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Information about Canon's high MP version(s) of the 5D

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  • I've now got a 5Ds so this page will also be an ongoing diary/notes on its use.

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This is where my UK 5Ds came from...

The 5Ds and 5Ds R

It's a great camera. I decided to get the 5Ds, since as an architectural photographer, tile and roof patterns and fine detail are just the sort of things to elicit moire.

I want fine detail but I'd prefer to think of my fine detail as real. For landscape use the 5Ds R might be fractionally better, but given how few people make prints large enough to show any difference, I'd still get the 5Ds - it's cheaper too ;-)

Our 5Ds came from Park Cameras in the UK

Latest News

2016 February

  • 26th Version 1.1.0 is of the ColorChecker passport software is available from X-Rite - it fixes the 40MP limit for DNG files from earlier versions, and works for Lightroom 6.1

2015 November

  • 4th Useful 5Ds R review at IR - yes I agree, it is a good way of avoiding the massive expense of medium format ;-)


  • 20th A good longer term 5Ds R review by MT
  • 18th Want to take your 5Ds underwater? Safe to 100m with the Nauticam
  • Speed tests for CF and SD cards used with the 5Ds [Cards]


5Ds with Tamron Twin-Tele 135/4.5

5Ds test prints

  • 13th How the shutter sound of the 1Ds3/1Ds/5Ds differs (in normal single shot mode)

  • 12th I've updated the reviews list above with a few more examples that reflect real camera usage a bit more.
  • If you come across a good review, please do let me know?
  • Thanks too for contributions to the discussion section below.
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  • One difference that I really noticed about the three cameras I looked at below is the shutter noise.
  • The 1Ds is the noisiest, with a satisfying 'thwok' reminiscent of the time of film cameras ;-)
  • The 5Ds is noticeably more silent, particularly since I've set it to give a small delay between the mirror going up and the shutter firing.
  • This delay has no real downside as long as I remember to turn it off if I want to shoot a burst of shots (not very often).
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10th A short comparison of shots taken with the three cameras below and the TS-E24mm lens.

I'm waiting for some different weather to do this properly (too much high cloud today changing the light) and will be doing print comparisons as well.

The most obvious difference was in the recorded white balance for the scene, which was best on the 1Ds3, and distinctly out with the 5Ds and 1Ds

I've broadly corrected the three shots here (a screen grab from Adobe Bridge) using ACR on CS6

The 5Ds was likely out since I'd been shooting indoors and had left its WB set to a custom setting, to match some lighting.

One more of those little things that if you only do them once, it's best to do them in your own time ;-)

Editing the full size images suggests that an A3 print of each will not be so easy to tell apart for most people, and that at A4 or web use I could use any of the cameras.

The lack of AF on the lens I was using, really shows the absence of liveview on the 1Ds (out comes the angle finder).

The AF on the 1Ds is still pretty good, but the predictive aspects of the 5Ds AF would probably up the 'keeper' rate.

Why am I including a camera I bought in 2003 in this, as well as my 21MP 1Ds3 (Nov 2007)?

Well partly because I read so much rubbish written about what you can and can't do with different levels of kit, and how buying that all new extra sharp lens will be so useful ;-)

As I expected, those DxO results produced a torrent of drivel from assorted fans and enemies of different camera companies and systems.

Time to get on with taking photos ;-)

comparing three different Canon cameras
  • 9th Expect outbreaks of 'general ignorance' and futile 'discussion' in the forums from the latest DxOmark results ;-)
  • Produced for the 5Ds and 5Ds R, they give measurements of a number of camera capabilities. That much I don't have any difficulty with - the interpretations of the numbers are a different matter...
  • I selected the three full frame cameras on my desk, the 1Ds, the 1Ds mk3 and the 5Ds.
  • Compare the results here [ DxO ]

