Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Released February, 2007
  • 10.1 MP
  • APS-H 28.7 x 18.7 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
You'll need to shoot RAW to take advantage of the full potential of this camera, but the results are worth it.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)
9.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 1D Mark III
10.0
Nikon D3
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 1D Mark III
8.7
Nikon D3
9.2
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 1D Mark III
10.0
Nikon D3
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 1D Mark III
9.6
Nikon D3
9.8
Reviews from techradar.com

9.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 1D Mark III
9.7
Nikon D3
9.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 1D Mark III
1,078 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO
Nikon D3
2,290 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 1D Mark III
94 ms
D5200
302 ms
EOS 6D
290 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 1D Mark III
57 ms
D5200
88 ms
Nikon D3
43 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 1D Mark III
100 ms
EOS 70D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 1D Mark III
10 fps
EOS 6D
4.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 1D Mark III
2,200 photos
Nikon D3
4,300 photos
D5200
500 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 1D Mark III


10.0
It's a camera that's been designed with today's photographer in mind - from a smaller, weight-shaving battery to a three-inch LCD, complete with Live View.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Focus

As mentioned, the return to focus point control can now be assigned to the multi-controller.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)
Not in terms of performance - it proved positive and fast, locking on and tracking small subjects in the frame with precision in our tests - but in terms of the way you select your focus point.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)
The mirror has to be locked up to achieve this, metering is set to evaluative and you'll only be able to focus manually (a section of the image can be enlarged to aid with this and we found it worked well).
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)

Sensor

The new dedicated ISO button placed on the right-hand side of the top plate enables one-handed operation, speeding up reaction time when the pressure's on.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)
Shots taken at high ISOs and for longer exposures do start to look a little noisier in the shadows though.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)

Lens

We found this a good option for crowd scenes - the 3-inch screen gives a wide angle of view, while a grid overlay helps refine framing when you're holding the camera at unusual angles.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)

Battery

This blistering rate works as long as the battery's got enough capacity - you can also reduce the high and low drive speeds via a custom menu if you don't need to burn frames at quite such a rate.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)

Autofocus

An autofocus lock button replaces the focus-point return button (whose useful function which can now be assigned to the multi-controller above the quick control dial).
by TechRadar (Jul, 2007)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 10.1 MP
Resolution 3888 x 2592
Size APS-H
Area 28.7 x 18.7 mm
Crop factor 1.3x
Pixel size 53.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 45
Cross type focus points 19
Supports continuous No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.61x

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps
Battery life 2,200 photos
Continuous shooting 10 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 94 ms
Shutter lag 57 ms
Startup delay 100 ms

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 156 x 157 x 80 mm
Thickness 80 mm
Weight 1,335 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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