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Summary

The Canon EOS RP is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera with 26 Megapixels, an electronic viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen and cropped 4k video. Pitched at a lower-level than the EOS R, it’s Canon’s most affordable, not to mention lightest, full-frame body to date. The EOS RP takes the 26.2 Megapixel full-frame sensor from the EOS 6D Mark II (tweaked for the mirrorless flange distance) with Dual Pixel CMOS AF for focusing and 4fps bursts with continuous AF (or 5fps without). Movie shooters will appreciate the fully-articulated side-hinged screen as well as microphone and headphone jacks, although only 1080 video will exploit the full-frame and Dual Pixel CMOS AF; sadly 4k video is cropped and uses contrast-based AF only, like the EOS M50. The EOS RP also shares the M50’s 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder and relatively small LP-17 battery with a CIPA rating of just 250 shots, although there is at least now internal charging over USB. While the poor battery life and cropped 4k video are frustrating, the EOS RP achieves an impressively low price point for a new full-frame body, although in the absence of a low-cost native kit zoom, most owners will be adapting existing EF lenses for now; at least Canon supplies an adapter in the box.

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Canon EOS RP review – preview

The Canon EOS RP is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera with 26 Megapixels, an electronic viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen and cropped 4k video. Announced in February 2019, it’s the second body to employ Canon’s RF lens mount, following the original EOS R. The EOS RP is pitched at a lower-level than the EOS R though, positioned just below the EOS 6D Mark II, making it Canon’s most affordable, not to mention lightest, full-frame body to date. Canon’s aiming it at existing EOS owners with a collection of EF lenses they’d like to continue using, and bundles the RP with an EF lens adapter.

The EOS RP takes the 26.2 Megapixel full-frame sensor from the EOS 6D Mark II, but makes adjustments (presumably to micro-lenses) to work better with the shorter flange distance; unlike the EOS R, the sensor remains exposed when you remove lenses, but that’s the same as other mirrorless cameras. The sensor employs Dual Pixel CMOS AF for focusing, with coverage across most of the frame (88% horizontal x 100% vertical) and support for continuous shooting at 4fps with focus or 5fps without. The EOS RP allows focusing at f11, has a new focus bracketing feature (although you’ll need to do the stacking externally), a new spot-focusing mode, and now also supports eye-detection with continuous Servo AF, a feature missing from the EOS R when it was launched. 1080p video is available up to 60p with Dual Pixel autofocus, although 4k is limited to 24 or 25p, incurs a crop and uses contrast-based AF only, just like the EOS M50. There’s no built-in stabilisation, so to iron-out any wobbles you’ll need to fit a lens with IS. Movie shooters can however deploy optional digital stabilisation if desired, albeit incurring a crop.

The body is Canon’s smallest and lightest full-frame to date, whether DSLR or mirrorless, measuring 133x85x70mm and weighing 485g including battery – that’s 95g lighter than the EOS R or 200g lighter than the 6D II bodies. Unlike the EOS R, Canon’s gone for a more traditional design on the RP, with a mode dial and no thumb slider. There’s the same 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder as the EOS M50 with 0.7x magnification, a single SD slot (exploiting UHS-II speeds), and videographers will be pleased to find a side-hinged, fully-articulated 3in touchscreen as well as microphone and headphone jacks – the presence of the latter for monitoring audio is unusual at the price, and there’s also USB charging. If you’d like to increase the height of the body, an optional EG-E1 grip thickens it up to prevent your pinkie from dangling.

I had a chance to try out a pre-production EOS RP and have put together a short video going over the features below. Lower on the page I also have more information regarding lenses.

 

 

 

In the absence of a budget kit zoom in the native RF mount at launch, Canon has put together a selection of discounted EF lens bundles in some regions for use with the supplied adapter. The most affordable is the EF 24-105mm STM, although there’s also an EF 24-70mm f4L bundle or one with the smallest and cheapest native lens so far, the RF 35mm f1.8 IS. Once again though, Canon expects the RP to be used, at least initially, with existing EF lenses via the adapter.

 

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Above: Canon EOS RP on the left and Canon EOS R on the right

 

As for native lenses, Canon announced an updater to the roadmap, committing to six new RF lenses in 2019: RF 15-35mm f2.8L IS USM, RF 24-70mm f2.8L IS USM, RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, RF 24-240mm f4-6.3 IS USM, and the RF 85mm f1.2L USM which will also be available in a defocused version called the RF 85mm f1.2L USM DS. No prices have been announced yet, but most look like premium models perhaps with the exception of the 24-240mm which could end up becoming a perfect kit-zoom for the EOS RP.

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