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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Samples

The following images were taken with a final production Canon EOS 5DS R fitted with the Sigma ART 50mm f1.4 lens, one of the sharpest lenses I’ve tested. The EOS 5DS R was set to its best quality Large Fine mode, capturing 50.6 Megapixel images with Fine compression. In each case I used Auto White Balance and the standard Photo style unless otherwise stated. Many thanks to B&H Photo for the loan of the EOS 5DS R and Sigma lens. You can support me anytime you shop at B&H (for anything!) by first clicking through to them from my link here.
All of the images below are JPEGs out-of-camera and are available to download in larger or their original formats for analysis. Click on the desired image to access the files at Flickr.

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