Canon Put an Insane 50.6MP Full-Frame Sensor Into the New 5DS & 5DS R
While it hasn't exactly been a well-kept secret, the next Canon 5D has been officially announced.
Coming in with a 50.6MP full-frame sensor, Canon has finally pushed up against the limits of full-frame 35mm, and is aiming this camera straight at people who want medium format, but just can't afford it, and want to keep using lenses they already have. The two new models are the 5DS and the 5DS R, with the difference being a low-pass filter cancellation effect on the R model, which should give even sharper photos (but the potential for some moire/aliasing). They also announced a new lens, the EF 11-24mm f/4L, to presumably take advantage of this crazy resolution (many lenses will not be able to fully resolve 50MP).
The first thing we should get out of the way is that this likely isn't a direct replacement to the 5D. We're probably going to see a different 5D model with more video-focused features down the line. These new models are aimed squarely at photographers, and thus the video is limited to just 30fps at 1080p (and there is no headphone port). There is one video sample here, but it doesn't give the whole story as it's rather low-res.
Here are the specs:
- 50.6MP (Max Res: 8688 x 5792) Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
- 5DS R has Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation
- Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
- 3.2" 1,040K-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
- MPEG AVC/H.264: 1920 x 1080p / 29.97 fps / 25 fps / 23.98 fps
- MPEG AVC/H.264: 1280 x 720p / 59.94 fps / 50 fps
- MPEG AVC/H.264: 640 x 480p / 29.97 fps / 25 fps
- 1920 x 1280: ALL-I 11 min. (654 MB / min.)
- 1920 x 1280: IPB 33 min. (255 MB / min.)
- 1280 x 720: ALL-I 13 min. (583 MB / min.)
- 1280 x 720: IPB 38 min. (196 MB / min.)
- 640 x 480: IPB 97 min. (78 MB / min.)
- Crop Shooting: 1.3x 30MP and 1.6x 20MP
- 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
- 150,000-Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
- ISO 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 50-12800)
- Built-in Mic
- Mic, Mini-HDMI, USB 3.0
- 5.0 fps Burst Shooting
- Anti-Flicker Compensation
- User-Selectable Shutter Release Time Lag
- Dual Compact Flash and SD Media Slots
- Availability: June 2015
- Price: $3,700 for 5DS & $3,900 for 5DS R
Here is the R version, which looks pretty much the same:
Here are JPEGs from the camera (click for full-res):
In-depth walkthrough of the new camera:
Here's a time lapse shot with the new model:
Either way, if you're looking for the maximum quality possible out of a DSLR in terms of stills, this is pretty much it. Landscape and fashion photographers will love this thing, though it's not going to be a low-light beast due to its high pixel count. The 1D X and the Mark III should perform better in low-light with their lower pixel full-frame sensors.
Again, I would expect a more video-focused camera coming later in the year (there are already rumors of a 5D Mark IV), so don't be disappointed if you were expecting a big jump in video quality, as this model is more just for the stills people.
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L
Canon also announced a brand new lens, the ultra-wide EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens:
- EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Constant f/4 Maximum Aperture
- Super UD, UD, and 4 Aspherical Elements
- SWC, Air Sphere, and Fluorine Coatings
- Ring-Type USM Autofocus Motor
- Internal Focus; Full-Time Manual Focus
- Weather-Resistant Design
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
- Availability: February 2015
- Price: $3,000
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