Canon recently announced the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS, breaking new grounds with the highest resolution 50.6-megapixels 35mm full frame CMOS sensor with Dual Digic 6 image processors. The Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS possess the highest resolutions in Canon’s extensive of DSLR cameras till date. The Canon EOS 5DS R is equipped with the Optical Low-Pass Filter cancellation (LPF), allowing the camera to capture incredibly detailed and sharp images, making it very ideal for landscapes and studio photography, as well as commercial images for large format printing.

I was at the launch of Canon’s many new products for 2015. I would be sharing on the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS, their products specifications, key features and my personal thoughts/views on the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS.

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Here are some thoughts/views on my initial hands on with the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS

  • Solid and sturdy feel of the 2 DSLR camera bodies.
  • 50.6-megapixels ~ highest resolution till date for Canon’s range of DSLR cameras; this would really suit photographers (commercial/landscape) who need the high resolution.
  • Optical Low-Pass Filter cancellation (LPF) inside the Canon EOS 5DS R, I think this would be highly desired/wanted by landscape photographers. One of the few cameras in the market that has this capability.
  • New Cropping function – making the 2 new Canon DSLR cameras more versatile
  • Built on a very successful and very strong base DSLR model, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Very strong combination of Canon’s full frame DSLR with wide angle lens ~ The Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS 35mm full frame 50.6-megapixels sensor equipped with Canon’s excellent wide angle lenses in their EF lenses family line up (e.g. EF 17-40mm f4 L, EF 16-35 f4 L IS USM, EF 16-35 f2.8 II L USM) and the newly launched EF 11-24mm f4 L USM lens.

The Canon EOS 5DS R, in my personal humble opinion, is going to attract landscape photographers into utilizing them for their photography needs. It would give medium format cameras a run for their money with their 35mm full frame 50.6-megapixels sensor. I would love the opportunity to have the Canon EOS 5DS R for a review with the new EF 11-24mm f4 L USM lens, bring it overseas to Hokkaido for a landscape photography shoot (Hokkaido is an awesome destination for landscape photography!). When I return back to Singapore, I can share my photos, stories, review and a mini personal photography exhibition for my landscape photographs shot with the Canon EOS 5DS R and EF 11-24mm f4 L USM lens (hope this dream can work out and come true in Q4 2015!)

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Let me share with you some key features/aspects of the Canon EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS from the press release information –

Astounding image quality down to the minute details

With a 50.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS have by far the highest resolution in Canon’s history of EOS cameras. At this sensor resolution, images that are dramatically trimmed or cropped will still retain optimum quality and details for print.

Both cameras incorporate technologies to enhance image resolution with minimal side-effects. To maintain excellent image quality, the EOS 5DS features a standard optical low-pass filter to resolve any unwanted visual distortion, otherwise known as moiré effect. Additionally, for utmost and uncompromised image quality and resolution, photographers may opt for the EOS 5DSR. The EOS 5DSR delivers on fine details and offers spectacular image performance, thanks to the LPF effect cancellation feature that taps on the full prowess of its 50.6 megapixel sensor.

When pixel count is increased, the effect of the camera-shake blurs risks becoming more apparent in an image. To counteract this, the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS feature a newly developed mirror vibration control system. Camera-shake blur will thus be reduced through the suppression of vibrations that occur during mirror motion. In addition to the former, the cameras are also built with a Release Time Lag Arbitrary setting that also mitigates camera-shake blur. This setting works to further reduce camera shake by starting exposure only after the mirror opens. Users are able to set the time lag release from 1/8th of a second up to 2 seconds.

Fine Detail is a new Picture Style preset designed to maximize the camera’s resolution to capture minute details, which are essential in professions such as architecture, landscape, fashion and commercial photography.

High performance, Unrivalled Shooting Agility and Precision

Powered by the advanced Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, both the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS produce a high-speed readout capability and maximum continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second (fps), despite the large image data size that comes with 50.6-megapixel image quality.

The AF system in these cameras is a high-precision 61-point high-density reticular AF on par with that of the EOS 5D Mark III. It responds sensitively to subject distance and adjusts automatically – even with the subtlest changes in composition. With the EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) system, the cameras ensure moving subjects will be actively kept in sharp focus.

Equally nimble, the camera’s AE (automatic exposure) system uses a 150,000-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor that splits the scene into 252 areas. Each of these areas is analysed for the correct exposure settings, taking into account visible and infrared light, thus achieving far more accurate metering.

Enhanced Operability and Ease of use

To meet the varied needs of users, a unique Custom Quick Control feature has been introduced in the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS. The Custom Quick Control screen is an easily accessible information screen for the user to customize their preferred settings. Settings such as aperture, shutter speed, shooting mode and focus mode can be toggled on and off for the screen to display only the most important information. The layout of the screen can also be customized for users to adjust the size and placement of the items, according to their preferences.

Additionally, a time lapse movie function has been incorporated for users to capture a series of time lapse shots that will be automatically compiled into a movie. Exposure intervals can be set from 1 second to 99 hours, with the number of exposures ranging from 2 to 3,600. With this function, users can easily record plant growth, cloud patterns, crowd movement in cities and more.

Versatility beyond medium format cameras

With the ability to take photos in ultra-high resolution, the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS produce images at a quality close to that of medium format cameras, along with several significant advantages. Both cameras are versatile, as their relatively superior AF and continuous shooting ability makes them adept at shooting both moving objects and still landscapes. Additionally, with Canon’s wide range of EF lenses available, users of the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS will be able to enjoy a wide variety of shooting perspectives.

The EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS are lighter and smaller in build as compared to medium format cameras, hence they provide more convenience and portability when shooting on-the-go. The cameras are also durable, with dust and water resistant qualities, similar to EOS 5D Mark III, especially when used in harsh terrains.

With the combination of these added advantages, both cameras provide greater value at its price point and flexibility as compared to medium format cameras.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS 5DSR and EOS 5DS will be announced at a later date.

Product Specifications

EOS 5DSR / EOS 5DS

Dimensions: Approx. 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm

Weight: Approx. 845g (body only)

Image sensor: 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: Dual DIGIC 6

ISO speed: 100-6400 (expandable to 50 and 12 800)

Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps

Maximum video format: Full HD 30p

AF: 61-points Phase Difference AF with iTR AF

LCD: Wide 3.2-inch (1.04 million dots) 

*Information and details courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Singapore*