Canon DSLR Cameras – A Complete Buyer’s Guide

Canon is arguably the best known DSLR brand on the planet, and for good reason. They make truly awesome cameras!

Just one problem:

With over 15 cameras in the Canon DSLR range, it can be tough to pick out the perfect Canon for your own needs.

But don’t worry! With this guide we’re here to help.

We’ve compared and contrasted every camera in the Canon DSLR range to allow you to pick the best Canon for you.

If you already know which level of camera you are looking for, then you can jump to that section.

Otherwise, let’s get started.

Canon DSLRs for Beginners

First up is the segment for Beginners

This segment could have been further sub-divided into entry and upper entry level. Needless to say Canon targets both the hitherto smartphone photographer as well as the enthusiast in this one segment for all.

This segment currently has the following cameras – the EOS 750D, the EOS 800D, the EOS 760D, the EOS 700D, the EOS 100D and finally the EOS 1300D.

Let’s start comparing them!

EOS 800D vs EOS 750D

Where the 800D beats the 750D
  • Better autofocusing mechanism with more AF points
  • Faster image processing engine
  • Dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing
  • Better continuous shooting speed
  • Better connectivity with Bluetooth features

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Where the 750D beats the 800D

Slightly cheaper than the 800D

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The EOS 800D (also known as the Rebel T7i in the US) comes as the next generation of the EOS 750D.

This is the latest and the greatest entry level camera from Canon. In terms of design there is very little to differentiate from the EOS 800D.

Under the hood, the sensor remains the same too. The changes are somewhat superfluous and that means you will be hard pressed to find them. No wonder Canon continues to market the EOS 750D just as vigorously as it did prior to the launch of the EOS 800D.

Image Processing

One area that the EOS 800D does score over the EOS 750D is the image sensor. The new camera features Canon’s upgraded DIGIC 7 image processor compared to the older DIGIC 6 image processor in the old camera.

Autofocusing

The new camera also has the better and more advanced autofocusing technology. The new autofocusing mechanism features a 45 point all cross-type system with a central dual-cross type point. Among them 27 are available at f/8 and 9 are cross type. Compared to this the EOS 750D has a 19 point all cross-type autofocusing mechanism.

Autofocusing (again!)

The EOS 800D is the first camera in Canon’s entry level segment to be equipped with the revolutionary Dual-Pixel CMOS autofocusing technology.

Though we have already seen the dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing technology before (Canon EOS 70D) the introduction of the technology in the beginner level camera means canon has decided to make it a standard across all segments.

Video Shooting

The EOS 800D’s faster image processor kicks in when you shoot videos. The older camera could shoot full-HD videos at a maximum frame rate of only 30 fps. On the other hand the new camera is capable of shooting at a much higher frame rate of 60fps (full-HD).

Continuous Shooting

Additionally, the EOS 800D’s continuous shooting speed has improved over the EOS 750D, thanks mainly to the new image processor. 6 fps against 5 fps. The EOS 800D can continue shooting JPEGs at that speed for as long as there is space in the memory card.

Connectivity

The EOS 800D enjoys built-in wireless connectivity along with NFC and Bluetooth. The presence of Bluetooth ensures that the camera can now be paired with your favorite smartphone or tablet and be used remotely.

Conclusion

Now that both cameras are available at similar prices the EOS 800D is the superior of the two cameras, no doubt about it. But if you already have the EOS 750D there is no reason to feel bad. The EOS 750D is a capable camera that will continue to give you lots of joy.

EOS 760D vs EOS 750D

Where the 760D beats the 750D
  • The EOS 760D does have the better looks because of the top panel
  • Better live-view autofocusing

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Where the 750D beats the 760D

None to note

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The EOS 760D and the EOS 750D were launched to further the game of one-upmanship with rival manufacturers increasing the megapixel count on their newer cameras. They both feature a 24.2 megapixel sensor which is an upgrade over the long standing 18 megapixel in earlier entry level cameras.

