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Canon EOS-1Ds

alaTest has collected and analyzed 254 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and color. The build quality and usability also get good comments. There are mixed comments on the battery and performance. Many are negative about the screen and lens.

image quality, usability, build quality, color, design

value for money, portability, sensor, lens, screen

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

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Canon EOS 1Ds


Outstanding image quality ; User-friendly design

Slow, buggy Mac software

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Canon Delivers Unsurpassed Pro Digital SLR


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Canon EOS 1Ds SLR


Canon commemorates the 15th anniversary of the EOS system by releasing their first digital SLR with a full-frame, 11.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor. The EOS-1Ds is designed primarily for studio photographers, but useful for a wide variety of professional and adv


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Owners Opinion: Canon EOS-1Ds


Having owned 8 digital cameras including nikon & Canon I have found the 1Ds to be the best yet. So far Ive heard mosly about the high cost. ...

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


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Canon EOS 1Ds Review Round-Up


The EOS-1Ds is Canon's newest professional SLR. Based on the EOS-1D body the EOS-1Ds raises resolution to 11 megapixels, uses a CMOS sensor and is the first Canon digital SLR with a sensor which captures a full 35 mm frame. The EOS-1D has a 4 megapixel...

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III Review by Ken Rockwell


The Canon 1Ds Mk III is a solid brick of a camera, has extraordinarily high technical image quality, but is hindered by sucky ergonomics and a mediocre LCD.

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Review: Canon EOS-1Ds


Pros: Outstanding image quality; user-friendly design. Cons: Slow, buggy Mac software. Canon's new EOS-1Ds digital SLR represents a breakthrough ...

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Canon EOS-1Ds


Let me start by saying that the Canon EOS-1Ds is the first digital camera to produce what I consider to be film-quality images. At it's best settings it produces a 4064 X 2704 pixel image that translates into a 31.5 Mb TIFF file. As a comparison a 2700...

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Canon EOS-1Ds 1Ds Test Review © 2004


Get today's Canon 1Ds Mk II instead.11 megapixels is no big deal compared with 6 megapixels. (see The Megapixel Myth), although the images I've seen are really good. Of course it's no match for 4x5" film for professional landscape photography. An 11MP...

Product Specifications

The EOS-1D and EOS-1Ds are based on the same digital camera body, and share many features and a similar operation. However, the 4.15 megapixel sensor and 8fps shooting of the EOS-1D makes it ideal for news and sports photographers, while the 11.1 megapixel sensor and 3fps shooting of the EOS-1Ds will appeal a very broad spectrum of professionals, including advertising and fashion photographers. The camera incorporates a full-frame CMOS sensor developed and manufactured by Canon. With a size of 24 x 36mm, it covers the same area as a film frame. This makes maximum use of the standard angle-of-view of EF lenses, especially the wide-angle series. The RAW recording file produces an image file size of 11.4MB, yet despite this size, the 3fps shooting rate can be maintained for up to 10 shots in a single burst. The camera will also generate RAW and JPEG files at the same time, if required, without any discernible loss of speed or burst length. The EOS-1Ds supports CompactFlash Type I and Type II storage cards and Microdrives. Previous cameras only recognize 2GB of storage (FAT 16 format), even if the card or drive offers more. The camera uses both the FAT 16 and FAT 32 formats, recognizing storage up to 2048GB - if and when this becomes available. The sensitivity of the sensor can be set to the equivalent of ISO speeds between 100 and 1250 (and even ISO 50 using a Custom Function). The fastest shutter speed is 1/8000 of a second, with flash synchronization at 1/250 of a second. A shutter time lag of just 55ms, together with ultra-fast and precise 45-point autofocus will help photographers to capture decisive moments. The EOS-1Ds will appeal to professional photographers who are attracted by the convenience and flexibility of digital photography, but need images of the highest quality. It is particularly well suited to advertising and fashion photographers, and others who see their work used in glossy publications. It will also undoubtedly appeal to photographers in all specialties who have been waiting for a high resolution, full frame, digital SLR.


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:Black Mask


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon EOS

Lens System

Lens for SD:Body only
Type: None



Optical Sensor

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

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1250
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
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical