Canon’s 22.3-megapixel full-frame 5D Mark III may be regarded as one of the best DSLRs for shooting stills and HD video, but it’s a lightweight compared to the company’s new EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R.
The 5Ds and 5Ds R have more than twice the resolution of the 5D Mark III. Canon’s new DSLRs aren’t 5D Mark III replacements — they’re only variants. The two cameras, priced at $3,699 (5Ds) and $3,899 (5Ds R) will be available this June. Existing 5D Mark III accessories like battery packs and grips are compatible with the new models.
The 5Ds and 5Ds R don’t buck the established DSLR look. They both resemble the aging 5D Mark III down to the details. The sticker on the left side is the only way to spot the difference.
Both new DSLRs share virtually the same exact specs. The cameras have a monster 50.6-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor. They each have a 61-point autofocus system with 41 cross-points, a Dual DIGIC6 image processor, ISO adjustable from 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) and a built-in intervalometer for creating time-lapse videos.
A few features remain the same as the 5D Mark III: Continuous shooting is capped at 5 frames per second (fps) and the dynamic range didn’t get any boost.
Disappointingly, the 5Ds and 5Ds R don’t shoot 4K-resolution video. They top out at 1080p full HD at 30 fps and 720p at 60 fps. The omission is baffling since smaller mirrorless cameras like Panasonic’s GH4 and Sony’s A7S can record video in 4K.
Both models sport a 3.2-inch 1.04-million-dot LCD screen (non-articulating and non-touchscreen, unfortunately) and dual memory-card slots for CompactFlash and SD.
The only real difference between the 5Ds and 5Ds R is the latter has a low-pass cancellation filter. A low-pass filter, for those who don’t know, is a filter that eliminates pesky moiré (the distorted wavy pattern that appears on objects with lots of lines or dots).
Any photographer who wants insane resolution should consider the 5Ds. Landscape photographers will appreciate the 5Ds R more — the low-pass cancellation filter will be indispensable for taking artifact-free photos.