5Ds 1Ds comparison data

  • From my own tests, the big difference between the 1Ds3 and 5Ds comes mainly from the sheer increase in resolution, although shadow detail does also feel less noisy.
  • If you downsize both 1Ds3 and 5Ds images to say 3k pixels across, as I might supply to clients, then the quality of the 5Ds is quite noticeably better.
  • The 1Ds was very much a 100ISO camera, whch I might sometimes use at 200/400. The 1Ds3 was still best at 100, but I'd happily go to 400/800 for some work. The 5Ds takes this to 800/1600, but is still used most of the time at 100, although I've moved to 200 more often for hand held shots, to keep the shutter speed up.
  • As ever, don't try and read too much into this graph of noise at different ISO settings from the DxO comparison, but I don't have any difficulties in matching it to my perceptions of how the cameras perform.

camera noise performance

  • 8th Making DNG profiles for unusual lighting has been something I've done with my 1Ds3 (and 100D for macro work) for some time.
  • During a test of a lighting setup (cold fluorescent panels) I've discovered that X-rite's Passport software really doesn't like the size of files you get from the 5Ds.
  • However, if you switch to sRAW format and convert the resulting files to DNG files, then the passport software will make a profile. I've no way of testing exactly how close the sRAW derived profile is to a RAW derived, but visually, the profiles do seem to help
  • 1st Sport is not an area of photgraphy I'm very familiar with (much like watching/participating in it), however, as part of some photography at a local school yesterday, I was asked to get a few shots of kids running round.
  • Setting the 5Ds to AI Servo and expanding my normal single focus point to a larger clump in the middle, I got out the EF70-200 f/2.8L
  • It was a very bright day, so 1/1000 at f/5.6 and auto ISO at 200mm would capture movement and give a decent blur for backgrounds. I didn't attempt to check frame rates, but at the high speed setting, I'm pretty sure it was up towards the advertised 5fps (same as my 1Ds3, but better buffering).
  • Not shots I can publish, but where I had good lock for the first shot, sequences were more than good enough for brochure print use.
  • Those of you with more experience shooting sports or moving animals will want to explore all the AF tuning options available on the 5Ds, but I was very pleased with the quality from my 70-200 (it's not on the list below).
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  • So far, AF has worked well enough on the 5Ds (I use quite a few manual focus lenses) and I've not yet set up any AF adjustments, time to check with some of my lenses though...
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  • Canon release a list of 'approved' lenses for the 5Ds/5Ds R. Full specs on all of these lenses at our site
Zoom Lenses Wide angle Standard primes Telephoto
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x
TS-E 17mm f/4L
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
TS-E 90mm f/2.8
EF 100mm f/2 USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
EF 200mm f/2L II USM
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
  • An interesting list (should help sell a few lenses ;-)
  • The missing TS-E45 reflects that it's always been the weakest member of the current TS-E line-up
  • The 50mm compact macro (from 1987) jumps out too (along with its expensive full size macro adapter).
    • I can only assume that some time in the past, someone at Canon wrote the wrong number on a production order, and they still have a warehouse full of them to shift ;-)
  • No MP-E65? I'll have some tests of this on the 5Ds before long - it has no issues with a crop sensor camera (my 100D has a pixel pitch only a bit wider than the 5Ds)
  • The 50/1.4? well, I've tried it - see below.
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  • Both Sigma [via SR ] and Tamron have issued advisory notes regarding issues with some lenses and the 5Ds/R in live view mode.

