Canon EOS RP Review

When it comes to the release of brand-new photographic equipment, the most recent half year has been one of the most eventful in recent memory. A market that Sony has (nearly) had all to itself up until now is about to become a great deal more competitive as a result of the introduction of three new mirrorless systems that all produce full-frame images.

The EOS R, which was Canon’s first product to be made available to the public, was received with a range of reactions, and the fact that the business started things off with just one somewhat expensive model instantly made Nikon and Panasonic’s dual-model debuts a bit more appealing.

Now, with the release of the EOS RP, the business has met its competitors halfway by giving a more user-friendly entry point into its system. In point of fact, with a suggested retail price of $1299/£1399 for the body plus an EF adaptor, it has been able to significantly undercut the majority of its most direct competitors from the very beginning.

  • 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Processing engine based on the DIGIC 8
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Because the EOS RP is built around the same RF lens mount as the original EOS R model, it is compatible with all of the RF lenses that have been released up until this point. It is also possible to use an extensive collection of optics designed for use with EF and EF-S cameras thanks to an adaptor that is included with the camera as a standard accessory. This is a particularly useful feature when one considers the fact that two of the available RF lenses cost more than the EOS RP camera itself.

The full-frame sensor of the EOS RP has a resolution of 26.2 megapixels, which is lower than the 30.3 megapixels on the EOS R. This is equipped with an optical low-pass filter, which prevents aliasing artifacts from appearing in photos, and it supports the tried-and-true Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which manages phase-detect focusing operation for both still photographs and Full HD films.

The actual process of autofocus may be carried out in the normal manner when utilizing the viewfinder or LCD, or it can be carried out through the touchscreen by just tapping on the subject to bring it into focus.

It is also possible to utilize manual focus in conjunction with focus peaking in areas where it is essential. You may choose from one of 4779 focusing points to position against the subject of your photograph. Given that the camera has a working range that extends from -5EV to 18, it should also perform well when exposed to dimly illuminated subjects.

Because the sensor of the EOS RP does not come with its own image stabilization system, unlike the sensors of its competitors the Panasonic S1, Sony A7 II, and Nikon Z6, you will need to make sure that the lens you are using has this feature.

However, while the video is being captured, a dual-mode Movie digital IS mode may be activated, and this mode, in conjunction with a lens-based Image Stabilizer, can have a more noticeable impact (a partnership dubbed Combination IS).

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The videos themselves may be recorded in either 4K Ultra High Definition (3840 x 2160) resolution up to a maximum of 25 frames per second, or in Full HD (1920 x 1080) or Standard HD (1080 x 720) up to 60 frames per second. However, the camera can only shoot 4K video with a crop ratio of 1.6x.

This crop is exactly the same as the one that is applied when using an EF-S lens on the camera (in conjunction with one of three adapters), and you can also apply this crop when shooting conventional HD footage if you find that you require a little bit more reach than usual.

When recording 4K video, it is also unable to use the Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus mode, thus you will need to either use the contrast-detect AF or manually focus the image instead. Although 8bit 4:2:0 and 8bit 4:2:2 footage may be shot internally and output through the HDMI connection, respectively, there is no Log shooting profile available on the EOS RP, which may be disappointing for those who intend to utilize the camera for more thoughtful video recording.

Having said that, it is wonderful to see 3.5mm connectors for microphones and headphones around the camera’s side, and if necessary, you can also extract 8.3MP stills from 4K recordings. Both of these features are terrific additions.

The camera is powered by the company’s most recent DIGIC 8 processing engine, which enables a burst shooting speed of up to 5 frames per second (fps), or up to 4 fps if the option to continuously focus with Servo AF is selected. In addition to the normal JPEG format, this enables Raw photos to be taken in a variety of flavors, including the more efficient C-Raw as well as the more traditional raw.

In addition to this, a number of well-known functions, including Highlight Tone Priority, four-mode Auto Lighting Optimizer, and five distinct Lens Aberration Correction settings, may be used to get photographs closer to the final result without the need for software.

