Canon’s full frame cameras have earned a superior reputation in providing an image quality unmatched by any other class of camera. Originally marketed at professional photographers exclusively, full frame DSLRs were once accessible only if one was willing to throw down a chunk of change. Recent years have seen the appearance of multiple lower-cost models, making it easier for serious amateurs and enthusiasts to reap the benefits of a great DSLR. Check out a handful of the most impressive Canon full frame cameras available on the market today.

Best Canon Full Frame Cameras 

Canon EOS 5DS R

Canon EOS 5DS R, one of the best Canon full frame cameras

Currently one of the highest resolution Canon full frame cameras, the Canon EOS 5DS R provides superb results all-around but is especially useful for studio and landscape photography in which capturing the most detail is desired.

The 5DS R features a weatherproof magnesium-alloy body, making it perfect for outdoor photography. Working in conjunction with the color-sensitive 150,000-pixel metering sensor, the autofocus yields excellent results, able to detect faces and focus specifically on a subject’s eyes.
Live view shooting is a breeze, despite the inclusion of a fixed display screen rather than a tilting one. The 5DS R is an exquisite camera that will best suit professional photographers who don’t require extreme speed and advanced video capabilities.
Specs:
  • Dimensions: 4.6 x 6 x 3 inches.
  • Weight: 1.9 lb.
  • Sensor: Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS.
  • Megapixels: 50.6.
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41-cross type.
  • Maximum Continuous Shooting Speed: 5fps.
  • Maximum ISO: 12800.
  • Display: 3.2-inches, 1,040k dots, LCD.
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical.
  • Movies: 720p, 1080p, 480p.

Price: $3,699.

Canon EOS 5DS

Canon EOS 5DS full frame camera

The Canon EOS 5DS, the predecessor to its almost twin, the 5DS R above, is the second of the two highest resolution full frame cameras on today’s market. The major difference between the two is that the 5DS R features an anti-aliasing cancellation filter over the sensor, which helps to achieve the maximum amount of detail. That being said, the image quality is exquisite on the 5DS itself.

With well-controlled noise, great dynamic range, and still beautiful detail, the 5DS is an incredible camera that does not disappoint. The intuitive autofocus allows one to achieve brilliant shots needed for the type of high-resolution, detailed shooting that is required for studio and landscape photography, perfect for professional photographers that don’t require advanced video capabilities.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 4.6 x 3 x 6 inches.
  • Weight: 1.9 lb.
  • Sensor: Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS.
  • Megapixels: 50.6.
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41 cross-type.
  • Maximum Continuous Shooting Speed: 5fps.
  • Maximum ISO: 12800.
  • Display: 3.2-inches, 1,040k dots, LCD.
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical.
  • Movies: 720p, 1080p, 480p.

Price: $3,499.

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D full frame camera

When the Canon EOS 6D was released, it did the unthinkable by providing users with excellent image quality, great low light performance, and useful capabilities like Wi-Fi and GPS — all for a steal at under $1,500. One of most affordable Canon full frame cameras, the 6D is the go-to model for any enthusiast, despite its lower megapixel rate.

Though some might balk at the 20.2-megapixels, the image quality is superb nonetheless, impressing users with a three-dimensional feel that results from the larger sensor’s ability to create shallow depth of field effects.
The 6D is also an incredible tool for those often needing or desiring to shoot in low light, and travel photography is a breeze, thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 4.4 x 5.7 x 2.8 inches.
  • Weight: 1.66 lb.
  • Sensor: Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS.
  • Megapixels: 20.2.
  • Autofocus: 11-point AF, 1 cross-type.
  • Maximum Continuous Shooting Speed: 4.5fps.
  • Maximum ISO: 102400.
  • Display: 3-inches, 1,040k dots, LCD.
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical.
  • Movies: 720p, 1080p.

Price: $1,269.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Another of the most incredible Canon full frame cameras, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is groundbreaking with its 4K video, built-in Wi-Fi capability, and a fast burst rate at 7 frames per second.

Although it maintains a higher price tag when compared to competing full frame DSLRs, professional photographers and videographers will note that the 5D Mark IV is one of the most complete cameras available, maintaining a sensor that provides the sharpest of results and incredible autofocus capabilities.
Despite trying to draw in more videographers with its 4K video, the 5D Mark IV has been known to sometimes overheat from extended shooting — but even still, this is a top-tier DSLR that can compete with, and in fact win, when matched with even the toughest of competition.
Specs:
  • Dimensions: 4.6 x 5.9 x 3 inches.
  • Weight: 1.8 lb.
  • Sensor: Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS.
  • Megapixels: 30.4.
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41 cross-type.
  • Maximum Continuous Shooting Speed: 7fps.
  • Maximum ISO: 102400.
  • Display: 3.2-inches, 1,620k dots, touchscreen.
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical.
  • Movies: 720p, 1080p, 4K.
Price: $3,499.

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II full frame DSLR

Last but not least, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is one of the most unique models in a long list of Canon full frame cameras. As is somewhat evident by the higher price tag on this one, the 1D X Mark II is a specialty model geared more towards those typically specializing in action shooting.

Despite its heavy size, this camera is still the top choice of many professional sport and news photographers. Known to be a speed machine, both powerful and versatile, the 1D X Mark II is quite capable in low light settings, and despite its lower megapixel range, which comes in at 20.2, the camera delivers excellent image quality, getting the job done quickly and with little effort.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.6 x 3.3 inches.
  • Weight: 3.4 lb.
  • Sensor: Full-Frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS.
  • Megapixels: 20.2.
  • Autofocus: 61-point AF, 41 cross-type.
  • Maximum Continuous Shooting Speed: 14fps.
  • Maximum ISO: 409600.
  • Display: 3.2-inches, 1,620k dots, touchscreen.
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical.
  • Movies: 1080p, 4K.

Price: $5,999.

As you can see, this handful of Canon full frame cameras demonstrates the beauty of some of the absolute best of the best on the market today. With a range of products readily available, there is at least one model to satisfy any type of photographer. From the 6D for the enthusiast to the 5DS or 5DS R for the professional still photographer, and so much more, Canon has risen above the ranks to deliver quality products that will not disappoint.

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