Canon EOS RP review
The Canon EOS RP is among the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras on the market, and is the least expensive full-frame camera at launch, ever. And though its specifications aren't going to set the world on fire, the RP is a likable little camera with solid JPEG image quality that will be a fine photographic companion for casual users and those already within the Canon ecosystem looking for a compact second body.
- 26.2MP Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
- 4K/24p (from 1.7x crop region)
- 4 fps continuous shooting with continuous AF (5 without)
- Pupil detection AF in continous/Servo AF mode
- AF rated to -5EV (with an F1.2 lens)
- Digic 8 processor
- 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder
- Fully-articulated 1.04M dot touchscreen
- Twin command dials
- CIPA rated to 250 shots per charge
Accounting for inflation, the EOS RP (body-only) is priced within $75 of the original 6MP Canon Digital Rebel / EOS 300D that was released back in 2003 - a camera that really helped bring large-sensor digital photography to the masses. And like the Digital Rebel, the EOS RP promises to offer a bit of a stripped-down shooting experience in exchange for its large full-frame image sensor at a reasonable cost. It's worth noting, however, that the earlier Rebel debuted with a range of relatively low-cost lenses designed for it - not so much the case today.
While other manufacturers are moving ever further up-market with more expensive and capable devices, the EOS RP stands alone in providing more novice or budget-constrained users with access to the shallower depth-of-field that full frame cameras offer over those with APS-C or smaller sensors. There are caveats, though, in that the RP is a poor choice for those looking to shoot video, and the native lens selection is lacking at this time.
The EOS RP is available now at a price of $1299 body-only, $1999 with the EF adapter and a 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 lens, and $2399 with the native RF 24-105mm F4L lens.
What's new and how it compares
The EOS RP has a lot of ingredients we've seen in other Canon cameras before, but certainly not at this price point.
Body, handling and controls
The EOS RP's diminutive size and light weight don't get in the way of some well thought-out controls.
Take a look at how the RP stacks up in our standard studio test scene.
Get a sense for how Richard Butler got along with the EOS RP, and how sometimes, likability may trump capability.
Is the EOS RP right for you?
We take a look at some common photographic use-cases and see how well the EOS RP is suited for them.
Autofocus and performance
We take a look at tracking performance, pupil detection and more on the EOS RP.
The EOS RP shoots both 4K and 1080p footage, but the quality of its video capture is somewhat lacking.
Conclusion and sample gallery
The EOS RP has some underwhelming shortcomings, but is a likable camera at a great price.
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