Canon EOS RP vs EOS R – Which is Right for You?
This review examines the Canon EOS RP’s photo and video performance choices, including 4K/1080p limits, AF control settings, and more.
Canon has added a smaller, more inexpensive version of their high-resolution, full-frame mirrorless EOS R to their new RF mount lineup. The EOS RP (at the time of writing) is Canon’s smallest full-frame camera, and it works flawlessly with EF mount lenses when using one of three adapter types. Despite its tiny size (5.2 x 3.3 x 2.8′′), the RP has a wide 54mm mount diameter, a 20mm flange distance, and a sturdy 12-pin connection point.
The following are the specifications that both cameras have in common:
- CMOS AF with dual pixels (not available in 4K on the RP)
- HDMI C, 3.5mm Microphone Jack, and 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- The adapter is compatible with EF and EF-S lenses (RF Lenses Natively)
- LCD with full articulation
- Viewfinder with an electronic display
- Flexible-Priority Mode, a new semi-automatic mode (Fv)
- IS Dual Sensing (Only for RF Lenses with IS)
- Digital Lens Enhancement System
- Focus System with Face Detection
- Recording Time Limits of 30 Minutes
Aside from that, the cameras are quite diverse. Depending on your demands, the EOS RP’s exceptional mobility may outweigh some of the capabilities sacrificed as compared to the EOS R. There is also a significant pricing disparity. The EOS RP boasts some impressive numbers, but when compared to the R, they will pale in comparison. When compared to comparably priced DSLRs, the RP’s numbers are impressive. Here’s all you need to know.
The RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM is now the most portable RF lens.
The RP keeps the wide 54mm mount diameter, a 20mm flange distance, and a sturdy 12-pin connection point.
A smaller, more inexpensive version of the high-resolution, full-frame mirrorless EOS R has joined ‘s new RF mount fleet.
Depending on your demands, the EOS RP’s exceptional mobility may outweigh some of the capabilities sacrificed as compared to the EOS R.
For travelers, the RF 24-105mm f/4 is a better choice.
Size: The EOS RP is Excellent for Trave
You won’t find a better travel companion with a full-frame sensor than the EOS RP, which is just 2.8′′ deep and 3.3′′ tall. Although it is almost the same size as a Canon SL2, the SL2 only has an APS-C sensor. The RF lens selection, on the other hand, is identical to what was available when the EOS R was released (at the time of writing). The size of RF lenses is relatively big. The Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 has a 95mm front element and is 1.05′′ longer than the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. While the RF 24-105mm f/4 compromises light collecting capacity, it is nearly 1.5 pounds less than the 28-70mm, making it a better match for travelers. It also has a 77mm diameter, which is more typical. It is, however, still over 4 inches long. The RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM is the most portable RF lens available right now, and while it lacks range versatility, it’s ideal for street photography and candid/photojournalist/documentary work.
If you use the EOS RP with smaller EF-mount Canon lenses, keep in mind that the adapter you’ll need will automatically add an inch to your mount. You may choose from four different adapters (mentioned at the bottom), each of which allows for direct mechanical and electrical connectivity between your EF-mount lens and an RF mount camera. If you use one of these adapters to link an EF-S lens with one of the RF mount cameras, the cameras will automatically switch to crop sensor mode. These adapters preserve AF compatibility and may even be used with EF extenders.
Ergonomics and Handling of the EOS RP vs EOS R
As the cameras’ specs improve and become more competitive, some of their winning distinctions emerge in the bodies’ construction and handling. These elements can have a big impact on your productivity and how easily you can record the picture.
Only the EOS R includes a PC sync port for attaching a strobe to a sync cable, although both have hot shoes, mic, and headphone connections (you can certainly still fire strobes from the EOS RP, you just have to use a hot shoe-mounted trigger). Both feature connections for attaching a remote shutter release, but they are not interchangeable. The EOS RP employs the E3 type, which is also found in the Canon 80D and Rebel series. The N3, which is compatible with the 5D, 7D, and 1D series, is used in the EOS R.
While both cameras have hot-shoes, microphones, and headphone ports, the EOS R is the only one with a PC sync connector for attaching a strobe to a sync cable.