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  • 26th I've been a guest of Google in Dublin this week, and took along the 5Ds to get more comfortable with using it.
  • I've a brand new version of Autopano Giga to test, and will be trying it with a panoramic view of Dublin taken from the rooftop bar at the Guiness brewery ;-)
  • The metering for general snapshot type photos feels a lot more accurate than my old 1Ds mk3 - the addition of auto ISO means I'm happy to keep using manual settings for my brightest conditions and then let the ISO take care of darker surroundings.
  • This is not an approach I'd likely take on paying work, but just as with the 1Ds3 before, the camera is my first choice for snaps... I wasn't in Dublin on photography work, and as someone who has to sometimes wear glasses to read, I find phones utterly annoying and useless for photography (YMMV ;-)
  • 22nd A 5Ds/R review at DCW
  • 20th Not quite so much to try after discovering that it was possible to flatten the battery, putting the 5Ds into my camera bag without switching it off. Something I've never managed to do in over 10 years of using a 1Ds/1Ds3. Still, best to experience something like this when not on a paying job (oh, and have spare batteries ;-)
  • A few personal observations... (mainly for users of 1 series bodies not used to the 5 size - minor gripes really - the performance as a camera is impressive)
    • In terms of handling, I'll be getting a battery grip, for comfort as much as the additional battery capacity. I miss the side hand strap I've used on the 1Ds/1Ds3 for years.
    • The height of the 5Ds body is suitably less than the width of my palm, that using it with a hefty lens like the 11-24 or even the TS-E17, just makes my hand hurt after a while ;-)
    • It also comes with a rather feeble single batttery charger (dual on the 1 series) and no mains adapter for studio use.
    • The USB lead is rather short, so more extras I need sort out
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  • It's been pretty poor weather too whilst I was away, but this shot taken at 11mm gives another feel for the levels of detail. This view of the pier at Cromer would print at over A2 size at 300ppi straight out of the camera.
  • cromer pier
  • Ah, mid June at the English seaside... ;-)
  • And an idea of the view at 100% - I've not explored many processing options, but as yet, there is no real signs of any moire in images.
  • cromer pier detail
  • Once again, don't pore over the detail too much - it was handheld at 1/80. I'll have some more tripod shots with sharper lenses than the 11-24 in due course, but I often shoot hand held, so this is a very valid test for my personal landscape work ;-)
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  • Meanwhile, the insides of the 5Ds are disected at LR - interesting changes
  • 18th At last, a short holiday, where I'll be taking the 5Ds with me. A chance to actually try it out for 'real' - although I suspect my efforts will be massively suspect to some since I'm not taking a proper tripod with me ;-)
  • I was out last night and put the 50/1.4 on the camera. At f/1.4 and 1250ISO, this is never going to be more than a shot of a friend telling me to put the camera away...
  • The focus point is on his left eye.
  • Here's a 100% crop of just his eye (1/160 f/1.4)
  • The conversion to B&W was carried out with the recently updated Tonality plugin from Macphun, but with very little contrast adjustment, so as to better reflect the camera output (a bit yellow, with the horrid mix of lighting in the pub)
  • One thing that the much increased resolution of the 5Ds over my old 1Ds3 reminds me, is that critical focus will be shown up just that bit more, and what might have been an acceptable depth of field at 21MP feels less at 50MP.
  • The 5Ds certainly shows up softness in the 50/1.4 (no surprise there) but also makes focusing my old Olympus 50/1.2 even more difficult with anything moving.
  • I'll be returning to the questions of AF microadjustment...
  • 16th Piccure+ has been updated, so I tried the image below on V2.5, with a source image converted from RAW with no sharpening. Piccure+ works well with shifted images, so I may try it some more when I get a chance to go out and try some shots with the 5Ds (I'm working this week, and know better than to take a brand new camera on a paying job ;-)
  • Move your mouse over the image to see the sharpening (original review - V2.5 update)
  • sharpening options for 5Ds image
  • With all settings at maximum quality, it took 12 minutes to process.
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  • A review at AmPhot
  • 15th It seems that stocks of 5Ds are more plentiful than the 'R' - Adorama
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  • A very quick test of just why the 5Ds will be so useful for my architectural work - looking down my street, with a TS-E90mm @f/6.3 These are in-camera jpegs (1k pix wide, so open each in a new tab or check the larger versions on my G+ page)
  • That's the view with a 90mm lens
  • Both crops below are 100%
  • Remember that these are JPEGs out of the camera. Focused with live view, cable release at 1/100
  • The image below shows how much I can crop out of the 5Ds image and still have the 21MP I had from the 1Ds3
  • Given I've used the 1Ds3 perfectly well since 2007, this looks good... ;-)
  • One minor glitch is that I'm having to learn 5D menus, and I miss the bulk of the 1Ds3 already! A minor complaint (probably)
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  • 5Ds is here - unfortunately I have to go out for a while, and its battery needs charging first... :-)
  • 13th My Japanese isn't up to following the detail:
  • ... but look at around 39:00 and shortly afterwards for some direct comparisons that make me think I'm not losing much in choosing to have a 5Ds turning up on Monday, rather than a 5Ds R.
  • As an architectural photographer, fine brickwork is part of what I do
  • 12th I'm hoping to have a 5Ds here next week...
  • 11th Signs of some early 5Ds shipments in the US [CR]
  • 9th Sample images shot with Sigma Art lenses at PB
  • 5th It seems that the camera is getting close to shipping, with sample images from a production camera at PB


