Canon 5DS R Review

The Canon 5DS R comes with the 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 the shooting technique more crucial. Its video features an ISO range that is limited compared to other full-frame cameras.

Canon 5DS R: Price

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

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.

Canon 5DS R: Performance

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.

Canon 5DS R: Images

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

Body type
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Other features
MSRP$3899/£3199/€4249 (body only)
Body typeMid-size SLR
Max resolution8688 x 5792
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels51 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors53 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDual DIGIC 6
ISOAuto, 100-6400 (expandable to 50-12800)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)12800
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points61
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClearView II TFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.71×
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe and PC sync port)
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (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 BracketingYes
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Videography notesSupports ALL-I and IPB compression
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible), CompactFlash
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (Wired and wireless)
Environmentally sealedYes (dust and water-resistent)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E6 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)700
Weight (inc. batteries)930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)
Dimensions152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

Canon 5DS R: Conclusion

There is no doubt that one of the most outstanding cameras we have ever seen is the Canon EOS 5DS R. It’s sure to become a favorite of working photographers for whom supreme resolution really counts with its 50.6MP sensor, sturdy construction, and accurate metering and autofocus. Indeed, it throws down the gauntlet to Sony and Nikon to play catch-up again with a 20 percent higher linear resolution than 36MP cameras, but it would be naive to expect this to take a long time.

It is also striking when shooting with the 5DS R, just how advanced the style has become. Although no camera is flawless, and there are different tastes for multiple photographers, few models work out of the box just so well. This is partially due to the fact that the wide body provides plenty of control space, but the architecture is also incredibly well taken into consideration, putting everything you need at your fingertips. Unusually, the camera functions in live view just as well as by using the viewfinder, but it may have been rendered much easier with an articulated LCD.


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