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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

alaTest has collected and analyzed 346 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and size. The usability and image quality are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the finish and flash. There are some mixed reviews about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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EOS 1Ds Mark II


The Canon EOS 1D Mark II n is an update of the formidable Canon EOS 1D Mark II, with the same body, 8.2 megapixel imaging chip, processor, and control layout as the older camera. Significant refinements, like a new 2.5-inch LCD, faster image recording,...

Extremely fast burst rate, with a large buffer ; 8.2 megapixel files provide an ideal resolution for editing and processing ; Solid construction and excellent build quality ; Improved 2.5-inch LCD screen ; Autofocus is quick and very accurate

Lacks four-way controller for navigation ; Weighs more than some very small dogs ; Key adjustments require combination of buttons, when they could have dedicated controls ; No handy shorthand for odd name ; NiMH battery is heavy and big

The EOS-1D Mark II n is an excellent camera. We can easily praise the image quality and the speed and accuracy of its mechanical operations. As heavy as it is, it balances well in the hands, and the controls and dials work smoothly and quickly. Our...

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II (Body Only)


Tremendous resolution; professional body; many improvements over original EOS 1Ds; superior handling; optional wireless photo transfer.

Expensive; large and heavy; requires high-capacity memory cards.

Canon's EOS 1Ds Mark II offers a wealth of features and the highest resolution of any small-format digital SLR, with a price to match.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II


The EOS-1Ds Mark II is the sixteen (point seven) megapixel successor to the EOS-1Ds which was announced almost exactly two years earlier. Carrying on from the EOS-1Ds the Mark II has a full size 35 mm (36 x 24 mm) sensor which means it introduces no...

Superb resolution and detail, the highest resolution digital SLR to date ; Full frame 35 mm size sensor delivers film-like shooting experience, real wide angle ; Huge, bright viewfinder view really fills your vision ; Very low noise at higher...

Edge softness / chromatic aberrations with wide angle lenses, needs good glass ; Control system can be a little confusing at first, menu operation different to other D-SLR's ; Default sharpness setting is zero which can lead to an initial impression of...

Back in September 2002 at the Photokina tradeshow Canon revealed the EOS-1Ds, their first full frame (35 mm sensor) double-digit megapixel digital SLR (arguably they weren't quite the first as Kodak announced the DCS 14n just the day before, Contax has...


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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II SLR


The successor to the EOS-1Ds SLR introduced in 2002, the 16.7-megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark II camera utilizes a full-size 24x36mm CMOS sensor that eliminates focal length conversion factors, and features dramatically improved image quality made possible by the

They say that you get what you pay for, and in the case of the 1Ds Mark II, it's very true. We've become accustomed to a trend of new digicams replacing their predecessors with a combination of more/better features and lower price. Make no mistake - the 1

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II


Sixteen point six megapixels of effective resolution is really nice. Of course, the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II costs about the same per megapixel as the Canon EOS 1D Mark II - 2x as much money

If you are not sure which Mark II is for you, the white paper link in the "More Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Reviews" section below has some great information in it (dial-up users be warned - it is a large file).

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II


Overall, though this camera is an expensive splurge, it is an investment as well. The photos you take with the Mark II will display an incredibly high quality and resolution. Loaded with the latest features and SLR technologies, this camera will fill...

Expensive but definitely worth the investmentShutter durability of up to 200,000 cycles and integrated16.7 megapixel sensors that allow full 35mm range captured with smaller lensesMax resolution of 4992 x 3328 pixels and speeds from 1/8000 to 30...

If you are a professional looking for the latest in digital photography...

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Canon has held a commanding position at the high end of the professional SLR market, ever since they introduced the original EOS-1D in late 2001. The full-frame 11-megapixel EOS-1Ds was likewise a breakthrough product when announced in 2002. In late...

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Review Round-Up


Despite the significant jump in resolution from the EOS-1Ds (11 mp) to the EOS-1Ds Mark II (16.7 mp) the camera maintains an impressive four frames per second shooting rate and a buffer large enough for 32 JPEG or 11 RAW images. The EOS-1Ds Mark II's...

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Digital SLR


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Canon 1Ds Mark II Reviews


Performance is another area which impresses, of course we all expect a professional digital SLR (especially one with this price tag) to operate quickly and be instantly responsive to our every request. But when you consider that this camera wasn't...

Is the Canon EOS 1D Mark II for professionals only? Definitely not. Having excellent quality in-focus images appeals to a large number of non-professional enthusiasts as well. Keep in mind – all of us are capable of taking bad pictures with the best...

Product Specifications

EOS-1Ds is the extra high-resolution professional digital camera featuring the first ever full-frame 35mm CMOS sensor, with 11.1 million effective pixels. Targeting the professional user that seeks the highest image quality, the EOS-1Ds captures astounding detail & color, almost doubling the resolution considered state-of-the-art for a digital SLR camera in the world today. The EOS-1Ds delivers what has so far not been possible, ultra-high resolution in the SLR format. The full-frame sensor allows the use of wide-angle lenses without any focal length magnification, a traditional limitation of previous digital cameras. The EOS-1Ds has made a huge leap in resolution by means of the continuous development of the CMOS sensor. Canon's groundbreaking CMOS technologies deliver high resolution, low noise and low power consumption, allowing photography to make a quantum leap in terms of digital image quality. With its extremely high resolution, the EOS-1Ds has been designed to meet the needs of those professional photographers who need the ultimate in digital image quality. Therefore, it will be ideal for professionals active in a wide range of specialties including studio, commercial, reportage, or fashion photography. The EOS-1Ds incorporates outstanding professional features globally acclaimed in the multi award-winning EOS-1D including the same dust and water resistance. The chassis and external covers are made of magnesium allow for light weight and excellent rigidity. The shutter has been tested to an awesome 150, 000 exposures. With the high-speed FireWire standard, IEEE1394, enabling 50 Mbps throughput, high transfer speeds allow rapid plug-&-play downloads to a computer. CF cards can be formatted in either the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Other leading innovations include the unique ability to dial in color temperatures to meet specific lighting conditions. 10 White Balance (WB) modes and WB bracketing provide maximum flexibility and superb color accuracy. ISO speed bracketing allows photographers to fix aperture and shutter speeds, yet shoot at 3 different equivalent film speeds. Such advances offer the professional advanced creative opportunities. Entirely new software is available for the EOS-1Ds from the EOS Digital Solutions Disk and is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. The camera also features a CF card Type I/II slot enabling the use of CF cards and IBM Microdrives.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Type: None

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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


Model:1Ds/1Ds Mark II
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:23.8 x 35.8mm/24 x 36mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):23.8 x 35.8 mm/24 x 36 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:11.1Megapixel/16.7Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1250/3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1000 / ISO 125 / ISO 1250 / ISO 160 / ISO 200 / ISO 250 / ISO 320 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 500 / ISO 640 / ISO 800/ISO 100-1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO 50
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW/JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical