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The Canon 5DS is a professional-grade, ultra high-resolution DSLR. Key features include:

  • 50.6MP full-frame sensor

  • 61-point high-density reticular AF

  • Full HD 1080p capture at 30FPS in ALL-I and IPB

  • Built-in intervalometer and bulb timer

What’s the Big Deal? The Canon 5DS offers lots of resolution. It outputs a print size just short of 20″ × 30″ @ 300dpi, making it a commercial and landscape photographer’s dream. At this resolution, it’s a direct competitor to digital medium format.

50.6MP Full-Frame Sensor. At the heart of the 5DS is a 50.6MP full-frame sensor that enables shallow depth of field. Its pixel pitch is essentially the same as the 7D Mark II’s, so optimistically high ISO performance should be “similar.” Please note that the normal ISO range has been limited to 100-6400 with the ability to “expand” to 12,800. The 5DS’s dual DIGIC 6 image processors move all that data around, and yet they still provide speedy performance with up to 5FPS in continuous shooting.

61-Point High-Density Reticular AF. The autofocus system is basically the 5D Mark III’s, with 61 total autofocus points, 41 of which are cross-type. It also features the EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Resolution), which uses the metering sensor for tracking, but the big difference is the addition of the 150,000-pixel RGB metering sensor from the 7D. This enhances tracking and continuous focus performance, breathing new life into the “old” 5D III’s system.

HD Video. While the 5DS shoots video, that’s not its focus. It offers full HD 1080p capture at 30FPS in either ALL-I and IPB compressions, just as the 5D III did; however, the camera loses uncompressed HDMI output and the headphone jack for monitoring.

Built-In Intervalometer and Bulb Timer. The built-in intervalometer and bulb timer enable in-camera time-lapse and bulb settings without the need for an advanced remote shutter release. You can also set it to output an HD video file of the captured time-lapse.

Read the User's Manual here.


Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex, camera

Recording Media 

  • CF card

    * Type I drive (Incompatible with Type II and Microdrive.)

    * High-speed writing possible with UDMA CF cards.
  • SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards

    * High-speed writing possible with UHS-I SD cards.

    * MultiMediaCard (MMC) cannot be used. (A card error will be displayed.)


Image Format 
Approx. 36 mm x 24mm (35mm Full-frame)

Compatible Lenses 
Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S Lenses)

Lens Mount 
Canon EF mount

Image Sensor

High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor

Effective pixels: Approx. 50.60 megapixels
Total pixels: 53.00 megapixels

Pixel Unit 
4.14µm square

Total Pixels 
Total Pixels: 53.00 megapixels

Aspect Ratio 
3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)

Color Filter System 
RGB primary color filters

Low Pass Filter 
Fixed position in front of the image sensor

Dust Deletion Feature 

  1. Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
    * Removes dust adhering to the low-pass filter.
    * At power ON: Performed for approx. 3 sec. (Operation indicated for 2 sec.)
    At power Off: Performed for approx. 2 sec.
    Manual operation: Performed for approx. 8.5 sec.
    * Magnesium fluoride coating on the low-pass filter surface applied.
  2. Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
    * The coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.
    * The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the EOS software to automatically erase the dust spots.
  3. Manual cleaning


Recording System

Recording Format 
Design Rule for Camera File System 2.0 and EXIF 2.3

Image Format 
Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original), RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG

Video: MOV (Image data: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Linear PCM)

File Size 
Full Size 

  1. Large: Approx. 50.3 Megapixels (8688 x 5792)
  2. Medium 1: Approx. 39.3 Megapixels (7680 x 5120)
  3. Medium 2: Approx. 22.1 Megapixels (5760 x 3840)
  4. S1 (Small 1): Approx. 12.40 Megapixels (4320 x 2880)
  5. S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
  6. S3 (Small 3): Approx. 350,000 Pixels (720 x 480)
  7. RAW: Approx. 50.3 Megapixels (8688 x 5792)
  8. M-RAW: Approx. 28.50 Megapixels (6480 x 4320)
  9. S-RAW: Approx. 12.40 Megapixels (4320 x 2880)

Crop - 1.3x 

  1. Large: Approx. 30.5 Megapixels (6768 x 4512)
  2. Medium 1: Approx. 24.1 Megapixels (6016 x 4000)
  3. Medium 2: Approx. 13.6 Megapixels (4512 x 3008)
  4. S1 (Small 1): Approx. 7.6 Megapixels (3376 x 2256)
  5. S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.5 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
  6. S3 (Small 3): Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480)

