Canon EOS RP: Affordability with functionality

Canon DLSRs were a huge part of my early years in Photography. So I couldn’t help but feel giddy upon getting the chance to take Canon’s EOS RP for a spin during a recent trip. The EOS RP, Canon’s second attempt at a full-frame mirrorless, is able to pack many great features into its relatively low-cost body. At $1299, there is much to like about Canon’s latest.

EOS RP AT A GLANCE

Product Specifications

Dimensions: Approx. 132.5×85.0×70.0 mm / 5.22×3.35×2.76 in.
Weight: Approx. 485 g / 17.11 oz. (including battery pack and card)/Approx. 440 g / 15.52 oz. (body only)
Image sensor: Approx. 26.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
Imaging processor: DIGIC 8
ISO speed: 100-40000 expandable to 50-102400

 

Continuous shooting speed: Max. approx. 5fps
Video: 4K (3840×2160)*, Full HD (1920×1080), HD (1280×720)
*output in 4K UHD resolution through image processing
AF: 4779 available AF point positions; 143 AF area divisions on auto AF
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth: Yes
LCD: 3.0” (approx. 1.04 million dots) Vari-angle touch panel

The EOS RP already shows promise from the get-go by sporting a full-frame CMOS sensor just like the 6D MII, especially with a slight bump up to 26.2 MP versus the 6D MII’s 26.0 MP. This comes in tandem with the latest DIGIC 8 image processor, allowing the mirrorless camera to process 4K at 24fps.

Size


Created to be a cheaper and smaller alternative to the EOS R, the RP weighs in at an impressive 485 g. On paper it is over 100 g lighter than the likes of EOS R and Sony A7S II which all weigh more than 600 g. However, with the RF 24-105mm f/4 in tow, the camera still felt just as bulky to carry somehow. The experience would undoubtedly improve with a lighter lens.

Lenses

There are currently only about 5 lenses available with the new RF mount—2 zooms and 3 primes—with plans for that number to double by the end of 2019. For now, users have limited choices in the RF system especially where the price is concerned with only 2 lenses under $1000—only 1 if you’re trying to spend less than $2000 for an RF setup. Until then, a mount adapter is available that makes all EF lenses just as usable with the RP.

Performance

Autofocus

Canon has made the shooting experience on its full-frame mirrorless cameras more flexible with its Autofocus. Even with only 4,779 AF points compared to EOS R’s 5,665, the RP guarantees that there is a nearby AF frame to focus on the subject.

 

Eye Detection AF

Canon took their Eye Detection AF game a level higher with the addition of the Eye Detection AF to the Servo AF and Movie Servo AF modes, making it easier to maintain focus on a moving subject’s eyes. This is especially attractive to users who shoot on-the-go or generally want to be flexible. This feature speeds up the process of focusing automatically on the eyes or whichever eye is closest to the center of the frame, although it’s possible to manually select on touch or cross keys.

Silent Mode

Silent mode is a nifty feature added to the system’s Special Scene (SCN) mode, utilizing a quieter electronic shutter for a silent shooting experience for situations and locations where shutter sounds can be disruptive or are forbidden. It is worth noting that the camera chooses the aperture and shutter speed for you in SCN mode. That being said, this is a fun little feature to have but not quite as flexible, and therefore useful, as it really could be.

 

Video

My least favorite part about the EOS RP was the video performance. With a 1.7x APS-C sensor crop, it doesn’t deliver a true 4K full-frame performance, limiting the potential of the sensor on depth-of-field and low light. There was a chance to cement the RP’s position as the affordable full-frame mirrorless further if not for quite a big compromise. At this point, video enthusiasts would still opt to shell out more for a system without a cropped 4K, or even get a more affordable APS-C with more affordable accessories. Additionally, a lack of in-body stabilization leaves one wondering if the additional investment in lenses with IS would likely just eat up what you’ve saved.

Verdict

Overall, the Canon EOS RP was a fun camera to have in tow. It’s perfect for street or travel photography due to its portability and affordability even with the many features it’s borrowed from pricier Canon models. While many professionals might think twice before giving up their systems for this, it is sure to be a worthy consideration for those looking to get one foot in the full-frame game at an affordable cost.

Post Author: Christian

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