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Canon 5DS and 5DS R Review

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Canon 5DS and 5DS R Review

Full-format EOS 5DS and 5DS R put the spotlight on the medium format

Rumours about a 50-megapixel full-frame DSLR from Canon have been haunting the Internet for a while and they’re true! With the EOS 5DS and 5DS R (without low-pass filter) Canon puts the “only” 36 megapixel DSLRs from Nikon in the shade and – at least in terms of resolution – opens up to the medium format. Canon is thus setting a new standard in the 35mm sector and it has to be seen whether the lenses can do justice to this.

With the EOS 5DS, Canon wants to appeal above all to professional photographers who need a particularly high image resolution. [Photo: Canon]

The 35mm full-format sensor of the Canon EOS 5DS resolves 50.6 megapixels. This corresponds to the pixel density of a 19.6 megapixel APS-C sensor. [Photo: Canon]

In addition to the viewfinder that covers 100 percent of the image field, the Canon EOS 5DS also offers an 8.2 centimeter screen with a reinforced protective glass surface. [Photo: Canon]

On the top, the Canon EOS 5DS has a status display with rich information. [Photo: Canon]

The Canon EOS 5DS R does without a low pass filter in order to further increase the usable resolution. But this increases the risk of Moiré. [Photo: Canon]

The two models EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R differ only in the low-pass filter in front of the sensor, which the EOS 5DS R does without. This makes even better use of the high resolution of the sensor, but makes it more susceptible to moiré. So if the following is written about the 5DS, this always applies to the 5DS R as well. Although the resolution of 50.6 megapixels initially sounds like correspondingly small pixels, since it is a full-format sensor, the pixel density corresponds to a 19.6 megapixel APS-C sensor. If you want, you can set the image section to 1.3 or 1.6 times crop, even the viewfinder image, which normally covers 100 percent of the image field, is darkened and shows the corresponding image section. With 1.3x crop, the image resolution is 30.5 megapixels.

To process the large amounts of data, the EOS 5DS has a Dual Digic 6 image processor that can process five images per second at full resolution. Special mechanisms are designed to ensure a smooth mirror stroke and damped release noises, both primarily to prevent vibrations. The mechanism prevents the mirror and shutter from stopping abruptly and gently brakes them, providing the necessary damping.

Just because the EOS 5DS has a very high resolution doesn’t mean you have to do without a powerful autofocus. On the contrary: the high resolution even requires particularly precise focusing. The autofocus module of the DSLR works with 61 measuring points, 41 of which are designed as cross sensors. The EOS iTR (intelligent Tracking and Recognition) technology is designed to provide precise focus tracking even on faces or other moving subjects. The light meter works with 150,000 RGB+IR pixels, and there is even a flicker detection function to ensure constant exposure in changing light conditions. In order to use the 50.6 megapixels directly from the camera without using a raw converter, Canon has developed the new image style “Details”, which is supposed to work out the finest details particularly well. But there are also modes such as multiple exposure, HDR, an integrated timer and a time-lapse recording function on board. On the back, the EOS 5DS has an 8.2 centimetre display with a reinforced protective glass surface. The robust housing is partly made of a magnesium alloy, and seals are designed to enable use in all weathers.

Canon EOS 5DS Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)53.0 megapixels (physical) and 50.6 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.1 µm
Photo resolution
8.688 x 5.792 pixels (3:2)
7.680 x 5.120 pixels (3:2)
6.768 x 4.512 pixels (3:2)
6.016 x 4.000 pixels (3:2)
5.792 x 5.792 pixels (1:1)
5.760 x 3.840 pixels (3:2)
5.424 x 3.616 pixels (3:2)
5.120 x 5.120 pixels (1:1)
4.800 x 3.200 pixels (3:2)
4.512 x 3.008 pixels (3:2)
4.320 x 2.880 pixels (3:2)
3.840 x 3.840 pixels (1:1)
3.616 x 2.408 Pixel (3:2)
3.376 x 2.256 pixels (3:2)
2.880 x 2.880 pixels (1:1)
2.704 x 1.808 Pixel (3:2)
1.920 x 1.280 pixels (3:2)
1.280 x 1.280 pixels (1:1)
720 x 480 pixels (3:2)
480 x 480 pixels (1:1)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 23 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 29 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 25 p
Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
Video format
MPG4 (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) PCM

Lens

Lens mount
Canon EF

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 41 cross sensors, contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Area Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus, Manual, AFL Function
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder Single lens reflex viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 21 mm eye relief with 0.71 x magnification, diopter compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), grating can be faded in
Monitor 3.2″ (8.1 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable
Info display additional info display (top) with illumination

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 252 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 6 % or 1 % of the image field, AF-AE coupling)
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
Bulb Function
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with maximum 7 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 6,400 (automatic
)ISO 50 to ISO 12,800 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, Infrared release
Picture effects HDR effects, landscape, monochrome, portrait, 8 other image effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracketing, Fine tuning, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 1 preset, Incandescent lamp with 1 preset, Kelvin input, Manual 1 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 5.0 fps at highest resolution and max. 14 stored photos
Self-timer Self-timer every 2 seconds, special features: or 10 seconds, each with remote control
Timer Timer/Interval Recording
Shooting functions Mirror lock-up, AEL function, AFL function

Flashgun

Flash no built-in flash availableFlash shoe
: Canon, standard centre contactFlash socket
: F-plug
Flash range Flash sync time 1/200 s
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, High speed sync, Long time sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Manual flash output

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
GPS function GPS external (wired or plug-on receiver)
Microphone present
Power supply no power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Canon LP-E6N (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.2 V, 1,865 mAh
)700 images according to CIPA standardCanon
ACK-E6 AC adapter
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, crop images, image rotation, protect image, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier with 16.0x magnification, image index, slideshow function, zoom out
Voice memo Voice memo (PCM format)
Picture parameters Noise suppression
Special functions Grid display, orientation sensor, Live View, user profiles with 3 user profiles and 16 options
Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
:USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Mini (Type C
)Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pin)
)
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous DIGIC 6 image processor, integrated sensor cleaning system, AF cross sensors depend on the lens used (F4=41 cross sensors, F8=1 cross sensor), contrast adjustment (4 levels), chromatic aberration correction, multiple exposure, HDR mode (5 presets),

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Weight 848 g (operational)

Other

included accessories Canon LC-E6 Charger for Special BatteriesCanon
LP-E6N Special BatteryLithium Ion Battery
, Charger, Camera Strap, Bayonet Cover, CD-ROM, User Manual
optional accessory Canon ACK-E6 AC adapterCanon
BG-E11 Battery/battery handleCanon
CBC-E6 Charger for special batteriesCanon
E-2 Hand strap Other accessoriesCanon
EG Anti-fog eyepiece Other accessoriesCanon
Eg Eyecup Other accessoriesCanon
GP-E2 (GPS receiver)
Canon RC-6 Infrared remote control (Infrared remote control)
Canon WFT-E7 (WiFi adapter)
Canon Angle finder C (Angle finder)

Canon EOS 5DS R Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)53.0 megapixels (physical) and 50.6 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.1 µm
Photo resolution
8.688 x 5.792 pixels (3:2)
7.680 x 5.120 pixels (3:2)
6.768 x 4.512 pixels (3:2)
6.016 x 4.000 pixels (3:2)
5.792 x 5.792 pixels (1:1)
5.760 x 3.840 pixels (3:2)
5.424 x 3.616 pixels (3:2)
5.120 x 5.120 pixels (1:1)
4.800 x 3.200 pixels (3:2)
4.512 x 3.008 pixels (3:2)
4.320 x 2.880 pixels (3:2)
3.840 x 3.840 pixels (1:1)
3.616 x 2.408 Pixel (3:2)
3.376 x 2.256 pixels (3:2)
2.880 x 2.880 pixels (1:1)
2.704 x 1.808 Pixel (3:2)
1.920 x 1.280 pixels (3:2)
1.280 x 1.280 pixels (1:1)
720 x 480 pixels (3:2)
480 x 480 pixels (1:1)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 23 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 60 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 50 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 29 p
640 x 480 (4:3) 25 p
Maximum recording time 29 min 59 sec
Video format
MPG4 (Codec H.264)
Audio format (video) PCM

