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Canon unveils EOS-1D Mark II - Continued

EOS-1D Mark II major features include:

  • Magnesium alloy body with extensive seals and gaskets

  • 45-point Area AF, with up to 7 AF points acting as cross-type (with f/2.8 or faster lenses). Two dedicated AF microprocessors enable quicker acquisition of focus before the first frame in a sequence or in single shot operation, as well as improved AF prediction in sequence shooting

  • 200,000+ cycle shutter (derived from, but not identical to, the shutter used in the EOS-1V and EOS-1Ds)

  • 0.3 second camera startup time

  • 8.5 fps firing rate (adjustable from 1-8.5 fps in 1 fps increments via a Personal Function)

  • Consistent 55ms shutter lag (when aperture chosen is within 3 stops of maximum); shutter lag can be shortened to 40ms via the new Personal Function 26 (this shortened shutter lag is achievable when the attached lens is set to its maximum aperture).


  • Canon's Active Mirror Control provides a brief 87ms mirror blackout time (at shutter speeds of 1/60 or faster)

  • Top shutter speed of 1/8,000; standard top flash sync speed of 1/250 (plus full TTL flash at up to 1/8000 with a compatible EX-series Speedlite set to High Speed Sync). It's not expected to be possible to cheat the flash sync well above the standard top flash sync speed with non-dedicated strobes, as it is with the EOS-1D

  • ISO range of 100-1600 in 1/3 step increments, plus 50 and 3200

  • 21-zone Evaluative metering of ambient light; centre-weighted metering and spot metering also available

  • Flash exposure metering using 17 of the 21 metering segments; TTL flash calculation uses a revised algorithm, called E-TTL II, for promised improved flash exposure consistency even when scene is predominantly light or dark, and even when focusing and recomposing

  • Powered by removable, rechargeable 12V, 1650mAH NP-E3 NiMH battery pack

  • Built-in microphone for recording WAV format sound clips of up to 30 seconds in length

  • Viewfinder shows approximately 100% of image captured

  • Orientation sensor indicates whether the camera is horizontal or vertical (90 left or 90 right) at the time the picture is taken; the image file is tagged with this information. Canon EOS Viewer Utility, new Digital Photo Professional and other compatible software will automatically orient photos right way up

  • 8.50 million pixel, Canon-designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor with an 8.2m pixel pitch, bayer pattern RGB filter array, high-efficiency microlenses and multi-layer optical low pass filter generates 8.2 million actual image pixel photos. The sensor's data is read out in 8 different channels, clearing the sensor quickly enough to allow for the camera's maximum 8.5 fps shooting rate.

  • Sensor is 28.7 x 19.1mm in size; focal length cropping factor is approximately 1.3x (relative to 35mm film)

  • 12 bits per colour image capture (converted to 8 or 16 bits per colour, depending on file format and processing)

  • The 1D MKII is the first to incorporate Canon's DIGIC II imaging processing engine. It utilizes fast DDR-SDRAM memory, similar to that found in today's fastest computers, in support of the camera's 8.5 pictures per second shooting rate

  • File format options are JPEG (ten levels of compression), RAW .CR2 format and simultaneous RAW + JPEG

Camera set to RAW + 4.3MP JPEG

  • Maximum file resolution, when the camera is set to RAW .CR2 or Large JPEG, is 3504 x 2336 pixels (about 8.2MP). Three reduced resolution JPEG settings are also included: [M1] is 3104 x 2702 pixels (about 6.4MP); [M2] is 2544 x 1696 (about 4.3MP); [S] is 1728 x 1152 (about 2MP). Full resolution image data is resampled down to achieve M1, M2 and S resolutions. A different amount of JPEG compression, in 10 increments, can be selected for each resolution setting

  • 40 frame JPEG buffer; 20 frame RAW .CR2 buffer

  • Five Color Matrix settings allow for the selection of different colour looks; camera also includes two additional user-configurable Color Matrix settings that combine the user's preference for output colour space (yeah!), saturation intensity and skin tone rendering

  • canon_1dmkII_wbc.jpgAuto White Balance (AWB) range is 3000K to 7000K; AWB is calculated exclusively based on data from the image sensor. Camera also includes 6 manual White Balance settings for standard light sources, plus Kelvin (2800 to 10,000K in 100K steps). White Balance Compensation allows for adjustment of blue/amber bias and magenta/green bias, in +/-9 steps for a promised improvement in colour under oddball light sources

  • Up to 3 Personal White Balance settings may be loaded into the camera

  • Contrast is adjusted by a tone curve (Standard, plus 3 additional user-created curves can be loaded into the camera) and a 5-increment Contrast control which increases or decreases the contrast of the active tone curve

  • In-camera sharpening options are none plus 5 manual increments; default is none

  • Parameter sets (Tone Curve, Contrast and Sharpness) can be set up in the camera; in addition to the Standard set, three additional sets can be configured and selected

  • canon_1dmkII_slots.jpgCamera includes both a CompactFlash Type I/II slot and a SD card slot (as shown at right); photos can be written to each card simultaneously, or the user can manually select one or the other card to write photos to. It's not possible to write RAW .CR2 files to one card and JPEGs to the other. Opening the card door while photos are being written pauses the write operation; writing is resumed once the door is closed. Canon is promising write speeds of 5MB/second to cards in either slot, assuming the card is speedy enough to support that throughput

  • 4-pin FireWire port for tethered operation. Also included is a USB 1.1 port for direct connection to compatible printers only (CP Direct, Direct Photo and PictBridge protocols supported)

  • Video out supports NTSC and PAL

  • GPS not supported

  • Playback is via 2.0", 230,000-dot TFT LCD with white LED backlighting; brightness is adjustable in 5 increments. It's not possible to zoom or scroll through photos while photos are being written to a card

  • Playback modes include a 15-step, 1.5x to 10x zoom as well as separate brightness and RGB histogram views

  • Menus on the rear LCD monitor have been revamped. There are now 5 menu groupings instead of 4, while the visual appearance of the menus is similar to the EOS Digital Rebel/300D


  • Virtually all camera settings may be saved as a settings file for future use or to load into additional 1D MKII cameras

  • Optional Data Verification Kit DVK-E2  can verify that EOS-1D MKII and EOS-1Ds image files have not been altered

  • EXIF 2.2.1 and DCF 2.0 file specifications are supported; this enables photos processed into the Adobe RGB colour space to be marked as such (through a clunky method that does not use ICC profiles and requires viewing software that also supports EXIF 2.2.1 and DCF 2.0).

  • Canon EOS Viewer Utility, EOS Capture and new Digital Photo Professional software to be bundled with the camera

  • A wireless photo transmitter is planned, is expected to connect through the FireWire port, but no information on the wireless protocol(s) it will support or when it will ship have been released
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