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Canon EOS R / RP

The EOS R / RP opens a new chapter in mirrorless full-frame cameras at Canon.

Introduction

The EOS R opens a new chapter in mirrorless full-frame cameras at Canon. After the Canon 5D Mark 1 made the breakthrough in digital full frame cameras (DSLR) with video function in September 2005, Canon has been moving towards more compact DSLM cameras for some time now.

Initially, Sony was the leader in this market with its Alpha 7 series. Panasonic came to the party with thie Lumix GH4 and then the GH5 (GH5s), S1 and S1R. We had the Z6 and Z7 from Nikon and now with the Canon EOS R and others, there are a lot of great choices for photographers and videographers. But back first to the Canon EOS R and RP. 

The R is the more expensive of the two. The’P‘ in the RP stands for popular, meaning a camera that Canon thinks is suitable for even amateur enthusiasts – showing its mass market appeal for people looking to buy their first full frame camera.

Features and Design

The dust and splash-proof housing is made of a robust and light magnesium alloy and is more compact and lighter than the EOS 5D Mark IV. The EOS  RP, is even more compact than the R.

What is especially noticeable about both the EOS R and RP are just how light they are. Weighing just 485g including a battery and memory card, it’s 175g lighter than the EOS R and 280g lighter than the 6D Mark II. This is great when paired with a small lense but working with larger, heavier lenses becomes a little tricky.

The viewfinder is a 0.39-inch, 2.36 million dot electronic type, transplanted from the EOS M50. What marks the R and RP apart from the crowd is they are the only two full-frame mirrorless cameras in the market with an articulating screen. Alternatively, the OLED viewfinder with 3.69 million pixels (at a magnification of 0.76x) can also be used. 
The EOS R features 'Touch and drag'. With half of the LCD being a track pad to select a focus point while the user looks through the EVF.

Canon have also introduced the touch-sensitive M-Fn Bar to the ‘R’. It’s an innovative way to provide additional controls but its popularity will be very dependent on how a user holds the camera. It’s a feature that’s been dropped from the RP.

The Canon EOS R comes with the new RF mount. Matching lenses from Canon are available, including 35mm F1.8, 50mm F1.2, 24 - 105mm F4 and 28 - 70mm F2. An adapter for any existing EF lenses is also included.
The innovation continues where in front of the manual focus ring Canon have introduced the Control ring. This can be programmed to adjust aperture, shutter, white balance or ISO, this is a neat feature and will be particularly useful for videographers. offering an extra dimension of control and customisation.

Users of the 5D Mark IV will notice that keys and control knobs have been greatly reduced in the EOS R and it may take a little time to get used to the new logic.

Usability

The Canon’s impressisve sensor is 36x24mm and offers a maximum resolution of 30.3 megapixels (effective). Dynamic range is 12 f-stops (in Canon Log 1). Canon have installed the new DIGIC 8 processor to deal with signal processing,  a further development of the DIGIC 6+ processor installed in the 5D Mark IV.

In UHD (3.840 x 2.160) a maximum of 29,97 frames per second and in FHD (1.920 x 1.080) a  maximum of 60 frames per second are possible. Both intraframe codecs (ALL- I) and interframe codecs (IPB) as well as an HDR mode for FHD are offered. The maximum data rate in UHD (ALL-I) is 480 Mbps. When UHD is used, however, the entire sensor area is not used, resulting in a crop factor of 1.8.

Internal recording is possible with a maximum of 4:2:0, 8bit and external recording with a maximum of 4:2:2, 10bit.
The ISO values range from ISO100 to ISO 40,000.

Sadly the EOS R does not have an internal image stabilizer. Nevertheless, good results are possible when using lenses with image stabilization (I.S.).

Recording format is an SD card, which should have a speed of at least 95 MB/s, but it’s recommended to use a card with speed of at least 150 MB/s. There is only one SD card slot installed.

Canoon‘s Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus technology is impressive and it features in these cameras. The EOS R features face recognition, tracking AF, zone AF and 1-point AF work. These all work excellently due to the 5,655 AF points,  despite the large sensor and shallow depth of field.

Battery life is market leading. With the standard battery LP-E6 you can work a good half a day. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 4K only lasts an hour by comparison.

The camera can be controlled via WLAN or Bluetooth. Data transfer is possilbe via the built-in USB-C port.
An external microphone and headphones can each be connected via a 3.5 mm jack and an external recorder/monitor via mini HDMI (type C).


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