Canon 1D

Canon EOS-1D front

Canon 1D summary

Canon 1D is Canon's Pro DSLR digital camera originally launched on December of 2001. It has got a 4 MegaPixel, CCD APS-H size sensor with a max resolution of 2464 x 1648.

Canon introduced the newer Canon 1D MII (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.

The 1D stands at #27 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & overall #610 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should test our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Canon 1D history

The Canon 1D has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can check out all past and newer models as well as main specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-IV front thumbnailCanon 1D MIV
1D vs 1D MIV
16MPAPS-H10.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1D MIII
1D vs 1D MIII
10MPAPS-H10.0 fps2007
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Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-II-N front thumbnailCanon 1D MII N
1D vs 1D MII N
8MPAPS-H9.0 fps2005
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1D MII
1D vs 1D MII
8MPAPS-H9.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-1D front thumbnailCanon 1D4MPAPS-H8.0 fps2001

Canon 1D Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon 1D based on criterias which are often considered useful in a digital camera.

above average flash sync (1/500 seconds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
does have Top screen
environment proofing
has manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/16,000 seconds)
sensor size is decent (APS-H)
supports RAW files
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
very good minimum ISO (100)
can't shoot video
doesn't have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (4MP)
low resolution screen (120 thousand dot)
more heavy than competitors in class (1,585g)
no articulating screen
no external microphone port
no HDMI port
no headphone port
screen isn't selfie friendly
small screen (2 inches)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Canon 1D Sensor specs

The size of the sensor in the Canon 1D is 28.7mm x 19.1mm (APS-H). The 548 mm² sensor is able to capture 2464 x 1648 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 4MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 3200. RAW format is supported so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath displays the 1D's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The 1D sensor has a crop factor of 1.3 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1D dimensions

Canon 1D weighs 3.49 lb (1,585 grams / 55.91 ounces) & the physical size of the camera is 156mm x 158mm x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 grams so the Canon 1D is heavier as compared with various competitors.

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Here is a shot of the Canon 1D beside a softdrink so you can get a sense of its size.

Canon EOS-1D dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the 1D.

Canon EOS-1D topview buttons dials

Canon 1D Lens details

The 1D fits the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses that are available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the 1D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-50mm-f1.8-II lensCanon EF 50mm f1.8 II50mmf/1.8 130g
Sigma-40mm-F1.4-DG-HSM-A-Canon-EF lensSigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A40mmf/1.40g
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Canon-EF-75-300mm-f4.0-5.6-IS-USM lensCanon EF 75-300mm f4.0-5.6 IS USM75-300mmf/4.0-5.6 650g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-100mm-f2.8-Macro-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 100mm f2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8 540g
Sigma-50-100mm-F1.8-DC-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art50-100mmf/1.8 1490g
Samyang-100mm-F2.8-Macro-EF-Mount lensSamyang 100mm F2.8 Macro100mmf/2.8720g
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Canon-EF-300mm-f2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM300mmf/2.8 2550g
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Canon 1D Connectivity

The 1D has the following connectivity:

    Digital cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer files and usually alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

    Some apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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    Canon 1D Video details

    Canon 1D does not capture video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to shoot just images, it might not be an issue.

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    Canon 1D Weather Sealing

    Canon 1D comes with environment proofing which makes it a fantastic choice for use for tricky conditions. This is particularly useful when you are uncertain about the elements you might encounter for outdoor photography.

    Canon 1D Screen and Viewfinder

    The Canon 1D has got a 2 inch fixed screen having a resolution of 120 thousand dots.

    Please be aware that the screen has no touch support. The 1D also comes with a Top screen so you can instantly look at your settings.

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    The View Finder specs for Canon 1D are the following:

    • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
    • Coverage 100%
    • Magnification 0.72x

    Viewfinders can be quite helpful for sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

    Canon 1D Shutter details

    Canon 1D is able to shoot continuously at 8.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/16000 seconds.

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    Canon 1D Flash and Hot shoe details

    Canon 1D has external flash support but with no in-built flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/500 seconds.

    Canon 1D Autofocusing details

    Canon 1D has both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster & exact as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

    The AF system has got 45 focus points to pick from. Canon 1D can use manual focus in case it is needed for low light or you want more precise control on focus.

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    Canon 1D Battery life

    The usual Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X offers the maximum (4400) battery life for this category of cameras.

    Listed below is a list of Pro DSLR cameras that have the best battery life:

    ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
    Nikon-D3X front thumbnailNikon D3X
    1D vs D3X
    4400 yesnono
    Nikon-D3 front thumbnailNikon D3
    1D vs D3
    4300 yesnono
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    Nikon-D3S front thumbnailNikon D3S
    1D vs D3S
    4200 yesnono
    Nikon-D5 front thumbnailNikon D5
    1D vs D5
    3780 yesnono
    Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
    1D vs D6
    3580 yesnoyes

    Canon 1D for varying kinds of photography

    The following graph displays a outline of the Canon 1D for varying kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

    Canon 1D Portrait photography highlights

    The Canon 1D receives a rating of 52 which is modest, meaning that it is somewhat acceptable to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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    manual focus
    above average flash sync (1/500s)
    decent sensor size (APS-H)
    saves RAW formats
    no liveview feature
    megapixel count low (4MP)

    Canon 1D Street photography advice

    Getting a average rating of 48, the Canon 1D is somewhat suitable for street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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    sensor size is nice (APS-H)
    supports RAW formats
    weather proof
    fixed screen
    lack of image stabilization
    heavier than average in class (1,585 grams)

    Canon 1D as a Sports photography camera

    A moderate sports photography points total of 50 indicates the Canon 1D is somewhat suitable for shooting sports. A camera must have great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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    high shutter speed (1/16,000s)
    decent sensor size (APS-H)
    weather sealing
    has phase detect auto focus
    does not have liveview
    lack of image stabilization
    megapixel count low (4 megapixels)

    Travel photography with Canon 1D

    Size is extremely important when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon 1D gets a lousy 38 as a travel camera which is simply not good for your vacations.

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    weather proofing
    heavier than others (1,585 grams)
    low resolution (4 megapixels)
    display is not selfie friendly

    Canon 1D Landscape photography info

    If you're looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon 1D with it's decent grade of 49 for a landscape camera is relatively suited among it's competitors.

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    has manual focus
    interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
    sensor size is nice (APS-H)
    delivers RAW formats
    environment sealing
    screen is small (2")
    no liveview feature
    no image stabilization
    sensor resolution low (4MP)

    Canon 1D Vlogging information

    A camera for vlogging should posses a moving screen, mic input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Canon 1D is simply not good for vlogging as it delivers a lousy rating of 9.

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    can't record video

    Canon 1D Alternatives

    If you are interested in alternatives to the 1D, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Pro DSLR.

    The chart here shows you an overview of the 1D vs it's highest scored rivals mentioned previously.

    Following are additional cameras you might take into account as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Canon EOS-1D
    Pro DSLR
    Body design
    Large SLR
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Sensor measurements
    28.7 x 19.1mm
    Sensor surface area
    Sensor resolution
    Anti aliasing filter
    Aspect ratio
    Highest Possible resolution
    2464 x 1648
    RAW data
    Maximum native ISO
    Minimum native ISO
    Focus manually
    Touch to focus
    Continuous autofocus
    Autofocus single
    Autofocus tracking
    Autofocus selectice
    Center weighted autofocus
    Autofocus multi area
    Live view autofocus
    Face detection autofocus
    Contract detection autofocus
    Phase detection autofocus
    Number of focus points
    Lens mount
    Canon EF
    Number of lenses
    Focal length multiplier
    Range of screen
    Fixed Type
    Screen size
    2 inches
    Resolution of screen
    120 thousand dot
    Selfie friendly
    Touch function
    Viewfinder Information
    Viewfinder type
    Optical (pentaprism)
    Viewfinder coverage
    Viewfinder magnification
    DXO scores
    DXO Overall score
    not tested
    DXO Color Depth score
    not tested
    DXO Dynamic range score
    not tested
    DXO Low light score
    not tested
    Min shutter speed
    30 secs
    Max shutter speed
    1/16000 secs
    Continuous shutter speed
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Manual exposure
    Exposure compensation
    Set white balance
    Image stabilization
    Built-in flash
    Flash range
    no built-in flash
    Flash modes
    External flash
    WB bracketing
    Max flash sync
    1/500 secs
    Multisegment exposure
    Average exposure
    Spot exposure
    Partial exposure
    AF area exposure
    Center weighted exposure
    Video features
    Maximum video resolution
    Microphone jack
    Headphone jack
    Environmental seal
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    1585 gr (3.49 lbs)
    Physical dimensions
    156 x 158 x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1")
    Self timer
    Yes (2 or 10 sec)
    Time lapse feature
    Storage media
    Compact Flash (Type I or II)
    Storage slots
    Launch pricing