Canon 1Ds

Canon EOS-1Ds front

Canon 1Ds summary

Canon 1Ds is Canon's Pro DSLR digital camera initially announced on December of 2002. It features a 11 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4064 x 2704.

Canon introduced the newer Canon 1Ds MII (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.

The 1Ds is ranked #24 out of 35 in Pro DSLR cameras & over all #572 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should look at our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your custom requirements.

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Here is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon 1Ds history

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

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-1D-X-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1D X III
1Ds vs 1D X III
20MPFull frame20.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-1D-X-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1D X II
1Ds vs 1D X II
20MPFull frame16.0 fps2016
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Canon-EOS-1D-C front thumbnailCanon 1D C
1Ds vs 1D C
18MPFull frame14.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-1D-X front thumbnailCanon 1D X
1Ds vs 1D X
18MPFull frame14.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-1Ds-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 1Ds MIII
1Ds vs 1Ds MIII
21MPFull frame5.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-1Ds-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 1Ds MII
1Ds vs 1Ds MII
17MPFull frame4.0 fps2005
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Canon-EOS-1Ds front thumbnailCanon 1Ds11MPFull frame3.0 fps2002

Canon 1Ds Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Canon 1Ds based on things which are oftentimes considered essential in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
comes with phase detect AF
does have Top LCD screen
has manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
can't record video
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have image stabilization
does not have microphone socket
low megapixels (11MP)
max ISO too low (1,250)
more heavy than others in class (1,585g)
no liveview feature
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
pixelated screen (120 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
tiny screen (2 inch)
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Canon 1Ds Sensor details

The spec of the sensor on the Canon 1Ds is 35.8mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 852 mm² sensor is able to capture 4064 x 2704 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 11MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 to 1250. RAW files are saved so the user has wider margin for error.

The image underneath displays the 1Ds's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The 1Ds sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1Ds dimensions

Canon 1Ds weighs 3.49 lbs (1,585 grams / 55.91 ounces) & the volume 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 and the Canon 1Ds is weightier in comparison with other competitors.

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Here is a image of the Canon 1Ds with a soft drink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS-1Ds dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button layout on the 1Ds.

Canon EOS-1Ds topview buttons dials

Canon 1Ds Lens specs

The 1Ds works with the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses available to buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the 1Ds.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Rokinon-24mm-f1.4-Aspherical-Canon-EF lensRokinon 24mm f1.4 Aspherical24mmf/1.4 580g
Voigtlander-40mm-F2-Ultron-SL-II-Canon-EF lensVoigtlander 40mm F2 Ultron SL II40mmf/2.0 200g
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Sigma-14mm-F1.8-DG-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art14mmf/1.81170g
Hartblei-Superrotator-40mm-F4-IF-TS-Canon-EF lensHartblei Superrotator 40mm F4 IF TS40mmf/4.0 1550g
Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-OS-Canon-EF lensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 610g
Sigma-18-125mm-F3.8-5.6-DC-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM18-125mmf/3.8-5.6 490g
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Rokinon-35mm-f1.4-Canon-EF lensRokinon 35mm f1.435mmf/1.4 660g
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Canon 1Ds Connectivity

The 1Ds has the following connectivity:

    Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to transfer images and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

    Many applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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    Canon 1Ds Video specs

    Canon 1Ds does not take video. If you are wanting a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be an issue.

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    Canon 1Ds Weather Sealing

    Canon 1Ds does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions might affect the camera.

    Canon 1Ds Screen and Viewfinder

    The Canon 1Ds features a 2 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 120 thousand dots.

    Please be aware that the display has no touch support. The 1Ds also comes with a Top LCD screen so it’s possible to instantly checkout camera settings.

    Canon EOS-1Ds screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

    The View Finder specs for Canon 1Ds are as follows:

    • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
    • Coverage 100%
    • Magnification 0.7x

    For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are pretty useful.

    Canon 1Ds Shutter specs

    Canon 1Ds continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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    Canon 1Ds Flash and Hot shoe specs

    Canon 1Ds features external flash support but is without integrated flash. The max flash sync is 1/250 sec.

    Canon 1Ds Autofocus specs

    Canon 1Ds features both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

    The Sensor features 45 focus points to select from. Canon 1Ds boasts manual focus in case it is needed during low light situations or you need more accurate control on focus.

