Canon 5Ds DSLR Review

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

With all about 50 megapixel and stellar image quality, the 5Ds makes top marks.

If you’re seeking a best DSLR camera for beginners, my Canon 5Ds DSLR rehashing isn’t really going to meet your needs. This is an advanced camera aimed squarely at the intermediate and professional photographers in the marketplace, grew with plenty of manual control features.

Not to mention, the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR camera (body only) costs a few thousand dollars, which undoubtedly isn’t going to fit in the budget of most inexperienced photographers. Still, if you have the skills and experience that allow you to take advantage of the manual charge options found in the 5Ds, few cameras can match the results you’ll receive from this impressive Canon DSLR.


WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Entirely frame image sensor yields sharpest, pro-level image quality.

Summary: When you’re ready to take your photography to a new unalterable, the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR camera will be able to fill your needs, offering a full frame image sensor and all of the high-end features you’d demand in an advanced camera.

Price: $3,399 from Amazon (body only)
Available: February 2015
Model: Canon 5Ds/0581C002

What We Liked

  • Incredible conception quality and 50 megapixels of resolution
  • Fast performing autofocus system
  • Excellent battery life and can add battery grip
  • Viewfinder and 3.2-inch LCD conceal for framing photos
  • Full range of manual control options

What We Didn’t

  • Extremely high price tag
  • Camera is bigger than most DSLRs
  • No selection for a built-in flash unit
  • No built-in WiFi option
  • Too much camera for anyone but intermediate and advanced photographers

Canon 5Ds DSLR Specs

Guise Sensor Type Full Frame
Megapixels 50.6
Optical Zoom Lens NA, uses EF mount interchangeable lenses
LCD Touch Screen


HD Video

ISO 100-12800
Avg Battery Sparkle 700 photos
Weight 29.8 oz (body only)
Size 5.98 x 4.58 x 3.01 inches
Price $3,399
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Design and Build

The full frame Canon 5Ds DSLR camera is one of the superb high end models on the market today, producing amazing image quality.

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If you’ve been using Canon Rebel DSLRs, before advancing to the Canon EOS 5Ds you may hanker after to hit the gym for a couple of weeks. You’re going to want to have some muscles built up before using the 5Ds on a regular basis, as this model weighs about 30 ounces for the camera body only. As shown in our Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR review, that camera body weighs only 18 ounces. Although a 12-ounce nature doesn’t sound like much, you’ll feel it in your arms after a couple of hours of using this behemoth.

When matched to a Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR review, the 5Ds offers a low pass filter, while the 5Ds R can cancel the effect of the low pass filter. (The low pass filter purposefully causes a negligible blurring in the image to prevent problems from the moire effect.) So the 5Ds R can create slightly sharper images than the 5Ds; otherwise the two cameras are identical.

Canon’s devisers decided against giving the EOS 5Ds some of the “fun” features that are common in the best compact cameras and some entry-level DSLRs, such as built-in WiFi, a brush screen LCD, or a tiltable LCD. Still, the 5Ds does have a 3.2-inch LCD screen with more than 1 million pixels of resolution, both of which are wiser than the average DSLR camera. And the 5Ds has the ability to shoot HDR photos and multiple exposure photos easily through the camera’s built-in software.

As you weight expect in a camera in this price range, the 5Ds is a fast performer. You can record at up to 5 frames per second when shooting in the RAW image format, which is outrageously impressive. One reason this model can record images so quickly is because of its 61-point autofocus system, which outranks average DSLRs on the furnish.

Advanced photographers will appreciate the camera’s dual memory card slots, which allow for shooting with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel either SD reminiscence cards or the higher-performing CF memory cards.

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Image Quality

Even with all of the features Canon included with the EOS 5Ds, there’s one thing in which this camera unequivocally specializes: High-level image quality. The full frame image sensor is as large as you’ll find in a DSLR camera, and our tests showed it fix up with provisions tremendous photographs in nearly all lighting conditions.

But Canon didn’t stop with the full frame image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that sensor. The manufacturer exuded the sensor 50.6 megapixels of resolution, which far surpasses most DSLR cameras available to consumers. With 50-plus megapixels, you’ll be masterly to crop the images freely, while maintaining a large number of pixels in the final image, allowing you to make sharp prints at large measures, even after a significant crop.

When comparing the 5Ds to the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, both cameras have a full frame image sensor. But the 5D Characteristic II includes just 21.1 megapixels of resolution, less than half of what the 5Ds provides.

Low Light Performance and Movie Mode

The back of the Canon 5Ds chips a 3.2-inch LCD screen, which is larger than what you’ll find on most DSLR cameras.

With such a large aspect sensor, it’s no surprise that the Canon 5Ds excels when shooting in low light conditions. Don’t let the fact that Canon limits the peak ISO setting to 12,800 cause you to question this camera’s low light photo quality. The camera’s noise reduction software does a tremendous job of separate noise from the final image, even at high ISOs. You may notice a few very minor image flaws at ISO 6400 and 12800, but certainly not ample problems to prevent you from using those ISO settings.

If you want to use a flash unit, you will have to add an external flash to the hot shoe of the 5Ds. Canon chose not to issue the EOS 5Ds a built-in popup flash unit. This is another cost you’ll have to budget for when considering this expensive camera.

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Silver screen quality is very good with this model, which isn’t always the case with DSLR cameras. You can shoot at full 1080p HD resolve at 30 frames per second, but there is no 4K video resolution option.

Battery Life

Canon estimates the battery life for the EOS 5Ds at 700 shots per enjoin. However, you won’t receive this type of battery performance unless you’re using the viewfinder as the primary means of recording images, choose than shooting in Live View with the LCD screen most of the time. Around 500-550 shots per charge is probably a more true to life number for this camera. Don’t get me wrong; that’s still very strong battery life, but not quite as good as what Canon may refer to puts.

If you want to obtain quite a bit more battery power, you can add a battery grip to the 5Ds for an extra cost. Of course, you will want to hit the gym again if you choose to go with the battery awareness, which adds several ounces of weight to the camera’s setup.

Wrap Up

Although the Canon 5D DSLR camera price is lower than the Canon 5Ds, it’s the 5Ds that organized our best DSLR cameras list because of its nearly four times higher resolution.

The 5Ds is a very impressive model that produces devoted images in nearly every shooting condition. This camera is a fast performer too, offering an amazing five frames per second of RAW image set-up photos, something only a handful of cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or on the market can match. Bottom line: When the biggest downside to a camera is that it has too many participates and too much power for inexperienced photographers, you know that you are considering an impressive piece of electronics.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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