Canon 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R front
  • 51MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 12800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 930g - 152 x 116 x 76mm
  • Announced February 2015
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 5DS R summary

Canon 5DS R is Canon's Advanced DSLR camera originally announced on February of 2015. The camera has a 51MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a max resolution of 8688 x 5792.

The 5DS R ranks at #20 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & over-all #116 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. You should check out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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Here is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon 5DS R family

The Canon 5DS R is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-IV front thumbnailCanon 5D MIV
5DS R vs 5D MIV
30MPFull frame7.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-5DS front thumbnailCanon 5DS
5DS R vs 5DS
51MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-5DS-R front thumbnailCanon 5DS R51MPFull frame5.0 fps2015
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III front thumbnailCanon 5D MIII
5DS R vs 5D MIII
22MPFull frame6.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 5D MII
5DS R vs 5D MII
21MPFull frame4.0 fps2009
Canon-EOS-5D front thumbnailCanon 5D
5DS R vs 5D
13MPFull frame3.0 fps2005
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Canon 5DS R Pros and Cons

Here is a list of good and bad points of the Canon 5DS R based on aspects that are often considered crucial in a camera.

builtin Top display
comes with phase detect auto focus
does have external mic port
does have HDMI port
doesnt have low pass filter
environment sealing
excellent megapixels (51MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has double storage slots
has face detection focus
has tracking autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
screen has good resolution (1,040 thousand dot)
screen is a good size (3.2")
supports RAW formats
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
very good minimum ISO (100)
you can focus manually
does not have headphone port
does not have image stabilization
does not have selfie friendly display
not so great battery pack (700 CIPA)
screen does not articulate
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
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Canon 5DS R Sensor features

The Canon 5DS R features the Dual DIGIC 6 processor. The spec of the sensor on the Canon 5DS R is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can capture 8688 x 5792 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 51MP and has a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. The ISO can be widened electronically to a maximum of 12800. RAW photos are supported which means that you have more margin for error.

Canon opted to omit the low pass filter with the Canon 5DS R. This could result in more clearer photos but can introduce moire under some situations.

The graphic below shows the 5DS R's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The 5DS R sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 5DS R dimensions

Canon 5DS R weighs around 2.05 pounds (930 grams / 32.80 oz) & has exterior proportions of 152mm x 116mm x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0"). The weight of typical Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams and the Canon 5DS R is more heavy as compared with its competitors.

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Listed below is a pic of the Canon 5DS R besides a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.

Canon EOS 5DS R dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button layout on the 5DS R.

Canon EOS 5DS R topview buttons dials

Canon 5DS R Lens features

The 5DS R works with the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses to select from. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the 5DS R.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-180mm-f3.5L-Macro-USM lensCanon EF 180mm f3.5L Macro USM180mmf/3.5 1090g
Canon-EF-16-35mm-F2.8L-III-USM lensCanon EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM16-35mmf/2.8790g
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Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-II-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX II11-16mmf/2.8 560g
Sigma-10-20mm-F4-5.6-EX-DC-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM10-20mmf/4.0-5.6 470g
Sigma-50-100mm-F1.8-DC-HSM-Art-Canon-EF lensSigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art50-100mmf/1.8 1490g
Tamron-SP-AF-60mm-F2-Di-II-LD-IF-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 60mm F2 Di II LD IF Macro60mmf/2.0 400g
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Sigma-70-200mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Macro-HSM-II-Canon-EF lensSigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II70-200mmf/2.8 1390g
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Canon 5DS R Connectivity

The 5DS R has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send photos and usually change settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon 5DS R Video features

The max video quality on the Canon 5DS R is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in H.264 format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance between quality and file size but 1080p will not leave you with any room to crop. Although the body contains a mic socket, it is missing a headphone socket which means that you will not be able to monitor your sound levels.

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Canon 5DS R Weather Sealing

Canon 5DS R features environment proofing which makes it a great choice for use during challenging environments. This can be especially beneficial any time you are uncertain about the conditions you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Canon 5DS R Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 5DS R has a 3.2 inch fixed display having a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support. The 5DS R also includes a Top display so it’s possible to instantly look at your settings.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon 5DS R are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.71x

Viewfinders are quite useful during bright outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Canon 5DS R Shutter features

Canon 5DS R continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 sec.

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Canon 5DS R Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon 5DS R comes with external flash support but does not have in-built flash. The max flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Canon 5DS R Autofocusing features

Canon 5DS R comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus plus Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & exact as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it valuable for portrait photography.

The Sensor has 61 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Canon 5DS R supports manual focusing if required during low light occasions or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Canon 5DS R Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E6) in the Canon 5DS R is designed to last for 700 photographs with respect to the CIPA standards making it lower when compared with it's competition. The usual Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the maximum (2260) battery life within this kind of cameras.

Below is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras that have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
5DS R vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
5DS R vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes

Canon 5DS R for various categories of photography

The following graph shows a rundown of the Canon 5DS R for various categories of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Canon 5DS R

The Canon 5DS R gets a rating of 85 which is tremendous, and means the camera is a awesome pick for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files in addition to the potential to utilize external flash.

Photography Glossary
has manual focus
excellent MP (51MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detection focus
delivers RAW formats

Canon 5DS R as a Street photography camera

Getting a nice points total of 61, the Canon 5DS R is a fine choice for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.

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sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
environment proof
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization

Canon 5DS R Sports photography features

A nice sports photography points total of 71 suggests the Canon 5DS R is a respectable fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
excellent MP (51MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
bad battery life (700 CIPA)

Canon 5DS R as a Travel photography camera

Weight is pretty critical when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon 5DS R gets a reasonable 57 as a travelling camera which is relatively suited for your travels.

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weather sealing
high MP (51 megapixels)
bad battery power (700 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly

Canon 5DS R as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 5DS R with it's superb grade of 76 for a landscape camera is a excellent pick amongst its rivals.

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you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon EF mount)
pretty good screen size (3.2 inches)
MP count fantastic (51MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
saves RAW files
environment sealing
has dual storage slots
no image stabilization
bad battery (700 shots)

Canon 5DS R Vlogging features

A camera for vlogging should really offer a articulating screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon 5DS R is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a lousy score of 30.

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offers face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external mic socket
does not posses selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization

Canon 5DS R Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the 5DS R, below is a range of the top scored cameras which fall in to the family of Advanced DSLR.

The chart underneath offers you an overview of the 5DS R versus it's highest ranked competitors suggested previously.

These are some more cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Canon EOS 5DS R
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Dual DIGIC 6
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
8688 x 5792
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens support
Canon EF
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
Resolution of display
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 secs
Max shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync
1/200 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
930 gr (2.05 lbs)
152 x 116 x 76mm (6.0" x 4.6" x 3.0")
Battery life
700 pictures
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible), CompactFlash
Storage slots
Pricing at release