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August 2008, Simon Joinson

The EOS-1Ds Mark III is the seventh Canon professional EOS-1D series
digital SLR, although only the third of the 's' suffix sub-category which
indicates a full frame sensor. Three years since the last EOS-1Ds, the
Mark II, the Mark III pushes digital SLR resolution over the twenty
megapixel barrier with specifically twenty-one-point-one million pixels
(5616 x 3744) on its 36 x 24 mm (full 35 mm frame) sensor. Canon also
claims to have increased the 'light gathering efficiency' of the sensor by
reducing the amount of (wasted) space between micro lenses, hence despite
the resolution increase the Mark III still provides sensitivity up to ISO
3200 (with boost enabled).
As well as increasing resolution Canon has pushed continuous shooting up a
step with five frames per second over the Mark II's four frames per
second. This means that at full speed the two DIGIC III image processors
are dealing with an impressive 185 MB/sec. Other improvements include the
larger screen, Live View, a fourteen-bit A/D converter and fourteen-bit
RAW files, UDMA Compact Flash support (up to 45 MB/sec) and a whole range
of features (such as dual storage slots and Picture Styles) inherited from
the EOS-1D Mark III.
From a build, function and usability point of view the EOS-1Ds Mark III is
identical to the EOS-1D Mark III apart from the full frame (36 x 24 mm)
sensor, (naturally) larger viewfinder and UDMA support for Compact Flash
cards.
Model line history
The EOS-1Ds Mark III represents a 26% increase in resolution over the
EOS-1Ds Mark II which in turn represented a 50% increase in resolution
over the original EOS-1Ds.
ModelAnnouncedEffective pixels Sensor size Continuous High (JPEG)
LCD monitor
EOS-1DSep 2001 4.2 mp 1.3x crop8.0 fps, 21 frames 2.0"
EOS-1DsSep 2002 11.1 mp Full frame 3.0 fps, 10 frames 2.0"
EOS-1D Mark IIJan 2004 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 40 frames 2.0"
EOS-1Ds Mark II Sep 2004 16.7 mp Full frame 4.0 fps, 32 images 2.0"
EOS-1D Mark II N Aug 2005 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 48 images 2.5"
EOS-1D Mark IIIFeb 2007 10.1 mp 1.3x crop 10.0 fps, 110 images 3.0"
(Live view)
EOS-1Ds Mark III Aug 2007 21.1 mp Full frame 5.0 fps, 56 images 3.0"
(Live view)

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III vs. EOS-1Ds Mark II feature and specification
differences

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Sensor• 21.1 million effective pixels
• 6.4 ตm pixel pitch • 16.7 million effective pixels
• 7.2 ตm pixel pitch
Image processor Dual DIGIC III DIGIC II
A/D converter 14-bit12-bit
Image sizes • 5616 x 3744
• 4992 x 3328
• 4080 x 2720
• 2784 x 1856• 4992 x 3328
• 3600 x 2400
• 3072 x 2048
• 2496 x 1664
RAW files • CR2 format, 14-bit
• RAW full resolution
• sRAW (5.2 MP) • CR2 format, 12-bit
• RAW full resolution
Dust reduction High speed vibration of filter None
Auto focus • 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
• 19 cross-type for F2.8 or faster lens • 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
• 7 cross-type for F4 or faster lens
AF adjustment YesNo
Metering63-zone linked to AF points 21-zone linked to AF points
Shutter300,000 exposure durability 200,000 exposure durability
Noise reduction Optional High ISO No option
White balance Up to five personal WB presets Up to three personal WB
presets
Image parameters • Picture Styles (six default, three user)
• Sharpness: 0 to 7
• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G • Color matrix (five default, two user)
• Sharpness: 0 to 5
• Contrast: -2 to +2
• Saturation: -2 to +2
• Color tone: -2 to +2
Viewfinder • 100% frame coverage
• Magnification: 0.76x
• Eyepoint: 20 mm• 100% frame coverage
• Magnification: 0.70x
• Eyepoint: 20 mm
ISO in viewfinder YesNo
LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 7 brightness levels• 2.0" TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 5 brightness levels
LCD Live View YesNo
Playback modes Exposure line at top in single image view No exposure
in single image view
Silent shooting Yes (quieter release)No
Continuous shooting • 5.0 / 3.0 fps
• Up to 56 JPEG Large/Fine images • 5.0 fps
• Up to 32 JPEG Large/Fine images
Auto rotate • On (recorded and LCD display)
• On (recorded only)
• Off• On
• Off
My Menu Up to six menu options can be customize No
Menu languages 1815
Custom functions 5720
Hot-shoe water resistance Yes (with 580 EX II) No
Storage• Compact Flash slot (UDMA support)
• SD card slot (SDHC support)
• USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A • Compact Flash slot
• SD card slot
Data connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed• USB 1.1
• Firewire IEEE 1394
Battery power Lithium-Ion LP-E4 rechargeable batteryNi-MH NP-E3
rechargeable battery
Dimensions150 x 160 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)156 x 158 x 80 mm
(6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight• No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
• With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)• No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
• With battery: 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Review
August 2008, Simon Joinson

