Canon Introduces 50 Megapixel DSLR's for High End Photography

Just earlier last week, Canon introduced the next level of their EOS DSLR line-up with not just one, but two new models – the EOS 5Ds and EOS 5DsR. Aimed at high-end photography predominantly in the portraiture, architecture and landscape segment, the new EOS 5Ds and 5DsR are gunning for the ultimate resolution and image quality required for printing large spreads and for situations where sharpness and detail rendition are critical. Although the cameras feature a video recording mode of 1920 x 1080p up to 30 frames per second, the omission of a headphone jack, might leave those wanting to use these cameras for video to look elsewhere. The 5D Mark III has been around for some time and chances are we might see another DSLR from Canon this year, tailored for video use and low-light performance.


See the Highlights and Features of the new Canon EOS 5Ds and 5DsR in the paragraphs below.

Marking a new standard in high-resolution digital SLR photography, the Canon EOS 5DS camera shatters the status quo with a new 50.6 Megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor. Perfect for commercial and fine art photography, or any other application that calls for extremely high-resolution, the EOS 5DS is the ultimate combination of EOS performance and ultra-high megapixel capture. It features an advanced, 61-point High Density Reticular AF system that includes 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR AF for precise AF in numerous situations. An anti-flicker function helps provide consistent exposure and color during continuous shooting under certain lighting conditions, while a built-in bulb timer and intervalometer expands creative opportunities without the need for an additional remote control. A refined mirror control mechanism reduces vibration and a Time Release Lag setting minimizes camera shake for sharp image capture when using mirror lock-up. New features like a crop function of 1.3x and 1.6x and a Custom Quick Control screen are complemented by advanced, multi-featured Full HD Movie capture, with Time Lapse Movie, and much more. With EOS performance and 50.6 Megapixel Capture, the EOS 5DS revolutionizes high-resolution photography!

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras offer the highest resolution capture in the history of EOS: a Canon designed and manufactured, full-frame 50.6 Megapixel CMOS sensor. It captures 8712 x 5813 effective pixels, delivering images with wide dynamic range and an incredible level of realism perfect for large-scale printing, fine art, significant crops and any number of other high-end applications. A new Picture Style setting, called Fine Detail, helps emphasize fine edges, patterns and textures. Thanks to the dual DIGIC 6 sensors, photographs and HD movies are captured and processed with remarkable speed.

The Difference Between the 5Ds and the 5DsR is the Low-Pass Filter

While sharing the same 50.6 Megapixel sensor and photographic capabilities, the difference between the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R cameras is EOS 5DS R’s low-pass filter cancellation effect.


Standard on every EOS SLR (with the exception of the EOS 5DS R) the low-pass filter serves to eliminate false colours and moiré patterns that can be recorded by the camera’s sensor.

LPF Cancellation (EOS 5DS R)

While the LPF's purpose is to minimize the moiré and false colour artifacting inherent in digital imaging, it does reduce resolving power of the sensor. The EOS 5DS R camera's LPF cancellation effect delivers greater sharpness and finer detail, useful in specialized situations, but the possibility of moiré and colour artifacting is greater however. Fortunately, there are methods to help eliminate these effects while capturing and during post-processing.

Which One is Right for You?

The 50.6 Megapixel CMOS sensor in the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R open tremendous imaging possibilities for photographers who produce large, highly-detailed prints and those looking to do extensive, creative cropping. These two cameras are very similar, but determining which model is right for you largely depends on your application.

For most users, professional and advanced enthusiasts alike, the EOS 5DS will be the ideal choice, and is suited for a wide range of applications, including studio, landscape, gallery and fine-art photography, and more.

The EOS 5DS R is a specialized version and is intended for photographers looking to capture the maximum amount of detail possible, and is best suited for landscape, commercial work, or other specialized types of applications. Since the EOS 5DS R offers the LPF cancellation effect, the possibility of moiré and colour artifacts is greater than with the EOS 5DS.

In addition to the new EOS DSLR's Canon unveiled a new lens as a part of their growing L-series lineup - the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens.

From Canon:

 EF 11-24mm f/4L USM brings L-series construction and optics to the widest zoom lens Canon has ever made. With an expansive wide-angle range of 11-24mm, this is an ideal lens for landscapes, interior shots, and unique perspectives on subjects close and far. Its new optical design features Super UD and UD lenses that correct chromatic aberration. Four aspheric lens elements help to minimize distortion from the center of the image to the periphery and throughout the zoom range. A Subwavelength Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) significantly reduce flare and ghosting, while a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm creates beautiful, blurred backgrounds. For silent and fast AF, it features a rear focus system and ring USM, and can be manually focused even when in AF mode. It has a minimum focusing distance of 11 in./0.28m (extreme telephoto) for admirable performance and results even when shooting in tight spaces. 

Constructed to L-series specifications, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is durable and rugged due to its highly dust and water resistant design, so it is prepared for shooting in any number of environments. It also has fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements for reducing smears and fingerprints. With a compact design that includes an integrated hood and compatibility with all EOS cameras, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is a must-have lens for photographers that demand excellent performance for truly expressive images anywhere.


  • L-series ultra-wide zoom lens with an impressive 11mm starting focal length, delivering high-quality, expressive images.
  • New optical design and the use of one Super UD element and one UD lens element helps significantly reduce chromatic aberration.
  • Four aspheric lens elements help minimize distortion from the center of the image to the periphery and across the entire zoom range.
  • Subwavelength Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) help to significantly reduce flare and ghosting.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water for amazing durability enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 11 in./0.28m (at 24mm) is ideal for shooting in tight spaces.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces helps reduce smears and fingerprints.


As all L-series lenses, the Utlra-wide 11-24mm lens covers the full-frame 36x24mm photographic sensor of cameras like the 5Ds/5DsR and the 5D Mark III. Pricing will be in the range of £2,799 and we'll make sure to update as to when the lens becomes available. 

The availability of the 5Ds and 5DsR is expected in June 2015, with UK pricing to be yet confirmed but is believed to be in the range of £2,999 for the 5Ds and £3,200 for the 5Ds variant. We'll keep you updated as to when they become available. For all your Canon EOS line and Cinema EOS line needs, do get in touch with our Canon specialists at 0208 977 1222.