EthAMG 2.6 Ai Review Lowest Full Frame Mirrorless Camera


Kanon’s trip to the mirrorless room may have been late, but it wasn’t thoughtless. The company launched the EOS R A few months ago and now we have the Canon EOS RP. It almost feels like Canon is taking the same 6D-5D approach to mirrorless cameras, where the EOS R is the most feature-rich camera, while the EOS RP is the most economical camera. Canon sent us a review sample with the RF 24-105 F/4 L lens and we thoroughly tested the camera.


The Canon EOS RP is almost as big as Canon’s smaller DLSR, but it manages to pack a lot of power and sophistication into this small form factor. For starters, there is the good deep grip that makes it extremely easy to hold the camera. The upper control panel on the right contains the very simple but important dials and buttons. In addition to a mode selector, there is a special Record button, which is easily accessible. There is an M-Fn button that can be linked to any number of functions and a rear wheel that manipulates the shutter speed. After all, there is a vertical adjustment dial for controlling the aperture directly behind the shutter.

On the back we find the AF-On button next to the exposure lock and the AF range selection button, both awkwardly placed on the far right. On the back there is the 4-Way button with a button set in the middle. Below you will find the play and Delete buttons, which, in our opinion, are somewhat close to each other.

While the Canon EOS RP’s build and design are solid and very ergonomic, there are a few things we don’t like. For starters, the dedicated on/off switch on the top panel may have been replaced with an AF mode or shooting mode button, which is much more useful than a binary switch. Secondly, the EOS RP does not come with the touch bar from the EOS R, but at the same time it does not have a joystick to move the AF measurement fields. After all, the camera does not have waterproofing.


The Canon EOS RP has a 27-megapixel full-frame sensor with an effective output of 26 megapixels. The rest of the pixels help with focusing, but we’ll get back to that in a later section. For imaging, the EOS RP delivers incredible performance. As with any professional camera, we take all the photos in RAW and edit them with Adobe Lightroom. In this way, we can extract as much information as possible from each RAW file. The camera is paired with the RF 24-105 f / 4 L is lens for all tests. We asked Canon to share the EF RF converter with an EF 50mm f/1.2 or other comparable fixed focal length lens, but they could not arrange this for us. This affects some of the key performance indicators of the image we captured.

As expected, the Canon EOS RP with its full-frame sensor works well in daylight. This means that the RAW files coming from the camera are noise-free. Depending on whether you are exposing for highlights or shadows, your scope for recovery varies in editing. Using Adobe Lightroom, we were able to restore a little more than 2% of the details in the shadows, with a similar margin in reflections. Detail retention is also ideal for daytime shooting.

When we shoot in low light conditions, things become very different and very specific to the situation. Although images taken with ISO up to ISO 6400 are free of luma and chroma noise, this depends solely on the exposure. If the subject is underexposed, you will quickly notice that light noise penetrates and becomes more and more visible as the exposure increases during editing. In fact, night shots also develop chromatic noise (colored dots) beyond a certain point. The court found that most of the photographs we were able to take in low light conditions would come to 1 stop until the noise got out of control. Aggressive application of noise reduction has given us a little more leeway for exposure compensation, but at the expense of detail.

In ISO 12800, we found that with proper exposure of the scene, that is, with proper exposure of the subject, the noise was controllable, but the sharpness decreased slightly. In addition, the exposure compensation was also correct, without too many problems. However, at ISO 25600, the court found that the noise level and loss of sharpness were higher than we would like. Therefore, we do not recommend shooting at this ISO level, unless this is absolutely critical. One thing we would like to attribute to Canon is the lack of color change when shooting with ISO. This is usually the time when we see unwanted changes in color rendering, but this was not the case here.

We believe that EOS RP with the kit lens is not very usable in low light conditions, which is mainly limited by the aperture of 1: 4.0, which forces it to increase its ISO value, which leads to a decrease in image quality. With a fixed focal length with an aperture of 1: 1.8 (or higher), you can use the EOS RP even in low light conditions to leave enough light to keep it under ISO 12800, maintaining not only detail but also sharpness.

Overall, the Canon EOS RP’s image performance remains unmatched at its price. This is not a situation where less exceptional performance is offset by a low price. The reality is that the EOS RP delivers excellent imaging performance at an incredibly low entry point.

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