Canon EOS 5Ds Review

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.

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.

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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.

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Performance of Canon 5DS

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 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.

Images on Canon EOS 5DS

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 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

MSRP $3699/£2999/€3999 (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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