The Canon EOS RP was announced in February 2019, a few months after Canon first announced their first full-frame mirrorless camera with the Canon EOS R in September 2018. Finally after close to six months from purchasing and using the Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera, I finally got the time to sit down and publish my Canon EOS RP review article.
I had a short period of time when I had both Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera (for review) and the arrival of the Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera (from Canon Singapore Online Shop purchase) side by side, that gave me some insights into how similar and different both Canon EOS R cameras are. The arrival of the Canon EOS RP brought upon a new change in my photography, on a more personal and fun basis, an inspiration came into me with the launch of a new TGH Photography x Canon EOS RP Explorer Series Production. Some of my Canon EOS RP exploration stories were exploring Jewel Changi Airport with Canon EOS RP, Changi Experience Studio @ Jewel Changi Airport, testing and reviewing the Canon RF35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM lens with the Canon EOS RP.
Thoughts and Views
My Canon EOS RP had been a fun and capable camera, on both leisure and commercial photography segments. There were adventures and explorations, along with completing commercial videography and photography assignments. Let me share my thoughts and views of the Canon EOS RP below:
- Lightweight, sturdy, comfortable to carry and having a good grip
- No top panel to view shooting information
- Battery is LP-E17, battery life is not as lasting
- There is no joy stick on the Canon EOS RP, just like the Canon EOS R, I would love to have the joy stick control on the Canon EOS R series camera bodies.
- Flip screen is really very useful for photography and videography works
- Buttons layout are similar to existing Canon camera models, Canon users would not have too much issues adapting
- The Canon EOS R has a cover when the lens is detached, protecting the sensor from dust entering it. However, the Canon EOS RP doesn’t have the cover
- Single card slot
- Digic 8 processor and 26.2MP sensor, accurate colours
- EVF can view in very dark conditions
- Eye Auto-Focus has improved significantly since testing it on the Canon EOS M5 (thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF)
- Focus tracking and auto-focusing on moving objects has improved since Canon started their mirrorless cameras, still not as fast as DSLR AF.
- No IBIS
- Wi-fi and bluetooth enabled
- Remote Shooting via Wi-Fi and Camera Connect App
- Touch shutter
- Drag and pull AF point on screen
- The Canon EOS RP is able to shoot in 4K, FHD and HD
- I found that the AF for the Canon EOS RP is slightly slower than the Canon EOS R when shooting videos
- It can record time lapse movies (which I haven’t got the chance to try this out yet)
- Movie Digital IS is good and useful when shooting handheld video
- A capable camera for shooting videos even though they have less options in options for movie recording size
The Canon EOS RP is similar to the Canon EOS R, therefore they would have similar review points across both review articles.
In a recent joint collaboration with Hpility SG, we were covering MPA Singapore Maritime Week 2019, shooting and producing videos for their social media platforms. My Canon EOS RP played a role in those videos, showcasing that it is more than capable of handling commercial videography works. Do check out some of the videos from SMW 2019 below!
Canon EOS R vs Canon EOS RP, which is more suitable for you?
I mentioned previously in my earlier articles and also in this article that the Canon EOS RP was not a review unit, it was a family shared camera that we purchased after some discussion. I had the opportunity to do a review of the Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera (after my family and myself made the decision to purchase the Canon EOS RP), I was impressed with its capabilities and how it handled personal and commercial photography works during the review period.
The Canon EOS R versus Canon EOS RP, which is more suitable for you? I would address them in more detail in my upcoming article (link would be updated when article is published), a comparison of Canon EOS R versus Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless cameras and which of the two Canon full-frame mirrorless cameras might suit you better.
Why did I choose the Canon EOS RP?
For this segment of my Canon EOS RP review article, I would share some of my insights, thoughts and views on why I chose the Canon EOS RP. I had been photographing for quite some time now, following and observing photography trends over the decades and still counting. If you had been reading and following my photography and cameras coverage, you would know that I have been on the lookout for a mirrorless camera.
The Canon EOS M6 and Canon EOS M50 (I reviewed both cameras) were close to fulfilling my requirements. The announcement of the Canon EOS R took it even closer, the arrival of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras into the Canon EOS World and photography industry. I published an article with my insights, thoughts and views on Canon’s mirrorless journey from Canon EOS M to Canon EOS R through my coverage and reviews that I did over the years.
The Canon EOS RP fits into my requirements for a low cost full-frame mirrorless camera, easy to use and still being able to be a backup camera for my commercial photography work. I still have my Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, my flagship camera, now reserved mainly for commercial shoots.
The Canon EOS RP is also ideal for fun, leisure, social media and v-logging, it has also inspired me to enter into videography and filmmaking with them. In my personal view, at this current stage in time, my current setup of Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and Canon EOS RP gives me the best of both worlds of photography and videography/filmmaking. While the Canon EOS RP is not in the league of the 1DX series with its faster auto focus and high frame rate per second (we shouldn’t be comparing them side by side as well), the Canon EOS RP can still get some high speed action job done with its 5fps with one shot AF!
I do not rule out adding another camera in between the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and Canon EOS RP, I would like to wait and see how the Canon EOS R family of cameras and RF lenses develop in the coming years before making any further decision.
TGH Photography x Canon EOS RP Explorer Series Production is going to continue bringing you more photography and filmmaking adventure stories, stay tuned and continue following me in my adventures!
Photos shot with the Canon EOS RP camera can be viewed here inside this Flickr photo album.
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