Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP

Canon EOS RP
Announced: 14 Feb 2019
Sensor Resolution: 26Mp
Sensor Type: Full frame CMOS
ISO: 100-40000
Weight: 485g
Physical Dimensions: 133 x 85 x 70 mm
Viewfinder: Electronic
Screen Type: 3" Fully articulated
Video Resolutions: 3840 x 2160
Overall Score
Image Quality
Speed Performance











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  • This camera autofocus is able to follow moving subjects
  • The LCD display is a convenient and almost indispensable feature
  • The microphone input can be very useful if you shoot videos
  • It has fast shutter speed, ideal for action photos
  • Precise and fast autofocus, ideal for action photos, it performs well even in low light conditions
  • The fully articulated display allows you to manage the framing even in hard conditions
  • Thanks to the wireless connection, Canon EOS RP allows immediate picture sharing


  • Warning - Canon EOS RP is not a tropicalized camera. If you use it in adverse conditions, you could ruin it.
  • Warning - Canon EOS RP battery has only 250.0 shoots autonomy. This might be a limiting factor if you think you'll have to do long photo sessions without having the chance to recharge it.

Canon EOS RP Review: budget, shooting quality, and portability

Equipped with a 26.2Mp full-frame sensor, the Canon EOS RP was launched in 2019 claiming to be “the cheapest full frame of all time”. Probably this proclamation was true for a few months, but it is equally undeniable that, more than two years after its launch, the Canon EOS RP continues to be highly sought-after by those on a (relatively) limited budget that are looking for a mirrorless which is an excellent compromise between portability, quality shots and indeed… street price.

Despite the obvious similarities with its older sibling of 2018, the EOS R, the Canon EOS RP has often been compared to the EOS 6D Mark II reflex model, from which it borrows a very similar CMOS sensor (6240x4160 pixels).

From a market placement point of view, on the other hand, the Canon EOS RP is an entry-level that represents the second generation of Canon mirrorless cameras. Not only they are much lighter than SLRs - as were the first models of the EOS M line - but also attentive to the qualitative aspects deriving from the full-frame format. And it is by pursuing this policy that a model like the Canon EOS RP has managed to attract a segment of the public with these strengths: a full-frame format with the same price as the top of the range with APS-C or Micro 4/3 sensors.

Construction and ergonomics of the Canon EOS RP

Smaller, lighter, and more manageable than the EOS R model, the Canon EOS RP has the right weight and dimensions: it does not tire the arm, but it does not even give the unpleasant impression of having a technological toy in your hands. With its 485 grams of weight (battery included) and measures of 132.5x85.0x70.0mm, the Canon EOS RP also has a pronounced grip in rubbery material and the rest of the camera body (tropicalized) is solidly produced with polycarbonate resin and glass fiber, with a magnesium and aluminum alloy frame.

Aesthetically speaking, the camera body is characterized by a matte texture, which makes this Canon EOS RP very elegant, although it’s more exposed to possible scratches. The ergonomic aspects, primarily the layout of the physical controls, have been improved compared to the more chaotic EOS R.

The front view of the Canon EOS RP highlights a very inclined shutter button compared to the top plate, almost in the front position, the release of the optics, the focus light, the in-body microphone for recordings. Seen from above, the Canon EOS RP shows, from the handle side, the shutter button, the M-Fn multifunction - ISO, AF, white balance - the video rec button, and the two command dials. Under the initials EOS RP, the program ring is found. To the left of the flash attachment, the power ring and... nothing else.

On the opposite side of the grip, you find these connectors: microphone, headphones, external remote control, HDMI type C (mini), USB Type-C (which can also be used for charging). The SD card slot is located on the bottom plate of the Canon EOS RP.

On the back, the pad plays a central role, both for shooting (AF point selection), settings, and for its playback. The display is a 3” articulated 1.04 million dot touchscreen, that can be closed to prevent scratches. This is a panel that offers good performance, even though slightly inferior to the Canon EOS R's display, while the EVF is a decent 2.36 million dot OLED, equipped with a sensor that recognizes the eye as it gets closer to it, for the switch with the display. The 0.70x magnification does not represent excellence but it’s enough for a good view of the shots.

