Canon Officially Announces the Canon 5DS, 5DS R and 11-24mm f/4L

Canon Officially Announces the Canon 5DS, 5DS R and 11-24mm f/4L

After weeks of rumors and speculation, Canon has finally confirmed that the megapixel monster known as the 5Ds/5Ds R is real, and coming to stores here soon. Boasting 50.6MP full frame sensor, Canon has surpassed Nikon and Sony, offering us the highest resolution to date for a DSLR camera system. Alongside the new cameras, is the 11-24mm f/4L, finally bringing an updated ultra wide angle to the Canon lineup.

Rumors, leaks and speculations have been thrown around on these camera systems for weeks now, with no confirmations from Canon or other credible sources. Many of these rumors have been met with questions like "Who is the camera system for?" and "Is this their new flagship?". However seeing the specs on the systems, it's believed that this camera system is tailored to commercial photographers who need the resolution over the ISO capabilities, and that a flagship system tailored for the everyman is still on its way. Specs of the systems are below --

Canon EOS 5Ds --


  • CMOS sensor effective pixels 50.6MP (total number of pixels: 53MP)
  • RAW (50MP), M-RAW (28MP), S-RAW (12.4MP)
  • Media CF (UDMA7), SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Dual DIGIC6
  • Crop 1.3x and 1.6x
  • 100% field of view, magnification 0.71 times, the eye point is 21mm
  • Electronic level
  • Grid display
  • AF 61 points (41 points cross type), EV-2 support
  • ITR AF
  • Anti-flicker
  • Time-lapse movie
  • Bulb timer
  • Live View, the contrast AF (face recognition)
  • 150,000 pixel RGB-TR metering sensor. 252 zone TTL metering
  • EOS iSA system
  • ISO100-6400 (extended with ISO50 and ISO12800)
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds. Synchro is 1/200 sec
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  • Video 1920x1080 30fps (ALL-I or IPB)
  • LCD monitor 3.2 inches 1.04 million dot
  • Mini HDMI output terminal. External microphone terminal
  • Battery LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • The size 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
  • Weighs 930g (CIPA guidelines). 845g (body only)

Canon EOS 5Ds R --

  • Same Specs as Above, but with Low-Pass Filter Cancelled.


Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM --

  • Lens design 16 elements 11 groups
  • 4 aspherical lens (large diameter grinding aspheric single, large-diameter glass molded aspherical one, two glass mold aspherical)
  • One Super UD lens, one UD lens
  • SWC coating (two-sided)
  • ASC coating (one side)
  • The fluorine-coded rear and front lens
  • 9 diaphragm blades, circular aperture
  • Minimum aperture is f/22
  • In the shortest shooting distance is 24mm 0.28m, 0.32m in 11mm
  • 0.16 times at the maximum photographic magnification is 24mm, 0.06 times in 11mm
  • AF motor ring USM
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Dust and water sealed
  • Rear gelatin filter holder
  • Total length 132mm, maximum diameter 108mm
  • Weight 1180g

Press Release

Canon revolutionises resolution with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R

London, UK, 6 February 2015 – Canon today transforms the EOS system with the arrival of the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs.

Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors,the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6MP. Delivering unparalleled quality, the cameras provide an exceptional combination of resolution, responsiveness and durability, whether shooting landscapes, architecture, high fashion or portraiture, either personally or professionally. When nothing but the sharpest image is expected, the EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.Alongside the new DSLRs, Canon also introduces the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens(1), the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.

Establishing new standards for full-frame DSLRs

Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides
ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, further expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range.
For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera crop shooting modes–1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x. Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom to shoot at five frames per second.

Automatically exceptional
Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS Rfeature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame.
Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound. Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures under varying lighting scenarios, including florescent.

Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity

Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor, enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without the need for edit ing software. Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, in-camera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.

First-class professional construction, customisable features

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control

screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario. Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA–a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting – ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.

EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality

When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure the sharpest possible results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are very often organic, the camera’s low pass cancellation filter produces the stunning level of detail required to turn agreat shot into an incredible shot.

Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with Canon’s extensive EF lens range, spanning 71 models(2). Today Canon unveils the world’s widest-angle retilinearzoom lens (1), the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. Perfect for photographers shooting landscape and architecture, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is designed to open up an entirely new world of creative opportunities, thanks to its super wide 11-24mm focal range. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.


As for prices, they're not cheap. The Canon 5DS comes in at $3699, Canon 5DS R is $3,899, and the 11-24mm f/4L is $2,999.

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Mujtaba Sayed's picture

Medium format cameras are starting to look too expensive for what they are offering

Thomas Brown's picture

The Dynamic Range is supposed to be the same as the 5Dmk3... yawn

Mark Bienvenu's picture

First they shift their focus from stills to video, then they put out something like this. I don't know what Canon is thinking, but their product line is definitely moving in the opposite direction from what interests me. I saw the JPG samples that were put out. They obviously did not address any dynamic range issues with their sensors.

Roman France's picture

This camera pretty much kills my hopes of Canon really shaking things up and going medium format. Sony has been ahead of Canon in the sensor space for a while now. The pseudo MF 50MP sensor Sony made is like a larger version of their D800/D810 chip. I'm sure there 50MP FF will be of similar quality. I'll wait and see what they do.

I do like the price on these Canon models, though butchering the video aspect of the cameras seems a little excessive.

David Meyer's picture

I don't think they are going to make MF cameras or are indeed interested in making them. They have fantastic lens lineup in EF, EF-S and EF-M (not mentioning third party EF lenses). Plus FD you can use easily with EF-M. None of those lenses are made for MF though. I guess sticking to that is a better option than going for making MF cameras (or any sensor size cameras if we're at this) without any lenses to use on them. As for video, many photographers (including me) don't care that much about video capabilities and need a really good stills camera. In such a camera full HD is enough, at least for the next few years. I'd rather have 5DsR with good dynamic range, colour reproduction and level of details. If I really wanted 4k on a budget, I would just get one of the Lumix morrorless cameras. If I were serious about doing 4k video and wanted to spend money on that, I would spend another $4k and get a dedicated Sony video camera. There is no tool to do every possible job and do it well.

Roman France's picture

It doesn't hurt them to keep the video functionality they've had in their cameras since 2012. You're looking at the same chassis as before with better image processors/sensor on board. There is no reason to remove the headphone jack and HDMI out. It doesn't cost them anything. It's silly.

4K would have been tough to implement on this camera anyway. That's a lot of downscaling to do on the fly.

For those who say they expected more and etc. please note that this is not "Mark IV", this is new camera in the Canon lineup. High megapixel cameras usually are not so good at low light, so i can imagine that people will use this cameras at situations where you can work with low ISO and using a tripod. Also new introduced lens (11-24mm) fits well this new cameras. This is a niche camera and i assume that it will be used by fashion, landscape and commercial photographers. For those who need all purpose work horse will need to wait a bit more for the release of Mark IV with lower MP count, better ISO handling and better video (maybe even 4K).

Matthew Odom's picture

Finally! I'm interested to see how this compares to Medium Format .If the image quality is on par with MF, I'm a happy man. This is exactly what I need for the work I do now! :)

OK, so the autofocus system 5DS will (on paper) be similar to the 1DX, but the 5DS is cheaper and has a much higher resolution. Won't this put the 1DX in an awkward spot? I do realize that the 1DX is almos three times as quick when it comes to burst photos, but still. It feels like I'm missing something, can someone please enlighten me?

Robert Zembrzycki's picture

Completely different purpose for each of these cameras. 1DX is for press photography, high framerate, better low light performance, etc, while 5DS/R are, like somebody above mentioned, for fashion and commercial photographers, who shoot in controlled conditions with the intention of printing it in large formats. At least this is how I see it, but I may be wrong.

