Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5D Mark II vs 1Ds Mark I

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


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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 5D Mark II vs 1Ds Mark I

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

EOS 5D Mark II
1,815 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark I
1,480 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 5D Mark II
850 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark I
600 photos

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

EOS 5D Mark II
23.7 bits
EOS 1Ds Mark I
23.3 bits

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

EOS 5D Mark II
11.9 ev
EOS 1Ds Mark I
11.3 ev

Features Key features of the EOS 5D Mark II  vs 1Ds Mark I 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 5D Mark II
25,600 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark I
1,250 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 5D Mark II
41.1 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark I
77.5 microns

Specifications Full list of technical specs


EOS 5D Mark II  vs
1Ds Mark I 
Megapixels 21 MP 11 MP
Resolution 5616 x 3744 4064 x 2704
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 35.8 x 23.8 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 41.1 microns 77.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,250 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 1,250 ISO
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 9 45
Cross type focus points 1 0


Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 98% 100%
Magnification 0.71x 0.7x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.7x


Max continuous shooting 3.9 fps 3 fps
Battery life 850 600
Continuous shooting
3 fps @ 4064 x 2704, JPEG, 10 shots
3.9 fps, JPEG


EOS 5D Mark II  vs
1Ds Mark I 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Manual N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A


Size 3" 2"
Resolution 920 k dots 120 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 152 x 114 x 75 mm 156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm
Thickness 75 mm 79.9 mm
Weight 850 g 1,600 g
Is weather sealed Yes No


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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