Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3 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


What do the experts think?

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Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D3 vs EOS 1Ds Mark I

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

Nikon D3
2,290 ISO
EOS 1Ds Mark I
1,480 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D3
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Nikon D3
4,300 photos
EOS 1Ds Mark I
600 photos

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

Nikon D3
23.5 bits
EOS 1Ds Mark I
23.3 bits

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

Nikon D3
12.2 ev
EOS 1Ds Mark I
11.3 ev

Features Key features of the Nikon D3  vs EOS 1Ds Mark I 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D3
12.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D3
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

Nikon D3
71.7 microns
EOS 1Ds Mark I
77.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D3  vs EOS 1Ds Mark I 

For that, you can get a D3 body, one of the brand-new Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 N-series lenses and Nikon's fabulous 14-24mm N-series wide-angle zoom.
Nikon D3

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Nikon D3  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark I 
Megapixels 12.1 MP 11 MP
Resolution 4256 x 2832 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 71.7 microns 77.5 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,250 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 1,250 ISO
NEF 14bit
NEF 12bit
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Contrast detection
Focus points 51 45
Cross type focus points 15 0


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


Max continuous shooting 9 fps 3 fps
Battery life 4,300 600
Continuous shooting
3 fps @ 4064 x 2704, JPEG, 10 shots
9 fps, JPEG


Nikon D3  vs
EOS 1Ds Mark I 
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 922 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 160 x 157 x 88 mm 156 x 157.6 x 79.9 mm
Thickness 88 mm 79.9 mm
Weight 1,300 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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