Canon has raised the bar even further with a launch of a 16.7 megapixel digital SLR camera called the EOS-1Ds Mark II.

Expected to appeal to professional studio and commercial photographers rather than your average amateur photographer, the camera will feature a full-frame 36 x 24mm 16.7 Megapixel CMOS sensor. It has sufficient resolution to produce files which convert to 50MB uncompressed TIFF at 24 bit colour depth, now considered standard acceptable size by leading international photo agencies and stock libraries.

Replacing the 11.1 Megapixel EOS-1Ds, the camera is powered by Canon's second generation DIGIC II image processor and is capable of firing at 4 fps for bursts of up to 32 frames in JPEG, or 11 frames in RAW. An optional wireless adaptor (WFT-E1 - also released today) delivers high speed IEEE802.11b/g wireless LAN and 100 Megabit per second wired LAN support.

Key camera specifications include:
· 16.7 MP full frame 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor
· 0.3 second start up and 4fps performance
· ISO 100-1600, expandable to L:50 and H:3200
· Digital Photo Professional v1.5 RAW processing software with support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and wide gamut RGB colour spaces plus various European, North American and Japanese standard CMYK separation simulations
· Hi-Speed FireWire and Video out interface for complete connectivity
· Dual high performance SD and CF/CF-II card slots (supports cards greater than 2GB)
· Complete compatibility to all EF lenses & EX-series Speedlites
· 2.0” LCD screen with 230,000 pixels, 1.5-10x playback zoom
· Simultaneous RAW & JPEG shooting
· Battery life - approximately 1200 shots at 20C, 800 at 0C - in accordance with CIPA testing standards

The EOS-1Ds MKII will be available from November 2004 £8699.99