At over 50 mega pixels, the Canon EOS 5DSR is the highest resolution, full frame DSLR to date.
But while Canon earns a first for that, it is definitely the last manufacturer to offer a camera without the blurring effect of an anti-aliasing filter.
The camera is not shipping yet, but I got a chance to shoot with the preproduction version for a couple of weeks.
And here's my take.
The photos from the prerelease version are certainly sharper than any I have seen from a Canon.
And there's a whole new level of quality compared to the 5D Mark III.
But the photos from the preproduction weren't quiet as good as those I have seen from the Nikon D810.
They've got more noise in the RAWs starting at mid-range ISO sensitivities, and the D810 seems to have a broader tunnel range in general.
The Canon does offer a fine detail picture style that enhances sharpness and helps with photos at about ISO 800 and higher, but that mode also increases artifacts.
The higher resolution does help in cases where the focus is slightly off though, making scaled down images look a little sharper than they might have otherwise.
Plus the 5DSR did a little better than the Nikon when it came to morei.
In fact it was really hard to find any.
And the video even though it's only 2 mega pixel HD, looks a lot sharper than Canon's other models The price you pay for all those pixels is performance.
Once again, this is a preproduction model, but moving all that data through the image pipeline, even with dual processors does take its toll.
Canon seems to have settled on a body design for it's non rebel DSLR's.
Five DSR body is almost identical to the 70 Mark 2. And even the three year old 5 D Mark 3. There are really only a few menu items that differ from the 70 Mark II, and those apply to features that exist only in one camera or the other.
For example, Fine Detail has the Fine Detail picture style, a delay option when shooting with the mirror in the locked and upright position, and an option to retract an STM lens on power off.
And it has a really nice crop view in the viewfinder when working in a crop mode.
These are just my initial impressions though.
I'll be back with a full review once I've done a final model.