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Canon EOS 5DS 5DS R Hands-On Sample Photos

We go hands-on with the new Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R - two new 50.6 megapixel Digital SLRs from Canon - and have posted sample photos from the new cameras.

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Canon EOS 5DS R  (10)

Canon has introduced the new Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R, both cameras feature the same body as the EOS 5D Mark III, but with a drastically higher resolution sensor. The camera features a 50.6 megapixel full-frame sensor, and are capable of shooting at 5fps. With the highest resolution sensor available in a Digital SLR sized camera, Canon say that the 5DS and 5DS R are able to produce medium-format quality images, but without the bulk and weight associated with medium-format camera systems. 

Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R Features

Canon EOS 5DS R  (9)

The 5DS and R shoot 50.6 megapixel images, that are 8788 x 5792 pixels in size, and the sensor has been developed in-house by Canon. The cameras features 1:1x, 1.3x and 1.6x crop modes, giving the option to shoot 33 megapixel (5792x5792), 30 megapixel (6768x4512) and 19 megapixel (5424x3616) images respectively. To look at the cameras, you won't be able to tell any difference, apart from the sticker on the camera, as well as the price difference between the two models.

Canon EOS 5DS DSLR (12)

The Canon EOS 5DS R features a low-pass cancellation filter, and has not entirely removed the Anti-Aliasing (AA) filter as other cameras such as the D810 have. The low pass filter is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in the camera, and this is why there is a difference in price between the 5DS and 5DS R. The use of a low-pass cancellation filter, instead of completely removing the AA filter means that the focus systems can be the same in both cameras. 

Canon EOS 5DS Magnesium Alloy Core (4)

Key Features

  • 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2inch screen, 1040k dot resolution
  • 61-point AF system, iTR, -2EV
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • SD/CF card slots
  • ISO100- ISO6400, expanded to ISO50 to ISO12800
  • Mirror Vibration Control System
  • 1:1, 1.3x, 1.6x crop modes
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 150,000 shutter life rating
  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • 700 shot battery life
  • USB3.0 socket
  • Magnesium alloy weather sealed body

Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R Handling and Performance

Canon EOS 5DS R  (6)

Shooting RAW images results in 60MB files, and the camera has an SD memory card slot as well as a Compact Flash memory card slot.

The camera has a new “Fine Detail” picture style that is set up to produce sharp detailed JPEG images straight from the camera, and there are now three sharpening options available when customising camera settings. When viewing images taken with the camera, it’s possible to see the difference in the Standard picture style and Fine Detail, and the level of detail captured is impressive.

Canon EOS 5DS DSLR (10)

The ISO range is ISO100 to ISO6400, and this can be extended to ISO50 and ISO12800. There is also an updated bulb timer feature that can be programmed on the camera, allowing exposures up to 4 days!

The 5DS and 5DS R uses the same battery grip and battery as the 5D Mark III, as well as being the same dimensions as the 5D Mark III, however with a slightly lighter body weight, of 845g. Battery life is rated at 700 shots, and can be extended with the optional battery grip, and the camera is compatible with the 5D Mark III battery grip.

The buttons and control layout of the 5DS and 5DS R will be familiar to anyone who has used the 5D Mark III, however the 5DS (and R) let you customise the Quick control screen, letting you select the options and controls you want to see featured. There are three custom modes on the mode dial. The optical viewfinder gives 100% coverage, and has a customisable overlay, as well as displaying the 1.1/1.3/1.6 crop lines if required. 

The camera records full HD video, and can create time-lapse movies in-camera. There is also a built-in HDR mode that will automatically combine three shots taken at different exposures for enhanced dynamic range. Due to the high resolution sensor, Canon recommend the use of L lenses, as well as TSE lenses, and will be emphasising the importance of correct technique on the Canon Professional Network website

Nb. These images were shot on a pre-production Canon EOS 5DS beta sample, and final image quality may vary. Images have been resized. These images were taken by Canon Explorers and used with permission from Canon. 

Canon EOS 5DS Other sample images

Nb. These images were shot on a pre-production Canon EOS 5DS R beta sample, and final image quality may vary. Images have been resized. 

Canon EOS 5DS R Other sample images

Hands-on photos of the 5DS, and 5DS R:

Canon EOS 5DS Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon EOS 5DS R Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon EOS 5DS R Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels50.6Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)8688
Pixels (H)5792
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in
Screen resolution1040k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
ISO sensitivity50 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS29.97, 25, 23.976 fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • CF1
  • CF2
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6
Battery Life (CIPA rating)700shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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6 Feb 2015 8:26AM
Darn. I want one...

