We were a little taken aback by the launch of the Canon EOS RP. Instead of being a professional-grade version of the Canon EOS R (though don’t get us wrong, the pro-Canon EOS R5 is on the way), the Canon EOS RP was a more affordable version of the company’s full-frame mirrorless model with a lower price tag.
Indeed, the letter ‘P’ in the model name stands for ‘Popular,’ which in the Japanese sense means ‘for everyone,’ making this the best Canon camera for enthusiasts and first-time full-frame camera customers respectively. For this reason, as well as its low price and tiny size, it wins a spot on our list of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras you can buy right now.
Even though it has a vast full-frame sensor, the Canon EOS RP is remarkably tiny and delivers diverse photography capabilities in a portable package.
Thanks to a 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 image processor, the camera can capture still images and UHD 4K video with a wide sensitivity range, ranging from ISO 100 to 40000, to accommodate shooting in a variety of lighting settings.
Continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second is also available for photographing moving subjects. It also supports a sophisticated Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus technology, which includes 4779 selectable on-sensor phase-detection points for fast and precisely obtaining focus during stills and video capture.
Indeed, the RP is familiar with the EOS 6D Mark II architecture, from the sensor down to the feature set. Yet, despite this, it is contained in a body that is the tiniest and lightest full-frame camera ever produced by Canon.
Build & Handling
The Canon EOS RP is distinguished by its small size, arguably its most remarkable feature. It weighs only 485g, which includes the battery and memory card, making it 175g lighter than the EOS R and 280g more delicate than the EOS 6D Mark II.
The Canon EOS 800D/Canon EOS Rebel T7i would be the closest comparison, as they both weigh the same (but are 532g with battery and card) and measure 131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm, which is significantly larger than the RP’s streamlined 132.5 x 85 x 70mm frame.
With the right lens, such as the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM or the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM with the EF-EOS R Mount Adapter, the camera feels almost as responsive and maneuverable as a Fujifilm or Olympus mirrorless system.
In contrast, when combined with bigger lenses, this advantage in compactness becomes a disadvantage. This is especially true when the Canon Rapid Fire (RF) line comprises mainly monsters like the 950g Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L and 1,430g 28-70mm f/2L.
Some of the most excellent Canon RF lenses are also, sadly, some of the most extensive and expensive lenses available on the market today. With the EOS R and beyond, Canon is aiming its sights at the professional market (the Canon EOS R5 specifications are incredible); let’s hope it doesn’t lose sight of the cost-conscious consumer market.
When comparing the EOS RP to cameras like the Nikon Z6 or even the Canon EOS R, it’s vital to note that it isn’t in the same class as those cameras. Thus, while its overall performance may appear unexceptional in specific ways, the RP performs rather well for a camera in its category – notably when taking still images (as opposed to video).
Exceptional regarding picture quality, file fidelity, and dynamic range, images taken with the RP are unique and behave quite similarly to those taken with the 6D Mark II during editing. Because the Digic 8 processor provides a bit more oomph, there appears to be a little more detail in the shadows, but the levels are essentially the same across the two cameras.
While the RP’s burst mode of 4 frames per second in Servo AF or five frames per second in One Shot isn’t going to win any speed competitions, the camera can record up to 50 14-bit raw files on a UHS-II card before the camera begins to slow down, which is significantly more than average for a camera that isn’t designed for sports photography.
While eye-tracking with Servo AF is a beautiful addition, we found it less effective in practice than we had hoped. Sure, it’s a step down from the better technology that debuted with the Sony A6400(opens in a new tab), but in real-time shooting, it frequently resorted to basic facial tracking while shooting at anything more than close range.
Fujifilm’s response to this problem is that the Fujifilm X-T30 features a Face Detect function, which allows you to choose the face in a scene you want to track using the camera’s autofocus system.
Although there were a few cases where this became a problem, they were relatively few and far between…. Even if we had concentrated on someone else’s child crossing the finish line on school sports day rather than merely getting a pedestrian in focus instead of the street performer we were attempting to photograph in Camden, we would probably have been a little more disappointed with the results.
