Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Comparison Review

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EOS R and EOS RP are the Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. Canon introduced the EOS R back in 2018 and the cheaper EOS RP model came after it. Canon EOS RP is the cheapest option to enter the Canon EOS R system. But is it worth to give up the many features of Canon EOS R? In this article, we will examine the similarities, differences, and advantages of these two cameras to help you decide which is best for you; the Canon EOS RP or the Canon EOS R?


Overview: Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Comparison Review

Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Key Specs
Sensor
Body
LCD Screen
Electronic Viewfinder
Video
Battery
Connectivity and Ports
Price
Similarities
Differences
Conclusion
Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Full Specs

Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Key Specs

                           Canon EOS R                       Canon EOS RP

Announced  September 5, 2018 February 14, 2019
Body type SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6720 x 4480 6240 x 4160
Effective pixels 30 megapixels 26 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400) Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Lens mount Canon RF Canon RF
Focal length multiplier 1× 1×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fully articulated
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 2,100,000 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD card (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 660 g (1.46 lb / 23.28 oz) 485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
Dimensions 136 x 98 x 84 mm (5.35 x 3.86 x 3.31) 133 x 85 x 70 mm (5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76)
GPS None None

You can read the detailed comparison of specifications between Canon EOS R and EOS RP here.

Sensor

Both cameras have Canon’s full-frame CMOS sensor. The sensor on the EOS RP is a 26-megapixel sensor which is the same as the Canon 6D Mark II. The Canon EOS R is a 30.3-megapixel sensor so slightly bigger and it is closer to like the Canon 5D Mark IV.

Body

The Canon EOS RP is a little bit smaller and quite a bit lighter than the Canon EOS R. The EOS R just has dense solid feel to it where the EOS RP feels a little bit more plastic, a little bit cheaper but it has a really solid grip especially having a narrower body and you get a really nice deep grip on it. The downside with it being smaller is the height of it. EOS RP is really short so there isn’t room on the grip for all your fingers if you have bigger hands.

Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Body e1558091939522 - Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Comparison Review

The really nice thing that Canon is including currently with EOS RP is a little grip extension. It isn’t a battery extension to add extra power to the camera. It is literally just to extend the camera to make it a little bit taller. With that grip, you get a really solid handhold and it actually makes the EOS RP taller than the EOS R.

Another really nice feature that I like about the EOS R is the shutter that comes down to protect the sensor as you take the lens off.


LCD Screen

Both cameras have the vari-angle LCD touchscreens which are great. The touchscreens are similar size however the EOS RP has a one-megapixel screen on the back and the EOS R has a two-megapixel screen.

Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Back Side - Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Comparison Review

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

One of the things that you’ll notice is the viewfinder. The EOS RP has a smaller viewfinder than the EOS R. This means that the EOS R has higher resolution displays. So you’re gonna be able to see your images, your photos, and your videos in much higher quality on the back of the EOS R screen.

Canon EOS R vs EOS RP EVF 1024x576 - Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Comparison Review

The other thing that you’ll notice is the multifunction bar and the LCD screen on the top of the EOS R have been removed on the EOS RP and replace with the traditional mode dial.

Video

Bot cameras can shoot in 4K but the EOS R can shoot 4K 30 frames a second where the EOS RP can only go up to 24 frames per second. You also only get an 8 bit internal and external on the EOS RP where you can do a 10 bit out with the EOS R if you’re going to an external recorder.

The EOS R also has C-Log so if you want to shoot in a log profile for doing some grading and post-production later the EOS RP does not have any sort of Log setting soon and get these standard color profiles.

The other thing is the max frame rate options. With the EOS RP you can only get up to 60 frames a second in 1080p and with the Canon EOS R, you can get up to 120 frames a second but that is in 720p so not Full HD. Both of these cameras have Canon’s software stabilization to be able to stabilize the image when you crop in a little bit and sort of does a warp stabilizer but in the camera, so it looks really good.

Battery

Canon is using the LP-E17 battery with the EOS RP. It is what Canon uses for their Rebel lineup of cameras and It is a smaller battery which allows the form factor of the camera itself to be smaller. But you also get less power output out of that battery. The Canon EOS R uses the standard LP-E6N batteries and if you are a Canon user you probably have a lot of these around.

Connectivity and Ports

Both these cameras have basically the same layout. You have a remote switch for triggering the camera remotely, you have HDMI mini, USB-C, your 3.5mm mic input as well as a headphone jack. Both cameras have Wi-Fi built-in so you’re able to transfer images from your camera to your phone without having to go through a computer as well as remotely control the camera.

Price

The biggest difference between these two cameras is going to be the price point. The EOS RP is almost $1000 cheaper than the EOS R. The EOS R runs at $2,300 and the EOS RP is at $1300. There’s a pretty big gap between the two of these cameras and the feature set is pretty similar on the EOS RP.


SIMILARITIES

Common Strengths Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP (Both Provide)

  • TILT-SWIVEL SCREEN
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • EYE-LEVEL VIEWFINDER
    You’ll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • SHOOT 4K VIDEO
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • TOUCHSCREEN
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • BUILT-IN WI-FI
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • BUILT-IN BLUETOOTH
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • ON-SENSOR PHASE DETECT
    Usually improves Live View and video AF performance
  • EXTERNAL MIC JACK
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI OUT
    Use the HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • HOT SHOE
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • HEADPHONE JACK
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • BULB SHUTTER
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP (Neither Provide)

  • IN-CAMERA IMAGE STABILIZATION
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • IN-CAMERA PANORAMAS
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • BUILT-IN GPS
    Geotag your photos
  • INTERNAL FLASH
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • DUAL CARD SLOTS
    Gives you more storage flexibility

