Canon 1Ds Mark III Battery Life

First published on: Saturday, 5 March 2011

The following Canon 1Ds Mark III battery life numbers (how many photos can be taken before the battery power runs out) is extracted from the Canon 1Ds Mark III Manual and the Canon 1Ds Mark 3 Specifications page.

All figures are calculated based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards (see the section titled “Standard Procedure for Measuring Digital Still Camera Battery Consumption” for more information), and assuming the following power supply condition:


  1. One fully-charged Canon LP-E4 11.1V, 2300mAh Lithium Ion battery pack.

Viewfinder Shooting — Approximate Number of Shots
One LP-E4 battery:


  1. Temperature 23°C / 73°F: 1800

  2. Temperature 0°C / 32°F: 1400

Live View Shooting — Approximate Number of Shots
One LP-E4 battery:


  1. Temperature 23°C / 73°F: 300

  2. Temperature 0°C / 32°F: 200

Other Battery Life Factors
In the 1Ds Mk3 Manual, Canon advised that the battery life and number of shots decreases when:


  1. The shutter button is pressed halfway for a prolonged period.

  2. Autofocus is frequently activated without taking a picture.

  3. The LCD Monitor is used a lot.

  4. IS (Image Stabilization) on the lens is activated.

Some lenses draw more power from the camera’s battery during operation due to their physical (heavy lens elements that need more power to move) and electronic (type and technology of the IS employed) properties.

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