The second album is always tricky, but while the R may have featured a few experimental tracks, the RP settles back into the more traditional Canon playlist. This is by no means bad thing, giving existing Canon users the camera they’ve been waiting for. The 26.2mp sensor and feature list have more than a passing similarity to the EOS 6D Mark II, and for good reason. The sensor is very similar, just a reworked architecture to enable it to fit into the new body and accept the new RF mount lenses.
Its size is the most striking feature of this new camera, it’s really small, but, despite this is has a decent sized grip and if that still not enough, then there’s a small screw in extender that can be easily added. Like the EOS R, there’s an excellent fully articulated vari-angle touch screen – ideal for stills and essential for video. Video is catered for with 4K at 25fps and 1080p at 60fps, and there’s audio in and out for external recording and monitoring solutions. It’s also possible to get clean HDMI out to an external recorder. Aimed at travel and enthusiast photographers the early impressions are excellent, this is Canon back on form.
A review sample is on its way, and once it arrives, we’ll update the review fully.
Canon has announced the Canon EOS RP, its second full-frame mirrorless model. The EOS RP is the next in the new mirrorless range and follows the release of the EOS R at the end of 2018.
The EOS RP sits just below the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in the full camera line-up and is essentially a mirrorless version.
A quick look over the camera and you can see a familiar Canon camera body, far more so than the EOS R. The RP looks and feels like a Canon, whereas the R, well, there was something non-Canon, even experimental about it. Maybe it was just that touch bar/pad thing.
The new RP is aimed at travel and enthusiast photographers. This seems to be the label that manufacturers give their crowd-pleasing cameras, and that’s exactly what the Canon EOS RP is.
It features a slightly reworked 26.2mp sensor, similar to the one that features in the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. It also has a price tag of just £1,399.99/€1,629.99, which isn’t bad at all seeing the 6D MKII is £1500.
That price is without a lens, but Canon will be including the EF adapter in the box, so if you already own EF lenses then they’ll work on the RP with no loss of quality or performance, or so Canon say.
The significant new feature of the RP and for that matter, the R is the RF mount. This is an exciting innovation from Canon, and it’s good to finally see an update to the EF mount, which has fronted Canon SLR’s for the last 30 years.
The RF lens mount utilises the latest technology and boosts the contact points to 14 between the body and lens for faster and more accurate communication.
It’s also redesigned to ensure that the new lens can take on the latest advances in lens design, something that the EF mount would have restricted. I’ll bring you more on the RF mount at a later date, but suffice to say time and technology move on.
The mount has been developed alongside the new mirrorless design, and this means that the body, battery and card come in at just 485g which is incredibly light, the 800D weighs the same but without battery and card and that’s APS-C.
The new body features a magnesium alloy chassis which makes it nice and light, and it features the same level of dust and moisture protection as the 80D.
Inside that chassis is the 26.2mp dual pixel CMOS sensor with the processing handled by the latest Digic 8 process. There’s also a digital lens optimiser DLO which is an exciting technology along Defocus Smooth (DS) which we’ll talk about later.
ISO values have faded from the headlines, really due to how good the latest sensor and processors are. Here the RP has a native range of ISO 100-40,000, and it can be extended from 50-102,400.
As well as stills the RP will also shoot video. Again as with the R it feels a little limited at 4K at 25fps and 1080p at 60fps, but then in a camera aimed at enthusiasts do they want anything more? Probably not.
Image stabilisation is a significant feature, and here the RP features a dual sensor IS. Because of the new RF mount communication between the lens, gyros and bodies, the IS is ultra fast with the sensitivity of the IS unit vastly improved over previous generations.
The IS system is sensitive down to -5ev, which is impressive and will enable you to take shots in lower light conditions than you would be able to without.
Stills shooting speeds are pretty average at 4fps in servo AF, and 5fps in one shot, but it can shoot continuously for up to 50 14bit raw files.
To keep up with the file sizes and quantity the SD card slot is UHS-II compatible.
On the back of the camera is a 170º vari-angle 3-inch touch screen with 1.04 million dots. As well as the screen there is a 2.36 mp OLED EVF.
The AF system on the RP is advanced, and there’s plenty of options for position selection which covers 88% of the width and 100% of the height of the frame.
The AF system offers 4779 AF Positions and 143 divisions, with several AF mode options.
