After the successful launch of the Canon EOS R, its follow up the EOS RP is aimed at the enthusiast and entry level market. To describe where it sits on the market, the Canon EOS R is equivalent to a 5D Mark IV, whereas the EOS RP is equivalent to a 6D Mark II. Aimed at vloggers, travellers, enthusiasts and new full frame users, the Canon EOS RP is quite an interesting camera.
Design & Construction
Upon picking up the Canon EOS RP it is considerably smaller than the EOS R, and the Sony a7 series. The size of the EOS RP is similar to the Canon M50 or the Sony a6000 series. It weighs a tiny 400 grams which makes it possibly the lightest and smallest full frame mirrorless camera on the market. Despite its size, it is quite comfortable to hold. However if you do have big hands the BG-E1 grip for the EOS RP is a more comfortable solution.
Design Differences between EOS R and RP
- One big difference between the EOS RP and the EOS R is the exclusion of the top LCD and touch bar. The EOS RP uses a traditional mode dial which would be familiar to anyone using Canons DSLR system. In addition the menu layout is similar to the entry level Canon DSLRs. This is beneficial for those who are looking to transition to a full frame camera with a smaller learning curve, due to its UI familiarity.
- Battery: The Canon EOS RP uses the LP-E17 battery instead of the LP-E6. This does mean a reduced battery life, so it is recommended to bring spares on a shoot.
- Memory card slot: The memory card slot is shared with the battery door in the Canon EOS RP.
Here is a list of the Canon EOS RP features:
- 26.2 CMOS Full frame sensor with D!GIC 8 processor
- Dual Pixel AF (contrast detection in 4K) with continuous eye AF and face tracking
- Expandable ISO up to 25600
- 5 fps continuous shooting
- 4K video up to 25 fps (cropped at 1.7x), Full HD up to 60 fps
Last week, we got our hands on the EOS RP and took it for a quick spin. Images look great and surprisingly works pretty well at high ISOs. Dynamic range is slightly better than the 6D Mark II, and its ability to preserve detail is great.
We really like the Canon EOS R as it is the perfect transition camera for new full frame users. The ability to adapt all Canon EF lenses to RF with an adapter makes it an easy choice, especially at the estimated price point of under $2000 AUD (Final price TBC).
With the release of the Canon EOS RP, it will be interesting to see how it will affect the Canon 6D Mark IIs position in the line up. The EOS RP is refined, compact, feature heavy and extremely versatile. We can see this camera being popular with vloggers, travellers and everyday users.
Watch our review video here: