Canon introduces the new 5D series, 5DS and 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS

Last February 5, Rudy Winston from Canon USA discusses the similarities and differences between the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R, the newest DSLRs in our product line (as of February 2015). Learn about these ultra high resolution cameras, which utilize a full frame CMOS sensor, and how they compare to medium format SLRs. Beneficial to landscape, commercial, food, portrait, wedding, architectural photographers and more.

Here’s the video :



Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R body design

Both new Canon cameras are constructed of magnesium alloy and are weather resistant, Canon says.

On the back of the new full-frame cameras is a 3.2in Clear View II LCD screen, with a new Custom Quick Control screen in which the type, size and position of icons are customisable. On top is a 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay.

The Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are new cameras to Canon’s line and will not replace the EOS 5D Mark III, Canon says.

Using a nearly identical body design as the 5D Mark III — save for the model badging — the big story lies under-the-hood with both hardware and software changes compared to the 5D Mark III. It should be pointed out, however, that the 5DS and simultaneously announced 5DS R do not replace the 5D Mark III. Each camera serves very different types of photographers with different use-cases and includes their share of advantages and disadvantages depending on the style of photography.

The 5DS has a pixel pitch of 4.14 microns, whereas the 5D Mark III’s sensor has a pixel pitch of 6.25 microns giving the Mark III an advantage in terms of per-pixel noise. Given the massive 50-megapixel resolution is spread over the area of a 35mm full-frame CMOS chip, the pixel pitch of the sensor in the 5DS is actually comparable to that of the 20-megapixel APS-C 7D Mark II. This should give the 5DS a level of noise performance similar to that of the 7D Mark II. Interestingly, Canon is aware of this potential limitation, and as such, has limited the high ISO of the 5DS to 6400 (with an expandable high to 12,800 and low of 50).

The relatively limited ISO sensitivity range is indicative of the intended use-case of this type of camera, compared to a more general-purpose camera such as the 5D Mark III with its maximum ISO of 102,400. The Canon 5DS is designed for maximum performance in high resolution still images, particularly at lower ISOs. Landscape and architectural photography, where one would often use a tripod, are two primary use-cases for the 5DS. Also, studio, portraiture and advertising photography are other key areas for the 5DS, in which lighting conditions are more rigorously controlled and the need for high ISO performance is not as important. That being said, Canon states that the noise performance is still superior to that from the 5D Mark II, while the dynamic range performance is on the same level as the 5D Mark III.




What’s the difference of the Canon EOS 5DS vs EOS 5DS R?

The key difference between in a Canon EOS 5DS vs EOS 5DS R comparison comes down to the optical low pass filter. While other manufacturers, like Nikon, have removed the low pass filter on cameras like the Nikon D800E, the Canon EOS 5DS R features an extra filter – dubbed a low pass cancellation filter – which Canon says will maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.

The new Canon 5DS borrow heavily from the 7D Mark II in terms of under-the-hood technological improvements. In addition to the dual DIGIC 6 image processor configuration, the Canon 5DS utilizes the new 150,000-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor, up from the approximately 100,000-pixel metering system of the 5D Mark III and 1D X. The new system recognizes 252-zones, whereas the earlier 5D3 used a 63-zone system.

The Canon 5DS also shares the enhanced iTR AF (aka “Intelligent Tracking & Recognition AF”) from the 7D Mark II, and is something not featured on the 5D3. Unlike the 7D Mark II, however, the 5DS uses the same 61-point AF point array as the 5D Mark III and 1D X, yet this is combined with the more robust metering system from the 7D2 for the enhanced iTR AF capabilities. The 5DS uses the 150K-pixel metering system to combine face detection and color information with the phase-detect AF sensor to help track subject movement.

The 5DS also introduces a host of new features, tweaks and improvements over the 5D Mark III, including the creation of timelapse movies in-camera, which itself is a first for the Canon EOS line. Within the menus, you can setup how many frames to capture and the interval between frame capture and the 5DS will produce a movie file right in the camera after all shots are recorded. According to Canon, the timelapse feature ranges from one second and up to a maximum of 99 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds. The playback rate of the resulting timelapse video depends on the video mode set in the menu. In NTSC mode, the playback rate is 29.97fps (30p), while in PAL mode, the playback rate is 25fps. (We initially mistakenly reported that timelapse video was only played back at 24p.)

Given the massive 50-megapixel image files, it’s no surprise that continuous burst performance is a bit lower than the more manageable 22.3MP 5D Mark III, for example. The 5DS can shoot up to five frames-per-second, whereas the 5D Mark III clocks-in at 6fps. No word yet on buffer depths.



Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R price and release date
The Canon EOS 5DS price tag will be £2999.99/€3999.99 body only and the Canon EOS 5DS R price tag is set for £3199.99/€4249.99 body only. Both the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R release dates are scheduled for June 2015.

Prices are from global list price. Philippine pricing will be posted as soon as we get official word from Canon Marketing Philippines.


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