Canon has just announced two new cameras that it claims will have the world’s highest resolution full frame sensor. Called the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, the new cameras bring back the megapixel war that grabs users’ attention just by the amount of megapixels the sensor has.
The new cameras have an enormous 50.6-megapixel full frame sensor with 61 auto-focus points. The native ISO range of the cameras is 100 to 6400, which can be expanded up to 12,800 without making any significant damage to the image quality. However, that’s what the camera manufacturer claims at this point. How the actual high ISO performance of the cameras is in terms of noise still remain to be seen until the cameras are available at the stores and tested by reviewers. Both of the new full frame cameras have dual Digic 6 processors, so the camera can handle with their powerful duo of processors whatever the user throws at it.
According to the press release, the new cameras have a continuous burst rate of 5 frames per second. It may not sound like much, but given that the cameras are taking images that have 50.6 million pixels in them, it’s sensible that the burst rate comes down compared to some of Canon’s recent cameras. Plus the 5D series cameras are meant for studio and landscape photography and never had a higher burst rate like most other APS-C sensor cameras.
The EOS 5DS and 5DS R retain most of the design from the popular camera, Canon 5D Mark III. The buttons and controls of the camera are laid out similarly to that of 5D Mark III. The same goes for the weather sealing, autofocus system and overall ergonomics of the new cameras.
The EOS 5DS and 5DS R have what the company calls Intelligent Tracking and Recognition feature which enables users more precision on keeping focus on a moving subject. The cameras also have an intervalometer, dual card slots with one SD and one CF card, and a shutter actuation of up to 150,000 cycles; another feature that is similar to 5D Mark III.
The Japanese company said that the new beasts will hit the market this summer. The EOS 5DS body will retail for $3699. Customers will have to shell out an extra $200 for the EOS 5DS R body, which lacks an optical low-pass filter. Images tend to be sharper that are taken with a camera that doesn’t have an optical low-pass filter in front of its sensor. However, the lack of the filter can often result in moiré.
Nikon, one of Canon’s biggest rivals, started giving photographers an option to choose between the same camera with and without an optical low-pass filter. The company’s D800 full frame camera had a follow-up model called D800E which didn’t have an optical low-pass filter. Canon is apparently following the suit and giving photographers the option to choose what they want.
In addition to Canon announcing the world’s highest resolution full frame cameras, the Japanese company also unveiled two entry-level cameras that are set to hit the shelves by April. The EOS Rebel T6i is a follow-up version to EOS Rebel T5i. The Rebel T6i has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor. Canon borrowed most of its other features from its mirrorless camera, EOS M3.
The company also announced a slightly upgraded version of T6i, called T6s, which has a top LCD screen for easier operation and faster control. The ease of use comes with a price, though. T6s comes with an 18-135mm kit lens at the price of $1100 while the T6i with an 18-55mm kit lens will retail for just $900.
Although the company updated its entry level Rebel series, the focus of the Canon’s new announcement is in the world’s highest resolution full frame cameras that are set to take the megapixel war to a new height starting this summer. Canon shooters are already eagerly waiting for reviews and first look at the cameras as the release date approaches.
By Aminul Islam Sajib
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