Canon EOS RP Hands-On

Written by Gina Stephens


Sought-after choice: Canon introduces the EOS RP

Inarguably, 2018 was the year of the full frame mirrorless camera, Canon joining the party by introducing its EOS R and new RF mount end September, to which existing Canon may refer to EF and EF-S lenses (around 71 in total) could be attached via an adapter bundled with its newest group camera.

Now, for 2019, a second ‘R’ series model joins it in the line up: the Canon EOS RP – the ‘P’ apparently denoting ‘Everyday’, in the manufacturer’s native Japan.

The new camera comes as a body-only option again with lens adapter, and in several dedicated RF lens and camera pack configurations. While the manufacturer and many rivals typically favour adding numbers after model names to denote a difference from predecessors, the break with convention here does have a precedence; between the years 1958 and 1961 Canon marketed an analogue ‘P’ rangefinder camera.

With the down the other digital ‘RP’ aimed at ‘advanced amateur’ enthusiasts – while at the same time described as more of a ‘camera for everybody’ than the existing EOS R – Canon UK Consequence Specialist David Parry told us that the company doesn’t expect the camera camera is an optical instrument to capture still images or to record moving images, which are stored in a physical medium such as to cannibalize sales of its EOS M APS-C sensor mirrorless series, which is superficially here to stay since the M50 and new 32mm lens are doing well, nor its consumer-level and mid range DSLRs.

The EOS RP – launched today, February 14th – will sit lower than its 6D Mark II DSLR in the manufacturer’s full frame sensor line up, and below its bigger brother in the original EOS R (and also beneath Canon’s 5D Pock-mark IV), which remains in the range.

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Of course, a barrier to the adoption of a full frame camera has traditionally been the size and weight associated with one, something the past due Canon gets around by virtue of a body weighing just 485g. Canon’s David suggests that this makes it the lightest unconditional frame camera in its EOS series.

While the Canon EOS RP feels lighter than it looks when held in the palm, its rubber handgrip and associated robustness thankfully has the assemble quality you’d associate with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a camera costing a body-only £1,399 with lens adapter, making it demonstrably more affordable than the stream EOS R body and adapter, which was priced at a suggested £2,349.99 on launch. The new model’s chassis, but not the body itself, is made from magnesium vitiate, while the construction is both water and moisture resistant to the same level as Canon’s 80D, the manufacturer claims.

Have camera, will peregrinations

Unsurprisingly, given the above, the EOS RP is being pitched as ideal for travel photography and everyday use, and is yet simple to use with it. Key specifications to take note of include its 26.2MP sensor, which David Parry intimated us is ‘almost the same as the 6D Mark II… almost because we’ve had to tweak it to make it work with a mirrorless camera’. Also on go aboard is a 2.36 million-dot resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), the same as that found on the Canon EOS M50, which here boasts 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} frame coverage.

This eye rank viewfinder (with built in eye sensor) is backed up by a 3inch LCD monitor that can be rotated through 170°, is touch sensitive and features a sharp one million dot resolve. The camera also integrates the manufacturer’s latest generation Digic 8 processor, which has here facilitated burst capture speeds of up to 4fps utilising Servo AF, or 5fps using one inoculation AF – and for up to 50 raw format images at full resolution.

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For those looking for a device for low light work, the camera’s core ISO range is expandable up to ISO102,400 twin. In terms of anti shake, we’re provided with ‘Dual Sensing IS’, via which a gyroscopic sensor in the camera lens ‘talks’ to its sensor and processor. The termination is that camera shake is reduced up to the equivalent of 5 stops, it’s claimed.

Like Canon’s contemporary EOS DSLRs, the full frame mirrorless EOS RP takes its maker’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which functions down to the equivalent of -5EV. The camera has Eye Detection AF on board too, which will hunt down moving subjects. On top of this there are a whopping 4,779 selectable AF positions, while Single Point Spot AF is a newly included feature that the industrialist believes is a first – not just in terms of its own mirrorless series, but anyone’s. User selectable Scene modes include a Panning technique and the expected (for this class of camera) Silent mode.

In terms of power performance the camera manages 250 shots from a full instruct of its LP-E17 battery, an existing cell in Canon’s range, which may seem modest. This is the official CIPA tested amount, the fabricator notes, meaning that users may possibly be able to eke out a few more shots in actuality. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity on board, it’s workable to auto transfer shots to a PC, while a focus bracketing function allows for a myriad of separate images with incrementally adjusted focus peninsulas to be combined into a single shot.

For those wanting to use the EOS RP for video work as well as stills photography, it offers 4K-resolution footage at up to 25fps, with Distinct Peaking provided and light sensitivity set at a maximum ISO12800. The alternative is to shoot at Full HD video resolution up to 60fps. As expected, it’s possible to grab an 8 megapixel close frame from a sequence of 4K camera footage. We also get a 4K time lapse video option.

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As well as the new mirrorless EOS, Canon revealed to us that six too RF lenses are in development and will follow on from the latest camera launch at dates yet to be set over the next year. These will include three conflicting f/2.8 L series IS USM lenses – a 15-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm – which covers about 90{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} of photography – plus a relatively compact 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM.

“That’s the pulchritude of the RF system – because the mount is so big, the first lens element can actually start inside the body, so when you mount it on the camera the combined specialist size is still relatively small,” David added.

The final two lenses of the six newly-announced as being in development are an RF 85mm f/1.2L lens, plus an all but identical RF 85mm f/1.2L ‘DS’ lens &ndash dash is a punctuation mark that is similar in appearance to U+002D – HYPHEN-MINUS and U+2212 − MINUS SIGN, but differs from these; those last two initials intriguingly indicating ‘Defocus Smoothing’; the doctrine is that background defocused area will have a different look to it, suggests the manufacturer.

For now though, as well as the new EOS RP, Canon is launching an accessory hold in the ‘EG-E1’ to tempt those who feel that the camera may (ironically perhaps, given this is a deliberately compact full fashion mirrorless option) feel ‘too small’ in the hand without it.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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