Canon 1D MIII

Canon EOS-1D Mark III front

Canon 1D MIII overview

Canon 1D MIII is Canon's Pro DSLR digital camera originally announced on February of 2007. It has a 10 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-H size sensor with a peak resolution of 3888 x 2592.

Canon launched this model as a way to upgrade the older Canon 1D MII N (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the fresher Canon 1D MIV (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this camera.

The 1D MIII ranks at #18 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras and all around #425 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Smart camera filter to find camera listings based on your personal criteria.

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The following is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 1D MIII history

The Canon 1D MIII comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can discover all older and the latest models as well as important specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-IV front thumbnailCanon 1D MIV
16MPAPS-H10.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1D MIII10MPAPS-H10.0 fps2007
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Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1D MII
8MPAPS-H9.0 fps2004
Canon-EOS-1D front thumbnailCanon 1D
1D MIII vs 1D
4MPAPS-H8.0 fps2001

Canon 1D MIII Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Canon 1D MIII based on features that are usually seen as essential in a digital camera.

builtin Top screen
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
exports RAW formats
flash sync speed is above average (1/300 seconds)
good min ISO (100)
has dual storage slots
has manual focus
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
pretty good screen size (3")
sensor has phase detect auto focus
sensor size is good (APS-H)
weather proof
no external microphone jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no image stabilization
no video recording
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
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Canon 1D MIII Sensor information

The size of the sensor on the Canon 1D MIII is 28.7mm x 18.7mm (APS-H). The 537 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 3888 x 2592 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 10 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. The ISO can also be extended digitally to 50 to 6400. RAW format is supported which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the 1D MIII's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The 1D MIII sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.3 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1D MIII dimensions

Canon 1D MIII weighs 2.94 lbs (1,335g / 47.09 ounces) and features external size of 156mm x 157mm x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1"). The weight of general Pro DSLR camera is 1,280g and the Canon 1D MIII is very similar as compared with various rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Canon 1D MIII with a soda to help you have a feel for its size.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button layout on the 1D MIII.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III topview buttons dials

Canon 1D MIII Lens information

The 1D MIII uses the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses that are available. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the 1D MIII.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-70-300mm-f4-5.6L-IS-USM lensCanon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 1050g
Sigma-17-70mm-F2.8-4-DC-MACRO-OS-HSM-C-Canon-EF lensSigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C17-70mmf/2.8-4.0 465g
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Samyang-10mm-f2.8-ED-AS-NCS-CS-Canon-EF lensSamyang 10mm f2.8 ED AS NCS CS10mmf/2.8 580g
Tamron-SP-45mm-F1.8-Di-VC-USD-Canon-EF lensTamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD45mmf/1.8 540g
Canon-EF-28-200mm-f3.5-5.6 lensCanon EF 28-200mm f3.5-5.628-200mmf/3.5-5.6 495g
Canon-EF-11-24mm-F4L-USM lensCanon EF 11-24mm F4L USM11-24mmf/4.0 1165g
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Canon-EF-20-35mm-f3.5-4.5-USM lensCanon EF 20-35mm f3.5-4.5 USM20-35mmf/3.5-4.5 340g
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Canon 1D MIII Connectivity

The 1D MIII has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer images and usually alter camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Some apps also allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

Photography Glossary

Canon 1D MIII Video information

Canon 1D MIII doesn't capture video. If you are wanting a digital camera to shoot just photos, it might not be a concern.

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Canon 1D MIII Weather Sealing

Canon 1D MIII features weather sealing making it a fantastic pick to use during challenging locations. This can be particularly useful in case you are uncertain about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Canon 1D MIII Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 1D MIII has a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen. The 1D MIII also includes a Top screen allowing you to quickly view camera settings.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon 1D MIII are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be quite helpful.

Canon 1D MIII Shutter information

Canon 1D MIII continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Canon 1D MIII Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon 1D MIII includes external flash ability but is without built in flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/300s.

Canon 1D MIII Autofocusing information

Canon 1D MIII includes both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing.

It has 45 focus points to select from. Canon 1D MIII supports manual focusing when needed during low light scenarios or you want more precise focusing control.

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Canon 1D MIII Battery life

The battery power for the Canon 1D MIII is fashioned to last for 2200 photographs based on the CIPA measurements making it about the same as its competitors. The typical Pro DSLR camera battery life is 2438. Nikon D3X comes with the highest (4400) battery life within this group of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Pro DSLR cameras with the best battery life:

Canon 1D MIII for varying kinds of photography

The following diagram shows a analysis of the Canon 1D MIII for varying kinds of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon 1D MIII as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon 1D MIII gets a points total of 62 which is very good, meaning that it is a respectable pick to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, support for RAW files in addition to the capability to use external flash.

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has manual focus
above average flash sync (1/300 seconds)
sensor size is good (APS-H)
saves RAW files
sensor resolution not great (10MP)

Canon 1D MIII Street photography features

Having a moderate points tally of 54, the Canon 1D MIII is reasonably suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-H)
supports RAW formats
weather proofing
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Canon 1D MIII

A moderate sports photography rating of 58 indicates the Canon 1D MIII is reasonably suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
decent sensor size (APS-H)
weather sealing
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)

Canon 1D MIII Travel photography advice

Size is super critical when selecting a travel camera. In general, the Canon 1D MIII gets a bad 43 as a travelling camera which is not good to take with you on your vacations.

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weather proofing
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Canon 1D MIII Landscape photography information

For anyone who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Canon 1D MIII at it's above average rating of 63 for a landscape camera is a respectable fit among its competitors.

Photography Glossary
manual focus
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
decent sensor size (APS-H)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
has dual storage slots
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (10MP)

Canon 1D MIII as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon 1D MIII is not good for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 9.

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Canon 1D MIII Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the 1D MIII, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall in to the category of Pro DSLR.

The line graph followed below shows you a summary of the 1D MIII vs it's highest ranking rivals listed above.

These are various other cameras you may regard as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Body design
Large SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
28.7 x 18.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
3888 x 2592
RAW photos
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens support
Canon EF
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync
1/300 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
1335g (2.94 pounds)
Physical dimensions
156 x 157 x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1")
Battery life
2200 shots
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Compact Flash (Type I or II), SD/SDHC card
Storage slots
Launch pricing