• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Canon 5DS advantages over Sony A9

  • Less expensive
    $3499 vs $4098
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • 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

Sony A9 advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.93 vs 4.14 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,517 vs 2,381 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    17 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    673g vs 946g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.78x vs 0.71x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    20.0 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    364 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    20.0 fps vs 4.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    240 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 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 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • New sensor offers incredible performance; Excellent image quality at low & high ISOs; Very good dynamic range; Phenomenal 20fps burst speed & deep buffer; Very good battery life for a mirrorless; 4K video; Dual card slots.

  • Slow buffer clearing; Only one card slot is UHS-II compatible; Touchscreen underutilized; No lossless RAW compression option; No 4K/60p option.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5DS R

Canon 5DS
Canon 5DS R
  • $3632
  • 35mm
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3832
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Sony A9
Canon 5DS R
  • $4098
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3832
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup

Compared to Leica SL (Typ 601)

Canon 5DS
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $3632
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A9
Leica SL (Typ 601)
  • $4098
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Top deck display

Compared to Leica M-D (Typ 262)

Canon 5DS
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $3632
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
Sony A9
Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • $4098
  • 35mm
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection
  • $5995
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter

Compared to Sony A99 II

Canon 5DS
Sony A99 II
  • $3632
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A9
Sony A99 II
  • $4098
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Nikon D850

Canon 5DS
Nikon D850
  • $3632
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Sony A9
Nikon D850
  • $4098
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
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