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Canon EOS-1D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 207 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the screen and usability. The image quality and build quality are also appreciated, but opinions about the reliability and sensor are different. Many are critical about the battery and software.

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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 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon EOS 1D XFirst Impressions Review


The Canon 1Dx is the latest professional flagship DSLR from the company, aiming to replace both the 1Ds Mark III and the 1D Mark IV professional cameras. With both of those models being discontinued once the 1Dx hits shelves, that means that it will...

In the past year since the release of the EOS 60D, we’ve felt that Canon’s DSLR lineup had grown a bit stale, with the company favoring incremental improvements over bold innovation. In attempting to replace both their speed-oriented 1D Mark IV and...

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Canon Raises the Bar


The Canon EOS-1D is so versatile that it makes film all but obsolete for those who need a high-performance camera system.

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Canon EOS 1D SLR


Earlier this year the Nikon D1X made its appearance and has delighted pro photographers that wanted more image resolution and better color rendition. Then came the Nikon D1H with a 5 frame per second capture rate, but the same 2.7 megapixel resolution as


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Canon EOS-1D


Canon's EOS-1D is the first professional digital SLR from Canon since the EOS-D2000 (introduced in March 1998 which was a collaborative effort with Kodak, also known as the Kodak DCS 520). Indeed, the EOS-1D is the first all Canon professional digital...

Excellent resolution for its pixel count, not far behind Nikon's D1X ; Excellent colour, selection of colour matrices are useful for different situations ; Based on the superb EOS-1V ; Controls intuitive for EOS-1V and EOS-D2000 / D6000 users ; Large...

Banding at high ISO's (ISO 800 - 1600 when shooting in low to medium light) ; For pushed images the noise pattern is different on the left and right side of the image ; Moiré occasionally visible ; No magnify in playback (no excuse) ; JPEG/TIFF files...

The EOS-1D is a remarkably important and prestigious camera for Canon. In all of the Company's history only a very few select cameras have worn the '1' label, each has been at the pinnacle of the current state of technology and (of course) it is a name...

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Canon EOS-1D Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Besides my usual battery of standardized test images, you'll also find a gallery of photos snapped by writer gal Stephanie Boozer (an unsung IR hero who helps me with a lot of the gruntwork on many of these reviews)..

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Digital camera sales defy smartphone onslaught


While most attention in the gadget world is on the breakneck pace of innovation in mobile phones, tablets and computers, another device has resolutely refused to die: the camera.

Despite the onslaught of camera phones – the iPhone 4 has this year become the most popular device for posting snaps to the photo-sharing website Flickr – cameras are still being sold. Japan, the world’s largest manufacturer, shipped nearly three times...

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Canon EOS 1D MkIV Review


A hands-on review of the Canon EOS 1D MkIV. It's expensive, but may just be Canon's best DSLR with 10fps, HD video and enhanced AF capability

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Canon EOS 1D Review Round-Up


The EOS-1D is a remarkably important and prestigious camera for Canon. Not only can it deliver beautiful images with great resolution … sharpness and balanced color but it does so from what could be the most robust and best built 35mm SLR bodies ever....

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A Closer Look at the Canon EOS 1D Mk III


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I am very interested in the potential of this camera and the technology that it brings to the table for future DSLRs. While 10 frames per second is smokin’ fast, I’ll have to say that the Live View feature is the most surprising to me for this camera....

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Canon EOS 1D Digital Camera


I think that it's pretty obvious that I like this camera a lot. Much of that is because it is a camera that is buillt for my style of action sports shooting. If I were a landscape photographer, I think it would be harder for me to be quite as excited...

Product Specifications

A new concept in professional digital SLRs. Faster shooting speeds and auto focus than ever before, without sacrificing image quality. Unsurpassed strength, durability, and weather-resistance. Unmatched control of images, from folder creation in-camera to the software used to view on your computer. The world's most sophisticated auto flash system for digital SLRs and a line of lenses renowned the world over for their innovation as well as their optics. It's not just performance; it's total performance. The EOS-1D. Designed primarily for professional sports photographers and photojournalists, the new EOS-1D combines the best features of Canon's EOS-1v SLR with the highest overall performance in a digital SLR. New digital features include a continuous shooting speed of 8 frames per second for up to 21 consecutive frames at full resolution; an extra-large 4.48-megapixel CCD sensor; and unmatched image quality control, from color space selection and in-camera folder creation to new driver software used for viewing and customized image processing. The Canon EOS-1D also includes many of the advanced features and functions of the 35mm Canon EOS-1v including an exceptionally strong dust and weather-resistant magnesium alloy body, 45-point autofocus, a 21-point evaluative metering system, complete compatibility with Canon EOS System lenses and Canon EX-series flash units, a comfortable and intuitive control layout, plus 21 Custom Functions and 25 Personal Functions for fine-tuning various camera settings.


Accessory Type:Focusing screen
Compatibility (Camera Model):Canon EOS-1Ds / Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Compatibility (Product Type):Digital camera
Packaged Qty:2

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Focusing Screen

Type:Crop Lines


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:19.1 x 28.7mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):19.1 x 28.7 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 250 / ISO 320 / ISO 3200 / ISO 360 / ISO 400 / ISO 480 / ISO 500 / ISO 640 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical