What Is This Famous Camera Like 20 Years Later?

The original Canon 1D came out almost 20 years ago, in November of 2001, and it represented the company’s arrival on the professional digital camera market. Since then, the 1D series has become well known for its high-level capabilities and almost unbreakable build, becoming a favorite of countless pros around the world. What was the original model like, though? This neat video takes a look at the shooting experience and image quality. Spoiler alert: the colors are beautiful. 

Coming to you from Eduardo Pavez Goye, this interesting video takes a look at the original Canon 1D, the successor to the 1V film camera and the company’s first flagship DSLR. The 1D was part of Canon’s sport and photojournalism line (with the 1DS made for studio shooters) before the two lines merged in the 1D X. It features an APS-H (1.3x crop) CCD sensor (thus those colors) with 4.15 megapixels of resolution and holds a few interesting distinctions, such as being the only Canon SLR that has a sync speed of 1/500 of a second and a maximum shutter speed of 1/16,000 of a second. Many pros were actually upset when Canon did away with the APS-H sensor size when the lines merged, as they felt that APS-H was the perfect balance between the low-light performance of full frame and the extra reach of APS-C, especially considering how expensive supertelephoto lenses are. It’s quite a neat look at an important camera in history; check out the video above to see it in action. 

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