The new Canon 5DS

Feb 21, 2015


Both new Canon cameras feature a newly developed 50.6-megapixel sensor, which is the highest of any full-frame sensor on the market.

Aimed at professional users who shoot landscape photography, fashion and other genres that require capturing maximum detail in images, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are capable of shooting subjects for large format mediums such as advertising billboards, Canon says.

Both new Canon cameras offer a native sensitivity range from ISO 100-6400, but this can be expanded from ISO 50 up to 12,800.

Also on board are dual DIGIC 6 image processing engines, which Canon says help the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R manage huge levels of image data while shooting at 5 frames per second.

Both the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R also offer in-camera crop shooting modes at 1.3x (at 30 megapixels), 1.6x (at 19 megapixels) and 1:1.

The new Canon cameras also employ a 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, which uses Canon’s EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF to track both faces and colour.

What’s more, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R use a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection to enable photographers to capture even exposure in varying light conditions.

Canon EOS 5DS vs EOS 5DS R: what’s the difference?

The key difference between in a Canon EOS 5DS vs EOS 5DS R comparison comes down to the optical low pass filter. While other manufacturers, like Nikon, have removed the low pass filter on cameras like the Nikon D800E, the Canon EOS 5DS R features an extra filter – dubbed a low pass cancellation filter – which Canon says will maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.


Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R: other key features

Both new Canon cameras come with a number of customisable modes, such as Fine Detail Picture Style, which maximises the level of detail that can be captured by the sensor, Canon says.

Other modes include Multiple Exposure and HDR, while a built-in timer allows photographers to shoot images over long periods of time and create time-lapse videos in-camera.


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