Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras


Digital SLR Camera

EOS DCS 3 [A] [E] [J]
MarketedJuly 1995
Original Price1,980,000 yen

Based on the top-of-the-line EOS-1N, the EOS DCS 3 digital camera was developed with a high density area CCD containing 1.3 megapixels. The large, 16 MB buffer memory enables high-speed continuous shooting at 2.7 fps in 12-frame bursts. Also, by using the camera's 260 MB hard disk card, about 189 large size frames can be filed.

The equivalent film speed sensitivity range is ISO 200 to 1600. This expands to ISO 400 to 6400 with black-and-white and infrared versions. The camera is therefore well prepared for low-light conditions.

Type Focal-plane shutter multi-mode AF SLR digital camera with 36-bit full color (RGB each 12 bits). Imaging element size: 16.4 x 20.5 mm. 1.3 megapixel CCD (1,268 horizontal x 1,012 vertical pixels). Maximum continuous shooting at 2.7 fps in 12-frame bursts.
Compatible Lens Canon EF lenses (focal length increases by approx. 1.7x)
Lens Mount EF mount
AF system TTL phase detection. AF modes: One-Shot AF and predictive AI Servo AF. Cross-type BASIS for the AF sensor. Five focusing points selectable automatically or manually. AF operating range: EV -1-17 (at ISO 200).
Shutter Vertical-travel, metal focal-plane electronic shutter. 30 sec.-1/8000 sec., B. X-sync at 1/250 sec.(German-lock sync socket and hot shoe). Shutter speed can be set in 1/3-, 1/2-, or whole-stop increments. Built-in electronic self-timer (with countdown indicator on LCD panel).
Viewfinder Fixed eye-level pentaprism. 0.72x magnification and virtually 100% coverage. New Laser Matte screen is standard. Eight interchangeable focusing screens. Built-in dioptric adjustment from -3 to +1 diopters. 20mm eye relief.
Five focusing points at center, fine spot metering circle , image area frame, shutter speed and aperture (in 1/2- or 1/3-stop increments depending on Custom Function setting), AE lock, manual, flash ready, exposure compensation, exposure level scale, exposure level indicator (dots and bars), in-focus indicator, and other indications.
Metering and
Exposure Control
Composite SPC for TTL full-aperture metering (16-zone evaluative metering, 23.1% partial metering at center, 5.9% fine spot metering at center, 9% spot metering at focusing point, and centerweighted averaging) with shutter speed-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, depth-of-field AE, intelligent program AE, and metered manual. AE lock is automatic when focus is achieved in One-Shot AF and evaluative metering mode. Manual AE lock enabled with AE lock button in all metering modes. Exposure compensation: ±3 EV (in 1/3-stop increments). Metering range (at ISO 200 with 50mm f/1.4): evaluative or partial metering; EV -1-19, fine spot metering; EV 2-19. Imaging element sensitivity: Equivalent to ISO 200-1600 (color model) or ISO 400-6400 (B & W and infrared models).
External LCD On camera top: Focus mode, shutter speed, calculated amount, exposure mode, Custom Function setting, metering mode, frame counter, exposure compensation scale, exposure compensation level, and other indications. On camera back: Remaining frame count, battery indicator, disk, audio recording level indicator, SCSI indicator, and Delete indicator.
Image storage
Data file size 1.3 MB when stored. 3.7MB (8 bits) orv7.4MB (12 bits) when finished. Image storage capacity: approx. 189 images on a 260MB hard disk card.
Interface SCSI interface built-in.
Audio Recording Built-in microphone can record (telephone quality) up to 25 sec. of annotations per shot, for up to 99 shots.
Power Source Built-in Ni-MH battery pack (rechargeable in 1 hour, for maximum 500 shots per charge)
Dimensions &
162 x 89 x 212 mm, 1800 g (with battery)
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