Quick comparison between the Canon EOS RP and EOS R mirrorless cameras.

With the announcement of the new Canon EOS RP, you must be wondering how they compare? Apart from coming at an entry-level price point, the EOS RP is remarkably lightweight and compact for everyday shooting. The EOS R, being the advanced model, boasts more impressive specifications that compare with industry favourite DSLRs like EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 6D Mark II.

What they have in common:

  • Compatibility: Both EOS R-Series cameras are compatible with Canon’s RF lens range (RF mount) & EF and EF-S lenses (via the EF-EOS R mount adapter).
  • Screen: A vari-angle LCD screen with full touch screen control makes handling easy.
  • Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth provides effortless connectivity.
  • Low-light performance: A native ISO range of 100-40,000 with extended L:50, H1:51,200 and H2:10,2400 values offers low-light shooting performance.
  • Audio: The headphone jack for monitoring audio while recording & a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting external microphones.
  • Other: A DIGIC 8 image processor for enhanced shooting performance, Optical Stabilisation, Silent and Anti Flicker modes for discreet shooting, Dual Pixel AF enables fast and accurate autofocus tracking (including touch and drag AF), and an SD card slot.

How they differ:

  • Resolution: The EOS R boasts higher resolution stills at 30.3MP compared to 26.2MP of the EOS RP.
  • Screen: Both cameras have Electronic viewfinders (EVF) with convenient tilting LCD touchscreens, yet the EOS R’s is slightly bigger and offers higher resolution.
  • Video: Both cameras offer 4K video, yet the EOS R offers superior recording functionality with Canon Log colour profiles, up to 480 Mbps bitrate recording, a manual focus guide and 10-bit HDMI output to an external recording device. Additionally, the EOS RP offers a superior Dual Pixel AF system for shooting 4K movies, while the EOS R has advanced Contrast Detect AF. (Both offer in-camera 4K time-lapse).
  • Control: The EOS RP has a more traditional, intuitive EOS mode dial compared to the EOS R which offers greater control when shooting in manual modes or customisation. That said, the EOS RP features more automatic mode for greater creative control.
  • Handling: The EOS RP is significantly lighter at only 440 g, compared to the EOS R’s 580 g thanks to the smaller LP-E17 battery. The EOS R uses the LP-E6N battery that offers 350 shots per charge compared to the 250 of the EOS RP.
Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera