Should You Go Hiking With Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR?

by | Gear Explorer


There is arguably no such thing as the best travel cameras, as different people have different needs. DSLR cameras tend to make the best pictures but they are also the heaviest digital cameras in the world.

If you decide to travel with a DSRL, then Canon 5DS R should arguably be on the top of your list, assuming you can afford it. This camera offers the highest-resolution EOS body to date and this is one of the main reasons for which I decided to talk about it. 5DS R provides extremely detailed photographs and is recommended for those who want to capture landscape and nature images.

Probably the best about it:

• Resolution (!!!)

• Print Quality

• Good burst speed and buffer depths

• Good ISO performance

Probably the worst about it:

• Lack of headphone jack

• Lack of LPPF

• 1080p timelapse video

• No 60p video frame rate


Canon EOS 5DS R has a 3.2″ LCD display with 1.04M dots and dual memory card slots. It poses an Intelligent Viewfinder II-which has incorporated an LCD panel that displays composition grids, cropped shooting frames, and an electronic level. The shutter is rated to 150,000 cycles. Users can take advantage of a 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6 processors. The ISO range is 100-6400 and can be expanded to 12800, which is not bad at all. The autofocus system offers 61 points in a high density reticular array of which 41 are cross-type. The RGB+IR metering system has 150,000 pixel and an anti-flicker function specifically designed for shooting under sodium vapor lights. There are two crop models 1.6x (19.6MP) and 1.3x(30.5MP) and several Raws of small and medium sizes.


Sensor Resolution 50.6MP
Screen Size 3.2 in (8.1 cm)
Sensor Type CMOS
Lens For SD Body Only
Focus Adjustment Autofocus & Manual Focus
Exposure compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Light Sensitivity 100-6400, Auto
Flash Modes E-TTL
Supported Flash Memory SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Viewfinder – Field Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x
Depth 2.8 in (7.1 cm)
Height 4.6 in (11.6 cm)
Width 6 in (15.2 cm)
Weight 29.81 Oz (845 g)
Display Size 3.2 in (8.1 cm)
Still Image Format RAW + JPEG
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Additional Features Interchangeable Lenses

In Conclusion…

While climbing a mountain with additional weight might be unnecessary in some circumstances, bringing your DSLR in a backpacking adventure makes sense if what you are looking for is professional photography or something that should resemble it. Indeed, digital SLRs offer more options than any other type of camera in terms of lenses and the image quality they offer can only be compared to sometimes-more-expensive mirrorless cameras.

In my opinion, taking a DSLR camera when traveling only makes sense if it is a high-end camera. In other words, unless you want and you are able to emerge yourself in the world of high-end photography, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for which you should bring such a heavy camera for hiking and related activities. Of course, if you only have experience with DSLRs, if you want to lose weight, and/or if you are particularly in love with this type of camera, then don’t mind me.


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