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Canon EOS 1DS MARK II
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Canon EOS 1DS MARK II Digital Camera

SLR 16.7MP CMOS 4x Mar 2008
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Expert reviews are excellent
Poor exposure control
Manual aperture control is not intuitive, autofocusing results did not show during Live View mode
4 Reviews

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Three experts from sites including CNET.com, asia.cnet.com and about.com have rated this camera on average 93 out of 100. This means that experts think this digital camera is one of the very best cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

Canon Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 34,684 expert and owner reviews (including 1,369 verified purchases), Canon has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Canon also has excellent reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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Manual Aperture Control is Not Intuitive, Autofocusing Results Did Not Show During Live View Mode

One person who reviewed it concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. Digitalcameraworld.com said “Manual aperture control is not intuitive, autofocusing results did not show during Live View mode” in their Canon EOS 1DS MARK II review.


Features

LCD Features 230 000 Pixels

Two people said in their reviews that it had good features. About.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “LCD features 230 000 pixels”. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote “Canons EOS 1Ds Mark II offers a wealth of features and the highest resolution of any small-format digital SLR, with a price to match.” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 6 stars.


Design

Outstanding Image Quality

Two customers who purchased it thought it was good quality. About.com wrote “Outstanding image quality” in their review of this digital camera but they scored it 1 stars. About.com also wrote “The 1Ds Mark II delivers performance and high quality” in their review.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was good looking. Digitalcameraworld.com scored the Canon EOS 1DS MARK II 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The results were pretty interesting, with a few cameras falling into bo”.

Water Resistant

One owner who reviewed the Canon EOS 1DS MARK II considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. About.com wrote “Water resistant” but even so they only scored it 20 out of 100.

Superior Handling

Two people wrote in their reviews that the Canon EOS 1DS MARK II was easy to handle. Asia.cnet.com wrote “Superior handling” but in spite of that they rated it 19.34 out of 100.


Price

Reasonably Priced

One owner considered that the Canon EOS 1DS MARK II was expensive. Twelve years ago Cnet.com mentioned in their Canon EOS 1DS MARK II review on expert review site CNET.com “Expensive; large and heavy; requires high-capacity memory cards” and gave the product a rating of 6 stars.


Audio

Very Low Noise At Higher Sensitivities

One owner said that it was noisy. Cnet.com said “Very low noise at higher sensitivities” in their review of this digital camera yet they scored it 1 stars.

Acceptable Noise Level

One owner said that it was noisy. Cnet.com said “Very low noise at higher sensitivities” in their review of this digital camera yet they scored it 1 stars.

Features Voice Recording

The EOS 1DS MARK II features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The EOS 1DS MARK II has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Weight & Dimensions

Professional Body

Two owners said in their reviews that it was a good body shape. Asia.cnet.com wrote twelve years ago “Professional body” but despite that they gave the product a score of 1 stars. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky.

Very Heavy

When compared to other cameras of this age and type, the weight of the Canon EOS 1DS MARK II of 1.2 kilograms is one of the heaviest. Digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera have weights of between 20g and 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Sony HX100V (525g and higher rated), the Nikon Coolpix D7000 (£755.58) (690g and higher rated), or the Canon 1D Mark IV (£3,469) (1.2kg and higher rated).

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The EOS 1DS MARK II has a very small optical zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. The average optical zoom of medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 14x.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Nikon D3100 (3.1x and higher rated), the Canon G1 X (£419.99) (4x and higher rated), or the Panasonic DMC-FT2 (4.6x and higher rated).

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the EOS 1DS MARK II has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of its better review score, the Canon A3300 IS is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Samsung SAMSUNG DV300F (5x) which is also higher rated.

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Other

Released Over Nine Years Ago

This Canon camera was released in March 2008.


Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the display diagonals range from 2" to 4.8". When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera that we have checked, the EOS 1DS MARK II's display diagonal of only 2 inches is one of the smallest.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the GE X5 (£55) (2.7" and higher rated), the Canon 150 (2.7" and higher rated), or the Samsung 150F (2.7" and higher rated).

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Poor Exposure Control

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it did not have good exposure controls.

Huge, Bright Viewfinder View Really Fills Your Vision

One person who bought the Canon EOS 1DS MARK II reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. Cnet.com mentioned “Huge, bright viewfinder view really fills your vision” in their review of this digital camera although they only rated it 19.34 out of 100.

One person who bought it thought it had a good screen. Twelve years ago Cnet.com mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Digital camera, 16,700,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2 in - Color” in their Canon EOS 1DS MARK II review.

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16.7 Megapixels

Eight people who purchased the Canon EOS 1DS MARK II agreed that it had a good picture resolution. About.com wrote “16.7 megapixels” but even so they only scored the product 20 out of 100. Asia.cnet.com wrote “Tremendous resolution”. Cnet.com wrote on CNET.com “Full frame 35 mm size sensor delivers film-like shooting experience, real wide angle” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was able to produce good images. Asia.cnet.com wrote “Optional wireless photo transfer” nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 19.34 out of 100. One person said in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Eleven years ago About.com said “Astonishing 17-megapixel full-frame sensor”.

One customer said in their reviews that the product was good in low light. Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent low-light performance, huge resolution, dual memory slot types (CF”.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Canon EOS 1DS MARK II supports video capability, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support video capability and we think because of its better review score, the Samsung NX100 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The EOS 1DS MARK II has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of its better review score, the Pentax K-01 is also worth considering.

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Has an Audio Recorder

The Canon EOS 1DS MARK II has an audio recorder, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The EOS 1DS MARK II has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The EOS 1DS MARK II supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

The average magnification of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 3.3x, and the magnifications range from 0.17x to 20x. At only 0.7 times zoom factor, the EOS 1DS MARK II has a quite low magnification compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Picture Quality

16.7 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.7 megapixels camera.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 9443a008aa, canon 9443a002
Barcodes 00000001620309, 00013803046274, 04960999250731, 08714574944869, 08714574944883, 08714574944944

Canon EOS 1DS MARK II Review Sources

To prepare this Canon EOS 1DS MARK II review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 298,997 product attributes, 171,823 digital camera reviews and 3,191,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.
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