It has been a few months since Canon announced the new Canon EOS 5Ds and Canon EOS 5Ds R , its new proposal for the professional medium format photography sector and we have finally been able to test one of them. The equipment that has passed through our hands has been the Canon EOS 5Ds, the model that adds a low-pass filter to the sensor.
The Canon EOS 5D model is and has been for years the reference in the top of the reflex cameras. This new model is one more twist to finish and consolidate the superiority of the team in the most professional market.
We tell you our impressions of this 50 megapixel full-frame SLR.
Design and handling
The first feeling that the Canon EOS 5Ds gives us when holding it is that we are dealing with a professional camera. The body is robust and heavy (845 grams ), increasing even more if we add one of the most bulky Canon lenses, such as the 16-35mm f / 4 that Canon has given us for the test, but the whole is balanced and allows work with ease. Like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III , it has a prominent grip and non-slip areas to improve grip, necessary for a camera of its size. How could it be otherwise, the construction is made of magnesium alloy and the chassis is sealed to prevent the entry of water in case we get caught in a downpour.
The controls offer us the manual and comfortable handling that we ask of a professional SLR, with several configurable controls to access the most used functions. The connections are protected by two covers on the left side, while the memory cards , an SD and a Compact Flash , go on the opposite side. It also has two screens, an LCD on the top where all the parameters of the shot are shown and the rear, 3.2 inches and 1,040,000 pixels.
Focus and shoot
The Canon EOS 5Ds has a focus system of 61 points, 41 of them cross. The result is a very fast and precise focus, even in low light conditions it manages to find the focus, as long as we do not force it. The speed does not reach the level of a camera for sports photography like the EOS 1D X, but it is more than enough for the environments for which it is intended (studio photography, architecture, advertising ...). It has a burst of 5 fps, 1 fps less than its sister the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, but it is forgiven since in return it offers us 50 megapixels of resolution, which is said soon. Canon has included aMirror vibration control, since at such high resolutions any vibration can be seen in the image.
50 megapixels and FullHD video
Resolution is the main argument of the Canon EOS 5Ds to position itself as an option to take into account if you dedicate yourself to photography in a professional way and need to work at a very high resolution , for example to print large formats . The sensor Canon EOS 5Ds exactly matches that of the 5D Mark III, but doubles the pixels for images of 8688 x 5792 pixels . Using fast memory is a must when dealing with such large amounts of data. The images in RAW format calmly reach, and in many cases exceed, 60 Mb,while the highest quality JPEGs are between 15 and 20 Mb.
The maximum sensitivity is 6,400 ISO, a fairly restrained figure, but logical if we return to the resolution of the sensor. The results are quite good and the noise is hardly noticeable even if we work at the maximum value, but things change if we force it above that value and the noise becomes visible, nothing out of the ordinary.
Many expected Canon to make the leap to 4K video with its new high-end SLRs, especially now that many mirrorless cameras are starting to arrive with this feature, but both the Canon EOS 5Ds and the Canon EOS 5Ds R record in FullHD 1080p resolution. . They are not video cameras as such, but are totally focused on professional photography and Canon has decided to ignore this detail in this range, at least for the moment.
As we expected, the level of detail in the shots obtained with the Canon EOS 5Ds is amazing, you can zoom in to frame a tiny fragment of the image and see how sharpness is maintained. However, to retain maximum sharpness it is best to use a stable support point or a tripod . At 50 megapixels, any small vibration will spoil that sharp detail we seek, hence Canon has improved the mirror mechanism. The low-pass filter manages to eliminate moiré almost completely, making the Canon EOS 5Ds the best choice for architectural photographers. Here are sometests carried out with the Canon EOS 5Ds and, unless otherwise indicated, the 16-35 f / 4.0 lens .
Sample taken with Canon 50mm f / 1.4 lens
Sample taken with Canon 50mm f / 1.4 lens
Sample taken with Canon 50mm f / 1.4 lens
Canon gives its Canon EOS 5D Mark III a twist, doubling the resolution on a 50 megapixel Full Frame sensor. The Canon EOS 5Ds is a professional camera , designed for specific areas where a lot of resolution is necessary, such as advertising or architectural photography. The low pass filter is the point that differentiates the Canon EOS 5Ds from the 5Ds R , but otherwise they both offer the same performance. The results speak for themselves, as does its price, 3,800 euros just for the body.
