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Canon to End Production of the 5DS and 5DS R

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It’s time to say goodbye to Canon’s megapixel monster pair: The Canon EOS 5DS and the Canon EOS 5DS R.

According to Canon Rumors, Canon will no longer be producing these two cameras, nor is there a 5DS successor in the works.

While this news is hardly unexpected, it further illustrates Canon’s choice to invest in mirrorless over DSLR technology.

Note that the 5DS R is identical to the 5DS, with a single exception: its low-pass filter cancellation effect. This ensures that photographers can eke out maximum detail with the 5DS R, though the sensor is more prone to the effects of moiré.

The Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R duo debuted way back in June 2015. At the time, they sported the highest resolution sensors available in a full-frame camera, at 50.6 MP, and were tailored to detail-hungry landscape and commercial photographers.

These days, the resolution award has been handed off to the Sony a7R IV, though the EOS 5DS still remains the highest resolution 35mm DSLR on the market.

In many ways, the EOS 5DS pair has become outdated. With the exception of its stunning resolution, the 5DS struggles to remain relevant in a world of fast continuous shooting, 4K video, and speedy Live View autofocus.

But while Canon will not be producing a true EOS 5DS successor, you can expect to see a mirrorless model that follows the 5DS in spirit. In fact, there’s currently a rumor floating around about a high-megapixel mirrorless body, one with either a 75 MP sensor, an 80 MP sensor or a 150 MP sensor.

All of these specs are merely rumors, and may not pan out. But I wouldn’t be surprised if at least the 75 MP or 80 MP sensor turns out to be true, especially with Sony producing the 61 MP Sony a7R IV.

That said, for now, the 5DS and 5DS R remain Canon’s highest megapixel cameras to date.

So if you’re interested in grabbing them before they’re gone, you can find both cameras for around $1300 USD on Amazon.

Will you grab one of these cameras before they are discontinued, or will you wait to see what else Canon comes up with in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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