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Canon RP Comparison Review

The Canon EOS RP is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was revealed to the public in February 2019 and is equipped with a full frame sensor. It offers a resolution of 26 megapixel.

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Is the Canon RP a good camera? The RP has a Camera Elo of 2748. This rating puts the RP among the top 40 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (full frame cameras), the RP also ranks among the top 40 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 3.5-star performance rating.

Headline Specifications
Canon RP
Mirrorless system camera
Canon RF mount lenses
26 MP, Full Frame Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 100 - 40 000 (50 - 102 400)
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen
5 shutter flaps per second
250 shots per battery charge
133 x 85 x 70 mm, 485 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The physical dimensions of the Canon RP relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Canon RP vs credit card front
RP versus credit card top view
RP and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Canon RP alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon RP 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i
2.
 
Canon 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
3.
 
Canon 250D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
4.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
5.
 
Canon R 139 mm 98 mm 84 mm 660 g 370 Y Sep 2018 2,299 i
6.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
7.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
8.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i
9.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
10.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
11.
 
Sony NEX-7 120 mm 67 mm 43 mm 400 g 430 n Aug 2011 1,349i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Canon RP was launched in the US market at a price of $1,299. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Canon RP features a full frame sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Canon RP among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality.

Canon RP sensor measures

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of alternative cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
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Canon RP Full Frame 26.0 6240 41604K/30p24.311.9297785
2.
 
Canon 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
3.
 
Canon 250D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
4.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
5.
 
Canon R Full Frame 30.1 6720 44804K/30p24.513.5274289
6.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
7.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
8.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
9.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
10.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
11.
 
Sony NEX-7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60i24.113.4101681

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The RP indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the RP can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the RP has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2360k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.70x. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Canon RP along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon RP2360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
2.
 
Canon 850Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
3.
 
Canon 250Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon R3690 Y3.2 / 2100 swivel Y 1/8000s 8.0 n n
6.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon 200Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon M52360 n3.2 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon 750Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Sony NEX-72359 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0 Y n

The LCD screen on the Canon EOS RP is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is hinged on the side and can be flipped out for odd-angle shots in both portrait and landscape orientation. Also, this fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment is often appreciated by videographers for its flexibility. Moreover, v-loggers like the design because the screen can be turned to be front-facing.

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Flexible screen on the RP

It is worthwhile pointing out that the RP has a touchscreen. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, when trying to adjust the focus point.

Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS RP and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon RPYstereo / monoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon 850DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon 250DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 2000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon RYstereo / monoYYmini3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
7.
 
Canon 200DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
8.
 
Canon M5Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
9.
 
Canon 750DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon 760DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
11.
 
Sony NEX-7Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0---

It is notable that the RP has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Expert reviews

While the specs-based evaluation of cameras is instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the RP handle or perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased. This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon RP4/5+4/5..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
2.
 
Canon 850D4/5+3/580/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
3.
 
Canon 250D..o4.5/579/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
4.
 
Canon 2000D..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
5.
 
Canon R4/5o4/579/1004.5/54/5 Sep 2018 2,299 i
6.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
7.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
8.
 
Canon M54/5+4/582/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i
9.
 
Canon 750D5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
10.
 
Canon 760D5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
11.
 
Sony NEX-75/5+ +..81/1004.5/55/5 Aug 2011 1,349i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

Canon RP FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the RP.

What technology is the imaging sensor in the RP based on?

The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Canon equipped the RP with the DIGIC 8 image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the RP?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 40000, which can be extended to ISO 50-102400.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the RP is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS RP?

Canon mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the RP. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the RP over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Canon EOS RP has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Does the Canon RP feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The RP's flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.

Does the Canon RP support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).

Which battery does the RP use?

The camera gets its power from the LP-E17 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Where can I find the best deals for the RP?

Grey imports from Asia, as found on eBay, are often very attractively priced. However, these cameras come without a warranty from Canon.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make your choice using the following search menu. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Canon RP
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon RF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2019
    Launch Price USD 1 299
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 35.9 x 24.0 mm
    Sensor Area 862 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 26 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6 240 x 4 160 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.76 μm
    Pixel Density 3.01 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 40 000 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 102 400 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 85
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 24.3
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.9
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 2977
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type LP-E17 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)250 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 133 x 85 x 70 mm
    (5.2 x 3.3 x 2.8 in)
    Camera Weight 485 g (17.1 oz)

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