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Canon Debuts EOS-1D Mark II Camera

SLR-style camera offers 8.2 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Canon today introduced a new model in its line of SLR-style digital cameras. The EOS-1D Mark II is an 8.2 megapixel camera, which Canon touts as its fastest pro SLR model to date. It's expected to ship in April. The company has also introduced two new EF lenses, which are expected to ship in March.

The EOS-1D Mark II offers an 8.2 megapixel resolution for capturing images at 3,520 x 2,336 pixels with the ability to capture 8 megapixel JPEG images at 8.5 frames per second in bursts of 40 frames. It can capture raw images in bursts of 20 frames. Based on the previous 4.1 megapixel EOS-1D, the Mark II has double the resolution and double the image buffer. It uses DDR-SDRAM and dual 32-bit RISC processors for handling autofocus and lens drive separately. Other features include:

  • DIGIC II image processing, which Canon says is twice the speed of the processing in the camera's predecessor;
  • Direct print capabilities;
  • EXIF 2.21-compatible standard;
  • Shutter speeds of 30 seconds to 1/8,000 seconds, plus bulb;
  • 45-point autofocus;
  • A two-inch, 230,000-pixel TFT monitor;
  • FireWire and USB ports;
  • Histogram display;
  • Support for Picture Transfer Protocol for compatibility with Mac OS X and Windows systems;
  • Redesigned E-TTL flash metering system;
  • Simultaneous raw and JPEG image capture;
  • Compatibility with all Canon EF, TS-E and MP-E mounts;
  • Manual, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Program and Bulb;
  • ISO range of 50 to 3,200;
  • Support for COmpactFlash I and II, Microdrives and SD media.

The EOS-1D Mark II is expected to ship in April for $4,499.

Canon has also introduced two new models in its line of EF lenses. These include the new EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM, a 22-element L-series lens that offers 11x zoom capabilities and refined image stabilization; and the EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM, which also offers enhanced image stabilization and improved autofocus speed. They're expected to ship in March for $2,499 and $1,299, respectively.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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