Camera Test: Canon EOS 1D Mark III

We all want one. We all want to be on the sideline holding this piece of gear. With all the news and speculation of the Canon 40D, here is something grounded in reality. The EOS 1D Mark III, the top of the line Canon with all the speed precision the rest of us wish we could afford.

This model lives up to the hype. Perhaps some of the goodies will trickle down to the rest of us.

Since Canon announced their new flagship 10.1 megapixel high-speed professional DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III (street: $4500) back in March, we’ve been itching to put it through our battery of lab tests. Photojournalists, sports photographers and hardcore enthusiasts, among others, have been chattering about this camera online, eagerly awaiting delivery of a promised unit, or complaining about being stuck in back-order hell.

Perhaps you’ve already heard about the feature set of this camera: ISO 50-6400, 1.3x conversion factor, 10 frames per second with a JPEG burst of up to 110 full-resolution shots (or 22 RAW plus JPEG), Dual Digic III processors, 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion, live preview shooting on the 230,000 pixel 3 inch LCD, sensor-shake dust removal, and a host of other upgrades big and small.

Our impressions with a late pre-production working sample left us on the edge of our seats waiting for a fully testable unit to see if it lives up to the hype. Now that we’ve run the Canon EOS 1D Mark III through our battery of tests, we can now say we’re very impressed with both the features, and the performance, of this new high-speed champ.

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