  • 22nd CPN article about fashion shooting with the 5Ds
  • 19th More 5DsR samples DPR
  • 13th Canon software (DPP etc) is updated to support the 5Ds /5Ds R
  • 7th Sample 5Ds images at EPZ
  • Some sample 5Ds images at RC
    • Just me? or is a site that also reviews vacuum cleaners and dishwashers not a place I'd first look for detailed image testing ;-)
  • 6th The 5Dsr is added to the DPR scene comparison charts. I'm curious to see 5Ds performance and more importantly how the RAW files look with shipping hardware and software.



  • 27th A CPN 5Ds article about the 5Ds 'featuring' Fernando Guerra (architectural photographer)
  • Interesting, but the section about the 'importance of crop modes' in part 2 should come with a 'marketing hokum' warning from my POV.
    • OK, what do I know about architectural photography and using the TS-E17 and 24mm ;-)
  • 25th Suitably enthusiastic video about the 5Ds at WPPI
    • Don't expect too much more than my own review underneath it ;-)
  • 24th Here it is - my hand on a 5Ds R. It feels a good solid camera.
  • First impressions show no significant difference between picking up a 5Ds and a 5Ds R. Obviously, we'll look at this in more detail in future...

hands on review of the 5Ds R

  • Picture taken with the EF11-24
    • There you are, about as informative as most so called 'Hands on reviews' rushed out for camera launches ;-)
  • 23rd I picked up a 5Ds at the Photography Show
  • So I'll be writing a full 'hands on' review over the next few days [not]
  • It looked and felt nice and solid...
  • Don't all rush now ;-) Preorders have opened at Adorama | B&H
  • Adorama are offering a free microphone with it.
  • (wrong camera guys...)
  • Some pre-production sample images are compared to some other cameras at IR
    • Hats off too for one of the most comphrensive 'reviews' written from just the specifications and manual ;-) [first part of article linked to]
  • 20th The 5Ds/R get closer with B&H accepting pre-orders on Monday 23rd
  • 13th Canon let George Lepp take some photos with a 5Ds R
  • He mentions how large the files are (60MP RAW) and the amount of detail captured.
  • Image quality seems on a par with the 7D2 (pre-release camera)
  • 11th Canon Asia have a two part article about the new EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R:
  • 6th In the US, B&H announce that the 5Ds/r will be on sale on the 29th June.
  • This is somewhat later than we've seen for UK shipments, but as yet, it seems that Canon are not giving any definite dates to dealers.


