Canon EOS 5DS

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    Highlights

    • 50.6 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    • 100 - 6,400 Native ISO
    • 61 Focus Points (61 Cross-type)
    • 3.2" 1,040k dot Fixed Screen
    • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
    • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Canon EOS 5DS was announced in 2015 and is a Full Frame (36 x 24 mm) DSLR camera with 50.6 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 6,400 and expands to 100 - 12,800 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fixed 3.2" screen with 1,040k dot resolution and built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder.

    Canon EOS 5DS can capture video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.


    Here is the Canon EOS 5D series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Canon EOS 5D series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Canon 5D IV August
    2016
    30.4 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 32,000 Fixed 3.2"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon 5DS R February
    2015
    50.6 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    1,040k dot
    Image cannot be found Canon 5DS February
    2015
    50.6 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.2"
    1,040k dot
    Image cannot be found Canon 5D III May
    2012
    22.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 25,600 Fixed 3.2"
    1,040k dot
    Image cannot be found Canon 5D II February
    2009
    21.1 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 6,400 Fixed 3.0"
    920k dot
    Image cannot be found Canon 5D November
    2005
    13.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 3,200 Fixed 2.5"
    230k dot

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV vs EOS 5DS R vs EOS 5DS vs EOS 5D Mark III vs EOS 5D Mark II vs EOS 5D.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Canon EOS 5DS.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 50.6 Megapixel
    •   61 Focus Points
    •   41 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 87
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/200 sec
    •   Weight - 930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fixed screen

    Canon EOS 5DS has a 3.2" Fixed screen with 1,040k dot resolution.


    Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. It has a 100% coverage and 0.71x magnification.

    Sensor

    Canon EOS 5DS features a 50.6 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor with dimensions of 36 x 24 mm and a total area of 864 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 6,400 and expands to 100 - 12,800 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Canon EOS 5DS's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with Dual DIGIC 6 processor and can take pictures up to 8688 x 5792 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Canon EOS 5DS has Canon EF lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

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    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Canon EOS 5DS has a USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 (5 GBit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Mini HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Canon EOS 5DS comes with LP-E6 battery pack with battery life of 700 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has two card slots - one for SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) and one for CompactFlash (UDMA 7).

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Canon EOS 5DS's shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 5.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Canon EOS 5DS has Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with 61 (41 cross-type) focusing points and from -2 to +18 EV detection range There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from 0 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Canon EOS 5DS has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/200 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Canon EOS 5DS has dimensions of 152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99"). It weighs 930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz) which is neither heavy nor lightweight.

    152 mm (5.98")

    116 mm (4.57")

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    76 mm (2.99")

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    Canon EOS 5DS dimensions

    Canon EOS 5DS for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Canon EOS 5DS is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    86

    Canon EOS 5DS gets a score of 86 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    74

    Canon EOS 5DS gets a score of 74 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   61 Focus Points
    •   41 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    70

    Canon EOS 5DS gets a score of 70 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   61 Focus Points
    •   41 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    GOOD
    82

    Canon EOS 5DS gets a score of 82 and is GOOD choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   61 Focus Points
    •   41 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/200 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    GOOD
    79

    Canon EOS 5DS gets a score of 79 and is GOOD choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   61 Focus Points
    •   41 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)

    Travel Photography

    GOOD
    76

    Canon EOS 5DS gets a score of 76 and is GOOD choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots

    Canon EOS 5DS Evaluation

    We evaluate Canon EOS 5DS and give score of 73 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    GOOD
    75

    We give Canon EOS 5DS a score of 75 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   High Resolution Sensor - 50.6 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 87

    Photo

    GOOD
    75

    We give Canon EOS 5DS a score of 75 for Photo parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/200 sec

    Video

    BAD
    32

    We give Canon EOS 5DS a score of 32 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    GOOD
    83

    We give Canon EOS 5DS a score of 83 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -2 EV Min AF Detection
    •   61 Focus Points
    •   41 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    GOOD
    74

    We give Canon EOS 5DS a score of 74 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Large Screen - 3.2"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,040k dot

    Connectivity

    GOOD
    77

    We give Canon EOS 5DS a score of 77 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    GOOD
    72

    We give Canon EOS 5DS a score of 72 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Weight - 930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)
    •   Battery Life - 700 shots
    •   2 Storage Slots


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