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Canon RP vs Leica TL2

The Canon EOS RP and the Leica TL2 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in February 2019 and July 2017. Both the Canon RP and the TL2 are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are based on a full frame (Canon RP) and an APS-C (TL2) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 26.2 megapixels, whereas the Leica provides 24.1 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon RP versus Leica TL2
Canon RP Leica TL2
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Canon RF mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
26.2 MP, Full Frame Sensor 24.1 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-40,000 (50 - 102,400) ISO 100-50,000
Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots) Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.7 LCD, 1230k dots
Swivel touchscreen Fixed touchscreen
5 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
250 shots per battery charge250 shots per battery charge
133 x 85 x 70 mm, 485 g 134 x 69 x 33 mm, 399 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS RP and the Leica TL2? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon RP and the Leica TL2. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The TL2 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the Canon RP is only available in black.

Size Canon RP vs Leica TL2
Compare Canon RP versus TL2 top
Comparison Canon RP or TL2 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Leica TL2 is notably smaller (18 percent) than the Canon RP. Moreover, the TL2 is markedly lighter (18 percent) than the Canon RP. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the Canon RP nor the TL2 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras 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.
 
Leica TL2 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 399 g 250 n Jul 2017 1,950 i
3.
 
Canon 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon 250D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
6.
 
Canon 4000D 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
8.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749i
9.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779i
10.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i
11.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
12.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
13.
 
Leica C-LUX 113 mm 67 mm 46 mm 340 g 370 n Jun 2018 1,049 i
14.
 
Leica CL 131 mm 78 mm 45 mm 403 g 220 n Nov 2017 2,795 i
15.
 
Leica TL 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Nov 2016 1,695i
16.
 
Leica T 134 mm 69 mm 33 mm 384 g 400 n Apr 2014 1,850i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The Canon RP was launched at a markedly lower price (by 33 percent) than the TL2, which puts it into a different market segment. 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.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon RP features a full frame sensor and the Leica TL2 an APS-C sensor. The sensor area in the TL2 is 57 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.0 and 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, both cameras are equipped with CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensors.

Canon RP and Leica TL2 sensor measures

With 26.2MP, the Canon RP offers a slightly higher resolution than the TL2 (24.1MP), but the Canon RP nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 5.74μm versus 3.92μm for the TL2) due to its larger sensor. Moreover, the Canon RP is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 7 months) than the TL2, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that the TL2 has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Canon RP has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS RP has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 40000, which can be extended to ISO 50-102400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Leica TL2 are ISO 100 to ISO 50000 (no boost).

Canon RP versus TL2 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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
1.
 
Canon RP Full Frame 26.2 6240 41604K/30p........
2.
 
Leica TL2 APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p........
3.
 
Canon 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
4.
 
Canon 250D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
5.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
6.
 
Canon 4000D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.469563
7.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
8.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
9.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
10.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
11.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
12.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
13.
 
Leica C-LUX 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
14.
 
Leica CL APS-C 24.1 6014 40144K/30p........
15.
 
Leica TL APS-C 16.1 4928 32641080/30p........
16.
 
Leica T APS-C 16.2 4944 32781080/30p23.012.7108275

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (4K/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the Canon RP has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), which can be very helpful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the TL2 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the TL2 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the Visoflex (Typ 020). The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon RP and Leica TL2 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(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 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
2.
 
Leica TL2optional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 7.0 n n
3.
 
Canon 850Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
4.
 
Canon 250Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon 4000Doptical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon 200Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 800Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon M6optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon M52360 n 3.2 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
13.
 
Leica C-LUX2330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
14.
 
Leica CL2360 Y 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/8000s 10.0 n n
15.
 
Leica TLoptional n 3.7 1230 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Leica Toptional n 3.7 1300 fixed Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
The Canon RP has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the TL2 does not have a selfie-screen.

The Canon RP has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the Canon RP and the TL2 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras support UHS-II cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 312 MB/s.

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Connectivity 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 Leica TL2 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
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon RPYstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Leica TL2Ystereomono--micro3.0Y--
3.
 
Canon 850DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 250DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon 2000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon 4000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon 200DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
8.
 
Canon 800DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
9.
 
Canon M6YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon M5YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
13.
 
Leica C-LUX-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
14.
 
Leica CLYstereomono----Y--
15.
 
Leica TLYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
16.
 
Leica TYstereomono---2.0Y--

It is notable that the Canon RP has a microphone port, which is missing on the TL2. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Both the Canon RP and the TL2 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The TL2 replaced the earlier Leica TL, while the Canon RP does not have a direct predecessor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Leica websites.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Canon RP or the Leica TL2 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Advantages of the Canon EOS RP:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better image quality: Features a larger and more technologically advanced imaging sensor.
  • Richer colors: The sensor size advantage translates into images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Larger sensor captures a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Larger sensor produces good images even in poorly lit environments.
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Better sound control: Has a headphone port that enables audio monitoring while recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (33 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 1 year and 7 months after the TL2).

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Reasons to prefer the Leica TL2:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.7" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1230k vs 1040k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7 vs 5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (134x69mm vs 133x85mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 86g or 18 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Faster data transfer: Supports a more advanced USB protocol (3.0 vs 2.0).
  • More prestigious: Has the Leica luxury appeal, which ensures a high resale value.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in July 2017).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the Canon RP is the clear winner of the match-up (15 : 9 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

Canon RP 15:09 TL2

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon RP and the Leica TL2 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the Canon RP and the TL2 in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon RP4/5+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
2.
 
Leica TL23.5/5....4/54/5 Jul 2017 1,950 i
3.
 
Canon 850D4/5+80/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon 250D..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon 2000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
6.
 
Canon 4000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
8.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..80/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749i
9.
 
Canon M6....80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779i
10.
 
Canon M54/5+82/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i
11.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
12.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
13.
 
Leica C-LUX......4.5/54/5 Jun 2018 1,049 i
14.
 
Leica CL........4/5 Nov 2017 2,795 i
15.
 
Leica TL........4/5 Nov 2016 1,695i
16.
 
Leica T3/5....4/54/5 Apr 2014 1,850i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon RP vs Leica TL2

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon RP Leica TL2
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon RF mount lenses Leica T mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2019 July 2017
    Launch Price USD 1,299 USD 1,950
    Sensor Specs Canon RP Leica TL2
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 35.9 x 24.0 mm 23.6 x 15.7 mm
    Sensor Area 861.6 mm2 370.52 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.2 mm 28.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 26.2 Megapixels 24.1 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6240 x 4160 pixels 6014 x 4014 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.74 μm 3.92 μm
    Pixel Density 3.01 MP/cm2 6.52 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 40,000 ISO 100 - 50,000 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 102,400 ISO no Enhancement
    Screen Specs Canon RP Leica TL2
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.7inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1230k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon RP Leica TL2
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-II UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs Canon RP Leica TL2
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 3.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Headphone Socket Headphone port no Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Canon RP Leica TL2
    Battery Type LP-E17 BP-DC13
    Battery Life (CIPA)250 shots per charge250 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 133 x 85 x 70 mm
    (5.2 x 3.3 x 2.8 in)
    134 x 69 x 33 mm
    (5.3 x 2.7 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 485 g (17.1 oz) 399 g (14.1 oz)

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