Canon fans may have a lot to rejoice with the new announcements made by the company. The company has launched two full frame (FF) DSLRs (5Ds, 5Ds R), two APS-C DSLRs (750D, 760D), one mirrorless camera (EOS M3), three compact cameras (PowerShot G3 X, PowerShot SX410 IS and ELPH 350 HS compacts) and a lens (11-24mm F4 L). Among these, the new FF cameras deserve most attention as Canon has become the first and only camera maker now to use a 50 MP sensor in a DSLR. But is it enough to let the company reclaim the top spot?
Why Canon went for a 50 MP sensor?
As we know, the the match for the top spot as the best DSLR-maker is played between Nikon and Canon. Using Sony-made sensors, Nikon went from 12 MP (D700) to 36 MP (D800/E/810). Canon’s megapixel count topped out at 22 MP. Now, Sony is believed to be working on a sensor which will be around 50 MP. So, if Canon had announced a camera with, say, 40 MP sensor, its users would have lost out to Nikon fans in the internet slug fest.
A Canon official had admitted last year that some Canon users needed more megapixels. So, the upgrade was on the cards. The new cameras will allow photographers to make big prints and crop their pictures. (It is interesting to note that the top of the line machines from both Nikon and Canon have less megapixels–Nikon D4s 16 MP and Canon 1D Mark 18 MP.)
The birth of Canon 5Ds/5Ds R can be traced to the above reasons. Canon has positioned the model(s) as special tool than the successor of 5D Mark III. A 5D Mark IV is believed to be getting ready behind the curtains with less megapixels.
The difference between the two models is the optical low-pass filter or anti-aliasing filter from the 5Ds R model. The 5Ds R will have more sharpness than its twin brother but will cost more.
Apart from the 50.6 MP sensor, these models are powered by two Digic 6 processors which can spit out 250MP of data per second! In areas like ISO performance (100 to 6400, native), it is even behind the existing model 5D Mark III. The thinking is quite clear—this upgrade is for those who want more megapixels. It can be an ideal companion for landscape and studio photography. It seems Canon is recommending the 5Ds R to the landscape photography and 5Ds for wedding work.
With this camera, Canon has introduced a new picture style called Fine Detail mode.
Some important features documented by Canon USA:
Newly designed 50.6 Megapixel full-frame CMOS helps deliver ultra-high resolution images for large-scale printing and extensive, creative cropping, while Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors enable spectacular image quality and processing speed.
EOS Scene Detection System features a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for excellent precision.
61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR allows for high precision autofocus.
Advanced mirror control mechanism and new user-selectable shutter release time lag helps suppress camera vibration for reducing image shake.
Anti-flicker helps compensate for flickering light sources and provides consistent exposure and color during continuous shooting.
Built-in intervalometer and bulb timer helps deliver expanded creativity.
1.3x and 1.6x crop shooting adds superb flexibility, while still delivering high resolution images required for demanding applications.
Intelligent Viewfinder II with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage.
Full HD 30p movie capability and Time Lapse Movie function, which takes still photographs at set intervals and combines them into a Full HD movie file.
High-speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fps allows you to capture fast action.
3.2-inch ClearView II LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
Customizable Quick Control Screen allows you to quickly change frequently used camera settings and functions.
Support for USB 3.0.
For more details and view sample pictures, please visit this link: http://bit.ly/18WHuBx
DR, DR, DR
In recent years Canon has been at the receiving end for not matching the dynamic range (DR) of Sony sensors found in cameras like Nikon D800/E/810. (To know more on dynamic range please visit this link: http://bit.ly/1zh3KLe) If somebody thought that Canon will ease the pressure on itself by using a Sony sensor and silence the critics once and for all, then that has not happened. Apparently, Canon has admitted that the new sensor inside the 5Ds is not going to be the new DR powerhouse too.
*Pricing and availability *
The 5Ds and 5D R are priced $3699 and $3899 respectively. Both the cameras will be available in June 2015.
New DSLR king?
Well, it will be a bit too early to make a judgement. But the apparent lack of DR may just be enough to earn a few negative points for these cameras. If the DR as anaemic as some people guess, then Canon may have to face the music. If not, Canon fans will win the bragging rights!
Canon’s refusal to use Sony sensors may not prove to be as fatal as Nokia’s decision not to join the Android bandwagon in time. While the 5Ds, 5Ds R are not going to be bad performers by any standards, it remains to be seen whether they can dethrone Nikon D810.
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Without a doubt, most photographers don’t need 50MP (nor 36MP or 24MP for that matter) but some do, and this places the 5DS (and especially the 5DS R) firmly in medium-format territory for studio and wedding photographers.