First Look: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
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First Look: Canon EOS 1D Mark III

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Canon's EOS 1D Mark III offers a luxurious cocktail of high-resolution, extremely low noise, blazingly fast burst shooting, abundant customization, and a build quality and ergonomic design among the best you'll find in today's camera market.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:11 >> Hello. I'm Phil Ryan, senior editor at CNET and we're looking at the Cannon 1D Mark 3. The 1D Mark 3 is Cannon's second in its line of digital SLRs, second into the 1DS Mark 2, which is 16 mega pixels. This one checks in at 10 mega pixels. Obviously, it's meant for pros. It's got 45 auto focus points and 19 high sensitivity cross points. 63 zone metering, 57 custom functions. It's got a pro type body with a vertical grip and all the same controls are mirrored on the vertical grip. This year Cannon decided to put in a three inch LCD, which is much larger than on the predecessor and made them move some of the buttons around. Unlike some pro bodies, the 1D Mark 3 uses both compact flash and SD. So it has slots for both. Its sensor is a little strange. It's a 1 point 3 X field of view or crop factor you might say. Instead of the normal 1 point 5 X found in a lot of the lower end SLRs or the full frame 35-millimeter sensors found in cameras like the 1DX Mark 2. It uses Cannon's standard lens mount, but won't accept Cannon's EFS lenses, which are designed for the 1 point 5 X crop factor. Hot shoot is a little bit different this year. It has a little ridge around it so that it can seal up a little bit better with Cannon's newest high-end flash. And the body itself actually has numerous weather sealing, lots of different gaskets built into it to keep water and dust out. Since this camera is geared towards sport shooters in large part, it has a very fast burst rate, fastest on the market at 10 frames per second. Overall image quality was excellent. It was among the best that I've ever had the pleasure of shooting and especially at higher ISOs where we saw very little noise. And we were able to make really nice prints all the way up to ISO 6400. I'm Phil Ryan and this is the Cannon 1D Mark 3. ^M00:02:34 [ Music ]

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