Design

The most apparent difference between the two cameras is the design. The 760D definitely looks more pro compared to the 750D when you notice the top LCD panel. The top LCD panel tend to make things easier for a photographer to check the settings s/he is on without having to frequently turn to the back of the camera. Also, to accommodate the top LCD panel the main shooting dial has been re-positioned to the left shoulder of the camera.

Continuous Autofocusing in Live-view

The live-view autofocusing prowess of the EOS 760D is its next advanced feature.

Autofocusing

Both the EOS 760D and the EOS 750D comes with an improved autofocusing mechanism. 19-point AF system with all cross-type means you have more AF points to compose your shot. This is much better than the millennia old 9-point AF system in use so far.

Conclusion

Between the two cameras the D760 with its better live view autofocusing and the presence of the pro-styled top LCD panel makes it the better of the two cameras.

EOS 800D vs EOS 760D

Where the 800D beats the 760D
  • Better, more advanced image processing engine in the form of DIGIC 7
  • Better autofocusing mechanism in the form of Canon’s Dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing
  • 45-point AF system compared to 19 on the EOS 760D
  • Full-HD video shooting with 60 fps frame rate
  • More connectivity options
  • Faster continuous shooting speed
  • Better native ISO range
  • Option to plug-in an external microphone

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Where the 760D beats the 800D
  • The presence of the top panel which gives it a pro look

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Sensor

Resolution-wise there is no difference between the two cameras. They both have the same 24.2 megapixel sensor. They are both capable of producing JPEG and RAW frames of the size 6000 x 4000 pixels.

Image Processing

Though image sensor is the same the EOS 800D has the faster image processor. DIGIC 7 compared to DIGIC 6 on the older camera. A faster processor usually translates into better continuous shooting speed, better frame rate when shooting videos and better low light shooting among other things.

ISO Range

Additionally, the EOS 800D has a better native ISO range (100 – 25600) compared to the EOS 760D (100 – 12800).

Autofocusing

In terms of autofocusing prowess as well the EOS 800D is far superior compared to the EOS 760D. The EOS 760D uses the dated 19-point all cross-type autofocusing mechanism. The newer EOS 800D has a 45-point all cross-type autofocusing mechanism. Plus, the EOS 800D is the first entry level Canon DSLR that has the revolutionary dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing technology.

Dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing ensures smoother and more accurate autofocusing performance when shooting stills in live-view mode or when shooting videos.

Continuous Shooting

The EOS 800D has a better continuous shooting performance compared to the EOS 760D. 6 fps compared to 5 fps on the EOS 760D.

Video Shooting

The EOS 800D is the better video shooter of the two. It shoots full-HD videos at 60 fps compared to 30 fps by the EOS 760D. Plus, an additional advantage with the EOS 800D is that it has the option to plug-in an external microphone. Thus if you are looking to dabble with pro-video making with pro-quality sound then the EOS 800D is the better choice.

Connectivity

The EOS 760D has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity as well as NFC. The EOS 800D on the other hand comes with Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. The presence of Bluetooth means you can control your camera remotely via a compatible smartphone or tablet and make sharper exposures.

Conclusion

Hands down the EOS 800D is the better choice among the two cameras that we discussed. Unless you are too finicky about a top LCD panel, this is the camera that you should opt for eyes closed.

EOS 100D vs EOS 1300D

Where the 100D beats the 1300D
  • Hybrid CMOS auto focusing system that gives faster focus lock
  • Better rear LCD screen with touchscreen functionality and higher resolution
  • Faster DIGIC 5 image processor compared to DIGIC 4+ on the EOS 1300D
  • Faster continuous shooting speed of 4 fps compared to 3 fps on the EOS 1300D.

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Where the 1300D beats the 100D
  • Better connectivity compared to the EOS100D with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC

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The EOS 100D is the smallest and lightest Canon DSLR ever to have emerged out of a Canon assembly line. It is powered by an APS-C CMOS sensor with a resolution of 18 megapixels (effective) and is powered by DIGIC 5 image processor. Though it has effectively the same number of pixels as a higher EOS 700D e.g., the camera is demure in every possible way. Miniaturization starts right with the sensor. But let’s not take anything away from the EOS 1300D. It follows in the footsteps of Canon’s entry level systems like the 1100D and the 1200D after that. These two are definitely the cheapest entry level Canon DSLR systems that you could lay your hands on. Let’s look at both these systems closely.

