Canon has introduced its newest EOS digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera aimed at digital photography professionals — the
EOS-1D Mark III. It’s scheduled to be released this spring, and while Canon did not specify an exact price, the company said the new camera would be priced similarly to the EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLR, which debuted for about $4,000.
Billed as the “world’s fastest digital SLR camera,” the EOS-1D Mark III can record bursts of 110 large JPEGs or 30 raw files. It sports a 10.1 megapixel APS-H size CMOS sensor, and features an ISO range of 100 to 3200.
A new “Live View” shooting mode lets users use the 3.0-inch LCD screen as a viewfinder. The new software included with the camera also lets you view what the camera is seeing and control its operation remotely, using a USB cable connected to a Mac or PC.
Dust management is a key feature of the new camera; it introduces the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The image sensor has a glass cover that vibrates for 3.5 seconds when the camera is turned on or off to help agitate any contamination that might be on the sensor. The shutter also generates less dust.
Autofocus has been improved — the camera still has 45 autofocus points, but unlike previous cameras, 19 of those points (instead of seven) are cross-type points. The camera also employs dual imaging engines that result in faster image processing and writing to CompactFlash or SDHC memory cards.