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Canon 5Ds & 5DsR | A Look At The New Megapixel Monsters In Action

By Hanssie on February 8th 2015

On Thursday, Canon officially unleashed their newest flagship DSLR cameras in the neverending battle of the king of the photography hill. The new 5DS and the 5DsR boasts a whopping 50.6 MP and some other features (see official announcement article here) that were overshadowed by the massive MP count. But many of you are waiting and counting the pennies in your piggy bank to see if this latest offering from Canon is worth an upgrade.

As usual, as soon as a new camera is announced, the reviews and samples begin rolling in from the privileged few who get their hands on it before the rest of us peons. As we wait impatiently for our copies to come in, and we start buying bigger memory cards for this beast, we’ve been checking out some of the footage that has been released from Canon around the world. Below are three videos, one from Canon Europe, Canon Australia and Canon USA, which shows the Canon 5DS/5DsR in action.

Keep in mind, of course, these are essentially Canon commercials for the new camera so they are going to make it look as appealing as possible…

Watch ‘The Impossible Brief: the Canon EOS 5DsR – our new 50 megapixels DSLR – tested by Georges Antoni’

Brought to us by Canon Australia, Canon Master Georges Antoni puts the 5DsR to the test for a fashion shoot for a billboard. His technical challenges were that he needed large format, high megapixels, solid low light capabilities and sharp focus. Whatever shall he do?? In comes the Canon 5dSR to save the day!! (Cue super hero music).

Watch ‘A Day in Tokyo – Time Lapse Movie with the Canon EOS 5DS/5DSR DSLR’

Canon USA released this time lapse movie which shows off the time lapse feature on the 5DS/5DsR – a built in function that allows photographers to take still photos at intervals, creating a time lapse in camera.

Watch ‘Exploring the EOS 5DS with Eberhard Schuy’

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Canon Master Eberhard Schuy and advertising and industrial photographer, talks about using the 5DS for extreme detail shots and settings. The creative photo concepts themselves, from tiny metal particles to smoke and fine fibers, makes this my favorite video of the three.

Well, do these videos make you want the 5DS/5DsR more, less or are you still not interested? Do we really need a 50.6MP camera? Comment about this new camera below.

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    Wanting one and eventually going out and buying one are two different things.

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  2. Karl Beath

    I read that this was for studio and landscape photographers.

    In a studio you can decide how much light and where you want it, on an early morning landscape where 1/3 of the scene is dark, ad 2/3 bright you better have a good dr sensor.

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  3. Rieshawn Williams

    I am ready for the “real world” reviews.

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  4. James Rogen

    boy i never realized our skin looked like snowflakes when photographed with a high megapixel camera. This makes me rethink my purchase

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  5. Michelle York

    Could someone please enlighten me as to which camera body is common for a fashion photographer/still photographer like in the Aus or Eu videos? I have seen some photographers using medium format but I was under the impression that was not common.. A 5D3/1DX are professional standard aren’t they? I understand that the spec of having 50mp is flashy but realistically, for photographers that even do billboards or large scale commercial work, the (by comparison) ‘smaller’ cameras still are used by industry professionals and good right? Thanks for any replies :)
    Plus, these new ones will definitely need some pricey glass won’t they! I’m excited to see some full resolution images from these cameras though!

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    • Kim Farrelly

      One of Irelands most prolific fashion photographers just picked up a Fuji x100T to ‘see if it can fit into our workflow’ as he put it.

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  6. Mircea Blanaru

    I think that a good reason to buy full frame cameras is the very good behaviour of their sensor at high ISO, 1600 or 3200, option that hardly be touched by other cameras. A 50 MPixels camera will be great only if will perform very good in low light conditions otherwise I am glad I own a Sigma DP3 Merrill with an interpolated resolution straight out the Raw convertor of 59 Mpixels with 400 Euros…

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  7. Karl Beath

    Well, if they sort out the DR on this camera to emulate what the nikon/sony sensors can do, which from what i have heard on the various forums, they have not as it is no better than the 5diii, then i might be interested.

    I still use a 5dii, so the upgrade would make sense if the DR is hot, otherwise I may as well save money and get a good second hand 5diii.

    Good glass (zeiss) and technique are going to be paramount with 50mp, however as all my work is on a tripod with cable release that is not something that will be new to me. The electronic first curtain shutter will assist with this though.

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  8. claude laramée

    50 MP … Hope it gives a better DR…The medium format “advantage” is slowingly but surely eroding. However the need for top glasses is forever increasing along with large storages and backup ! I might be wrong but overall I think that most photographers can get decent jobs done with 20 ish MP + “good emotional grab”.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      From what I understand huge MP is not the real appeal of medium format. The larger sensor and it’s rendition of DoF is a big part of the medium format images. I don’t own one but do have a D810 and even with 36MP it doesn’t really compare to the medium format images I see. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong as this is my observation. The FF sensor may not be able to resolve that look.

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    • Derek Schwartz

      Just shooting MF 6×6 film (or even 4×5) shows the HUGE difference over 35mm – a difference that’s a relationship to overall sensor/film size that cannot be replicated with pixel count increases. That said, for someone doing fashion, landscape, or product photography in studio, I bet that the difference between the 5Ds/r and MF would be rather minimal.
      As a side note, I don’t know about ISO performance with MF sensors…so maybe the relatively clean 1600ISO shots I’ve seen so far with the 5DS/r would be an advantage.
      For me personally, I’m holding out for the hopeful 5D4 announcement later this year, just because I don’t need the resolution, and higher ISO and better DR would be more useful.

