2019 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1500
Published Mar 14, 2019 | dpreview staff
Canon EOS RP
26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor | Dual Pixel AF | Fully articulating LCD
What we like:
- Attractive JPEG output
- Easy-to-use interface
- Eye-detect autofocus
What we don't:
- Limited battery life
- Significant crop in 4K
- Slow burst rate
The EOS RP is an affordable entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera that combines a 26.2MP CMOS sensor and Dual Pixel autofocus with the easy-to-use interface of its EOS-M and Rebel cameras.
The EOS RP is small for a full frame camera but still finds room for a comfortable hand grip and two well-placed command dials. A fully articulated touchscreen is the best way of controlling the AF point and changing most camera settings. It's a bit basic, but is straightforward will provide most users with all the control they need.
The EOS RP is Canon's attempt to create an easy-to-use, entry-level model to the previously specialist world of full-frame
The EOS RP is a capable, though not outstanding, performer. Eye-detection AF helps when photographing people but isn't responsive enough for fast-moving children. Subject tracking is generally effective, though the burst shooting rate is very low, hindering sports shooting. Battery life is potentially limiting with a rating of 250 shots/charge, but USB charging may help you top up on the go.
JPEG image quality is very good, with attractive color and the impressively clean images that full frame can bring. Raw provide some additional processing flexibility, but the RP's images are noisier than nearly all its rivals. In short, this is a better camera for those that primarily shoot in JPEG.
The EOS RP's video is rather disappointing. It can shoot 4K/24p but with a significant crop, rolling shutter and limited autofocus. 1080p is better and includes easy-to-use AF, but the footage is soft. Digital stabilization is pretty good but the RP doesn't impress as a video camera.
The EOS RP is a camera with a modest price to match its modest spec. Clearly, Canon believes the attractive JPEGs and ease-of-use make up for the lack of cutting-edge features and performance, and we tend to agree. The RP is a likable camera with good controls that is genuinely fun to use, but more advanced users looking for ultimate image quality and speed will want to look elsewhere.
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