Canon EOS 5DS R

12/13/2017

If you want the most extreme image resolution available in a DSLR camera and you want the sharpest images available at that resolution, the Canon EOS 5Ds R is your camera. 

The Canon EOS 5DS R is a professional DSLR Camera, and more promising then its other Canon Models. Including great image quality with high resolution, a very capable AF system, a large and information-filled viewfinder, a fast/responsive shutter combined with a very nice frame rate, a great LCD and compatibility with an incredible range of lenses, flashes and other accessories. It includes the latest 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor which offers Canon's Dual Pixel on-sensor phase-detection autofocus system. The Canon EOS 5DS R is a masterpiece on its own. 

Canon EOS 80D - Highlighted Features

  • Year Introduced: 2015 
  • Megapixels: 50.6 
  • Total Pixels: 53.0 
  • Sensor Size: 36.0 x 24.0mm 
  • Pixel Dimensions: 8688 x 5792 
  • Pixel Size: 4.14µm 
  • Diffraction-Limited Aperture: f/6.7 
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2 
  • Lens Mount EF (excludes EF-S lenses), TS-E, MP-E 
  • FOVCF 1.0x 
  • Image Processor Dual DIGIC 6 

Image quality

The photos from the prerelease camera are certainly sharper than any I've seen from a Canon, and they're a whole new level of quality compared to the 5D Mark III. But the photos from the preproduction version aren't as good as those from the D810. (For the purposes of comparison, I shot with the Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM ' Alens for each mount, one of the few good cross-platform 50mm options.) They've got more noise in the raws starting at midrange ISO sensitivities, and the D810 seems to have a broader tonal range. The camera offers a Fine Detail Picture Style that enhances sharpness and helps with photos ISO 800 and higher, but it also increases artifacts. The higher resolution does help in cases where the focus is slightly off, though, making scaled down images look a little sharper than they might have otherwise. And the video, even though it's two-megapixel HD, looks a lot sharper than Canon's other models.

Auto Focus

Is a very important concept: If the photo is not properly focused, the quality of the camera and lens used to take it are of no matter. Especially with professional photographers, showing the best clear image is essential. In The 5DS R a Type TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor is integrated into the camera. The image quality a camera is capable of is irrelevant if the subject is out of focus. Of critical importance for most photographers, and especially for sports and wildlife photographers, is auto focus accuracy. 


Performance

I didn't run any performance tests on the preproduction model, but while shooting it occasionally felt a little slow to focus and process raw+JPEGs. Moving all that data through the image pipeline, even with dual processors, does take its toll. And the in-camera HDR and multiple exposures is really slow and ties up the camera. It has the same autofocus system as the Mark III and it performs respectably -- but it's not for chimpers; you can keep shooting, but you can't do anything else while its writing the burst to the card. And while the autofocus system isn't bad, I did have problems with focusing in low light.

And the battery life is "meh." I thought it might be a preproduction issue, but then realized Canon only rates it for 700 shots.

Design and features

The body design is pretty much the same as the 5D Mark III and the 7D Mark II, and I like it and find it comfortable to shoot with. As with the 7DM2, I really wish it had an articulated LCD, but in this case just to spare me the embarrassment of crawling around on the ground for knee-high shots.

There are necessarily some internal differences. To minimize vibration, Canon had to reinforce the chassis, baseplate and tripod socket, and incorporate a new motor rather than the spring-controlled mirror system similar to the 7D Mark II. You can also set a shutter-time lag in the mirror lock-up mode in order to delay movement and reduce vibration. A little shake goes a long way when you're talking about resolutions this high. I didn't notice any shots with unusual shake. It also incorporates the updated viewfinder display of the 7DM2, and upgrades to USB 3.0.

Only a few menu items differ from the 7DM2, and those apply to features that exist only one camera or the other; for example the 5DS R has the Fine Detail Picture Style, a delay option when shooting with the mirror in the locked and upright position; and a nice, bright crop view in the finder when working in a crop mode. Disappointingly, the time-lapse mode in the 5DS R is implemented as a movie function and can only create a movie automatically in-camera; that's in contrast to the 7DM2, which has a real interval-timer shooting mode.

The 5D Mark III stays in the product line, presumably without any official price drops, and that will still be the videographers' camera of choice -- the 5DS R lacks a headphone jack and can't output clean HDMI.

Battery

The 80D utilizes the LP-E6N lithium ion battery pack. The LP-E6N battery form factor is great (you can easily fit several of these small batteries in most pockets) and they still provide a rating of up to 960 shots in the Canon EOS 80D. Battery life is always highly variable based on factors such as drive mode, flash use, live view/video use and temperature. 

Price

The 80D represents Canon's midrange DSLR line and, as is usually the case with DSLR cameras, you get what you pay for. That said, I think that that 80D price makes it a good value. This camera has enough features to satisfy professionals while the price is well within the enthusiast range. 

Accessories

Here's a list of recommended accessories that I personally use.

  • DSLR Gadget Bag

  • 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card

  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200MM f/4-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction II Zoom Lens with Auto Focus

  • Professional Camera Cleaning Kit for DSLR Cameras

  • Professional Camera Grip Hand Strap 

Opinion

Reviewing one of the feature-filled DSLRs currently hitting the streets is a daunting, time-consuming effort. One could write many books about using this camera and getting the most from it. Hopefully I've given you the basics needed for decision making.

To dig deeper into this camera's capabilities, I recommend reading the owner's manual (it's pretty long)

Owning a Canon product gives you access to Canon support. The support I provided by Canon is excellent. Access to an intelligent person who sincerely wants to help with whatever question or problem. Canon repair service is very fast and reliable, hopefully you will never need it.

For high-tier professional photographers

Canon has continuously refined their design and added in a huge array of technological advancements. The result is a feature-packed, great-performing camera with a wide range of usefulness and a price tag that isn't bad.

Whether you are a first-time DSLR buyer, you are interested in upgrading to a more feature-filled and capable camera, or if you are adding an additional camera to your kit, the Canon EOS 80D is very worthy of consideration.

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