Canon Unveils 50-Megapixel 5DS And 5DS R
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Key specs

50MP CMOS sensor
Dual DIGIC 6 processors
Cancellation of low-pass filter effect (5DS R only)
5fps burst rate
61-point AF system
1.3x and 1.6x crop modes
ISO 100-6400
Dual CF and SD card slots
Small and medium size Raw formats
Intervalometer (for time-lapse photos)

What you need to know

The 5DS and 5DS R will ship in June for $3,999 and $4,299 respectively. The cameras are identical in every way except that the 5DS R cancels the softening effect of the low-pass filter that sits in front of both camera’s sensors. The purpose of this filter is to slightly blur the image in order to reduce the instances of color moiré you get when photographing objects with fine repeating patterns, like roof tiles or brickwork at a distance and fabrics when shooting fashion. This is the same two-camera approach Nikon took when they released their D800 and D800E in 2012 (Nikon removed the filter altogether in its followup D810). By canceling out this softening effect you get greater image detail at the cost of increased risk of moiré, which can be difficult to remove post-capture. With that distinction out of the way, I’ll simply refer to the 5D S in the following roundup of camera features.

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