5 Canon 5Ds Features to Take Note of Before Buying

After Nikon breached the normalcy of 12 – megapixel cameras with their D800’s 250 – megapixel, Canon is now climbing up the ladder slowly but effectively with one of their latest, the EOS 5Ds. Photographers then came to wonder how is this different from the EOS 5D Mark III? How will it be able to outstand its predecessor’s all around capabilities? The Canon 5Ds actually has a lot to offer on its own but as opposed to the latter version, it exceeds in the field of portrait and studio photography.

5Ds Appears Much Like Its Predecessors

Design.  For those who are expecting massive difference in terms of appearance for this Canon EOS, there isn’t much for them to see. However, for the loyalists of Canon’s 5D models, they will be more than pleased to find that not much has changed for the latest 5Ds. The changes are pretty minor with the application of magnesium alloy as its body. With a reinforced baseplate, chassis and tripod lug, it managed to highlight an improvement in the gear’s stability.

5Ds Lets You Have Your Way

Handling. Just like any other full frame DSLR, the Canon 5Ds lets a photographer do a whole lot of customizations as he would please. Present with numerous custom menus and a rapid control screen, fast access to settings has never been this interesting.

An extra feature that most photographers would notice at the use of this Canon EOS is the moment they click the shutter button, quietness follows. Yes, the Canon 5Ds managed to quiet the usual shutter sound after they redesigned the camera’s mirror vibration control system. In doing so, they reduced the occurrence of having the mirror bounce and the camera shake. This results to the maintenance of the 50-megapixel sharp image processing.

Just like the previous models, Canon 5Ds’ optical viewfinder is great for traditional compositions and for its LCD, it packs an overlay that displays shooting information as a photographer would see fit for the previews. Electronic levels, AF Points and grid lines are as present as ever. When it comes to photo previews, the outputs can be seen as praiseworthy. However, many have commented that a flip screen would be more convenient and suitable.

5Ds’ 50 Mega – Pixel Brings in the Magic

Imaging. Reviews came and some photographers thought that there wouldn’t be much difference between a 36 mega-pixel camera and a 50 mega-pixel one. They were greatly mistaken as the 14 extra mega-pixels packs a punch in the image. Given the proper subject with the right amount of lighting and a solid angle, the image would reveal an added level of texture and this is without any instance of third party image enhancement software.

When it comes to image cropping, instant photographers would be delighted with 5Ds’ built in 1.3 and 1.6 crop modes. Moving on to the low light capturing capability, its ISO 6400 may come to bother some OCD pixel viewers but to the regular onlookers, it can still deliver. Much to the disappointment, its IS0 12800 is just a pretentious addition to make an impression for the camera’s overall specs. Be that as it may, in gauging its overall image capturing performance Canon 5Ds offers the best dynamic range for a DSLR of the same brand in a normal ISO range setting.

5Ds Puts Everything into Place

Focus. The Canon 5Ds autofocus is built with an impressive 61-point system that comes with 41 cross-type points. Through this advancement, most images turn out quick and accurate. The camera offers features like the selection for groups of AF points into movable zones. This makes multiple subject focusing easy and tracking moving subjects for capture very much achievable.  However, just like every issue on most full frame DSLR, the 5Ds is not excused in the issue of getting AF point to cover more of the frame.

The Canon 5Ds comes off to be limited in continuous shooting speed with just 5 fps. However, if given a high class memory card, it can apply such feature to about 510 JPEG or 14 RAW outputs.

5Ds falls impressively short for motion captures

Video recording. Despite the Canon 5Ds capacity to deliver quality images with its 50 – megapixels, the maximum capture for its video recording is set with a limited 1080p at 30 fps. Focused video shooters might want to look the other way for this camera but to those who only wish to knock off a few video recordings, the 5Ds could still deliver a dramatic footage if paired with a lens that has a fast and quiet focusing – much like what a 24-70 lens would.

The Verdict

Ultimately, the Canon 5Ds is the destined camera for those who are looking towards a 50 megapixel ranged DSLR. With its image capturing capacity, it managed to set the bar higher for its kind. Portrait and studio photographers would be very pleased with the details it presents for a full frame DSLR. However, this kind of camera will not be for everyone given that its’ images massive file size will not only require high end, fast memory cards but will also give post processing computers a heavy run in their RAM. Then again, for those who are willing to go through that – and more – the 5Ds will shine out to be one impressive gadget.

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