However, the autofocus system generally performs admirably, especially in low-light circumstances. In this aspect, the EOS R is a standout performer, while the RP is just behind it in terms of performance. Even though we shot inside in some very dim conditions and during the twilight hours after the sun had gone down, the focusing system never failed us — it’s lightning-fast, pinpoint precise, and highly trustworthy.
Canon EOS RP Specifications
|6240 x 4160
|Image ratio w:h
|1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
|Sensor photo detectors
|Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
|sRGB, Adobe RGB
|Color filter array
|Primary color filter
|Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
|Boosted ISO (minimum)
|Boosted ISO (maximum)
|White balance presets
|Custom white balance
|JPEG quality levels
|JPEGRaw (14-bit Canon CR3)C-Raw (Canon original)
|Optics & Focus
|Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
|Autofocus assist lamp
|Number of focus points
|Focal length multiplier
|Minimum shutter speed
|Maximum shutter speed
|ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
|Yes (via hot shoe)
|Flash X sync speed
|Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
|±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
|3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
|SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
|USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
|802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
|Yes (via cable or smartphone)
|LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
|Battery Life (CIPA)
|Weight (inc. batteries)
|485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
|133 x 85 x 70 mm (5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76″)
Users anticipating (read: desperately hoping) that this would be a professional-grade version of the EOS R to compete with the EOS-1D X or 5DS/R would almost certainly be disappointed with their purchase. However, it’s unreasonable to criticize the Canon EOS RP only based on what it isn’t. That Canon managed to compress all of the power and performance of a 765g 6D Mark II into a 485g body while adding 4K video and mirrorless advantages like an EVF is a stunning feat of engineering.
If you want to move to a bigger sensor, a decent full-frame mirrorless camera at this price is an excellent option for anyone looking to keep the size and weight benefits of their existing APS-C models. Sony’s older back-catalog A7 models, which the manufacturer has chosen to maintain on the market, are the only serious price competitors for the EOS RP.
Indeed, the EOS RP’s compactness may even make it more tempting than the EOS R for photographers that need to remain light and agile, like travel or street photographers, due to its smaller size.
After everything is said and done, the Canon RP provides a shooting experience that feels familiar and easy to Canon customers – and, thanks to the mount adapter EF-EOS R that comes included in the box, current lenses can be used right immediately. The RP may be a better match for EF-S lenses and the lighter EF glass than for more extensive and heavier RF optics.
A souped-up 6D Mark II in a more petite body with an EVF and 4K video – even if 4K comes with trade-offs that make 1080p a preferable option for more severe video shooters – is what this camera is. The Canon EOS RP is a capable still camera that delivers photos on par with those produced by any other body in Canon’s lineup. Those wishing to transition to full-frame photography would be well to investigate the Canon EOS RP.
Instead of being supplanted by newer full-frame mirrorless cameras, the EOS RP has become an economical, flexible, and incredibly approachable camera for first-time full-frame photographers, particularly in the portrait and landscape genres.
Canon EOS RP Price
Canon EOS RP FAQs
Is the Canon EOS RP a good buy?
When shopping for a full-frame mirrorless camera, many believe the Canon EOS RP is an excellent option.
Is Canon EOS RP professional?
Although it is promoted as a professional camera, amateur photographers and photography enthusiasts can also use the Canon EOS RP.
Is Canon EOS RP DSLR or mirrorless?
The Canon EOS RP represents a mirrorless camera system.
Is EOS RP full-frame?
There is no doubt that the Canon EOS RP is a full-frame camera.
Is EOS RP waterproof?
There is no weather sealing on the Canon EOS RP.
Is Canon RP good for low-light photography?
The Canon EOS RP can produce high-quality photographs even in dimly lit environments.
Does Canon RP have autofocus?
The Canon EOS RP does have an autofocus feature.
Does EOS RP overheat?
When shooting video for prolonged amounts of time, the Canon EOS RP is known to have some issues with overheating, which can cause the camera to malfunction.
Is Canon EOS RP touchscreen?
Touchscreen functionality is available on the Canon EOS RP.
Does Canon RP have WIFI?
The Canon EOS RP does come equipped with WiFi connectivity.