Canon Adds Entry-Level EOS RP to Full-Frame Mirrorless System

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Full-frame doesn't have to weigh you down—at least not when you have the Canon EOS RP. This entry-level camera joins the quickly expanding RF mirrorless system and becomes Canon's smallest and lightest full-frame EOS yet. Ideally suited for travelers or those in need of a highly capable everyday camera, the RP brings outstanding image quality with its 26.2MP CMOS sensor, excellent video skills with UHD 4K recording, and a well-designed body that make using the RP intuitive and comfortable.

Using the DIGIC 8 image processor, the EOS RP can leverage the best possible image quality from the 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor. It also speeds up autofocus—which is Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF tech—and improves low-light performance with a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 40000. Another function that is enabled is UHD 4K video at 24 fps. Shooters will even be able to perform raw development in camera to get photos quickly ready to share.

Key to the RP's design is its physical construction. It is the smallest and lightest full-frame EOS camera Canon has ever released and weighs slightly more than a pound. It still offers a 3.0" vari-angle touchscreen for intuitive control and bright viewing, as well as a 2.36m-dot EVF for eye-level composition. Users can add the EG-E1 Extension Grip for a bit more to hold onto, if that is preferred. Additionally, the RP has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for implementing a completely mobile workflow.

You can find the EOS RP as a body only, as a kit with the RF 24-105mm f/4 lens, or as a kit with the EF-EOS R Mount Adapter and the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

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How old is this design ? Someone help me out with this entry level camera because I am very confused.  I thought this could be a fun gift for someone starting out.  No 100mbit or higher rate video, no 120fps HD/4K video, no 240fps HD video, only shoots 1/4000 of a second stills?  Everyone wants basic slow-mo and fast shutter to avoid old school filter dilemmas for mounting fast lenses.  Anybody starting out can now buy a cheap f2 or faster lens but this camera can't use it without a filter, they probably won't understand, in good light?? Is 1/4000 a typo?  Is the price a typo?  Maybe $600??  Is this a 2013 Model Chip/Camera? I'm confused how this can compete, other than it allows for Canon glass. Maybe Canon should have released this on April 1, as april fools joke, then released the a real entry level solution the next day.

The only reason I am posting this is that maybe if everyone posted these questions somehow the message would eventually get to Canon. I'm starting to wonder if Canon is listening to the consumer market or just going with what a logo sells regardless of performance.  Sad days to see a dinosaur features like this be released from such an outstanding company.  This would have been a great camera, in 2013.

I would be very surprised if the RP would generate a significant success for Canon. Looking at the design and the specs I don’t know anyone I would recommend this camera to : absolute worst placement of an On-Off switch since the Minolta 7D (cannot switch on, point and shoot one-handed like almost every other camera today – if you prefer to use a camera with a wrist-strap like myself then you will hate the RP’s On-Off switch placement from day one forward). The position of the front-wheel on top of the camera also seems a questionable design choice – I’m quite sure my pointing fingers non-curvature is not a good match for this design. Its technical features are sub-standard or outdated in each and every single category but the sensor size. 4k video at 24FPS and as far as I see with the 1.6 crop only – seriously ? If I want APS-C then I buy APS-C and those do much better, usually 60FPS at a similar price tag. Shutter speed of 1/4000 only - the specs do not seem to mention electronic shutter for the RP ? I was so happy that I no longer needed to fiddle with ND filters using highspeed glass in sunlit situations thanks to even the cheapest Fuji’s offering the 1/32000 electronic shutter option. 4-5 FPS ? That used to be nice. A decade ago. 26 MP ? Standard in APS-C for years too, the fullframe might give you some noise benefit (maybe allows to double the ISO but no more). Shallow DOF ? The primary benefit of Fullframe in my view but newer, sharp-to-the-corners fullframe glass from Canon was and is very very expensive. First buyers always buy into a system – the currently available R-Lenses are top-notch but super-heavy and super-expensive – nothing that matches the usual enthusiast’s budget or the hikers preference for low weight. Also, attaching the RP to excellent R-glass seems like attaching poor speakers to a High-End Stereo. If you think about using older manual glass then the Speedboosters and alike compress the same fullframe DOF behavior onto a smaller APS-C sensor.

If I was to recommend a camera-system for someone that wants to go mirrorless I would recommend APS-C from Fujifilm or Sony but for sure not this half-baked RP-Fullframe when a similarly priced APS-C delivers a magnitude better performance in all the relevant areas but the sensor size. Canon did an excellent job to deliver a Fullframe package for this price tag – but the outcome is so incomplete that in my view the average amateur should better avoid the R-System completely and should look into well-balanced and payable APS-C options where quality glass is more affordable and much more fun to carry around too – thanks to it’s lower weight. My personal « low weight favorite kit » currently is a Fujifilm X-T20 plus manual focused Samyang 12/2.0 and a manual Kamlan 50/1.1 – a 3-item combination at the price of an RP body alone but at a total carrying weight of just 900g (and don’t bother carrying a cheap kit-lens of 16-50mm or alike as your mobile phone covers that range quite nicely already). Of course, a professional photographer or addicted amateur might have a totally different view and requirement but those might skip the RP anyways as money and weight might not matter.

The RP sure is attractive in terms of price.  Somewhat disappointing that the video record time is limited to 29:59.  Having shot video with Lumix cameras for the past couple of years, I'd find it hard to go back to a time limited video mode.  

That kind of limitation can be seen in other brands too and seems to be linked to overheating of these "high-end-high-resolution" sensors at these high read-out rates. e.g. Fujifilm states "approx." values in the 10-30 mins. range for its X-T2 depending on recorded resolution and framerate, 30 mins in the X-T3 regardless of resolution and some Sonys were known to give up recording when they got to hot... similar specs and experiences are out there for Canon Cameras. Definitely something to carefully investigate in case this is a critical feature. Not to speak the battery drain which might create another natural limit...

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