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Canon EOS RP Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.10
Reviewed Feb 08, 2021 at 07:40 am
Canon EOS RP Picture
7.7
Travel Photography
7.8
Landscape Photography
6.9
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.8
Vlogging
7.5
Studio Video
3.6
Action Video
Body Type
SLR-Style
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Tested Lens
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM

The Canon EOS RP is a full-frame mirrorless camera. It offers excellent image quality, as it keeps noise and graininess to a minimum even when shooting in dark environments at high ISO levels. It also has an effective autofocus system for photography and is quite comfortable to use, with an intuitive menu system. Unfortunately, its battery life is quite short, so it's not a great fit for extended shooting sessions. Its maximum shooting speed is also quite slow, so it isn't the best option for capturing still images of fast-moving subjects. Recording capability in 4k is also quite limited, as it incurs a heavy crop and can't record at high frame rates.

Our Verdict

7.7 Travel Photography

The Canon EOS RP is good for travel photography. It offers excellent image quality, even in low light, and can achieve fairly extended shutter speeds, allowing for complex long-exposure photos. It also has an effective autofocus system that can track subjects reliably and quickly. Compared to point-and-shoot cameras, it's only passably portable, but offers great ergonomics, as even users with large hands should find it comfortable to use. Unfortunately, it has a short battery life, so you may want to purchase an extra battery if you plan on using it for extended periods.

Pros
  • Amazingly comfortable to use.
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
  • Excellent image quality.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky design.
  • Short battery life.
7.8 Landscape Photography

The Canon EOS RP is great for landscape photography. Images are sharp and mostly free of graininess, even when you step up its ISO setting to compensate for poor lighting conditions. It also feels quite sturdy and is comfortable to use, though it isn't as easy to carry around on a hike compared to a phone camera or a point-and-shoot. It has a sharp touchscreen that's bright enough to be seen even under direct sunlight. Unfortunately, its kit lens exhibits noticeable light falloff, so the corners of your image may be noticeably darker than the middle.

Pros
  • Amazingly comfortable to use.
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Fully-articulated screen is bright and can be seen under direct sunlight.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky design.
  • Short battery life.
6.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon EOS RP is okay for sports and wildlife photography. Its slow maximum shooting speed makes it a challenge to capture clear photos of fast-moving subjects. Also, since you can't shoot continuously in the camera's silent shooting mode, you may find it hard to capture photos of skittish wildlife. Thankfully, it's fitted with a quick and consistent autofocus system and offers great image quality, even in dimly-lit environments. It's also decently well-built and amazingly comfortable to use.

Pros
  • Amazingly comfortable to use.
  • Impressive autofocus performance.
  • Excellent image quality.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky design.
  • Short battery life.
  • Slow continuous shooting speed.
7.8 Vlogging

The Canon EOS RP is very good for vlogging. Since its screen is fully articulated, you can see what you're recording even when the camera is pointed at you. As long as you shoot in FHD, the camera does a great job of smoothing out camera shake if you're recording handheld video, and its autofocus system should have no issue tracking your face. Unfortunately, recording in 4k incurs a very heavy crop and results in a severe decrease in video stabilization performance as well as the autofocus' face-tracking capability.

Pros
  • Fully-articulated screen is bright and can be seen under direct sunlight.
  • Impressive overall video stabilization performance.
  • Decent video quality in FHD and 4k.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky design.
  • Heavy crop in 4k recording.
7.5 Studio Video

The Canon EOS RP is decent for studio video. Video quality is decently sharp and fairly low in noise whether you record in FHD or 4k, though recording in the latter does result in a severe crop that cuts out many details around the borders of the frame as well as a drop in autofocus subject-tracking consistency. There's a wide variety of input and outputs on the camera that let you connect an auxiliary mic, headphones, and an external recorder, though there's no room for a second SD card in case you run out of space while recording.

Pros
  • Decent video quality in FHD and 4k.
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
  • Wide variety of inputs and outputs.
Cons
  • Short battery life.
  • Heavy crop in 4k recording.
  • Only one SD card slot.
3.6 Action Video

The Canon EOS RP isn't designed for action video. While it's smaller than conventional DSLR cameras, it's still too bulky to be mounted on a helmet or chest rig. It also doesn't offer any high-speed frame rate options to create smooth slow-motion video in 4k or FHD. That said, it does a great job of smoothing out camera shake in FHD and has a decently sturdy construction.

