Abstract: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Digital SLR Preview

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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II DSLR Specifications

Canon 1Ds Mark II

Canon 1Ds Mark II


Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium
Type I or II CF card, SD memory card
Image Format
36.0 x 24.0mm
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor
Approx. 1.0 times

Image Sensor

High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 17.2 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filter
Low-pass Filter
Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable

Recording System

Recording Format
JPEG and RAW, RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording provided. Backup image recording enabled (Same image recordable on CF card and SD memory card standards, MMC standards)
Image Format
JPEG, RAW (12-bit)
File Size
(1) L (Large): Approx. 5.5MB (4992 x 3328)
(2) M1 (Medium1): Approx. 3.2MB (3600 x 2400)
(3) M1 (Medium2): Approx. 2.6MB (3072 x 2048)
(4) S (Small): Approx. 1.9MB (2946 x 1664)
(5) RAW: Approx. 14.6MB (4992 x 3328) JPEG quality: can be set from 1 (min. quality, max. compression) to 10 (max. quality, min. compression).
Folder creation/selection enabled
File Numbering
(1) Consecutive numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset
Color Space
Five standard types plus two types that can be registered with custom color matrix
Image-processing Parameters
Standard parameters plus up to three custom processing parameters can be set
IEEE1394 for personal computers; USB for direct printing; Video output (NTSC/PAL)

White Balance

Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting, custom white balance (Total 10 settings)
Auto White Balance
Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation
White balance bracketing: +/-3 stops in full-stop increments White balance correction: +/-9 stops in full-stop increments *Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible


SLR-type, fixed eye-level pentaprism
Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
0.70x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
20 mm
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 - +1.0 diopter
Focusing Screen
Interchangeable (9 types), Standard focusing screen: Ec-CIII
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF 1200mm f/5.6 or shorter lens)
Viewfinder Information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, spot metering circle, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), white balance correction, JPEG recording, number of remaining shots, memory card information
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button (with Speedlite 580EX, 550EX, 420EX, MR-14EX, or MT-24EX, pressing the depth-of-field preview button fires a modeling flash)
Eyepiece Shutter


TTL-AREA-SIR with AF-dedicated CMOS Sensor
AF Points
45 AF points (Area AF) 8x15mm (vertical x horizontal)
AF Working Range
EV 0-18 (at ISO 100 at 20C/68F)
Focusing Modes
One-Shot AF (ONE SHOT); AI Servo AF (AI SERVO); Manual Focusing (MF)
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection, manual selection, home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD screen
AF-assist Beam
Emitted by the dedicated Speedlite

Exposure Control

Metering Modes
21-zone TTL full aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at center)
(3) Spot metering - Center spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder at center)
- AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% of screen)
- Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Centerweighted averaged metering
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (at 20C/68F with 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II autoflash, Manual, Flash metered manual
ISO Speed Range
Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200 via menu selection
Exposure Compensation
AEB: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments. Bracketing methods: 1. Shutter speed or aperture 2. ISO speed Manual: +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop (1 & 2), or 1/2 stop (1) increments (AEB can not be used in combination with 1 and 2)
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved. Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes.


Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-stop increments), bulb, X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10 sec. or 2 sec. delay
Remote Control
Remote control with N3 type terminal

External Speedlite

EOS External Flash or Dedicated Speedlites
E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
PC Terminal

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single, continuous (approx. 4fps), self-timer (10 sec.)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 4 fps (at 1/250 sec. or faster for all recording quality settings)
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting
JPEG: Approx. 32 shots (Large, JPEG 8)
RAW: Approx. 11 shots

LCD Monitor

TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Screen Monitor size
2.0 in.
Approx. 230,000
100% with respect to the effective pixels
Brightness Control
100% with respect to the effective pixels


Image Display Format
Single image, single image (INFO.), 4-image index, 9-image index, magnified zoom, manual/automatic rotation
Highlight Alert
In the single image and single image (INFO.) formats, the white portions which do not contain image information with blink.

Image Protection and Erase

Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or cancelled.
One image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be erased (except protected images).
Direct Printing from the Camera
Compatible Printers
CP Direct, Bubble Jet Direct, and PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images: JPEG images (Print ordering enabled with DPOF version 1.1)

Sound Recording

Recording Methods
The voice annotation recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image.
File Format
8 kHz sampling, 8-bit/sample WAV
Recording Time
Max. 30 sec. per recording (the audio recording for one image can be extended to over 30 sec.)


Menu Categories
Shooting menu, Playback menu, set-up menu
LCD Monitor Language
12 languages (English, German, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Japanese)

Power Source

One Ni-MH Pack NP-E3
AC power can be supplied via the AC adapter and DC coupler.
Number of Shots
At 20 C/68 F: Approx. 1200
At 0 C/32 F: Approx. 800
The above figures apply when a fully-charged Ni-MH Pack NP-E3 is used.
Battery Check
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min. before turns off automatically after non-operation.

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in. / 156 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
42.9 oz. / 1215g (Body only. Battery: 11.8 oz. / 335g)

Operating Environment

Operating Temperature Range
0-45 C / 32-113 F
Operating Humidity Range 85% or less
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