Canon 5DS R Review: With 50MP, is this the Canon alternative to medium format?

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posted Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 6:52 PM EDT

 
 

We thought the megapixel war was over, or at least winding down some. But then earlier this year Canon surprised the photo world with a pair of 50.6-megapixel full-frame DSLRs! The Canon 5DS R and 5DS cameras serve a more specialized segment of the market: those photographers demanding high-resolution images for subjects like landscapes, portraits, architectural and other studio-based editorial work.

We've just completed our full, in-depth review of the Canon 5DS R camera, the "R" variant being the model with a canceled-out optical low-pass filter (à la the Nikon D800E) for increased image detail. Long story short, the Canon 5DS R is a very impressive camera, one that can capture some incredibly detailed, very sharp images. And, being the spitting image of the 5D Mark III, those with familiarity with EOS cameras' ergonomics, controls and build quality will feel right at home with the 5DS R.

 
Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II: 400mm, f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 400, 1.6x Crop Mode

Aside from the higher, decidedly pro-oriented pricepoint and the R-model's higher risk of moiré and aliasing, the Canon 5DS R (and 5DS as well) offers a more limited featureset when it comes to video and less leeway when it comes to higher ISOs and low-light shooting. Plus, the higher megapixel count puts a stronger focus on precise shooting techique. The camera is certainly not for everyone, nor every photographic subject. That said, the Canon 5DS R may well fit the bill if you're a professional photographer or an advanced enthusiast in need of some ultra-high resolution photos.

Weigh the pros and cons and see how this camera performs in our detailed Canon 5DS R Review. Judge for yourself with our Field TestImage Quality Comparison and Print Quality Analysis, or jump straight to the end with our Canon 5DS R Conclusion!

 
Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II: 400mm, f/4.0, 1/1600s, ISO 400, 1.6x Crop Mode
 
 
16-35mm f/4L IS: 30mm, f/5, 1/60s, ISO 6400

Canon 5DS R ReviewConclusion

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