Canon has announced the launch of its new top-of-the-range digital SLR, the EOS-1Ds Mark II, which boasts a 35mm full-frame 16.7-megapixel sensor.

Replacing the 11.1 megapixel EOS-1Ds, and complementing the new 8.2 megapixel EOS-1D Mark II, the company’s flagship SLR will be available in November for £5,106 plus VAT. The camera is aimed at commercial studio photographers, a market traditionally dominated by medium format cameras.

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Canon claims that the 36-x-24mm CMOS, which can produce image files which convert to 50MB uncompressed TIFF at 24-bit colour depth, can rival medium format cameras in terms of image quality and resolution. Furthermore the company claims that the resolution is acceptable for photo agency and stock library work.
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As well as an increase in resolution of nearly 6 megapixels compared to its predecessor, the Mark II also increases the maximum ISO to 3200 (from 1250). According to Canon, the DIGIC II processor is capable of shooting at 4 frames-per-second for 32 frames in JPEG or 11 in RAW, and gives a start-up time of 0.3 seconds. 
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