If you're seeking\u00a0a best DSLR camera for beginners, my Canon 5Ds DSLR review isn't really going to meet your needs. This is an advanced camera aimed squarely at the intermediate and professional photographers in the marketplace, filled with plenty of manual control features.\r\n\r\nNot to mention, the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR camera (body only) costs a few thousand dollars, which probably isn't going to fit in the budget of most inexperienced photographers. Still, if you have the skills and experience that allow you to take advantage of the manual control options found in\u00a0the 5Ds, few cameras can match\u00a0the results you'll receive from this impressive Canon DSLR.\r\nOverview\r\nWHY IT'S A TOP PICK:\u00a0Full frame image sensor yields sharpest, pro-level\u00a0image quality.\r\n\r\nSummary:\u00a0When you're ready to take your photography to a new level, the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR camera will be able to fill your needs, offering a full frame image sensor and all of the high-end features you'd require in an advanced camera.\r\n\r\nPrice:\u00a0$3,399 from Amazon\u00a0(body only)\r\nAvailable:\u00a0February 2015\r\nModel:\u00a0Canon 5Ds\/0581C002\r\n\r\nWhat We Liked\r\n\r\n \tIncredible image quality and 50 megapixels of resolution\r\n \tFast performing autofocus system\r\n \tExcellent battery life and can add battery grip\r\n \tViewfinder and 3.2-inch LCD screen for framing photos\r\n \tFull range of manual control options\r\n\r\nWhat We Didn't\r\n\r\n \tExtremely high price tag\r\n \tCamera is bigger than most DSLRs\r\n \tNo option for a built-in flash unit\r\n \tNo built-in WiFi option\r\n \tToo much camera for anyone but intermediate and advanced photographers\r\n\r\nCanon 5Ds\u00a0DSLR Specs\r\n\r\nDesign and Build\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you've been using Canon Rebel DSLRs, before\u00a0advancing\u00a0to the Canon EOS 5Ds you may want to hit the gym for a couple of weeks. You're going to want to have some muscles built up before using the 5Ds on a regular basis, as this model weighs nearly 30 ounces for the camera body only. As shown in our Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR review, that camera body weighs only 18 ounces. Although a 12-ounce difference doesn't sound like much, you'll feel it in your arms after a couple of hours of using this behemoth.\r\n\r\nWhen compared to a Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR review, the 5Ds offers a low pass filter, while the 5Ds R can cancel the effect of the low pass filter. (The low pass filter purposefully causes a slight blurring in the image to prevent problems from the moire effect.) So the 5Ds R can create slightly sharper images than the 5Ds; otherwise the two cameras are identical.\r\n\r\nCanon's designers decided against giving the EOS 5Ds some of the "fun" features that are common in the best compact cameras\u00a0and some entry-level DSLRs, such as built-in WiFi, a touch screen LCD, or a tiltable LCD. Still, the 5Ds does have a 3.2-inch LCD screen with more than 1 million pixels of resolution, both of which are better\u00a0than the average\u00a0DSLR camera. And\u00a0the 5Ds has the ability to shoot HDR photos and multiple exposure photos easily through the camera's built-in software.\r\n\r\nAs you might expect in a\u00a0camera in this price range, the 5Ds is a fast performer. You can record\u00a0at up to 5 frames per second when shooting in the RAW image format, which is extremely impressive. One reason this model can record images so quickly is because of its 61-point autofocus system, which outranks average\u00a0DSLRs on the market. The 5Ds' options for raw files are RAW, M-RAW (28MP), and S-RAW (12.4MP).\r\n\r\nAdvanced photographers will appreciate the camera's dual memory card slots, which allow for shooting with either SD memory cards or the higher-performing CF memory cards.\r\nImage Quality\r\nEven with all of the\u00a0features Canon included with the EOS 5Ds, there's one thing in which this camera clearly specializes: High-level image quality. The full frame image sensor is as large as you'll find in a DSLR camera, and our tests showed it provides tremendous photographs in nearly all lighting conditions.\r\n\r\nBut Canon didn't stop with the full frame image sensor. The manufacturer gave the sensor 50.6 megapixels of resolution, which far surpasses most DSLR cameras available to consumers. With 50-plus megapixels, you'll be able to crop the images freely, while maintaining a large number of pixels in the final image, allowing you to make\u00a0sharp prints at large sizes, even after a significant crop.\r\n\r\nWhen comparing the 5Ds to the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, both cameras have a full frame image sensor. But the 5D Mark II includes\u00a0just 21.1 megapixels of resolution, less than half of what the 5Ds provides, and its successor, the 5D Mark III, has 23 MP of resolution. The Nikon D810 is another option with 36MP of resolution, which isn't the highest resolution out of these four cameras, but it's still a high resolution that when combined with the EXPEED 4 image processor, helps capture sharp, noise-free photos in a shorter amount of time. Also, the Nikon lacks an optical low-pass filter.\r\n\r\n.\r\nLow Light Performance and Movie Mode\r\n\r\n\r\nWith such a large image sensor, it's no surprise that the Canon 5Ds excels when shooting in low light conditions. Don't let the fact that Canon limits the maximum ISO setting to 12,800 cause you to question this camera's low light photo quality. The camera's noise reduction software does a tremendous job of removing noise from the final image, even at high ISOs. You may notice a few very minor image flaws at ISO 6400 and 12800, but certainly not enough problems to prevent you from using those ISO settings, which overall ranges from ISO 100-12,800.\r\n\r\nIf you want to use a flash unit, you will have to add an external flash\u00a0to the hot shoe of the 5Ds. Canon chose not to give the EOS 5Ds a built-in popup flash unit. This is another cost\u00a0you'll have to budget for when considering this expensive camera.\r\n\r\nMovie quality is very good with this model, which isn't always the case with DSLR cameras. You can shoot at full 1080p HD resolution at 30 frames per second, but there is no 4K video resolution option.\r\nBattery Life\r\nCanon estimates the battery life for the EOS 5Ds at 700 shots per charge. However, you won't receive this type of battery performance unless you're using the viewfinder as the primary means of recording images, rather than shooting in Live View with the LCD screen most of the time. Around 500-550 shots per charge is probably a more realistic number for this camera. Don't get me wrong; that's still very strong battery life, but not quite as good as what Canon claims.\r\n\r\nIf you want to obtain quite a bit more battery power, you can add a battery grip to the 5Ds for an extra cost. Of course, you will want to hit the gym again\u00a0if you choose to go with the battery grip, which adds several ounces of weight to the camera's setup.\r\nWrap Up\r\nAlthough the Canon 5D DSLR camera price is lower than the Canon 5Ds, it's the 5Ds that\u00a0made\u00a0our\u00a0best DSLR cameras\u00a0list because of its nearly four times higher resolution.\r\n\r\nThe 5Ds is a very impressive model that produces great images\u00a0in nearly every shooting condition. This camera is a fast performer too, offering an amazing five frames per second of RAW image format photos, something only a handful of cameras on the market can match. Bottom line: When the biggest downside to a camera is that it has too many features and too much power for inexperienced\u00a0photographers, you know that you are considering\u00a0an impressive piece of electronics.