Oh boy, here we go again. In my review of the Canon EOS R, I mentioned that it is great for photography but not as much in video, and those statements ring truer when talking about the EOS RP, which carries the same flaws of the R and then some. So, where does the EOS RP sit in Canon’s lineup? Well, it’s supposed to act as the budget-friendly full frame camera - similar to its DSLR cousins, the 6D and 6D Mark II, both of which fell short in the video department as well. Some are even saying that the RP is using the same sensor from the 6D Mark II, however Canon had no official statement concerning this. But before we get into those, let’s get started with the review.
Even for mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS RP is considerably small and light, weighing a mere 485 grams - comparable to most APS-C mirrorless cameras instead of full frame. Most small mirrorless cameras suffer from mediocre grips, and the RP is no different. However, Canon released the EG-E1 Extension Grip for the RP - it’s neither a vertical grip nor a battery grip, it only extends the regular grip. Even though it doesn’t seem like a lot, but I think it would’ve helped in my case because my pinky finger would’ve sat comfortably on the extension grip. At its price point, it is surprising that the RP is actually weather sealed, so you’ll be able to shoot in rougher conditions.
The button layout for the RP is exactly the same as the EOS R with the exception of the Touch Bar which is absent in the EOS RP - which I’m personally not too broken up about because even with the R, I completely disabled it. Everything else still stayed as intuitive as before, and the Touch and Drag autofocusing feature, my favourite from the R, is still there.
For ports, the RP carries the same selection as the EOS R for a remote trigger, 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack, HDMI and USB-C. It also uses the same UHS-II memory card slot as the EOS R, albeit moved to where the battery is instead of on the grip. Canon also kept the vari-angle tiltable LCD screen so for those who want that feature, well the EOS RP has it too.
At launch, the EOS RP has all the same autofocusing modes as the R, and I’ve talked too much about Canon’s Dual-Pixel Autofocus system for me to do so again - Just know that it autofocuses exceptionally well, however not with the new Pupil Detection in continuous Servo Mode, a first for Canon cameras. This feature means that as long as you have your shutter button half-pressed in Servo Mode, the eye will always be in focus - in theory. From what we’ve tested, the Pupil Detection doesn’t work too well when your subject is not closer to the camera. This is a far cry from competitors with their more advanced Eye Detection AF. Let’s hope that the announced firmware update for the EOS R that brings the same feature performs better than this.
Expectedly, the Dual Pixel Autofocus system extends to video as well, and its performance was up to my expectations, which was that it did very well and had no problems with acquiring focus. However, when shooting in 4K, Dual Pixel autofocus is disabled, unlike the EOS R.
The photos and videos from the 26.2-megapixel sensor just fine, when we tested it out with the Canon RF 24-105mm f4 L IS USM lens. There was complaints about the EOS RP using the same sensor as the Canon 6D Mark II which was said to have terrible dynamic range at base ISO. Honestly, for the untrained eye or without pixel-peeping, you won’t notice the difference and images still come out clean at 3200 ISO, with noise starting to be visible 6400 ISO, which are definitely still usable.
Let’s start off with the recording resolution which the Canon EOS RP records up to 4K at 24p and 25p - no 30p, unfortunately. However, the main flaws of the 4K are the severe 1.75x crop and the lack of Dual Pixel autofocus. These two downsides alone makes it highly unappealing for people who focuses on video production because not only make it extremely hard to shoot wide, the autofocus will also be slower. Besides that, the 1080p recording goes up to 60p like the EOS R, but that resolution doesn’t come with 24p (the most common recording frame rate), which also means you can’t match frame rates between 4K and 1080p.
The RP does have a microphone and a headphone jack, which are invaluable to videographers for that better quality audio with an external mic and a chance to monitor that audio to make sure that everything is a-okay during shoots.
The EOS RP uses the LP-E17 battery and it is rated 250 shots on the CIPA rating compared to the 370 shots of the EOS R, which doesn’t seem like a lot but in real world applications, the battery life is more generous than the CIPA rating - particularly during video recording.
Overall, the criticisms that I have for the Canon EOS R, still applies to the RP - in some respects, it’s even worse, especially video. I wouldn’t recommend the the EOS R or RP for anyone serious in doing video. But If you’re looking for an affordable full frame camera for photos with a wide selection of lenses, then look no further than the EOS RP - great performance with adapted lenses, crisp image quality, and it won’t burn a hole in your wallet. I personally recommended getting the EOS RP with the adapter and the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM prime lens for those starting out and considering this camera.