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Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds

Portability
50
Imaging
75
Features
85
Overall
79
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III front
 
Canon EOS-1Ds front
Portability
50
Imaging
53
Features
34
Overall
45

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds Key Specs

Canon 1D X III
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Push to 819200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 5472 x 2886 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1440g - 158 x 168 x 83mm
  • Announced January 2020
  • Succeeded the Canon 1D X II
Canon 1Ds
(Full Review)
  • 11MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1250
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 1585g - 156 x 158 x 80mm
  • Revealed December 2002
  • New Model is Canon 1Ds MII
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Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds, both Pro DSLR cameras and both are sold by Canon. There exists a big gap among the image resolutions of the 1D X III (20MP) and 1Ds (11MP) but they use the exact same sensor size (Full frame).

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The 1D X III was announced 17 years after the 1Ds which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Large SLR).

Before delving through a thorough comparison, below is a concise summation of how the 1D X III grades versus the 1Ds with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 1D X III over the Canon 1Ds

 1D X III 1Ds 
RevealedJanuary 2020December 2002More modern by 208 months
Screen dimension3.2"2"Bigger screen (+1.2")
Screen resolution2100k120kCrisper screen (+1980k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Canon 1Ds over the Canon 1D X III

 1Ds 1D X III 

Common features in the Canon 1D X III and Canon 1Ds

 1D X III 1Ds 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to factor in its weight and proportions. The Canon 1D X III features outer dimensions of 158mm x 168mm x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") accompanied by a weight of 1440 grams (3.17 lbs) while the Canon 1Ds has measurements of 156mm x 158mm x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1") along with a weight of 1585 grams (3.49 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the 1D X III and the 1Ds.

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 1D X III and 1Ds is 50 and 50 respectively.

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds top view buttons comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to envision the gap in sensor sizes only by checking out technical specs. The image underneath may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the 1D X III and 1Ds.

As you can tell, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Canon 1D X III to provide greater detail with its extra 9 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The younger 1D X III is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds sensor size comparison

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 1D X III Portrait photography info
Canon 1Ds Portrait photography info
85
focusing manually
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files
55
focusing manually
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
does not have liveview
low resolution sensor (11MP)
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Street Comparison

Canon 1D X III Street photography factors
Canon 1Ds Street photography factors
62
sensor size is big (Full frame)
saves RAW files
features focus via touch
weather proof
great high ISO (102,400)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
44
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others in class (1,585g)
low max ISO (1,250)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon 1D X III
Sports photography with Canon 1Ds
81
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames per second)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
weather proof
great battery (2,850 CIPA)
supports phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
47
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
big sensor size (Full frame)
has phase detect AF
does not have liveview
slow fps (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (11 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon 1D X III
Travel photography with Canon 1Ds
67
great battery (2,850 per charge)
weather proof
features focus via touch
decent MP (20 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
30
heavier than others in class (1,585 grams)
low resolution sensor (11 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon 1D X III
Landscape photography with Canon 1Ds
80
focusing manually
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inches)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
great high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW files
weather proof
great battery (2,850 shots)
2 card slots
does not have image stabilization
48
focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2 inch)
does not have liveview
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (11 megapixels)
low max ISO (1,250)
Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

Vlogging Comparison

Canon 1D X III Vlogging features
Canon 1Ds Vlogging features
30
touch screen
provides face detect focus
high res video (5472 x 2886 pixels)
comes with mic support
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
9
can't record video
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Canon 1D X III vs Canon 1Ds Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 1D X III and Canon 1Ds
 Canon EOS-1D X Mark IIICanon EOS-1Ds
General Information
Brand Name Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Canon EOS-1Ds
Category Pro DSLR Pro DSLR
Announced 2020-01-07 2002-12-17
Body design Large SLR Large SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Digic X -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 35.8 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 852.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 11MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 5472 x 3648 4064 x 2704
Highest native ISO 102400 1250
Highest enhanced ISO 819200 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 191 45
Cross focus points 155 -
Lens
Lens mounting type Canon EF Canon EF
Amount of lenses 250 250
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.2 inch 2 inch
Resolution of screen 2,100k dot 120k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 20.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash External
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 5472 X 2886 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p) -
Highest video resolution 5472x2886 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264, H.265 -
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) none
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 1440g (3.17 lbs) 1585g (3.49 lbs)
Dimensions 158 x 168 x 83mm (6.2" x 6.6" x 3.3") 156 x 158 x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 63
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.8
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.0
DXO Low light score not tested 954
Other
Battery life 2850 photographs -
Battery format Built-in -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Dual CFexpress type B Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots 2 Single
Price at release $6,499 $9,000