Although its rivals aim to create ever more sophisticated and costly full-frame mirror-free high-tech devices, Canon is appealing to crop sensor customers, who are searching for a full-frame alternative that does not split their back or bank balance. In this respect, Canon EOS RP is a huge achievement, with full-Frame functionality and 4 K video in a kit that is considerably smaller, lighter and cheaper than almost anyone else. It is not a single input stage camera, but an input stage full-frame camera is preferable.
Sensor: 26.2MP full-frame CMOS, 35.9 x 24mm
Image processor: Digic 8
AF points: 4,779 Dual Pixel AF positions (143 zones)
ISO range: 100 to 40,000 (exp. 50 to 102,400)
Max image size: 6,240 x 4,160
Metering modes: Evaluative, partial, spot, center-weighted
Video: 4K at 25p, FHD at 25p/50p, HD at 25/50p
Viewfinder: 0.39-inch EVF, 2.36m dots, 100% coverage
Memory card: SD / SDHC / SDXC (supports UHS-II)
LCD: 3-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 1.04m dots
Max burst: 5fps (One Shot), 4fps (Servo AF)
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size: 132.5 x 85 x 70mm
Weight: 440g (body only; 485g with card and battery)
The Canon EOS RP may not have several “killer app” features since it has been developed to be an EOS R entry-level edition. However, it does have a range of useful new tricks to upgrade the sleeve such as Focus Bracketing, a useful macro feature found on other systems, but never attempted by Canon before.
The focus stacking mode is semi-automatic, in which you tell the camera how many pictures you wish to take, and then capture each picture while shifting the focus point between shots. The effect is a set of photographs, which can be combined to increase the depth of field, but the RP does not do this in-camera-you may need to download Digital Photo Professional’s latest version or do it manually in something like Photoshop.
Build and Handling
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Canon EOS RP is its tiny form component. With a weight of just 485 g with memory and battery card, this is 175 g lighter than the EOS R and 280 g lighter than the 6D Mark II.
In fact, the Canon EOS 800D/ Canon EOS Rebel T7i is its nearest equivalent, which weighs almost the same size (but it is only 532 g with the battery and the card) and measures 131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2 mm. The RP’s streamline frame is 132.5 x 85 x 70 mm.
In terms of image quality, file fidelity and dynamic range, the photographs produced by the RP are excellent and handle very similarly to those of the 6D Mark II. There appears to be slightly more detail in the shadows, thanks to the Digic 8 processor giving it a bit more oomph, but you’re effectively looking at the same sort of levels between both cameras.