Canon goes crazy with its new DSLR megapixel count

    Canon's new 5DS and 5DS R (photo: Google Images)

    It’s that time of the year again when camera enthusiasts (Canon fans, in this particular scenario) can ogle at new gear announcements.

    Often referred to as G.A.S., gear acquisition syndrome can be a very real condition, and we’re about to help perpetuate that ‘illness’. Seriously, Canon’s new full-frame DSLRs, entry-level DSLRs, wide-angle lens and compact are getting us really excited as well and we’ve got to watch our pockets.

    Canon's new 5DS and 5DS R (photo: Google Images)

    5DS and 5DS R full-frame bodies

    Canon announced two new full-frame DSLR cameras that push the limits of camera resolution for such bodies. Breaking the 50 megapixels barrier with their two new 5DS and 5DS R, Canon’s new 50.6 megapixels behemoths set a new bar for mainstream photographers.

    The difference between the two models is that the 5DS R comes without an optical low-pass filter, which seems to be the ‘in’ thing these days. An optical low-pass filter, also known as an anti-aliasing filter, softens the image ever so slightly to reduce the likelihood of moiré patterns happening. However, due to the increase in camera pixel density these days, there isn’t much of a need for the optical low-pass filter now, and its removal will result in more detailed, and sharper in-camera images.

    So basically what that means, in layman terms, is that the images on the 5DS R will turn out sharper than those from the 5DS.

    They will be out for sale in June, retailing at US$3,700 and US$3,900 for the 5DS and 5DS R respectively.

    Canon's new Rebel T6i and T6s (photo: Google Images)

    New entry-level DSLRs

    These new entry-level bodies are known as the Rebel T6s and T6i in the United States, but over here, they’ll be better known as the 760D and 750D respectively (the disparity in naming convention really annoys us).

    First impressions are that Canon’s getting serious on their entry-level offerings, with both new cameras coming with 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensors. For the uninformed, APS-C sensors are smaller than their full-frame brethren, and have a crop-factor of 1.6x. This shouldn’t be a real concern for entry-level users, but you may read this if you’re interested to know more about the differences.

    Back to the new cameras, video is a big focus on these two models with both offering 1080p video at 30fps and 24fps. The 760D will also offer an LCD screen on the top of the camera, much like the higher models, with deeper controls for video recording available like a mic-in port. On the other hand, the 750D will have controls targeted to a more ‘beginner’ crowd.

    That said, images and videos from both cameras will be of exactly the same quality.

    The 760D and 75oD cameras will be available at the end of April. The 760D will come bundled with an 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS kit lens for US$1,200 while the 750D will come the standard 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens for US$900 at the end of April.

    Canon's new EF 11-24mm F4L ultra wide angle lens (photo: Google Images)

    This is targeted at the full-frame camera users, but APS-C body users (e.g. 7D, 70D, 60D, 700D, 650D) can certainly get this as well.

    This would be Canon’s widest non-fisheye zoom lens, with the current most popular ones being the 16-35mm F2.8L USM and the relatively recent 16-35mm F4L IS USM.

    Just to offer a quick comparison, the 11-14mm boasts an angle of view of 126° 5′, whereas the 16-35mm offers an angle of view of 108° 10′.

    The 11-24mm F4L USM will be available in late February for US$3,000.

    Canon PowerShot G3 X (photo: Google Images)

    PowerShot G3 X

    While Canon didn’t exactly announce this compact camera, it did confirm that it’s on the cards, and consumers can expect to see this in their line-up in the not too distant future.

    What we know for now is that this camera will come with a 1″ sensor, which is huge for a compact camera. This puts it in the same league as Sony’s RX100 and RX10 cameras, often praised for its huge sensor.

    However, the optical zoom range on the G3 X beats that competition hands down, with it slated to be an insane 25x! If you want that in numbers, its lens zoom range will be equivalent to 24-600mm. The Sony RX10 comes closest to matching that with an 8.3x optical zoom range of 24-200mm – significantly shorter on the telephoto end.

    Apart from sensor size and optical zoom range, no other details have been released for this. However, based on the photos, the camera’s handgrip looks pretty big, and not surprisingly, so is its lens – which makes the “compact” camera far from pocketable, unlike its Sony rivals.

    We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for more updates on this front, so check back again in the future for more updates on new releases from the photographic world.

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