Canon have announced what they claim is the world's highest resolution professional
digital camera: the EOS-1Ds. Featuring the first ever full frame 35mm CMOS sensor,
with 11.1 million effective pixels, the EOS-1Ds captures astounding detail and
colour and almost doubles the resolution provided by digital SLR cameras in the
The EOS-1Ds has been designed to meet the demands of those professional photographers
who require the ultimate in digital image quality and is ideally suited to studio,
commercial, reportage, or fashion photography.
Through the continuous development of Canon's groundbreaking CMOS technologies,
the EOS-1Ds delivers high resolution, low noise and low power consumption, allowing
photography to make a quantum leap in terms of digital image quality.
The EOS-1Ds can capture images at approximately three frames per second for
a 10-frame burst, even at the highest quality setting.
Incorporating a full frame sensor the same size and aspect ratio as 35mm film
has long been the holy grail of digital photography, but the EOS-1Ds also delivers
what has so far not been possible, ultra-high resolution in the SLR format.
Another long-awaited benefit of a full frame sensor is that it allows the use
of wide-angle lenses without any focal length magnification, a traditional limitation
of previous digital cameras.
The EOS-1Ds sees the introduction of Canon's new imaging engine. This has been
specially designed to achieve high image quality, excellent colour reproduction
and a wide tonal range equal to, or better than, the 35mm slide film often favoured
by professionals. In addition, the CMOS sensor's extremely high signal to noise
ratio means that noise is minimised, even at the equivalent of ISO 1250.
The EOS-1Ds continues to build on the outstanding professional features incorporated
within the multi award winning EOS-1D and EOS-1V. These include 45-point area
autofocus, 21 zone metering, the familiar EOS ergonomic layout and the camera's
renowned toughness and durability.
To meet professional photographers needs, an image enlargement function has
been introduced which allows 25 sections of a selected image to be enlarged
on the camera's LCD screen, allowing the user to check for detail and sharpness.
Other leading innovations include the unique ability to dial in colour temperatures
to meet specific lighting conditions. 10 White Balance (WB) modes and WB bracketing
provide maximum flexibility and colour accuracy. ISO speed bracketing allows
photographers to fix aperture and shutter speeds, yet shoot at three different
equivalent film speeds. Such advances offer the professional advanced creative
With the high-speed FireWire standard, IEEE1394, enabling 50 Mbps throughput,
high transfer speeds allow rapid plug and play downloads to a computer. CF cards
can be formatted in either the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Formatting in FAT32
is intended for high-capacity CF cards over 2GB and is selected automatically
by the camera when formatting this type of card.
An optional accessory, the Data Verification Kit DVK-E1 consists of a dedicated
IC card and card reader, together with special software for Windows 2000/XP.
This allows one to check that the EOS-1Ds' image files have remained absolutely
unaltered after being circulated. This may well be a landmark for digital imaging
in law enforcement and copyright.
The EOS-1Ds utilises a tough, weather resistant magnesium-alloy body and has
over 70 moisture and dust resistant seals, plus a Ni-Mh battery pack with protective
sealing. The shutter has been tested to an amazing 150,000 exposures.
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
As CMOS sensors consume less power than CCDs, battery life has been improved,
so that the NP-E3 battery pack can now capture up to 600 exposures on one charge***.
The EOS-1Ds is compatible with over 60 of Canon's EF lenses. Canon also extended
its professional photographic system to include the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
for extremely versatile macro flash photography.
* As of September 2002
*** Under Canon test conditions.