Canon’s entry-level full-frame mirrorless does a lot to appeal to enthusiast photographers, says Andy Westlake, but some might find it over-simplified

Product Overview

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Canon EOS RP

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Pros:

  • + Streamlined, easy-to-use control layout with plenty of customisation
  • + Well-integrated touchscreen interface
  • + Compatible with EF-mount SLR lenses via supplied adapter
  • + Fully-articulated screen affords extra compositional flexibility

Cons:

  • - No in-body image stabilisation
  • - Over-simplified controls
  • - Viewfinder visibility is poor in bright light

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Canon EOS RP review

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Price as reviewed:

£1,399.99 (body with EF-mount adapter)
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Canon EOS RP: At a Glance

  • £1399.99 with EF-mount adapter
  • 26.2MP Full-frame sensor
  • ISO 50-102,400 (extended)
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder
  • 3-in 1.04m-dot fully-articulated touchscreen
  • £2329.99 with RF 24-105mm F4L lens and EF adapter

When Canon announced its full-frame mirrorless system last September, it received something of a mixed reaction. The EOS R body was packed full of new ideas, but in its bid to break away from traditional DSLR design and re-think how cameras should work, ended up feeling somewhat alien to long-standing EOS users. This stood in stark contrast to Nikon’s Z 6 and Z 7, which behave much like miniaturised versions of the firm’s DSLRs.

Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP with the compact RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM lens

Canon’s second offering, the EOS RP, is in essence a smaller, simpler model compared to the EOS R, at a considerably lower price. Indeed at £1400 body-only it has the lowest introductory price of any full-frame mirrorless to date, which naturally makes it one of the most affordable full-frame cameras on the market. It shares a lot in common with its sibling design-wise, but loses some of its more controversial elements. This immediately makes it feel more like a traditional EOS, although still with some significant differences.

The EOS RP is attractively priced at £1400 including an EF-mount adapter

Canon has made a point of making the EOS RP compact and lightweight, to the extent that at 485g including battery and card, it weighs less than the EOS 800D entry-level APS-C DSLR. The firm has also radically streamlined the external design and control layout, and while it mostly works well, I think that in some ways it has gone too far for enthusiast users.

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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Canon EOS RP: Features
  3. 3. Canon EOS RP: Build and handling
  4. 4. Canon EOS RP: Viewfinder and screen
  5. 5. Canon EOS RP: Autofocus
  6. 6. Canon EOS RP: EF lens compatibility
  7. 7. Canon EOS RP: Performance
  8. 8. Canon EOS RP: Image quality
  9. 9. Canon EOS RP: Verdict
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