Price (RRP): $1,749 (body only)
I don’t think I’m alone in expecting Digital SLR cameras to eventually give way almost entirely to mirrorless. The past couple of years has seen camera heavyweights Canon and Nikon add full-frame mirrorless cameras to their lineups. The Canon EOS RP is one of the least expensive of the genre.
Canon EOS RP features
Indeed, the Canon EOS RP is the second full-frame mirrorless from the camera-maker, appearing soon after the higher-priced, higher specification Canon EOS R.
It’s smaller and significantly lighter than the R. The body weighs just 485 grams. But, note, as a full-frame camera its lenses are significantly bigger than those for APS-C cameras and even more so than those for Micro-Four-Thirds cameras. Indeed, two of the three lenses supplied by Canon for the review are so wide that the camera can’t sit flat with them mounted. The camera uses Canon’s RF lens mount. (They are very nice lenses though, and consequently they are bigger than the norm even for a full frame camera.)
The Canon EOS RP has just about everything you could want in a camera, except for in-body image stabilisation. Many of Canon’s RF lenses have in-lens image stabilisation, so this may be unimportant depending on your lens choice.
In general, the Canon EOS RP has a little bit less of everything compared to the R. Rather than a touch over 30 megapixels, it features a 26-megapixel CMOS sensor. Canon says it has 26.2 “effective” megapixels. The maximum picture size is 6,240 by 4,160 pixels, which actually works out to just under 26MP, so whatever. Presumably the extra 0.2MP is used to generate useful information for the final image.
Monitoring things with the Canon EOS RP
The OLED electronic viewfinder has 2.36 million pixels, down from the 3.69 million in the R. Likewise, the touch-screen rear monitor is slightly smaller at 75mm and has 1MP compared the R’s 2MP.
Does that make a difference? To my eye, the 2.36MP of the RP gave excellent sharpness. No doubt 3.69MP would be even better, but you won’t feel its absence unless you’re used to it.
The monitor can swing out to the left and then be turned on a spindle. That gives it truly excellent flexibility. You can have the monitor facing forwards for selfies, perfectly parallel to the ground for overhead shots, facing directly upwards for low shots, and just about anywhere in between.
You don’t get the R’s LCD top display on the Canon EOS RP. There’s a single mode dial on the top, along with multi-function control dials and a bunch of buttons. The external ports are on the left side. There is a Mini HDMI output, a USB Type-C connector for battery charging, power and file transfer, a 3.5mm headphone socket, a 3.5mm microphone socket and a socket for a wired remote control.
With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi you can also use apps on your phone to control the camera.
You can configure autofocus to various options, such as single point all the way to 4,779 points in zone shooting. You can burst shoot at five frames per second. The shutter speed goes up to 1/4,000th of a second.
You can shoot 4K at 24 or 25fps (but not 30fps, and certainly not 50 or 60fps). Full HD will go to 50 or 60fps.
Using the Canon EOS RP camera
In short, the camera will do pretty much anything you want a camera to do, although some things are a touch unintuitive and can be a bit slow to access, unless you’ve properly completed your studies of the camera.
For example, we in Canberra were experiencing second-hand the bushfires over the Christmas/New Year period. They smoke has produced an interesting redshift in the quality of the light at certain times of the day.