Crop - 1.6x 

  1. Large: Approx. 19.6 Megapixels (5424 x 3616)
  2. Medium 1: Approx. 15.4 Megapixels (4800 x 3200)
  3. Medium 2: Approx. 8.7 Megapixels (3616 x 2408)
  4. S1 (Small 1): Approx. 4.9 Megapixels (2704 x 1808)
  5. S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
  6. S3 (Small 3): Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480)

Aspect Ratio - 1:1 

  1. Large: Approx. 33.5 Megapixels (5792 x 5792)
  2. Medium 1: Approx. 26.2 Megapixels (5120 x 5120)
  3. Medium 2: Approx. 14.7 Megapixels (3840 x 3840)
  4. S1 (Small 1): Approx. 8.3 Megapixels (2880 x 2880)
  5. S2 (Small 2): Approx. 1.6 Megapixels (1280 x 1280)
  6. S3 (Small 3): Approx. 0.23 Megapixels (480 x 480)

Aspect Ratio: 4:3 

  1. Large: Approx. 44.7 Megapixels (7712 x 5792)
  2. Medium 1: Approx. 34.9 Megapixels (6816 x 5120)
  3. Medium 2: Approx. 19.7 Megapixels (5120 x 3480)
  4. S1 (Small 1): Approx. 11.1 Megapixels (3840 x 2880)
  5. S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.2 Megapixels (1712 x 1280)
  6. S3 (Small 3): Approx. 0.31 Megapixels (640 x 480)

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 

  1. Large: Approx. 42.5 Megapixels (8688 x 4888)
  2. Medium 1: Approx. 33.2 Megapixels (7680 x 4320)
  3. Medium 2: Approx. 18.7 Megapixels (5760 x 3240)
  4. S1 (Small 1): Approx. 10.5 Megapixels (4320 x 2432)
  5. S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.1 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
  6. S3 (Small 3): Approx. 0.28 Megapixels (720 x 408)

Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.


Recording Functions 

  1. Standard
    * Records to either the CF card or SD card.
  2. Auto switch card
    * When the current card becomes full, the camera switches to the other card automatically.
  3. Record separately
    * The CF card and SD card record the same image at a different image recording quality (L, M, S1, S2, S3, RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW)
  4. Record to multiple
    * Both the CF card and SD card record the same image at the same image recording quality. (Also applies to RAW+JPEG, M+JPEG, and SRAW+JPEG)


Backup Recording 
Images recorded in a card can be copied to the other card

File Numbering 
The following three types of file numbers can be set:

(1) Continuous numbering

* The continuous numbering of captured images will continue even after you replace the camera's card. (The numbering continues even when the folder changes.)

(2) Auto reset

* When you replace the camera's card, the numbering will be reset to start from 0001. If the new card already contains images, the numbering will continue from the last recorded image in the card.

(3) Manual reset

* Resets the file number to 0001, and creates a new folder automatically.

RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording 
The image-recording quality can be selected in any combination of the three RAW and eight JPEG recording quality settings.

Color Space 
Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB

Picture Style 
Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3

* Scene Intelligent Auto will set [Auto] automatically.

* [Standard] is the default setting for [User Def. 1-3]

White Balance


  1. Auto (AWB): Ambience priority
  2. Auto (AWB): White Priority
  3. Daylight
  4. Shade
  5. Cloudy, Twilight, Sunset
  6. Tungsten light
  7. White fluorescent light
  8. Flash
  9. Custom (Custom WB)
  10. Color temperature

* With an EX-series Speedlite having the color temperature information transmission feature, the color temperature setting changes to match the color temperature when the flash is fired. Set to approx. 6000K if the flash unit does not have the color temperature communication feature.


Auto White Balance 
Auto white balance with the image sensor

Color Temperature Compensation 

  • Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
  • Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels

*Corrected in reference to the current WB mode's color temperature.


