Canon EOS R vs Canon RP Comparison

Last Updated on December 8, 2023 by Sharon Advik


Canon EOS R vs Canon RP Comparison:


There are a few exhibits worth visiting, even though April is a weak month for exhibitions in the UK.

Like me, suppose you’re interested in the nexus between street photography and documentary cinema.

In that case, you must go to Manchester to view Tish Murtha’s exhibition at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel (now until June 30 – free entry).

Back in London, Tate Britain offers a fantastic collection of artworks that share a similar color, including images by Chris Killip, Shirley Baker, and other artists.

It lasts through October 30 and is accessible to everyone.

I enjoy going to such locations.

As a photographer, this time, I received two cameras for evaluation.

I brought my Canon R and RP cameras to these shows to take lovely photos.

The best sites to take portrait and street photography are exhibitions.

Let’s contrast Canon’s two Mirrorless cameras, the EOS RP and EOS R.

A pro mirrorless camera is the Canon EOS R. In contrast, an advanced mirrorless camera is the Canon EOS RP.

Both Canon R and RP were released in September 2018 and February 2019.

Since there is just a 5-month gap between the EOS RP and EOS R, we anticipate that this comparison of age and technological sophistication will be fair.

The Canon R line includes the models EOS RP and EOS R.

Specifications of both cameras:

Available lenses Comparison:

When choosing an interchangeable lens camera, the number of lenses available is an important decision factor.

In this instance, 32 native lenses are accessible as both the Canon RP and Canon R share the same Canon RF lens mount.

These lenses all accommodate Full-frame sensors.

The presence of picture stabilization is another crucial issue.

Because these bodies lack sensor-based image stabilization, you must purchase lenses with optical stabilization features.

There are now 21 lenses with image stabilization for the Canon RF mount.

Canon EOS R vs RP: Sensor

I observed that both cameras use full-frame CMOS sensors.

However, the EOS R has a somewhat more excellent resolution at 30.3 million pixels than the EOS RP’s 26.2 million pixels.

It’s a negligible distinction that doesn’t matter on its own. Although the EOS R offers additional improvements and functions, its benefit is minimal if I am only concerned about vertical resolution.

Winner: Canon EOS R, thanks to its slight resolution advantage.

Processor and ISO Range:

The performance of a camera is influenced by its image processor as much as its sensor, and here, the playing field is entirely level.

Intriguingly, the DIGIC 8 image processor is included in both the EOS RP and the EOS R and the company’s DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer) capability for boosting fine detail in photographs taken with Canon lenses.

Unsurprisingly, the EOS RP and EOS R provide the standard ISO range of 100-40,000, extendable to ISO 50-102,400, due to their shared CPU and identical resolution.

We are delighted that Canon did not lower the EOS RP’s highest ISO to keep it below the EOS R.

Winner: No difference.


Even the storage methods are the same.

The EOS R has drawn criticism for only having one SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot.

However, the EOS RP also has UHS-II compatibility; like me, suppose while it can’t use the new, ultra-fast XQD/CFexpress cards launched by other men, it should still be quick.

Both cameras appear stale because neither supports the most recent CFexpress card format.

Winner: No difference.

Image Stabilization:

I discovered both cameras rely on lens-based picture stabilization because neither features in-body image stabilization (unlike Canon’s newest versions).

Although it is not stated in the EOS R’s specs, the EOS RP does feature Digital IS for movies. EOS R is better suited to professional video use.

Winner: Canon EOS RP by a small margin, possibly, but neither has IBIS

Shutter Speed Range:

Here, I feel that the distinctions start to show. In contrast to the EOS R, the EOS RP has a shutter speed range of 30-1/8000sec + B.

Although you won’t utilize the EOS R’s 1/8000se shutter speed daily, it points to a more sophisticated shutter mechanism and some deliberate differences between this camera and the less expensive EOS RP.

Winner: Canon EOS R with a slightly higher 1/8000sec maximum


The focusing mechanism makes the differences more apparent.

As expected, both cameras have Canon’s on-sensor Dual Pixel CMOS AF, although the EOS R has slightly more selectable focusing points (5,635) while the EOS RP has significantly less (4,779).

Of course, those are enormous figures, and both cameras appear comparable in other ways as they provide 88 percent horizontal and 100 percent vertical coverage.

But there are some significant variations. The EOS RP lags slightly behind at -5EV, while the EOS R can focus in light conditions as low as -6EV.

However, the EOS RP responds with what Canon claimed at launch to be the quickest AF speed in the world—0.05 seconds—and, more significantly, the addition of Eye AF.

Although the EOS RP outperforms the competition in a few areas, it has a significant disadvantage for videographers: Dual Pixel CMOS AF is unsupported when recording 4K video.

It might not be a problem for static videographers who prefer manual focus.

Still, for vloggers and journalists, it might be a significant issue that pushes them to shoot in full HD, where Dual Pixel CMOS AF is available.

Winner: Canon EOS R, for AF and external output, particularly.


This function allowed me to capture fantastic exhibition videos, which I later posted on my social media accounts.

Those got millions of views.

The video functions of these two cameras vary in other ways.

