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What is new in the latest Canon cameras?

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As you might have come across about the latest announcement of two new cameras from Canon, this post is about my take on those cameras.

One being named as Canon EOS 5DS and the other being EOS 5DS R – the one big difference between these two cameras is the 5DS R comes with “Low-pass filter effect cancellation” which must be a good news for Professional Landscape photographers. However, I am writing a separate article about the low-pass filter aka Anti-alias filter.

Both the two cameras are full frame sensors and having high resolution of 50.6 megapixels. First time in the line of Canon EOS cameras, to have this high resolution.

Canon 5DS digital camera

Image of Canon 5DS released at Canon USA website.

  • The specification of both the cameras states about the Low-pass filter that “Fixed position in front of the image sensor” and the feature page of 5DS R clearly states that LPF (Low-pass filter) effect cancellation takes full advantage of the original resolving power of the 50.6 effective megapixels CMOS sensor, delivering even higher resolution images” Which makes me wonder Canon might have taken the Nikon’s way as Nikon did it in its D800 E. If canon has taken a different method to cancel the filter’s effect, we don’t know, will have to wait for the detailed lab review from the reviewers.


  • The prices for 5DS mentioned as $3699.00 and for 5DS R as $3899.00 for a 50.6 megapixels camera, I would say decently priced.


  • Maximum ISO on both the cameras are 6400 only. Whereas in 5D MKIII one can peak up to ISO 25600. If not all, few will definitely going to turned off by this. The reason behind this is because of bringing in more pixels in the same sensor area. (The pixel pitch for 5D MKIII is 6.25μm square and the pixel pitch for 5DS is 4.14μm square. The more this no. better spacing, better signal to noise ratio, better image quality. I will write a separate article about this.


  • Shutter speed remain same as in 5D MKIII, max speed is 1/8000. Possibilities are there for the same shutter as in 5D MKIII.


  • Built in Intervalometer comes in both the models, which will be lauded by the enthusiasts.


  • The 1.3X and 1.6X are the options in processing (in-camera processing). Post capture, the image will be cropped and pushed to the memory cards as the user desires.


  • Advanced mirror control mechanism is definitely going to help minimise shakes in low shutter speed.


  • The Dual DIGIC 6 processors are expected to handle the massive 5 fps data from the sensor.


  • USB 3.0 is definitely going to support transferring the images.


  • EOS Scene Detection System features a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for excellent precision, this is going to help in nailing perfect exposure.

In a nutshell, ISO performance is going to turn off the professionals, especially event photographers. Many would have expected Wi-fi and in-built GPS, which is not been provided in one model even.


Except the above, I think the other specs calls for a hover over though. I would like to take out this machine for a while.

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