Canon's 5DS SLR camera has a monster 50.6-megapixel image sensor

Chucking out huge RAW files, the 5DS has its highest resolution digital SLR sensor so far.


You might need some bigger SD cards if you want to shoot with Canon's latest camera.

At 50.6 megapixels, the EOS 5DS and variant 5DS R have the world's highest resolution for digital SLR 35mm full-frame sensors, Canon said Friday.

The CMOS sensor outstrips rival camera systems such as Nikon's D810 at 36 megapixels and Samsung's NX1 at 28 megapixels.

Canon's latest shooters are aimed at professional photographers and those of us from other creative professions who need to take professional-level shots. The difference between the two is that the 5DS R removes the effect of the low-pass anti-alias filter, which is designed to counter wavy patterns known as moiré.

"The boosted imaging performance is supported by the Dual DIGIC 6 image processors and the mirror-vibration control system, which minimizes camera shake to ensure users get optimal results from the image sensor," Richard Berger, a spokesman at Canon's Tokyo headquarters, said via email.

"And since the images that the cameras produce are so high in resolution, even cropped images will maintain a significant level of detail."


The new cameras' features include a 61-point autofocus array, shooting up to 5 frames per second and a maximum ISO of 12800. A Fine Detail Mode brings out the faintest details of an image without the unwanted effects of over-sharpening.

There's also a time lapse movie function, a first for EOS cameras, with which still images can be automatically combined into a full HD movie clip up to 2 minutes long.

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The company also announced the EF11-24mm f/4L USM zoom lens, which it describes as having the world's widest angle of view among interchangeable lens cameras. Designed for EOS cameras, it has four aspherical elements, a minimum focal length of only 11mm and a field of view that's nearly equivalent to that of the human eye.


The "L" in the lens name, however, stands for "luxury," and the lens is expected to cost around £2,430 when it ships later this month.


The cameras are available in June at £2,600 plus VAT for the 5DS (body only) and £2,780 for the 5DS R (body only),

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