• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 12.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon 5D advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.20 vs 4.14 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.10 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    98 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 5DS advantages over Canon 5D

  • Higher effective ISO
    2,381 vs 1,368 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.4 vs 11.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1044k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    50.6 vs 12.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.8 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • 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
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D810

Canon 5D
Nikon D810
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Better color depth
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5DS
Nikon D810
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $2797
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Canon 5D
Canon 5DS R
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Canon 5DS
Canon 5DS R
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Pentax K-1

Canon 5D
Pentax K-1
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 5DS
Pentax K-1
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A99 II

Canon 5D
Sony A99 II
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Canon 5DS
Sony A99 II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D850

Canon 5D
Nikon D850
  • $2334
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon 5DS
Nikon D850
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
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