Canon 5DS R Review

The Canon 5DS R comes with highest-resolution EOS body to date. This advanced level DSLR is an all-around striking camera that captures impressive and incredibly detailed images. The higher resolution sensor makes shooting technique more crucial. Its video features an ISO range are limited compared to other full-frame cameras.

Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR with Low-Pass Filter Effect Cancellation (Body Only)
  • LPF (Low-pass filter) effect cancellation takes full advantage of the original resolving power of the 506 effective megapixels CMOS sensor, delivering even higher resolution images
  • Newly designed 506 Megapixel full-frame CMOS helps deliver ultra-high resolution images
  • EOS Scene Detection System features a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering SensorPurchase this product between May 1, 2016 and July 30, 2016 and get 13 months of free damage protection from Canon The product...

This DSLR is a professional and advanced enthusiast. It’s suitable for portrait, editorial, landscape and nature photographers looking for extreme image detail.

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Canon 5DS R Design and Build

Except for the low-pass filter cancellation feature, the Canon 5DS R is identical in design and specs to the 5DS. The massive 50.6-megapixel, Canon-designed, the full-frame sensor makes the 5DS and 5DS R the highest resolution full-frame DSLRs in the world. Combined with dual DIGIC 6 processors this latest full-frame camera offers a substantial increase in sheer resolution.

It targets advanced amateurs and professionals who demand high image quality with a critical eye for out-of-camera sharpness. The Canon 5DS R goes after a chunk of the medium format market. The advanced Canon 5DS R is smaller and lighter than most digital medium format cameras. Its vast selection of lenses for the Canon EF mount gives you immense creative options.

Performance of Canon 5DS R

The new Canon 5DS R borrows heavily from the 7D Mark II regarding under-the-hood technological enhancements. As an addition to the dual DIGIC 6 image processor configuration, the Canon 5DS R features the newer 150,000-pixel RGB + IR metering sensor.

It is a notable improvement from the iFCL 63-zone Dual-layer metering sensor used on the 5D Mark III. The new system on this advanced camera recognizes 252-zones.

Canon 5DS R Viewfinder

The viewfinder on Canon 5DS R comes with an upgrade. Its focusing display with the 61-point AF system remains the same as the 5D Mark III. Canon 5DS R gains AF point illumination during AI Servo AF like the 1D X.

Its text display now matches that from the new 7D Mark II. Also with the new crop modes, framing guides will be shown in the viewfinder to help you with composition and framing.

Images on Canon 5DS R

Given its massive 50-megapixel image files, it does not surprise that continuous burst performance is a bit low. The Canon 5DS R advanced camera shoots up to a massive five frames-per-second. Buffer depth is good at 28 frames when shooting best quality JPEGs. You will notice that it then drops to 15 frames for RAW, and 11 for RAW+JPEG.

Canon 5DS R is image quality at low ISOs IS excellent. This camera thrives at base ISO. Images are packed with detail. You will be able to get avid pixel-peeper grin in delight.

Canon 5DS R specifications

MSRP $3899/£3199/€4249 (body only)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 8688 x 5792
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 51 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 53 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Dual DIGIC 6
ISO Auto, 100-6400 (expandable to 50-12800)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 12800
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 61
Lens mount Canon EF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type ClearView II TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes No
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe and PC sync port)
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Format H.264
Videography notes Supports ALL-I and IPB compression
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible), CompactFlash
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Remote control Yes (Wired and wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes (dust and water-resistent)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LP-E6 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700
Weight (inc. batteries) 930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)
Dimensions 152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

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