The EOS RP lacks the top plate settings readout LCD and the multi-function bar. It features a more traditional mode dial instead. A 3″ articulating LCD is included with the EOS RP. The customizing capabilities available in the EOS R are sacrificed in this tiny body. The LP-E17 is used by the EOS RP (the same battery found in the EOS M3 and M5) With the LP-E17, you can expect to receive 250 photos on average.
Composing and Layout
Both cameras include fully articulating touchscreens, however, the EOS R’s has a larger 3.15′′ than the RP’s, which is just 3′′. (which is still a great size). The EOS RP has a.39′′ OLED EVF, whereas the EOS R has much larger.5′′ OLED EVF. The EOS R features a slightly wider eyepoint than the EOS R, which may be more comfortable for people who wear spectacles. Users may discover that while using the RP vs. the R, they need to compose with their gaze a bit closer to the viewfinder. The EOS RP lacks the top plate settings readout LCD and the multi-function bar. It features a more traditional mode dial instead. The RP also has only one mappable function button. The customizing capabilities available in the EOS R are sacrificed in this tiny body.
Other Physical Features
The two cameras don’t make the same sort of battery. The LP-E6N is used by the EOS R, whereas the LP-E17 is used by the EOS RP (the same battery found in the EOS M3 and M5). The LP-E6N has a longer battery life, with 350-430 shots per charge compared to the LP-250. E17’s The LP-E6 batteries are backward compatible with the EOS R (but don’t anticipate the same longevity). The EOS R has an optional BG-E22 battery grip, but the RP simply has an extension grip, which doesn’t increase shooting time but does give a different hand position.
For on-the-go photographers, the RP offers a plethora of possibilities. The 26.2-megapixel sensor produces huge, completely croppable 6240 x 4160px files. This isn’t far off from the 30.3 megapixels of the EOS R.
Performance Options for Photographers
For on-the-go photographers, the RP offers a plethora of possibilities. The 26.2-megapixel sensor produces huge, completely croppable 6240 x 4160px files. This isn’t far off from the 30.3 megapixels of the EOS R. The EOS RP uses the same sensor as the 6D Mark II, but with microlens, modifications to make it mirrorless compatible. It’s ideally positioned as an upgrade for anyone considering a full-frame camera but preferring the benefits of mirrorless over a typical DSLR.
When you have a range like the RP’s: 100-40000 ISO and a breathtaking 50-102400 ISO in extended mode, lighting conditions are unlikely to limit your creativity. The expanded range of the 80D is 100-25600, whereas the Rebel T7i’s is 100-51200. In this regard, the RP is equivalent to the 5D Mark IV’s ISO range of 100-32000 (50-102400 extended) and the 6D Mark II’s ISO range of 100-40000. (100-102400 extended). It pales in comparison to professional cameras, such as the Canon 1D X Mark II with its expanded range of 50-409600, but that camera costs between $4,000 and $5,000. As a result, the RP offers a lot of flexibility in changing lighting conditions, which is ideal for travelers and event photographers.
Shooting Speed and AF
In single-shot AF mode, the EOS RP can shoot at a maximum of 5 frames per second. This is quick enough for tourists and most informal activities, but sports and animals will be missing. In continuous AF mode, it reaches a terribly sluggish 3 frames per second. Capturing rapid subjects at 5 frames per second is probably not impossible. It’s just that most people feel better at ease when the frame rate is at least 8 FPS.
Several AF Control Options
With 4779 configurable on-sensor phase-detection locations, acquiring focus should be a breeze. Even in the darkest lighting situations, Dual Pixel Autofocus performs admirably. Touchscreen AF allows you to choose your AF point in a simple and straightforward manner (but note that the RP does not have an autofocus joystick, though the D-pad can be mapped to serve that function). Even in continuous/servo mode, tracking AF with face/eye detection works, which is a wonderful feature for candids or nailing subject focus even with the smallest depth of field.
In terms of shallow depth of field, the EOS RP includes a Focus Bracketing mode that allows for focus stacking for macro photography (however merging must be done manually or using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software). It’s also worth noting that this function is only officially supported by a limited number of lenses. You may utilize Focus Bracketing with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS, Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS in addition to the RF lenses (at the time of this writing, when paired with one of the adapters).
New Exposure Control Options
Program mode, which allows the camera to pick ideal settings for you but may still be overridden using the exposure compensation slider, may be familiar to new photographers. It’s wonderful when you can trust the camera to take care of everything, but sometimes you need more control, which means switching to semi-automatic or manual mode.
