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Canon EOS-1D Mark III

alaTest has collected and analyzed 560 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the battery and screen. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the reliability and focus are different. Some have doubts about the finish and video.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS-1D Mark III is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon's EOS-1D Mark III DSLR gets reviewed


Although Canon's powerful EOS-1D Mark III has priced itself right out of consideration for a large sect, the niche that has been waiting in tense anticipation to see a solid review of the unit need wait no more. The folks over at Digital Camera ...

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III SLR


The EOS-1D Mark III CMOS sensor has an expanded sensitivity range of ISO 50-6400. 14-bit A/D conversion allows fine gradation and a significant drop in digital and shadow noise. With its generous 28.1 x 18.7mm image size, the sensor captures every...

The EOS-1D Mark III raises the bar for auto focus performance. It uses a 45-point high density AF system that provides not only the industry's largest continuous AF coverage area, but also the greatest range of control over focusing point selection....

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III


The Canon EOS-1D Mark III looked fantastic at the Photo Marketing Association trade show last spring. Its 10 frame-per-second (fps) speed tops the industry, the 3-inch LCD looks like a movie screen, and its live preview puts Olympus and Fujifilm to...

Color accuracy ; Build quality ; Speed ; Low image noise ; Improved controls

Autofocus problem may not be solved ; Poor Auto white balance performance ; Autofocus point selection is clumsy ; Four-way controller is under-used


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Canon EOS 1D Mark III


With the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon takes us another big step forward in digital SLR technology. Redesigned from the ground up, the 1D III has so many new and improved features that it is hard to know where to start. Actually, it is easier to start...

I've highlighted some of the new and remarkable features of the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, but there is much more to this camera. If you need a feature, it is probably there. At the end of this review, I list many other resources for 1D III information....

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III Digital Camera - Hands-On Preview - The Imaging Resource!


The big story with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III is that it's a better, more universally appealing professional camera for more types of professional photographers. I think a lot of intermediate photographers may want to make the jump as well, given its...

The Canon EOS 1D Mark III isn't just for sports anymore. It's a more universal camera for the vast majority of pro photographers. With the multiple improvements in the new camera, photographers will no longer need to trade off resolution, image...

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III Review


The Canon EOS 1D Mark III is a professional level digital SLR that delivers on speed, exposure accuracy and overall reliability. What it lacks in the size of its 10.1 megapixel image sensor, it

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Canon EOS 1D Mark IV -


The 1D Mark IV is, without a doubt the best camera any Canon user can buy out there. Snappy and accurate AF, superb noise control at high ISO, 16.1MP APS-H sized sensor, 10fps shooting speed and dual Digic 4 processors for heavy processing, the 1D Mark...

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III Review Round-Up


The big story with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III is that it's a better, more universally appealing professional camera for more types of professional photographers. I think a lot of intermediate photographers may want to make the jump as well, given its...

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III


Canon cameras have a well-deserved reputation for quality, and a history of taking the lead in camera development. But despite the fact that the EOS range has been at the forefront of photographic technology for over twenty years, the company shows no...

The D1 Mark III's specs are top of the range, and justify - on paper at least - Canon's optimism about their top of the range model

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First Look: Canon EOS-1D Mark III


Rather than upgrade its popular EOS 30D digital SLR, Canon has surprised us by announcing a pro-level 10.1MP EOS-1D Mark III. (The price wasn't set at press time, but we think it will street for just under $4,000, body only.) With live LCD preview and...

Product Specifications

The Canon 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 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. It's the new standard.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon LP-E4

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/Microdrive / SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard / CompactFlash / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode/Portrait mode / Landscape


Product Type:Battery enclosure
Subcategory (AG):Cabinets, enclosures and chassis


Manufacturer:Canon/Eaton Corporation
Model:1D Mark III/Extended Battery Module
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS/Powerware

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:18.7 x 28.1mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):18.7 x 28.1 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Power Device

Form Factor (AG):External

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO 50 / ISO 6400/ISO 6400 / ISO 50 / ISO 100-3200
Special Effects:Faithful / Monochrome / Neutral/Monochrome / Faithful / Neutral
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical