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February 05, 2015 23:00 ET

Canon Announces a Major Leap Forward in Ultra-High-Resolution Full-Frame DSLR Imaging With the EOS 5DS and 5DS R Cameras, at 50 MP

The Newly-Designed Canon EOS 5DS DSLR Features a Full-Frame 50.6MP CMOS Sensor, Capturing Ultra-High Resolution Images Suitable for Large-Scale Printing and Extensive, Creative Cropping, and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, Enabling Spectacular Image Quality and Processing Speed

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - February 05, 2015) - Almost three years since the release of Canon's last full-frame cameras, an air of excitement surrounds the release of the 50.6-megapixel EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R DSLRs, the sole difference between the two models being the low-pass filter effect cancellation of the 5DS R. The incredibly high-resolution, full-frame sensors on these two cameras bring detail and color rendition -- once only available with medium format systems -- to the realm of EF-mount DSLRs. Also, the cameras utilize Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors in order to quickly process the large amounts of data created by the sensor, and to enable a variety of enhanced features.

Read all about the Canon EOS 5DS Full Frame DSLR Camera

EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R DSLR Cameras

With a 50.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, the Canon 5DS and 5DS R have just become the highest-resolution full-frame DSLR cameras on the market. Designed with the still photographer in mind, these cameras will deliver the absolute best in image quality, with a variety of built-in features for photographers to take control of all aspects of their shooting. Where they differ is the 5DS R's low-pass filter (LPF) effect cancellation, which allows photographers to squeeze every last bit of resolution from the sensor. The only downside of this is the greater potential for moiré and other color artifacts. Otherwise, the EF-mount 5DS and 5DS R share the same features, including Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for handling the vast amounts of information produced during image capture, and an ISO range of 100-6400, which can be expanded to 50 or 12800.

To make the most of this resolution, extra precautions have been added to these cameras to ensure that shooters will not have any issues. Most notably, this is seen in the introduction of an advanced mirror-control mechanism and a user-selectable shutter-release delay that will dramatically limit the chances of camera shake affecting your images. The base plate and tripod socket have also been fortified to reduce vibrations and ensure a secure attachment to support systems.

Read more about the Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera 

While many shoots may not require the highest resolutions, the added versatility of the extra pixels cannot be understated. The 5DS series features 1.3x (30MP) and 1.6x (20MP) crop modes that allow photographers to effectively "zoom" into the scene while still producing high-resolution imagery. The selected crop will also show up in the optical viewfinder, for more reliable composition of your images. M-RAW and S-RAW settings are supported for shooting images at 28MP and 12.4MP, respectively. Other features added to this model include a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for advanced control over long exposure and interval shooting.

Ensuring not just high resolution, but accurate exposures and focusing, the 5DS and 5DS R feature the EOS Scene Detection System with a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor, as well as a 61-point High Density Reticular AF system, which includes 41-cross-type points. This system is extremely advanced, with Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (EOS iTR) which scans the scene and determines which autofocus points to use as a subject moves around the frame. Also, anti-flicker technology recognizes flickering light sources and compensates for reliable exposure and color during periods of shooting. And, this camera can maintain a continuous shooting rate of 5 fps, which is fast, considering the size of the 50.6-megapixel files.

Two options are available for composing and reviewing images, including the optical Intelligent Viewfinder II with approximately 100% coverage, and a 3.2" ClearView II LCD monitor. The screen offers a wide 170° viewing angle, 1,040k-dot VGA resolution, reflection resistance through the use of a multi-coating, and high-transparency materials for bright, clear images. These models also have a customizable Quick Control Screen that lets you access frequently changed settings more easily.

While primarily a stills camera, the 5DS and 5DS R have not forgotten about video, with the inclusion of full HD 1920 x 1080p recording at up to 30 fps. A Time Lapse Movie function has been added, which takes stills at set intervals and automatically combines them into a full HD movie file. The cameras also have a mini HDMI-out port for external monitors; nonetheless, the output is not suitable for external recording. A microphone jack for audio recording is available, but the camera is not equipped with a headphone jack.

Saving all of these high-resolution images and movie files requires fast cards and excellent connectivity. These cameras have dual card slots, one CF and one SD, much like the previous 5D Mark III. Additionally, they implement USB 3.0 support for extremely fast image transfer from the camera to the computer. This will be most important for studio photographers who prefer to shoot tethered, ensuring little to no delay between taking the photograph and seeing it on the computer screen.

Available as a body only, the EOS 5DS DSLR Camera and EOS 5DS R DSLR Camera are welcome additions to the full-frame EOS camera line and are sure to please many photographers seeking the ultimate in image resolution.

Canon EOS 5DS DSLR Camera Product Highlights

  • 50.6MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.2-inch ClearView II LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR allows for high precision autofocus.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • High-speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fps allows you to capture the action.
  • Anti-Flicker Compensation
  • User-Selectable Shutter Release Time Lag
  • Dual Compact Flash and SD Media Slots

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