The Canon 5DS R is one of two new cameras launched by Canon offering a whopping 50 megapixel sensor in their full frame DSLR line. The 5DS is the other model and the difference between the two is the 5DS R has a self-cancelling filter and the 5DS has an optical low-pass filter. Canon stepped up their game in rolling out these new models with many new features and exceptional picture quality.
Along with the mega 50 MPs, Canon included 5 frames per second continuous shooting, ISO up to 6400 with extension to 12,800, 61 point AF module with 150k pixel metering, 30 and 19.6 crop modes, 1080/30p video, dual Digic 6 processors and M and S Raw down sampled formats.
The object Canon was trying to reach was for the shooter to get the maximum possible resolution out of the camera. They focused on stability with a reinforced tripod socket, a motorized mirror system and a revised mirror lock-up mode that can be programmed to delay the shutter opening for the exposure and the mirror being raised allowing for the shortest possible delay as the mirror vibration calms while maximizing the sharpness.
The 5DS R offers the same video capabilities as the 5DS with 1080 video quality. The one feature on the 5DS R is the intervalometer function that allows you take some great time lapse shots that can be combined in camera to make a video. As far as video goes, other than time-lapse there is nothing to write home about and it is better to get a dedicated video camera if that is what you want.
Physically this camera is identical to its sister the 5DS with a 3.2 inch rear LCD tiltable screen with a 100% viewfinder. It weighs the same at 1.86 pounds without the battery. This pixel peeper’s dream camera comes with an LP-E6N battery that holds more charge than the older LP-E6 batteries. The LP-E6 battery is interchangeable but gets fewer pictures per run than the LP-E6N.
The 5DS R comes with the flicker synchronization feature that shoots through flickering light by timing the lighting to the shutter release. This is an exceptional feature for nature photographers especially in situations like trees where the light shimmers through the leaves.
Pixel peepers will be pleased with the fine detail picture control that uses in-camera sharpening that lowers contrast to get super fine detail without blowing out the contrast or having it over sharp. Missing from this series is the automatic distortion control. It can be done by converting to JPEG individually but it can’t be done on the fly. Despite the hefty price tag it is missing a Wi-Fi connection, GPS and lacks a built in flash.
The performance of the 5DS R has Canon lovers and pixel peepers drooling. The clarity even at high ISO is exceptional with little to no noise in the higher ISO range with sharpness from edge to edge across all shooting settings. The only place the 5DS R is lacking is in action shots. They are still extremely good but other DSLRs do much better with action. Overall it is one of the best full frame DSLRs on the market and well worth the money for a professional photographer.
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