Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Canon.

Canon EOS 550D were released 2010 and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II was released 2004. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 550D Canon 2010
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Canon 2004

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 550D has a "APSC"-sensor while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II has a "FF"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 550D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 550D has a 18,7 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II has 16,6 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 550D 18,7 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 16,6 MP 16613376 4992 3328

Canon EOS 550D has a 8 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 550D has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II. Canon EOS 550D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II has 50 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 550D 100-12800
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 50-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 550D
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 550D can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 550D 3,7
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 4

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS 550D. Unfortunately Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II weighs 1565 gr (equal to 3,45 lb) which is 207% heavier than Canon EOS 550D and its 510 gr (or 1,12 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 550D 510 gr 1,12 lb
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 1565 gr 3,45 lb