Color Temperature Information Transmission 

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Eye-level pentaprism

Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally (At approx. 21mm eyepoint)

Approx. 0.71x / Angle of view 34.1° (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (dpt))

Eye Point 
Approx. 21mm (At -1m-1 from the eyepiece lens center)

Dioptric Adjustment Correction 
-3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)

Focusing Screen 

Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflectance ratio of 40:60)

Viewfinder Information 

  • AF information
    AF point, focus confirmation, AF status indicator
  • Exposure information
    Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level, exposure warning
  • Flash information
    Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light
  • Image information
    Highlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card information
  • Battery check
  • Composition information
    Grid, electronic level
  • Warning symbol
    Displayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance correction, One-touch recording quality switch, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering.
  • Flicker detection


Depth Of Field Preview 
Enabled with Depth-of-field preview button


TTL secondary image - registration, phase detection

AF Points 
61-point High-Density Reticle AF

Cross-type AF Points AF Points
Dual cross-type AF points at f/2.8 and f/5.6 5
Cross-type AF points at f/4.0 + f/5.6 20
Cross-type AF points at f/5.6 21
Horizontal-line focusing AF points at f/5.6 20
Cross-type AF points at f/8 1



AF Working Range 
EV -2 - 18 (at 73°F/23°C and ISO 100)

Focusing Modes 

(1) Autofocus

  • One-Shot AF
  • Predictive AI Servo AF
  • For automatic AF point selection, the AF point to start the AI Servo AF operation can be selected.
  • For automatic AF point selection, the active AF point can be displayed.
  • AI Focus AF
    • (Switches between One-Shot AF and AI SERVO AF automatically)
    • Automatically set in A+ (Auto) Mode

(2) Manual focus (MF)


AF Point Selection 

  1. Single-point Spot AF (Manual selection)
  2. Single-point AF (Manual selection)

*The checkmark cannot be removed from this option.

  1. AF point expansion (Manual selection, 4 points: Up, down, left, and right)
  2. AF point expansion (Manual selection, surrounding 8 points)
  3. Zone AF (Manual zone selection
  4. Auto selection 61-Point AF)


Selected AF Point Display 
Displayed in viewfinder with transparent LCD and on LCD panel

Active AF Point Indicator 
AF area used in horizontal/vertical (grip up or down) shooting and the manually-selected AF point position can be set separately

AF Assist Beam 

  1. Enable
    With an EOS-dedicated Speedlite, AF-assist beam is emitted automatically when necessary.
  2. Disable
  3. IR AF assist beam only
    * No AF-assist beam with flash bursts.


Exposure Control

Metering Modes 
Approx. 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor

EOS iSA System with 252-zone (18 x 14) metering

  1. Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
  2. Partial metering (center, approx. 6.1% of viewfinder)
  3. Spot metering (center, approx. 1.3% of viewfinder)
    •AF point-linked spot metering not provided.
  4. Center-weighted average metering
    a. The selectable metering modes can be restricted with a Custom Function.


Metering Range 
EV 0-20 (at 73°F / 23°C at ISO 100)

Exposure Control Systems 
(1) Scene Intelligent Auto

(2) Program AE (shiftable)

(3) Shutter-priority AE (Safety shift possible)

(4) Aperture-priority AE (Safety shift possible)

(5) Manual exposure

* The metering mode can be specified with a Custom Function.

(6) Bulb

(7) Custom shooting mode, C1, C2, C3

* Evaluative metering, Averaged metering

ISO Speed Range 

Manual Settings:
Normal ISO Speeds ISO 100–6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments)
Expanded ISO Speeds L: equivalent to ISO 50, H: equivalent to ISO 12800

* For (Highlight tone priority), the settable ISO speed range will be ISO 200–6400.
* ISO speed safety shift possible with Custom Function.
* For movie shooting, the maximum expanded ISO speed is also ISO 12800.

ISO 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments)

  • ISO speed expansion possible to ISO 50, 51200, and 102400.
  • For [Highlight tone priority], the settable ISO speed range will be 200-25600.
  • ISO speed safety shift possible with Custom Function.



Auto Settings:
Shooting Mode ISO Settings
Without Flash With Flash
A+ 100–3200 ISO 100–1600
P/Tv/Av/M 100–6400*1 ISO 400 fixed*1,*2,*3
B ISO 400 fixed*1

*1: It depends on (Minimum) and (Maximum) of (Auto ISO range).
*2: If overexposure would occur with fill flash, the minimum ISO speed is set to ISO 100 (except for M and B).
*3: Auto set for ISO 400–1600 in the P mode with external Speedlite set for bounce flash.

ISO Speed upper and lower limits:
(1) Manual setting range
* ISO speed expansion is set with this option.

(2) Auto ISO ranger
* ISO speed expansion not settable.


Exposure Compensation 
Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments

AEB: ±3 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments

* Indicated up to ±3 stops on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder.