Sensor

With a smaller and thinner sensor, effectively still churning out the same number of pixels as a EOS 700D, the EOS 100D directly tells mirrorless systems that Canon is not going to go down without a fight. Because, that is exactly what this system is. Aimed directly at mirrorless enthusiasts who are sitting on the fence. The EOS 1300D also has an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor.

Image Processing

The EOS 1300D’s image processing is handled by a DIGIC 4+ processor. This is a dated processor. Comparatively, the processor on the EOS 100D is a DIGIC 5. Technically, the DIGIC 5 processor should result in faster and cleaner results.

Auto focusing

Auto-focusing on both systems is handled by a 9-point AF system. The 9-point AF system was the standard when it came to older Canon cameras. 9 points would still work for all practical purposes, as long as you know how to focus and recompose. The only problem will be subject tracking.

The EOS 100D comes with Canon’s Hybrid CMOS autofocusing. This is not as effective as the modern Dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing but is effective in getting a good focus lock when needed.

Continuous Shooting

The EOS100D shoots at a continuous shooting speed of 4 fps. Compared to it the EOS 1300D shoots at a slower 3 fps. Neither camera is ideal for sports or action or wildlife photography. But the EOS 100D has the better continuous shooting speed.

Connectivity

EOS 1300D has a better connectivity in the form of built in Wi-Fi and NFC

LCD Screen

The EOS 100D has the better LCD screen. The rear LCD screen of the EOS 100D has a resolution of 1040k-dots with Clear View II TFT technology. Plus it has touchscreen functionality. On the other hand the LCD screen on the EOS 1300D has a resolution of 920k-dots.

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Canon DSLRs for Enthusiasts

Canon’s enthusiast line up of DSLRs are designed for users who have mastered the basic concepts of photography and are looking to take the next big step. These are users who are no longer excited about balancing an exposure, playing with depth of field or the manual exposure settings. They are looking for advanced options such as faster continuous shooting speed and more AF points for creative photography. Canon currently offers the following models for Enthusiasts –

EOS 80D, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Mark II and the newly launched EOS 77D.

All of these are fantastic cameras in their own rights:

  • The EOS 80D for example is one of the best mid-range cameras for doing video work.
  • The EOS 6D is the smallest and lightest full-frame camera currently offered by Canon.
  • The EOS 7D Mark II is known for its superior continuous shooting speed and subject tracking.
  • The EOS 77D is the newly launched mid-range DSLR and is a relatively unknown quantity.

Let’s have a look at these mid-range bodies in greater detail –

EOS 80D vs EOS 6D

Where the 80D beats the 6D
  • More pixels, higher amount of detail
  • Faster image processing with the DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 45-point all cross-type autofocusing system
  • Articulated rear LCD screen compared to fixed LCD screen on the EOS6D.
  • Faster continuous shooting speed
  • Better buffer capability when shooting RAW frames
  • Better low light performance. ISO invariant

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Where the 6D beats the 80D
  • Larger sensor size with greater light gathering surface
  • Better buffer capability when shooting JPEGs

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The EOS 80D is the upgraded version of the very popular EOS70D which in itself was the upgrade over the EOS 60D. The 6D, on the other hand is a full-frame DSLR.

Sensor

The size of the sensor inside the EOS 80D measures 22.3 x 14.9 mm. The one on the 6D measures 36 x 24mm. Effective megapixels on the 80D is, however, 24.2. Which on the 6D, is 20.6. What it essentially means is that the sensors are more tightly packed on the EOS80D compared to the EOS 6D. That means theoretically, the frames produced by the 6D should be cleaner and smoother with less noise and artefacts.

