Canon 1D Mark III Review
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Operation
The Canon EOS-1D Mark III has a rather different user interface than did the 1D Mark II N, including some new arrangements on the LCD status displays. See the Live View tab above for more on that new mode, and check out the Optics section for more on the viewfinder. (Images below courtesy Canon USA.)
Top LCD panel. The new Top LCD panel is familiar, with slightly larger icons, and the addition of High and Low speed icons (H and L) for the two continuous capture modes, and an S for Single frame mode. A Mirror Lockup icon has been added, and the "# Personal Function" icon is now deleted. The new battery icon also has four bars, which Canon calls six modes, as indicated in the diagram above. The last two modes are flashing with one bar, and just flashing empty, at which point past cameras usually stopped working (we won't know about the Canon 1D Mark III until we get a full production model).
Rear LCD panel. More changes are visible on the Rear LCD panel, due to the addition of an external media option (requires a WFT-E2A and a self-powered hard drive or other option). You can set just how to write to all three of the media types via the Function button and the Quick Control dial. Also new is the Wireless LAN connection icon and Data transfer icon that seems to indicate signal strength as well. Gone are the Blue/Amber and Green/Magenta white balance compensation indicators, in favor of a simple "WB +/-" icon.
Canon EOS-1D Mark III Menus
Even more different from the 1D Mark II N is the new tabbed menu interface that uses a combination of either the Quick Command Dial and Main Dial, or the joystick-like Multi-Controller to navigate between tabs or up and down the options on each tab. We found both methods to be much easier and more efficient than the previous approach that relied on the Quick Command Dial and buttons on the left side of the camera body to accomplish the same functions.
If you click on each of the screen shots below, they'll open up a separate window showing all the options for that screen in a tabular matrix.
Note: For details, test results, and analysis of the many tests done with this camera, please click on the tabs at the beginning of the review or below.