Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Hands-On

Canon has announced the 26mp EOS RP, and Gavin Stoker has been hands-on with the full-frame mirrorless camera for ePHOTOzine

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Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Hands-On Canon has announced the 26mp EOS RP, and Gavin Stoker has been hands-on with the full-frame mirrorless camera for ePHOTOzine


Canon EOS RP

 

Popular 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 last September, to which existing Canon EF and EF-S lenses (around 71 in total) could be attached via an adapter bundled with its newest system camera.

Now, for 2019, a second ‘R’ series model joins it in the line up: the Canon EOS RP – the ‘P’ apparently denoting ‘Popular’, 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 bundle 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 wholly 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 Product Specialist David Parry told us that the company doesn’t expect the camera to cannibalize sales of its EOS M APS-C sensor mirrorless series, which is apparently 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 beneath 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 Mark IV), which remains in the range.

 

EOS RP with EOS 6D

 

Of course, a barrier to the adoption of a full frame camera has traditionally been the size and weight associated with one, something the latest Canon gets around by virtue of a body weighing just 485g. Canon’s David suggests that this makes it the lightest full 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 build quality you’d associate with a camera costing a body-only £1,399 with lens adapter, making it demonstrably more affordable than the current 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 alloy, while the construction is both water and moisture resistant to the same level as Canon’s 80D, the manufacturer claims.

 

EOS RP in hand

 

Have camera, will travel

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 told 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 board is a 2.36 million-dot resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), the same as that found on the Canon EOS M50, which here boasts 100% frame coverage.

This eye level 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 resolution. 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 shot AF – and for up to 50 raw format images at full resolution.

 

EOS RP rear

 

For those looking for a device for low light work, the camera’s core ISO range is expandable up to ISO102,400 equivalent. 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 upshot 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 features 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 track 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 manufacturer believes is a first – not just in terms of its own mirrorless series, but anyone’s. User selectable Scene modes include a Panning mode and the expected (for this class of camera) Silent mode.

 

EOS RP top

 

In terms of power performance the camera manages 250 shots from a full charge of its LP-E17 battery, an existing cell in Canon’s range, which may seem modest. This is the official CIPA tested amount, the manufacturer 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 possible to auto transfer shots to a PC, while a focus bracketing function allows for a myriad of separate images with incrementally adjusted focus points 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 Focus 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 equivalent frame from a sequence of 4K camera footage. We also get a 4K time lapse video option.

 

Canon EOS RP

 

As well as the new mirrorless EOS, Canon revealed to us that six further 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 different f/2.8 L series IS USM lenses – a 15-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm – which covers about 90% of photography – plus a relatively compact 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM.

“That’s the beauty 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 physical 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 almost identical RF 85mm f/1.2L ‘DS’ lens – those last two initials intriguingly indicating ‘Defocus Smoothing’; the idea 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 grip in the ‘EG-E1’ to tempt those who feel that the camera may (ironically perhaps, given this is a deliberately compact full frame mirrorless option) feel ‘too small’ in the hand without it.

 



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Comments


JackAllTog Plus
10 5.4k 58 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2019 8:46AM
Thanks, seems like a very interesting camera as a first step in to FF.
Is the shutter totally silent in all modes.
Does it have a sensor cover like the R?

Does it look like a nice street camera.

Thanks.

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Niknut Plus
9 2.1k 76 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2019 5:11PM
Now doesn't that look promising ??....simple but effective ergonomics, articulated
rear screen, with high resolution EVF, & a nice chunky grip........

Just want to see the EPZ review now....specially the image quality, with reference to
the studio test results......my usual practice is to examine the detail in the Cordura
bag for definition, & the lettering around the lens of the red compact camera, & if
the corners are going soft in the small brass clock in the bottom RH corner ??

These results for the new "R" are very impressive, so hopefully the RP can match
this quality......may depend on the lens used I suppose ??...fingers crossed !!!!!!

I can feel my boxes being ticked each time I read this stuff !!!.WinkGrinGrin
SteveNZ 10 4 5 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2019 9:15PM

Quote:Thanks, seems like a very interesting camera as a first step in to FF.
Is the shutter totally silent...



I would also like to know if the shutter can actually be silent. I ask as the 80D I bought has a 'silent' shutter setting, which is completely misleading, and should be more accurately renamed 'not quite as loud'.
Call me an old fool but if this camera functions half as well as I expect it will be a keeper at this price. My mind is still young even though my body tells me different at times but given my economic situation for the money I don't think it can be beat. Just think, a brand new FF camera with the lens adapter and grip extender at this price. The only thing left for me is to actually get this camera in hand and see what we will see. Keep on keeping on Folks!!!!!!!
SteveNZ 10 4 5 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2019 9:28PM
I have found an answer (and not the answer I expected) to the 'silent shutter' question:

"...the silent electronic shutter is only available as a scene mode. Like most scene modes, this forces the camera into automatic exposure. There is no way to shoot in manual, aperture priority, or shutter priority exposure modes using the silent shutter. A silent shutter is one of the core advantageous of mirrorless cameras, and yet here’s a brand new model that inexplicably locks that capability to a mode that any experienced shooter would rather avoid."

Extracted from: https://www.digitaltrends.com/digital-camera-reviews/canon-eos-rp-review/
Niknut Plus
9 2.1k 76 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2019 4:47PM
Hope the full review ain't far away ??.....can't hold my breath much longer !!.WinkWinkGrin

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