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pixels. The spaces between them are smaller and the way light strikes the sensor is more
intelligent. The result is that less light is lost, again improving image quality. Some of the
benefit of this sophistication can be found in the new ISO range of the EOS-1D Mark III,
100 to 3200 with extensions to 50 and 6400, the last figure unimaginable in a DSLR
until now. Photographers will be amazed when they discover the high quality and low
noise of ISOs 3200 and 6400 on the 1D Mark III.
The dual processors make themselves known, too, in the burst performance of the
EOS-1D Mark III. Large size JPEGs at compression level 8 (of 10) can be fired in barrages
of 110 frames (at 10 frames per second with 10.1-megapixel files). RAW images can be
shot in bursts of 30. Paparazzi of the world, your new camera has arrived.
Too high? Too low? Edge of a precipice? In the rafters at Madison Square Garden or on the
inside railing at Churchill Downs? Canon has the answer: a professional Live View system,
usable with camera only (you can see what the lens sees on the new, large 3.0-inch LCD
monitor), or by remote control, either with a wire from the camera to a computer (in a
studio, perhaps) or wirelessly with the new WFT-E2A Dedicated Wireless File Transmitter.
When a computer is involved, the newly updated EOS Utility 2.0 software (included with
the camera) takes care of just about everything—virtually real-time viewing, focusing,
exposure, composition, firing—the lot.
computers but unique among cameras, to speed through information. Their workload is
increased by the fact that the new sensor captures 14-bit depth color rather than 12.
The result, particularly because the 1D Mark III has the horsepower to handle these files,
is exquisite gradation, 16,384 levels per color rather than 4,096 at 12 bits.
rated at 300,000 cycles, highlight tone priority, safety shift, a completely revised and
simplified set of controls and menus, a new recording format, a silent mode, a new
magnesium alloy mirror box, an intelligent new lightweight and compact battery… and
that’s not all.