Canon 5DS and 5DS R has largest full frame sensor at 50MP, dual DIGIC 6 processors


Photography professionals (and enthusiasts) pay attention. Canon have announced today a bunch of new cameras and lenses, the first of which are the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs.

The EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R combine the image quality of medium format with the usability of the EOS system. The cameras break the boundaries of 35mm sensors, offering the highest megapixels ever seen in a Canon full-frame sensor, a massive 50.6 Megapixels. Canon sa this offers unparalleled quality and combines with dual DIGIC 6 processors to convert all the pixels to your memory card.

These cameras are targeting those photographers that shoot studio, commercial or landscape photography. When sharpness in the image is a priority, the EOS 5DS R is you’re go-to, featuring a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.

Of course if you’ve got an existing arsenal of red ring lenses, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with all EF lenses, a massive 71 models. Canon are also announcing a new wide-angle zoom lens, the world’s widest. The EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the ultimate weapon for landscape photographers.

EOS 5DS Key features:

  • Provides an alternative to medium format with 50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • Up to 5.0 frames per second
  • 61-point AF deliver images of sharpness and accuracy
  • Three in-camera-crop shooting modes
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor with Flicker Detection


EOS 5DS R also includes:

  • Low-pass cancellation filter



EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Key features:

  • The world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens
  • Explore landscapes from an ultra-wide point of view
  • Minimal distortion
  • Advanced lens coatings guard against ghosting and flare
  • Enjoy swift, near-silent AF, with full-time manual override
  • Keep shooting even in tough weather conditions

Here’s the details from Canon.

Setting a new benchmark for full-frame DSLRs 

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6 MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range. For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera-crop shooting modes – 1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x.

Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6 MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom of high-speed continuous shooting at five frames per second.

Automatically exceptional

Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R feature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame. Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound.

Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures under varying lighting scenarios, including fluorescent.

Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity

Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor, enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without the need for editing software.

Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, in-camera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.

First-class professional construction, customisable features

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario.

Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA – a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting – ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.

EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality

When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure crisp and sharp results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are organic.

Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

The world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens1, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is perfect for photographers shooting landscape. With an ultra-wide angle zoom lens there are no limitations to capturing what you desire.

The EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens features high performance characteristics of Canon’s premium L series lenses; high speed Auto Focus, circular aperture, minimum focusing distance of 0.28m when at focal length of 24mm. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.


The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R will be available June 2015 and the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens will be available March 2015. Prices will be set at dealer discretion.



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