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Build and Handling

  • chassis made of magnesium alloy
    Dust- and moisture-resistant construction
  • Two separate command dials

It is astonishing exactly how compact Canon was able to build the EOS RP, considering that it has a full-frame sensor. It is far closer in size to a triple-digit EOS DSLR such as the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D than it is to a full-frame option such as the EOS 6D Mark II.

The only lens in the RF series that currently appears to physically make sense on the body is the RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM; however, due to the diameter of the lens mount on such a small body, even this lens begins to look oversized. At the moment, the only lens in the RF series that appears to make sense on the body is the RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM.

If you were to install any other RF lens at this moment, it would be so unbalanced that the camera wouldn’t even be able to rest flat; it would have to be tilted ever-so-slightly upward. However, with the RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM is attached, the camera has a great feel in the hands in addition to having a pleasing appearance to the eye.

Although the camera looks and feels completely different in the hands, it has the same dimensions as a Rebel DSLR. Aluminum, polycarbonate resin, and glass fibers are wrapped around a magnesium alloy chassis to make up the construction of this product, which results in much higher build quality. The matte finish that is applied to the body may not be to everyone’s liking, particularly due to the fact that its minor coarseness makes it more prone to scuff marks, but these may be readily removed with a wipe of the cloth.

While the grip does not have a rubber coating all the way around, the front half of it does, and this coating extends nicely to the opposite side of the front plate and the thumb rest. Although it does not have the deepest grasp possible, the size of the grip makes a lot of sense for such a body, and it still provides a stronghold.

This is a body that has been put together very well; the attention to detail is excellent, and it does not appear that any shortcuts have been used. Even the door to the battery compartment is astonishingly robust when pressure is given to it, despite the fact that it seems to be somewhat smaller and lighter than what we often see on models such as this one.

The triplet of rubber doors that conceal the various ports also protect these well but lift easily when you need to access them, and the fact that these can be swung out of the way and kept clear of the ports is a very nice touch. Additionally, the fact that these can be removed and kept clear of the ports is a very nice touch.

The buttons around the body don’t go nearly as deeply into the body as was anticipated, but they each have a solid bounce to them, and the camera has no trouble recognizing pushes on any of the buttons. In a similar manner, the power, mode, and rear command dials that are located on the top plate are noticeably less prominent than they normally would be. However, there is no problem with the functionality of these dials, and each of them offers very excellent feedback when they are turned on.

The command dial on the front of the camera is elevated slightly and, in contrast to the dials on some other cameras, it is sensitive enough to respond in the same manner regardless of how quickly it is moved. This feature is not present on all cameras. This is wonderful since it indicates that you will be able to swiftly reach one end of the aperture range, ISO scale, or any other setting when you want it.

The power switch is located on the opposite side of the top plate from the rest of the controls, which is something that may not bother some people but will irritate others. This means that you can’t just pick up the camera with your right hand and automatically turn it on when an opportunity arises.

Instead, you have to activate it with your left hand before you can use your right hand to alter practically any other function on the device. It is obvious that if you have the LCD panel facing the body rather than externally, you will need to remove this before you begin shooting as well.

When you hit the famous M-Fn button that’s located on the top plate, a little sub-menu with numerous crucial options will appear at the bottom of the screen. This is a terrific feature, so we’re glad to see it included. It’s a fantastic addition to the Q Menu, and it makes good use of the dual command dial configuration by having one dial be used to go among the different choices, while the other dial is used to alter each one individually. Overall, it’s a really useful addition.

This enables you to make rapid adjustments to your ISO, drive mode, exposure compensation, and other settings without having to start fumbling with the D-pad, which is especially beneficial while you are looking through the viewfinder.


  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF system
  • Tracking of the face as well as the eyes
  • 4779 AF points selected

The EOS RP uses a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, similar to those used in many other Canon cameras. This technology provides phase-detection autofocus from the camera’s primary image sensor. This is supplemented with a contrast-detect focusing system that is more conventional, and given that the Dual Pixel CMOS AF cannot be used when recording 4K films, it is the contrast-detect autofocus system that assumes control in this scenario.

