Canon introduces the world's first full frame professional digital camera with AA 11.1 megapixel cmos sensor - the EOS-1DS
Sept. 24, 2002
Canon, a leader in photographic and imaging technology, announces the world's highest resolution professional digital camera: the EOS-1Ds. Featuring the first ever full frame 35mm CMOS sensor, with 11.1 million effective pixels, the EOS-1Ds captures astounding detail and colour and almost doubles the resolution provided by digital SLR cameras in the world today*.
The EOS-1Ds has been designed to meet the demands of those professional photographers who require the ultimate in digital image quality and is ideally suited to studio, commercial, reportage, or fashion photography.
Through the continuous development of Canon's groundbreaking CMOS technologies, the EOS-1Ds delivers high resolution, low noise and low power consumption, allowing photography to make a quantum leap in terms of digital image quality.
The EOS-1Ds can capture images at approximately three frames per second for a 10-frame burst, even at the highest quality setting.
"The world's professional photographers will see that the arrival of the EOS-1Ds means that digital output now rivals the quality produced by 35mm film," says Mark Robinson, Marketing Manager, Canon Consumer Imaging. "The EOS 1Ds allows us to expand our professional range significantly to offer photographers the choice of speed with the EOS 1D or exceptional resolution with the EOS 1Ds."
Incorporating a full frame sensor the same size and aspect ratio as 35mm film has long been the holy grail of digital photography, but the EOS-1Ds also delivers what has so far not been possible, ultra-high resolution in the SLR format. Another long-awaited benefit of a full frame sensor is that it allows the use of wide-angle lenses without any focal length magnification, a traditional limitation of previous digital cameras.
The EOS-1Ds sees the introduction of Canon's new imaging engine. This has been specially designed to achieve high image quality, excellent colour reproduction and a wide tonal range equal to, or better than, the 35mm slide film often favoured by professionals. In addition, the CMOS sensor's extremely high signal to noise ratio means that noise is minimised, even at the equivalent of ISO 1250.
The EOS-1Ds continues to build on the outstanding professional features incorporated within the multi award winning EOS-1D and EOS-1V. These include 45-point area autofocus, 21 zone metering, the familiar EOS ergonomic layout and the camera's renowned toughness and durability.
To meet professional photographers needs, an image enlargement function has been introduced which allows 25 sections of a selected image to be enlarged on the camera's LCD screen, allowing the user to check for detail and sharpness.
Other leading innovations include the unique ability to dial in colour temperatures to meet specific lighting conditions. 10 White Balance (WB) modes and WB bracketing provide maximum flexibility and colour accuracy. ISO speed bracketing allows photographers to fix aperture and shutter speeds, yet shoot at three different equivalent film speeds. Such advances offer the professional advanced creative opportunities.
With the high-speed FireWire standard, IEEE1394, enabling 50 Mbps throughput, high transfer speeds allow rapid plug and play downloads to a computer. CF cards can be formatted in either the FAT16 or FAT32 file system. Formatting in FAT32 is intended for high-capacity CF cards over 2GB and is selected automatically by the camera when formatting this type of card.
An optional accessory, the Data Verification Kit DVK-E1 consists of a dedicated IC card and card reader, together with special software for Windows 2000/XP. This allows one to check that the EOS-1Ds' image files have remained absolutely unaltered after being circulated. This may well be a landmark for digital imaging in law enforcement and copyright.
The EOS-1Ds utilises a tough, weather resistant magnesium-alloy body and has over 70 moisture and dust resistant seals, plus a Ni-Mh battery pack with protective sealing. The shutter has been tested to an amazing 150,000 exposures.
Entirely new software is available for the EOS-1Ds from the EOS Digital Solutions Disk and is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems. The camera also features a CF card type I/II slot enabling the use of CF cards and IBM Microdrives.
As CMOS sensors consume less power than CCDs, battery life has been improved, so that the NP-E3 battery pack can now capture up to 600 exposures on one charge***.
The EOS-1Ds is compatible with over 60 of Canon's EF lenses. Canon also extended its professional photographic system to include the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX for extremely versatile macro flash photography.
The EOS professional range has received the following European Awards:
The EOS-1D was awarded Best Professional Digital Camera 2002/2003 by the prestigious TIPA association
The EOS D60 was awarded the EISA Best Professional Digital Camera of the Year 2002/2003
The EOS-1V was awarded Professional Camera 2000-2001
The EOS 1Ds will be available in November at an RRP of £6999.99.