Most of you likely know that the image sensors of the EOS R and EOS RP are derived form the image sensors found in the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II, respectively. This reflects in the sensor performance, and is clearly visible in the image below where 4 stops of exposure recovery have been applied.
The EOS RP holds up better to the EOS R when it comes to high ISO performance.
If you’re interested in 4K video have a look at the video below to learn more about how both cameras perform.
Mirrorless Comparison sums up:
Strengths of the Canon EOS R:
more dynamic range
better ergonomics thanks to the larger grip
a bit more advanced in terms of ease of use (top LCD panel, memory card access, bigger battery)
larger and more detailed viewfinder which helps with manual focus
faster AF with 4K video
more settings for video including C-Log
Strengths of the Canon EOS RP:
more compact yet almost as easy to use
as of now, it has some extra features the EOS R doesn’t have (intervalometer, focus bracketing, eye detection in Servo AF)
4K crop is severe on both models
not the best options for action due to viewfinder lag and slow burst shooting in C-AF
Canon is building a very interesting lens selection for the RF mount, but many of them are large and will suit the EOS R ergonomics better
Choose the Canon EOS R if:
you prefer a larger and more robust body
you want extra options for video
you find it at a good price
Choose the Canon EOS RP if:
you want an affordable full-frame camera
Mirrorless Comparison’s review examines every feature in both cameras and compares them. If you are on the fence and don’t know which camera is best for you, be sure to have a look at the review.
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Here are first hands-on videos and previews. Imaging Resource has a neat first impression review for this who prefer to read. Enjoy.
DPReview completed their full Canon EOS RP review. They gave the Canon EOS RP an 83% score and a silver award.
Funny fact: DPReview learned they had “to create a new scoring category [since] this is the first camera to really fall into the ‘Entry-level Full Frame Camera’ space”. Well, a “kudos Canon” wouldn’t have been displaced.
From their conclusion:
The biggest trade-off comes from the 26.2MP full-frame sensor. Sure, with the right lenses, that large sensor gets you access to shallower depth-of-field (blurrier backgrounds) than cameras with smaller sensors. But when shooting in Raw, the RP’s images are also noisier than most current full-frame cameras, and similarly noisy to some APS-C cameras. The video features and quality will also disappoint power users, and the battery life is perhaps best described as ‘tolerable.’ It’ll get you through a day of heavy shooting, provided you turn the camera off between shots.
On the other hand, there’s a lot that the EOS RP gets right. The combination of pleasing JPEGs, an excellent grip, light weight, good controls, strong connectivity options and compact size is just a recipe for fun. The autofocus system is reliable, and Pupil Detection makes it easier to get perfectly focused portraits – though some competitors’ eye-focusing systems are more effective.
Gerald Undone posted a 9 minutes video where he discusses some less known features of the Canon EOS R, and also tips and tricks for settings and customisation. If you have the “left eye issue” then this video might be for you.
Is this real? Photographer Michael the Maven made a short video where he points to what he feels is a “left eye problem” some Canon mirrorless cameras have.
Basically, Michael the Maven complains about the ergonomics and the user interface of the Canon EOS RP. He writes:
The left eye problem deals with cameras which lack a joystick and are asking photographers to use their right thumbs on the touch screen while looking through the viewfinder to move their focusing squares. The left eye problem is not unique to Canon, the Sony A6400 has the same issue, as well as a few other cameras. The reason Im picking on Canon is because I have seen this 3 times now on the Canon R, RP and M50.
Anyone made comparable experiences with Canon cameras?