• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 26.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 40,000

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Differences

Canon 5DS advantages over Canon 6D Mark II

  • More pixels
    50.6 vs 26.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    61 vs 45
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 6D Mark II advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Less expensive
    $1999 vs $3499*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.67 vs 4.14 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,862 vs 2,381 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 1200 vs 700 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    10 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.17 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.5 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    98 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.5 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • 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
  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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

User reviews

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Buy the Canon 6D Mark II

Review Excerpt

  • Great vari-angle touchscreen; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Good image quality in most situations; Impressive performance for its class.

  • Disappointing dynamic range; No 4K video; Optical viewfinder comes up short; Narrow AF point coverage through viewfinder.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Canon 5DS
Canon 5DS R
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon 5DS R
  • $1613
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Dual card slots

Compared to Pentax K-1

Canon 5DS
Pentax K-1
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon 6D Mark II
Pentax K-1
  • $1613
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5DS
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon 5D Mark IV
  • $1613
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3099
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Sony A99 II

Canon 5DS
Sony A99 II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 6D Mark II
Sony A99 II
  • $1613
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Canon 5DS
Pentax K-1 II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Canon 6D Mark II
Pentax K-1 II
  • $1613
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1997
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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