Canon today has said that it is "Setting new standards" for professional photography with the launch of its latest DSLR digital camera, the EOS-1D Mark III.

Delivering 10 frames per second at 10.1 megapixels for a maximum burst of 110 Large JPEG images (30 in RAW), the EOS-1D Mark III replaces the EOS-1D Mark II N as the world's fastest digital SLR.

Dual "DIGIC III" processors drive the camera's high speed, high resolution performance, and bring 14-bit image processing to the EOS series for the first time.

A redesign from the ground up introduces a host of new features and advancements to Canon's flagship EOS-1 series, including a 3.0-inch LCD with Live View mode, EOS Integrated Cleaning System, new auto focus system with 19 cross-type sensors, and 63-zone exposure metering.

The camera's APS-H size (28.1 x 18.7mm) CMOS sensor enables a wider 100-3200 ISO range as standard, expandable to L:50 and H:6400.

"The EOS-1D Mark III represents a complete reappraisal of everything Canon has learned over the past 20 years of EOS development", said Tsunemasa Ohara, Senior General Manager, Camera Development Center, Canon Inc. "In building this camera, we started with a blank canvas. Every facet of the photographic process has been refined, every design decision re-evaluated to bring us to this point: a camera that combines familiar EOS ergonomics with a vastly enhanced specification. Our engineers are overjoyed with the result."

The EOS-1D Mark III is a digital SLR camera compatible with the EOS system of Canon EF lenses, Speedlite flash units and accessories.

Pricing and availability has yet to be announced.