Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 1Ds Mark I vs 1D Mark III

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from techradar.com and dpreview.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 1Ds Mark I vs 1D Mark III

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

EOS 1Ds Mark I
1,480 ISO
EOS 1D Mark III
1,078 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 1Ds Mark I
600 photos
EOS 1D Mark III
2,200 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

EOS 1Ds Mark I
23.3 bits
EOS 1D Mark III
22.7 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Features Key features of the EOS 1Ds Mark I  vs 1D Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 1Ds Mark I
1,250 ISO
EOS 1D Mark III
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 1Ds Mark I
77.5 microns
EOS 1D Mark III
53.3 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 1Ds Mark I  vs 1D Mark III 

10.0
10.0
Despite its size and weight, the camera handles beautifully, with every control both easy and intuitive to operate.
EOS 1Ds Mark I

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 1Ds Mark I  vs
1D Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 11 MP 10.1 MP
Resolution 4064 x 2704 3888 x 2592
Size Full frame APS-H
Area 35.8 x 23.8 mm 28.7 x 18.7 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.3x
Pixel size 77.5 microns 53.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,250 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 1,250 ISO 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection Phase detection
Focus points 45 45
Cross type focus points 0 19

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.7x 0.76x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.61x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 10 fps
Battery life 600 2,200
Continuous shooting
3 fps @ 4064 x 2704, JPEG, 10 shots
10 fps, JPEG

video

EOS 1Ds Mark I  vs
1D Mark III 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2" 3"
Resolution 120 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view No Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm 156 x 157 x 80 mm
Thickness 79.9 mm 80 mm
Weight 1,600 g 1,335 g
Is weather sealed No Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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