As well as being compared against other pro DSLRs, the Canon EOS 5DS is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon EOS 5DS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS R and the EOS 5DS R) and Nikon (such as the D810 and the D750)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5DS compared to other pro DSLR competitors include: it takes much higher resolution photos (50.3 MP vs 30.1 MP), is newer (february 2015 vs october 2013), is thinner (3" vs 3.2") and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 6 fps), has a slightly shorter battery life (700 shots vs 1200 shots), has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't have a built-in focus motor.

Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R
similar age
$2,146 - $3,699 (body only)
$2,237 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5DS R (vs the 5DS)

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Significant disadvantages of the 5DS R (vs the 5DS)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5DS R and 5DS

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 50.3 MP vs 50.3 MP

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
1 year newer
$2,219 - $2,999 (body only)
$2,558 - $3,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 5DS)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 7 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark IV (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 50.3 MP

common strengths of the 5D Mark IV and 5DS

  • None found

Nikon D810

Nikon D810
7 months older
$1,999 - $2,797 (body only)
$2,583 - $3,297 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D810 (vs the 5DS)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 1200 shots vs 700 shots
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Has a built-in focus motor

Significant disadvantages of the D810 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Significantly thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D810 and 5DS

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 36.2 MP vs 50.3 MP

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
3 years older
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the 5DS)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 22.3 MP vs 50.3 MP

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and 5DS

  • None found

Nikon D750

Nikon D750
4 months older
$1,149 - $1,297 (body only)
$1,797 24-120mm lens

Significant advantages of the D750 (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly longer battery life: 1230 shots vs 700 shots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 6.5 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the D750 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

common strengths of the D750 and 5DS

  • None found

Nikon D610

Nikon D610
1 year older
$790 - $1,497 (body only)
$1,774 - $2,447 28-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D610 (vs the 5DS)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Has a built-in focus motor
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the D610 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Fewer focus points: 39 vs 61
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 3"

common strengths of the D610 and 5DS

  • None found

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5DS compared to boutique competitors include: it takes significantly higher resolution photos (50.3 MP vs 30.1 MP), has a much longer battery life (700 shots vs 330 shots), uses fast phase detection autofocus (phase detection vs contrast detection), has interchangeable lenses and is slightly less expensive ($1,994.89 vs $3,396.95).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 2,100k dots), is slightly larger (professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs prosumer size (133×85×70 mm)), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 204,800 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 8 fps).

Canon EOS R

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3 years newer
$1,994 - $2,299

Significant advantages of the EOS R (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Many more focus points: 5,655 vs 61

Significant disadvantages of the EOS R (vs the 5DS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 370 shots vs 700 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 30.1 MP vs 50.3 MP

common strengths of the EOS R and 5DS

  • Great battery life: 370 shots vs 700 shots
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Leica SL (Typ 601)

Leica SL (Typ 601)
8 months newer
$5,995

Significant advantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (147×104×39 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the SL (Typ 601) (vs the 5DS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 700 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SL (Typ 601) and 5DS

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 700 shots
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Canon EOS RP

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4 years newer
$1,299 - $1,699

Significant advantages of the EOS RP (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Many more focus points: 4,779 vs 61
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (133×85×70 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS RP (vs the 5DS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 700 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much lower true resolution: 26 MP vs 50.3 MP

common strengths of the EOS RP and 5DS

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Nikon Z6

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3 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 700 shots
  • Much lower true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Z6 and 5DS

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Nikon Z7

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3 years newer
$3,397 - $3,547

Significant advantages of the Z7 (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Z7 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 700 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Z7 and 5DS

  • Capture very high resolution images: 45.4 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm GFX 50R

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3 years newer
$4,499

Significant advantages of the GFX 50R (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,360k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the GFX 50R (vs the 5DS)

  • Much shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 700 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the GFX 50R and 5DS

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 51.1 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 700 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5DS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it much larger viewfinder (0.71x vs 0.54x), takes much higher resolution photos (50.3 MP vs 24 MP), has a weather sealed body, has significantly more focus points (61 vs 39) and is newer (february 2015 vs october 2012).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 1,228k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5 fps vs 7 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS 3D

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2 years older

Significant advantages of the 3D (vs the 5DS)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the 3D (vs the 5DS)

  • No weather sealing
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the 3D and 5DS

  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Have external mic jacks

Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II
similar age
$1,786 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 II (vs the 5DS)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Shoots much faster: 8.3 fps vs 5 fps
  • Much smaller: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 II (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.71x
  • Many fewer focus points: 27 vs 61

common strengths of the K-3 II and 5DS

  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.71x

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
1 year newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5DS)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots significantly faster: 7 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 5DS

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.59x vs 0.71x
  • Weather sealed

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
similar age
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the 5DS)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much smaller: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.61x vs 0.71x

common strengths of the D7200 and 5DS

  • High resolution screens: 1,228k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.71x

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
similar age
$475 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the 5DS)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.71x
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the D5500 and 5DS

  • High resolution screens: 1,037k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 61

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon 5DS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a much larger screen (3.2" vs 3"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), takes much higher resolution photos (50.3 MP vs 24 MP), has a weather sealed body and much more lenses available (165 lenses vs 58 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 1,440k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 102,400 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
1 year newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more focus points: 325 vs 61
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (133×92×49 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the X-T2 and 5DS

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony a7 III

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3 years newer
$1,876 - $1,998 (body only)
$2,116 - $2,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7 III (vs the 5DS)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the a7 III (vs the 5DS)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the a7 III and 5DS

  • Weather sealed
  • Very long battery life: 710 shots vs 700 shots
  • Have external mic jacks

Sony a7R III

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2 years newer
$2,685 - $2,798 (body only)
$3,456 - $3,596 24-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the a7R III (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,440k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the a7R III (vs the 5DS)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 92 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the a7R III and 5DS

  • Capture extremely high resolution images: 42.2 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Weather sealed
  • Great battery life: 650 shots vs 700 shots

Fujifilm X-T30

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4 years newer
$899 (body only)
$999 - $1,039 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T30 (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots much faster: 30 fps vs 5 fps

Significant disadvantages of the X-T30 (vs the 5DS)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much lower true resolution: 26 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Much fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 165 lenses

common strengths of the X-T30 and 5DS

  • Capture very high resolution images: 26 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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3 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 5DS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (116×88×59 mm) vs Professional size (152×116×76 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the 5DS)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.2"
  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 165 lenses
  • Much lower true resolution: 24 MP vs 50.3 MP

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and 5DS

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S

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2 years newer
$1,938 - $2,298 (body only)
$3,017 - $5,567 12mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GH5S (vs the 5DS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Has a touch screen
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 12,800 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GH5S (vs the 5DS)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10.2 MP vs 50.3 MP
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GH5S and 5DS

  • Very large screens: 3.2" vs 3.2"
  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 165 lenses