Performance Options for Videographers
For recreational filming, the EOS RP is a good choice. It’s not a good idea to use it for professional video work or even serious vlogging. It does, however, provide plenty for anybody looking to include video footage into their trip plans, family gatherings, or informal vlogging.
With in-camera 4:2:0 sampling and 8-bit color depth, it shoots UHD 4K up to 24p @ 120MB/s at up to 24p (8-bit 4:2:2 possible when shooting to an external recorder via HDMI). There is a 3.5mm microphone jack and a headphone jack built-in, which is quite convenient. You can’t shoot 4K in Tv or Av exposure settings, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF isn’t available like it is on the EOS R. Unless you go to Full HD, you’re stuck with contrast-detection AF. However, neither the 6D Mark II nor the 80D can shoot 4K, so if you want to experiment with 4K at a low cost, the EOS RP might be a viable option.
It’s worth noting that at 1080p, you can only film at 60 or 30 frames per second.
It’s worth noting that at 1080p, you can only film at 60 or 30 frames per second. Although you can film in 24p in 4K, the file size and power consumption may be an issue, thus not having the ability to shoot at this industry-standard frame rate in 1080p is perplexing. Although you may still shoot at 30p, which is a TV standard, this exclusion is a letdown for purists looking for the most “filmic” appearance. Although 60p is a nice-to-have for slow motion, it is at the bottom end of the slow-motion spectrum, and many other mirrorless cameras can shoot at 120p or even 180p in HD. Please see our Ultra Slow Motion Video Cameras collection for a list of cameras we rent that can shoot at frame rates of 100 FPS and above in at least Full HD quality and up to 4K.
4K Sensor Crop
Finally, like with the EOS RP, the footage is severely cropped, so you’ll need to use far wider lenses than usual to obtain a given field of view. At 4K, you’ll see a horizontal crop (1.6x the sensor’s entire width), which is tighter than the normal 1.5x crop observed in Super 35mm. On the EOS R, there is a 1.76x crop. For 1080p video, a full-frame is accessible.
When employing a feature called Movie Digital IS, in-camera image stabilization will compensate for shaking even when using lenses without stabilization. It accomplishes this by magnifying your image (or, to put it another way, “trimming the edges”). In response to movement sensed by the sensor, the picture is electrically shifted and corrected. This type of shaking suppression is appropriate for inexperienced videographers. It’s like having Adobe’s Warp Stabilizer built right into your camera. When photographing pretty static things handheld and need a little additional help achieving stable results, this is a handy tool to have. Traditional stabilization is only available when used in conjunction with IS lenses. The majority of the lenses in the RF range that we expect to see in the future year will include image stabilization.
Video Snapshots and Other Fun Features
You may use Video Snapshots to have the EOS RP capture a series of very short films and then combine them to make a charming video snapshot reel, which is perfect for trips. If you’re working with a scene with a lot of contrast, HDR Movie mode might help you keep detail in the highlights and shadows. In a 4K time-lapse video, time-lapses may be stitched together automatically.
The EOS RP is a wonderful choice if you’re already using a crop sensor DSLR and want to switch to full-frame while still taking advantage of the perks of mirrorless. It’s perfect for photographers who want something small but wish to utilize high-speed, large-element RF mount lenses. It’s an excellent option for travelers and family/event videographers who want to get started with video without a steep learning curve. Although it is less expensive than the EOS R, the glass will still be an investment. The adapters work well with this new system if you already own Canon EF mount lenses. The EOS RP may be rented for about $67 per week before making a decision. Use one of the high-quality adapters to try it out with your current EF glass, which all enable direct mechanical and electrical connectivity between the camera and your lens:
- ND Filter Adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lenses to Canon EOS R Cameras (comes with a changeable neutral density filter, $30 for a week)
- Polarizing Filter Adapter for Canon EF/EF-S Lenses to Canon EOS R Cameras (comes with a detachable circular polarizing filter, $20 for a week)
- Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Canon EOS R Camera Control Ring Adapter ($15 for a week, including customizable settings control ring)
- Canon EOS R Camera Adapter for EF/EF-S Lenses (straight adapter, $12 for a week)
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