Canon EOS 5Ds
|Size||FullFrame 36 x 34 mm|
|Resolution||50.6 effective megapixels|
53 total megapixels
3: 2 format
|Image processor||Dual DIGIC 6|
Low pass filter
|Focal distance||1x for 35mm equivalency|
|Image Stabilizer||On target (optional)|
|Type||TTL-CT-SIR with specific CMOS sensor|
|AF system||61 points / AF at 41 cross-type points at f / 4 including 5 dual cross-type points at f / 2.8 and 1 cross-type point at f / 8|
|Focus modes||Automatic selection: 61 AF points|
Manual selection: Single AF point (61, 15, 9 points or only cross-type points can be selected)
Manual selection: AF point
Manual selection: AF point magnification (4 points up, down, left, right or 8 points around 8 points)
Manual selection: AF point magnification about 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
Manual selection: Large AF area
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Manual focus selected on lens
|Measuring system||150,000 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor|
|Exposure compensation||0-20 EV (at 23 ° C with a 50mm f / 1.4 lens, ISO 100)|
|ISO sensitivity||125- 6,400 L: 50 H: 12,800|
|Shutter||Electronic Focal Plane Shutter|
Mirror vibration control system
Soft touch electromagnetic trigger
30-1 / 8,000 s
AWB (Ambient Priority / White Priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent White Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Adjustment.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue / amber +/- 9
2. Magenta / green +/- 9.
|Type||Pentaprism (quick return half mirror)|
|Diopter correction||-3 to +1 m-1 (diopters)|
|Information in the viewer||AF information: single / spot AF points, AF frame, AF status indicator, focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration|
Exposure information: shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always on top), AE lock, exposure / compensation level, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, metering mode recording
Flash information: flash ready, high speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: card information, maximum burst (2-digit display), tonal priority to highlights (D +).
Composition information: cropping area, format, grid, electronic level
Other information: battery check, warning symbol, flicker detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG / RAW indicator
Display and layout
|Size||3.2-inch TFT Clear View II|
|Dimensions||152 x 116.4 x 76.4 millimeters (body only)|
|Weight||845 grams (body only)|
|Photo modes||Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual (stills and movies), Bulb, Custom (x3)|
|Photo Styles||Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, True, Monochrome, Detailed, User Defined (x3)|
|Image processing||Tonal priority to highlights|
Automatic Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
Noise reduction at high ISO speed (4 settings)
Noise reduction in multiple shots
Automatic Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction
Chromatic aberration correction
Adjust size to M, P1, P2 or P3
RAW image processing: only during image playback
Image cropping: only during image playback
HDR images: 5 presets
|Advance modes||Frame by Frame, L Continuous Shooting, H Continuous Shooting, Self-timer (2 Seconds Remote, 10 Seconds Remote), Silent Photo-by-Frame, Silent Continuous Shooting|
|Live view mode (video)||Electronic viewfinder with image sensor|
Manual / Auto Focus Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face Detection and Tracking AF, Multiple FlexiZone, Single FlexiZone)
Maximum length of videos 29:59 minutes
|Burst shooting||5 fps (510 JPEG images and 14 RAW images)|
Full format (full frame): (L) 8688 × 5792, (M1) 7680 × 5120, (M2) 5760 × 3840, (P1) 4320 × 2880, (P2) 1920 × 1280, (P3) 720 × 480
1.3x Crop: (L) 6768 × 4512, (M1) 6016 × 4000, (M2) 4512 × 3008, (P1) 3376 × 2256, (P2) 1920 × 1280, (P3) 720 × 480
1.6 x Crop: (L) 5424 × 3616, (M1) 4800 × 3200, (M2) 3616 × 2408, (P1) 2704 × 1808, (P2) 1920 × 1280, (P3) 720 × 480
1: 1 Crop: (L) 5792 × 5792, (M1) 5120 × 5120, (M2) 3840 x3840, (P1) 2880 × 2880, (P2) 1280 × 1280, (P3) 480 × 480
(RAW) 8688 × 5792,
(M-RAW) 6480 × 4320,
(S-RAW) 4320 × 2880
|Video size||1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter-frame|
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter-frame
640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) inter-frame only
|File formats||JPEG and RAR with simultaneous recording|
MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Connections and autonomy
|Memory card||Dual Compact Flash + SD / SDHC / SDXC slot|
|With cables||External microphone jack|
HDMI type C
|Battery||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N|
700 shots of autonomy
|Release date||November 2014|
Price (Body only) 3,800 euros