Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording media
Type I or II CF card, SD/SDHC memory card

* CF cards, and Microdrive cards with a 2GB or larger capacity can be used

* High-speed data writing enabled with UDMA CF cards
* With Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2/E2A attached, recording possible with USB external media
Image sensor size
Approx. 36 x 24 mm
Compatible lenses
Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses)
(The effective lens focal length is the same as indicated on the lens)
Lens mount
Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Effective pixels: Approx. 21.10 megapixels
Total pixels: Approx. 21.90 megapixels
Aspect ratio
Color filter system
RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter
Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Dust deletion feature
(1) Automatic sensor cleaning
(2) User-activated sensor cleaning
(3) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Recording System
Recording format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type
JPEG, RAW (14bit, Canon original)
simultaneous recording
Provided (sRAW+JPEG also possible)
File size
(1) L (Large) : Approx. 6.4 MB (5616 x 3744 pixels)
(2) M1 (Medium1) :Approx. 5.2 MB (4992 x 3328 pixels)
(3) M2 (Medium2) : Approx. 3.9 MB (4080 x 2720 pixels)
(4) S (Small) : Approx. 2.2 MB (2784 x 1856 pixels)
(5) RAW : Approx. 25.0 MB (5616 x 3744 pixels)
(6) sRAW : Approx. 14.5 MB (2784 x 1856 pixels)
* JPEG quality: 8, ISO 100, Picture Style: Standard
* Exact file sizes depend on the subject, JPEG quality, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Folder setting
Folder creation/selection enabled
File name
Preset code, User setting1 (4 characters), User setting2 (3 characters + 1 image size character)
File numbering
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 - 3
Recording methods
(1) Standard
(2) Auto switch media (recording media switched automatically)
(3) Rec. separately (specified image size for each recording media)
(4) Rec. to multiple (same image recorded to all recording media)
Image copy
Image copying between recording media enabled (Images with checkmarks or all images in folder or card)
With WFT-E2/E2A attached, all images and folders in the CF card and SD card can be backed up to USB external media
White Balance
Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash, custom (total 5 settings), color temperature setting, personal white balance (total 5 settings)
Auto white balance
Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color temperature compensation
White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments
* Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
Color temperature information transmission
Eye-level pentaprism
Approx. 100 percent vertically and horizontally with respect to the effective pixels
Approx. 0.76x (-1m-1 with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 20mm (from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in dioptric adjustment
-3.0 - +1.0 m-1 (diopter)
Focusing screen
Interchangeable (11 types, sold separately), Standard focusing screen: Ec-C IV
Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio of 37:63, no mirror cut-off with EF1200mm f/5.6L USM or shorter lens)
Viewfinder information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), metering and exposure information (metering mode, spot metering circle, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, FP flash, FE lock, flash exposure level), white balance correction, JPEG/RAW recording, maximum burst, number of shots remaining, battery check, recording media information
Depth-of-field preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece shutter
TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF points
19 AF points (cross-type) and 26 Assist AF points (total 45 points)
Metering range
EV -1 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focusing modes
One-Shot AF (ONE SHOT), AI Servo AF (AI SERVO), Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection
Automatic selection (45 points), manual selection (19 points, 9 inner points, 9 outer points)
Selected AF point display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel
AF-assist beam
Emitted by the dedicated external Speedlite
Exposure Control
Metering modes
63-zone TTL full-aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)

(2) Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder at center)

(3) Spot metering
• Center spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder at center)
• AF point-linked spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
• Multi-spot metering (Max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering range
EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure control
Program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash, flash metered manual
ISO speed
(Recommended Exposure Index)
100 - 1600 (1/3- or 1-stop increments), expandable to ISO 50 (L) and 3200 (H)
Exposure compensation
Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB)
AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes
Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
X-sync at 1/250 sec.
Shutter release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote control
Remote control with N3 type terminal
Drive System
Drive modes
Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, Self-timer (10 sec. and 2 sec), and Silent single shooting
Continuous shooting speed (Approx.)
High-speed continuous: Max. 5 shots/sec.
Low-speed continuous: Max. 3 shots/sec.
Max. burst
JPEG (Large): Approx. 56, RAW: Approx. 12, RAW+JPEG (Large): Approx. 10
* Based on Canon’s testing conditions with a 2GB CF card for high-speed continuous shooting with JPEG quality 8, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style.
* Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand, image-recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom Functions, etc.
External Speedlite
Compatible flash
EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering
E-TTL II autoflash
Flash exposure compensation
±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE lock
External flash settings
Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings
PC terminal
Zooming to match
lens focal length
Live View Functions
Shooting modes
(1) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
(2) Live View shooting
Manual focus
Metering modes
Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering range
EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Magnified view
Magnifiable by 5x or 10x at AF point
Grid display
Exposure simulation
LCD Monitor
TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size
3.0 in.
Approx. 230,000
Approx. 100%
Brightness adjustment
7 levels provided
Interface languages
Image Playback
Display format
Single image, single image + image size, shooting info, histogram, 4-image or 9-image index, magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x - 10x), rotated image, jump (by 1/10/100 images, 1 screen, shooting date, or folder)
Highlight alert
Provided (Overexposed highlights blink)
Image Protection and Erase
Erase protection of one image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be applied or canceled at one time
One image, all images with checkmarks in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be erased (except protected images) at one time
Sound Recording
Recording method
The sound clip recorded with the built-in microphone is attached to the image
File type
Recording time
Max. 30 sec. per sound clip
Direct Printing
Compatible printers
PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable images
JPEG images compliant to Design rule for Camera File System (DPOF printing possible) and RAW/sRAW images captured with the EOS-1Ds Mark III
Digital Print Order Format
Version 1.1 compatible
Direct Image Transfer
Compatible images
JPEG and RAW/sRAW images
* Only JPEG images can be transferred as wallpaper on the personal computer screen
Custom Functions
Total 57
C.Fn setting registration
My Menu registration
Save camera settings
Register basic camera settings
USB terminal
For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB)
Video OUT terminal
NTSC/PAL selectable
Extension system terminal
For connection to WFT-E2/E2A
Power Source
Battery Pack LP-E4 (Quantity 1)
* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4
Battery life
At 23°C / 73°F: Approx. 1800 shots
At 0°C / 32°F: Approx. 1400 shots
* With fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E4
* Without Live View shooting
* The figures above are based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards
Battery check
Automatic (Displayed in 6 levels)
* Detailed battery information provided
Power saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Date/Time battery
One CR2025 lithium battery
Startup time
Approx. 0.2 sec.
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)
156 x 159.6 x 79.9 mm / 6.1 x 6.3 x 3.1 in.
Weight (Approx.)
1210 g / 42.7 oz. (Body only)
Operation Environment
Working temperature range
0°C - 45°C / 32°F - 113°F
Working humidity
85% or less
* All specifications above are based on Canon’s testing standards.
* The camera’s specifications and exterior are subject to change without notice.
* If a problem occurs with a non-Canon lens attached to the camera, consult the respective lens maker.