• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon 5DS advantages over Canon 80D

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,381 vs 1,135 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.59x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    50.6 vs 24.2 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

Canon 80D advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Less expensive
    $1049 vs $3499*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 960 vs 700 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.8 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    53 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.7 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    24 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 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 HDMI output 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Better RAW high ISO performance than predecessor; Improved buffer depth; Very fast AF; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is excellent; f/8 AF support; 1080/60p video; Headphone jack; Very good battery life.

  • New kit lens isn't very sharp; No 4K video; No clean HDMI out; 29:59 minute video recording limit; Phase detect AF not as sensitive in low-light as expected (Dual Pixel AF better in low-light).

The Competition

Compared to Canon T6s

Canon 5DS
Canon T6s
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon 80D
Canon T6s
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Canon 5DS
Canon 5DS R
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Canon 80D
Canon 5DS R
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Nikon D7200

Canon 5DS
Nikon D7200
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon 80D
Nikon D7200
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • 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 80D
Sony A99 II
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D850

Canon 5DS
Nikon D850
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Canon 80D
Nikon D850
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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