Canon announces the $1,299 EOS RP & six new RF Lenses

Canon has just announced the new EOS RP full frame camera. The camera is an entry-level full-frame camera that sits below the recently introduced EOS R.

EOS RP Body Only

 

Specifications

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor with Digic 8 processing
  • 3.0″ Vari-angle Screen
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Eye Detection AF
  • 4K up to 25fps (120Mbps max bitrate)
  • Full HD up to 60p (60Mbps max bitrate)
  • Wifi & Bluetooth
  • Single SD card slot up

EOS RP back with closed LCD

What about video shooting?

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The EOS RP can record video up to 4K at 23.98 or 25fps. There is no 24P option when recording Full HD. Similar to the EOS R, the RP model also has a fairly heavy crop of 1.6x. The specs lists Dual sensing IS up to 5 stops but this is most likely not in-body stabilization as even the EOS R doesn’t have that.

There is no Log-C, just the following Picture Profiles:

Auto
Standard
Portrait
Landscape
Fine Detail
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User Defined 1–3

Canon announces the $1,299 EOS RP & six new RF Lenses

 

The internal recordings are done in 4:2:0 8-bit as MPEG-4 AVC / H.264Variable (averaged) bitrate files and the camera outputs uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit over HDMI. The bad news is if you want to record externally the internal recording is disabled. The image on the LCD screen is also disabled.

There is no 1080p 120fps or even 720p 120 fps modes available.

EOS RP movie recordings can be compressed to light data in the camera (video transcoding). You can also transfer movies to smartphones or tablets while compressing them (transcode transfer).

Here are some more video facts:

  • The ISO limits are 25600 when shooting in FHD and 12800 when shooting 4K UHD
  • Contrast AF (When recording 4K movies). So no Phase detect AF when shooting in 4K
  • With Contrast AF as used when recording 4K movies, focusing may take longer than when recording Full HD or HD movies, and focusing with certain lenses may be difficult
  • There is a headphone jack as well as a 3.5mm mic input
  • Video recording is interrupted if the maximum recording time per movie, 29 min. 59 sec., is exceeded
  • In somewhat of a strange move, the camera will not shoot in Full HD if you are using Canon EF-S lenses
  • Magnified view is possible by approx. 5x or 10x for manual focusing (not possible during movie shooting)
  • Images can be displayed through the HDMI output and on screen at the same time

EOS RP back with open LCD

Below is a sample film shot by Japanese filmmaker Takayuki Akachi using the EOS RP.

Pricing & Availability

EOS RP without lens Front angle

The EOS RP is expected to be available from the 27th of February and retail for $1,299 USD.

EOS RP Body only – $1,299 USD

EOS RP with 24-105 F4 Bundle – $2,199 USD

Currently, you will also receive a free Canon EF-EOS R Mount adaptor and EG-E1 Extension Grip ($79 USD RRP).

 

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In Japan, there is also a special Gold version of the Canon EOS RP available.

More EOS RF Lenses

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Currently, there are only a handful of EOS RF lenses. Today, Canon has also announced the development of six more lenses.

RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
RF85mm F1.2 L USM
RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS
RF24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

The addition of these lenses would compliment the new cameras nicely, particularly the three F/2.8 zoom lenses.

One lens of interest is the RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS which features “Defocus Smoothing”. This is meant to offer a distinct soft bokeh rendering with smoother edges. Perhaps something similar to Sony’s 100mm F/2.8 GM STF lens. Unfortunately, none of the prime lenses offers IS.

Canon is aiming to launch these lenses in 2019, details and pricing are still undecided.

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