Both heavily crop 4K video material, which offers a frame akin to the Super 35mm cinema format, is unpop and dose who like to record the entire sensor width and maintain their lenses’ original effective focal length.

Despite this, the EOS R delivers slightly quicker 30p 4K UHD footage compared to the EOS RP’s 25p maximum – and, of course, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF is still present, which is perhaps a far more critical factor for filmmakers.

The EOS R can store 10-bit 4:2:2 video to an external recorder. Still, the EOS RP only supports 8-bit, even though other specifications are identical, including a 4K time-lapse mode and full HD at 60p/50p/30p/25p with 4:2:0 8-bit internal recording.

More significantly, the Canon Log 1 setting (12 stops of dynamic range at ISO 400) is only available on the EOS R, not the EOS RP.

Even though these two cameras appear relatively similar on paper, the EOS RP has far fewer video capabilities than the EOS R.

Winner: Canon EOS R, especially for video

Continuous Shooting:

The EOS R is a more potent instrument for street, action, and sports photography.

When AF Tracking is turned on, the EOS RP’s modest 5fps continuous shooting performance lowers to 4fps.

Although speeds are significantly reduced when AF Tracking, dropping to 5fps, the EOS R is far faster at 8fps.

The buffer sizes are comparable.

With its lower-qual photos, the EOS RP can shoot 50 raw files in a burst or as many JPEGs as the memory card will hold.

The higher resolution EOS R can only take 100 JPEGs (which is still enough), but it can also record 78 shots in Canon’s new and more productive C-RAW format or 47 raw files.

The EOS R also includes Canon’s DP RAW (Dual Pixel RAW) mode to enhance fine detail.

However, I haven’t seen a noticeable improvement when side-by-side comparisons are made.

Winner: Canon EOS R for its 8fps continuous shooting speed

Size and Weight:

Here are the main areas where the EOS R and RP vary.

The EOS RP is just 485g and measures 132.5 x 85.0 x 70.0mm, whereas the EOS R is 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm and weighs 660g.

The EOS R is broader, taller, and thicker than the EOS RP and 175g heavier.

It has been built more for handling than for compactness.

Smallness and lightness alone, however, are not sufficient.

While several of Canon’s RF lenses are more significant than the EOS RP, we believe the EOS R will feel more balanced using many new lenses.

Winner: Canon EOS RP on paper, Canon EOS R (we suspect) in practice

HDMI Output:

If you shoot an HDMI video, the EOS R’s 10-bit color and C-log are substantially improved over the RP’s 8-bit color without C-log.

It doesn’t apply to all photographers or most of them, but many people may get the RP for YouTube and video production.

At this time, these distinctions may become necessary.

Design and layout:

The physical changes between the EOS RP and the EOS R are significant, apart from the operating ones.

Even though the EOS RP is a considerably smaller camera than the EOS R, Canon managed to fit a conventional mode dial.

The EOS R offers two helpful features: Canon’s ingenious and contentious Multi-function Touch Bar and a top-mounted status monitor for camera settings.

Winner: Close and down to personal preference

Viewfinder and rear screen:

The viewfinder is one area where Canon has found ways to cut costs on the EOS RP, as expected.

With a 0.7x magnification and a respectable resolution of 2.36 million dots, the 0.39-inch OLED EVF provides 100 percent coverage.

However, the EOS R boasts a more significant 0.76x magnification, 0.5-inch OLED EVF with 3.69 million dots, and 100% coverage.

The back screen of the EOS R is likewise superior.

Both cameras include various-angle touchscreens.

However, the EOS R has a bigger 3.15-inch screen with 2.1 million dots as opposed to the EOS RP’s 3.0-inch 1.04 million dot display.

A steady hand is frequently more critical than one specific feature when choosing a camera.

Winner: Canon EOS R, size and resolution again

Battery life and connectivity:

Another area where the more costly EOS R excels is battery life.

Compared to other full-frame mirrorless cameras, its LP-E6 battery has a capacity for 370 photos, which is average. Still, well above the paltry 250 shots I get from the LP-E17 battery in the EOS RP.

The connection features do have a slight sting in the tail.

Both cameras contain Wi-Fi, jacks for a microphone and headphones, HDMI output, and USB ports, although the EOS R supports USB 3.1 while the EOS RP only has USB 2.0 ports.

Using a card reader might not be an issue, but using a USB for image/video transfer could be a significant hassle.

Winner: Canon EOS R, with better battery life and USB 3.

What types of Photography are Canon RP and Canon R Good at?

In this section, I rank and compare Canon RP and Canon R for five different photography types to make your decision process more accessible if you are specifically interested in one or more of these areas.

Portrait Photography:

During my visit to London and UK exhibitions, these cameras worked amazingly to give me perfect shots of people moving there.

I got terrific portraits of them, watching wall hangings and paintings.

Large sensors provide my portrait photographs with a lovely fuzzy backdrop and a deeper depth of focus.

I can print your portrait photos bigger and with more fine detail because of the 26.0MP sensor’s more expansive cropping space.

Using a viewfinder during a portrait shot lets me steady the camera and lessen camera shaking because it is closer to the body.