Unlike the EOS R, the EOS RP features a mode dial, and this has the FV (Flexible Value), SCN (Scene) amongst the usual modes. There’s also no touch bar/paddle thing.
Wifi and low power Bluetooth are also built in enabling connection to the Canon App. You also have the option to charge through the USB-C or use that as a comms port to teather the camera to a computer which is a great move.
Although not in the box there is a power adapter that can be bought if you want to use the camera to shoot a long time elapses.
Unlike the Canon EOS R, the RP takes the LPE17 battery type, this seems a bit of shame that there isn’t a consistent battery type in the mirrorless range, but it does help to keep the body size down.
Build quality and handling
There’s no doubt that this is a Canon product, the body, plastic, flaps and doors all feel good solid Canon quality.
In the hand, it does feel small, not quite compact camera size but still little. I think even Canon have realised that it’s small so there’s a bit additional grip or more extension that can be added to the base if you feel the need.
The small size is excellent and the grips big enough to give you a decent grasp on the thing.
On the back of the camera is the vari-angle screen with 1.04 million dots and 170º rotation. I love vari-angle screens as they’re handy when shooting stills from low and high angles and also when filming.
It’s also a touch screen, so you jab it with your finger to change settings and adjust focus as long as your fingers aren’t frozen.
Bringing the design back to the Canon way, there’s the very familiar layout of buttons, and the menu system looks and feels like a Canon should. Still a few too many screens for options, but all easy to navigate.
On top of the camera is an excellent old fashioned mode dial and you have two settings adjustment dials in easy reach of your thumb and index finger which is nice.
It’s so much easier to learn about photography with a decent mode and adjustment dials compared to having to use hidden touch screen options.
I know most people like to use touch screens, but it’s cold at the moment, and even without gloves on my hands and touch screens don’t get on.
In the warmth of the Canon office, the touch screen was ultra responsive, however, and I’m assured it’s just as good outside in the cold.
The mode dial at the top adds FV Flexible Value, I’ve yet to use this but will let you know what I think in due course.
On the back is the Vari-angle screen and this gives full rotation and feels good and solid. The quality of the image on the screen is excellent, and I tried the camera inside and out, and the brightness and clarity of the picture was excellent.
Likewise, the OLED EVF seemed responsive and good in the short time I had with the camera.
I wasn’t able to take any pictures on the camera, so at this point, I can’t comment on image quality. I can say that the camera felt good, I liked the overall size and the menu systems are, easy to navigate.
I shoot plenty of videos so I’m always interested in what these cameras have to offer on that front.
I’ve heard the feedback about the lack of options on the R from the reviews, but then I’ve spoken to a few R owners about the video and seen the results and to be honest, it looks good.
Here with the RP again the options are limited when it comes to recording formats, resolutions and framerates. But, what it does supply are those resolutions and framerates that most people use.
4K at 25fp, however, does seem just a touch low, 30fps I would have been happy with. Then at 1080p you have 60fps which is fine, 120fps would have been amazing, but this I can live with.
At the moment I don’t know what the bitrate is, but I would imagine that it’s in line with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
Importantly there’s a standard 3.5mm mic in and headphone out so easy enough to plugin proper sound kit.
There’s only so much you can say about a camera when you can’t review the images and video. However, what I can say is that this feels like a true rival to the Nikon Z6 and for that matter the Sony A7 III.
Specifications and features are decidedly Canon, reserved, but if the image quality is anything like the build quality, then I feel the RP will be a fascinating camera.
We expect to get a review sample in very soon when we do I’ll bring you the first images and results.
For now, if you have any questions or comments, then please let me know.
Canon EOS RP Price & Release Date
The Canon EOS RP release date will be 27 February 2019. The Canon EOS RP price tag will start at £1,399.99/€1,629.99 for the camera body only plus the EF-EOS R Mount Adapter.
The Canon EOS RP price tag then rises according to various lens kits Canon will be offering, which includes:
Canon EOS RP with RF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R £2,329.99/€2,729.99
Canon EOS RP with EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R £1,599.98 (save £215.00) / €1,889.98 (save €240.00)*
Canon EOS RP with RF 35 f/1.8 and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R £1,799.98 (save £120.00) / €2,129.98 (save €100.00)*
Canon EOS RP with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R £1,999.98 (save £200.00) / €2,369.98 (save €220.00)*
*Pre-order or buy the Canon EOS RP with a selected lens and save. These offers are available for a limited time (14th Feb – 13th March).