Options are always a welcome addition, and for full-frame mirrorless cameras, the same holds true. So when Canon announced the EOS RP in addition to its already popular EOS R, shutterbugs rejoiced.
The EOS RP has the same full-frame CMOS sensor that the EOS R has. The key difference here is that the RP has 26.2 million pixels compared to the R’s 30.3 million. While that difference is only marginal, the first real difference is the shutter speed range—the RP is a slower 30-1,400sec plus B, a full 1/8000sec slower than the RP. But why focus on differences when there are so many similarities, like using the same processor (the Canon DIGIC 8 image processor) with DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer), or having the same ISO range (100-40,000), and the same memory storage systems? When it comes to the autofocus system, both cameras have Canon’s on-sensor Dual Pixel CMOS AF—this is another instance where the R is slightly higher. The RP also falls a little behind in 4K video recording. The RP is also a lot smaller, both in actual dimensions and in weight.
So if the differences are really that minimal, what’s all this about options? Let’s talk dollars. While the ESOS R will run you around $2,250, you can pick up the EOS RP for right around $1,3000—nearly $1,000 cheaper. So, while you may choose the better performer, it’s nice to have the option to save a little cash on a camera that’s still great.