ISO Sensitivity

The native ISO sensitivity of the EOS80D is 100 – 16000. Comparatively, The 6D has a native ISO range of 100 – 25600. What these statistics do not reveal is that the EOS 80D has a fantastic low light shooting prowess. It is what is referred to as ISO invariance, the ability of the camera to produce images which has low noise signature.

In other words when a sensor is ISO invariant you can shoot at a lower ISO number compared to what is necessary for the scene and then up the exposure during post-processing without adding any further amount of noise in the image.

Image Processing

The EOS 80D has the faster image processor. DIGIC 6 compared to DIGIC 5+ on the EOS 6D.

Autofocusing

The EOS 80D has the faster autofocusing of the two cameras. It has a 45-point all cross-type autofocusing mechanism. Comparatively, the EOS 6D has a 11-point AF system. Only one of these is a cross-type.

Continuous Shooting Speed

The EOS 80D again scores over the 6D in terms of continuous shooting speed. It has a continuous shooting speed of 7 fps. Compared to that the 6D has a continuous shooting speed of 4.5 fps. Having said that the 6D is a better camera in terms of buffer handling when shooting continuous JPEG frames. On the other hand the 80D is the better of the two when shooting RAW frames.

Rear LCD Screen

The EOS 80D has an articulated LCD screen. Comparatively, the EOS 6D has a fixed LCD screen. An articulated screen allows the photographer to shoot in live-view from an angle that would otherwise be impossible to shoot from if s/he was using the traditional view-finder. Comparatively, the 6D’s fixed screen does not allow you to take advantage of those creative shooting options.

Connectivity

The EOS 80D has built in Wi-Fi and NFC.

EOS 7D Mark II vs EOS 80D

Where the 7D Mark II beats the 80D
  • Larger number of cross-type autofocus points (65 vs 45)
  • Better image processor (Dual DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 6)
  • Better continuous shooting speed (10 fps vs 7 fp)
  • Better ISO range in extended mode (51200)
  • Better buffer capacity

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Where the 80D beats the 7D Mark II
  • Higher resolution sensor (24.2 megapixel compared to 20.2 megapixel on the 77D Mark II
  • Marginally more powerful built-in flash
  • Vari-angle LCD screen compared to fixed LCD on the EOS 7D Mark II

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The EOS 7D Mark II is one of the fastest APS-C cameras around. It can shoot at a phenomenal 10 fps for unlimited frames (actually as long as the memory card lasts) when shooting JPEGs. When shooting RAW frames the buffer lasts for a more moderate 31 frames. Additionally, the EOS 7D Mark II is known for its superior subject tracking. Thanks to its improved autofocusing technology. Thus, the EOS 7D Mark II is a camera designed for sports, action and wildlife shooting. The EOS 80D, on the other hand, as we have already seen is a complete camera.

Sensor

So far as sensor resolution is concerned the EOS 7D Mark II has an effective resolution of 20.2 megapixels. The EOS 80D beats it hands down with its 24.2 effective megapixels. Larger resolution invariably means that the sensor is capable of capturing a greater amount of detail.

Image Processing

While the older 6D has the DIGIC 6 image processor, the newer EOS 7D Mark II comes with Dual DIGIC 6 image processing. Thus, image processing on the EOS 7D Mark II should be faster than the EOS 80D.

Autofocusing

The EOS 7D Mark II features a 65-point all cross-type autofocusing mechanism. Comparatively, the EOS 80D has only 45 cross-type autofocusing system. With larger cross-type AF points the EOS 7D Mark II should be able to get a better focus lock when shooting fast moving subjects, assisting panning movements (birds in flight, animals running etc.).

Rear LCD Screen

The EOS 80D has the better LCD screen of the two. While both LCD screens have the same resolution (1040k-dots) and the same technology, Clear View II TFT the one on the EOS 80D is a vari-angle one compared to the one on the 7D Mark II. Unless you are going to shoot videos with the camera and need the option to shoot from acute angles, the 7D II’s LCD is good enough. But if video making is one of your top priorities then you need the versatility of the EOS 80D’s LCD screen.

