At the end of last year Canon began its journey in the Full Frame mirrorless camera market with the Canon EOS R. A magnificent camera, but one that was reserved for price and performance (especially for the former) to a more professional audience. However, in early 2019 the manufacturer surprised us with the launch of the Canon EOS RP, the smallest and most affordable mirrorless camera with a Full Frame sensor on the market . A camera that has a 26.2 megapixel sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS focusing system and DIGIC 8 processor.
A camera that is also capable of recording 4K video, but with certain limitations. Also, of course, it uses Canon's new R-mount and is compatible with the adapter for EF and EF-S lenses. So what are the differences with your older sister? Well, this is what we are going to try to find out. I have had the opportunity to test the Canon EOS RP for several days and I am going to tell you how it behaves and what I think . Let's see if the cheapest full-frame camera on the market has had to make a lot of compromises to become one.
TECHNICAL DATA SHEET CANON EOS RP
|Sensor||26.2 MP Full Frame CMOS|
|Image processor||DIGIC 8|
|objective||RF mount natively|
Compatible with EF and EF-S lenses via mount adapter
|Focus||Dual Pixel CMOS AF (max. 4,779 points)|
|ISO sensitivity||Auto 100-40,000|
Can be expanded up to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400
|Continuous shooting||Up to 5 fps for 50 RAW images|
Up to 4 fps with AF tracking
|Viewfinder||0.39-inch OLED color electronic viewfinder|
|screen||3-inch Clear View II LCD screen and approx. 1,041 million pixels|
|Video||4K UHD 30fps|
1080p HDR 30fps
|Connectivity||USB C (USB 2.0), WiFi 802.11n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth, HDMI Mini, microphone input, headphone jack, E3 type terminal for trigger|
Autonomy about 250 shots
|Storage||One SD / SDHC / SDXC card slot up to UHS-II|
|Dimensions||132.5 × 85 × 70mm|
|Weight||485 gr with card and battery (body)|
|Price||Body only: 1,600 euros|
Kit with 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM EF lens: 2,000 euros
DESIGN AND OPERATION
The Canon EOS RP follows the same design line as its older sister, but is smaller and lighter. To achieve this Canon has had to remove some controls from the top model, such as the top screen or the new touch control on the back. However, the EOS RP maintains really good ergonomics and build quality .
Despite reducing its dimensions, holding the camera in hand is very easy and comfortable. And that Canon left me the 24-105mm f / 4 along with the camera, a fairly large lens. Help much weight, almost 200 grams lighter than the EOS R . Also, the camera has a solid build and, according to Canon, some level of sealing. I wouldn't use it in heavy rain, but it seems like it can handle a few drops.
It has three command dials, two on the camera and the third on the lens (RF mount lenses) . The mode dial reappears that we did not see on the EOS R, located just to the right side of the shoe. The power button moves just the other way. Also in the upper area we have the small video record button, a configurable button and the shutter button.
Screen and viewfinder
At the rear of the Canon EOS RP we have a fully articulated 3-inch screen . In this Canon never fails, being one of the few manufacturers that offer an articulated screen in the high range. In addition, the screen offers very good response and allows us to focus to navigate through the menus comfortably. It is slightly smaller than the top model and has a lower resolution, with 1,040,000 pixels .
To the right of the screen we have the usual crosshead, although this time it is not a wheel. Also the buttons for playing photos, trash and info. The Menu button is located on the left side, just below the power button. The electronic viewfinder is correct , although smaller and lower resolution than that of its older sister.
We have the connectors placed on the left side (looking at the camera from behind). Under the first cover we have the mini HDMI and the USB Type C port .
We also have a remote trigger connector , a microphone input and a headphone jack . These last two are under the same lid.
Canon has decided to place the battery at the bottom, right where the grip is. A battery that, by the way, is quite small . It is the LP-E17 model and it offers us an official autonomy of about 250 shots. On the ground I can tell you that it will have reached a figure around 340-350 shots .
Luckily, the Canon EOS RP has a USB Type-C connector that allows us to charge the camera . That is, we can use any external battery that we have at home to charge the camera.
The camera has a single memory card slot . It is compatible with SD / SDHC / SDXC up to UHS-II, so we can use the fastest models.
Focus and shoot
After testing the Canon EOS R, the big question that this model generated in me is how much Canon had to sacrifice to reduce the price so much. The Canon EOS RP is equipped with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF focusing system . It is the same system that we find in practically the entire range of cameras from the manufacturer. However, the EOS R's 5,655 focus points drop to 4,779 points .
This reduction, in real use, is not noticeable at all. Canon's autofocus is still one of the best on the market. I have had no problem focusing in low light and the continuous focus tracking system works really well. In addition, it has face and eye detection , two systems that also do a great job.
Of course, the new Canon camera is not a camera designed for sports or action photography. More than anything because it offers a maximum burst of 5 frames per second (which is reduced to 4 if we activate continuous focus).
On the other hand, the Canon EOS RP has the Dual Sensing IS stabilization system . It is a digital stabilization system that is not as effective as the optical stabilization system of its older sister. Still, Canon is to be commended for including some kind of stabilization, which many other manufacturers do not.
So far, even with minor differences, it seems that this is a carbon copy of the larger and more expensive EOS R. But when it comes to talking about the sensor, it is when we see that we can have important differences. The Canon EOS RP is equipped with a 26.2 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor . Everything seems to indicate that it is the same that we saw in the Canon EOS 6D Mark II (if it is not the same it is a first cousin).
This sensor is accompanied by the DIGIC 8 processor , the latest released by the manufacturer. Together they achieve high quality images, sharp and with an accurate color representation.
The camera has a native sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 40,000 . Of course, we can force it up to ISO 50 and a maximum of ISO 102,400. In terms of performance, the result is acceptable up to 12,800 ISO.
In general, the image quality is very good. But if we get demanding, we could demand better noise control at high sensitivities . Also an improvement in the dynamic range , which is still one of the points to improve.
Photo gallery taken with the Canon EOS RP (direct camera JPG)
Records video in 4K resolution, albeit with limitations
This shouldn't come as a surprise, as it is quite common in Canon cameras. The EOS RP is capable of recording video with 4K resolution yes, but with certain limitations . The first is that it applies a crop factor of approximately 1.6x , which we must take into account when choosing the focal length to use.
Second, if we want to record with 4K resolution we can only do it at 24p or 25p . Not available 30p and of course not the option to record at 4K 60fps either. Third, we will have to forgo the Dual Pixel focus system . And fourth, we will not have the digital stabilization system available .
For the rest, we have internal 4: 2: 0 8-bit recording , reaching 4: 2: 2 8-bit uncompressed via HDMI output. On the other hand, the maximum recording time is limited to 29:59 minutes , something quite common. And if we forget about 4K resolution, we have FHD recording at 60p with stabilization . And even FHD 30p with HDR.
Conclusions and price
The truth is that the Canon EOS RP I liked a lot. It is a compact, lightweight, very comfortable, easy to handle and well built camera . It has a very good focusing system and offers an image quality that, without standing out from the competition, fully complies.
Do you have things to improve? You are right. The battery offers a fairly tight performance, so for long days it will be essential to carry a replacement. It does not have optical stabilization and although it records 4K video we have already seen that with certain limitations. A double card slot would not be bad either, but we do not have that even in its older sister.
But, despite all that has been said, I reiterate that this is an excellent camera for those looking for a full format at a good price .
We can find the Canon EOS RP with a price of 1,600 euros for the body . If we want it as a kit, one of the most common is the one that includes a 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM EF lens. Its price is 2,000 euros.