Five New Canon EOS Cameras

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New Canon EOS cameras

 

Canon has recently announced a total of five new EOS cameras, including the headline grabbing EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which share the same 50.6 megapixel sensor. There’s also the enthusiast level 750D and 760D cameras (named the Rebel T6i and T6S in North America) and the latest iteration of Canon’s compact system camera range the EOS M3 (Asia and Europe only).

Let’s take a look at each of these in turn and consider how they fit into Canon’s current range.

EOS 5Ds and 5DS R

With these two models Canon has split the 5D range into three separate, distinct versions.

New Canon EOS cameras

Both the EOS 5Ds and 5DS R have a high resolution 50.6 megapixel sensor (compared to the EOS 5D Mark III’s 22.3 megapixel sensor). This figure alone tells you who these cameras are aimed at – photographers who need to record fine detail or create large prints. In the main this is commercial and fine art photographers – this resolution far exceeds what the typical enthusiast photographer, who may print images at A3 sizes but rarely larger, requires.

The EOS 5DS and 5DS R are Canon’s answer to high resolution cameras recently released by Nikon and Sony. Canon is also taking on the medium format camera market by providing 50.6 megapixel sensors in 35mm camera bodies that are less expensive, easier to use, more portable, have more lens options and give greater high ISO performance than medium format cameras currently do. Any commercial photographer considering buying into a digital medium format system will surely be taking a good look at these cameras first.

Note that these cameras are intended to be used for main still subjects. While they share the EOS 5D Mark III’s 61 point autofocus system, the larger file sizes restricts the shooting speed to five frames per second. The maximum burst rate will also be lower. You can still use these cameras for shooting action, but don’t expect the same high performance you would get from the EOS 5D Mark III, 7D Mark II or 1D X.

The maximum ISO setting of 6400 (expandable to 12,800) also indicates that the increased number of photo sites on the sensor reduces the cameras’ high ISO performance in comparison to the 5D Mark III.

Both models have a number of innovations, some first seen in the EOS 7D Mark II, representing an incremental increase on the capabilities of the EOS 5D Mark III. These are the most interesting ones.

Mirror Vibration Control. The cameras’ mirror has the new cam-driven mechanism first seen in the EOS 7D Mark II. It softens the action of the mirror helping reduce camera shake at slow shutter speeds caused by mirror slap. The base of the camera body is also slightly thicker than that of the EOS 5D Mark III to help absorb vibrations.

150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering. Evaluative metering has been improved, with an increase from 63 to 252 zones. It promises increased metering accuracy, more accurate E-TTL metering with automatic flash, greater colour accuracy with auto white balance and reduced risk of autofocus error caused by different light sources. Whether this makes a practical difference that is visible to the photographer remains to be seen, but it is comforting to know that these cameras have the latest available technology, again first seen in the EOS 7D Mark II.

100% viewfinder with crop ratio modes. Both models have the Intelligent Viewfinder II (yes, first seen in the EOS 7D Mark II). The Intelligent Viewfinder uses a transparent LCD overlay to display more information in the viewfinder than is possible with traditional EOS viewfinders. Canon have taken advantage of the 50.6 megapixel sensor to include three crop modes.

  • The 1.3x crop gives an image with a resolution of 30.5 megapixels.
  • The 1.6x crop gives an image with a resolution of 19.5 megapixels.
  • Plus there’s an 1:1 aspect ratio (square format) with a resolution of 33.5 megapixels.

Choose any crop mode and the viewfinder can shade the area outside the crop so you can accurately frame the photo.

These crop modes make the EOS 5DS and 5DS R incredibly versatile cameras. Let’s say you have a 50mm prime lens. Set the crop mode to 1.3x and it’s effectively a 65mm lens. Set it to 1.6x and it’s effectively an 80mm lens. Any prime lens instantly becomes three lenses in one. Zoom lenses are similarly affected. The crop modes give you both the versatility of the 35mm equivalent focal length of a lens plus the extra reach that is ordinarily only achieved by using an APS-C camera.

Time-lapse movies. Both cameras have a time-lapse mode that takes still photos at preset intervals and combines them in-camera to create a movie (.mov) file. The shooting interval can be set to anything from 1 second to 99 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds (let’s see if anyone finds a use for that last setting) and records anything from two to 3,600 images.

EOS 5DS R

New Canon EOS cameras

The main, indeed the only difference that I’m aware of, between the two cameras is that the 5DS R has a low pass cancellation filter. Most websites are saying that the camera doesn’t have a low pass filter at all. This is incorrect – it has a second filter that cancels out the effect of the low pass filter, thus producing a sharper image (albeit with a greater risk of moire effect when shooting certain subjects).

Once the cameras ship and photographers start posting tests on their websites it will be interesting to see just how great the difference in sharpness and resolution is between the two cameras.