Flash

Slightly more powerful flash on the EOS 80D compared to the one on the EOS 7D Mark II.The Guide Number of the flash on the EOS 80D is 12 compared to the 11 on the flash of the EOS 7D Mark II.

Continuous Shooting Speed

The continuous shooting speed of the EOS 7D Mark II is the most powerful of the two here. It can shoot at a fantastic 10 fps. Comparatively, the EOS 80D shoots at 7fps. Mind you for all conceivable reasons 7 fps is good enough. But the EOS 7D Mark II gets you those extra frames that could make all the difference.

Buffer

There cannot be a talk of continuous shooting speed without bringing in the important parameter of buffer. The 7D Mark II has the better buffer. It can shoot 31 RAW frames compared to 24 by the EOS 80D and an unlimited number of JPEGs compared to only 110 by the 80D.

EOS 80D vs EOS 77D

Where the 80D beats the 77D
  • Slightly better continuous shooting speed.
  • Faster shutter speed (1/8000 sec compared to 1/4000 sec)

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Where the 77D beats the 80D
  • DIGIC 7 image processing compared to DIGIC 6 image processor on the EOS 80D
  • Full connectivity features
  • Lighter than the EOS 80D
  • Cheaper than the EOS 80D

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The EOS 77D is the latest APS-C DSLR to be launched by Canon featuring a 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processing engine. It is a mid-range model aimed at enthusiast users and fits somewhere between the EOS 80D and the EOS 800D. In many ways it is a budget DSLR on steroids, best compared to a hatchback with a boot slapped to its rear in order to compete with proper sedans. The EOS 77D is the bigger sibling to the entry level EOS 800D.

Sensor

Both the EOS 77D and the EOS 80D have a 24.2 megapixel sensor.

Image Processing

The EOS 77D is powered by the DiGIC 7 image processing engine. On the other hand the EOS 6D has the dated DIGIC 6 image processor.

Autofocusing

Both have the same 45-point all cross-type autofocusing mechanism. Both comes with Canon’s dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing mechanism.

Continuous Shooting Speed

The EOS 80D scores over the EOS 77D in terms of continuous shooting speed prowess. The 80D shoots at a maximum of 7 fps whereas the 77D shoots at a maximum of 6 fps. Will 1 frame per second make that much of a difference? Not quite. You’ll probably not notice it in real life situations.

Connectivity Features

The EOS 77D has a all the connectivity features you need. It has built in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. The EOS 80D on the other hand comes with only built in WI-Fi and NFC.

Shutter Speed

The EOS 80D beats the EOS 77D in terms of shutter speed. The EOS 80D can shoot at a maximum of 1/8000 sec while the maximum shutter speed of the EOS 77D is 1/4000 sec. This EOS 77D can take full advantage of fast shutter speeds

Which Is The Best Mid-Range Canon DSLR?

For all practical purposes the EOS 80D is the best mid-range or enthusiast model that Canon currently offers. If you don’t routinely shoot birds in mid-flight or pan formula one bikers racing past you then the EOS 80D is all that you ever need.

Definitely if the above two shooting situations are what makes up your normal day at work then you absolutely need the 7D Mark II.

On the other hand the 6D somewhat is a misfit. It is a full-frame no doubt but that is the only standout feature of the camera. If you need a serious full-frame upgrade to one of the pro-bodies. Else, get yourself either the EOS 80D or the EOS 7D Mark II.

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Canon DSLRs for Professionals

There is nothing better for a photographer than to hold one of the professional models from one of the finest camera makers in the land. Canon undoubtedly makes several of them and for different purposes. It has one of the finest pro models in the EOS 1DX Mark II, a true champion when it comes to fast action, sports and wildlife. It makes the extremely versatile EOS 5D Mark IV. It also makes the EOS 5D SR, with a phenomenal 50.6 megapixels sensor (with an optical low-pass filter canceler) and its brother the EOS 5DS. Let’s take a look at them.

