We scooped the details last week of the latest supercamera, the 10.1-megapixel Canon EOS-1D Mark III, and now that we've actually held it on our hands, we can give you some first impressions.
The most extraordinary and downright startling feature is the way this camera can snap off 10 frames per second, taking pictures so quickly it sounds like a machine gun. Later in our coverage, we'll capture some video and audio of this remarkable feature in action so you can experience it for yourself. The crowd gathering around this high-end release from Canon was visibly moved.
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We also took a look at the camera's live-view capability, where you can see what you're framing up in the viewscreen. Just push the big button next to the screen and after you hear a subtle clunk, you see the image right there in that nice big 3-inch screen. However, when you're actually taking the picture, that live view goes away. Nevertheless, this is a welcome innovation for those who sometimes chase celebrities in a crowd and must hold that camera high to actually get a shot.
Another first impression: the thing is huge and heavy. It's about the size and weight of a brick, so don't hold any illusions that you might want to carry a couple of these around just for some casual shooting. Of course, the professionals who might pick up this $4000 camera are already well aware of that.