Canon 1D MII

Canon EOS-1D Mark II front

Canon 1D MII summary

Canon 1D MII is Canon's Pro DSLR digital camera first launched on June of 2004. It includes a 8 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-H size sensor with a max resolution of 3504 x 2336.

Canon brought out this model as a way to update the earlier Canon 1D (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards launched the newer Canon 1D MII N (Read Full Comparison) to replace this model.

The 1D MII stands at #24 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & over-all #574 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. You should try out our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your customized factors.

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Canon 1D MII history

The Canon 1D MII is part of a family of products. You can read the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-IV front thumbnailCanon 1D MIV
1D MII vs 1D MIV
16MPAPS-H10.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1D MIII
10MPAPS-H10.0 fps2007
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Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1D MII8MPAPS-H9.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-1D front thumbnailCanon 1D
1D MII vs 1D
4MPAPS-H8.0 fps2001

Canon 1D MII Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon 1D MII based on things which are oftentimes considered important in a digital camera.

comes with phase detect AF
does have Top LCD screen
focusing manually
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
nice sensor size (APS-H)
supports RAW files
swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
very good minimum ISO (100)
can't record video
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (1,565g)
MP count low (8MP)
no image stabilization
no liveview feature
no moving screen
screen isn't selfie friendly
small screen (2 inch)
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Canon 1D MII Sensor information

The sensor dimension on the Canon 1D MII is 28.7mm x 19.1mm (APS-H). The 548 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 3504 x 2336 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 8MP and features a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has more margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the 1D MII's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 1D MII sensor has a crop factor of 1.3 and is highlighted in green.

Canon EOS-1D Mark II sensor size Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1D MII dimensions

Canon 1D MII has a weight of 3.45 lb (1,565 grams / 55.20 ounces) & has outside size of 156mm x 158mm x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1"). The weight of typical Pro DSLR camera is 1,280 grams and the Canon 1D MII is weightier as compared with its competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Canon 1D MII beside a soft drink to help you get a sense of its size.

Canon EOS-1D Mark II dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the 1D MII.

Canon EOS-1D Mark II topview buttons dials

Canon 1D MII Lens information

The 1D MII uses the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses on sale. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the 1D MII.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Sigma-14mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art14mmf/1.81170g
Sigma-24-70mm-F2.8-DG-OS-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art24-70mmf/2.8 1020g
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Canon-EF-200-400mm-f4L-IS-USM-Extender-1.4x lensCanon EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x200-400mmf/4.0 3620g
Sigma-15mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Diagonal-Fisheye-Canon-EF lensSigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye15mmf/2.8 370g
Canon-TS-E-90mm-F2.8L-Macro lensCanon TS-E 90mm F2.8L Macro90mmf/2.8915g
Tamron-AF-28-300mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-VC-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical IF Macro28-300mmf/3.5-6.3 555g
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Canon-EF-28-300mm-f3.5-5.6L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 28-300mm f3.5-5.6L IS USM28-300mmf/3.5-5.6 1670g
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Canon 1D MII Connectivity

The 1D MII has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send files and sometimes change camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external screen. Many cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon 1D MII Video information

Canon 1D MII does not record video. If you are shopping for a digital camera to shoot just images, it might not be a concern.

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Canon 1D MII Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing in the Canon 1D MII so you have to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Canon 1D MII Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 1D MII includes a 2 inch fixed display having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support. The 1D MII also comes with a Top LCD screen allowing you to instantly look at your settings.

Canon EOS-1D Mark II screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

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

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

Viewfinders can be really helpful in sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon 1D MII Shutter information

Canon 1D MII continuous shooting rate is 9.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Canon 1D MII Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon 1D MII features external flash support but does not have integrated flash. The max flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Canon 1D MII Autofocus information

Canon 1D MII features both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate as compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

The Sensor includes 45 focus points to select from. Canon 1D MII features manual focus if needed in low light scenarios or you need more exact focus control.

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Canon 1D MII Battery life

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

Here is a list of Pro DSLR cameras that have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Nikon-D6 front thumbnailNikon D6
1D MII vs D6
3580 yesnoyes

Canon 1D MII for different forms of photography

The following chart gives a summary of the Canon 1D MII for different forms of photography. To view more, check out the specific section underneath.

Canon 1D MII Portrait photography advice

The Canon 1D MII has a rating of 52 which is average, and means the camera is somewhat suited to use for portraits. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-H)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview feature
low resolution (8MP)

Canon 1D MII Street photography info

Getting a lousy rating of 45, the Canon 1D MII is simply not suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-H)
saves RAW formats
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
more heavy than average (1,565 grams)

Sports photography with Canon 1D MII

A moderate sports photography points total of 49 means the Canon 1D MII is relatively suited for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have very good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
good sensor size (APS-H)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
lack of image stabilization
MP count low (8 megapixels)

Canon 1D MII Travel photography factors

Weight is really critical in getting a travel camera. On the whole, the Canon 1D MII gets a lousy 29 for a travel camera which makes it simply not suitable to purchase for your holidays.

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heavier than competition (1,565 grams)
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
screen is not selfie friendly

Canon 1D MII Landscape photography information

When you're planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 1D MII at it's moderate grade of 49 as a landscape camera is relatively adequate among it's rivals.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
sensor size is good (APS-H)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2 inches)
no liveview feature
lack of image stabilization
low MP (8MP)

Canon 1D MII Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon 1D MII is simply not suitable for vlogging as it delivers a lousy score of 9.

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lack of video recording

Canon 1D MII Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the 1D MII, below is a selection of the top rated cameras which fall within the class of Pro DSLR.

The chart down below provides you a bird's eye view of the 1D MII compared to it's highest ranking competitors mentioned previously.

Following are additional cameras you might view as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Body design
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
28.7 x 19.1mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
8 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Highest Possible resolution
3504 x 2336
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Canon EF
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
2 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
9.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Max flash sync
1/250 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
1565 gr (3.45 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), SD card
Storage slots
Pricing at release