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  9. Mac MacDonald

    Is there even a lens that will deliver an image close to the Canon’s 50mp? I mean, if you can only squeeze 30-35mp out of a lens, isn’t the rest wasted?

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    • fred palagonia

      the current L lenses the version II ones.. 24-70mm 2.8 L II that new 100-400mm version II and the 70-200mm 2.8L IS II were all designed with this sensor in mind from what the reviews say. so the lenses are there.

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  10. Ben Perrin

    The sample jpgs look amazing. It looks like a great camera for product/studio/landscape photographers. They look like they’ve added plenty of little additions to the camera as well that I am going to like. I think most will want to wait for the 5d4 but I’ll be picking up a 5dsr. I seem to be in the minority here but I really can’t wait to start shooting with this camera. Make-up is going to have to be a lot better from now on…

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Ben Perrin, a lot of things will have to be better with that amount of resolution. It’s not impossible but requires your attention to detail.

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    • Ben Perrin

      Yes, it’s going to be quite interesting really. A fun challenge.

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  11. Barry Cunningham

    The metalflaked model makes me want to sneeze.
    Poor woman. Hope she got combat pay and didn’t lick her lips.

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  12. Eric Sharpe

    I was excited to see these videos, but now I’m not sure what I was supposed to get from them. I’m not switching brands anytime soon, but new camera tech is always fun to check out.

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  13. Zach Holz

    In the Australian one, you don’t need high megapixel counts for billboard because you don’t look at it from close up. Maybe gallery work where you are really close while viewing, but not for something you are dozens of feet away from.

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    • Kim Farrelly

      Well Canon Ireland have the 5DsR at €4250 and the 5Ds at €4000 for May delivery. Thats about twice the price for a new 5D3 (the 5D3 was €3200 at launch in Ireland).

      I do have a use for one at 50Mpx though – honest – as I get calls to shoot for the large print seen up close sort of images where detail is very important. Usually I just shoot a few sections and combine them in Photoshop. As there is never the budget to hire a H5D 50 or similar.

      I am looking forward to seeing which of Canon’s lenses can resolve the 50.6Mpx detail best though.

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  14. Marcus Ruiz

    It seems Canon is trying really hard to stay in the game. The commercial was alright.

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  15. Stephen Jennings

    I don’t really get what the videos were supposed to tell us or show us. The time lapse is cool, but that’s a fairly common feature? The first video was actually downright dumb, and the second I wasn’t sure what was being shown.

    To really see 50mp in action you can’t view it on a youtube video, you’ll have to wait for someone to upload original files so you can download them and experience the cropping & zooming to see all 50mp in all its glory. It also helps when it’s images taken by someone not using a crane and $50k worth of lighting and staff… just say’n. ;)

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    • fred palagonia

      the 5DS has an intervalometer built into it . you don’t have to purchase an external one anymore.

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  16. GHERASIM ANDREI

    This is a shity advertising!

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  17. Chuck Eggen

    While I think it’s a great step for Canon, nothing in the videos is new to a D810 owner. I’m sure that Canon shooters who purchase the 5Ds/r will now understand the excitement Nikon shooters have enjoyed for the last three years. Good on-ya Canon.

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    • Paul Monaghan

      My eyes got opened to detail’s when I started to shoot with my sigma dp3 Merrill, Love that thing.

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  18. Milan Jovanovic

    Australia commercial is awful one of stupidest which I ever saw from Canon, Europe rock but it’s too long 4:43 minutes too much. Look like camera will be awesome.

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    • fred palagonia

      they were probably shot with 5D3’s ..i read the 5DS video isn’t that great.

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    • Chuck Eggen

      He was speaking as if this wasn’t possible until now. Ya gotta love it. I do agree, the euro videos are better.

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  19. fred palagonia

    the human eye can resolve only so much.. i can’t tell the deference .. 50 mp thats a BIG FILE .WTF!
    I just don’t know anymore..

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    • fred palagonia

      don’t get me wrong . i think its great . ill most likely get one someday. the photography i do doesn’t warrant me to replace my 5D3 or my 1Ds and 1DsMKII anytime soon.
      dont for get there is software the helps with DR and resolution. all those videos and the pictures from them had some sort of post processing.

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    • Jason Boa

      Totally agree , i would rather less MP and better customer service and repair times – lol

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    • Jason Boa

      it’s all well and good having a squillion pixels but the chip is still the same size ?
      are you actually going to see a huge difference – whatever you are shooting .

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    • Stan Rogers

      I’d be willing to bet that you *can* tell the difference (provided, of course, that you’re not looking at a small pic on the web or a quarter-page print in a magazine or some such). If you can tell see difference between an 8×10 contact print and an 8×10 enlarger print made from a 4×5 neg (or even from an 8×10 neg) at arms’ length, then you’d be able to see the difference on, say, a 16×24 print *even if you can’t see the pixels*. Whether or not that difference is valuable to you is another question entirely.

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