• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000

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Differences

Canon 5DS advantages over Sony A6400

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 700 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More pixels
    50.6 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A6400 advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $3499*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    12 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.12 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    87 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    42 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (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
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

  • 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D810

Canon 5DS
Nikon D810
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A6400
Nikon D810
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Canon 5DS
Canon 5DS R
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Sony A6400
Canon 5DS R
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $3699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D850

Canon 5DS
Nikon D850
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A6400
Nikon D850
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Canon 5DS
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Sony A6400
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony A6100

Canon 5DS
Sony A6100
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony A6400
Sony A6100
  • $898
  • APS-C
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
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