EOS 5D Mark IV vs EOS 5D Mark III

Where the 5D Mark IV beats the 5D Mark III
  • Higher resolution sensor
  • Faster image processor
  • Better continuous shooting speed
  • Better buffer compared to the older camera (21 RAW frames compared to 18)
  • Better video recording features
  • Better LCD screen
  • Greater number of connectivity options compared to the older camera
  • Dual-pixel RAW

Where the 5D Mark III beats the 5D Mark IV

None to note

Sensor

The EOS 5D Mark IV is a full-frame pro model DSLR featuring an upgraded 30.4 megapixel sensor. The older EOS 5D Mark III comes with a 22.3 megapixel sensor.

Image Processing

Image processing on the new EOS 5D Mark IV is powered by Canon’s DIGIC 6+ image processing engine. Compare this to the older 5D whose image processing is powered by the DIGIC 5+ image processing engine.

Autofocusing

Autofocusing on both cameras is powered by a 61-point AF system. Both have 21 cross-type AF points. However, the AF points are more widely spread on the Mark Iv giving you a greater control and flexibility when subject tracking and doing off-center compositions.

Plus, you still got all of these at f/8 which on the Mark III shrunk down to 1 only. 21 of these are cross-type with all of them being individually selectable.

Additionally, with the Mark III the AF system had a detection range up to about – 2EV. This has been upped to -3EV broadening the range possible on the new camera.

Both systems have the Dual-pixel CMOS autofocusing technology that Canon has developed. This technology produces smoother autofocusing when using live-view. This technology comes into its own when shooting videos.

Metering has also improved significantly on the new camera. The Mark IV features a 150,000 pixel RGB+IR sensor with a dedicated DIGIC 6 image processor. Compare this with the 63-zone metering sensor on the older camera.

Dual-Pixel Raw

A new feature on the Mark IV is the Dual-pixel RAW. This technology, unlike a light field camera wouldn’t necessary allow you to shift focus or do such advanced stuff. But it would allow you to correct some amount of ghosting, minute sharpness adjustments and adjustment of bokeh.

Continuous Shooting Speed

Continuous shooting speed on the Mark IV has improved slightly over the Mark III. Though, admittedly it is not significant. 6 fps (on the Mark III) compared to 7 fps (on the Mark IV).

Better Buffer

The 5D Mark III shot a decent 18 frames in RAW and a mind blowing 1,270 frames in JPEG mode in a continuous burst. One would imagine that to be more than enough. But Canon did up the game in that segment as well. The new Mark IV can shoot up to 21 RAW frames and, wait for it, an unlimited number of frames when shooting JPEG. I mean you are limited only in terms of the memory card size.

Video Mode

The Mark IV has improved in terms of video shooting as well. You now have the ability to shoot in-camera DCI 4K footages (4096 x 2160 pixels) and a maximum frame rate of 30 fps, something the that Mark III did not have.

Of course the Mark III can shoot full HD (1080p) videos and output that uncompressed to an external recorder at 8 bits (4.2.2). Full manual controls over the exposure are available when shooting videos.

Build Quality

Doing justice to its pro tag the Mark IV is built well. Though not in the same league as the IDX for example, the Mark IV’s chassis is built out of magnesium alloy and has weather sealing in a number of places.

LCD Screen

The LCD screen on the Mark IV has also been improved. The rear LCD screen comes with a resolution of 1.62m dots along with full touch control. The Mark III had only a resolution of 1.04m-dots and additionally, there were no touch control.

Connectivity

The Mark III did not have built in Wi-Fi, or GPS or for that matter NFC. The new Mark IV has all of them. It is a much better feeling when you know you can simply login to an available network and transfer all your day’s worth of work in a jiffy for backup. With NFC pairing the camera with a compatible device has become extremely easy.

GPS feature ensures that location information can be embedded into the images you make. You can use this information later on for tagging your images.

