Canon EOS RP review

The Canon EOS RP is the second full-frame mirrorless camera launched by the veteran camera company. While the EOS R was met with a lukewarm reception, the EOS RP aims to aggressively target sales of various other brands by providing it a very attractive price. At release, it will even include an adapter to permit you to use any existing Canon EF lenses that you might already have in your kit, too.

To that end, you can pick up the EOS RP for around £1,399 / US$999 body only (with the adapter). If you want to pick it up with a 24-105mm f/4 L USM lens as well, it’ll set you back around £2,300 / US$1,899. Neither of these figures are loose change, sure, but it’s a reasonable price for a brand new full-frame camera – and crucially it’s cheaper than the Nikon Z6 (around £1,700 / US$1,999 body only RRP at the time of writing – with no adapter included).

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While some will have been disappointed not to see a high end EOS R come to the market, from Canon’s perspective, launching something at the “entry-level” probably makes a lot more commercial sense. If they can hook people in at the beginning, or near the beginning, of their camera journey, it’ll pay dividends in the long run.

Canon already caters for those new to full-frame with its 6D series of DSLR cameras, with the latest being the 6D Mark II. As mirrorless becomes more mainstream, those thinking about making the jump to full-frame now have a mirrorless option – with the benefits that brings – to consider as well.

CANON EOS RP REVIEW: DESIGN AND HANDLING

Considering the EOS RP is certainly housing a full-frame sensor, Canon has done a good job of keeping it on the small side, especially given that it has a fully-articulating screen upon the rear as well. Weighing in at just 440g (body only), it’s smaller and lighter than its sibling the EOS R. In theory that might make it good as a backup or travel camera, but it’s important to bear in mind the accompanying lenses – which are still fairly large.

A reasonably chunky grip helps to help to make the EOS RP fine and comfortable to make use of, while the button layout on the back is on the whole sensible. On the top of the camera there’s a mode dial with a range of shooting modes, plus dual control dials for adjusting different parameters depending on the mode you’re in. Use these mode dials in conjunction with an “M.Fn” key to change specifically what you’re controlling, and it’s a pretty nifty set-up. For more quick access, tap the Q button on the back of the camera for direct access to a number of different settings.

One change from the EOS R may be the lack of the touch-sensitive “M-Fn” bar – it’s no great loss not to see it here though – most didn’t find it all that useful anyway. There’s also no top-plate LCD for quickly checking settings, either.

There’s a smaller and lower resolution EVF (electronic viewfinder) than you’ll find on the standard EOS R. The EOS RP includes a 2.36-million-dot OLED 0.39-inch device, which in isolation is actually pretty decent and usable. Should you have never used the 0.5-inch, 3.69-million-dot EVF of the EOS R, there’s every opportunity you won’t appreciate the difference. If you’re coming to the EOS RP from a DSLR (full-frame or otherwise), it’ll be a new experience not using an optical viewfinder – but for our money, a better one. You get the bonus of seeing how settings will become rendered as you make them, as well as being able to zoom in to check focus, or see images in playback to make sure you’ve nailed the shot.

CANON EOS RP REVIEW: FEATURES

As you’d expect, while there’s a fair few similarities between the EOS R and its cheaper sibling, the RP, there’s also some compromises which have been made to keep the cost down. We’ve already discussed the difference between your EOS R and the RP’s electronic viewfinder.

At the heart of the EOS RP is a 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor – making it a few megapixels short of the 30.3-megapixel sensor found in the more expensive EOS R.

When it comes to drive modes, the EOS RP offers just 5fps, which is fairly modest and is probably not best-suited to those who like to shoot a lot of sports and action. If you would like to switch on AF tracking, it drops further down to 4fps. The EOS R is not exactly a whizz either though, so it’s quite clear that Canon isn’t targeting action shooters with either of its mirrorless models.

What’s arguably even more frustrating is the insufficient a silent shooting setting. Although you can access silent shooting if you go via a scene mode, this is an automatic mode which doesn’t allow you to change other key settings. One of the key benefits of mirrorless cameras is the ability to be a bit more discreet when shooting – for example in churches and the like – so it’s disappointing never to have it available here.

In terms of video, the EOS RP offers 4K – but it is limited. First of all, it’s subject to a crop which means that shooting at a wide angle is tricky. It’s also only possible to record at up to 25p. It doesn’t actually compare too badly to the EOS R, which is also at the mercy of a crop but can offer up to 30p framework rates. Full HD is more flexible, offering no crop and body rates up to 60fps.

CANON EOS RP REVIEW: PERFORMANCE

Despite the reservations we have about the handling of the Canon EOS RP, as well as some of its specifications, one area where it really shines may be the image quality – which is arguably the most important thing, of course.

Images are bright and punchy directly from the camera, with great scope to make some tweaks with the raw format documents to get exactly the colour and detail you want should you need it.

Exposures are well-balanced with the all-purpose metering system putting in a good performance in a wide selection of different lighting conditions. Automatic white balance also copes well with several different kinds of light to provide accurate colors without the need for too much tweaking either in-camera or in post-production.

Focusing can be decent, with the Dual-Pixel AF program snapping into actions easily and quickly mostly of the time. As already mentioned, it’s probably not the camera for those who regularly shoot action, but it does a semi-good work when photographing predictably moving subjects – so long as you accept that the results will be likely be more luck than judgement.

In low light, noise is kept to a minimum unless shooting at very high ISO speeds such as 12800 or 25600. That said, if you’re forced to use 12800, the outcomes aren’t too bad so long as you’re happy to keep your pictures on the tiny size (so they’re good for social sharing, for example).

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Last updated on December 14, 2019 3:19 am

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