Time to upgrade Camera Body…..Canon 5DS?

Having seen a great presentation for Ant-man at Siggraph this summer, they talked about their macro unit and shooting high resolution imagery for textures that would stand up full screen scrutiny at a micro level. Finally, time to upgrade my old Canon Rebel XTi. I’ve had this camera body for about 10 years now and figured I was due an upgrade. I had bought some of the L series lens over the years and always meant to upgrade the body. Sadly the years got away from me.

The DSLR cameras have really made huge leaps.

First, being that you can shoot video with them at HD quality. My second want was to have a full-frame camera. My Rebel XTi cameras has a sub-frame sensor meaning it has a smaller angle of view (by a factor of 1/1.6x) than a full-frame camera with any given lens. This 1.6x ratio is commonly called “Focal Length Mutliplier”. Any of my lens on the Rebel would have to be multiplied by 1.6 to have the same focal length on a 35mm camera. For example, a 100mm on the XTi will show the same field of view as a 160mm lens on a camera with a 35mm frame size. I wanted to get away from the conversion and have a true 1:1 ratio with my lens mm. My third want was higher resolution.

At the talk they mentioned using the Canon 5d. I begin researching what would be best for me. The 5d Mark III comes very highly recommended, but then I stumbled upon the new 5DS.  This camera has the highest resolution out there right now at a stunning 50.6 megapixels! The next highest pixel resolution camera is Nikon’s 36.3 megapixel D810. The 5D Mark III is 22.3 megapixels. To put this in context my old Rebel was only 10.1 megapixels. So really either of these cameras is a huge jump up for me. With the 5DS being brand new this summer versus the Mark III being two and half years old already. The 5DS being 5 times more megapixels it’s hard not to just go with it.

Here are some specs:

Rebel xTi                         3888 x 2592 pixels; 10.1 mb; Sub-frame; no video

5D Mark III                        5760 x 3840 pixels; 22.3 mb; Full-frame; HD 1080 video

5DS                                    8688 x 5792 pixels; 50.6 mb; Full-frame; HD 1080 video

The full-frame cameras are a bigger investment, but I feel worth it. After reading many reviews it seems that the 5DS is well worth it’s cost for the increase resolution and upgrades on it. Doing an upgrade on it now I feel confident that this camera could easily last me out next 10 years. I’ll let you all know what I decide.


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