Overall Rating:

4

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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Price as Reviewed:

£1,399.99 (body with EF-mount adapter)

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


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

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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.

  • Sensor: 26.2MP full-frame dual-pixel CMOS
  • Output size: 6240x4160
  • Focal length mag: 1x
  • Lens mount: Canon RF
  • Shutter speeds: 30-1/4000sec + bulb
  • Sensitivity (standard): ISO 100-40,000
  • Sensitivity (extended): ISO 50-102,400
  • Exposure modes: PASM, Fv, Scene, iAuto
  • Metering: Evaluative, partial, spot, centre-weighted
  • Exposure comp: +/-3EV in 0.3EV steps
  • Continuous shooting: 5fps
  • Screen: 1.04m-dot 3-in fully-articulated touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: 2.36m-dot, 0.7x magnification
  • AF points: 4779
  • Video: 3840 x 2160, 25fps
  • External mic: 3.5mm stereo
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-II)
  • Power: LP-E17 Li-ion
  • Battery life: 250 shots
  • Dimensions: 132.5 x 85.0 x 70.0mm
  • Weight: 485g with battery and card

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