The Canon EOS RP is the most affordable full frame camera ever, and one of the smallest and lightest full frame cameras on the market. The RP is a likeable little camera with good JPEG image quality that is a great photo partner for casual users and those who are already part of the Canon ecosystem and are looking for a small second body, even if its specs won’t set the world on fire.
Adjusted for inflation, the 6-megapixel Canon Digital Rebel / EOS 300D, a camera that has been instrumental in popularizing digital photography with large sensors, costs about $75 less than the EOS RP (body only). Similar to the Digital Rebel, the EOS RP offers a somewhat simplified shooting experience in exchange for an inexpensive, large full-frame image sensor. It’s also important to note that the older Rebel came with a number of inexpensive lenses designed specifically for it, which is no longer the case. In this article, we have mentioned the details in Canon EOS RP review.
The EOS RP is unique in that it allows less experienced or price-constrained consumers access to the shallower depth of field that full-frame cameras offer compared to cameras with APS-C or smaller sensors, while other manufacturers are moving further and further into the upper range with more expensive and capable products. There are limitations, however, including the fact that the RP is not a good option for people who want to shoot video, and that the choice of native lenses is currently limited.
Canon EOS RP review: Build and Handling
The Canon EOS RP’s small form factor is possibly its most striking feature. It weighs 485g, which is 175g less than the EOS R and 280g less than the EOS 6D Mark II. This weight includes the battery and memory card. The Canon EOS 800D(opens in new tab)/Canon EOS Rebel T7i(opens in new tab) is actually a better comparison because it has a frame that is significantly chunkier than the RP’s sleek 132.5 x 85 x 70mm and weights precisely the same (just 532g with battery and card).
Canon EOS RP review: Easy to Use
The EOS RP is simple to operate even for non-Canon users. Although there aren’t many exterior controls, everyone will be familiar with the mode dial. You won’t frequently need to access the menus to make adjustments thanks to the data panel and the Q button in the center of the 4-way controller. However, when you do, a logically organized and simple to use color-coded menu system will be present. There are scene and intelligent automodes for those who like to let the camera handle the reins, as well as helpful mode and feature guides that may be enabled for a bit extra information.
Canon EOS RP review: Features
Although the EOS RP uses the latest Digic 8 CPU, its 26.2MP sensor is nearly identical to that found in the EOS 6D Mark II. It has been modified to function with a mirrorless system and to account for the RF mount’s different flange back distance, but fundamentally, it is the same sensor. The RP has Dual Pixel CMOS AF and the same ISO 100–40,000 (expandable to 102,400) range as the EOS 6D Mark II.
Canon makes the Familiar Manufacturer’s ClaimTM that it has “the world’s fastest AF speed” of 0.05 seconds and that it can autofocus down to -5EV. There are an enormous 4,779 autofocus points available thanks to the 88% x 100% AF coverage on the sensor. In the auto AF mode, these are divided into 143 zones.
Canon EOS RP review: Photo and Video Quality
The Canon EOS RP takes clear, sharp pictures with good details, texture, and pleasing colors. However, nothing is quite as flawless as high-end cameras. It appears that the camera’s dynamic range is constrained, especially at low ISO settings, as processing RAW photographs produced a very large quantity of noise. The camera works admirably in low-light situations, which is typical for the majority of mirrorless cameras available today.
It was nearly impossible for me to achieve this accomplishment just a few years ago, but I was able to push the camera to above 10,000 ISO and still get acceptable shots. Even if it is not market-leading, this camera is not intended for that market; more on this will be discussed below. The gallery connected below allows you to view the photos and video we took.
Canon EOS RP review: Sensor and Image Quality
Canon launched their full frame mirrorless line with a single 30.3 megapixel model, the EOS R, while Sony and Nikon are selling 24 and 40-plus megapixel mirrorless cameras. Even though 26.2 MP is only little more resolution than 24 MP, the RP falls roughly in the same range as the R between Sony and Nikon’s two resolutions. Both the EOS RP and 6D Mark II have the same number of megapixels, with the RP, as previously indicated, using an upgraded 6D Mark II imaging sensor. The microlenses on this sensor have been minimally modified to account for the closer flange distance of the RF mount.
Canon EOS RP review: Light, Affordable, Full-Frame
Canon’s target market for the RP is very obvious given its pricing and feature set: consumers upgrading to a full-frame system from an APS-C model or a smartphone. They will benefit greatly from the camera itself. The lenses, at least for now, are what prevent it.
The first camera to use the RF mount has only been available for purchase for a short while. For serious photographers looking for an f/2 standard zoom or an f/1.2 prime, Canon focused on pro- and enthusiast-grade lenses at launch. However, this leaves other potential consumers with the option of purchasing a native zoom that costs almost as much as the camera body itself.
Many different types of photographers continue to favor full-frame cameras, including DSLRs and mirrorless models. The Canon EOS RP offers all the advantages of full-frame photography in a body that is very reasonably priced. In reality, you won’t pay the same or less for another full-frame camera. Sure, you could spend a little less on an older Sony a7II and a lens, but why would you buy an outdated camera. Additionally, if you now use Canon and own EF lenses, you already possess a significant portion of a system. The catch is that you won’t get the advantage of the full-frame field of view if you use EF-S lenses, which 1.6x reduce the image.