Canon today made a big splash with the announcement of its new flagship full-frame sensor DSLRs – Canon 5Ds & 5Ds R. The two new DSLRs put Canon back at the top of the hill when it comes to resolution. These new cameras feature 50.6 megapixel sensors, the highest resolution among full-frame cameras yet.
The Canon EOS 5Ds and the 5Ds R variants are very similar in most aspects, except for the fact that the 5Ds R variant doesn’t come with the antialiasing filter. This allows the 5Ds R to offer superior sharpness at the expense of moire patterns in certain situations. This is similar to what we have seen on cameras such as the Nikon D800E and the Sony Alpha A7R. The two cameras feature Canon’s latest Dual DIGIC 6 image processor, allowing them to shoot at 5fps high-speed continuous shooting. They come with 61-point Auto Focus and feature an ISO range from 100 to 6400. The upper limit of the native ISO range is slightly disappointing as some recent cameras such as the Sony Alpha A7R offer maximum native ISO of up to 25,600. The Nikon D800E offers max native ISO of 6400 like the new Canons, but it can be extended up to IS 25,600. On the new Canon cameras, you can extend the maximum ISO sensitivity only up to ISO 12,000.
The cameras come with 3.2-inch 1-million dot LCD displays and a new intelligent viewfinder with 0.71x magnification and 100 per cent field of view. Unfortunately, for video lovers, the new cameras only shoot 1080p at 24/25 and 30 fps. So if you’re looking for the 4K video capture feature, you may have to look at other brands. When it comes to connectivity options, the 5Ds and 5Ds R are well-equipped with NFC, Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, HDMI output, and CF/SD card slots.
Canon’s new 5Ds and 5Ds R will be going on sale only by June this year. The EOS 5Ds body-only has been priced at $3699, while the EOS 5Ds R will be available for a slightly higher $3899.