Graham Marley's picture

1DX will drive AF motors faster, so it still has a reasonable edge in the AF department.

I think canon hasn't any lens which can handle this resolution :) :) :)

Jason Ranalli's picture

I think this camera is a real great milestone for Canon especially considering the path Nikon has taken the past two or so years. Real pros printing big etc will have a huge leap forward.

However, I do have to giggle just a little in anticipation in what will become of nearly any online forum dedicated to Canon. Much like Nikon forums you may just see folks claiming that they just can't shoot with anything less than 50MP and any camera with less MP is somehow inferior :)

Igor Butskhrikidze's picture

isnt it too much for FF sensor?

Gabriel Cruz's picture

It is just me that dislike the ISO performance?
Sony has done a fantastic job on this area. This is not something to be ignored. I have a couple of friends that changed systems from Canon to Sony because this.

David Meyer's picture

I wonder if that lower resolution 5D3 replacement comes in two sensor versions. I'm scheduling an upgrade this year and so far it seems I will go for EOS M3 to have an APSc, portable camera with some video capabilities (and I don't need 4k) and then go for 5DsR when it gets released for stills. The question is how am I going to budget this, especially that I will need a stronger PC to handle the files... This is going to be a tough year...

Luis DeJesus Jr's picture

Two things... only 5 FPS continuous shooting? and what is a low pass filter?

Michael Kormos's picture

Anyone else diggin' that gold type? Kind of reminds me of those special edition Toyotas.

Justin Haugen's picture

As a mk3 owner I'm not all that excited for this announcement. I don't have any gear lust for the 5DS(r) and I feel pretty solid in my current cameras. If the mk4 is going to grab my attention, it'll be because of improved dynamic range, hopefully in the form of a Sony sensor. The 5DS(r) feels like a camera I may rent when the job and budget call for it.

Sean Shimmel's picture

I'm STILL excited about the sheer detail in my D800. Crazy as it sounds, I still play with zooming way, way in just because I can. Canon users will have a great time.

Here's a peek at a recent natural light shoot with my Nikon D800: (I believe I used only the 85mm 1.4 and the 100mm 2.8 macro)

Doug Birling's picture

845g for the body, with that many MP I would think it would weight more.

Jon Winkleman's picture

The beauty of Nikon's D800/D810 series isn't just the high resolution, it is the dynamic range, the color depth and the nearly supernatural shadow recovery when shooting in raw. The Canon 5DS is being marketed towards landscape and studio photographers who really need that dynamic range and color depth along with the extra detail of high res. The 5D Mark III has a dynamic range of 11.7 EVs. The D800 and D810 respectively have 14.4 and 14.8 EVs. That is a very big difference. If Nikon enlarged the sensor of the D7200 to full frame they would have a 50 megapixel sensor. That smart phone makers cram 8-10 megapixels on a tiny spec of a sensor is unremarkable. Those sensors have terrible dynamic range, color depth and low light performance. Even though I am a D800e shooter, I was initially excited by the 5DS announcement until I learned that the performance that means the most to my work when shooting on my high resolution camera might not be there on the 5DS. I am excited when any manufacturer moved tech forward but a little disappointed that unlike Nikon Canon didn't want to push the DR and color depth to truly compete with medium format instead of just bumping up pixel density.

Also before people get too excited over gear porn, these high resolution cameras eat up SD Cards like potato chips. You need to buy SD cards with a larger capacity and faster right speed, meaning much more expensive cards.

Jeff Rojas's picture

So.... What happened to having 60 FPS available for videographers? I understand that they probably don't want to compete with their C series, but I don't feel it's the same consumers investing in both cameras.

Ramon Vaquero's picture

Not bad three long years after the hi-res Nikon D800 release... Anyway, sensor resolution and price appart, it seems to be a more limited camera than the D810. The rumoured dynamic range is not a good point either.