Canon Announces EOS RP Lightweight Mirrorless, Six Lenses in Development

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

Canon has announced the second full-frame camera in their mirrorless lineup: the EOS RP. Advertised as lightweight and compact, the new camera has a 26 megapixel sensor with Canon’s Dual Pixel AF system, 4K recording, a fully-articulating LCD screen, and a DIGIC 8 processor for great low-light performance. Six RF-mount lenses have also been announced to be in development for release later this year.

The EOS RP has a notably small form factor – similar in size to Canon’s Rebel series cameras such as the T7i, and weighing only 440g (body only) – while housing a full frame sensor. The camera has 4779 autofocus points, covering 80% of the horizontal frame and 100% of the vertical. It does also have a fully articulating touch screen, focus peaking, and both a headphone and mic jack, making it a travel-vlog friendly option.

One thing of note is the omission of a 24p frame rate in Full HD and HD video. At the respective resolutions (1080p and 720p), the only frame rates are 30p and 60p, whereas 4K will only record in 24p.

The EOS RP uses the smaller LP-E17 battery pack currently used in select Rebel-series and M-series cameras. In-camera USB charging is supported with the use of the PD-E1 adapter.

The camera is available for pre-order now at $1699 or with the RF 24-105mm F4L lens for $2849.

Six RF lenses for the mirrorless system are also in development, including a relatively compact 70-200mm f2.8L IS. The lenses are listed below.

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS (uses Defocus Smoothing lens technology for smoother bokeh)
  • RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

No further pricing or release date has been announced at this time.

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.