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Canon EOS 5DS & 5DS R To Start Shipping June 14th

By Anthony Thurston on June 4th 2015

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.


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


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.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Diini Bashir

    This camera is my biggest dream

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  2. Yankel Adler

    actually the files are smaller then the D810’s

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  3. Justin Eid

    50.6mp….You’ll probably need a dedicated server with 128gb of ram to be able to process those images (jokes!). I find 36mp on my Nikon D810 is more than enough!

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  4. John Sheehan

    I did the pre-order on the 5DS R, only because I just started my LLC and my accountant said I need to make some big purchases to write off at the end of the year. I’m lying. I really wanted it.

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  5. carl rug

    Almost 4k? Great! now i know i need to sale my kidney before june 14th to get this camera!

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  6. adam sanford

    The daily vigil for results continues:

    Love or hate DXO, *whatever they say* about the 5DS rigs will set off a hand grenade of crazy with the forum-dwelling enthusiasts.

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    • Stan Rogers

      That’s a given. Also given: the most vociferous arguments will be among people who will never actually consider owning either camera on one side and people who can make nothing other than (to borrow a phrase) “a sharp image of a fuzzy concept” on the other. It doesn’t seem to matter how bright and bold the sign saying “THIS IS A NICHE TOOL” is, the fora everywhere are chock full of people who can seemingly say nothing but “well, it’s not my niche… therefore the tool is illegitimate”. (It’s always been this way, near as I can tell; there were people hand-writing physical letters to the editor about how impractical large format cameras were for “real life” photography back in the ’70s whenever a new field camera was reviewed. They were, of course, balanced by people who’d never used a view camera at all, but had to point out that the movements on the reviewed camera were not yaw-free. Teh intertubez means you don’t need time, paper, pen and postage anymore.)

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    • Barry Tobin

      Stan – yours is one of the most well thought out, intelligent comments I’ve read on an internet forum in a long while. An unfortunately rare occurrence.

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  7. Thomas Horton

    A tog-friend of mine is on pins and needles waiting for his copy. He is like a kid before Christmas.. counting the hours.

    I anticipate that he will be *sick* that Monday. :)

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