Canon EOS 5Ds Review

June 16, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

36 x 24 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 50.6 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 53 megapixels

Aspect Ratio

3:2

Low-Pass Filter

Built-in/Fixed

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

Dual "DIGIC 6"

LENS

Lens Mount

EF (excludes EF-S / EF-M lenses)

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens

FOCUSING

Type

TTL-CT-SIR with a dedicated CMOS sensor

AF System/ Points

61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points inc 5 dual cross type at f/2.8 and 1 cross-type at f/8[11] The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.

AF working range

EV -2 - 18 (at 20°C & ISO100)

AF Modes

AI Focus
One Shot
Predictive AI Servo

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection: 61 point AF
Manual selection: Single point AF (selectable points 61, 15, 9 or cross type only points selectable)
Manual selection: Spot AF
Manual selection: AF point Expansion (4 points up, down, left, right or 8 surrounding 8 points)
Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding 8 points
Manual selection: Zone AF
Manual selection: Large Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting

Selected AF point display

Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or AF ON is pressed in One Shot AF mode

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite

Manual Focus

Selected on lens, default in Live View Mode

AF Microadjustment

Manual: Enter adjustment +/- 20 steps
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes

150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
EOS iSA System with 252-zone metering:
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF point)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.1% of viewfinder at centre)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 1.3% viewfinder at centre)
* AF point-linked spot metering not provided
(4) Centre weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 0 - 20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)

AE Lock

Auto: Operates in 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved Manual: By AE lock button in all exposure modes

Exposure Compensation

'+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).

AEB

2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

ISO Sensitivity [8]

100-6400 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)
ISO can be expanded to L:50 or H1: 12800

SHUTTER

Type

Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter

Speed

30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

Shutter Release

Soft touch electromagnetic release

WHITE BALANCE

Type

Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings

AAWB (Ambeince priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

'+/-3 levels in single level increments
3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

VIEWFINDER

Type

Pentaprism

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 100%

Magnification

Approx. .71x[4]

Eyepoint

Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Dioptre Correction

'-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Focusing Screen

Fixed

Mirror

Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)

Viewfinder Information

AF information: Single/Spot AF points, AF Frame, AF status, Focus indicator, AF mode, AF point selection, AF point registration
Exposure information: Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level/compensation, flash metering, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB, metering mode, shooting mode
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Crop area, Aspect ratio, Grid, Electronic
Other information: Battery check, Warning symbol, Flicker Detection, drive mode, white balance, JPEG/RAW indicator

Depth of field preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.

Eyepiece shutter

None (eyepiece cover attached to strap)

LCD MONITOR

Type

8.11cm (3.2") Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots

Coverage

Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx. 170°

Coating

Anti-reflection and Solid Structure

Brightness Adjustment

Auto: Using extenal ambient light sensor
Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Dual Axis Electronic Level
(4) Custom Quick control screen

FLASH

Modes

E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual

X-sync

1/200sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

'+/- 3EV in 1/3 increments with EX series Speedlites

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ Yes

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible external flash

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

Second Curtain Synchronisation

Yes

HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ No

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

Via camera menu screen

SHOOTING

Modes

Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie), Bulb, Custom (x3)

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, Fine Detail, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Chromatic aberration correction
Resize to M, S1, S2 or S3
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Image cropping - during image Playback only
Multiple exposure
HDR images 5 presets

Drive modes

Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote), Silent single shooting, Silent continous shooting

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 5fps. (speed maintained for up to 510 number of JPEGs or 14 RAW images)[1][2][10] with UDMA mode 7 card.

Intervalometer

Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited. Bulb timer possible

LIVE VIEW MODE

Type

Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

Coverage

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

29.97 fps

Focusing

Manual Focus (Magnify the image 6x or 16x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode, Live Face detection mode

Metering

Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed

Display Options

Grid overlay (x3), Histogram

FILE TYPE

Still Image Type

JPEG: 2 compression options (Exif 2.3 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, separate formats to separate cards possible

Image Size

JPEG:
Full Frame - (L) 8688x5792, (M1) 7680x5120, (M2) 5760x3840, (S1) 4320x2880, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480
1.3x Crop - (L) 6768x4512, (M1) 6016x4000, (M2) 4512x3008, (S1) 3376x2256, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480
1.6x Crop - (L) 5424x3616, (M1) 4800x3200, (M2) 3616x2408, (S1) 2704x1808, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480
1:1 Crop - (L) 5792x5792, (M1) 5120x5120, (M2) 3840x3840, (S1) 2880x2880, (S2) 1280x1280, (S3) 480x480
RAW:
(RAW) 8688x5792,
(M-RAW) 6480x4320,
(S-RAW) 4320x2880

Movie Type

MOV (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)

Movie Size

1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) intra or interframe
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) intra or interframe
640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps) interframe only

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec, Max single file size 4GB

Time-lapse Movie

Shooting interval can be set between 1 sec. to 99 hr. 59min. 59 seconds[12] Sequence of images between 2 and 3600 shots, up to 2min. 24sec. (PAL) MOV format, Full HD (1920 x 1080) 25p (ALL-I)

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset
(2) Auto reset

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions

16 Custom Functions

Metadata Tag

Author, copyright, GPS (with GP-E2), Rating

LCD Panel / Illumination

Yes / Yes

Water/ Dust resistance

Yes

Sound Memo

No

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Playback zoom

1x - 16x

Display Formats

(1) Single image
(2) Single image with information (2 levels)
(3) Two image Display image
(4) 4 image index
(5) 9 image index
(6) 36 image index
(7) 100image index
(8) Jump Display
(9) Movie edit
(10) RAW processing
(11) Rating

Slide Show

Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills, Rating, Protect images
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10 or 20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off

Histogram

Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert

Yes

Image Erase/Protection

Erase protection of one image at a time, folder or card

Image Erase

Single image, selected, folder, card or all unprotected

Self Timer

2 or 10 sec.

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu 1 - 6
(2) AF Menu 1 - 5
(3) Playback menu 1 - 3
(4) Setup menu 1 - 4
(5) Custom Functions menu 1 - 4
(6) My Menu (1 - 5 user selectable)

Menu Languages

25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

Computer

USB 3.0 Hi-Speed (PTP)

Other

HDMI Type C, External microphone (Stereo mini jack)

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge

PictBridge

Yes

STORAGE

Type

CompactFlash Type I (UDMA 7 compatible), SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card. High-speed writing with UHS-I type SD cards is supported

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh

Windows 7 (excl. Starter Edition), Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
OS X v10.7-10.10

SOFTWARE

Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional 4 (RAW Image Processing)

Other

PhotoStitch, EOS Utility 3 (inc. Remote Capture, WFT utility*), Picture Style Editor
* Requires optional accessory

POWER SOURCE

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied) / LP-E6

Battery life

Approx. 700 shots (at 23°C)[5]
Approx. 660 (at 0°C)

Battery Indicator

Automatic displayed in 6 levels

Power saving

Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 or 30mins.

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, Car Battery charger CBC-E6

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials

Magnesium Alloy body covers

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 845 g

ACCESSORIES

Case

N/A

Wireless File Transmitter

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 version 2
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 requires a firmware update and Interface Cable IFC-40AB II or IFC-150AB II
Compatible with Eye-Fi cards

Lenses

All EF lenses (excluding EF-S / EF-M lenses)

Flash

Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Battery Grip

BG-E11

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6 and Speedlite 600EX-RT

Other

GPS GP-E2, Eyecup Eb, Eg-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eg, Anti Fog Eyepiece Eg, Angle Finder C, Hand Strap E2, Connect Station CS100