In the EOS-1D, Canon blended the best of the digital and analog worlds to maintain its high standards. Buttons and switches are strategically placed in the same positions as on the acclaimed EOS-1v, while displays and controls that are unique to digital cameras, especially on the back panel, are laid out according to the same operational concept as the EOS D2000. The result is operation that is extremely intuitive for seasoned Canon users and easily accessible to others who are experiencing EOS for the first time. All body covers and most internal chassis components are constructed of magnesium alloy that minimizes weight and delivers exceptional rigidity. This alloy also serves as an effective electromagnetic shield, protecting internal mechanisms from electrical interference. Coupled with a durable baked coating, the body provides extra durability to withstand the toughest shooting environments, and it is weather resistant
The heart of the EOS-1D's image quality: one of the largest imaging sensors in a digital SLR. As pixels on a digital imaging sensor become larger, they become more sensitive to light. This means less digital noise, superior highlights and shadow tonalities, and a wider range of contrast is likely. The EOS-1D's newly developed 4.48 million pixel CCD sensor (4.15 million effective pixels) is a full 28.7 x 19.1mm in size-with square pixels a full 11.5 x 11.5 microns in size. Another benefit of the large CCD sensor in the EOS-1D is that the lens focal length factor is only 1.3x. This means more than ever, your wide-angle lenses will behave similarly to how they do on a 35mm SLR film camera, a huge benefit to photojournalists, commercial photographers, and many other professional shooters.
With a shutter release time lag of just 55 ms, no digital SLR responds faster. One of the key hurdles to faster shooting speeds is an SLR was speed the mirror could move up and down, while stopping long enough between frames for an AF system to get updated information. With Canon's original Active Mirror Control method, blackout time between exposures is a barely perceptible 45 ms, and contributes to the sense of solid responsiveness you get using the EOS-1D.
Thanks to a generous buffer memory, the EOS-1D can fire up to 21 consecutive frames (at up to 8 fps) in its full-resolution, best-quality JPEG mode, And the EOS-1D can record both a RAW image, for optimum image quality and archiving purposes, and a separate full-resolution JPEG file which provides quick access and small files sizes simultaneously.
- High-resolution 4.1 million pixel CCD imaging sensor, with new high-speed "imaging engine" for outstanding color and low digital noise.
- The fastest digital SLR in the world: 8 fps (for up to 21 frames) at full-resolution and highest quality JPEG setting.
- Top shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec., and 1/500 X-sync.
- 100% viewfinder coverage meeting professional needs with adjustable diopter and eyepiece shutter.
- 45-point Area AF for compositional freedom, and 21-zone metering.
- Captures both RAW and JPEG images simultaneously and records sequentially on the CF card.
- 10 white balance modes and WB bracketing functions, including setting kelvin values.
- ISO-speed settings from 200-1,600 in 1/3-steps, and Canon's exclusive new ISO-speed bracketing.
- Strength, durability and reliability - magnesium-alloy body with moisture-resistant seals at over 70 points, weather-sealed battery pack, and shutter durability-tested to 150,000 exposures.
- Shooting is prioritized - return to shooting even when displaying a recorded image.
- Entirely new EOS-1D software with powerful new tools for image control and customization of the camera
- compatible with Windows and Macintosh computers.
- Compatible with CompactFlash cards, Type I and Type II, including compatible Microdrives.
- High-speed 400mbps IEEE 1394 connection to compatible Windows and Macintosh computers.