Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 1Ds Mark III vs 1Ds Mark II

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 1Ds Mark III vs II

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

EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,663 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,480 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 1Ds Mark III
1,800 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark II
1,200 photos

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

EOS 1Ds Mark III
24.0 bits
EOS 1Ds Mark II
23.3 bits

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

Features Key features of the EOS 1Ds Mark III  vs II 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 1Ds Mark III
3,200 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark II
3,200 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 III
41.1 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark II
52.0 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


EOS 1Ds Mark III  vs
Megapixels 21 MP 16.6 MP
Resolution 5616 x 3744 4992 x 3328
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 41.1 microns 52.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO 50 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes No

focus system

Type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Focus points 45 45
Cross type focus points 19 7


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


Max continuous shooting 5 fps 4 fps
Battery life 1,800 1,200
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5616 x 3744, JPEG, 56 shots
4 fps


EOS 1Ds Mark III  vs
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


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


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

form factor

Size 150 x 160 x 80 mm 156 x 158 x 80 mm
Thickness 80 mm 80 mm
Weight 1,385 g 1,500 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes


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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