Canon EOS RP Review (Sort Of)

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Moving on.

Canon EOS RP with Canon 24-105mm F4 L

Canon EOS RP with Canon 24-105mm F4 L

Some background. When I am not creating software, I spend a good amount of time shooting photos. I even have a studio that I share with other photographers and mostly shoot portraiture with strobes. I am what you would call a professional armatuer photographer.

My main uses for my camera are 80% for family photos, 15% for studio photography and 5% for video.

A few months ago, I decided to upgrade from my Canon 5D Mark II as it was getting a little long in the tooth and move to the world of Mirrorless cameras. After a few weeks of research, I decided to upgrade to the Canon EOS RP and have had it for a couple of weeks.

Here is What I Like Most

The Grip is as stylish as it is functional

The Grip is as stylish as it is functional

  • Lightweight and Small: compared to the 5D Mark II, the RP is light and small enough to take with me on most outings (17oz vs 1.87lb). It also comes with an optional grip that can be used to make it more comfortable to hold.

  • Comfortable: speaking of comfort, I just love holding this camera. The grip is deep enough to make you feel secure and most of the buttons are all placed in logical positions.

  • Compatibility: One of the the main reasons I decided to go with Canon is hat I can continue to use my Canon lens without sacrificing focus speed/accuracy and can also continue to access the largest selection of reasonably priced first and third party lens

  • Swivel Screen: The screen swivels, all the way to the side, not to the top like those weird Sonys, so that selfie photos and videos are easy to take even when a microphone or flash is mounted in the hot shoe.

  • Focus Speed: The RP has 4779 focus points with face tracking and eye tracking and Canon's Dual Pixel AF does not disapoint in keeping track of the subjects.

  • USB-C Charging: the EOS RP can be charged by plugging directly into a USB charger just like a smartphone

  • Subtle Shutter: The shutter sound on the EOS RP is surprisingly quiet. This makes is perfect for shooting street photography if I ever decide to venture into that realm.

  • Intuitive Menu System: AS someone that tried out a Sony camera for a few months, believe me when I tell you that Canon's menu system is a breathe of fresh air with its layout and flow.

What I don't like

  • Limited Burst Mode: The RP is capable of only 4 frames per second when shooting in continous mode. This is paltry when compared to the likes of the Sony A6500 that can shoot up to 11 frames per second. The saving grace for the RP is that its shooting buffer is unlimited so I don't have to stop shooting bursts in order for the camera to catch up.

  • Slow EVF: There is a noticeable delay when switching from the screen to the electronic view finder and even though the delay is less than a second, I sometimes end up checking to see if I did in fact turn on the camera and removed the lens cover.

  • Position of the AF-On Button: This is a minor gripe but I feel like Canon should have placed the AF-ON button, which I use for back-button focusing, a little further to the right to make it easier to reach.

  • Some features are only available in SCENE modes: most notably the silent shooting feature is only available when using the pre-built modes. Hopefully Canon will address this with a software update.

  • Small Capacity Battery: The battery in the EOS RP is only good for roughly 300 shots. A second or third battery is defintely a must.