• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Canon 5DS R advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • More pixels
    50.6 vs 30.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Canon 5DS R

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.36 vs 4.14 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (DCI) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,995 vs 2,308 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 900 vs 700 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    12 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    540k vs 348k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.17 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.0 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Buy the Canon 5D Mark IV

Review Excerpt

  • Phenomenal resolution and sharpness; Fine Detail Picture Style is like in-camera Unsharp Mask; Excellent print quality; Decent high ISO performance; Improved normalized dynamic range compared to 5D Mark III; Decent burst speed with good buffer depths; Built-in intervalometer & timelapse movie mode.

  • AF speed tested closer to consumer-level DSLRs; Dynamic range lower than competing models from Nikon & Sony; Lack of OLPF means subject to more aliasing artifacts with some subjects; No 60p video frame rate; No headphone jack; Timelapse video is only 1080p.

  • Superb image quality from RAW files; Improved dynamic range; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 7fps burst rate with unlimited JPEG buffer; High-quality cinema 4K video; Built-in Wi-Fi; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good.

  • JPEG files look soft at default settings; 1/200s flash sync; 4K video codec is cumbersome; 29:59 continuous video recording limit.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5DS R
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • More pixels
  • $2644
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2644
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D810

Canon 5DS R
Nikon D810
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon D800

Canon 5DS R
Nikon D800
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Newer
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D800
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony A99

Canon 5DS R
Sony A99
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 5D Mark IV
Sony A99
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 5DS

Canon 5DS R
Canon 5DS
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5DS
  • $3299
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
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