Canon EOS 5DS Review

Overall 60
Imaging 42
Features 55
Size 70
Price 0

Main Features

  • 51.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Expands to 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3.2″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 152 x 116 x 76 mm
  • Weight: 930 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon EOS 5DS Summary

This review is devoted to EOS 5DS that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 06, 2015. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 51.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #5 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 60/100 and it takes a rank of #15 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon EOS 5DS Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS 5DS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Size: 3.2″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2381
  • Sensor Resolution: 51.0 MP
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 61
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 41
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Dust Proof: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Storage Slots: 2

CONs

  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 12.4
  • Headphone Port: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Battery Life: 700 shots

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Complete Comparison of Canon EOS 5DS With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS 5DS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon EOS 5DS

Canon EOS 5DS has the following external dimensions 152 x 152 x 76 mm (59.84 x 45.67 x 29.92″) with the weight of 930 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon EOS 5DS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS 5DS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 76mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS 5DS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS 5DS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS 5DS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon EOS 5DS — 700 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Canon EOS 5DS — 76 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Canon EOS 5DS — 930 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Canon EOS 5DS‘s body is protected from dust with its high-quality dustproof feature.

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 5DS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Canon EOS 5DS Photo and Sensor Features

Canon EOS 5DS boasts of a resolution of 51.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon EOS 5DS has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Canon EOS 5DS features a 51.0 MP sensor. In the Semi-Pro DSLR class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS 5DS, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 87 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS 5DS’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EOS 5DS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Canon EOS 5DS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon EOS 5DS

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon EOS 5DS is equipped with a Fixed Type 3.2" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in EOS 5DS has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.71x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Compared to other cameras from this class, this model comes packed with excellent magnification and coverage. Its coverage indicator of 100% guarantees excellent quality of shots and ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the ViewFinder while shooting. This also contributes to a better framing of your shots, so, in most cases, there won’t be a need for further cropping.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS 5DS are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, EOS 5DS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Canon EOS 5DS stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 61 points.

In addition, EOS 5DS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon EOS 5DS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon EOS 5DS allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon EOS 5DS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Canon EOS 5DS is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect EOS 5DS to compatible devices via its USB 3.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS 5DS provides a shooting life of 700, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon EOS 5DS is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon EOS 5DS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS 5DS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS 5DS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS 5DS to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon EOS 5DS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5DS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 100. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5DS can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (51 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS 5DS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5DS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 73. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5DS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(36 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (152 x 116 x 76 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS 5DS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5DS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5DS can be called a 97 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (61)
  • Big Number of CrossFocus Points (41)
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2381)
  • Big size (152 x 116 x 76 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (700 shots)

Canon EOS 5DS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5DS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5DS can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (930 g)
  • Big size (152 x 116 x 76 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Canon EOS 5DS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 5DS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 5DS can be called a 98 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (51 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.4)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2381)

Disadvantages:

  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Canon EOS 5DS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model EOS 5DS
Announced Feb 06, 2015
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF
Number of Lenses 256
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3.2″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.71
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial Yes
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 87
DxO Color Depth 24.7
DxO Dynamic Range 12.4
DxO Low Light ISO 2381
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 51.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 8688 x 5792
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 61
Number of Cross Focus Points 41
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 3.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 930 g
Physical Dimensions 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Battery Life 700 shots
Battery Type 700 shots
Battery Model LP-E6
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible), CompactFlash
Storage Slots 2

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