Canon EOS 5DS vs Sony a3500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 5DS and Sony a3500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 5DS is manufacturered by Canon but Sony a3500 is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 5DS were released 2015 and Sony a3500 was released 2014. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 5DS 2015
Sony a3500 2014

Type of camera

Canon EOS 5DS is a DSLR camera while Sony a3500 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 5DS has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Sony a3500 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 5DS 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Sony a3500 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)


Canon EOS 5DS has a 51 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a3500 has 20 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 5DS 51 MP
50320896 pixels
8688 x 5792
Sony a3500 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632

Canon EOS 5DS has a 154 % larger resolution than Sony a3500. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony a3500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 5DS. Sony a3500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 16000 while Canon EOS 5DS has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 5DS 100-6400
Sony a3500 100-16000

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 5DS
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a3500

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 5DS can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Sony a3500 can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 5DS 5
Sony a3500 3,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 5DS and Sony a3500 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 5DS weighs 930 gr (equal to 2.05 lb) which is 126% heavier than Sony a3500 and its 411 gr (or 0.91 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 5DS 930 gr
2.05 lb
Sony a3500 411 gr
0.91 lb

Canon EOS 5DS vs Sony a3500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 5DS and Sony a3500, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Name Canon EOS 5DS Sony a3500
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Release Year 2015 2014
Release Date 2015-02-06 2014-03-21
MSRP 3699 USD 399 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 8688 x 5792 pixels 5456 x 3632 pixels
Megapixels 51 MP 20 MP
Image Processor DUAL DIGIC 6 Bionz
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 16000
White Balance Presets 8 9
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 61 25
Lens Mount Canon EF

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 1040000 230400
Touch screen No No
Screen type ClearView II TFT-LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71 0.7 (0.47 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Frames per second 5 fps 3,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 6 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Memory Card Compact Flash
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No No
Remote Control Yes (Wired and wireless) Yes (via optional RM-VPR1)
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 5DS
Sony a3500
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E6 lithium-ion battery & charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700 shots 480 shots
Width 152 mm 128 mm
Height 116 mm 91 mm
Depth 76 mm 85 mm
Weight 930 gram 411 gram