Canon EOS 5DS DSLR Camera Review

Canon’s EOS 5DS DSLR Camera is the long-awaited successor to the critically acclaimed 5D Mark III. It carries with it new technology as well as a number of substantial advancements, putting it in extremely high-end territory for a DSLR. Full-frame 50.6MP CMOS sensor captures photographs with an ultra-high-resolution that is appropriate for large-scale printing as well as extensive, creative cropping and editing.

It takes a lot of processing power to deal with a lot of information, but the Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors have the capability to manage it all while maintaining high-performance speeds and excellent image quality. It also has extensive video capabilities, including the ability to shoot HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second and a Time-Lapse movie mode, which takes still photographs at predetermined intervals and then merges them into a full HD movie.

The EOS Scene Detection System, which includes a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, provides accurate exposure and color metering, while the 61-point High-Density Reticular AF sensor, which includes 41 cross-type points, allows for accurate AF placement. Canon’s EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Resolution) technology, which uses information from the metering sensor, further improves AF performance.

Crop shooting at 1.3x and 1.6x enlarges the picture files generated, allowing you greater freedom in the size of the image files made and the lens choices. Additionally, an integrated intervalometer and bulb timer increase your creative possibilities. Camera vibration is controlled by an upgraded mirror control system and new configurable shutter release lag times, which results in less blur and quieter operation. Flicker compensation adjusts for fluctuating light sources, allowing for constant exposure metering even when shooting continuously. Despite its enormous file sizes, the 5DS is capable of continuous shooting at a rate of up to 5 frames per second.

Designed to provide steady eye-level composition, the Intelligent Viewfinder II with 100 percent coverage is included with the 5DS. In addition to its excellent vision, the camera incorporates a transparent LCD that is overlaid on top of the lens and shows setup information as well as a customizable view of focus points and gridlines. Playback and live view composition are both possible on the 3.2″ ClearView II LCD monitor, which has a 1.04m-dot resolution and a 170o viewing angle. Materials with high transparency and many coatings avoid reflections, allowing for bright vision, which is especially crucial while capturing video.

However, while the 5DS is a sturdy and multifaceted camera for sophisticated users, its proportions are the same as those of the Canon 5D Mark III. The magnesium-alloy construction provides impact resistance, and the components and inputs include a PC terminal, a 3-pin input, an external microphone connection, as well as HDMI out and USB 3.0 compatibility, among other things. A strengthened base plate and tripod socket have also been added to decrease vibrations and provide a stable attachment to support structures. A total of two media slots are available for use with Compact Flash and SD format memory cards. Easy switching between commonly used settings and functionalities is made possible via the use of a customizable Quick Control System.

Full-frame CMOS sensor with 50.6 megapixels is introduced.

Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors offer the highest possible image quality and processing speed, while a newly designed 50.6MP full-frame CMOS sensor helps deliver ultra-high resolution photographs for large-scale printing and extensive, creative cropping.

Picture Style has a Fine Detail Mode that you may use.

The EOS 5DS camera offers a new Picture Style dubbed Fine Detail mode, which makes use of the high-resolution capturing capabilities of the sensor in the camera. Fine Detail draws attention to fine edges, patterns, and textures by reducing the sharpness sub-sets, fineness, and threshold of the camera to their bare minimums, as well as by lowering the contrast and exposure settings. When minute details are prioritized in a picture, it enables for greater gradations, more complex textures, and fine edges, resulting in photos that are smoother and more polished overall.

The EOS Scene Detection System with RGB+IR Metering Sensor was developed by Canon.

The EOS 5DS camera is equipped with the iSA Intelligent Scene Analysis technology, which makes use of an independent RGB+IR light sensor with a resolution of roughly 150,000 pixels. This sensor is used to allow Canon’s Intelligent Tracking and Recognition autofocus technology (iTR AF), which recognizes and tracks targets while automatically altering the AF point to maximize tracking performance. This technology, which includes new tracking algorithms that are customized to distinguish faces and colors, acts as the foundation for the camera’s autofocus mechanism.

AF with a 61-point high density reticular pattern

To provide quick, precise AF with sophisticated tracking capabilities, the EOS 5DS camera is equipped with an innovative, 61-point High-Density Reticular AF system, which can accommodate up to 41 cross-type AF points. AF system is sensitive to changes in composition, and it reacts fast to make modifications to assist assure constant, crisp AF performance.

AF precision is maintained thanks to a new RGB+IR AF sensor (with about 150,000 pixels) and Canon’s iTR Intelligent Tracking and Recognition technology, which synchronizes the active AF point with the subject’s movements and helps to guarantee that AF precision is preserved. The EOS 5DS achieves a degree of focus precision that is commensurate with its 50.6MP sensor, thanks to focus settings that are tailored to the specifics of the shooting scene.

Advanced Mirror Control Mechanisms and Shutter Release Time Lag are included in this package.

The camera shaking that happens as a result of the impact of an SLR’s mirror on the lens can cause blurred details to appear in the image. When dealing with a high-resolution sensor, such as the one found in the Canon EOS 5DS camera, this impact is amplified even more. The EOS 5DS is equipped with a newly designed Mirror Vibration Control technology, which helps to mitigate the impacts of conventional, spring-driven SLR mirrors.