EOS 1D X Mark II vs EOS 5DS R

Where the 1D X Mark II beats the 5DS R
  • Fastest continuous shooting speed of 14 fps
  • Better autofocusing mechanism
  • Better LCD screen with touchscreen functionality
  • Better metering technology
  • Better native ISO range

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Where the 5DS R beats the 1D X Mark II
  • Highest resolution among all 35mm digital SLRs (50.6 megapixels)
  • Cheaper of the two cameras with a little more than $2k in savings if you buy the 5DS R
  • Lighter than the 1DX Mark II

The 1D X Mark II is the new Canon full-frame flagship. It is a truly champion camera with most of the, if not all of the features you would need to make great capture the year round. We pit it against the EOS 5DS R, another DSLR that wins the race for the 35mm DSLR with the highest resolution (along with its sibling the 5DS).

Sensor

As noted above the EOS 5DS R has a resolution of 50.6 megapixels. Comparatively the 1D X Mark II has a resolution of only 20.2 megapixel. The EOS 5DS R has a low-pass cancellation filter, which further augments its beastly reputation by a notch. Imagine the baddest camera with the meatiest image sensor resolution and then add the tag special. That is what the EOS 5DS R is capable of. It can capture a mind-blowing amount of information that other cameras simply cannot see. No doubt this is the camera you need if want to shoot landscapes, fashion, products and anything else that thrives on the photographer’s ability to demonstrate his camera resolution.

The EOS 1D X Mark II, on the other hand is in a different court altogether. It is designed for speed and thrills. It is sports car that does not depend on looks. But then it has its own following.

Image Processor

Image processing on the EOS 1D X Mark II is powered by Dual DIGIC 6+ image processor. The same on the EOS 5DS R is powered by Dual DIGIC 6 image processors.

Autofocusing

The EOS 1D X Mark II enjoys the better autofocusing mechanism. A 61 point autofocusing mechanism with 41 cross-type points and 5 dual cross-type points. 21 of these are cross-type at f/8 giving you better autofocusing performance with tele-lenses.

Comparatively, the EOS 5DS R also features a 61 point autofocusing mechanism with 41 cross-type AF points including 5 that are dual cross-type at f/2.8. One of the cross-type AF points are active at f/8.

Metering

Metering on the EOS 1D X Mark II is also advanced. It comes with a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. Comparatively, the 5DS R has a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor.

Native ISO Range

The 5DS R has a native ISO range of 100 – 6400. The 1DX Mark II on the other hand can shoot between ISO 100 – 51200. ISO range on both cameras can be extended further. However, this is not what you would want to do if clean images are one of your priority.

Rear Screen

The EOS 1DX Mark II also walks away with the honors for the best LCD screen. Both have the same sized rear LCD screen (3.2”). But the one on the 1DX Mark II has a resolution of 1620k-dots and the one on the 5DS R has a resolution of 1040k-dots. Also, the one on the 1DX Mark II has touchscreen properties. Again, the 1DX Mark II has a reinforced glass which gives it better durability. Both LCD screens, however, are fixed.

Video Mode

The EOS 1DX Mark II wins the race for video shooting as well. It shoots DCI 4K video at 60 fps compared to merely full-HD that’s possible on the EOS 5DS R. Additionally, you can pull 8.8 megapixel grabs out of the 4K footages shot by the 1DX Mark II.

Build Quality

While both cameras are well-built and extremely good weather sealing, it is the 1DX that you would want to have when shooting in inclement weather. The 1DX Mark II is also the unwieldy of the two cameras, and having the bigger bulk.

Which Is The Best Pro-Level Canon DSLR Camera?

The 5D Mark IV is a fantastic all round camera that serves almost all of the requirements that an average to even a pro photographer might have. Having said that the iDX Mark II is the ultimate when it comes to sports and action photography from the Canon stable. The 5DS R is the best when it comes to sheer detail and the ability to print big or crop from a large frame. With the 5DS R and a sharp wide angle lens you can be lazy. Knowing you can crop later on to eliminate stuff that you don’t need and yet be able to retain a lot of detail. If I had to make a choice I would definitely go with the 1DX Mark II.

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