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EOS RP vs EOS R Comparison Review

EOS R Front showing display
EOS RP with RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Hot on the heels of the revolutionary EOS R comes our second full frame mirrorless camera—the all-new EOS RP.

With its enticing entry level price point, progressive features and seriously compact form-factor, the EOS RP makes joining the mirrorless revolution more accessible than ever. Whether you shoot portraits, travel, landscapes or vlogs, both cameras are exceptionally attractive propositions. So much so in fact that you may need a little help to decide which camera suits your personal shooting style best.

With this in mind we’ve created this detailed comparison guide, delving into the key highlights and pointing out the main differences between these two mirrorless marvels.

Form Factor

6D Mark II vs EOS RP size comparison
EOS 6D Mark II and EOS RP

The new EOS RP’s body weighs in at just 440g, making it more than 20% lighter than the original EOS R (580g). The EOS RP is also significantly smaller in size, with a compact form factor that feels fantastic in the hands.

Full Frame Sensors

The EOS R and EOS RP are both loaded with Canon-developed full frame CMOS sensors, offering better image quality than smaller APS-C or Micro Four Thirds sensors.

Full frame sensors eliminate the crop factor caused by smaller sensors, which means you can use your wide-angle lenses to their full potential.

The sensor on the EOS R is 30.3MP, while the new EOS RP features a 26.2MP sensor, giving the EOS R a slight edge in terms of resolution.

Both sensors are supremely capable, although the larger resolution of the EOS R will allow you to print at larger scales and benefit from increased flexibility when it comes to cropping images.

Customisable Controls and Dials

EOS R Top view with lens

EOS R with RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

With its convenient top-mounted LCD panel providing quick and easy access to essential shooting information, the original EOS R offers greater control, particularly when shooting in manual modes. The EOS R also boasts an innovative multifunction touch bar, as well as more advanced button and dial customisation options.

However, the new EOS RP features a more traditional EOS mode dial, which some photographers and videographers may find easier and more familiar when transitioning from a DSLR to a mirrorless camera system.

Electronic Viewfinders (EVF) and Vari Angle Touch-Control LCD Screens

Screen display of EOS RP

In addition to having bright and immersive EVFs, both cameras feature fully-articulating screens with fast and intuitive touch control.

Being the larger of the two cameras however, the EVF on the EOS R is bigger (0.5" vs 0.39") than the EOS RP and offers a higher resolution (3.69 million dots vs 2.36 million dots). The EOS R’s rear LCD screen is also bigger (3.15" vs 3.0") and delivers higher resolution (2.1 million dots vs 1.04 million dots).

Battery Power

The EOS R uses the LP-E6N battery and is rated at an impressive 350 shots per charge when shooting through the EVF. This is the same robust battery used in many Canon DSLR models, including the revered EOS 5D, 6D and 7D series, as well as the EOS 70D and 80D. This provides excellent cross compatibility and convenience for Canon users upgrading from these models.

The new EOS RP mirrorless camera uses a smaller LPE17 battery, allowing for a lighter and more compact camera body. This powerful battery still delivers an impressive 250 shots per charge when using the EVF.

Creative Shooting Modes

The EOS RP features even more creative shooting modes than the EOS R, with additional automatic modes and handy in-built feature guides to help you get the most out of the camera from day one.

Both cameras boast fully automatic, semi automatic and manual shooting modes to deliver unbridled creative control and a dynamic shooting experience.

Advanced 4K Video Features

Whilst both cameras provide full 4K movie shooting, there are a few differences in video functionality and capability. The EOS R features more advanced videography features such as Canon Log colour profiles, up to 480 Mbps bitrate recording, a manual focus guide and 10-bit HDMI output to an external recording device. What’s more, the EOS R offers a superior Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for shooting 4K movies, while the EOS RP utilises advanced Contrast Detect AF when filming in 4K.

OLED Panel Optical System

Canon EOS R and EOS RP Shared Functions and Features:

– Vari-angle LCD screen with full touch screen control

– Dual Pixel CMOS AF—Canon’s fastest and most accurate auto focus tracking system
– DiG!C 8 image processor
– Touch & Drag Autofocus
– Compatibility with Canon’s new RF lens range
– Compatibility with Canon EF and EF-S lenses via a choice of 3 lens mount adapters
– Silent shooting mode
– SD card slot
– Low light shooting performance up to ISO 40,000
– Anti Flicker shooting
– Dual Sensing Image Stabilization
– 4K time-lapse movies (in-camera)
– Microphone input for connecting external microphones
– Headphone output for monitoring audio while recording

Find out more about the EOS RP and EOS R.