Canon 5DSR Hands on Reivew

Chris Niccolls from TheCameraStore had a chance to have a look at the Canon EOS 5DS R as well as the new Canon XC10 video camera (in a sort of quick first hand on at the end of this video).

We have already seen how the new Canon EOS 5DS R performs in a studio environment as well as a in a landscape scenario compared to the Canon 5D MKIII and the D810 on two previous videos by Northrup.

This time around Niccolls looks at the image quality and how lenses effect this camera and how it compares to a medium format.

The results in terms of detail level with good glass (and certainly exceptional glass like the Zeiss Otus) is very impressive. What isn’t very impressive for a camera at this level/price point is the dynamic range and sensitivity which doesn’t seem improved from the 5D MKIII. Video capabilities are also reduced so this is a very niche type of camera.

Looking at the camera compared to medium format cameras – again detail levels look very good (especially with the Zeiss) but when it comes to dynamic range – Canon seems to have a long way to go.

As for the Canon XC10 – this camera seems to have quite a few drawbacks from the very quick hands on at the end of this video, but we should wait for a full review later on.

As we did last time – here is a quick reminder of some of the main features of the new Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R cameras:

  • Sensor: 50.6 MP resolution Full Frame CMOS sensor (in the R version it comes without AA filter for even sharper images).
  • Processor: dual  DIGIC 6.
  • Sensitivity: 100-6400 ISO.
  • Focus system: 61 AF points (41 cross type).
  • Video: same as the 5D MK III (but with no HDMI pass-through or headphone jack – this isn’t your ideal HDSLR camera).
  • LCD: 3.2″ 1040k dots screen.
  • Flicker Mode – for avoiding flickering light issues.
  • Shutter: 30-1/8000 sec.
  • Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps.
  • Build: Magnesium alloy body, shutter durability rated up to 150,000 cycles, dust and weather resistance.
  • Weight: 930 grams (32.8 oz).
  • Price: $3700 body only for the Canon 5D S and $3900 for the 5D R.

You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid. You can find many of TheCameraStore videos here on LensVid.

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