Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5DS vs 5D Mark III

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from canonwatch.com and dpreview.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 5DS vs 5D Mark III

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 5DS
2,381 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
2,293 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 5DS
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 5DS
700 photos
EOS 5D Mark III
950 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

EOS 5DS
24.7 bits
EOS 5D Mark III
24.0 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

EOS 5DS
12.4 ev
EOS 5D Mark III
11.7 ev

Features Key features of the EOS 5DS  vs 5D Mark III 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 5DS
50.3 MP
EOS 5D Mark III
22.3 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 5DS
12,800 ISO
EOS 5D Mark III
102,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 5DS
0.71x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 5DS
17.2 microns
EOS 5D Mark III
38.7 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 5DS  vs
5D Mark III 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 50.3 MP 22.3 MP
Resolution 8688 x 5792 5456 x 4096
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 36 x 24 mm 36 x 24 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 17.2 microns 38.7 microns
Light sensitivity 50 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 61 61
Cross type focus points 41 41
Supports continuous Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 100%
Magnification 0.71x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.71x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps 6 fps
Battery life 700 950
Continuous shooting
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, JPEG, 65 shots
6 fps @ 5760 x 3840, RAW, 13 shots
5 fps

video

EOS 5DS  vs
5D Mark III 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3.2"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 152 x 116 x 76 mm 152 x 116 x 76 mm
Thickness 76 mm 76 mm
Weight 930 g 950 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No No
WiFi None None
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