Canon EOS 5Ds helps to bridge the gap, professional from amateur photography. It gives advanced DSLR users an affordable route to a full-frame shooting. Pro photographers will enjoy a smaller, lighter camera to back-up their fully professional-level models. It is also the model that kick-started advanced DSLR video shooting.

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Canon EOS 5Ds: Price

Canon EOS 5DS: Design and Build

Having a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens attached, you would not describe the 5DS as lightweight.  But the full front grip and rear thumb ridge make it feel very secure and comfortable in your hand. The advanced level 5DS has a slightly finer texture of the rubber-like coatings. On top of the Canon EOS 5Ds is mode dial and a large mono status LCD panel.

It is used to display key settings. This quite useful feature when you are capturing low-level or table-top subjects. Unlike the screens on some Canon DSLRs, the screen for Canon EOS 5Ds is fixed.

Canon EOS 5DS: Performance

Canon EOS 5Ds has two Digic 6 processing engines. It enables a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6,400 with expansion settings taking this to ISO 50-12,800. Despite all the processing power, the Canon 5DS is restricted to a maximum continuous shooting speed of 5fps. You get up to 510 Large Fine JPEGs or 14 raw files with a UDMA Compact Flash card installed.

Canon EOS 5DS: Viewfinder

Being a full-frame advanced level DSLR, the Canon EOS 5Ds features a large optical viewfinder. This one is beautiful and bright. You can see 100% of the scene. No more nasty surprises hidden around the edges of images. It’s possible to display an electronic level in the viewfinder as well as on the main screen.

The Canon 5Ds viewfinder uses a dedicated icon instead of using AF points. Meaning the level is visible upon the shutter release pressed on focusing. But you can make sure the Canon 5Ds is leveled at the moment the shutter release is pressed home.

Canon EOS 5DS: Images

Canon 5DS has a collection of Picture Styles. These are tailored to the look of JPEGs. You can easily set the saturation, contrast, and sharpening to suit the subject. The advanced level DSLR, however, has a new one called ‘Fine Detail’. It seems a practical introduction is given that the Canon EOS 5Ds is likely to be used to shoot landscape, still life, and macro subjects.

The new advanced camera has a collection of mirror lock-up options.  These trip the shutter, after a set delay following the shutter release being pressed and the mirror lifting. You can access these via the menu along with the standard option. It requires two presses of the shutter release. It would be nice when Canon borrows a leaf from Fuji and introduces a firmware update.  it would then roll out this capability to the 5D Mark III.

Canon EOS 5Ds: Specifications

Body type
Optics & Focus
Screen / viewfinder
Photography features
Videography features
Other features
MSRP$3699/£2999/€3999 (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 EOS 5Ds: Conclusion

The 5DS/5DS R is not designed to be either a film or a sports camera, but it has an autofocus system that can keep up with fast-moving objects and in low light and can capture high-quality video. It’s designed to capture still photographs of high quality. It beautifully does this. The 5DS photos have an enormous amount of detail and look fantastic, so if you have to go with the 5DS R with the absolute highest degree of detail, but there are few occasions where you would be able to tell a difference so I’d prefer the 5DS and save a little money. Whichever model you select, you can need to change your lenses to benefit from the resolving power of the sensors.

Build Quality
Ergonomics & Handling
Focus Accuracy
Image Quality
ISO Performance
Video mode
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