The EOS-1Ds Mark III is the seventh Canon professional EOS-1D series digital SLR, although only the third of the 's' suffix sub-category which indicates a full frame sensor. Three years since the last EOS-1Ds, the Mark II, the Mark III pushes digital SLR resolution over the twenty megapixel barrier with specifically twenty-one-point-one million pixels (5616 x 3744) on its 36 x 24 mm (full 35 mm frame) sensor. Canon also claims to have increased the 'light gathering efficiency' of the sensor by reducing the amount of (wasted) space between micro lenses, hence despite the resolution increase the Mark III still provides sensitivity up to ISO 3200 (with boost enabled).
As well as increasing resolution Canon has pushed continuous shooting up a step with five frames per second over the Mark II's four frames per second. This means that at full speed the two DIGIC III image processors are dealing with an impressive 185 MB/sec. Other improvements include the larger screen, Live View, a fourteen-bit A/D converter and fourteen-bit RAW files, UDMA Compact Flash support (up to 45 MB/sec) and a whole range of features (such as dual storage slots and Picture Styles) inherited from the EOS-1D Mark III.
From a build, function and usability point of view the EOS-1Ds Mark III is identical to the EOS-1D Mark III apart from the full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor, (naturally) larger viewfinder and UDMA support for Compact Flash cards.
Model line history
The EOS-1Ds Mark III represents a 26% increase in resolution over the EOS-1Ds Mark II which in turn represented a 50% increase in resolution over the original EOS-1Ds.
Model Announced Effective pixels Sensor size Continuous High (JPEG) LCD monitor
EOS-1D Sep 2001 4.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.0 fps, 21 frames 2.0"
EOS-1Ds Sep 2002 11.1 mp Full frame 3.0 fps, 10 frames 2.0"
EOS-1D Mark II Jan 2004 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 40 frames 2.0"
EOS-1Ds Mark II Sep 2004 16.7 mp Full frame 4.0 fps, 32 images 2.0"
EOS-1D Mark II N Aug 2005 8.2 mp 1.3x crop 8.3 fps, 48 images 2.5"
EOS-1D Mark III Feb 2007 10.1 mp 1.3x crop 10.0 fps, 110 images 3.0" (Live view)
EOS-1Ds Mark III Aug 2007 21.1 mp Full frame 5.0 fps, 56 images 3.0" (Live view)
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III vs. EOS-1Ds Mark II feature and specification differences

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Sensor • 21.1 million effective pixels
• 6.4 µm pixel pitch • 16.7 million effective pixels
• 7.2 µm pixel pitch
Image processor Dual DIGIC III DIGIC II
A/D converter 14-bit 12-bit
Image sizes • 5616 x 3744
• 4992 x 3328
• 4080 x 2720
• 2784 x 1856 • 4992 x 3328
• 3600 x 2400
• 3072 x 2048
• 2496 x 1664
RAW files • CR2 format, 14-bit
• RAW full resolution
• sRAW (5.2 MP) • CR2 format, 12-bit
• RAW full resolution
Dust reduction High speed vibration of filter None
Auto focus • 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
• 19 cross-type for F2.8 or faster lens • 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
• 7 cross-type for F4 or faster lens
AF adjustment Yes No
Metering 63-zone linked to AF points 21-zone linked to AF points
Shutter 300,000 exposure durability 200,000 exposure durability
Noise reduction Optional High ISO No option
White balance Up to five personal WB presets Up to three personal WB presets
Image parameters • Picture Styles (six default, three user)
• Sharpness: 0 to 7
• Contrast: -4 to +4
• Saturation: -4 to +4
• Color tone: -4 to +4
• B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
• B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G • Color matrix (five default, two user)
• Sharpness: 0 to 5
• Contrast: -2 to +2
• Saturation: -2 to +2
• Color tone: -2 to +2
Viewfinder • 100% frame coverage
• Magnification: 0.76x
• Eyepoint: 20 mm • 100% frame coverage
• Magnification: 0.70x
• Eyepoint: 20 mm
ISO in viewfinder Yes No
LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 7 brightness levels • 2.0" TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 5 brightness levels
LCD Live View Yes No
Playback modes Exposure line at top in single image view No exposure in single image view
Silent shooting Yes (quieter release) No
Continuous shooting • 5.0 / 3.0 fps
• Up to 56 JPEG Large/Fine images • 5.0 fps
• Up to 32 JPEG Large/Fine images
Auto rotate • On (recorded and LCD display)
• On (recorded only)
• Off • On
• Off
My Menu Up to six menu options can be customize No
Menu languages 18 15
Custom functions 57 20
Hot-shoe water resistance Yes (with 580 EX II) No
Storage • Compact Flash slot (UDMA support)
• SD card slot (SDHC support)
• USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A • Compact Flash slot
• SD card slot
Data connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed • USB 1.1
• Firewire IEEE 1394
Battery power Lithium-Ion LP-E4 rechargeable battery Ni-MH NP-E3 rechargeable battery
Dimensions 150 x 160 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in) 156 x 158 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight • No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
• With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb) • No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
• With battery: 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)

