There’s been a lot of talk–some good, so not so good–about Canon’s new 5DS and 5DSR. In June, Roger Cicala shared some his technical findings and overall impressions of the 5DSR with us, and to follow up on that post we’re sharing this in-depth and hands on review made from the guys over at The Camera Store. (And as an added bonus, they give the low down on the Canon XC10. Spoiler Alert: “It’s not looking good, folks”.)[Read More…]
When Lensrentals.com first got the first Canon 5Ds and 5D sr cameras in stock, Aaron and I immediately started screaming that we wanted to take one apart. It turns out we received enough 5Ds cameras to let us have a day with one to do just that. Of course, we don’t expect to find out anything amazing and revealing. We expect it will look pretty much like the Canon 5DIII and 7DII on the inside. But hey, you never know. Plus we’ll be repairing these soon enough, so we might as well find our way around now.
If you want to do some comparisons yourself, you can compare this to our Canon 5D III teardown and Canon 7D II teardown. Or if you’d rather follow along from home with your own 5Ds go grab your screwdrivers and let’s get started!
Like everybody else, we’re pretty excited to get our hands on Canon’s new 5DS and 5DS R. There are already a lot of hands-on articles about the cameras that probably have told you more than you need to know to make your purchase decision. Of course, for most of the Canon shooters who read this blog, the purchase decision was just which place you want to buy it from.
For me, I want some lab data to see just how much of a difference those megapixels make. More particularly, I want to see how much of a difference they make when shot through a reasonably good lens, an excellent lens, and an adequate lens. Some people want to simplify things too much and claim certain lenses are ‘good enough’ for the new cameras and others aren’t. It’s not that simple.
So we begged and threw temper tantrums until Drew agreed to let us have a couple of the new cameras for a couple of days testing in our Imatest lab. That was enough time for us to get a quick overview using several different sample lenses, but it will be months before we have a good database of which lenses are most capable on the new cameras.
A couple of months ago we posted a set of specs supposedly belonging to a Canon test camera. Despite looking like a possible 1D X Mark II, that option was ruled out and it was mentioned that the camera could be testing an assortment of features that wouldn’t necessarily all show up in the same one body (or at all).
Another possibility was that the specs belong to the much anticipated 5D Mark IV, and recent rumors and developments seem to make this option a whole lot more logical now than it was back then.
So what kind of camera will the 5D Mark IV be?
Canon Rumors has been told that the company is looking into incorporating its new 50.6MP sensor, or a variation of it, into an EOS-1 style body.
While there’s no certainty at this point that such a camera will ever be produced, the move would allow users to enjoy the ergonomics, stronger battery and other advantages of the larger body.
Either way, should the camera materialize, it won’t happen until after the EOS-1D X Mark II is announced.
According to the latest set of rumors from Northlight Images the 5D Mark IV will only be released once the 5DS/R is “shipping in reasonable numbers”, but either way it will not be before the fall of 2015.
A rumor from the Far East claims that the 5D Mark IV is due in August or September and will pack a 28 megapixel sensor, offer up to 9fps and pack 4K video.
The 5D Mark III replacement will also include a ‘significant’ advance in Canon’s flash control capabilities, as will the 1D X Mark II. These advanced capabilities will include adapters, controllers and firmware updates for certain models which will also be able to enjoy the new functionality.
There’s no word at the moment regarding built-in WiFi and GPS.
As expected, the official announcement of the EOS 5Ds and the EOS 5Ds R confirmed the leaked specifications.
Among the few newly revealed details are the shutter’s durability, intervalometer limitations and video recording specifications.
The cameras will be available a bit later than expected, but the pricing is a pleasant surprise.
We’ve known for a while now that these cameras were coming. We’ve also seen their leaked specs (additional specs have leaked since) and we’ve even covered the upcoming lens. Oh, and we’ve seen photos as well.
Either Canon’s security practices have more holes than Swiss cheese, or its marketing department has been pretending to leak info in order to build anticipation. The fact that now the press release itself seems to have leaked makes me think it’s the former.
That being said, while most of the info in the press release is already common knowledge, it does contain some interesting information.
The much anticipated specs of Canon’s upcoming megapixel monsters have been leaked and, if correct, the rumors were pretty accurate.
The sensor will pack 50.6MP, besting Nikon and Sony’s current 36MP, but did the megapixel race lead to a camera unable of capturing video?