Canon has expanded its EOS 5D lineup with the introduction of two new cameras with a resolution of 50 megapixels each: the 5DS and the 5DS R. Both cameras have a full frame sensor and a high resolution, and they are designed with still photographers in mind. The ‘S’ model has an optical low-pass filter, whilst the ‘S R’ model has a self-cancelling filter (this is the same relationship that Nikon’s D800 and D800E models had). This is the sole variation between the versions.
The two cameras will reside alongside the EOD 5D Mark III, operating as specialized high resolution cameras that are especially meant for studio, landscape, and wedding shots. This is in contrast to the present model, which has all-round capabilities. In terms of maximum ISO and the number of shots that can be taken continuously, the Mark III is superior to both the S and the S R.
The majority of the significant new capabilities that have been added to the high-resolution 5Ds are geared at making it possible for users to make the most of the additional resolution offered by the cameras. Because of our experiences with the Nikon D8X0 series of cameras, we now know that merely possessing a sensor with a high resolution isn’t enough; in order to get the most out of it, you need to be very concerned about the camera’s steadiness.
In order to do this, Canon has strengthened the tripod socket and the region surrounding it, which enables a more robust engagement with a tripod. It has also utilized a motorized mirror mechanism that is more controlled, similar to the one found in the EOS 7D II. This mechanism enables a deceleration step prior to the mirror reaching its higher position, which helps to reduce mirror slap.
The third modification is a revamped mirror lock-up mode that enables users to set an automated delay between the raising of the mirror and the opening of the shutter to initiate an exposure. The user is given the ability to select the lowest feasible time that has enabled the mirror vibration to decrease. This maximizes sharpness while simultaneously limiting the amount of responsiveness that is lost.
Even while both the S and the SR are capable of filming movies with the same variety of frame rates and compression options as the 5D III, neither of these cameras have a clear HDMI output nor do they have headphone jacks. If recording video is a high priority for you, you shouldn’t buy these cameras because they don’t have that capability.
Canon EOS 5DS Specifications
|MSRP||$3699/£2999/€3999 (body only)|
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||8688 x 5792|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||51 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||53 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|Sensor size notes||Offers 1.6x and 1.3x crop modes, as well as medium and small Raw sizes.|
|Processor||Dual DIGIC 6|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-6400 (expandable to 50-12800)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||12800|
|White balance presets||8|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3, DPOF v2.0)Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||No|
|Number of focus points||61|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||ClearView II TFT-LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Exposure modes||Scene Intelligent AutoProgram AEShutter Priority AEAperture Priority AEManualBulbCustom|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe and PC sync port)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleHigh-speed continuousLow-speed continuousSilent single shootingSilent continuous shootingSelf-timer|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Videography notes||Supports ALL-I and IPB compression|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible), CompactFlash|
|USB||USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Wired and wireless)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (dust and water-resistent)|
|Battery description||LP-E6 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||700|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)|
|Dimensions||152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)|
The Canon EOS 5DS R is the company’s highest-resolution camera. It packs a 50-megapixel sensor inside a body that will be instantly recognizable to anybody who have used previous models in the 5D series. Although the focusing of the camera has been improved, it is still not as good as that of the finest of the camera’s rivals when it comes to working in close quarters. In light of the fact that its competitors are starting to take video more seriously, the features and quality of its video content are also a little bit disappointing. Having said that, the camera is exceptional in a number of ways, including having an exceptional resolution, doing a lot to guarantee that the photographs are kept stable, and having a JPEG engine that offers colors that a large number of experts are glad to depend upon.
- Class-leading 50.6MP picture resolution
- aesthetically pleasing hues straight out of the camera, particularly skintones
- AF system with 61 points, including 41 cross-type points
- 5 high precision dual cross-type points give amazing accuracy when used in conjunction with more recent lenses.
- iTR is enabled thanks to a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, which also provides some basic facial identification capabilities.
- Higher precision 252-zone metering is achieved by the use of a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor.
- 150,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor yields higher precision 252-zone metering
- The outstanding clarity is made possible by well-damped mirror and shutter, in addition to pre-delays.
- Mirror and shutter shock may be avoided with Live View thanks to the electronic initial curtain.
- Continuous shooting at a rate of 5 frames per second with enough buffering
- The use of two Digic 6 processors enables a quick and responsive performance.
- Ergonomics that are well thought out, as well as menus
- Superior programmable Auto ISO, in addition to a comprehensive range of minimum shutter speed settings
- A viewfinder that has an LCD overlay that is see-through provides complete coverage.
- A 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD with a resolution of 1.04 million dots suppresses reflections very effectively.
- Electronic levels on both axes are available in the viewfinder while shooting
- Magnesium exterior and complete protection from the elements contribute to the excellent construction quality (150,000 cycle shutter)
- The Flicker Mode modifies the instant at which the shutter is released to produce exposures that are consistent even under flashing light.
- There are options for shooting in time-lapse and interval formats.
- Raw dynamic range is restricted in comparison to other competitors.
- Images captured at the base ISO might have more noise than the most impressive examples of the competition.
- Performance in low light is inferior to that of competitors.
- The maximum ISO setting of 12,800 (6400 for Auto ISO) appears arbitrary and restrictive.
- JPEGs are not as crisp or detailed as some of their rivals' offerings.
- The AF subject tracking is much behind its counterparts.
- At particular shutter speeds and focal lengths, you need to find a way around the vibrations caused by the mirror and the shutter.
- There is no spot metering that is tied to the AF point.
- Few video features are available, including none of the following: zebra, 1080/60p, flat gamma profile, or peaking settings.
- Live View and video both benefit from a slow AF.