Las Vegas, NV—Responding to amateur and advanced amateur photographers looking for an entry-level, full-frame mirrorless camera, Canon USA introduced the second camera in its EOS R lineup—the Canon EOS RP. The new camera is targeted at photographers looking to step up from Canon’s APS-C cameras—the EOS Rebel, EOS M and EOS 80D—into the world of full-frame mirrorless photography.
Like the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera, the RP is built around a 54mm mount diameter and short-back focus. This allows for the use of one of three optional EOS-R mount adapters for compatibility with all existing EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses. Moreover, through the use of the optional drop-in filter mount adapter or control ring mount adapter, these lenses gain functionality.
In addition, weighing 17.29 ounces and measuring 5.0×3.77×2.36 inches, the EOS RP is lighter than a 500ml bottle of water. Moreover, it is smaller than Canon’s EOS Rebel T7i compact DSLR.
“As Canon continues to evolve its full-frame mirrorless cameras, our goal is that one day the EOS R line becomes as widely popular as our celebrated lineup of EOS DSLR cameras,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon USA, Inc. “As a company, we believe that in order for us to accomplish that goal, Canon needs to develop full-frame mirrorless cameras for every skill level of photographers. And that starts with amateurs and advanced amateurs. This makes the EOS RP the perfect addition to the existing lineup.”
Canon EOS RP Key Specs
The EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera employs a 26.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. The company’s latest Digic 8 image processor powers the sensor. In addition, it incorporates Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology. The RP has 4,779 manually selectable AF points and a wide AF coverage area of 88% horizontal and 100% vertical. Furthermore, when using f/1.2 lenses, the camera boasts AF sensitivity in low light and in as little exposure value as -5 EV. In addition, when using the RF 24–105mm f/4 L IS USM lens, the camera focuses in 0.05 sec with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.
Furthermore, with eye detection AF, the camera automatically detects faces and focuses on the subject’s eyes. This feature is available in servo AF mode during continuous shooting and movie servo AF, as well as one-shot AF.
In addition to high-res still image capture, the camera records 4K UHD 24p and Full HD 60p video. It also offers 4K time-lapse shooting and the ability to extract still images from 4K video recordings.
For photographers looking to expand their abilities in still and video capture, the EOS RP features visual guide mode. This mode allows users to see on screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings alters the image they are about to capture. It also helps guide photographers to capture more compelling images, such as ones with a shallow depth of field. Or being able to give moving subjects a frozen or flowing look.
In addition, creative assist mode allows photographers to use new visual effects and adjustments when shooting. They include brightness, contrast, saturation, color tone, monochrome and background blur.
Other EOS RP features include: a 0.39-inch, 2.36M-dot electronic viewfinder with touch-and-drag AF; a vari-angle LCD touch screen; an ISO range of 100–25,600 that is expandable up to ISO 102,400; built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. When the camera is paired with the Digital Photo Professional Express app, it also supports a mobile RAW workflow.
The Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera will reach retail in March. It will have a price of $1,299 for the body only. Sold as a body-and-lens kit with the RF 24–105mm f/4 L IS USM lens, it will sell for $2,399.