DIFFERENCES

Canon EOS R advantages over Canon EOS RP

  • FOCUS PEAKING
    Canon EOS R will highlight what’s in focus
  • LONGER STILLS BATTERY LIFE
    Capture more photos (370 vs 250 Shots)
  • TOP DECK DISPLAY
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • MORE DOTS ON SCREEN
    Greater resolution and a brighter screen (2100K vs 1040K DOTS)
  • LESS SHUTTER LAG
    Focus and take a photo quickly (0.10 vs 0.22 SEC)
  • MORE VIEWFINDER MAGNIFICATION
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder (0.76X vs 0.70X)
  • MORE PIXELS
    Higher resolution photos (30.3 vs 26.2 Megapixels)
  • FASTER JPEG SHOOTING
    Faster JPEG shooting in burst mode (8.0 FPS vs 5.0 FPS)
  • FASTER RAW SHOOTING
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode (8.0 FPS vs 5.0 FPS)
  • SLOW-MOTION VIDEOS
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • FASTER SHUTTER
    Shoot wide open in bright light (1/8000 vs 1/4000 Sec.)

Canon EOS RP advantages over Canon EOS R

  • LESS EXPENSIVE
    Save money for lenses or accessories ($2199 vs $2899)
  • FAST STARTUP
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment (~1.10 vs 2.1 Sec)
  • BIGGER JPEG BUFFER
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting in burst mode (Unlimited vs 126 Shots)
    BIGGER RAW BUFFER
    Larger buffer for RAW shots in burst mode (Unlimited vs 126 Shots)



Conclusion

For me, the EOS RP is just a really comfortable camera to pick up and use straight away. I love the old EOS mode dial, I find really comfortable to jump through those different settings and I do love to customize my C1, C2, and C3 video features. I found adjusting the shutter speed, the aperture, and the ISO just seamless. I’d be a really happy customer to have the EOS RP.

If you want to step into the full-frame mirrorless camera market and you’re interested in stills instead of videos, the Canon EOS RP is the right choice for you with its lower price. But if you’re a professional photographer or/and videographer, with its large options for video the Canon EOS R will be the right choice for you, even if the price is a little more. 

So that’s some information about the key advantages and differences between the Canon EOS R and EOS RP but at the end of the day, you need to find the one that feels right for you.

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Canon EOS R vs EOS RP Full Specifications

                            Canon EOS R                   Canon EOS RP

Announced
Sep 5, 2018
Feb 14, 2019
Price
 
MSRP
$2299 (body only), $3399 (w/24-105 F4L lens)
$1299 (body), $1999 (w/EF adapter and EF 24-105mm STM IS lens), $2299 (w/RF 24-105mm F4L IS lens)
Body type
 
Body type
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Body material
Magnesium alloy
Composite
Sensor
 
Max resolution
6720 x 4480
6240 x 4160
Other resolutions
4176 x 2784 (1.6x crop)
 
Image ratio w:h
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels
30 megapixels
26 megapixels
Sensor
32 megapixels
27 megapixels
Sensor size
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Processor
 
Digic 8
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array
Primary color filter
Primary color filter
Image
 
ISO
Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)
50
50
Boosted ISO (maximum)
102400
102400
White balance presets
6
6
Custom white balance
Yes
Yes
Image stabilization
No
No
Uncompressed format
RAW
RAW
JPEG quality levels
Fine, normal
Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (14-bit Canon CRW)
  • C-Raw (Canon compressed Raw)
  • JPEG
  • Raw (14-bit Canon CR3)
  • C-Raw (Canon original)
Optics & Focus
 
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp
Yes
Yes
Manual focus
Yes
Yes
Number of focus points
5655
4779
Lens mount
Canon RF
Canon RF
Focal length multiplier
1×
1×
Screen / viewfinder
 
Articulated LCD
Fully articulated
Fully articulated
Screen size
3.2
3
Screen dots
2,100,000
1,040,000
Touch screen
Yes
Yes
Screen type
TFT LCD
TFT LCD
Live view
Yes
Yes
Viewfinder type
Electronic
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
100%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.76×
0.7×
Viewfinder resolution
3,690,000
2,360,000
Photography features
 
Minimum shutter speed
30 sec
30 sec
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 sec
1/4000 sec
Aperture priority
Yes
Yes
Shutter priority
Yes
Yes
Manual exposure mode
Yes
Yes
Subject/scene modes
No
Yes
Exposure Modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Built-in flash
No
No
External flash
Yes (via hot shoe)
Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed
1/200 sec
1/180 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • High-speed continuous
  • Low-speed continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Single
  • Continuous (H/L)
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive
8.0 fps
5.0 fps
Self-timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering Modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation
±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing
±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
 
WB Bracketing
 
No
Videography features
 
Format
MPEG-4, H.264
MPEG-4, H.264
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 180 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 90 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 90 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 90 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p / 160 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone
Stereo
Stereo
Speaker
Mono
Mono
Storage
 
Storage types
SD card (UHS-II supported)
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
Connectivity
 
USB
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB charging
Yes (With some chargers)
Yes
HDMI
Yes (Mini-HDMI)
Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port
Yes
Yes
Headphone port
Yes
Yes
Wireless
Built-In
Built-In
Wireless notes
802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 LE
802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote control
Yes (via smartphone)
Yes (via cable or smartphone)
Physical
 
Environmentally sealed
Yes
No
Battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery description
LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)
370
250
Weight (inc. batteries)
660 g (1.46 lb / 23.28 oz)
485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
Dimensions
136 x 98 x 84 mm (5.35 x 3.86 x 3.31)
133 x 85 x 70 mm (5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76)
Other features
 
Orientation sensor
Yes
Yes
Timelapse recording
 
Yes
GPS
None
None

 

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