Even though the EOS RP lacks the comprehensive control over continuous focus that models like the EOS 7D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark IV have, which allows you to specify how the system behaves when faced with different types of moving subjects, it is still possible to set it to track subjects, notice faces and eyes, and focus continuously on these aspects of the subject. In addition to 1-Point AF, Zone AF, and Spot AF, other focusing choices include Zone AF, Spot AF, and 1-Point AF. Additionally, there are two additional settings that concentrate on a single point that is surrounded by expansion points.

When you have the viewfinder in front of you and your eye up to it, you may also use the touchscreen to set the focus. If you’re using the electronic viewfinder (EVF), enabling this option, which is known as Touch and drags AF but is disabled by default, will provide you the most simple approach to adjust the focusing point in your photo.

Because there is no separate AF lever, you have to press the focusing area button once, then move your thumb to the D-pad to alter this, and then move it back to the Delete button to re-center it, which is a process that is far more complicated than it should be.

When focusing on static subjects, there is typically little discomfort and the process is brisk. The system performs well in terms of acquiring a lock on a subject, regardless of whether or not the lighting conditions are optimal. I was especially surprised with how effectively it performed in the face of low-contrast subjects that lacked a significant number of distinguishing characteristics.

Because of this, the performance of this camera was really impressive. Many cameras would struggle under these conditions. When I used the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM and the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lenses, the camera performed a good job of focusing rapidly on a variety of subjects, from those that were up close and personal to those that were further out. There was no hunting involved.

The EOS RP uses a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, similar to those used in many other Canon cameras. This technology provides phase-detection autofocus from the camera’s primary image sensor.

When set to constantly focus on targets, the camera performed an excellent job of locking onto and maintaining its focus on even subjects that were further away or smaller. The system maintained a good connection with them even if they moved closer to or farther from the camera. Despite the fact that it became sidetracked sometimes, it was also impressed with its capacity to track down a topic after it had momentarily exited the field of view.

There were a few instances in which the system would initially acquire a lock on a subject and allow for a few frames to be captured in focus as it moved, only to lose it for a few frames and then find it again – even if it wasn’t moving too rapidly – although this is not an unusual occurrence. There were also a few instances in which the system would lose a lock on a subject and allow for a few frames to be captured in focus as it stopped moving.

With a burst rate of just 4 frames per second when the continuous focus is enabled, the degree to which you are successful in capturing an image of the moving subject you desire will rely, in large part, on how well you are able to pan the subject and how much of the frame it fills.

Because the feed does not refresh itself quickly enough as you capture, it is definitely more difficult to get a good shot of something that is moving close to the camera in this situation. This is perhaps the most significant drawback of continuous shooting, as it does not provide you with an accurate idea of how to move with the subject as it moves. On the other hand, if it is further away and your crop isn’t packed in too closely, you will most likely have better success.

Eye detection is another feature that may be utilized, and it does a good job of locating the subject’s eye while still maintaining a box around it. The system has a tendency to switch between the left and right eyes, regardless of which eye is nearest to the camera. Additionally, it does not appear to be possible to select which eye should remain in focus, unlike with some other versions. This is the one minor issue with the product.


  • Large buffer size in both Raw and JPEG formats
    There are several restrictions on the silent shooting mode.
  • Touchscreen that is responsive and has an excellent EVF.

Action photographers probably won’t get too excited about the camera’s burst shooting capabilities of 5 frames per second (fps), particularly because this drops to 4 fps when you call on continuous focus; however, those who do occasionally need to call upon this feature will probably be pleasantly surprised with just how well the camera can maintain this speed.

Canon claims that the EOS RP’s buffer allows for this speed to be maintained for as many JPEGs, C-Raw files, or standard raw files as you need, and for up to 98 simultaneous Raw + Large JPEGs or 170 simultaneous C-Raw + Large JPEGs. This, of course, assumes that you are using a memory card with a fast enough read/write speed.

These specifications are based on a memory card having 32 gigabytes of UHS-II storage, although testing done with a 64-gigabyte UHS-II card reveals that the camera is more than capable of surpassing them. Although JPEGs, C-Raw files, and standard raw files could all be captured on their own at the same 5fps rate without limitation, we discovered that 125 simultaneous Raw + JPEG frames could be captured without any slowdown at all. This is an improvement over the previous maximum of 98, and these were flushed to the card in just seven seconds.

Even more amazing were the 213 C-Raw and JPEG files that ended up on the card in around ten seconds. Even while you may occasionally receive a “Busy” message while these files are being written, the camera will continue to function for the most part even while this is happening.

This feature comes as a bit of a surprise on a camera that is not designed with action photography in mind especially. Even while some people would have wished for a balance between a smaller buffer and a greater burst shooting speed, a frame rate of 5 fps is still perfectly suitable for things that are moving, even if they are moving quickly. In this regard, kudos go to Canon.

As a result of the fact that all of the aforementioned activities require the use of the mechanical shutter, the process of capturing a large number of images in a single burst is a somewhat noisy one. This is less of a problem when photographing sporting events, but it could be a problem when photographing events, weddings, or macro shots that involve living subjects. The absence of a true quiet shooting option is one of the characteristics that set the EOS RP apart from a lot of other cameras.

There is one, however, it is hidden deep inside the scene settings, and it does not provide access to the default exposure settings. The image can be brightened or darkened instead using a sliding scale, which appears to have the effect of adjusting the ISO against an unchangeable combination of aperture and shutter speed. Burst shooting is also not an option in this context, but you can still choose the focusing mode that best suits your needs.

Because shooting in silence is one of the primary benefits that mirrorless cameras offer over DSLRs, the manner in which this feature has been implemented here is a little bit disappointing.

The viewfinder may not be the same 0.5-inch, 3.69-million-dot offering that we adored on the EOS R, and as a result, it does not quite have the same wow effect when you find put the camera to your eye. Nevertheless, it is a perfectly adequate performer.

In its place, we have a 0.39-millimeter finder with a display that has 2.36 million dots. Its 0.70x magnification may appear to be a little on the skimpy side, but it is large enough to give you a good view of the scene while being small enough for you to be able to take it in its entirety with your eye comfortably pressed against the eyecup. This allows you to get the most out of your viewing experience.

The performance is about what one would anticipate for a viewfinder of this sort. The clarity is really excellent, although not quite as good as it might be, and the fact that the diopter control is located on the left-hand side of the device makes it simple to make adjustments while you continue to gaze through it (making the EOS RP something of a rarity).

Even when shooting in low light circumstances, it performs a good job of keeping the noise under control. The only significant problem is one that occurs with many other viewfinders of this type, and that is a limited dynamic range when shooting photographs in environments with high levels of contrast.

Because you have to press your eye right up against the eyecup in order to see what’s going on inside the camera while you’re shooting in strong light, the eyecup might also benefit from being a bit deeper.

The LCD screen performs admirably, as it is beautiful and clear and is able to display a very high level of information even when you zoom in quite close to a picture that has been shot. It is quite responsive when used to pick the focusing point and Q Menu selections, but it is just a bit less so when it comes to double-tapping or swiping the screen when perusing taken photographs; however, this can be simply remedied by setting this to a more sensitive option through the menus.

There is also no way to tell exactly where a close-up view that is one hundred percent of the image is when the settings are left at their defaults; however, this may be selected through the Playback menu. It is just as good since there is a tiny latency when dragging your finger to verify details in recorded photographs in normal mode, but when you are at 100%, this becomes extremely fluid. It is just as well.

At this price point, it is not surprising to see a 3 in. LCD with a resolution of 1.04 million dots; nevertheless, it is noteworthy to note that cameras that are far less expensive have been delivering 3.2 in. LCD screens for some time now. This is a minor feature, but if you’ve come from a more junior model that offered this, you could feel as if you’ve been given less value for your money now.

Picture quality

  • The performance is generally satisfactory for stills.
  • The 4K video format supports cropping and rolling shutter.
  • The slightly sensitive metering system

Since Adobe’s editing products do not yet handle Raw files from the EOS RP at the time of this writing, we have based a portion of our study on files opened in Canon’s proprietary Digital Photo Professional program.

The metering mechanism of the camera performs an excellent job in most balanced settings, and when we were reviewing it, it didn’t throw too many surprises our way. It does, however, give the impression of being a little more sensitive than the standard when photographing photographs that contain greater amounts of the sky or when focusing against somewhat darker subjects, underexposing or overexposing the image as appropriate.