A tiny motor and cams are used to operate the camera’s mirror, rather than springs, which makes for a more precise image. This technology reduces the impact that is characteristic of the camera’s mirror, resulting in a considerable reduction in the impact and its consequences for the image. A new Time Release Lag setting, which can be found in the menu system and is easily accessible, provides additional protection against camera shake by intentionally making the shutter release time longer so that the camera does not begin the exposure until after the impact of the camera’s mirror has begun to diffuse.

Anti-Flickering Technology

The camera’s anti-flicker technology allows it to produce accurate readings even in scenarios when the illumination is changing. Flickering light sources, such as fluorescent lights, can cause inconsistent exposure when a rapid shutter speed is used. This feature identifies the frequency and phase of a flicker and snaps photographs at or near the point of maximum brightness when the subject is most likely brightly lighted.

Crop shooting with 1.3x and 1.6x magnification

When it comes to still photography, the EOS 5DS offers the versatility of a cropping mode that increases the shooting impact by 1.3x and 1.6x, respectively. Cropped images are achievable with 50.6MP capture and yet have enough resolution left over. Imaging at 1.3x (APS-H) produces photos that are about 30.5MP (6768 x 4512) in Large/Fine JPEG, while imaging at 1.6x (APS-C produces images that are approximately 19.6MP (5424 x 3616) in Large/Fine JPEG.

The crop feature, which is particularly beneficial for increasing the range of telephoto lenses, also increases the subject tracking capabilities by covering practically the full frame with AF points, which is particularly handy when shooting in low light. In the viewfinder, picture cropping can be presented either as a masked area or as an outline depicting the cropped region, and while shooting in Live View, the image is cropped according to the effect that has been selected. Apart from the typical 3:2, the EOS 5DS can shoot in a variety of aspect ratios, including 1:1, 4:1, and 16:9, in addition to the default 3:2.

Capability to record movies in Full HD 30p

A full HD 1080/30p movie capability is included, as is a Time-Lapse Movie feature, which captures still images at certain intervals and then merges them into a full HD movie file. Additional features include support for HD and VGA resolutions, a variety of frame rates, and ALL-I and IPB compressions. During video recording, it is possible to take still photos. There is a jack for connecting an external microphone.

Intervalometer and Bulb Timer Integrated Into the Device

Time-lapse fixed-point shooting and long exposures are both possible with the EOS 5DS without the need for remote control. The interval timer takes from one to ninety-nine photographs at pre-selected intervals (from one second to ninety-nine hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds, or an infinite number of shots), making it excellent for photographing flowers in bloom or clouds floating across the sky. Even more advanced is the ability to gather and preserve captured exposures into a high-definition video. A bulb timer is incorporated into the camera, which allows it to hold the shutter open for a certain period of time. This is ideal for night photography, capturing the flow of traffic on a street corner, or any other circumstance when long exposure photography is required.

ClearView II LCD Monitor with a 3.2-inch diagonal display

The 3.2-inch ClearView II LCD monitor has 1,040,000 dots and is made of anti-reflective material. It is equipped with Canon’s ClearView technology, which provides a bright, crisp display in a variety of shooting scenarios. When checking settings and photographs, as well as when shooting in Live View mode, it is an excellent tool.

Gridlines and the electronic level can be presented in Live View in nine sections, twenty-four sections, or nine sections with diagonals, depending on the configuration. When reviewing images, the camera features a dedicated Magnify/Reduce button that allows you to zoom in or out (up to 16x) by just pressing the button and spinning the Main Dial on the camera.

Photographs may be rapidly protected or deleted, either individually or in batches, and slideshows can be constructed using some or all of the photographs, and they can be arranged by date, folders, videos, stills, or rating. A straightforward and easy feature guide, accessible through the camera’s menu, gives thorough reference information anytime it is required.

Intelligent Viewfinder II is a new generation of intelligent viewfinders.

The Intelligent Viewfinder II makes it simple to shoot, alter, and confirm camera settings and shooting modes without having to take your gaze away from the viewfinder or the camera. Besides showing nearly 100% of the composition, the viewfinder may display settings such as shooting mode, exposure level, white balance, drive mode, AF operation, metering mode, recording format, an electronic level, and other information, among other things. Everything may be shown or overlaid simply over the image for evaluation while shooting, and the camera’s easy user interface allows for numerous viewpoints to be customized.

Quick Control Screen that may be customized

An additional feature of the EOS 5DS camera is a Quick Control button, which, in addition to a normal Quick Control screen, allows photographers to quickly access the settings that are most important for the work at hand. The user has the ability to choose which features should be displayed, as well as where they should appear on the screen and their size.

Shooting in a Continuous Loop

Continuous shooting at up to 5.0 frames per second allows you to record fast-moving action in high definition.

Connectors such as USB 3.0 and other interfaces

There are USB 3.0 connections available, in addition to a micro HDMI out, a 3-pin input, and a PC terminal onboard the 5DS. Fast data transmission to and from PCs and printers is made possible by the USB 3.0 digital terminal, which also connects to Canon’s WFT-E7 (Version 2) wireless transfer and Wi-Fi compatible device.

Canon EOS 5DS specifications

MSRP$3699/£2999/€3999 (body only)
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
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 size notesOffers 1.6x and 1.3x crop modes, as well as medium and small Raw sizes.
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDual DIGIC 6
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
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
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3, DPOF v2.0)Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points61
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
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×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modesScene Intelligent AutoProgram AEShutter Priority AEAperture Priority AEManualBulbCustom
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe and PC sync port)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleHigh-speed continuousLow-speed continuousSilent single shootingSilent continuous shootingSelf-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
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
Videography features
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″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes