Yesterday an image of the new Canon 5Ds 50.6MP Full Frame DSLR appeared on the web. So, most likely it is true and Canon is going to release the world’s first 35mm DSLR with over 50 Megapixel sensor.
There are quite a few opposing opinions among photographers about the new Canon camera, and here I want to try to do a quick analysis of what a 50 Megapixel sensor in 35mm form factor could mean for us studio and product photographers.
What’s good about the new Canon 5Ds 50 Mpx monster:
What’s bad about the new Canon 5Ds 50 Mpx monster:
More thoughts about 50 Megapixel Canon 5Ds:
We used Canon for many years for both our studio commercial and our outdoor/landscape/family fun shots. However, when it was a time for upgrades, we upgraded our studio cameras to Hasselblad and outdoor/leisure cameras to Sony a7 line.
Based on experience with both systems, there are areas where Canon 5Ds may not be able compete with Hasselblad in studio and Sony outdoors.
Medium format cameras with detachable digital backs v.s 35mm DSLR:
50 Megapixal medium format sensor size with less pixel density will resolve more details than 50 Mpx 35mm sensor.
Medium format detachable digital backs will be a preferred choice to work with technical (large format) cameras, regardless of resolution that a 35mm DSLR will offer simply because an “open” sensor will allow more tilt/shift/swing movements of technical camera comparing to a sensor hidden inside DSLR body.
Larger sensor with low pixel density will allow the camera to work with a wider selection of lenses that could resolve enough details, comparing to 35mm sensor packed with the same amount of pixels.
Outdoor photography: Canon v.s Sony. To compete with 36 Mpx Sony A7R , 50 megapixel sensor won’t be enough.
Flip screen is a big advantage that I experience every day when comparing our Sony a7 to the Canon 5D Mk III. I can shoot from the ground without laying down (Canon’s Angle Finder won’t help much here).
Sony’s advanced face recognition and tracking makes portraiture, especially kid-friendly family “action” photography much, much easier. Especially for non tech/camera savvy photographers. You only care about the composition and peoples emotions, and the Sony will focus on a face and can even do exposure compensation when needed (example: when you subject runs against a bright sky and turns dark – when face is found, Sony a7/a7R will immediately adjust exposure, blowing the background and correctly exposing the face)
Canon needs to expand their “classic” functionality and body design to get back on top of the DSLR game. Boosting only megapixel’s won’t work: it is all about user experience and extra features that the camera can offer a photographer. Now, let’s wait and see what the actual Canon 5Ds will look like. Rumors are great, but they might be not accurate.
Canon 5Ds (Possible) Specification Highlights
- 50.6MP full frame CMOS sensor
- 5DS R has the low pass filter removed
- Magnesium Alloy Body
- Dust and weather sealed
- Dual DIGIC6 processor
- ISO Range of 100-6400
- 5FPS continuous shooting
- High precision 61-point AF
- EOS Itr AF
- “fine detail” added to the Picture Styles
- 1.3x and 1.6x crop shooting mode
- Customizable “Quick Control screen”
- Time-lapse movie
- Interval Timer
- Bulb timer
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