Canon’s EOS 5DS and 5DS R DSLRs feature the world’s highest resolution among full-frame format DSLRs, claims Canon, incorporating a newly designed 50.6-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 image processors. Aimed at pros of all types, Canon says they’re for anyone looking for an affordable alternative to medium format.
For the first time in an EOS camera, the low-pass filter effect in the 5DS R model is cancelled. The cancellation of the low-pass filter helps deliver sharp images, squeezing the most out of every pixel, suggests the company.
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 the high-resolution imaging sensor, the 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 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 movies with three new settings: Strength, Fineness and Threshold. 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.
Like the 7D Mark II, the 5DS and 5DS R cameras feature an advanced AE system that can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapour lamps. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and colour especially during continuous shooting. And new Auto White Balance settings include Ambience Priority and White Priority (for use when shooting under tungsten lighting).
Canon susggests 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.
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 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 5 frames-per-second (fps) at full 50-megapixel resolution allows users to capture fast action.
The two models feature dual card slots for CF and SD memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. The cameras also feature a shutter durability rating up to 150,000 cycles, the same as the 5D Mark III.
The Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R are scheduled to be available in June for estimated retail prices of $4,099.99 and $4,299.99 (body only), respectively.