Canon EOS DCS 1

Canon EOS DCS 1
Type Single-lens reflex with Digital back
Lens Interchangeable (EF)
Sensor CCD, 1.3x crop factor (APS-H)
Maximum resolution 3,060 x 2,036 (6.0 megapixels)
Flash Canon hotshoe
Shutter electronic focal plane
Shutter speed range 30 to 1/8000 s
ASA/ISO range 80
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 2 frames in 1.2 seconds, then 1 frame every 8 seconds
Viewfinder Optical
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
Optional battery packs none.
Weight 1800 g (body only)

The Canon EOS DCS 1 was Kodak's third Canon-based Digital SLR camera (a rebranded Kodak EOS DCS-1). It was released in December 1995, following the cheaper EOS DCS 3, which had been released earlier that year. Like that camera, it combined an EOS-1N body with a modified Kodak DCS 460 digital back. Despite offering a then-enormous resolution of 6 megapixels, with a relatively large APS-H sensor, a number of technical issues (together with its 3.6 million yen price) meant that it never became a very popular camera other than for a few, very specialized roles.

Although the sensor was much larger than that in the EOS DCS 3, the DCS 1 had a lower fixed sensitivity of ISO 80. The large image size resulted in a burst rate of just over one image per second for two images, followed by an eight-second delay to clear the buffer.[1] A typical contemporary 340MB PCMCIA card or IBM Microdrive could store 53 images.[2] In common with the rest of the Kodak DCS range, the EOS DCS 1 could not produce JPEG files in camera.

The EOS DCS 1 was succeeded in 1998 by the EOS D6000 (a rebranded Kodak DCS 560).

See also


  1. "Kodak Professional DCS-1, 3 & 5 Series Digital Still SLR camera". Photography in Malaysia.
  2. "EOS DCS 1". Canon Camera Museum. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
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