La Canon EOS RP at a glance

  • Sensor: 26.2Mp CMOS (35.9x24mm) (3:2 aspect ratio)
  • Processor: DIGIC8
  • Viewfinder: 0.39" color OLED EVF, 2.36 million dots, 100% coverage, 0.70x magnification
  • Display: 3” LCD, 1.04 Million dots, 100% coverage, can be rotated 170° vertically and horizontally.
  • AutoFocus system: phase difference detection (4779 AF areas)
  • ISO range: 50-102400
  • Continuous shooting: 4Fps with AF active, 5Fps (without AF)
  • Video mode: 4K (16:9) 3840x2160 (25, 23.98 fps); Full HD (16:9) 1920x1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps)
  • Interfaces: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mini HDMI (Type C), external microphone input, headphone jack, remote control terminal.
  • Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-II)
  • Battery: LP-E17 rechargeable lithium-ion (about 250 shots)

AF system of the Canon EOS RP

The Canon EOS RP proposes the much known Dual Pixel AF system, together with the renewed Digic 8 processor. The tracking of this Canon EOS RP is therefore reliable, especially in regards to face and eye recognition, quite precise but not lightning-fast. Unless set otherwise, the Canon EOS RP uses the “servo” mode, an autopilot in continuous AF to detect subjects and their movements, but if we scan the AF menu, you can change priorities, customizing the focus. Quick settings are controlled from the “Q” menu, while the display management is very fluid and reactive.

The problem of the Canon EOS RP is the slowness of its sensor in AF reading (1/8 of a second) which can cause on some occasions (not so frequent, fortunately) the notorious rolling shutter effect and some banding problems - the “banded” shades of color - in scenes with artificial lighting.

Canon EOS RP: ISO, photo, and video quality

The Canon EOS RP has a qualitative rendering similar to that of the Canon 6D Mark II but, with a more recent processor, it offers better results in Jpegs, while with RAW files, things do not change: the colors of the Canon EOS RP are very natural, with an Auto mode excellent for natural lights, while for artificial ones, it is better to use the Ambience AWB Priority function, to make the nuances of the skin more believable.

Digital noise does not cause problems up to ISO 3200, it is tolerable at ISO 6400 and is invasive starting from 12800. To limit digital noise, the Canon EOS RP offers a function on three levels, in which the halfway one represents the default.

If the photographic quality of the Canon EOS RP turns out to be close to excellence, the same cannot be said of the video footage, despite reaching the UltraHD standards. Yes, because with the 4K of the EOS RP the problem is the image crop, and by cropping we do not mean only a loss of wide-angle vision, but also of details... since with the cropping the sensor is not used in its entirety. Also, in 4K the AutoFocus Dual Pixel system is missing, with a setback to contrast detection only.

Fortunately, by recording in FullHD things improve, with the possibility of shooting videos at 1080 up to 60p and with the option "HDR" video up to 30p. And let's not forget the presence in this Canon EOS RP of the microphone and headphone jacks: if the recordings are just enough, at least their sound can be of high quality.

Canon EOS RP vs. Canon EOS R

Launched three years ago, the Canon EOS R still has a significantly higher price than the Canon EOS RP. Is this a justified difference, Since the two models have similar characteristics? Maybe this gap is not really there, especially because the sensor of the EOS R is a 30Mp, against the 26 of the Canon EOS RP and we certainly cannot speak of a huge difference.

In addition to this, the Canon EOS RP and its older sibling have the same ISO range, they both have DIGIC 8 processors, microphones, and headphone jacks. They have the same lens adapter, but both lack a built-in flash.

The Canon EOS R, however, has something more: a superior electronic viewfinder, an LCD panel with a better resolution, a burst of 8Fps (and not 4/5Fps), an autonomy of almost 400 shots (the EOS RP attests to around 250) an AutoFocus with 5655 points. Slightly inferior on a technical level, the Canon EOS RP is instead more manageable, has a better ergonomic organization, but above all it is much lighter, with its 485 grams (against 660 of the EOS R). Quality shots and good portability: the Canon EOS RP is the ideal full-frame mirrorless for travel.

