Again: Canon 5Ds & 5Ds R Rock 50MP Sensor; 11-24L to Unleash Their Power

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The folks over at Canon Watch have published a leaked press release of the new Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R, along with a new EF 11-24mm L lens. Tony Northrup, you owe me a cup of coffee. Unless, of course, it’s all a rather clever ploy to reveal instead tomorrow… what, exactly?

It makes perfect sense: Canon looks to re-establish its pre-eminence in still photography by bumping up its megapixel count in the DSLR form factor toward Phase One territory, blowing right by the current DSLR/ILC megapixel champs the Nikon D810 and Sony A7R.

For now.

Smart way to reclaim the throne AND increase demand for their highest performing (and most expensive) lenses.

The specs in this sneak peak of the press release also affirm what we posted earlier: they seem focused on meeting the needs of high-end still photographers doing fashion, landscape and architecture, while essentially ignoring the video space – Canon is thus rationalizing its product line and further differentiating their DSLRs from the Cinema EOS line of dedicated video recorders.

Again, smart.

The 11-24mm f4/L rectilinear zoom lends additional weight to the notion that Canon is executing a strategy of creating a new set of reasons for Canon loyalists – and maybe some Nikon hold-outs – for massive upgrades.

2015 is already an interesting year, about to get more interesting. It's beginning to feel like Canon is opening up a multi-front war — or maybe counter-attacking — by carefully choosing how it engages. Yet again: smart. [bctt tweet=”Canon Claims Top Spot in MegaPixel War for Now”]

Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R, and EF 11-24mm f/4L Press Release Leaked

Via Canon Watch:

Press release:
Canon revolutionises resolution with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

London, UK, 6 February 2015 – Canon today transforms the EOS system with the arrival of the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs.

Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors,the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6MP. Delivering unparalleled quality, the cameras provide an exceptional combination of resolution, responsiveness and durability, whether shooting landscapes, architecture, high fashion or portraiture, either personally or professionally. When nothing but the sharpest image is expected, the EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.Alongside the new DSLRs, Canon also introduces the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens(1), the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.

Establishing new standards for full-frame DSLRs

Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, further expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range.

For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera crop shooting modes–1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x. Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom to shoot at five frames per second.

[bctt tweet=”Canon Gets Aggressive with 50MP 5D, New L Glass”]


Automatically exceptional
Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS Rfeature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame.

Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound. Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures under varying lighting scenarios, including florescent.

Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity

Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor, enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without the need for edit ing software. Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, in-camera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.

First-class professional construction, customisable features

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control

screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario. Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA–a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting – ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.

EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality

When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure the sharpest possible results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are very often organic, the camera’s low pass cancellation filter produces the stunning level of detail required to turn agreat shot into an incredible shot.

Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with Canon’s extensive EF lens range, spanning 71 models(2). Today Canon unveils the world’s widest-angle retilinearzoom lens (1), the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. Perfect for photographers shooting landscape and architecture, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is designed to open up an entirely new world of creative opportunities, thanks to its super wide 11-24mm focal range. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.


EOS 5DS Key features:

  • 50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Up to 5.0 Frames Per Second
  • 61-point AF
  • Cropped Shooting

EOS 5DS R also includes:

  • Low-pass cancellation filter

EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Key features:

  • Explore landscapes from an ultra-wide point of view
  • The world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens
  • Minimal distortion – ideal for architecture and interiors
  • Advanced lens coatings guard against ghosting and flare
  • Enjoy swift, near-silent AF, with full-time manual override
  • Keep shooting even in tough weather conditions

(cover photo credit: snap from Canon Watch)


  1. Gee, thanks for announcing the Webinar 90+ minutes late.
    It’s obvious is that Canon is more-interested in pixel count than low noise. Given that silver-based photographers were accustomed to relatively “slow” materials, I guess it doesn’t much matter. I’m curious as to how much noisier the 5DS is than the 5D3.
    I’m also curious as to how the low-pass filter is “cancelled”. (Descriptions such as “Low-pass cancellation filter” show that the writer has no understanding of what he or she is writing about.” Nor is anyone proofreading the text: “retilinearzoom”. And the person is British! Good grief.)
    The 11-24mm lens is interesting, to say the least. No one has remarked that the previous wide-angle rectilinear champ was a 13mm prime Nikon.

  2. William Sommerwerck first – the webinar was announced YESTERDAY and went out in yesterday’s email. Sorry if you missed it.

    Canon has said this camera is specifically for landscape and studio photographers. It is a targeted camera! 

    We’ll have more info on the R filter coming I think – it is basically an additional filter that cancels out the low-pass filter on the Canon EOS 5Ds. Their words.

    You do not get any advantages for frame rate in cropped mode. Only advantage is apparent focal length

  3. planetMitch William Sommerwerck Thanks for the information.
    I’m usually in front of my computer. My mail program checks for new mail every ten minutes. The Webinar announcement did not arrive until 11:30 your time this morning.
    It seems Canon doesn’t want to build cameras that are all things to all people. In my view, this is good for Canon’s image as a “professional” camera manufacturer. The cropping feature also enhances the camera for wildlife and sports photography.
    Can’t wait to learn how the R filter performs its magic. It goes against my understanding of how the universe operates!
    I thought someone made a full-frame sensor that could be selectively scanned for cropping. In theory, this would permit a faster frame rate.

  4. William Sommerwerck I don’t know why I have to justify this to you, but the announcement of the webinar went out in an email dated 2015-02-05 10:30 – and that info is from the server. It arrived in my inbox 3 times yesterday as I have 3 different email subscriptions to planet5D news to verify it has gone out.

    If your theory was right, then crop cameras would have faster scan rates, micro 4/3 would be even faster. Not the way it works

  5. planetMitch William Sommerwerck I have to assume that the Webinar mailing was somehow delayed on its way to me.
    The “frame rate” in continuous shooting is affected by two major factors — how fast the mirror can flip up and down, and how long it takes to read the sensor data. As the 5DS has to read twice as much data, it’s not surprising its frame rate is half that of the 5D3.
    As 4/3 cameras have the smallest mirrors and sensors, they have the potential for the fastest frame rates. However, neither Olympus nor Panasonic seems to have taken advantage of this.
    I’m pretty certain at least one company making full-frame DSLRs reads only the cropped section of the sensor when cropping is chosen. This might be Nikon, as the B&H description of the D810 says “Continuous shooting speed in FX format is 5 fps and in DX format hits a maximum of 7 fps.”

  6. William Sommerwerck Oh, we’re talking different things. When you said “frame rate” I assumed you were talking fps for video… You’re talking about the number of stills shot at a time or “continuous shooting” – you should be more clear about what you’re talking about 🙂

    I don’t think the continuous shooting rate really has much to do with getting data off the sensor – heck they can do 30fps video so getting 30 frames off of that sensor is no big deal. I think it is more about their new lower vibration mirror than anything else.

  7. planetMitch William Sommerwerck
    “I don’t think the continuous shooting rate really has much to do with getting data off the sensor…”
    Then why does the 5DS offer half the rate of the 5D3?

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