As they stay ahead in the 4K video revolution, the Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R break ground in the field of digital media by delivering an industry-leading resolution.
With Japan's CP+ camera and imaging exhibition just around the corner, Canon is keeping the pre-event hype in announcing its pair of 50.6 MP cameras. The 5DS and 5DS R both bear the form factor of the EOS 5D Mark III, but the hardware under the hood of Canon's latest hot rods best the EOS beyond its 22.3 MP resolution.
The difference between the $3,699 5DS and $3,899 5DS R, besides the price and that extra letter "R" in the name, is the pricier camera's ability to cancel out the effects of its low-pass filter.
The low-pass filter, which facilitates the subtle blur necessary for moiré shots, can be negated when a photographer wants to capture every un-smoothed detail in a landscape shot. Canon says the 5DS R is the first of its electro-optical system (EOS) camera to feature the ability to negate their low-pass filters.
The 50.6MP resolution of both the 5DS and 5DS R is delivered by full-frame CMOS image sensors and driven by Canon's Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors. That hefty amount of pixels, double that of the EOS 5D Mark III, is being released to facilitate the crystal-clear reproduction of objects and places for commercial, studio, architectural and landscape applications.
While designed as workhorse gadgets for professional photographers, the cameras have a number of features that make life easy for hobbyists and paid photogs alike. Canon has redesigned its EOS' mirror vibration control system to better account for camera shake and vibration.
The automatic exposure (AE) feature, also found in the EOS 5D Mark III, compensates for flickering light sources and helps the cameras deliver ideal exposures in buildings where the light sources aren't constant. The cameras also deliver burst capture of 5 frames per second, solid for a camera that doesn't put a premium on video capture -- both models capture 1080p video at 30 fps.
"As photography becomes more specialized and more images are captured than ever before, the burden is on the photography equipment to keep up with the demands of today's artistic talents," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon USA. "These new camera models will provide many photographers with new options to deliver their vision to clients, fans, and the world."
Both the 5DS and 5DS R are expected to be available in June 2015.