Testing A Canon 5DS - The Mega Mega-Pixel Camera

This is just a quick post on my thoughts of the Canon 5DS camera (the mega pixel camera) which has a 50mp sensor. I had an opportunity a couple of days ago to test out a Canon 5DS camera body. I used my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM on it for testing. Unfortunately the day was not very inviting for testing as it was grey and overcast and a bit on the dark side. However, for the short time I had it in hand, I was impressed with the performance despite the not so inviting conditions. The images are purely for testing and not anything award winning, but thought I would share a few here in a post.

These images are pretty much straight from the camera and only basic editing and cropping for testing purposes. I tried to keep it as simple as possible.

All these photos were taken hand held, no tripod.


The above photo is the full image (no cropping other than straightening for the horizon and sizing for display here). The detail is incredible in the boards in the bridge which is where I focused, as well as elsewhere on the image. Image settings -> ISO 400, 1/1000 secs, f5, 200mm.



This image of the crow was cropped about 40% of the original and then downsized for display here. Again the camera resolved detail in the wings which is nice considering a black bird and white sky, a high contrast image. Image settings -> ISO 1000, 1/800 secs, f11, 400mm.



This image is also cropped about 50% and then downsized. Again very little editing except for this. There is a lot of detail in the feathers. Image settings -> ISO 1000, 1/800 secs, f11, 400mm.


This image of the Rough-legged Hawk is cropped significantly, about 20% of the original as the hawk was very far away. Usually details are obscured at this point of cropping. But there is enough detail in the image. Image settings -> ISO 1000 (set to auto ISO), 1/2000 secs, f7.1, 400mm.


Of course the details are a bit lost here when displayed on the internet. But viewing the original images at 100%, I can see that the huge resolution of this camera resolves a lot of detail.

All in all, I was impressed with what I did get, even though it wasn't under "ideal conditions". Will there be a Canon 5DS in my camera bag in the future? Possibly ;)