Additionally, it is useful when LCD panels are challenging to read in direct sunlight.

During portrait photography, a camera’s handling and the location of its physical controls are crucial.

Instead of navigating through the LCD menus, it is quicker and easier to adjust the camera settings with specific buttons and knobs.

Canon RP and R users must rely on lenses with optical image stabilization to maximize the clarity of their handheld portrait pictures because sensor-based image stabilization is unavailable.

Street Photography:

As I mentioned, I love to capture streets.

The people excite me, going from here to there.

I usually catch them whenever I have time.

I mainly tested these cameras on the roads.

Since it is closer to the body, using a viewfinder during a street photography shoot lets the photographer steady the camera and lessen camera shaking.

Additionally, it is useful when LCD panels are challenging to read in direct sunlight.

Live view makes it possible to shoot pictures without looking through the viewfinder, which makes you less intrusive and is ideal for street photography when you don’t want to draw attention to yourself.

In street scenarios, when I want to focus on a face, the face detection focusing mode is quite helpful since it allows me to concentrate on framing and other changes while the camera takes care of the focus.

I can film in unconventional positions with an adjustable screen, such as at waist level, enabling me to be more original and discrete in public.

Compared to smaller sensors, the Canon RPs and R have large sensors that offer good low-light image quality, shallow depth of field, and a lovely fuzzy background when required.

Suppose I want to maximize the clarity of their handheld street photography images.

In that case, I must rely on lenses with optical image stabilization because sensor-based image stabilization is unavailable, which both cameras lack.

Landscape Photography:

Live vision allows for more accurate, acceptable focus changes than a viewfinder.

Compared to smaller sensors, the Canon RP’s large sensor assures good low-light image quality and superb pixel quality.

The 26.0MP sensor of the Canon RP is ideal for taking landscape photos.

I may print the images more considerably, and it will catch a lot of tiny details. Landscape photography is done outside.

Therefore, you should be ready for any weather.

I recommend both for this type of photography.


Even while the EOS R is still more expensive than the EOS RP, the difference is now less significant than it was previously.

Though the EOS RP comes quite close to regular amateur usage, being smaller and lighter yet much less expensive, the EOS R still outperforms it in several key areas.

Other factors to consider when deciding between the EOS RP and the EOS R. Is the EOS R worth the additional cash?

When you “downgrade” to the considerably less expensive EOS RP, do you lose too many essential features?

If you’re more of a stills photographer than a video specialist and want to dabble in the full-frame mirrorless camera industry, the EOS RP is nearly as excellent at a far lower cost.

However, suppose you’re a professional photographer or videographer.

In that case, we believe the added performance and capabilities of the EOS R will quickly make you drop how much more you paid for it.

The EOS RP can help you save some money, but you could regret your thrift later.

Canon R and RP Shared Functions and Features:

  • Headphone output for monitoring audio while recording
  • 4K time-lapse movies (in-camera)
  • Microphone input for connecting external microphones
  • LLow-light shooting performance
  • Silent shooting mode
  • SD card slot
  • Vari-angle LCD screen with complete touchscreen control
  • Anti-Flicker
  • , shooting
  • Touch & Drag Autofocus
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF—Canon’s fastest and most accurate autofocus tracking system
  • Dual Sensing Image Stabilization
  • Compatibility with Canon’s new RF lens range

Advantages: lets the photographers RP. Pros & Cons:

  • Svelte, lightweight body
  • Wi-Fi
  • Attractive price
  • 4K video
  • Vari-angle LCD
  • Quick, accurate autofocus
  • Fully articulating screen
  • Integrated EVF
  • Bad battery life
  • No built-in flash
  • The body feels small for big RF lenses
  • 1.6x crop + no Dual Pixel AF in 4K
  • Inconsistent face and eye detection

Pros & Cons of Canon EOS R:

  • Same Full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Face Detect Function
  • Same batteries and flashes
  • Lens with adapters
  • 30.3M Megapixel
  • High-Resolution EVF Focus Peaking
  • Varied Angle Screen that flips out, which vloggers generally like even though most prefer to tether to a larger screen.
  • When I turn the camera off, if I take the lens off, the shutter is closed to help keep the sensor clean.
  • Multi-Function Bar – is programmable, allowing me to customize functions and remember settings when switching between video and back to photo.
  • No stabilization in-camera stabilization. OK, so when using one of the three adapters to use your existing Canon glass, you have zero access to IS if the lens doesn’t have IS. The compatibility factor just took a hit here.
  • No joystick to set AF.
  • Video: Not Full Frame 4K video. The 4K is cropped.
  • No continuous shooting in silent at launch
  • One SD card slot.
  • You can shoot 8 FPS in one shot; the only issue is that it is in one go in continuous IAF to 5 frames up to 47 raw files in a row.


In my opinion, Canon EOS R is a winner.

You may have already decided which camera best fits your demands and budget.

Still, in case you’re curious about how I evaluated Canon RP, Canon R is the overall winner of my comparison.

Except for portability, it outperforms Canon RP overall and in all other categories.

Choose Canon RP if a tiny, light body is your top priority.

Otherwise, the Canon R is the overall superior camera.

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