Last Updated on January 13, 2019
Features of Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R
- 50.6MP 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for incredible resolving power
- 61-point AF system with Intelligent Tracking and Recognition for high precision autofocus
- Advanced mirror control mechanism and shutter release time lag for reducing image shake
- Intelligent Viewfinder II with approximately 100% viewfinder coverage.
- Full HD 30p movie capability and Time Lapse Movie function
- High-speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 frames per second
- Customizable Quick Control Screen
- Low Pass Filter (LPF) Cancellation Effect (present only in Canon EOS 5DS R)
Introducing the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Overview
If you want to have one of the best cameras in the market, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R should be on the top of your list. They’re not exactly cheap — the EOS 5DS body is offered at approximately $3,700, while the 5DS R body is priced at around $3,900 — but every dollar you spend on them is worth it. With advanced features that are specially designed to cater to the needs of advanced amateur and professional photographers, these two cameras will give you great value for your money and ensure you’ll enjoy high returns on your investment.
What exactly will you get when you buy a Canon EOS 5DS or EOS 5DS R? Well, for starters, you’ll get a camera that has a 50.6 megapixel resolution. If you’ve been a photographer for a long time, you know what this means: clear, crisp images that have incredible quality and look professional at every angle. Photos taken with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have very high resolutions that they will still show incredible detail even if you crop them.
Still not impressed? You might want to note that many of the top cameras nowadays don’t have this level of resolution. Nikon’s D810 camera only has 36 megapixels, while Samsung’s NX1 trails behind with its 28-megapixel resolution.
Aside from their high resolution, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R also have many other useful features. For one thing, you’ll enjoy reduced vibration and camera shake with the refined mirror control mechanism and the Time Release Lag setting, which means you’ll avoid taking blurred, low-quality photos. The cameras also have a 61-point high-density autofocus array (which is capable of shooting a maximum of five frames per second) as well as a Fine Detail Mode, which complements the high camera resolution and brings out the details in pictures without over-sharpening them.
As expected, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R can record full HD movies. But what you might not expect is its Time Lapse movie feature, which allows the cameras to take still photos at certain time intervals and automatically puts them together to create a movie file. The clip comes in full HD and can last up to 2 minutes long.
With these modern and high-tech capabilities, you might be itching to get your hands on the Canon EOS 5DS or EOS 5DS R. The question now is this: which camera should you get? Both models share the features listed above; the only difference (aside from their prices) is that Canon’s designers have canceled the low-pass filter (LPF) effect in the EOS 5DS R.
What does this mean? To get a clearer view of this feature, you’ll need to know about moire: the strange-looking multi-colored wavy pattern that appears when you photograph something that has many repetitive details (like linen fabric with a herringbone weave or a blouse with lots of tiny polka dots). Moire doesn’t occur in nature, but it happens frequently in photography because of the way light interacts with camera sensors. Because of this, camera manufacturers came up with the low-pass filter to reduce this distortion. But LPFs are far from perfect; they do minimize moire but, in the process, they end up blurring the details of the image.
So, when choosing between the Canon EOS 5DS or EOS 5DS R, it boils down to one thing: whether you can deal with moire or not. If you don’t want this distortion in your pictures (like most photographers), you’ll want to invest in the EOS 5DS and make the most of its low-pass filter. But, if you’re a landscape photographer who needs to capture every possible detail, you’ll need to invest in the EOS 5DS R and enjoy its LPF effect canceling feature.
36 x 24 mm CMOS
Approx. 50.6 megapixels
Approx. 53 megapixels
EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type
Dual “DIGIC 6”
EF (excludes EF-S lenses)
Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens
TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points
61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8 and 1 cross-type at f/8 The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.
AF working range
EV -2 – 18 (at 20°C & ISO100)
AI FocusOne ShotPredictive AI Servo
AF Point Selection
Automatic selection: 61 point AFManual selection: Single point AF (selectable points 61, 15, 9 or cross type only points selectable)Manual selection: Spot AFManual selection: AF point Expansion (4 points up, down, left, right or 8 surrounding 8 points)Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 pointsManual selection: Zone AFManual selection: Large Zone AFAF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Selected AF point display
Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen
Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or AF ON is pressed in One Shot AF mode
AF Assist Beam
Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite
Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode
Manual: Enter adjustment +/- 20 stepsAdjust all lenses by same amountAdjust up to 40 lenses individuallyAdjustments remembered for lens by serial number
150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensorEOS iSA System with 252-zone metering:(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.1% of viewfinder at centre)(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.3% viewfinder at centre)* AF point-linked spot metering not provided(4) Centre weighted average metering
EV 0 – 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achievedManual: By AE lock button in all exposure modes
+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
ISO Sensitivity 
100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)ISO can be expanded to L:50 or H1: 12800
Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter
30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Soft touch electromagnetic release
Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
AWB (Ambeince priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, WhiteFluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.White balance compensation:1. Blue/Amber +/-92. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance
Yes, 1 setting can be registered
+/-3 levels in single level increments3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release.Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Approx. .71x 
Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)
AF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registrationExposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting modeFlash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).Composition information: Crop area, Aspect ratio, Grid, Electronic levelOther information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG/RAW indicator
Depth of field preview
Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.