  • 27th A CPN article about using the 5Ds in the studio.
    • As ever don't expect any detailed probing of its capabilities ;-)
  • 24th Some test shots [DCF via Google xlt] at a Chinese site, but I can't say that the translation advances our understanding very much...
  • 22nd After the initial flurry of launch information, everything's going to be pretty quiet for a few months.
  • One area I'm keen to see how it looks is the viewfinder.
  • I'm used to the relatively bright and uncluttered display of the Canon 1 series cameras, and remember how annoying I found the much more active VF of the 7D, until I found ways to switch a lot of it off.
  • The 5Ds has a lot of info available in the viewfinder and no interchangeable focus screens.
  • It also has a lot of stuff in the viewfinder, that I'm hoping can be turned off via custom settings (battery info and other stuff I'd look to the top LCD to see).
  • I'm also curious as to how accurate the level is.
  • I've included two graphics from CPN below that show just how much info is potentially available...
  • 11th A CPN article has a brief interview with the head of the 5Ds/r design team.
    • As with any Canon 'interviews' don't expect too much in the way of insight ;-)
  • 10th Several more people with testing experience of the new 5Ds have written to agree with some of the comments in the previous days.
  • In particular, one commented that:
    • "Canon's new 50.6mp sensor at low ISO will perform much better then any other EOS camera currently in the pro line.
    • The colour filters on the sensor are designed to produce a higher level of colour accuracy and separation, the sensor itself runs at a significantly lower temperature.
    • This will come at a price since high ISO performance will drop significantly.
    • The new sensor will capture 14 stops of DR (just like the 5D III) ... However it will produce remarkably cleaner results when lifting deep shadows".
  • Once again this is not something I can directly verify.
  • 9th I'm told that the colour filter array of the 5Ds is much closer to the 1Ds mk3 than the 1D X(thanks)
    • I should note that I can't verify any of the testing info (today or yesterday), and don't get to ask supplemental questions, so I've included it here just as an FYI.
    • It's certainly making me curious to see just how the 5Ds will differ from other Canon sensors.
    • I don't do much precision colour work where this would show, so the figures are of relatively academic interest YMMV ;-)
  • 8th An interesting comment (thanks), coming via testing a pre-release 5Dsr with a test version of DPP4. Low ISO DR is put at 1.5-2 stops better than the 1D X, but high ISO performance (6400) falls marginally behind the 7Dmk2.
  • The sensor is similar to the 7D2 technology, but has apparently been tuned to maximise low ISO performance.
    • If it's so with shipping cameras, then it's welcome news here, but I know it won't be popular in some quarters.
    • If it means that Canon have been listening to some of its pro market and produced a camera for the likes of myself, then great.
    • If you wanted faster fps, high ISO and better video, then perhaps you can appreciate how I (and many others) felt looking at the 1D X ;-)
    • It seems that there is definitely no change of focus screens, not a big problem, since I'll be keeping my trusty 1Ds3 as a backup camera.
  • 7th The sensor is 100% Canon according to an interview with Chuck Westfall [SB]
    • "Despite some rumors to the contrary, Westfall said the 50.6MP CMOS sensors in the 5DS and 5DS R are developed and produced by Canon. When asked whether they were created in collaboration with Sony as some rumors indicated, Westfall responded by saying: “Absolutely not. The sensors were developed completely in-house, by Canon.”"
  • Fotosidan interview with Mike Burnhill at CPS about 5Ds and 5Ds R (vid. 12min)
  • Preview and sample pics at ephotozine
  • First impression from the videographer’s point of view at EOSHD.
    • Oh dear, you can't please everyone ;-) Personally I'm happy to see a camera that almost includes video as an afterthought.
    • I'd note, that lost in the general 5Ds hubbub was a comment that we were sent the other day about there being a 5D4 and 5DC on the way, both of which would massively push forward video capabilities. See the Canon video page for the info, along with my plea for some more details, since, as I'm happy to admit, video just isn't my thing.
  • 6th Cameras finally announced - a busy day on the site. I'll be adding updates and any info as I find it.
  • All pre-release rumours are now further down the page
  • - Still and Video samples from the 5Ds
  • - 5Dsr samples
  • Bryan at TDP has a good review of what's there and what to expect from the 5Ds
  • There is a very good overview of the cameras and technology at CPN
Viewfinder display

Canon 5Ds and 5Ds R viewfinder display

Canon additional 5Ds and 5Ds R viewfinder display

The Headline features

Detailed Specifications

  Canon EOS 5DS Canon EOS 5DS R
MSRP $3699/£2999/€3999 (body only) $3899/£3199/€4249 (body only)
Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 8688 x 5792
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 51 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 53 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor size notes Offers 1.6x and 1.3x crop modes, as well as medium and small Raw sizes.
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Dual DIGIC 6
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
White balance presets 8
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3, DPOF v2.0)
  • Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 61
Lens mount Canon EF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type ClearView II TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
  • Bulb
  • Custom
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe and PC sync port)
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • High-speed continuous
  • Low-speed continuous
  • Silent single shooting
  • Silent continuous shooting
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 5.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
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 Bracketing Yes
Video features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Format H.264
Videography notes Supports ALL-I and IPB compression
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible), CompactFlash
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Remote control Yes (Wired and wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes (dust and water-resistent)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LP-E6 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700
Weight (inc. batteries) 930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)
Dimensions 152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

Canon US press info

canon 5Ds RMELVILLE, N.Y., February 5, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the Canon EOS 5DSi and Canon EOS 5DS Ri Digital SLR cameras featuring the world’s highest resolution* among 35mm format DSLRs. Providing photographers with uncompromising image quality, these new EOS models incorporate a newly designed Canon 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and processing speed. Perfect for commercial, studio, portrait, landscape and architectural photography, or anyone looking for an affordable alternative to medium format, the ultra-high resolution of these new models allow for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.

