Canon EOS RP has just debuted. We had the opportunity to spend some time with the camera. As a result, we have sample photos and several applications for the new model. Is it worth buying Canon EOS RP?
Canon EOS RP is a new full-frame bezlusterkowiec. What distinguishes it from the rest of the models of a similar class is price. The camera at the entrance will cost less than PLN 6600 in a set with an adapter for EF lenses. This makes him one of the cheapest mirrorless on the market. The Sony A7 II, for example, has a better price, but it's a camera that's been in the market for a few years now.
Canon EOS RP – working with the camera
The grip of the camera has undoubtedly been designed so that it is used very comfortably. The camera is probably in the hand, and at the same time is not pregnant, because it weighs less than Canon EOS R. It is also physically smaller. It can be concluded that, as a full frame, the camera has quite compact dimensions, although of course it is far from the dimensions of the Sony A7 models of the first generation – the latter, however, were not the most convenient in everyday use.In a small size, however, there is a whole lot of buttons that can be found on the casing. There are a lot of them, and what is important, there is also a mode dial, which is not in the more expensive model. However, there is no upper black-and-white screen , without which we will have no problem. We will not find a touchpad for focusing (which does not work best in the RP) or any joystick for focusing. There is also no knob dedicated to setting exposure compensation, but one of the knobs is assigned to this function by default. In addition, we can quickly set it by touching in the right place on the screen. The advantage of the camera is the shortened menu that we have access to by touching the screen in the right place. It's a very convenient and quick solution. Among other things, thanks to the touch-sensitive menu, the camera can be operated really quickly and conveniently. Shooting takes place very quickly – of course, if we mean focusing and taking single pictures. Autofocus, though inferior to the more expensive version, will work great. Blades quickly and accurately, and has a focusing function on the eye, which is Eye AF, which works without much accusation. Sharpening works great in both single and continuous modes. Writing large RAW images does not take much time, and the menu runs smoothly. The speed of the serial mode is slightly worse, which is just 4 fps with full AF support. This result is significantly below the market average, but many professional SLRs offer similar results, which are not much cheaper at all. Certainly we will not use this camera for photographing the sport, but nobody expects it. The problem is the rather loud shutter – it is too audible. In turn, the operation of the quiet shutter is very limited.
A noticeable difference with the new model is the battery, whose capacity is unfortunately very limited and the energy runs out very quickly. This is certainly one of the most noticeable problems of the model. Already in EOS R the battery was a weak point, unfortunately it is even worse here. Due to the smaller size, the memory card slot is located next to the battery, not on the side. There was also a microphone and headphone input. The camera also has a very useful touch screen that can be tilted to the side. The disadvantage of this solution is that the total deviation of the screen makes it difficult to connect the microphone and headphones. The upside is that the screen deflects 180 degrees , which will certainly appeal to vloggers or just people who want to take a selfie.If we mention filming, it must be clearly stated: the camera's capabilities in this matter are unfortunately very limited. If you have enough Full HD mode in 60 frames per second – you will be satisfied. More demanding people should look for something else. This camera offers 4K mode, but with 25 fps and large crop – 1.7x . It also does not have any film profiles. However, the most incomprehensible for me is the lack of semi-automatic modes, i.e. the possibility of filming with the priority of aperture, snapshots, etc. It is now an obvious function even in cheap cameras. It is also owned by EOS R. In contrast, the new model was deprived by the manufacturer. We get only the Auto mode, full manual or – here new – HDR mode , in which the materials will be saved with slightly higher tonal dynamics. The film possibilities of the camera are enough for vloggers, but people looking for a professional film camera should look towards the competition.
Will Canon EOS RP be a hit?
The most important point is undoubtedly how the camera performs in terms of the quality of photos. Well, very decently. High-quality autofocus ensures that the vast majority of shots will be properly sharpened. You can not have a complaint about their detail and tonal dynamics – you can see at first glance that it is full frame. The photos look really good. Of course, 26 Mpix is not enough for some people , because we do not crop a lot with such a resolution, but apart from these photos you can not fault much.The colors that look great in Canon just do not matter. This is especially true for skin-tones, and Canon's cameras are probably the best to reproduce the colors of human skin. White balance is also doing very well , and if it has problems through lighting, you can always use the white-priority mode in which the effects will certainly be good. In the review of Canon EOS R I mentioned that the camera is good, but at its price does not beat the competition. EOS RP, in turn, is not much worse than Canon. It has a slightly slower autofocus, a bit worse screen and viewfinder, no upper screen and few buttons. It has a poorer movie mode and a weaker battery. Finally, it does not fall out any worse – it makes good quality photos, has a great autofocus, is light and last but not least – cheap. The EOS R problem is price, which in turn is an advantage of EOS RP. 6600 PLN for a body with an adapter is a really great price. In this respect, the Canon can only fight at most Sony A7 II , which is a few years old equipment with slightly weaker autofocus and a few other defects. That's why Canon EOS RP has a really big chance of success because it's a good camera at a good price. The new model will go on sale later this month – it will be available from February 27, so in two weeks.
Canon EOS RP – example photos
Photos in full resolution can be found in the gallery .