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Canon EOS 5DS vs Nikon D500

Canon EOS 5DS vs Nikon D500

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Canon EOS 5DS
Nikon D500

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
59% higher megapixel Edit
The Canon EOS 5DS is a 50.6MP digital camera. That's 29.7MP higher than the Nikon D500 (20.9MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Bigger eye relief Edit
Canon EOS 5DS is 21mm Eye relief, but the Nikon D500 is only a 16mm Eye relief digital camera (5mm smaller). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

Better user reviews
Based on 42 user reviews, the average review score of the Canon EOS 5DS is 98%, but the average rating of the Nikon D500 is 90% (based on 4 reviews).
10 Reasons For
Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Nikon D500 has a vari-angle LCD display, whereas the Canon EOS 5DS does not.
Touchscreen Edit
The Nikon D500 has a touchscreen, however the Canon EOS 5DS does not have a touchscreen.
1,319,000 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Nikon D500 is 2,359,000 pixels display resolution, but the Canon EOS 5DS is only a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (1,319,000 pixels lower).
Lighter Edit
The Nikon D500 is a 760g digital camera. That's 85g lighter than the Canon EOS 5DS (760g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Five hundred and fourty more battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard) on the Nikon D500 is 1240.00, but the Canon EOS 5DS only takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

$1,588 cheaper
The Nikon D500 costs $1,588.01 less than the Canon EOS 5DS.
Available from 15 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
More popular
The Nikon D500 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 904 by sales volume in our digital cameras, however the Canon EOS 5DS ranks No. 24909.
Fifteen more awards
The Nikon D500 has 22 awards, whereas the Canon EOS 5DS has 7 awards.
Expert reviews are a bit better
Based on 80 reviews, the Nikon D500 has an average expert review score of 90%, however the Canon EOS 5DS has an average rating of 88% (based on 36 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Canon EOS 5DS is a 1,040,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 1,319,000 pixels lower than the Nikon D500 (2,359,000 pixels).
85g heavier Edit
The Canon EOS 5DS has a weight of 845g, whereas the Nikon D500 is a 760g digital camera (85g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Only 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Canon EOS 5DS is a digital camera that takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Nikon D500 only takes 1240.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

More expensive by $1,588
The Canon EOS 5DS is $1,588.01 more expensive than the Nikon D500.
Not as many stockists
The Canon EOS 5DS is only stocked by 18 shops, however the Nikon D500 is stocked by 33 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Less popular
The Canon EOS 5DS is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 24909 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Nikon D500 ranks No. 904.
Fifteen less awards
The Canon EOS 5DS has only received 7 awards, however the Nikon D500 has received 22 awards.
Expert review Rating is a little Worse
The Canon EOS 5DS has an average expert score of 88%, but the Nikon D500 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 80 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
Significantly lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon D500 has a megapixel of 20.9MP, whereas the Canon EOS 5DS is a 50.6MP digital camera (29.7MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller eye relief Edit
The Nikon D500 has an eye relief of 16mm. That's 5mm smaller than the Canon EOS 5DS (16mm). Read more

Eye relief (also known as eye point) refers to how far away from the eye piece your eye can be and you can still see the full frame of the image that will be taken.

A larger eye relief distance is useful for people who wear glasses, meaning that they can't put their eye directly on the eye piece.

One month older
The Nikon D500 is older than the Canon EOS 5DS by one month.
Lower user review Score
The Nikon D500's average user rating is 90%, however the Canon EOS 5DS's is 98% (based on 42 reviews).

Awards

7 Awards
01net.com: 4 Star
dkamera.de: Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
vido.com.ua: Recommended
22 Awards
01net.com: 5 Star
3dnews.ru: Recommended
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
digifotopro.nl: Gold
Digitaltrends.com: Editor's Choice
dkamera.de: Highly Recommended
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
fotomaniak.pl: 5 Star
kamerabild.se: Top Class
komputerswiat.pl: Recommended
letsgodigital.org/nl/: Recommended
ljudochbild.se: Recommended
Lydogbilde.no: Especially Recommended
lydogbillede.dk: Especially Recommended 6 Star
mashable.com: Mashable Choice
optyczne.pl: Editor's Choice
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Essential
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended

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Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
50.6MP
BEST
20.9MP
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6016 x 4000
 4320 x 2880
 1920 x 1280
 720 x 480
 2784 x 1856
BEST
 6016 x 4000
 4320 x 2880
 1920 x 1280
 720 x 480
 2784 x 1856
Maximum Image Resolution
 8688 x 5792
BEST
 8688 x 5792
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
36 x 24 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
53MP
BEST
21.56MP
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
BEST
 3:2

Design

Waterproof
 Waterproof
Unknown - Click to provide data
Colour
 Black
 Black
Dustproof
 Dustproof
Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 32
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 16 - 80
Lens Mount Interface
 Canon EF
 Nikon F
 Canon EF
 Nikon F
Diaphragm Blade
Unknown - Click to provide data 7
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 72mm
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 spot
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 servo
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 continuous
 Continuous Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
61 153
BEST
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL-CT-SIR
 TTL
 TTL-CT-SIR

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 64
 100
 400
 640
 6400
 200
 51200
 64
 100
 400
 640
 6400
 200
 51200
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 51,200
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 Partial
 Centre-weighted
 Matrix
 Highlight-weighted
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 Partial
 Centre-weighted
 Matrix
 Highlight-weighted
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
50fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
BEST
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format System
 NTSC
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1080 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1280 x 720
 1920 x 1080
 1080 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1280 x 720
BEST
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 3840x2160@25fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
Memory Slots
Unknown - Click to provide data 2

Display

Display Diagonal
3.2" 3.2"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric)
1,040,000 pixels 2,359,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 3.0
 3.0
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

3D
Unknown - Click to provide data
 3D
GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Twilight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Incandescent
 Direct sunlight
 Twilight
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Incandescent
 Direct sunlight
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10,20
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Zoom (max)
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
 Dioptre correction
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 RAW
 DPOF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 RAW
 DPOF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
 Direct printing
Start-Up Time
1ms Unknown - Click to provide data
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-3 - 1 -2 - 1
Eye Relief
21mm
BEST
16mm
Scene Modes
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Landscape
 Portrait
Languages Support
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 BEN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 BEN
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
845g 760g
BEST
Height
116.4mm 115mm
Depth
76.4mm 81mm
Width
152mm 147mm
Weight (including Battery)
930g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type
LP-E6N EN-EL15
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
700 shots 1,240 shots
BEST
Battery Level Indicator
 Battery level indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Digital Photo Professional 4, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility 3, Picture Style Editor Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 6
 DIGIC 6
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
 Self-timer
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