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Canon EOS DCS 3

Canon EOS DCS 3
Type Single-lens reflex with Digital back
Sensor CCD, 1.7x crop factor
Maximum resolution 1,268 x 1,012 (1.3 megapixels)
Lens Interchangeable (EF)
Flash Canon hotshoe
Shutter electronic focal plane
Shutter speed range 30 to 1/8000 s
Exposure metering TTL, full aperture, zones
Exposure modes Full auto, programmed, shutter-priority, aperture priority, manual
Metering modes Evaluative, Center Weighted, Average
Focus areas 5 points
Focus modes One-shot, AI-Servo, AI-Focus, Manual
Continuous shooting up to 2.7 frame/s, max 8 frames
Viewfinder Optical
ASA/ISO range 200-1600 in 1 EV steps
Flash bracketing none
Focus bracketing none
Custom WB 7 presets, including Auto and custom
WB bracketing none
Rear LCD monitor none
Storage PCMCIA card slot
Battery Built-in, rechargeable
Weight 1800 g (body only)
Optional battery packs none.

The Canon EOS DCS 3 was Kodak's first Canon based Digital SLR camera (a rebranded Kodak EOS DCS-3) released in July 1995. It uses a modified Canon EOS-1N film camera with a modified Kodak NC2000e digital camera back attached. As a result, it maintained the Canon EF lens mount, and full compatibility with all of Canon's EF lenses made until that time. The camera was followed by the six megapixel Canon EOS DCS 1, which was released later in 1995, and the 1.5 megapixel Canon EOS DCS 5.

The back had a then-massive 16MB of RAM to act as an image buffer, as well as a PCMCIA card slot for image storage, plus a SCSI socket for connection to a computer. The imaging element was an APS-H sensor with a 1.7x crop factor, and a resolution of 1268 x 1012 pixels (1.3 mp). The camera back did not have an LCD monitor.[1]

A typical 260MB PCMCIA card or IBM Microdrive of the period could store 189 images.[2] The EOS DCS 3 lacked any internal JPEG processing, and images had to be processed on a computer before they were usable in any form. The large amount of memory contributed the then-immense price of the EOS DCS 3, at nearly two million yen.

The camera was succeeded by the Canon EOS D2000 (a rebranded Kodak DCS 520) in 1998.

See also


External links

  • Canon Museum: Canon EOS DCS 3

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