Canon EOS 5Ds, we have tested it

Canon EOS 5Ds

Canon EOS 5DSIt has been a few months since Canon announced the new Canon EOS 5Ds and Canon EOS 5Ds R , its new proposal for the professional medium format photography sector and we have finally been able to test one of them. The equipment that has passed through our hands has been the  Canon EOS 5Ds, the model that adds a low-pass filter to the sensor.

The Canon EOS 5D model is and has been for years the reference in the top of the reflex cameras. This new model is one more twist to finish and consolidate the superiority of the team in the most professional market.

We tell you our impressions of this 50 megapixel full-frame SLR.

Canon EOS 5Ds

Design and handling

The first feeling that the Canon EOS 5Ds gives us  when holding it is that we are dealing with a professional camera. The body is robust and heavy (845 grams ), increasing even more if we add one of the most bulky Canon lenses, such as the 16-35mm f / 4 that Canon has given us for the test, but the whole is balanced and allows work with ease. Like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III , it has a prominent grip and non-slip areas to improve grip, necessary for a camera of its size. How could it be otherwise, the construction is made of magnesium alloy and the chassis is sealed to prevent the entry of water in case we get caught in a downpour.

The controls offer us the manual and comfortable handling that we ask of a professional SLR, with several configurable controls to access the most used functions. The connections are protected by two covers on the left side, while the memory cards , an SD and a Compact Flash , go on the opposite side. It also has two screens, an LCD on the top where all the parameters of the shot are shown and the rear, 3.2 inches and 1,040,000 pixels.

Canon EOS 5Ds

Focus and shoot

The Canon EOS 5Ds has a focus system of 61 points, 41 of them cross. The result is a very fast and precise focus, even in low light conditions it manages to find the focus, as long as we do not force it. The speed does not reach the level of a camera for sports photography like the EOS 1D X, but it is more than enough for the environments for which it is intended (studio photography, architecture, advertising ...). It has a burst of 5 fps, 1 fps less than its sister the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, but it is forgiven since in return it offers us 50 megapixels of resolution, which is said soon. Canon has included aMirror vibration control, since at such high resolutions any vibration can be seen in the image.

Canon EOS 5Ds

50 megapixels and FullHD video

Resolution is the main argument of the  Canon EOS 5Ds to position itself as an option to take into account if you dedicate yourself to photography in a professional way and need to work at a very high resolution , for example to print large formats . The sensor  Canon EOS 5Ds exactly matches that of the 5D Mark III, but doubles the pixels for images of 8688 x 5792 pixels . Using fast memory is a must when dealing with such large amounts of data. The images in RAW format calmly reach, and in many cases exceed, 60 Mb,while the highest quality JPEGs are between 15 and 20 Mb.

The maximum sensitivity is 6,400 ISO, a fairly restrained figure, but logical if we return to the resolution of the sensor. The results are quite good and the noise is hardly noticeable even if we work at the maximum value, but things change if we force it above that value and the noise becomes visible, nothing out of the ordinary.

Many expected Canon to make the leap to 4K video with its new high-end SLRs, especially now that many mirrorless cameras are starting to arrive with this feature, but both the Canon EOS 5Ds and the Canon EOS 5Ds R record in FullHD 1080p resolution. . They are not video cameras as such, but are totally focused on professional photography and Canon has decided to ignore this detail in this range, at least for the moment.

Canon EOS 5Ds

Picture quality

As we expected, the level of detail in the shots obtained with the Canon EOS 5Ds is amazing, you can zoom in to frame a tiny fragment of the image and see how sharpness is maintained. However, to retain maximum sharpness it is best to use a stable support point or a tripod . At 50 megapixels, any small vibration will spoil that sharp detail we seek, hence Canon has improved the mirror mechanism. The low-pass filter manages to eliminate moiré almost completely, making the Canon EOS 5Ds the best choice for architectural photographers. Here are sometests carried out with the Canon EOS 5Ds and, unless otherwise indicated, the 16-35 f / 4.0 lens .

Canon EOS 5Ds test

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Canon EOS 5Ds test

Sample taken with Canon 50mm f / 1.4 lens

Canon EOS 5Ds test

Sample taken with Canon 50mm f / 1.4 lens

Canon EOS 5Ds test

Canon EOS 5Ds test

Sample taken with Canon 50mm f / 1.4 lens

Canon EOS 5Ds test

Canon EOS 5Ds test

Canon EOS 5Ds test

Canon EOS 5Ds test


Canon gives its Canon EOS 5D Mark III a twist, doubling the resolution on a 50 megapixel Full Frame sensor. The Canon EOS 5Ds is a professional camera , designed for specific areas where a lot of resolution is necessary, such as advertising or architectural photography. The low pass filter is the point that differentiates the Canon EOS 5Ds from the 5Ds R , but otherwise they both offer the same performance. The results speak for themselves, as does its price, 3,800 euros just for the body.

