If you thought Sony’s a7R had plenty of megapixels, Canon would like to introduce you to the 5DS and the Canon 5DS R. Both cameras pack a massive 50.6 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, and they have 41 AF points. This much power will do well in the hands of landscape, architectural, studio, portrait and commercial photographers. They’ve been designed to produce the sharpest image possible and positively huge prints, and we can only guess at how they’ll look.
Though where the two cameras diverge is the 5DS R’s lack of a low pass filter effect. What this does is help give images more sharpness.
Canon overhauled the mirror system in both cameras to minimize mirror bounce and camera shake. The company also added intervals between shutter presses (first to lock the mirror, second to release the shutter) at 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 and 2 seconds to allow any possible shake to cease before the shutter’s released. Both the 5DS and 5DS R have the 7D Mk II’s Intelligent Viewfinder II, which provides the information you’d find on the rear LCD.
Both cameras carry on Canon’s commitment to HD video with 1080p capability. Both have new AE systems to compensate for flickering light sources. They also have a burst mode of 5 fps at full 50.6 MP resolution and dual SD and CF card slots.
Both the Canon 5DS and 5DS R will be available in June 2015 for $3,699 and $3,899 respectively.
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