Learn more with these articles from the Canon Professional Network website:

EOS 5DS: 50.6 Megapixel Picture Power in a DSLR Package

EOS 5DS R: The Ultimate High-Resolution DSLR

The EOS 5DS and 5DS R Explained

The EOS 5DS and 5DS R Explained (video)

Canon Explorers: First Impressions of the EOS 5DS

New Intelligent Viewfinder Feature on EOS 7D Mark II

Canon UK’s David Parry explains some of the new technology in the EOS 5DS and 5DS R in this video made by Wex Photographic:

EOS 750D (Rebel T6i) and EOS 760D (Rebel T6s)

New Canon EOS cameras

The EOS 750D and 760D are Canon’s latest additions to its enthusiast range. They have slipped under the radar somewhat, with the Canon website concentrating on the EOS 5DS and 5DS R. But these are two very fine cameras indeed, and I can only shake my head when comparing them to the EOS 350D I bought way back in 2006. Digital SLR technology has come a long way since then and any enthusiast, indeed many semi-pro photographers would be well served by either of these models. I only wish I could send one of these back in time to my younger self.

Both cameras improve on the spec of their predecessor, the EOS 700D. They have a 24.2 megapixel sensor combined with Canon’s DIGIC 6 processor, promising greater resolution and better image quality than the 700D’s 18 megapixel sensor.

The autofocus has also been improved. There are 19 cross-type autofocus points, compared to nine on the 700D.

Both cameras have an Intelligent Viewfinder like the EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Mark II (although perhaps not as advanced as the viewfinders in those models, it’s difficult to tell from early reports). The EOS 760D can display the electronic level in the viewfinder, the 750D can’t.

The addition of Wi-fi lets you upload photos to your computer, smartphone or tablet wirelessly from the camera or control your camera with a remote release smartphone app.

EOS 760D improvements

New Canon EOS cameras

Where it really gets interesting is the extra features included in the EOS 760D, for only a fractional difference in price (the prices and spec are so close that I’m not sure why Canon have created two models).

The EOS 760D has a Quick Control dial on the back, the 750D has four cross keys. The Quick Control dial makes applying exposure compensation and viewing images much easier, and this is the first time it has been included in an enthusiast level Canon camera. In my view this feature alone makes the 760D a worthwhile buy over the 750D.

The 760D has an additional LCD plate on top of the camera. Again, this is a new feature in the xxxD range and makes the camera easier to use by displaying information on the top of the camera.

You can see both in the above photo of the EOS 760D.

EOS M3

New Canon EOS cameras

I’ve written about the advantages of mirrorless cameras before on this blog and many of you may be wondering (along with a good deal of other people) whether Canon will ever get into this new market seriously. Their first offering, the EOS M, received poor reviews due to its relatively slow autofocus. Canon released a firmware update to improve the autofocus performance, dropped the price, and I’ve heard good things about this camera from photographers who bought one and don’t mind working within its limitations.

The EOS M2 was only available in Japan and Asia, and the latest version, the EOS M3 will be sold in Asia and Europe but not North America (where the uptake of mirrorless systems has been slower than other parts of the world). This indicates to me that Canon is concentrating on its core camera market, high quality digital SLRs, and is taking a quieter approach with its compact camera system M range. Interestingly, the EOS M3 press images disappeared from the Canon UK website (but luckily after I had downloaded them) while I was writing this article, whether that’s a glitch or portends something else I can only guess.

The EOS M3 is similar in spec to the EOS 750D except that it has no mirror or viewfinder and is a smaller, lighter camera. It uses the EF-M mount rather than the EF-S mount, and is designed to work with the line of EF-M mount lenses that Canon is slowly expanding (you can also buy an adapter to mount EF-S and EF lenses on the camera).

The EOS M3 has a 24.3 megapixel sensor and 49 point hybrid CMOS autofocus that, according to Canon, is 6.1 times faster than the EOS M’s original autofocus system. It has a tiltable rear LCD screen and an impressive ISO range of 100-12,800. Wifi connectivity lets you upload photos directly to a computer, smartphone or tablet. It also has a Quick Control dial on the rear.

The biggest limitation of this camera is the lack of a built-in electronic viewfinder, however you can buy Canon’s EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder which attaches to the camera via the hotshoe. Other than that, early indications are that this is a serious camera, again time will tell after it ships and the real world reviews start to come in.

There is more information about the EOS M3 on Canon’s website.

EOS M3: Canon’s Fastest Mirrorless EOS

Conclusion

I say this every time that Canon releases new cameras but there’s no doubt that things have never been so good for users of Canon digital cameras. There’s a plethora of decent models to choose from and the spec improves with every generation. Not that I encourage you to upgrade if you’re happy with the model you already have – I’m a firm believer that you should only do so when you start bumping up against the limitations of your current camera.

But for anyone in the market for one of these cameras, your choice has just expanded to include some very interesting models and innovations. Not least the 50.6 megapixel sensors of the EOS 5DS and 5DS R. I predict that these cameras will be popular with professionals and advanced enthusiasts who will  have previously eyed the high megapixel counts of rival systems and medium format digital with envy.

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2 Responses to “Five New Canon EOS Cameras”

  1. David Voros says:

    I am new to photography and have a Canon Mark 5D III. In the article above, what do you mean by printing images at A3 sizes?

    • Hi David, I mean printing onto A3 sized paper, which is double the size of an A4 sheet of paper. A3 is the maximum size printing paper many home printers can use, therefore it’s a natural limit to the size of print that many photographers make. Some printers also go up to A3+, which is slightly larger. For the record an A3 size sheet of paper measures 29.7 x 42.0cm.

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