Pros
  • Impressive overall video stabilization performance.
  • Decent video quality in FHD and 4k.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky design.
  • Heavy crop in 4k recording.
  • No support for recording at high-speed frame rates.
  • 7.7 Travel Photography
  • 7.8 Landscape Photography
  • 6.9 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.8 Vlogging
  • 7.5 Studio Video
  • 3.6 Action Video
  1. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  2. Updated Aug 05, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  3. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  4. Updated May 06, 2021: Corrected input error in the 'Customizable Button' field in 'Body' section.
  5. Updated Apr 29, 2021: Corrected input error in 'Water Resistance' field in 'Body' section.
  6. Updated Mar 08, 2021: Corrected input error in the 'Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)' field inside the 'Lens' section.
  7. Updated Feb 08, 2021: Review published.
  8. Updated Feb 08, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.3
Design
Portability
Height
3.4" (8.7 cm)
Width
5.2" (13.3 cm)
Depth
2.5" (6.3 cm)
Volume
44.5 in³ (729.0 cm³)
Weight
1.10 lbs (0.50 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.92 lbs (0.87 kg)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Mostly made of fairly high-grade plastic
  • Buttons and command wheels operate smoothly and precisely
  • Screen mechanism also feels quite sturdy
  • SD card compartment is covered by a solid hinged door
  • No hot shoe protection cover
  • Inputs/output compartment is covered by a rubber flap

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
RF Mount
Built-In Flash
No

Update 05/06/2021: Corrected input error in the 'Customizable Button' field from 'No' to 'Yes'.

Update 04/29/2021: Corrected input error in the 'Water Resistance' field from 'Weather Sealed' to 'No'.

Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS RP mirrorless camera body
  • Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens
  • Lens cap
  • 1x Canon LP-E17 battery
  • Shoulder strap
  • Battery charger
  • Sensor cap
  • User manual

8.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Textured handgrip is big enough for most hand sizes and provides a secure hold
  • Plenty of room between the lens and the body, so your fingers shouldn't feel pinched
  • Back rest is big enough to allow you to rest your thumb in place without touching any of the controls
  • Changing aperture and shutter speed via the command dials is easy with your eye pressed up against the viewfinder, but adjusting the ISO requires an extra button input beforehand
  • Rubber eyecup around the viewfinder is stiff and could be uncomfortable to press your eye against for extended shooting sessions

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.7
9.4
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
928 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.7 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Easy to navigate via the physical controls or by using its touchscreen
  • Guide mode helps you understand some functions
  • A few essential functions are behind sub-menus, like changing the autofocus tracking mode or switching from manual to automatic focus
  • Some features can only be enabled when the camera is in a certain mode, such as the silent shooting feature only being accessible when the camera is in 'Scene' mode

6.4
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
4.0 - 7.1
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/4.0
Minimum Focal Length
24 mm
Maximum Focal Length
105 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
105 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
78.8%
Light Falloff
34.6%

Update 03/08/2021: Corrected input error in the 'Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)' field. The score has been updated.

Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
26.2 MP
Processor
DIGIC 8
Extended ISO Minimum
50
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
40,000
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.5.0

Update 05/10/2021: Changed 'ISO Maximum' field from from '25600' to '40000'.

5.7
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E17
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
250 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
87 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
4.7
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
5 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
51 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
11 s
8.4
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
80%
Face Tracking Success Rate
69%
Face Detection Distance
163" (415 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
4,779
7.8
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/13 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
6.8
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
8.6 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
8.1 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
7.4 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
6.7 f-stops
8.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,928 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,969 LW/PH
9.3
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
39.67 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
40.02 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
38.05 dB
8.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.44 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
39.53 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
38.08 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.26 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.06 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
31.37 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
28.4 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
26.58 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
23.71 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A
Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
2.9
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
No
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.74 x
7.8
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
120 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
120 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0
4.3
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
5.7
Face Tracking In 4k
1.0
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
6.8
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
6.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
7.5
4.0
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
9.7°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
12 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
7.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
7.3
Face Tracking In FHD
7.5
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.3
7.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.7°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
9.5
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon EOS RP is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here. We tested it with the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens. While it can be purchased with other lenses, like the RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens, we haven't tested its performance in any other configuration. You can also purchase its body individually.

If you come across a different variant of the Canon EOS RP, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Cameras

Sony α6000

The Canon EOS RP and the Sony α6000 are both entry-level cameras, but they use different-sized sensors. The Canon is a full-frame camera, which gives it a leg up in low-light performance, noise handling, and dynamic range. The Canon also has a larger, higher-resolution viewfinder, easier-to-use menu system, and a more reliable autofocus system. It's also more comfortable to hold and shoot with, but it has worse battery life. The biggest advantage the Sony camera has is its more compact form factor for those who prioritize portability. 

Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 and the Canon EOS RP are different camera types. The Sony is a compact small-sensor camera aimed at vloggers, while the Canon is an affordable full-frame mirrorless camera with an interchangeable lens. The Canon delivers better overall image quality and low-light performance because of its sensor. It's also more comfortable to shoot with and has an electronic viewfinder. However, the Sony camera is significantly more portable and has a more reliable autofocus system. The Sony is better suited to vlogging, with more frame rate options and more effective stabilization.

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