Maximizing the potential of the new 50.6 megapixel sensor – for the first time in an EOS camera the low-pass filter effect in the EOS 5DS R model is cancelled. The cancellation of the low-pass filter helps deliver sharp images, squeezing the most out of every pixel. Both models provide attractive options for medium format shooters especially when coupled with a wide array of over 70 creative Canon EF lenses to choose from.

“Canon is always looking to deliver the absolute best in image quality and push our technology to the limits. These cameras deliver on that pledge, providing photographers with two new incredible tools that will enable them to make the most out of every shoot,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As photography becomes more specialized and more images are captured than ever before, the burden is on the photography equipment to keep up with the demands of today’s artistic talents. These new camera models will provide many photographers with new options to deliver their vision to clients, fans, and the world.”

Built to Maximize Sharpness
In addition to the 50.6 megapixel full-frame image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, both cameras include a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF array including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR AF for high precision autofocus. They also include the EOS Scene Detection system featuring a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor that provides enhanced precision and performance.

In support of such a high-resolution imaging sensor, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras were designed to minimize camera shake and significantly improve stability via a reinforced chassis, baseplate and tripod lug to improve rigidity. Canon also re-designed the mirror vibration control system to help reduce mirror bounce and camera shake. To help maximize stability and minimize vibrations, Canon added a new Arbitrary Release Time Lag Setting in Mirror Lock mode in both models. In addition to the standard setting (press the shutter button once to lock the mirror, then again to release the shutter), the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras offer new setting intervals of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one and two seconds, releasing the shutter after the selected preset delay, allowing potential camera vibration to dissipate before shutter release.

A new Picture Style called “Fine Detail” has been added to enhance the sharpness of JPEGs and EOS Movies with three new settings: Strength, Fineness and Threshold. With such abundant resolution on each sensor, both models also provide two cropped shooting modes, while still delivering high-resolution images 30.5 megapixels for the 1.3x mode and 19.6 megapixels for the 1.6x mode. The available crop options are visible as a mask or an outline in the viewfinder; so shooters can know exactly where to frame their subject.

Capturing the Action
Like the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature an advanced AE system that can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and natatoriums. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting. And new Auto White Balance settings include Ambience Priority and White Priority (for use when shooting under tungsten lighting).

Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long-exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

Both models feature Intelligent Viewfinder II providing approximately 100 percent field of view, while adding the ability to display cropped shooting frames and superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings and data such as dual-mode electronic level display and grid, as well as exposure, white balance, metering, drive, image quality and AF modes. A new Customizable Quick Control Screen, another first for EOS cameras, allows photographers to quickly change frequently used camera settings and functions.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras continue the EOS Movie tradition with the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD up to 30p or 720p HD video up to 60p. A creative Time Lapse Movie function, a first for EOS cameras, takes a continuous series of still photographs and automatically combines them in camera into a Full HD movie file. Interval adjustments can be set from one second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The number of shots possible range from 2 to 3,600 with a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds of playback time. In addition, high-speed continuous shooting up to five-frames-per-second (fps) at full 50 megapixel resolution allows users to capture fast action.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature dual card slots for CF and SD memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Built to last, the cameras also feature a shutter durability rating up to 150,000 cycles, the same as the EOS 5D Mark III.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2015 for estimated retail prices of $3,699.00 and $3,899.00 for the body only, respectively.

* Among 35mm‐format Digital SLR cameras as of February 5, 2015 according to published competitive information.

Canon UK Press info

Canon revolutionises resolution with the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R London, UK, 6 February 2015 – Canon today transforms the EOS system with the arrival of the EOS 5DS and the EOS 5DS R – a new breed of ultra-high resolution full-frame DSLRs.

Breaking the boundaries of 35mm sensors,the new cameras offer the highest megapixels ever seen in a full frame sensor, an astonishing 50.6MP. Delivering unparalleled quality, the cameras provide an exceptional combination of resolution, responsiveness and durability, whether shooting landscapes, architecture, high fashion or portraiture, either personally or professionally. When nothing but the sharpest image is expected, the EOS 5DS R also features a low pass cancellation filter to maximise the sensor’s resolution and visible image quality.Alongside the new DSLRs, Canon also introduces the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens(1), the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers.