Given that metering is typically linked to the focusing point that is selected, this is something that you will typically see when focusing on a subject that is distinct from its surroundings. However, when overexposure and underexposure do occur, it only seems to be by a difference of about 1/2 EV or so.

The colors look great with the default settings, with the Auto mode doing a good job of maintaining the colors’ accuracy and the Auto White Balance does a good job of maintaining the same accuracy. Keeping the Ambience Priority AWB setting active is a good idea if you prefer to photograph indoors, where there will be more artificial sources; this allowed the atmosphere of the pictures we took to be preserved quite effectively. If you like to shoot indoors, consider keeping this setting enabled.

Up to about ISO 3200, noise is effectively managed; however, it becomes substantially worse at ISO 6400 and is pretty obvious at ISO 12,800 and higher. When shooting at high ISO, the camera provides the user with three different degrees of noise reduction; the ‘Standard’ setting, which is in the center, is the one that is used by default.

Comparing raw files with JPEGs reveals that this has a significant impact on the fine details in places that are darker and modestly illuminated. As a result, you shouldn’t use this method if you need to do anything with the image other than seeing it on the size of the display on your computer. In all other cases, using the Low option or processing the raw data on your own is a wiser choice.

There is also a multi-frame noise reduction available, which merges four separate photos into a single one; however, in order to use this feature in a practical manner, a tripod is required. In addition, if you are making use of a tripod, you may eliminate this noise by simply selecting a lower ISO level; this is presuming, of course, that you are not attempting to freeze any action.

Raw files have a high level of detail, but in order for them to look their best, they need to be sharpened. The degree of sharpening that is given to photographs by default when they are captured makes a significant impact.

Images that contain a lot of fine details, such as those with faraway architecture, can benefit from a touch more sharpening to get them a little bit crisper. On the other hand, images that contain natural subjects, such as flowers, appear to be sharpened to the exact right point at the default setting, where details are clarified without any haloing artifacts starting to appear over the edges.


It is difficult not to be impressed by what Canon has accomplished here, especially when one considers that the company did not even have any full-frame mirrorless models available until a few months ago. The Canon EOS RP is a full-frame camera that has a very compact and lightweight design, a feature set that is capable, a performance that is typically solid, and an asking price that is quite fair. How many different manufacturers can say the same thing about their products right now?

Due to the fact that competition has been especially fierce over the course of the past several months, it was obviously crucial for Canon to release a model similar to this one into the market as soon as humanly feasible.

The fact that Canon is bundling the EOS RP with the EF 24-105mm designed for its DSLR line can be seen as an admission that it just doesn’t have the right lenses for this camera just yet; the kit option with the native RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is currently almost £1000/$1000 more expensive than the body on its own. And while the camera feels more complete and well-rounded than the original EOS R, the fact that Canon is bundling the EOS RP

That isn’t to say that the RF optics haven’t impressed so far; they most certainly have based on what we’ve seen; but, Canon still has some work to do in terms of the mobility of the system and the cost to the person who is considering purchasing it.

According to its roadmap, it also appears that there will not be any compact alternatives that will be suitable for use as a default kit lens in the near future; however, it is possible that it will unveil other lenses in addition to those that are scheduled to be released within the next year or so.

In any event, if you currently possess EF glass that you are content to use or if the current RF selection meets your needs, the EOS RP is the better option for you. It is true that there are a few restrictions on many elements of the spec sheet. For instance, there is no autofocus (AF) lever or a controlled quiet shooting mode, both of which would be nice to have.

However, it seems that there is a positive for every bad, and the most surprising thing is that all of this comes at a price that is far lower than was anticipated. It is difficult to find fault with that equilibrium given its solid foundation and commendable performance. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope that when the range expands, it does so in a way that supports professional users just as much as it does individuals who are drawn to this camera.

Canon EOS RP Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6240 x 4160
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels26 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors27 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 8
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEGRaw (14-bit Canon CR3)C-Raw (Canon original)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points4779
Lens mountCanon RF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.7×
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuous (H/L)Self-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via cable or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)250
Weight (inc. batteries)485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
Dimensions133 x 85 x 70 mm (5.24 x 3.35 x 2.76″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes

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