Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

EOS Digital SLR and Compact System Cameras

EOS 1Ds Mark II

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Resolution is just the beginning

EOS-1Ds Mark II. The Digital SLR that delivers the hair-splitting, super-fine detail of 50MB files. It has all the features and disaster-proof build quality expected from a professional EOS body.


  • 16.7 MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • 4 fps
  • 32 frame continuous shooting
  • DPP RAW processing software
  • E-TTL II flash system
  • Wide ISO speed range
  • Weather resistant magnesium body
  • Dual performance memory card slots
  • LCD with 230k pixels

Detailed Features

Mind-blowing Megapixels

The EOS-1Ds Mark II's phenomenal 16.7 Megapixel full frame (36 x 24mm) CMOS sensor produces files which convert to 50MB uncompressed TIFF at 24 bit colour depth: the standard acceptable quality for leading international photo agencies and stock libraries. It features a built-in low-pass filter to eliminate false colour and moiré effects, plus an on-chip noise elimination circuit. Low (L:50) and high (H:3200) settings can be selected to extend the camera's wide 100-1600 ISO speed range.

Processing power

Canon's second-generation DIGIC II processor powers the camera's commanding performance. The combined technology of the new CMOS sensor, DIGIC II and a large buffer system work together to deliver 4-frame per second 32-frame Large JPEG continuous shooting.

Built tough

The camera is protected with a robust water-resistant magnesium alloy body, while shutter durability is an impressive 200,000 cycles. For critical shooting conditions, its back-up mode allows dual recording to both CF and SF memory cards.

Flash system

Canon's Evaluative Through-The-Lens (E-TTL II) auto-flash system gives the EOS-1Ds Mark II a distance-linked precision flash system that is accurate and reliable in all conditions. E-TTL II achieves the correct exposure and more stable control, particularly with bright or reflective objects or off-centre subjects.

Creative control

The EOS-1Ds Mark II's 2.0", 230,000 pixel LCD is ideal for checking focus and composition and its 10x zoom magnifies details to ensure you have the shot you want. As well as simultaneously shooting RAW and JPEG, there’s also the option to select sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space. White balance (WB) bias is correctable by +/-9 levels for both blue/amber and magenta/green bias and WB bracketing is supported up to ±3 levels.


New Digital Photo Professional software allows high-speed processing of lossless RAW files for greater control. For complete connectivity, the camera's interfaces include FireWire (IEEE1394) and Video Out. A USB port is included for direct printing. The EOS-1Ds Mark II is EF lens and EX-series Speedlite compatible.

Product Specification


Type 36 x 24mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 16.7M
Total Pixels Approx. 17.2M
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built in / Fixed
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Focal Length 1.0x Multiplication with EF lens fitted


Type TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System / Points 45-point AF (Area AF)
AF Working Range EV 0-18 (at 20 °C & ISO 100)
AF Modes One Shot
AI Servo
AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection, Home position (switch to registered AF point)
Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder
Predictive AF AF
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus Selected on lens


Metering Modes TTL full aperture metering with 21 zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to any AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering:
Centre spot metering (approx. 2.4% viewfinder at centre)
AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
Multi/Spot metering (Max 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Centre weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 0-20 (at 20°C with 50mm f1.4 lens ISO 100)
AE Lock Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes
Exposure Compensation +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments. 1/2-stop increments selectable with C.Fn-06-2.
Bracketing methods:
1 Shutter speed or aperture
2 ISO speed
ISO Sensitivity* 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments) ISO can be expanded to L: 50 or H: 3200 (selected on shooting menu)
Type Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
Speed 30 - 1/8000 sec. (1/3 stop increments), Bulb
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release


Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting, Personal WB, (Total 10 Settings)
White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9
Personal White Balance Up to 3 personal WB settings can be registered
WB Bracketing +/-3 stops in full stop increments.
Method: 1. Blue/Amber 2. Magenta/Green.
3 bracketed images per shutter release


Type 5 types of colour space: 4x sRGB, Adobe RGB.
2x user selectable


Viewfinder Pentaprism
Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal) Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Magnification 0.7x ¹
Eyepoint 20mm
Dioptre Correction -3 to +1 dpt
Focusing Screen Interchangeable (9 types). Standard Focusing Screen Ec-CIII
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF1200mm f5.6 or shorter
Viewfinder Information AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), Exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, metering range, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), Flash Information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), JPEG format, number of remaining shots, CF card information, WB compensation.
Depth of Field Preview Yes
Eyepiece Shutter Built-in


Monitor 2.0" TFT, approx. 230K pixels
Coverage Approx. 100% (for JPEG images)
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels
Modes E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
HotShoe / PC Terminal Yes / Yes
X-sync 1/250sec
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-3 EV in 1/3-stop increments with EX series Speedlites
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
External Flash E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support


Modes Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual
Drive Modes Single / Continuous
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 4fps. (speed maintained for up to 32 images (JPEG), 11 images (RAW))¹


Image Size (LF)4992x3328, (M1)3600x2400, (M2)3072x2048, (S)2496x1664, (RAW)4992x3328
Compression JPEG (1-10 settings, user selectable), RAW (Canon RAW 2nd edition)


Still Image Type JPEG (Exif 2.21 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes
Folders Folder creation & selection is possible
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
Processing Parameters 3 parameters in 3 sets
Sound Files WAVE (monaural)


Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes


Custom Functions 20 Custom Functions with 65 settings
Personal Functions 27
Red-Eye Correction Yes
LCD Panel (EL) Illumination Yes
Water / Dust Resistance Yes
Sound Memo Up to 30sec per image
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x
Display Formats (1) Single image with information
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Magnified view
Image Erase Protection Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or cancelled at one time
Image Erase Single image, All in folder, All on card
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec.
Menu Categories (1) Recording Menu
(2) Playback menu
(3) Set-up menu
(4) Custom/ Personal Functions Menu
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian,
Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user


Computer IEEE 1394 (Supplied with 4-pin dedicated cable), USB 1.1 (Mini-B, PTP)
Other Video output (PAL/NTSC)


Type CompactFlash Type I/II (Microdrive compatible)¹, SDHC SD¹, memory


PC Macintosh Windows 98 (including SE) / 2000 / Me / XP


Browsing & Printing EOS Viewer Utility / EOS Capture
Other PhotoStitch
Drivers TWAIN, WIA
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional


Batteries 1 x Ni-MH pack NP-E3, 1 x CR2025 for date & settings
Battery Life Approx. 1200 (at 20 °C) ¹
Approx. 800 (at 0 °C) ¹
Battery Check Automatic
Power Saving Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
AC Power Supply Power adapter DCK-E1


Lenses All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses)
Flash Canon Speedlites (220EX, 270EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2)
Remote Controller / Switch Remote control with N3 type contact
Power Supply & Battery Chargers DC coupler kit DCK-E1, Battery charger NC-E2


Body Materials Magnesium Alloy
Operating Environment 0-45 °C, 85% or lower humidity
Dimensions 156.0 x 157.6 x 79.9mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 1215g (battery weight 335g)
Magnification ¹ With 50mm lens at infinity, -1 dpt
Continuous Shooting ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity
Type ¹ Compatible with all memory card capacities, including cards of 2GB and more
Battery Life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods.
  • Subject to change without notice.
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