemishes and it worked like a dream staight out of the box. It came missing the top rubber port cover and I felt like this was a piece that could have been fixed before selling the camera. I have since bought the replacement which was only a $4.00 part, hence my statement I felt it could have been a part replaced before sending it to me. A great transaction and a great product I received from Adorama.


finally a camera body that fits my hand


Great for birds, wildlife or action sports. fast shutter speed. Nice IQ


Perfect Pro Camera


We own 15 Mark III's and will be buying 15 more in the next year. After the auto focus fix, the camera produces great 16x20's and is perfect for all kind photographic endeavors!


Still Clicken and Taken a Licken


Built like a tank, wish it had a larger newer rear LCD. I use it mainly for sports and action work


Excellent camera


I use this camera to capture family photos, landscape and sport/action. This camera is extremely high recommend for sport/action. This camera is not for travel. Its heavy and big.

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Fantastic all around camera


I bought this camera for its full frame feature and 6 FPS. I enjoy action photography, especially football. I use to use a 40D for action and a Mark II for everything else. Now I have one camera that does everything I want from a camera and does it verry good. I used the HDR feature in Arizona and love the out of camera results. I would recommend the Mark III to anyone looking for a camera that covers all phases of photgraphy. I did not use the video function since I am not big into video. I wish this camera was available 3 cameras back. I could have save some money

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