Canon Full-Frame DSLR Camera Roundup

17/12/2020 9:05 am

Canon has been at the top of the full-frame DSLR game for some time and it is not very hard to see why. While initially, full-frame cameras were strictly for professional use, the recent trend has been to produce models aimed at lower price points and less experienced users. This means that even if you consider photography to just be a hobby, you shouldn’t rule out picking up a full-frame camera. 

With this roundup, we will attempt to highlight what is available in the current range from Canon and hopefully, which model is most suitable for you.



At the entry-point of Canon’s full-frame range of DSLR cameras, you will find the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. If you are coming from an APS-C format EOS DSLR background, you will not feel out of your depth when you pick up this camera - it is familiar territory. On the inside though, you are gifted with a full-frame 26.2MP image sensor and Canon’s high-performance Digic 7 processor. The camera is suitable for sports photography, with 6.5 frames per second continuous shooting speeds, and it has a suitably fast and accurate AF system of 45 points - this AF system and Canon’s wonderful Dual Pixel CMOS AF is also suitable for making the most of the video options, which the 6D Mark II can record in Full HD.


The compact and relatively lightweight 6D Mark II features a Vari-angle LCD screen, it was, in fact, the first full-frame DSLR to have this feature, and the screen is also touch-sensitive, which enables the effective and simple touch AF features, which beginners will appreciate.


The original 5D was perhaps the first full-frame camera that was considered usable to a wider audience and not just professionals. Since then, Canon has been honing and perfecting this range, and this model the5D Mark IV is the result of this. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will appeal to lovers of both stills and video, with a 30.4MP resolution and 4K30p resolution video at your disposal. A range of other video-friendly features are on offer with this camera including HDR movie, time-lapse, and 120P recording at lower resolutions, which is good for slow-motion results. 


The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is particularly speedy, with a 7 frames continuous shooting rate as well as a 61-point AF system. When compared to the entry-level 6D Mark II that we discussed earlier, this camera is noticeably heavier, which is a result of the rugged build which includes extensive dust and weather-sealing. As well as the optical viewfinder, this camera features a huge 3.2-inch LCD screen at its rear. Making this camera a little more modern than previous offerings, the 5D IV features WiFi and NFC connectivity, which leads to easier remote control and sharing options.



Some other models of note within the EOS full-frame range are the Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DSR. Now, both of these models are jam-packed with high-end features, namely a mammoth 50MP of resolution. These two cameras both feature 5 frames per second continuous shooting, Full HD video and a range of other useful features, but when it comes down to it these cameras have been introduced for the purpose of providing users with the maximum possible resolution, which is great for large and detailed prints of landscapes or portraits.

The 5DS and 5DSr are virtually identical in every way, except that the 5DSr cancels out the effect of the anti-aliasing filter. That makes this model the best for capturing higher levels of image sharpness, but also makes it susceptible to moire occurring when photographing patterns, such as is common in fashion photography.



This brings us to the newest model and the flagship of the range, the EOS 1DX Mark III. If you are familiar with the 1DX range at all, it should come as no surprise that this Mark III version puts a premium on both image quality and speed. There is a 20.1MP image sensor and updated processor inside the 1DX Mark III, which leads to impressive still and video quality, the latter of which has really been updated with 5.5K 60p video on offer, as well as 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 recording.

In terms of speed, the 1DX Mark III features 16 FPS continuous shooting speeds when using the optical viewfinder - this is one you will see in the hands of professional sports photographers. It features a revamped 191-point AF system with new algorithms for improved autofocus speed and tracking performance, while the body features a rugged workhorse-like build to allow consistent professional usage. To best handle the fast write speeds and high-res video files, this camera features dual CFExpress card slots - we get a feeling avid users will make the most of this feature.

Get started on your full-frame journey with Canon

That concludes our roundup of the current range of full-frame DSLR cameras from Canon. Hopefully, this has shed some light on the differences within these models and helped you to narrow down your options a little.


Whether you need a camera for traditional purposes such as Portraiture or Landscape Photography, or you want something that you can also shoot videos and vlog with, Canon has something suitable.


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