Review of the Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera
The main features of the Canon EOS RP In 2018, a kind of revolution took place in the world of photographic equipment: all the leading manufacturers began to produce full-frame mirrorless cameras. Canon entered this race with its debut developments: a Canon EOS R camera, a new RF mount and a number of new lenses. And now, after a little more than six months, the second model of the new series – Canon EOS RP – enters the market. In fact, this is a very similar device with somewhat truncated functionality. To be honest, nothing has changed dramatically for a novice photographer: yes, the resolution of the sensor is lower, the speed of burst shooting is lower, the battery discharges faster, but, in fact, there are no “painful” moments for the user. At the same time, the camera has become significantly lighter (485 grams versus 660) and smaller in size, which can be a plus for fans of long walks with the camera. This is currently the smallest full-frame camera in the EOS line. For me, perhaps the really serious minus of RP compared to R is the lack of weather protection: the company itself recommends its new product for travelers, and in travel you may encounter any weather conditions. Let me remind you that Canon prepared thoroughly for the release of its new line, and along with the first cameras equipped with an RF mount, immediately released four lenses: Canon RF 24-105mm f / 4L (the camera was tested with it) IS USM, Canon RF 50mm f / 1.2L USM, Canon RF 28—70mm f / 2L USM, Canon RF 35mm f / 1.8 Macro IS STM. In 2019, it is expected to produce several more lenses with focal lengths of 15-35 mm, 24-70 mm, 70-200 mm, as well as two lenses with a focal length of 85 mm: one of them, with the DS marking, the company positions itself as very creative promising unusual blur effects in the bokeh zone. Thus, the new line of optics in the near future will be able to satisfy the needs of most amateur photographers. A big plus for those who already have a Canon camera and their favorite set of optics – the Canon EOS RP can easily be combined with EF and EF-S lenses using adapters. By the way, their company has released as many as four: the simplest of them comes with a camera, there is also the opportunity to purchase an adapter with its own control dial – this is Canon’s proprietary “chip” that allows you to set the adapter to a user-friendly setting: sensitivity, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation – and thus make the camera control more tactile. Adapters with integrated filters are also available: neutral density and polarizing. In my opinion, the idea is very interesting: you do not need to constantly rearrange the filter from one lens to another, buy filters of different diameters. Unfortunately, it has not yet been possible to test this innovation. So, let’s briefly go over the main distinguishing characteristics of the Canon EOS RP: the camera has an updated full-frame sensor with a resolution of 26.2 megapixels (for comparison, the EOS R has 31.1 megapixels); the camera uses the Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology – Canon’s proprietary development, which allows you to achieve a smooth focus effect as the subject moves towards the viewer while holding the object in the field of sharpness against a blurred background; The DIGIC 8 processor is responsible for the processing of information; the camera has a touch screen with a diagonal of 3 inches; an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 million points provides 100% frame coverage, has diopter correction from -4 to +1 and 5 levels of brightness adjustment; shooting speed – 5 frames per second; the maximum value of photosensitivity is 102400 ISO units.
Design and Ergonomics As already mentioned, the Canon EOS RP is Canon’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera. Its dimensions are 132.2 × 85 × 70 mm, weight without a memory card and battery is 440 grams. This is really impressive – we are not used to seeing full-frame cameras like this. Since I tested the RP complete with a fairly large and weighty Canon RF 24-105mm f / 4L lens, the feeling of unusual lightness quickly passed. The lens outweighs a little, but I can not say that it caused significant discomfort. The camera has a very comfortable grip under the right hand, making it comfortable to walk with it even without a neck strap. Canon EOS RP, in general, is not a design revelation, but it is made competently from the point of view of ergonomics: the controls are not too small and do not interfere with each other, there are no annoying imperfections like too tight control wheels or backlashes. An experienced user will surely be pleased with the possibilities of customization: Canon EOS RP has as many as 12 customizable controls, and they are configured separately for photo and video shooting modes. Thus, you can “fit” the camera for yourself and your shooting needs. Usually users of cameras of a more professional orientation have such privileges; RP, although it is aimed more at beginners, tries to take into account the interesting different types of users.