Compact Design, Heavyweight Specs: Canon Announces New Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
Combine the Canon 6D Mark II’s imaging power; the Canon M50’s usability and portability; and the Canon R Series’ groundbreaking optics and focusing, and you have the Canon EOS RP – Canon’s smallest and lightest full-frame digital interchangeable lens camera ever.
Full Frame Quality
Designed for advanced enthusiasts and budding professionals, the second in Canon's elite new R Series of mirrorless cameras ticks a lot of boxes on many photographers’ and videographers’ wish lists. Its 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor is optimised for low light, delivering superb clarity and detail at up to ISO 40,000 (expandable to ISO 102,400). Files can be output in the latest generation, 14-bit CR3 RAW format (alongside a compact RAW option saving around 40% on standard RAW file size) for high detail post-processing, or quickly edited in camera using assorted Creative Assist filters, effects and controls.
Easy Handling & Portability
Built around a magnesium alloy chassis and sealed against dust and moisture, the Canon EOS RP handles like an entry-level DSLR – that is to say, comfortably and intuitively. But (unlike most full frame cameras, DSLR or otherwise) it’s also amazingly small and lightweight – just 485g including battery and memory card. For those with larger hands and/or lenses, there’s an optional extender grip that offers enhanced comfort while still allowing access to the battery and card slot.
A 3-inch, 1MP vari-angle LCD touch screen allows for fast, intuitive shooting and playback (even in difficult lighting) as well as creative shooting angles and easy vlogging. For those used to a DSLR, the EOS RP’s responsive, high res OLED electronic viewfinder makes an easy and natural transition from optical viewfinding.
Canon’s Fastest & Most Advanced AF
With Canon’s fastest and most advanced AF system and up to 4,779 selectable AF point positions, the EOS RP can precisely lock focus in as quickly as 0.05 seconds and in lighting as dim as EV -5 (with selected lenses). Eye detection AF with continuous tracking is another very welcome inclusion that’ll make it easy to capture portraits with pro-level sharpness.
Together with the articulating touch screen, the EOS RP boasts impressive video features catering for the videographers of tomorrow. The EOS RP can capture videos in 4K or Full HD at a variety of frame rates and with high dynamic range. Thanks to an inbuilt interval timer, the camera can also create 4K time lapses. Users can extract 8.8MP stills from movies; capture, monitor and adjust audio via external microphone and headphone ports; and easily prep footage for editing with 4K HDMI 8-bit output and an easy-to-manage codec.
RF Lens Advancements & EF/EF-S Lens Adaptability
Like the EOS R, the EOS RP is designed for Canon’s super-fast new RF lenses, which feature brilliantly sharp optics, Dual Image Stabilisation for steady handheld shooting at slower shutter speeds, and a customisable control ring for tactile exposure adjustment.
Six more Canon RF lenses are due by the end of the year, which will take the total RF selection to a diverse 10. Currently in development are the:
Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, and
Canon RF24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM
If you already have EF or EF-S lenses, Canon offers a choice of three different EF-RF lens mount adapters providing full compatibility with the EOS RP or EOS R with no loss of lens speed or quality. (For more details on the various EF-RF adapters, please see Canon EOS R & RF Lenses Announcement and Overview.)
Is It for Me?
With its advanced yet easy-to-use features, the EOS RP paves an accessible route into Canon’s latest camera and lens technologies while providing seamless compatibility with EF and EF-S lenses.
The EOS RP’s blend of portability and performance makes it ideal for anyone looking to upgrade from a cropped to a full frame sensor, get full frame quality but travel light, switch from DSLR to mirrorless, or add a highly capable secondary body to an established Canon kit.