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Canon EOS 5DS R Review : Verdict

Canon EOS 5DSR With 16 35mm F4L (1)

Value For Money

The Canon EOS 5DS R is available for £3199, which makes it just £200 more expensive than the Canon EOS 5DS (at £2999). This makes the 5DS and 5DS R the cheapest 50 megapixel cameras available. Alternatives available include:

Nikon D810, 36mp, 5fps continuous shooting, £2349 body only
Sony Alpha A7R-II, 42.4mp, 5fps continuous shooting, £2599 body only
Pentax 645Z, 50mp, 3fps continuous shooting, £6799 body only

Have a look at more DSLRs in our Top 10 Best Digital SLRs. You'll also need to buy a (large) memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon EOS 5DS R Verdict

If you have the desire to take extremely high resolution images, then the Canon EOS 5DS R is one of the most affordable 50 megapixel cameras available. Whether you should purchase the 5DS R or the 5DS will mostly depend on how worried you are about potential moire problems. However, in our opinion, to get the best results, we would recommend going for the 5DS R, as the camera has the edge when it comes to producing sharp detailed images, something that is particularly useful for Canon EOS DSLRs, which traditionally tend to opt for a softer image (straight from the camera) when compared to other manufacturers. Thankfully the new Fine Detail mode and additional sharpening options have been added to improve results straight from the camera, as well as get the most from the high resolution sensor. 

You could also look at the Canon EOS 5DS, which is slightly cheaper, although if you can afford it, then it would make sense to go with the 5DS R, as the ability to capture a little bit more detail, and take slightly sharper images is well worth the effort. Those who wish to record video with the 5DS R will be slightly disappointed at the downgrading of options compared to the 5D Mark III, with no headphone socket available, as well as the lack of clean HDMI out. 

To get the best results from the camera, you are advised to ensure that you are using the best lenses available to you, and will also benefit from improving your photographic technique, which could include shooting with a tripod, ensuring shutter speeds are kept higher than usual, shoot in raw, ensure correct focus, use the self-timer and / or mirror lock-up feature. You'll also benefit from investing in large, high speed memory cards, as well as ensuring your computer (and backup solution) has ample storage as needed. Another factor to consider is that due to the high resolution sensor, the camera does not gives as wide a range of ISO settings as other (lower resolution) cameras, and if you're regularly shooting in low light conditions (without a tripod), then you'll need to be aware of this. 

With the right lenses, and the right technique, the Canon EOS 5DS R delivers impressive image quality, and is offers excellent value for money. 

Canon EOS 5DS R Pros

50.6 megapixel full-frame sensor
A low-pass cancellation filter for improved resolution
5fps continuous shooting
Fast focus and shutter response
High quality 3.2inch screen
Mirror vibration control system
USB3.0 will speed up image transfer
Customisable picture style options
Excellent build quality and weather sealing

Canon EOS 5DS R Cons

Care needs to be taken to get the best out of images 
Limited ISO range
Lacks Wi-Fi 
Unable to shoot as many images in continuous drive mode as suggested


The Canon EOS 5DS R offers impressive levels of detail for an excellent price.


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26 Aug 2015 7:01PM
I own this camera and have been using it for a month. I find it exceedingly comfortable and familiar though the menus are extremely detailed..more than I want and I essentially shoot the way I,would have with a film camera of days past with shutter priority and central 9 point focussing as I have been at this a long time. I do have definite and certain comment about lens quality. Because the sensor produces a huge raw file dimension of somewhere around 19 by 28 inches at 300 dpi it OS as of one has a contact print right out of the camera and therefore I have found lenses have an easy time of it resulting in extraordinary optical quality with every lens I own from the Al lenses down even to a Sigma 125-400 zoom which was. To known for super resolution but competent. I have tested all my assorted lenses with this camera. They are all flcussing well and since I work as a standard as a resized 24 byn36 inche 300 dpi image I can attest I have seen only improvements in the files from all the other canon cameras heretofore used. Rather than the lenses failing under the unblinking eye of a high resolution sensors quite the opposite is the result. The low level,of needed re sampling for me gives me a jaw dropping crystalline clarity and detail never seen from any of my lenses before. Further extremities of cropping result in images that were like an unresampled 5 D Mark II full frame images!!! Astonishing it is...I presumed I would have to upgrade some lenses or another but no! The soft mirror response has made handholding of this camera even with a long lens a no brainer so long as it has image stabilization. This was not always the case with my 5D Mark II.
Conclusion is, don't sweat feeling the need to replace your lenses in the purchase cost of this new camera. It is a wonderful breakthrough.

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ElSid 10 8 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2015 6:12PM
Not sure I would agree about the noise based on your test images. Despite having 5x as many pixels the image at 12,800ISO looks far less noisy than my 40D does at 1600. Sometimes I think you guys are spoiled by todays ultra low noise sensors...
dancin 14 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2015 7:06PM
It sounds just great and what i shall go for next Thankyou for your review nfiertel Smile
dancin 14 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2015 11:30PM
Elsid any camera in the world would at 12800 compared to 1600 it's plus 4 stops .. so it's not even a comparison it's like saying my vw beetle pulls away faster than the ferrari when your in first and the ferrari starts in 5th ...

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