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sherlob Plus
13 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2015 9:20AM
I'll be interested to see how it handles noise at high ISO's...
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
6 Feb 2015 10:24AM
Despite what some people say about the size of these cameras always increasing, the weight is about the same as a D300. You'd think Canon want to fuel the squabbles by only putting out low ISO, downsized images.
RJPhoto 7 16 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2015 12:03PM
Time to sell a kidney.
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
6 Feb 2015 12:08PM
It's only £3000 - £3200.
philhomer Plus
9 85 32 England
6 Feb 2015 12:55PM
That seems to be a lot of camera for the money! watch the 5d3 crash on ebay
Actually quite excited by what this might mean for the 1 series.
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
6 Feb 2015 12:59PM
I don't think the sports photographers will be binning their 5D3s yet.
HUFC 6 1.0k United Kingdom
6 Feb 2015 1:06PM
I Like The Full Frame 1.1, 1.3 & 1.6 Does This Mean Your Lens Will Go A Bit Further If You Switch To The 1.6 Crop
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
6 Feb 2015 1:20PM
It would - same as APSC. Presumably the burst rate would be better too, although they have fitted a new mirror return mechanism to reduce shake.
philhomer Plus
9 85 32 England
6 Feb 2015 3:17PM

Quote:I don't think the sports photographers will be binning their 5D3s yet.

personally would not use a 5d3 for sports - the Mrs has one for weddings and portraits but i feel the faster cameras are better for the sports genre
MikeA 15 1.3k England
6 Feb 2015 3:55PM
Downside to high resolution:
Like me, I think the model forgot to shave this morning............Tongue
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
6 Feb 2015 4:07PM

Quote:Like me, I think the model forgot to shave this morning

Annoyingly, she suits a beard better than I do.
DaveCole 12 152 Wales
6 Feb 2015 10:31PM
I'd wait a year until they sort the camera out! So many faulty 7Dmk2's out there...
russellsnr 15 227 England
7 Feb 2015 6:59AM
Hi, Put this opinion on another site also and it is JMO!
Had a quick read and if you want/need 50MP then yes but cannot understand Canons stance on 3 X AEB, No wireless or GPS option (in camera), No flip out screen, OK I no it is for the pro photographer but a flip out screen can be very handy at times.
As I say JMO as no matter what the price is I cannot afford it, maybe David Noton will give his test unit
RJPhoto 7 16 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2015 3:09PM

Quote:I'd wait a year until they sort the camera out! So many faulty 7Dmk2's out there...

I hope they've learnt their lesson. The 5DMKIII had a fault too - there was light getting in from the top LCD when backlight used, not sure about anything else. But that's a design fault rather than poor QC... Anyway, mentioned this camera to my wife last night and she said "I guess you'll be wanting one of them now" She knows me too well! I was saving up for a MKIII, but think I'll save more and go for one of these babies.
weeg 6 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2015 11:56PM
Why did you down sample the sample images especially when the main feature of these cameras is the size of the images? The sample images are very sharp and impressive but I like to wallow around in super high res pictures.

I'm a Nikon fan and I think Nikon have a lot to worry about - I would be tempted to jump to Canon but only if I have the cash for the best "L" series glass (with a 50 megapixel sensor anything less would be a waste of time)
joshwa Plus
9 908 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2015 11:13AM
As these were pre-production models, we were asked to resize the images by Canon before publishing.

Full size sample photos can be found on Canon's website here:
11 Feb 2015 12:27PM
I was thinking of upgrading from the 5dmk2 to the 5dmk3 but with the release of the ds series i am seriously tempted but i have one question!!. is the low pass filter cancellation filter permanent or can you turn it on or off , because i don't think that every situation is right for not having a filter .

Cheers tony
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
11 Feb 2015 1:14PM

Quote:s the low pass filter cancellation filter permanent or can you turn it on or off , because i don't think that every situation is right for not having a filter .

I don't think there would be much point in the other version if one was switchable.
MikeA 15 1.3k England
11 Feb 2015 1:52PM
It is a "fixed" physical filter not an electronic filter.
11 Feb 2015 2:17PM
that's a shame cos it would have been nice to have the option of turning it on or off, i am no expert but there would have to be certain situations where not having that filter would give you the problems that the original filter was designed to negate.
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
11 Feb 2015 2:51PM

Quote:The low pass filter is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in the camera, and this is why there is a difference in price between the 5DS and 5DS R.

This sentence is misleading as both cameras have the low pass filter fitted. Surely the price difference is down to the addition of the cancellation filter in one version.
11 Feb 2015 3:52PM
what is the big difference with the canons 5dsr and the 5dmk111
11 Feb 2015 4:33PM
Wow, Canon jump in the deep end.
I use a 36mp camera, It needs the latest lenses to cope with the extra pixels.
A 50mp pixel professional studio camera would need the latest professional glass,
So when updating your' 5D you may have to spend money on lenses also.
It's odd that you pay more to have a low pass filter bypassed, What a bodge.
The new mirror lock up system may help with mirror vibration, accentuated by the extra MP,
but this is a very bad solution.( blind photography )
Canon should have used the sensors from the D810 and A7R before going the whole hog with 50mp.
I have used Nikon and Sony, Canons 5D update gives me absolutely nothing to entice a change.
12 Feb 2015 12:45PM
MikeA 15 1.3k England
12 Feb 2015 1:16PM
What use is the above, a side by side list does nothing to highlight real world performance differences.
Might as well put a list of a canon and a nikon camera for all the use it is. Smile
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
12 Feb 2015 1:38PM
They forgot to mention there is an R on the front of one but not the other.
12 Feb 2015 2:31PM
The comparison, could be interesting and helpful for anyone wishing to update their 5D3.
The 50mp camera having lower ISO and more noise says it's a studio, or landscape tool.
Extra pixels give so much more detail, but means less light per pixel.
The version which bypasses the optical low-pass filter in the sensor will optimise sharpness.
I'm sure Canon could have brought out a 36mp 5D, without reducing the ISO.
This would be a winner, and worth updating the 5D3, to equal the quality of the 810 and A7r competition.

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