Establishing new standards for full-frame DSLRs Setting a new benchmark for full-frame cameras, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R combine fast, instinctive DSLR handling with the newly-developed 50.6MP CMOS sensor, providing the flexibility to shoot a wide range of scenes and subjects, making it ideal for large format mediums, such as advertising billboards and magazine covers, where every pixel matters. The sensor’s advanced architecture provides

ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, further expandable to 50-12800, ensuring high quality images with low noise, accurate colours and wide dynamic range. For added flexibility, the cameras’ resolution enables three new in-camera crop shooting modes–1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. Visible through the viewfinder, the crop modes deliver outstanding results, with stills at 19 MP even when cropped to 1.6x. Built to withstand the most demanding shoots, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s dual DIGIC 6 processors provide the rapid performance and responsiveness required to deliver first-class images with exceptional colour reproduction. Both processors are designed to comfortably manage huge levels of image data from the 50.6MP sensor, whilst simultaneously reducing image noise and providing the freedom to shoot at five frames per second.

Automatically exceptional

Created to ensure every detail of your exquisite landscape or high-fashion studio shoot is in focus, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS Rfeature an advanced 61-point AF system, with 41 cross-type points, delivering incredible levels of image sharpness and accuracy across the frame. Both cameras comfortably maintain focus with moving subjects, using EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF (iTR) to track both faces and colour. To reduce image blur, Canon’s Mirror Vibration Control System uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirror up and down in a highly controlled fashion, avoiding all sudden stops and softening the shutter-release sound. Additionally, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R’s 150k pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection ensures images can be captured with consistent and accurate exposures under varying lighting scenarios, including florescent.

Incredible detail and unrestricted creativity

Putting unrivalled image quality at your fingertips, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R include a number of customisable modes and settings to ensure stunning results every time. A new Fine Detail Picture Style maximises the level of detail that can be achieved from the sensor, enabling advanced sharpness adjustment without the need for edit ing software. Popular creative modes, including Multiple Exposure and HDR, provide instant, in-camera creativity, while a built-in timer allows you to shoot over long periods and create stunning time lapse videos, without being tied to the camera or needing advanced software and excessive kit.

First-class professional construction, customisable features

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R have been expertly constructed to allow you to operate quickly, regardless of the environment you’re shooting in. The 100% viewfinder with electronic overlay makes framing vital shots easy and can be customised to your preferred style. The large, 8.11cm (3.2”) Clear View II LCD screen, with an anti-reflective structure, minimises reflection or glare when reviewing shots and also acts as a visual and accessible dashboard of the most commonly used settings. The cameras’ new Custom Quick Control screen means that the type, size and position of icons are also easily customisable to the user or shooting scenario. Both cameras utilise Canon’s iconic design DNA–a highly durable body constructed from high-grade magnesium alloy to provide weather resilient shooting – ideal for landscape photographers who are dedicated to getting the perfect shot, whatever the weather.

EOS 5DS R: Engineered for the ultimate in DSLR image quality

When nothing but the absolute maximum level of detail possible will do, the EOS 5DS R features a low pass cancellation filter to ensure the sharpest possible results. Great for landscape photographers, where patterns are very often organic, the camera’s low pass cancellation filter produces the stunning level of detail required to turn agreat shot into an incredible shot.

Optical Expertise: Introducing the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are compatible with Canon’s extensive EF lens range, spanning 71 models(2). Today Canon unveils the world’s widest-angle retilinear zoom lens (1), the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. Perfect for photographers shooting landscape and architecture, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is designed to open up an entirely new world of creative opportunities, thanks to its super wide 11-24mm focal range. Boasting a newly designed optical structure, the lens features three aspherical lenses including a ground aspherical element, which maximises image quality and delivers minimal levels of distortion, while the body is rugged and robust enough to be employed in extreme weather conditions.

