Canon EOS 5DS review : World’s First 50 Mega Pixel Camera

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Canon EOS 5Ds at a glance:

•    50.6 MP CMOS sensor
•    Dual DIGIC 6 image processors
•    ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-12,800
•    5fps continuous shooting
•    61-point AF system with 41 cross types
•    1.3x (30MP) and 1.6x (19MP) crop modes available
•    EOS 5Ds (body only) £2999, EOS 5Ds R (body only) £3199

Those who were wondering whether Canon would bring out anything of note in 2015 can consider that question well and truly settled. The manufacturer has today unveiled two new full-frame DSLRs that build on the phenomenal success of its EOS 5D Mark III – the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R, which both come sporting a world-first 50.6MP full-frame sensor.

As you might imagine, these cameras are pitched towards photographers who want to record an enormous level of detail. The two are identical save for one key difference: the EOS 5Ds incorporates an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in front of the sensor to militate against moiré and false colour effects. The EOS 5Ds R forgoes this filter in favour of maximising the resolving power of that massive sensor (it’s the same approach we’ve seen previously on the Nikon D800 and D800E). For simplicity we’ll refer solely to the EOS 5Ds from here on, but keep in mind that everything we’re saying about the EOS 5Ds applies to its stablemate the EOS 5Ds R as well.

So, what else is new? For a start, Canon has introduced in-camera crop modes, specifically 1.3x and 1.6x crop modes that allow photographers to get a little more reach from their EF lenses, though this does come with a resolution cost – the 1.3x crop produces 30MP images, while the 1.6x crop produces 19MP images.

There’s also been some tinkering by Canon in the mirror box assembly, designed to eliminate any risk of mirror movement causing image blur. A new vibration control system for the mirror is implemented for smoother operation, and this certainly seems to be the case – in our hands-on experience with the EOS 5Ds, we found its shutter release to be noticeably quieter than that of the EOS 5D Mark III.

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The Review

Canon EOS 5DS

8.8 Score

"The Canon EOS 5Ds’s sensor offers a native ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50-12,800. This may seem a little middling, especially when compared to the previous EOS 5D Mark III (native ISO 100-12,800, expandable ISO 50-102,400), though Canon would no doubt argue that this sensitivity ceiling will be sufficient for the target audience of this camera. Given that this audience is landscape, fashion and architectural photographers, we would be inclined to agree. Read more at"

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  • Design 90%
  • Battery Life 60%
  • Image Quality 100%
  • Features 80%
  • Lens Ecosystem 100%

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