Canon EOS RP Review | Mirrorless Camera

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Canon EOS RP Review

Canon EOS RP is a full-frame mirrorless camera and it is Canon’s lightest and smallest full-frame camera as of February 13, 2019, making it ideal to carry anywhere. It’s packed with technology and features to give you great images today and to keep up with you as your skills and interests continue to grow. If you’re a photo enthusiast and have been thinking about a new camera to step up your game the Canon EOS RP may be the answer you’ve been looking for. One of the main reasons dedicated enthusiasts may want to step up to a full frame camera is the promise of higher image quality and the EOS RP does not disappoint. It has 26.2-megapixel full-frame image sensor along with canons powerful DIGIC 8 image processor deliver great still images as well as impressive 4K and Full HD video.


Canon EOS RP: What is in the box?

When you buy the Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera, the items in the box are as follows:

  • RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
  • EOS RP Camera Body
  • Battery Pack LP-E17
  • Battery Charger LC-E17
  • Wide Neck Strap

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Canon EOS RP: Sensor

Photographers appreciate the benefits of full-frame cameras; wider lens options and better image quality. The EOS RP sensor has over twice the area of the smaller APS-C sized sensors founded many digital cameras. A larger sensor means you’ll see all kinds of image improvements. For example, each pixel can be larger which means they capture more light and detail with less noise. You’ll see more information in the lightest and darkest parts of the image, especially when shooting in really contrasting locations. You’ll get smoother color transitions which you might notice in those beautiful blue skies and you’ll see an overall brilliance to the colors. having a full-frame camera also gives you access to use wider angle lenses as well as a shallower focus with any lens. The Canon EOS RP is a great way to enter the world of full-frame photography and tap into your creative potential.

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Canon EOS RP: Body and Design

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

Bring the EOS RP to your eye and you’re greeted with a large high-resolution electronic viewfinder. This EVF is a fundamental change from what you see with a digital SLR. It’s superb in low-light and can display an incredible array of information including a lens focus distance scale.

Touchscreen

The EOS RP comes with a 3-inch incredibly versatile vari-angle LCD monitor so you can capture shots from any position. You can start by customizing the touch screen LCD to fit your shooting style. For example, control how much shooting information appears on your screen, adjust how long the LCD stays active this is useful if you need to save battery power. Need a little hand-holding? Turn on the feature guide setting as you operate the EOS RP it’ll help you learn while you shoot 

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The LCD touchscreen lets you change common camera settings without having to go into the menus. The quick control menu on the LCD gives you instant access to many of these settings. Tap the Q icon to access the quick control menu to change your settings directly and tap nearly anywhere on the screen to position your focus points. The vari-angle LCD on the EOS RP also tilts and swivels over a broad range of angles to grab unique and creative views. No matter what you’re shooting the versatility of the LCD monitor on the EOS RP makes it easier to capture what you want and how you want.


Canon EOS RP: Photography Features

If you’re stepping up from a Canon APS-C camera or maybe this will be your first interchangeable lens camera and you want to move right into a full-frame model the EOS RP is ready with features for the newcomer as well as the experienced enthusiast. There are fully automatic special scene modes to tailor your camera settings for subjects like landscapes, portraits, sports or even food. Get creative and modify your pictures in-camera with the creative assist feature. The camera is always ready for traditional shooting control up to and including full manual exposure easily accessible along with a number of other options with the mode dial familiar on other Canon cameras.

Canon EOS RP: Autofocus

EOS RP teams up with Canon’s high-performance auto focus system Dual Pixel CMOS AF. For fast and accurate focus over nearly the entire picture area even in moonlit conditions. You can change the size of your focus area from a fine single spot to a broad wide zone. You can quickly move them up and down and side-to-side and maybe most impressive is the Face Detection AF along with Eye Detection AF. This can put the sharpest focus right on a person’s eye even if you’re tracking a moving subject with Servo AF. These features can get you sharper pictures whenever you photograph people.

Canon EOS RP: Sample Images

Canon EOS RP: Video 

The EOS RP was set at a lower price than any of its contemporaries, but I am surprised to see how modest its video capabilities are. Of course, most of its contemporaries, which are more expensive, can shoot 4K from full sensors. Probably the most direct rival of the aging Sony a7 II, better to capture 1080p videos but does not offer 4K capture.

However, if you expand your thoughts beyond full-frame (and the RP acts as a sub-APS-C camera in 4K mode), then you’ll find that a lot of cameras that can capture better 4K footage than the EOS RP. Most notably the Fujifilm X-T30, which will shoot oversampled 4K footage from the full width of its sensor or 60p with a small crop. Sony’s a6300, a6400, and a6500 digital mirrorless cameras also shoot much more detailed 4K.

Overall, the EOS RP makes it easy to shoot some 1080p clips in amongst your stills shooting. It can even shoot some reasonable-enough 4K if you can work around the restrictions. But there are cameras that are much better at offering both stills and video capabilities if you have an interest in both disciplines.


Canon EOS RP: Specifications

Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6240 x 4160
Effective pixels 26 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Lens mount Canon RF
Focal length multiplier 1×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
Dimensions 133 x 85 x 70 mm (5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76)
GPS None

You can reach full Canon EOS RP specs and Canon EOS RP Manual from the official Canon website.

Canon EOS RP: Lenses

Full-frame cameras also opened the door to tremendous lens choices, especially for wide-angle images. The EOS RP uses the same Canon RF lens mount as the original EOS R camera designed specifically to mirrorless technology. It’s ready to accept Canon’s impressive RF lenses including full compatibility with the RF lenses control ring. And with an optional canon lens mount adapter EF to EOS R you can use any of your current Canon EF or EF-S lenses as well.

Canon RP has a Canon RF lens mount and 10 native lenses for this mount are currently available. Because Canon RP has a full frame sensor, it has a 1x focal length multiplier so that lenses provide their original focal length on RP.

Standard Zoom Lenses

  • Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM
  • Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM
  • Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM

Standard Prime Lenses

  • Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM
  • Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS

Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM

Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • Canon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro

Telephoto Zoom Lenses

  • Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

Telephoto Prime Lenses

  • Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM

SuperZoom Lenses

  • Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

Other Features

Share your pictures with the cameras built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. You can easily connect to compatible smartphones or tablets to transfer images and video. Add GPS settings from your device to the camera’s images and with Canon’s free Digital Photo Professional Express experienced photographers can have a mobile RAW processing workflow using compatible tablets. The EOS RP brings all this to the quality conscious photographer in a full-frame camera body that’s light and compact enough for travel. Easy enough for the first-time photographer to feel comfortable with and sophisticated enough to appeal to the experienced photo enthusiast.

Conclusion

The specifications of the Canon EOS RP aren’t exactly exciting, but don’t let that fool you it’s a nice little camera with engaging controls, good quality of construction and produces excellent JPEGs. Of course, the RAW files are noisier and not as malleable as some more contemporary full-frame cameras, but this is not likely to be a deal breaker for the target audience. The EOS RP is an excellent option for those users who are looking for a friendly way to get into full-frame imaging.

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