Canon EOS RP and its rivals

Review compare Canon EOS RP with overall score Portrait
Canon EOS RP Canon
65 64 63 61 64 65 buy on
Nikon Z7 Mark II Nikon
Z7 Mark II
70 69 68 68 70 71 buy on
Canon EOS R6 Canon
70 65 65 70 69 71 buy on
Canon EOS R8 Canon
68 65 65 64 68 70 buy on
Fujifilm X-Pro3 Fujifilm
65 53 50 62 77 78 buy on
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Olympus
OM-D E-M1 Mark III
64 47 45 70 71 74 buy on
Panasonic Lumix DC-GH6 Panasonic
Lumix DC-GH6
62 47 46 70 64 67 buy on

Canon EOS RP: concluding remarks and technical specifications

The Canon EOS RP is a mirrorless camera launched on 02/14/2019.

Technically speaking, the Canon EOS RP ranks in the best 25% of its category (and in the best 94 of all cameras in our database) scoring 65 overall. The Canon EOS RP weights 485 gr and spans 133 x 85 x 70 mm. This means that it is particularly light and small, indeed one of the most handy options within its category.

Going into details, the Canon EOS RP behaves better than average in its category for:

  • Image Quality - Score 66, ranks in the category best 12%.
  • Speed Performance - Score 55, ranks in the category best 33%.
  • Versatility - Score 75, ranks in the category best 36%.

On the contrary, the performance of Canon EOS RP is below the category average in:

  • Comfort - Score 62, ranks among the worst 21% of its category.

However, the technical performance of your camera should be put in context. Indeed, depending on the type of photography you are interested in, each individual camera feature can impact your pictures to a different extent. This is the reason why we developed the iCamRank. iCamRank has been designed to weight all the individual technical specifications of each camera in the camerarace database, depending on different shooting conditions. Thus, here is what we suggest, depending on the photography type you like most:

  • Portrait - Great, score 64, ranks in the best 19% of its category. Canon EOS RP is perfect for Portrait photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Landscape - Great, score 63, ranks in the best 22% of its category. Canon EOS RP is perfect for Landscape photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Sport - Good, score 61, ranks in the best 27% of its category. Canon EOS RP works well for Sport photography, however even better options are available, which you may want to take into account.
  • Street - Good, score 64, ranks in the best 34% of its category. Canon EOS RP works well for Street photography, however even better options are available, which you may want to take into account.
  • Everyday - Good, score 65, ranks in the best 39% of its category. Canon EOS RP works well for daily photography, however other options are available too, which you may want to take into account.

Last but not least, the price. You can find the Canon EOS RP sold on Amazon for a price comprised between 884.99 USD and 1349.95 USD, which is in the average for this camera category.

Overall, Canon EOS RP is a great value for money. If this is the kind of camera you are looking for, you should definitely consider buying it.

Canon EOS RP technical specs

Sensor Type

Sensor Type


Sensor Size

Full frame

Sensor Dimensions

35.9 x 24.0 mm

Sensor Area

861.6 mm2

Sensor Resolution

26 Mp

Max Image Resolution

6240 x 4160

Max Native ISO


Min Native ISO


RAW Support



Manual Focus


Lens Mount

Canon RF

Number of Lenses


Focal Length Multiplier


Screen Type

Screen Type

Fully articulated

Screen Size


Screen Resolution


Live View


Touch Screen





Viewfinder Resolution


Viewfinder Coverage


Viewfinder Magnification



Min Shutter Speed


Max Shutter Speed


Continuous Shooting


Shutter Priority


Aperture Priority


Manual Exposure Mode


Exposure Compensation


Custom White Balance


Image Stabilization


Built-in Flash


Flash Range


Max Flash Sync


Flash Modes

no built-in flash

External Flash


AE Bracketing


WB Bracketing


Dxo Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score

DxO Color Depth

DxO Dynamic Range

DxO Low Light ISO

Exposure Modes











Center Weighted



AF Touch


AF Continuous


AF Single


AF Tracking


AF Selective


AF Center


AF MultiArea


AF Live View


AF Face Detection


AF Contrast Detection


AF Phase Detection


Number of Focus Points


Number of Cross Focus Points


Video Features

Video Resolutions

3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps MOV H.264 Linear PCM

Max Video Resolution


Video Formats

MPEG-4 H.264

Microphone Port


Headphone Port



Wireless Connectivity







Environmental Sealing


Water Proof


Dust Proof


Shock Proof


Crush Proof


Freeze Proof




Physical Dimensions

133 x 85 x 70 mm

Battery Life


Battery Type

Battery Pack

Battery Model

Other Features

Self Timer

Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)

Timelapse Recording




Storage Type

SD SDHC SDXC card (UHS-II supported)

Storage Slots


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