Pentax Optio A30 10MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom with Shake Reduction System

Product DescriptionManufacturer DescriptionThe Pentax Optio A30 features 10.0 effective megapixels, a 1/1.8-inch CCD with a wide dynamic range for superior tones, an smc Pentax zoom lens and an image processing engine that gives a rich color reproduction. The Pentax original Shake Reduction (SR) technology in the A30 has been improved by adding both Digital and Movie SR for improved image capture in low-light settings and telephoto capture. A unique Face Recognition AF and AE function offers better results in photographs by automatically detecting faces, and then adjusting exposure and focus to properly capture portraits. As a DivX-certified digital camera, the Optio A30 also makes it easy for users to create their own media for both business and social purposes. With the push of a button, users can instantly record high-quality DivX video and discover simple playback on any of the 50 million DivX-certified consumer electronics devices available today.


Optio A30 Highlights
High-quality images With 10.0 effective megapixels, the Optio A30 achieves one of the highest image quality levels in a compact digital camera. The 1/1.8-inch CCD features a wide light-sensitive area for superior tone reproduction. The camera features an smc Pentax zoom lens renowned for high resolving power, an image processing engine that makes a rich color reproduction possible, and three Shake Reduction functions.


Shake Reduction Enhancements
Shake Reduction The new shake detection accuracy of the Optio A30 is achieved incorporating a high-accuracy gyro sensor and a control algorithm used for SR technology in Pentax digital SLR cameras, which consists of an exclusive shifting CCD system. This allows highly corrective effects, equivalent to shutter speeds of approximately 2.5 to 3.5 steps to be achieved when shooting still images. Digital Shake Reduction* The Digital SR mode automatically alters sensitivity according to the brightness of the subject, and effectively reduces camera shake and subject blur. For the Optio A30, the maximum sensitivity has been improved to ISO 3200 to allow faster shutter speeds and more blur free photography.* Image recording size is fixed to 5 M (2592 x 1944 pixels) when the Digital SR mode is selected. Movie Shake Reduction* An electronic shake reduction function exclusively for capturing movies, which effectively corrects distortions in images due to camera shakes through software.* When using Movie SR mode, the field of view is narrower than that during normal video recording. New, brighter, easier-to-view LCD monitor The Optio A30 features a high-intensity LCD monitor with an LCD booster function that improves screen brightness on demand. The monitor is easier to view outdoors even in bright sunlight, and with a 2.5-inch screen size and a high resolution of 232,000 pixels, confirming picture compositions and focus is easy. The screen also offers wide-angle viewing of 160 degrees, since there is little change in brightness and colors even when looking at the monitor diagonally. Face Recognition AF and AE The Optio A30 is equipped with a Face Recognition AF and AE function* that automatically detects and focuses on faces, regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically adjusted so that the areas with faces are not darkened even if there is backlighting. *Available when the photography mode is "Portrait" or "Kid" and the camera is directed at people from the front. This camera’s Face Recognition AF and AE function uses the Face Tracker face-recognition technology from FotoNation.


Swift operation speeds Photography and playback operation speeds are enhanced on the A30 for all-around improved results especially in action settings. In addition to a 0.02-second release time lag, focus and start-up times have been improved.


Intelligent Zoom function The Optio A30 is equipped with a new Intelligent Zoom function, an evolved form of digital zoom, enabling users to digitally magnify images and maintain the image quality of optical zoom.


Video Recording mode enables high-quality recording for longer time periods The Optio A30 captures movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at sizes up to 640 x 480 pixels with image quality rivaling camcorders. Equipped with DivX (MPEG-4 compliant) movie format,* the Optio A30 captures longer, high-quality movies in smaller files.*The Optio A30 is DivX certified. Movie playback is not supported on Macintosh operating systems.


A wide range of exposure setting modes With Programmed Exposure mode, the Optio A30 automatically determines shutter speed and aperture. The camera also includes Shutter-Priority AE mode and Manual Exposure mode, which users may set for desired effects.


Compact, lightweight body Despite a large CCD, an SR system and a 3x optical zoom lens with a focal range covering angles of view equivalent to those of a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format, the Optio A30 features a slim, light body with a unique Sliding Lens System* and high-density mounting technology.* A Pentax proprietary lens system where the central lens group slides upward and away from the optical axis. Housing the lens in two steps in the lens cylinder reduces overall lens thickness, thereby minimizing body depth.