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    Canon 1Ds Battery life

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

    Following is a listing of Pro DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:

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

    Canon 1Ds for different types of photography

    The following diagram displays a rundown of the Canon 1Ds for different types of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section underneath.

    Canon 1Ds as a Portrait photography camera

    The Canon 1Ds has a points tally of 55 which is average, and means the camera is fairly acceptable to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files & flexibility to utilize off-camera flash.

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    you can focus manually
    sensor size is big (Full frame)
    delivers RAW formats
    no liveview feature
    megapixel count low (11MP)

    Canon 1Ds Street photography highlights

    Getting a lousy points total of 44, the Canon 1Ds is simply not suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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    big sensor size (Full frame)
    supports RAW files
    no articulating screen
    no image stabilization
    more heavy than competition (1,585g)
    max ISO too low (1,250)

    Sports photography with Canon 1Ds

    A moderate sports photography rating of 47 indicates the Canon 1Ds is fairly acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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    max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
    great sensor size (Full frame)
    sensor has phase detect autofocus
    does not have liveview
    max frames per second very slow (3.0 fps)
    does not have image stabilization
    sensor resolution low (11 megapixels)

    Canon 1Ds as a Travel photography camera

    Size is super important in choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Canon 1Ds gets a lousy 30 for a travelling camera which makes it simply not suitable for your journeys.

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    more heavy than average (1,585g)
    low MP (11MP)
    does not feature selfie friendly display

    Canon 1Ds Landscape photography highlights

    For anybody looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Canon 1Ds with it's reasonable score of 48 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate among its rivals.

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    manual focus
    swap lenses (Canon EF mount)
    big sensor size (Full frame)
    supports RAW formats
    small screen (2 inches)
    no liveview
    does not have image stabilization
    MP count low (11 megapixels)
    low max ISO (1,250)

    Canon 1Ds Vlogging features

    A camera for vlogging ought to have a moving display, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Canon 1Ds is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy rating of 9.

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    no video recording

    Canon 1Ds Alternatives

    If you are searching for replacements to the 1Ds, here is a list of the highest placed cameras that fall into the class of Pro DSLR.

    The graph down below shows you a bird's eye view of the 1Ds versus it's top ranking rivals listed previously.

    There are a bunch of cameras you may see as alternate options. To browse through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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    General Information
    Canon EOS-1Ds
    Pro DSLR
    Physical type
    Large SLR
    Sensor Information
    Sensor type
    Sensor size
    Full frame
    Sensor measurements
    35.8 x 23.8mm
    Sensor surface area
    Sensor resolution
    11 megapixels
    Anti aliasing filter
    Aspect ratio
    Max resolution
    4064 x 2704
    RAW data
    Max native ISO
    Min native ISO
    Focus manually
    AF touch
    Continuous AF
    Single AF
    AF tracking
    AF selectice
    AF center weighted
    AF multi area
    Live view AF
    Face detection focusing
    Contract detection focusing
    Phase detection focusing
    Number of focus points
    Lens mount
    Canon EF
    Available lenses
    Focal length multiplier
    Type of screen
    Fixed Type
    Screen sizing
    2 inch
    Resolution of screen
    120 thousand dots
    Selfie friendly
    Touch capability
    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
    Max shutter speed
    Continuous shutter rate
    3.0 frames/s
    Shutter priority
    Aperture priority
    Expose Manually
    Exposure compensation
    Custom WB
    Image stabilization
    Integrated flash
    Flash range
    no built-in flash
    Flash settings
    Hot shoe
    Auto exposure bracketing
    White balance bracketing
    Max flash synchronize
    Multisegment metering
    Average metering
    Spot metering
    Partial metering
    AF area metering
    Center weighted metering
    Video features
    Max video resolution
    Microphone port
    Headphone port
    Environmental sealing
    Water proof
    Dust proof
    Shock proof
    Crush proof
    Freeze proof
    1585 gr (3.49 pounds)
    156 x 158 x 80mm (6.1" x 6.2" x 3.1")
    Self timer
    Yes (2 or 10 sec)
    Time lapse shooting
    Type of storage
    Compact Flash (Type I or II)
    Card slots
    Launch cost