Summary

Highly Recommended awardThe Canon EOS 5DS R is essentially an EOS 5D Mark III with double the resolution: no fewer than 50 Megapixels, making it the highest resolution full-frame DSLR to date. Sure there's a number of other small but useful upgrades, many focused on ensuring the resolution isn't squandered by vibration, but there's no denying the 5Ds is all about the sensor. Basically if you loved everything about the EOS 5D Mark III but wished it delivered bigger files, then this is the camera for you. The only question for those who want to stay committed to the EF system is whether to go for the 5Ds or the 5Ds R which cancels the effect of the low pass filter for potentially crisper results at the risk of greater moire. It depends on your subject and how bothered you are about moire. If you shoot natural landscapes or other organic shapes, there's normally little chance of the fine repeating patterns which can trigger moire, in which case go for the 5Ds R. But if you mostly shoot man-made textures like clothing, or even fine patterns in buildings, then moire can be an issue, in which case the 5Ds is probably a safer bet. If you're open to the idea of mirrorless though, I'd strongly recommend considering the Sony Alpha A7r Mark II.

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Verdict

Since the EOS 5DS R and EOS 5DS share the same body, handling and general features, please see my Canon EOS 5DS review for a full report. This post concentrates on the EOS 5DS R image quality with a RAW comparison between it and the Sony A7r Mark II, along with a selection of EOS 5DS R sample images. In this post I’ve presented results and sample images for the EOS 5DS R, so click the tabs to view them. For a brief overview of the 5DS / 5DS R, check out my video review below.

 

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