Canon EOS 5Ds

Canon EOS 5Ds

ModelEOS 5Ds
TypologyProfessional reflex


SizeFullFrame 36 x 34 mm
Resolution50.6 effective megapixels

53 total megapixels

3: 2 format

Image processorDual DIGIC 6

Low pass filter


TypeInterchangeable lenses
Focal distance1x for 35mm equivalency
Image StabilizerOn target (optional)


TypeTTL-CT-SIR with specific CMOS sensor
AF system61 points / AF at 41 cross-type points at f / 4 including 5 dual cross-type points at f / 2.8 and 1 cross-type point at f / 8
Focus modesAutomatic selection: 61 AF points

Manual selection: Single AF point (61, 15, 9 points or only cross-type points can be selected)

Manual selection: AF point

Manual selection: AF point magnification (4 points up, down, left, right or 8 points around 8 points)

Manual selection: AF point magnification about 8 points

Manual selection: Zone AF

Manual selection: Large AF area

AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting

FeaturesFocus lock

Manual focus selected on lens


Measuring system150,000 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor
Exposure compensation0-20 EV (at 23 ° C with a 50mm f / 1.4 lens, ISO 100)
ISO sensitivity125- 6,400 L: 50 H: 12,800
ShutterElectronic Focal Plane Shutter

Mirror vibration control system

Soft touch electromagnetic trigger

30-1 / 8,000 s

White balance

AWB (Ambient Priority / White Priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent White Light, Flash, Custom, Color Temperature Adjustment.

White balance compensation:

1. Blue / amber +/- 9

2. Magenta / green +/- 9.


TypePentaprism (quick return half mirror)
Coverage100% approx.
Diopter correction-3 to +1 m-1 (diopters)
Focusing screenFixed
Information in the viewerAF information: single / spot AF points, AF frame, AF status indicator, focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration

Exposure information: shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always on top), AE lock, exposure / compensation level, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, metering mode recording

Flash information: flash ready, high speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.

Image information: card information, maximum burst (2-digit display), tonal priority to highlights (D +).

Composition information: cropping area, format, grid, electronic level

Other information: battery check, warning symbol, flicker detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG / RAW indicator

Display and layout

Size3.2-inch TFT Clear View II
Resolution1,040,000 pixels
Dimensions152 x 116.4 x 76.4 millimeters (body only)
Weight845 grams (body only)


Photo modesScene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual (stills and movies), Bulb, Custom (x3)
Photo StylesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, True, Monochrome, Detailed, User Defined (x3)
Image processingTonal priority to highlights

Automatic Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)

Long exposure noise reduction

Noise reduction at high ISO speed (4 settings)

Noise reduction in multiple shots

Automatic Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction

Chromatic aberration correction

Adjust size to M, P1, P2 or P3

RAW image processing: only during image playback

Image cropping: only during image playback

Multiple exposure

HDR images: 5 presets

Advance modesFrame by Frame, L Continuous Shooting, H Continuous Shooting, Self-timer (2 Seconds Remote, 10 Seconds Remote), Silent Photo-by-Frame, Silent Continuous Shooting
Live view mode (video)Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

29.97 fps

Manual / Auto Focus Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face Detection and Tracking AF, Multiple FlexiZone, Single FlexiZone)

Maximum length of videos 29:59 minutes

Burst shooting5 fps (510 JPEG images and 14 RAW images)
Image sizeJPEG:

Full format (full frame): (L) 8688 × 5792, (M1) 7680 × 5120, (M2) 5760 × 3840, (P1) 4320 × 2880, (P2) 1920 × 1280, (P3) 720 × 480

1.3x Crop: (L) 6768 × 4512, (M1) 6016 × 4000, (M2) 4512 × 3008, (P1) 3376 × 2256, (P2) 1920 × 1280, (P3) 720 × 480

1.6 x Crop: (L) 5424 × 3616, (M1) 4800 × 3200, (M2) 3616 × 2408, (P1) 2704 × 1808, (P2) 1920 × 1280, (P3) 720 × 480

1: 1 Crop: (L) 5792 × 5792, (M1) 5120 × 5120, (M2) 3840 x3840, (P1) 2880 × 2880, (P2) 1280 × 1280, (P3) 480 × 480


(RAW) 8688 × 5792,

(M-RAW) 6480 × 4320,

(S-RAW) 4320 × 2880

Video size1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or inter-frame

1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or inter-frame

640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) inter-frame only

File formatsJPEG and RAR with simultaneous recording

MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)

Connections and autonomy

Memory cardDual Compact Flash + SD / SDHC / SDXC slot
With cablesExternal microphone jack

HDMI type C

USB 3.0

Without cablesGPS
BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N

700 shots of autonomy

+ info

Release dateNovember 2014
Manufacturer's website Canyon

Price (Body only) 3,800 euros

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