AE Lock 
(1) Auto AE lock

·In the One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering, AE lock takes effect when focus is achieved.

(2) Manual AE lock

·With AE lock button. (AE lock is updated each time you press the button.) Enabled in all metering modes.


Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled

Shutter Speeds 
X-sync at 1/200 sec.
1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
* Shutter speed's control range can be set with a Custom Function.

Shutter Release 
Soft-touch electromagnetic release

Self Timer 
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay

Shutter Lag Time 

  1. During SW-1 ON, time lag between SW-2 ON and start of exposure:
    Approx. 0.059 sec.
    * During silent shooting, approx. 0.108 sec.
    * With flash, approx. 0.086 sec.
    * During silent shooting with flash, approx. 0.108 sec.
  2. Time lag between simultaneous SW-1/SW-2 ON and start of exposure: Approx. 0.186 sec.
    * During silent shooting, approx. 0.230 sec.
    * With flash, approx. 0.236 sec.
    * During silent shooting with flash, approx. 0.255 sec.


External Speedlite

EOS Dedicated Speedlite 
E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites

Zooming to Match Focal Length 

Flash Exposure Compensation 
±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

FE Lock 

External Flash Settings 
The camera can set the following with Speedlite 600EX-RT, 580EX II, 430EX II, 320EX, 270EX II, or 270EX:

(1) External flash control
* Flash mode, sync setting, FEB (not possible with 270EX II/270EX), flash exposure compensation, E-TTL II, zoom, wireless master flash (not possible with 430EX II/ 270EX), and clear settings.
* With the Speedlite 600EX-RT, radio wireless control is possible.

(2) Flash Custom Function setting

PC Terminal 
Provided (no polarity)

Drive System

Drive Modes 
Single, High-speed continuous, Low-speed continuous, Silent Single Shooting, Silent continuous shooting, and Self-timer (10 sec. self-timer/remote control, or 2-sec. self-timer/remote control)

Continuous Shooting Speed 
High-speed: Maximum approx. 5.0 shots/sec.

Low-speed: Maximum approx. 3.0shots/sec.

Silent continuous shooting: Maximum approx. 3.0 shots/sec.

Maximum Burst 

Image Recording Quality Crop/Aspect Ratio Image File Size (Approx. MB) Possible Shots (Approx.) Maximum Burst (Approx.)
CF Card: 8 GB SD Card: 8 GB
Standard High-speed (UDMA 7) Standard High-speed (UHS-I)
Large/Fine Full-frame 14.1 510 31 510 (Full) 31 510 (Full)
1.3x crop 8.5 840 110 840 (Full) 120 840 (Full)

1.6x crop

5.5 1,310 1,310 (Full) 1,310 (Full) 1,310 (Full) 1,310 (Full)
1:1 (aspect ratio) 9.4 760 76 760 (Full) 85 760 (Full)
4:3 (aspect ratio) 12.5 570 No value data for Live View shooting.
16:9 (aspect ratio) 11.9 600
Large/Normal Full-frame 7.0 1,030 1,030 (Full) 1,030 (Full) 1,030 (Full) 1,030 (Full)
M1/Fine Full-frame 10.9 660 45 660 (Full) 49 660 (Full)
M1/Normal Full-frame 5.5 1,310 1,310 (Full) 1,310 (Full) 1,310 (Full) 1,310 (Full)
M2/Fine Full-frame 7.1 1,010 1,010 (Full) 1,010 (Full) 1,010 (Full) 1,010 (Full)
M2/Normal Full-frame 3.5 2,030 2,030 (Full) 2,030 (Full) 2,030 (Full) 2,030 (Full)
S1/Fine Full-frame 4.5 1,590 1,590 (Full) 1,590 (Full) 1,590 (Full) 1,590 (Full)
S1/Normal Full-frame 2.3 3,120 3,120 (Full) 3,120 (Full) 3,120 (Full) 3,120 (Full)
S2 Full-frame 1.2 5,600 5,600 (Full) 5,600 (Full) 5,600 (Full) 5,600 (Full)
S3 Full-frame 0.3 20,380 20,380 (Full) 20,380 (Full) 20,380 (Full)  

Canon 5DS

Battery - Canon LP-E6N

Camera Strap

Canon EF Body Cap

Canon Eyecup Eg

Charger - Canon LC-E6

Manual - Canon 5DS / 5DS R Cheat Sheet / Paper Manual