None (eyepiece cover attached to strap)
8.11cm (3.2″) Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)
Anti-reflection and Solid Structure
Auto: Using extenal ambient light sensorManual: Adjustable to one of seven levels
(1) Quick Control Screen(2) Camera settings(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level(4) Custom Quick control screen
E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/- 3EV in 1/3 increments with EX series Speedlites
Flash Exposure Bracketing
Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock
Second Curtain Synchronisation
HotShoe/ PC terminal
External Flash Compatibility
E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control
via camera menu screen
Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb, Custom (x3)
Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, Fine Detail, User Defined (x3)
sRGB and Adobe RGB
Highlight Tone PriorityAuto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)Long exposure noise reductionHigh ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)Multi Shot Noise ReductionAuto Correction of Lens Peripheral illuminationChromatic aberration correctionResize to M, S1, S2 or S3RAW image processing – during image Playback onlyImage cropping – during image Playback onlyMultiple exposureHDR images 5 presets
Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continous shooting
Max. Approx. 5fps. (speed maintained for up to 510 number of JPEGs or 14 RAW images)    with UDMA mode 7 card.
Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited. Bulb timer possible
Live View Mode
Electronic viewfinder with image sensor
Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Manual Focus (Magnify the image 6x or 16x at any point on screen)Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode
Real-time evaluative metering with image sensorActive metering time can be changed
Grid overlay (x3), Histogram
Still Image Type
JPEG: 2 compression options (Exif 2.3 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording
Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible
JPEG:Full Frame – (L) 8688x5792, (M1) 7680x5120, (M2) 5760x3840, (S1) 4320x2880, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x4801.3x Crop – (L) 6768x4512, (M1) 6016x4000, (M2) 4512x3008, (S1) 3376x2256, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x4801.6x Crop – (L) 5424x3616, (M1) 4800x3200, (M2) 3616x2408, (S1) 2704x1808, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x4801:1 Crop – (L) 5792x5792, (M1) 5120x5120, (M2) 3840x3840, (S1) 2880x2880, (S2) 1280x1280, (S3) 480x480RAW:(RAW) 8688x5792,(M-RAW) 6480x4320,(S-RAW) 4320x2880
MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or interframe1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or interframe640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) interframe only
Max duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB
(1) Consecutive numbering(2) Auto reset(3) Manual reset
16 Custom Functions
Author, copyright, GPS (with GP-E2), Rating
LCD Panel / Illumination
Yes / Yes
Water/ Dust resistance
Intelligent Orientation Sensor
1x – 16x
(1) Single image(2) Single image with information (2 levels)(3) Two image Display image(4) 4 image index(5) 9 image index(6) 36 image index(7) 100image index(8) Jump Display(9) Movie edit(10) RAW processing(11) Rating
Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating, Protect imagesPlayback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 secondsRepeat: On/Off
Brightness: YesRGB: Yes
Image Erase Protection
Erase protection of one image at a time, folder or card
Single image, selected, folder, card or all unprotected
2 or 10 sec.
(1) Shooting menu 1 – 6(2) AF Menu 1 – 5(3) Playback menu 1 – 3(4) Setup menu 1 – 4(5) Custom Functions menu 1 – 4(6) My Menu (1 – 5 user selectable)
25 LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Update possible by the user.
USB 3.0 Hi-Speed (PTP)
HDMI Type C, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)
Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
CompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card. High-speed writing with UHS-I type SD cards is supported
Supported Operating System
PC & Macintosh
Windows 7 (excl. Starter Edition) Windows 8 and Windows 8.1OS X v10.7-10.10
Digital Photo Professional 4 (RAW Image Processing)
PhotoStitch, EOS Utility 3 (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor* Requires optional accessory
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied) / LP-E6
Approx. 700 shots (at 23°C) Approx. 660 (at 0°C)
Automatic displayed in 6 levels
Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.
Power Supply & Battery Chargers
AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6
Magnesium Alloy body covers
0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
Weight (body only)
Approx. 845 g
Wireless File Transmitter
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 version 2Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 requires a firmware update and Interface Cable IFC-40AB II or IFC-150AB IICompatible with Eye-Fi cards
All EF lenses (excluding EF-S lenses)
Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Remote Controller/ Switch
Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6 and Speedlite 600EX-RT
GPS GP-E2, Eyecup Eb, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C, Hand Strap E2, Connect Station CS100
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.Subject to change without notice. Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution Based on Canon’s testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings, light level, subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc. with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt Based on the CIPA Standard and using the battery supplied with the camera, except where indicated Recommended Exposure Index Figures quoted are when used with UDMA7 class cards The number of cross-type AF points depends on the lens used
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