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Canon 5DS vs Canon 5D Mark III Comparison

The Canon EOS 5DS and 5D Mark III are two semi-pro DSLR cameras introduced by Canon in February 2015 and May 2012, respectively. Although there is a 3-year gap between them, both cameras have appeared to be very successful throughout their existence, and they share some common things that will guarantee us an entertaining overview.

At first look, you may be unsure who wins the race, which is normal. To find out, we’ll expose their benefits and weaknesses so you can better understand their talents. Ready? Begin!

Canon 5DS vs Canon 5D Mark III Feature Comparison

Canon 5DS Canon 5D Mark III
Camera Type
ISO Range
100-25,600; 50-51,200
Flip-Out Screen
AF Points
61 AF Points
61 AF Points
Video Recording
Sensor Size

Head To Head Comparison

Canon 5DS

The Canon EOS 5DS has a sleek, glossy-black body that’s extremely durable due to the use of magnesium alloy. To ensure even better protection, Canon has implemented weather sealing, which means you may shoot in a variety of weather conditions without feeling restricted.

This camera is also pretty pleasant to shoot with, due to its deep grip coated with a textured, rubber-like finish.

Canon gets credit for the control arrangement since, while having many buttons, they are well-organized and easy to operate.

Top-center, there’s a hot shoe, while on the sides, there’s a Mode dial that allows you set Program, Aperture & Shutter priority, Manual, and Bulb, as well as a monochrome Information screen followed by 4 specialized buttons, a shutter release button, and an M-Fn button.

On the rear-left, there is an array of buttons adjacent to the screen. On the top-rear, right-hand side, there are a couple of extra buttons you may use to customize the picture.

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On the back is a huge, optical pentaprism viewfinder that provides 100% coverage and is bright enough to enable you to see your subjects without distraction.

Below the lens is a 3.2-inch, 1040k-dot LCD screen with an anti-reflective coating that will let you photograph in bright sunshine. The fixed screen and lack of touch sensitivity are my only complaints. Canon messed up here.

The EOS 5DS has an HDMI Type-C connector, stereo mini-jack, USB 3.0 port, and twin SD/SDHC/SDXC/UHS-I card slots. This machine lacks Wi-Fi and GPS, which is a drawback in this day and age.

The Canon EOS 5DS boasts Dual DIGIC 6 image sensors, 61-point AF with up to 41 cross-type AF points, a 50.6MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 5 fps continuous shooting, and a native ISO range of 100-6400 that can be increased to 50-12,800.

In practice, you’ll see that the EOS 5DS can handle blur across the ISO range. JPGs look great at low ISO, and I adore the detail and color accuracy. Once you hit ISO 3200, blur appears, and it becomes worse as you increase the ISO. At ISO 6400, noise is well-controlled, but at ISO 12,800, blur becomes evident; avoid this setting.

You can also shoot RAW photographs in addition to JPGs. Unlike JPGs, RAW files start to include luminance noise at ISO 400, although the noise doesn’t affect image quality. As predicted, noise increases with increasing ISO, thus I’d avoid photographing at higher ISO settings.

The EOS 5DS can also capture 1080p films at 30 fps, but I’d like 60 fps. You can alternate between taking photographs and recording movies until you need a camera with 4K or 1080p60 recording.

Canon 5D Mark III

The Canon 5D EOS Mark III has a matte-black magnesium-alloy body with increased weather sealing. Like the EOS 5DS, this camera will enable you to photograph in a range of weather circumstances, therefore both cameras earn praise from me.

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It’s a wonderful camera for concertgoers who want to record events in low light.

Canon made this camera easy to shoot with by using the same textured rubber-like covering on the finger handle as the EOS 5DS. This means you won’t feel exhausted even after shooting for a long time.

The control layout is quite similar to the 5DS, with a hot shoe, a large monochrome LCD screen, 4 dedicated buttons labeled WB, AF+Drive, ISO, and Bulb, and an M-Fn button and shutter release next to the grip. The left side features a single Mode dial with an Off/On switch; the back layout is similar to 5DS. The left side has buttons, the top-center has a viewfinder with buttons on either side, and the right side has more buttons.

The integrated viewfinder features a 0.71X magnification, covers 100% of the field of vision, and is sharp, so you won’t miss a target and your eyesight will stay clean.

The EOS 5D Mark III features a 3.2′′ fixed-type screen, the same as the EOS 5DS, which means you cannot modify its position. In contrast to the EOS 5DS, the resolution is the same, 1,040k-dots, so visuals will be good.

The EOS 5D Mark III has a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0 connector, mini-HDMI port, remote control terminal, and 3.5mm microphone jack. Again, it’s a tie, and Canon should’ve done better.

The EOS 5D Mark III has a 22.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 61-point AF system, burst shooting speed of 6 fps, ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable to 50-102,800), and a DIGIC 5+ image processor that controls noise and accelerates picture processing speed.

This model controls noise pretty well, as I’ve said, and you can notice that especially if you shoot up to ISO 25,600. Beyond ISO 25,600, noise becomes heavily pronounced and starts progressing up to the highest settings such as ISO 51,200 and ISO 102,400, which should be reserved only if you really need them.

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At ISO 100, noise is minimal, while between ISO 800-3200 blur is there but won’t influence image quality because details are plentiful and seem excellent and color fidelity is outstanding.

You may also try capturing RAW images, however as you hit high ISO, you’ll notice fuzz. Avoid the highest sensitivity expansion settings.

The EOS 5D Mark III lacks 4K capabilities like the EOS 5DS, thus you can only shoot 1080p films at 24/25/30 fps. Neither camera can capture 1080p videos at 60 fps. Another tie!


In the conclusion, I’m sure you’ve identified both cameras’ potential and learned about their benefits and downsides. Since we’ve reached the end of this post, we must proclaim the victor, right? Let’s compare each camera’s essential features.

Both cameras produce above-average portraits, but the EOS 5DS’s 51MP sensor is superior.

Both cameras perform similarly for street photography, however, the EOS 5D Mark III is somewhat superior for sports because of its faster continuous shooting rate ( 6fps vs 5fps).

For Daily photography, the 5D Mark III performs somewhat better, but the EOS 5DS triumphs because of its 51MP sensor.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a 300 percent higher max ISO (25,600 vs 6,400), is 1 fps faster than the EOS 5DS ( 6 vs 5 fps), and has a stronger battery life (950 vs 700 shots), whereas, the Canon EOS 5DS has 131 percent more pixels (51MP vs 22MP), is 20g lighter, has a higher dynamic range ( 12.4 vs 11.7), supports UHS- ( 2381 vs 2293).

Winner? I like the EOS 5DS sensor.

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