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50 Megapixels Yet No 4K Video for EOS 5DS & 5DS R

Canon has officially announced the successors of the 5D Mark III: the 5DS and 5DS R. Both units pack  a new 50.6 Megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor. Essentially, the two models are identical, but according to Canon, the EOS 5DS R camera offers the potential for greater sharpness and fine detail for specialized situations.


The EOS  5DS will retail for $3,699.00 and the 5DS R will retail for $3,899.00. Although B&H listed both cameras, they are not taking orders and they won’t be shipping until June 2015. Oh, and one more thing: no 4K video. That’s right, even though Panasonic and Sony have both come correct with 4K Video, you won’t find it in Canon’s latest incarnations. If you want 4K from Canon, you’ll need to spend a bit more for the Cinema EOS line.

That aside, these two look to be awesome still cameras. The $200 difference in the camera’s is the 5DSR’s Low Pass Cancellation Feature. The EOS 5DS R is a specialized version and is intended for photographers looking to capture the maximum amount of detail possible, and is best suited for landscape, commercial work, or other specialized types of applications. Since the EOS 5DS R offers the LPF cancellation effect, the possibility of moiré and color artifacts is greater than with the EOS 5DS’ Low-Pass Filter Cancellation

While the LPF’s purpose is to minimize the moiré and false color artifacting inherent in digital imaging, it does reduce resolving power of the sensor. The EOS 5DS R’s LPF cancellation effect delivers greater sharpness and finer detail, useful in specialized situations, but the possibility of moiré and color artifacting is greater. Fortunately, there are methods to help eliminate these effects while capturing and during post-processing.

Both cameras feature an advanced, 61-point High Density Reticular AF system that includes 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR AF for precise AF in numerous situations. An anti-flicker function helps provide consistent exposure and color during continuous shooting, while a built-in bulb timer and intervalometer expands creative opportunities without the need for an additional remote control. A refined mirror control mechanism reduces vibration and Time Release Lag setting minimizes shutter blur for sharp image capture. New features like a crop function of 1.3x and 1.6x and a Custom Quick Control screen are complemented by advanced, multi-featured Full HD Movie capture, with Time Lapse Movie, and much more.

New 50.6 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS sensor

The EOS 5DS camera features Canon’s newest full-frame CMOS sensor: at 50.6 Megapixels, it’s the highest resolution sensor in the history of EOS. It captures 8712 x 5813 effective pixels, delivering images with an unprecedented level of realism perfect for large-scale commercial printing, fine art, significant crops and any number of other high-end applications. Thanks to this amazing sensor, engineered to work in concert with dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, the EOS 5DS is a remarkable, high-resolution camera with impressive performance.

EOS Scene Detection System with RGB+IR Metering Sensor

The EOS 5DS camera has an amazing iSA Intelligent Subject Analysis system that employs an independent RGB light sensor with approximately 150,000-pixel resolution. This sensor enables Canon’s Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize tracking. With new tracking algorithms tailored to recognize faces and colors, this system serves as a brilliant foundation to the EOS 5DS’s AF system.

61-point High Density Reticular AF

For fast, precise AF with sophisticated tracking performance, the EOS 5DS camera has an advanced, 61-point High Density Reticular AF system with 41 cross-type AF points. The EOS 5DS’s AF system is incredibly sensitive to changes in composition, making adjustments quickly to help ensure consistent, sharp AF. A new RGB+IR AE (with approximately 150,000 dots) sensor monitors subject motion, and Canon’s iTR Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system synchronizes the active AE point with the subject’s motion, helping to ensure that AF precision is maintained. With focus modes dedicated to the particulars of the shooting environment, the EOS 5DS realizes a level of focus accuracy befitting its 50.6 Megapixel sensor.

Advanced Mirror control mechanism and shutter release time lag

The camera shake that occurs from the impact of an SLR’s mirror can leave blurred details in the recorded image. This effect is magnified when working with a super high-resolution sensor like the one found in the EOS 5DS camera. To counter the effects of conventional, spring-driven SLR mirrors, the EOS 5DS features a newly developed Mirror Vibration Control system. The camera’s mirror is not controlled by springs but instead is driven by a small motor and cams. This system suppresses the impact typical of the camera’s mirror, significantly reducing impact and its effects on the image. A new Time Release Lag setting, easily accessed on the EOS 5DS’s menu system offers an added protection against camera shake by setting the shutter release time intentionally longer so the camera does not begin the next exposure until after the impact of the camera’s mirror has diffused.

Anti-flicker feature

With Canon’s Anti-flicker function, the EOS 5DS camera is able to deliver accurate results even in tricky, inconsistent lighting situations. Under flickering light, such as fluorescent lighting, a fast shutter speed may result in an irregular exposure. The EOS 5DS’s Anti-flicker function detects the frequency and phase of the flicker and captures images near the point of peak brightness when the subject is most likely well illuminated.

Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex, camera

Recording Media
CF card
Type I drive (Incompatible with Type II and Microdrive.)
High-speed writing possible with UDMA CF cards.
SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
High-speed writing possible with UHS-I SD cards.
MultiMediaCard (MMC) cannot be used. (A card error will be displayed.)

Image Format
Approx. 36 mm x 24mm (35mm Full-frame)

Compatible Lenses
Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S Lenses)

Lens Mount
Canon EF mount

High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor

Effective pixels: Approx. 50.60 megapixels
Total pixels: 53.00 megapixels

Pixel Unit
4.14µm square

Total Pixels
Total Pixels: 53.00 megapixels

Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)

Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters

Low Pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the image sensor

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