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Canon delivers a budget-friendly mirrorless camera with the EOS RP

Create: 02/26/2019 - 19:54
Canon EOS RP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Uses 26.2-MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Body weighs just one pound
  • Includes the Canon Virtual Guide to assist new photographers

Just five months after jumping into the full-frame mirrorless segment with one of the most expensive cameras, the Canon EOS RP represents the other end – the entry-level or budget-minded photographer.

The EOS RP is smaller and lighter than the R, as you would expect of an entry-level model, and coming in US$1,000 less expensive. It will be easier on your shoulder and your bank account.

The EOS RP uses a 26.2-MP CMOS sensor with a sensitivity of ISO 100-25,600, which is extendable to 102,400. Images are handled by Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor.

The camera’s autofocus system is the Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus with 4,779 manually selectable focus points.

Obviously, the camera uses the EOS RF lens mount, which gives it access to the small number of available lenses in that mount. With the proper adapter, it also can take advantage of the vast catalog of EOS and EOS-S lenses, as well as such certain specialized optics as tilt-shift and macro. It appears that there are no plans to provide adapters for the EOS-M lenses.

The EOS RP lacks in-camera stabilization.

FOR THE NOVICE PHOTOGRAPHER

The EOS RP uses Canon’s Virtual Guide, which it introduced with its EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D. This in-camera tool allows the photographer to preview the various modes. It should be a good way to teach the novice how to improve their photography.

There are both electronic viewfinders and a 3.0-inch touch-enabled LCD monitor that swings outward from the body and rotates.

There is a manual shutter with speeds running from 1/4,000 to 30 seconds plus B. There is no electronic shutter, although there is a “Silent Mode,” which isn’t fully explained. The camera doesn’t have an electronic shutter, so in “Silent Mode,” the camera must do something else to stifle the sound of the shutter curtain being released.

The EOS RP can shoot as quickly as five frames per second. Still images and videos are recorded to a single full-size SD card. When using a UHS-II memory card, Canon recommends that a full-size card be used rather than a microSD card fitted slotted into an adapter.

VIDEO AND BATTERY INFORMATION

The EOS RP can shoot 4K video, as well as Full HD and HD. No single clip can be longer than 29 minutes, 59 seconds.

The camera uses a single LP-E17 lithium-ion battery that can be charged in the camera via a USB Type C cable. The camera can shoot about 250 photos before it’s exhausted. There is no option for an accessory battery grip. Instead, Canon is offering a grip that attaches to the bottom of the camera. Its sole purpose is to provide the photographer with a better grip on the camera by making it slightly taller. Canon is calling this an “Extension Grip,” and it doesn’t have the ability to provide extra battery power for the EOS RP.

The camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Using Canon’s Camera Connect app, you can do everything from transfer images to a mobile device to posting photos to social media to remotely controlling the camera.

The EOS RP body is 5.2 x 3.4 x 2.8 inches (132.5 x 85.0 x 70.0mm) and weighs slightly more than 16 ounces at 1.07 pounds (485 grams) with its battery installed.

The Canon EOS RP is expected to be available in March 2019 for US$1,299.00 for the body only and US$2,399 when sold with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.