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  • 50.6-megapixel, 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor
  • "R" version has cancelling AA filter
  • ISO 100 to 6,400, plus ISO 50 and up to 12,800 expansion
  • 5 frames per second burst mode
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.2-inch, 1.04M-dot LCD with Live View
  • 61-point AF system with up to 41 cross-type points
  • 252-zone, 150K-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • Full HD movies with external mic jack
  • Dual card slots (CompactFlash + Secure Digital)
  • USB 3.0 digital I/O; uncompressed HDMI output

(From Canon literature) Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras featuring the world's highest resolution among 35mm format DSLRs. Providing photographers with uncompromising image quality, these new EOS models incorporate a newly designed Canon 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and processing speed. Perfect for commercial, studio, portrait, landscape and architectural photography, or anyone looking for an affordable alternative to medium format, the ultra-high resolution of these new models allow for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.

Maximizing the potential of the new 50.6 megapixel sensor - for the first time in an EOS camera the low-pass filter effect in the EOS 5DS R model is cancelled. The cancellation of the low-pass filter helps deliver sharp images, squeezing the most out of every pixel. Both models provide attractive options for medium format shooters especially when coupled with a wide array of over 70 creative Canon EF lenses to choose from.

"Canon is always looking to deliver the absolute best in image quality and push our technology to the limits. These cameras deliver on that pledge, providing photographers with two new incredible tools that will enable them to make the most out of every shoot," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "As photography becomes more specialized and more images are captured than ever before, the burden is on the photography equipment to keep up with the demands of today's artistic talents. These new camera models will provide many photographers with new options to deliver their vision to clients, fans, and the world."

Built to Maximize Sharpness
In addition to the 50.6 megapixel full-frame image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, both cameras include a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF array including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR AF for high precision autofocus. They also include the EOS Scene Detection system featuring a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor that provides enhanced precision and performance.

In support of such a high-resolution imaging sensor, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras were designed to minimize camera shake and significantly improve stability via a reinforced chassis, baseplate and tripod lug to improve rigidity. Canon also re-designed the mirror vibration control system to help reduce mirror bounce and camera shake. To help maximize stability and minimize vibrations, Canon added a new Arbitrary Release Time Lag Setting in Mirror Lock mode in both models. In addition to the standard setting (press the shutter button once to lock the mirror, then again to release the shutter), the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras offer new setting intervals of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one and two seconds, releasing the shutter after the selected preset delay, allowing potential camera vibration to dissipate before shutter release.

A new Picture Style called "Fine Detail" has been added to enhance the sharpness of JPEGs and EOS Movies with three new settings: Strength, Fineness and Threshold. With such abundant resolution on each sensor, both models also provide two cropped shooting modes, while still delivering high-resolution images 30.5 megapixels for the 1.3x mode and 19.6 megapixels for the 1.6x mode. The available crop options are visible as a mask or an outline in the viewfinder; so shooters can know exactly where to frame their subject.

Capturing the Action
Like the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature an advanced AE system that can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and natatoriums. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting. And new Auto White Balance settings include Ambience Priority and White Priority (for use when shooting under tungsten lighting).

Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long-exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

Both models feature Intelligent Viewfinder II providing approximately 100 percent field of view, while adding the ability to display cropped shooting frames and superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings and data such as dual-mode electronic level display and grid, as well as exposure, white balance, metering, drive, image quality and AF modes. A new Customizable Quick Control Screen, another first for EOS cameras, allows photographers to quickly change frequently used camera settings and functions.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras continue the EOS Movie tradition with the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD up to 30p or 720p HD video up to 60p. A creative Time Lapse Movie function, a first for EOS cameras, takes a continuous series of still photographs and automatically combines them in camera into a Full HD movie file. Interval adjustments can be set from one second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The number of shots possible range from 2 to 3,600 with a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds of playback time. In addition, high-speed continuous shooting up to five-frames-per-second (fps) at full 50 megapixel resolution allows users to capture fast action.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature dual card slots for CF and SD memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Built to last, the cameras also feature a shutter durability rating up to 150,000 cycles, the same as the EOS 5D Mark III.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2015 for estimated retail prices of $3,699.00 and $3,899.00 for the body only, respectively.

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Canon EOS 5DS review by chweyd
Review Date: 8/1/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $3,699.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: High pixel count, weather sealed

The image quality of the 5Ds is amazing but it did not came as a surprise. With 50.6 MP on a full frame the pixel density is very similar (actually a little lower) compared to APS-C cameras like the 70D. Despite the skepticism that many lenses might not be good enough for such a high resolution, my first test shots confirmed the expectations that all my L-Lenses just give outstanding results (for sure with a little more vignetting and softer corners compared to an APS-C body but therefore a wider angle of view). If a lens allows you to take clear, sharp pictures on a APS-C body with 20MP, then it will work on the 5DS as well. The pixel size is with 4.14µm little bigger than the 4.1μm of a 7DMKII, so basically the sharpness, sensitivity against camera movements, signal to noise level are comparable if you got used to an APS-C body. If your previous model was a full frame like the 5DMKIII you need to take little more precautions against camera movements.

Alternatives: The old 5DMKIII has the advantage of higher ISO levels which come handy if you're shooting moving objects in low light environments (e.g. concerts, sports) - in low light architecture, landscape scenarios (no moving objects) every professional will use long exposure with a tripod instead of high ISO. The frame rate difference between the 5DS and the 5DMKIII again is to small to make a real difference. For fast action one would choose however the 1DS or 7DMKII or Sony a7RII. For shooting videos the better is a low pixel count and/or a real video camera like the EOS C100 or maybe a 70D, 7DMKII (the autofocus with dual pixel works better (faster) and having a tilt/flip touchscreen is much more comfortable and precise)

The main advantage of the 5DS is the high pixel count - if that 50MP turns into an advantage depends on the usage - the two main advantages of more pixels are:

1. Increased capability to crop
2. Better image quality in large high-res print outs (> 1m)

If you only do medium to small prints or display the images on a screen then the 5DS does not give much of an advantage - for large high-res print outs however the difference is stunning.

Who needs 50MP - this is the same discussion we had when upgrading from 12MP to 20MP. Sure, if you only watch your pictures as taken on a 2k monitor or your printouts are no larger than 30cm you will not need this camera but more MP will give you more clear or larger printouts, more possibilities to crop...

Is this a camera that I can recommend? That depends on what you want to do with it - but if you're shooting landscape, studio, macro, architecture and/or you like large high-res prints then just go for it.

In the overall rating I do not give it a 10 because I'm missing some of the features from my 70D:
- build in flash
- touchscreen
- flip/tilt screen
- wireless


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