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Canon EOS RP and new RF Lenses – The Camera Crowd

Canon EOS RP and new RF Lenses

By February 14, 2019 No Comments

After the slightly underwhelming and very expensive EOS R, Canon’s first proper mirrorless camera, a second, more budget friendly option has just been announced, the Canon EOS RP – A entry-level full frame mirrorless camera.

The Specs

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor with Digic 8 processing
  • 3.0″ Vari-angle Screen
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Eye Detection AF
  • 4K up to 25fps (120Mbps max bitrate)
  • Full HD up to 60p (60Mbps max bitrate)
  • Wifi & Bluetooth
  • Single SD card located in th battery compartment

For Video

The EOS RP can record in 4K at 24/25 fps, but similarly to its bigger brother has a pretty hefty 1.6x crop factor. The specs lists Dual sensing IS up to 5 stops but this is most likely not in-body stabilisation as even the EOS R lacks this. It’s also missing Canon’s C-Log, so a manual flat picture profile or Technicolor cinestyle are your options for increased dynamic range.

All internal recording are 8bit 4:2:0 using MPEG-4 AVC or H.264 codecs and over HDMI the camera outputs 8bit 4:2:2. Bad news? If you want to record extnerally then the internal recording is disabled along with the LCD screen.

Your options for slow motion are fairly limited with no 120fps (even in 720p) and 60fps is only available in 1080p.

Extra video specs

  • The ISO limits are 25600 when shooting in 1080p and 12800 when shooting 4K UHD
  • When shooting in 4K there is only contrast AF, so no Phase detect or DPAF.
  • There is a headphone jack as well as a 3.5mm mic input
  • The EOS RP has a 29min 59s record limit
  • In somewhat of a strange move, the camera will not shoot in Full HD if you are using Canon EF-S lenses due to the crop factor on the lenses.
  • Magnified view is possible by approx. 5x or 10x for manual focusing (not possible during movie shooting)
  • Images can be displayed through the HDMI output and on screen at the same time

For Photos

The sensor in this camera is probably the same as in the 6D MkII with some tweaks, but Canon hasn’t said anything on this. The camera is limited to 5fps RAW shooting with single shot AF and this goes down to 3fps when continuous AF is enabled. There is Eye-AF available, but from what we have seen in test shoots, the usability is very limited (also disables when you move more than 5ft from your subject).

There is only one card slot, meaning this might not be the camera of choice for wedding or event shooters, but they clearly aren’t the main market for this camera. The battery is the smaller LP-E17 (the same as the M50 and 200D) which canon claims lasts for 200 shots, but from tests, we have seen it last for up to 500.


The EOS RP is expected to be available from the 27th of February and retail for $1,299 USD.

EOS RP Body only – $1,299 USD

EOS RP with 24-105 F4 Bundle – $2,199 USD

Currently, you will also receive a free Canon EF-EOS R Mount adaptor and EG-E1 Extension Grip ($79 USD RRP).

New RF lenses

Despite the ‘flop’ of the EOS R, Canon’s lens game has been very strong, especially with the 28-70mm f2 at release. Alongside the EOS RP announcement there have been 6 new lenses which are:

  • RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • RF24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

This means that canon have their holy trinity of L series tense son their new RF system with the 15-35, 24-70 and 70-200, all of which are f2.8 AND image stabilised which we have never seen before. This keeps getting better, as the 70-200 is the smallest of its kind by a long way, with it being almost half the length of its latest EF mount equivalent.

The 24-240mm would make a great kit lens for the EOS RP, especially with its target market due to its massive range and despite its slow variable aperture.

One lens of interest is the RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS which features “Defocus Smoothing” supposedly delivering a distinct soft bokeh rendering with smoother edges. Perhaps something similar to Sony’s 100mm F/2.8 GM STF lens. Unfortunately, none of the prime lenses offers IS.

All these should be being released in 2019 and prices are currently unknown.

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