EOS 5DS Key features:

50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
Up to 5.0 Frames Per Second
61-point AF
Cropped Shooting
EOS 5DS R also includes: Low-pass cancellation filter

EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Key features:

Explore landscapes from an ultra-wide point of view
The world’s widest-angle rectilinear zoom lens
Minimal distortion – ideal for architecture and interiors
Advanced lens coatings guard against ghosting and flare
Enjoy swift, near-silent AF, with full-time manual override
Keep shooting even in tough weather conditions

5Ds pre-release camera rumours

2015 February

  • 5th We're told that Canon is not done with its basic new 5D design and that a 5D C will appear later this year to go with a 5D mk4.
    • See the 5D4 page, although since I don't use video at all, I'm unclear how much sense this makes?
  • Canon CPN in Europe releases info early
  • The page (12:00 GMT) no longer shows "The Dawn of a new digital resolution: 50.6 megapixel DSLRs launched"
  • Here's the 'Red R' version
  • canon 5Ds R
  • 4th Prices are leaked [PR]
    • Canon EOS 5Ds: €3,499 (around $4,000)
      Canon EOS 5Ds R (no low-pass filter): €3,699 (around $4,200)
      Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: €2,999 (around $3,400)
    • 50.6mp full frame CMOS
      53mp total resolution
      5DS R has no low pass filter
      AF 61 points (41 points cross type)
      ISO 100-6400 (extended with ISO50 and 12800)
      Dual DIGIC 6
      3.2 inch LCD 1.04 million pixels
      RAW (50MP), M-RAW (28MP), S-RAW (12.4MP)
      CF (UDMA7), SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-I)
      Crop modes 1.3x and 1.6x
      100% field of view
      Magnification 0.71 times, the eye point 21 mm
      Electronic Level
      Grid display
      EV-2 support.
      Itr AF
      Time-lapse movie
      Bulb timer
      Face recognition during live view
      150,000 pixel RGB-TR metering sensor
      252 zone TTL metering
      EOS iSA system
      Shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/8000 seconds
      Synchro is 1/200 sec
      Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec
      Video 1920×1080 30fps (ALL-I or IPB)
      Mini HDMI output terminal
      External microphone terminal
      Battery LP-E6N / LP-E6
      Dimensions 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm
      Weight 930g (CIPA guidelines). 845g (body only)
  • Looking an interesting camera...


  • 30th Two new 5D variants are suggested, both with a 50.6MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • An EOS 5DS R version will be without low-pass filter
    • Magnesium alloy body, dust and water sealed
      Dual DIGIC6
    • ISO 100-6400
    • 5 fps
    • High precision 61 AF points, EOS iTR AF
    • 150,000 pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
    • New "fine detail" picture style
    • 1.3x and 1.6x crop modes
    • Customisable "Quick Control Screen"
    • Time-lapse movie, Interval Timer, Bulb timer
  • This info (and pic) first appeared on a Japanese site [DC - Google xlt]
    • From my own POV, it will be a nuisance to move from a 1 series body, but its a big enough jump from my 1Ds3 (which the 1D X wasn't) to make it pretty much a no-brainer for our architectural work. The question remains though as to how much difference the AA filter makes?
  • At [CR] there is a suggestion that the relatively low max ISO is from a much stronger set of colour filters than usual - more welcome news if so.
    • We've also had a comment [thanks] that the 5D mark 4 is due for an August launch, and will be an update aimed at a much wider audience than the 5Ds
    • If you were interested in the new 11-24 lens that will probably be announced at the same time, see the animation on the main lens page comparing it to the 8-15 and EF14 II - that is a lot of glass!
  • 9th Three versions of a new 5D are suggested [CR] an updated 5D4 and two 5Ds models with and without AA filtering, at ~53MP

2014 December

  • 30th With a rumoured high MP DSLR from Canon (main rumour page) I note that at [CR] they have been told that the camera could be the 5D mk4, which could also fit in with suggestions that the 6D2 will move upmarket.

Earlier rumours - see the 5D mk4 rumour page

  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
- - - - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV              
Video                             1D C            
High Full                               5Ds/5Ds R        
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III 5D Mk4
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II        
'Better'  Full                             6D          
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D        
Mid APS-C         300D
Kiss Digital
Rebel XT
Kiss N
Kiss X
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7          
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6        
APS-C                                     M5
                            M M2 M3        

Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.

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