It seems like it has been an eternity since the Canon 50MP 5DS and 5DS R were announced, but finally, we are just a week or so away from the cameras coming to market. If you have been on the fence about pre-ordering, now is the time to make your decision.

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According to the B&H product page, the new 5DS and 5DS R will begin shipping to those who pre-ordered as soon as June 14th – just over a week away as of this writing. Boasting the highest megapixel count of any Full Frame camera, the 5DS and 5DS R are Canon’s response to Nikon’s 36MP D800 series and Sony’s A7R series.

Canon 5DS Specs

  • 50.6 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • ISO 100-6400; 5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 150,000-Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • User-Selectable Shutter Release Time Lag
  • Anti-Flicker Compensation

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The interesting part here, for me, is the looming (expected) announcement of Sony’s a7R II, which could either be the same 36MP sensor as the A7R, or has also been rumored to contain a new 50MP sensor. It was originally expected to be announced a few weeks back, but no announcement came – with the rumor sites saying it was pushed back into June.

I find myself wondering if Sony plans to announce just before the 5DS release, or possibly just after, to sort of “steal Canon’s thunder” with their own 50MP release. It would be a brilliant marketing move if you ask me. But we will see what happens.

Regardless, if you are a Canonite, and you are set on sticking with the system, then the 5DS or 5DS R are your 50MP options, and they are coming soon. So head on over to B&H to get your pre-order in today.