Other Features
Auto-tracking AF continuously focuses on a moving subject Compatible with new SDHC memory cards, in addition to conventional SD memory cards mode Palette provides quick access to 15 shooting modes and 15 playback modes A "Green button" enables users to assign functions that are frequently used and recall them in just one touch Approximately 22MB of built-in memory Calendar Display function allows image retrieval based on the capture date Easy searching and organizing of images on a PC using the Date Folder function FotoNation’s red-eye correction function for correcting red eye after shooting, which occurs easily when photographing with flash Includes the ACDSee for Pentax image viewer/image management software Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III


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Product DescriptionManufacturer DescriptionWith an enhanced waterproof design, the Optio W30 performance capacity has more than doubled and now allows photographers to capture images underwater up to 10 feet for 2 hours. The generous 2.5-inch LCD monitor offers an LCD Bright mode that can adjust the brightness of the screen as necessary for improved viewing in the sunlight. Ever the perfect camera for capturing adventure in the outdoors, the Optio W30 also features both Digital and Movie SR modes to reduce blur in both image and video capture. The Optio W30 also features the Face Recognition function and Macro Photography mode to allow image capture at under half an inch for stunning close-ups of photography subjects such as flowers, insects, jewelry and much more. Optio W30 Highlights


Enhanced waterproof function With an enhanced design, the Optio W30 waterproof performance capacity has more than doubled and now allows photographers to capture images underwater up to 10 feet for 2 hours. Improved construction of the camera incorporates metal front and back covers for added durability. Protective glass on the lens is treated with a Super Protect (SP) coating, developed exclusively by Pentax for superior water repellency. In addition to a JIS Class 8 waterproof standard, the Optio W30 features JIS Class 5 dustproof standard that protects the camera even more in outdoor settings.


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Face Recognition AF and AE mode The Optio W30 is equipped with a "Face Recognition AF and AE" function* that automatically detects and focuses on faces, regardless of where the people appear in the photo frame. In addition, optimal exposure settings are automatically conducted so that the areas with faces are not darkened even if there is backlighting.*Available when the shooting mode is "Portrait" and the camera is directed at people from the front.


Digital Shake Reduction (SR) The Digital SR mode helps reduce camera shake and subject blur in still photography by adjusting sensitivity automatically to as high as the sensitivity of ISO 3200, to match the brightness of the subject. This enables photography with fast shutter speeds.
High-quality movies with Shake Reduction function The Optio W30 captures smooth, high-quality movies at 30 fps (frames per second) at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is comparable to movies taken with a camcorder. The Optio W30 also features Movie SR mode*, which automatically corrects camera shake, and an Interval Shooting mode that records images during each specified time interval as a movie for more creative options.*Using the "Movie SR" function results in a narrower field of view than that during normal video recording.


Macro photography The Optio W30 can focus on objects at just under half an inch away for stunning close-up photography of subjects such as flowers, insects, or jewelry.


Auto Picture mode automatically determines best settings for shooting conditions The Auto Picture mode helps the Optio W30 automatically determine the best shooting conditions for Landscape, Portrait, Night Scene, and Program modes and choose the optimum settings for each subject. This Pentax original function makes photography a breeze for beginners since it eliminates the necessity of making a number of individual settings.


Other Features
New auto-lock mechanism automatically locks the battery cover when closed. Auto-tracking AF continuously focuses on a moving subject Compatible with new SDHC memory cards, in addition to conventional SD memory cards mode Palette provides quick access to 25 shooting modes and 15 playback modes Image Recovery function lets you retrieve accidentally erased pictures Soft flash function avoids overexposure during close-up flash photography Digital zooming provides up to 4x magnification Digital Filter function that lets you enjoy editing photographed images FotoNation’s red-eye correction function for correcting red eye after shooting, which occurs easily when photographing with flash Approximately 21.9 MB of built-in memory Includes the ACDSee for Pentax image viewer/image management software Supports PictBridge, DPOF functions, Exif Print, and PRINT Image Matching III


Product DescriptionTake your underwater images to a new depth. With an enhanced waterproof design, the compact Optio W30 performance capacity has more than doubled and now allows photographers to capture images underwater up to 10 feet for 2 hours. The generous 2.5-inch LCD monitor offers an LCD Bright Mode that can adjust the brightness of the screen as necessary for improved viewing in the sunlight. Ever the perfect camera for capturing adventure in the outdoors, the Optio W30 also features both Digital and Movie SR modes to reduce blur in both image and video capture. The Optio W30 also features the Face Recognition function and Macro Photography mode to allow image capture at under half an inch for stunning close-ups of photography subjects such as flowers, insects, jewelry and much more.