Review of the New Canon EOS RP By Ravi Dhingra, Canon Photo-mentor

Category: Tips & Tricks | 01 May 2019

Canon EOS 5D Mark II was a game changer in the world of photography, with almost one third price of a full frame DSLR camera offered by other camera makers. This camera took the market by a storm. Many professional photographers switched to Canon and I was one of them. The cost of replacement of system with lenses was a cheaper option than buying a full frame camera of the existing system, especially when no compromise on quality and features was acceptable.

The latest offering from Canon – the new EOS RP is yet again an addition to the line of game changers. The EOS RP features a new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with approx. 26.2 megapixels and with a faster DIGIC 8 processor renders excellent image quality. The P in EOS RP stands for Populaire or Popular, which intends to become a full frame mirrorless camera for the masses, offered almost at the price of a high end crop sensor DSLR. The Full Frame sensor offer fine image quality, better low light performance and shallower Depth of Field as compared to crop sensor and is a minimum benchmark for professional photographers.

Handheld Convenience

Weighing only 485 grams, the camera is very compact and comfortable to hold. However for photographers who prefer a four finger grip, an extension grip can be attached (available separately). The grip is useful and functional when a big or heavy lens is mounted.

Simplicity is the key design feature of this camera. With very few buttons, mode dial on the top and lay out of other control dials makes the camera very minimalistic.

The vary angle LCD, similar to EOS R, makes it easy to shoot at difficult angles.

Unmatched Focusing

The EOS RP is equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) system with 88% x 100% coverage area (horizontal x vertical coverage area), with up to 4779 AF positions. The touch and drag option enables selecting a focus point of choice while shooting using the viewfinder. One feature which I found really handy is the “Spot Focus” option in AF. It really helps in precise focusing, especially while working with very small subjects.

Clear Images Right out of the Camera

For subjects like architecture, where getting the lines straight is crucial, DLO is a boon. It takes care of barrel distortion while using wide angle lens. DLO enables correction with respect to optical aberrations and any loss of resolution caused by the camera’s low pass filter. The Canon EOS RP is able to access the lens profile information directly from RF lenses and use it in-camera for real time optimization as soon as the photograph is taken. This not only provides ready-to-use images but also saves time while editing the photographs on computer.

Low Light Performance

In all the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) protected monuments in India, tripods are not allowed without prior permission because of which taking photographs inside becomes a difficult task. The only way to get sharp photographs is by increasing the ISO to achieve a safe shutter speed. This produces noise in the images shot. With a maximum ISO of 40,000, the camera performs very well as it produces very less visible noise in the photograph.

True to Life Color Reproduction

Canon cameras have been known for excellent reproduction of colours in the photographs and EOS RP is no exception. Brilliant vibrant colours of nature are captured with the finest detail.

Focus Bracketing

This feature undoubtedly is the highlight of the new EOS RP. While photographing subjects at extreme close ups, the Depth of Field (DOF) at lower aperture results in out of focus areas in the image. At the same time, shooting at extreme low aperture like f11 and below results in diffraction, which may increase DOF and makes the image look softer.

The extremely simple to use “Focus Bracketing” option, when enabled, takes multiple shots at various focus points automatically and the images can be stacked using editing software. Bid adieu to complicated traditional manual focus bracketing option, when similar result is possible by a simple touch of a button.

To conclude…

Canon EOS RP is an excellent buy for someone planning to buy a full frame sensor camera. It is priced very competitively. The pricing is almost in the range of a high-end crop sensor camera. The added advantage is that the EOS RP is compatible with all the existing EF and EFS lenses (when used with a RF mount adapter available separately). Though some of the features which are present in EOS R are absent, but considering the price, EOS RP provides value for money. Lightweight, easy to handle and use, the camera is handy for all genres of photography and suitable for different lighting conditions. The photographs in the article are taken with the camera hand held and in natural light coming through the window.


Ravi Dhingra

Ravi Dhingra is a Delhi based Lifestyle photographer specialising in Interiors, Food, People and Product photography. He has been associated with leading publications, advertisement agencies and corporate clients. His work has been widely published in various books, magazines, brochures and on Web. He is a Canon Photo Mentor and also a visiting faculty for photography at various leading Institutes.