Lens

Lens mount
Canon EF

Focusing

Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 41 cross sensors, contrast autofocus
Autofocus Functions Single Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Area Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus, Manual, AFL Function
Focus control Depth of field control, dimming button

Viewfinder and Monitor

Reflex viewfinder Single lens reflex viewfinder (prism viewfinder) (100 % image coverage), 21 mm eye relief with 0.71 x magnification, diopter compensation (-3.0 to +1.0 dpt), grating can be faded in
Monitor 3.2″ (8.1 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,040,000 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable
Info display additional info display (top) with illumination

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 252 fields, spot measurement (measurement over 6 % or 1 % of the image field, AF-AE coupling)
Exposure times 1/8,000 to 30 s (Auto
)1/8,000 to 30 s (Manual)
Bulb Function
Exposure control Fully Automatic, Program Automatic (with Program Shift), Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Bracketing function Exposure bracketing function with maximum 7 shots, step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size from 1/3 to 1/2 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 6,400 (automatic
)ISO 50 to ISO 12,800 (manual)
Remote access Remote release, Cable release, Infrared release
Picture effects HDR effects, landscape, monochrome, portrait, 8 other image effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracketing, Fine tuning, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 1 preset, Incandescent lamp with 1 preset, Kelvin input, Manual 1 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 5.0 fps at highest resolution and max. 14 stored photos
Self-timer Self-timer every 2 seconds, special features: or 10 seconds, each with remote control
Timer Timer/Interval Recording
Shooting functions Mirror lock-up, AEL function, AFL function

Flashgun

Flash no built-in flash availableFlash shoe
: Canon, standard centre contactFlash socket
: F-plug
Flash range Flash sync time 1/200 s
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, High speed sync, Long time sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Manual flash output

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I, UHS II)
second memory card slot
CF (Type I)
GPS function GPS external
Microphone present
Power supply no power supply connection
Power supply 1 x Canon LP-E6N (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 7.2 V, 1,865 mAh
)700 images according to CIPA standardCanon
ACK-E6 AC adapter
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, crop images, image rotation, protect image, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier with 16.0x magnification, image index, slideshow function, zoom out
Voice memo Voice memo (PCM format)
Picture parameters Contrast, Noise Reduction
Special functions Grid display, orientation sensor, Live View, user profiles with 3 user profiles and 16 options
Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
:USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
AV connectors AV output: HDMI output Mini (Type C
)Audio input: yes (3.5 mm jack (stereo, 3-pin))
Audio output: no
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous DIGIC 6 Image processor integrated
sensor Cleaning systemAF cross sensors
depend on lens used (F4=41 cross sensors, F8=1 cross sensor)
Contrast adjustment (4 steps)
Chromatic aberration correction Multiple exposureHDR mode(5 presets)
Camera without low-pass filter

Size and weight

Dimensions W x H x D 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Weight 848 g (operational)

Other

included accessories Canon LC-E6 Charger for Special BatteriesCanon
LP-E6N Special BatteryLithium Ion Battery
, Charger, Camera Strap, Bayonet Cover, CD-ROM, User Manual
optional accessory Canon ACK-E6 AC adapterCanon
BG-E11 Battery/battery handleCanon
CBC-E6 Charger for special batteriesCanon
E-2 Hand strap Other accessoriesCanon
EG Anti-fog eyepiece Other accessoriesCanon
Eg Eyecup Other accessoriesCanon
GP-E2 (GPS receiver)
Canon RC-6 Infrared remote control (Infrared remote control)
Canon WFT-E7 (WiFi adapter)
Canon Angle finder C (Angle finder)

Firmware update 1.1.1 for Canon EOS 5DS and 5 DS R: Four problems fixed

Canon provides a new firmware version 1.1.1 for each of the two full-format EOS 5DS and 5DS R models. The version numbers and changes are identical, but the update files are model-specific. The following four problems are resolved: HDR recording could not be completed at certain settings, the layer display did not work correctly at portrait shooting with the handle at the bottom, the Err70 problem occurred at certain settings, and finally there were problems using certain CF cards. The updates including installation instructions can be found on Canon’s support website. If necessary, the support or specialist dealer will provide assistance.

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I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.

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