Canon Introduces Second Full-Frame R-Series Mirrorless Camera, EOS RP, And Announces Details On Development Of RF-Mount Lenses

At a recent NDA-camera product briefing in New Orleans, Canon discussed a number of details of an announcement of a new full-frame mirrorless EOS camera that it made public today: The new 26.2-megapixel Canon EOS RP, which the company says is “designed for photographers looking to step up from Canon’s APS-C cameras” and into the world of full-frame mirrorless photography.

Of course, the news not only revealed the company’s commitment to the new full-frame mirrorless format, but also fueled speculation over the fate of Canon’s DSLR and compatible lenses system.

Canon’s New R-series Camera: The Full-Frame Mirrorless EOS RP

One of the most conspicuous differences of the new R-series camera is that it’s quite compact and lightweight: It weighs 1.07 pounds and measures 5.22 in. x 3.35 in x 2.76 in. Being a R-series camera, the EOS RP is not just compatible with the RF series of lenses, but is also “compatible with the existing collection of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses with the use of one of three optional RF EOS-R Mount Adapters,” says Canon.

In this image, you can see the size of the new EOS RP in relation to an EOS DSLR, the 6D Mark II.

But what will catch the eyes of many photographers will be the price point: The EOS RP will retail for just $1299 (body only) and will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $2399.00. Canon says the camera body and kits will be available in this March.

Additionally, Canon stressed that the new EOS RP was going to be “easy to use,” with an improved user interface and controls, and “easy to share,” since it included wireless features. Canon also emphasized that this Canon would be very customizable, and includes advanced bracketing features, to give you the ability to use focus-stacking capabilities in your workflow. However, some features seemed underwhelming, such as the 5 frames-per-second and 3 fps with AF burst mode.

The EOS RP’s other features include:

  • Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) with 4,779 manually selectable AF points
  • AF sensitivity in low light in as little as Exposure Value (EV) -5 (with f/1.2 lenses)
  • The ability to automatically detect faces and focus on the eye of the subject (when using eye-detection AF)
  • The ability to accept one of three optional mount adapters (which makes the RP compatible many Canon DSLR lenses, including EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses).
  • a Visual Guide mode
  • a built-in 2.36 million-dot electronic viewfinder (plus with touch-and-drag AF)
  • a swiveling touchscreen LCD
  • the ability to shoot 4K UHD-resolution video (24p) and full HD-resolution video (60p)
  • an ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable up to ISO of 102,400

 

One of my test photos, captured with the EOS RP and the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens

During this event, Canon also allowed the attendees to get a hands-on look at the new EOS full-frame mirrorless camera, which is pretty small for a full-frame camera. Overall, I was impressed with its performance of still photos. I also liked its lightweight and compact design. See below for some of my sample images.

At one point during the presentations, one Canon product managers also noted that a professional high-end full-frame model is in the works and coming soon. No further information was given regarding that model and exactly what type of system camera it might turn out to be. We’ll have to wait until a later date for more news on this camera.

Check out the Canon EOS RP on B&H!

Roadmap For Canon RF-series Lenses

Road map of RF-mount lenses for R-series mirrorless cameras.

Additionally, at this event, Canon indicated that due to significant growth of the full-frame mirrorless market, the company would ramp up production of newer lenses for the RF-series mount, and presented a roadmap of its new system lenses. The company also noted that it is presently developing six new lenses (that it cryptically noted will be available at some time during 2019) including:

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • 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
RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM zoom lens

 

 

RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM zoom lens.

Hands-on with the EOS RP

Overall, I was comfortable using the new full-frame EOS RP. I felt the interface and the physical controls worked quite well. I also found the EVF and the LCD worked very well. Here’s a few images I took during my trip to New Orleans.

I shot this with one of the lens adapters in order to use the RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM on the EOS RP.

 

 

For more info on the camera and the lenses, see the press releases below:

[[press release 1: ]]

FULL FRAME FOR THE MASSES! CANON INTRODUCES ITS SECOND FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA – THE EOS RP 

New Super-Compact and Ultra-Lightweight EOS RP is Ideal for Users Looking to Graduate to Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera at an Affordable Price 

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2019 – Responding to the demand from amateur and advanced amateur photographers for an entry-level, full-frame mirrorless camera, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the second camera in the EOS R lineup, the EOS RP. The EOS RP is designed for photographers looking to step up from Canon’s APS-C cameras: the EOS Rebel, EOS M and the EOS 80D, into the world of full-frame mirrorless photography. Weighing in at just 17.29 ounces, the EOS RP camera is lighter than a 500ml bottle of water and smaller than Canon’s popular APS-C DSLR camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, coming in at approximately 5.0in (w) x 3.77in (h) x 2.36in (d). With optics at its core, the EOS RP takes full advantage of the complete line up of RF lenses and is compatible with the existing collection of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses with the use of one of three optional RF EOS-R Mount Adapters[i].

“As Canon continues to evolve its full-frame mirrorless cameras, our goal is that one day the EOS R line becomes as widely popular as our celebrated lineup of EOS DSLR cameras,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As a company, we believe that in order for us to accomplish that goal, Canon needs to develop full-frame mirrorless cameras for every skill level of photographers and that starts with amateurs and advanced amateurs. This makes the EOS RP the perfect addition to the existing lineup.”

The new Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera features a 26.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that is powered by the company’s DIGIC 8 image processor, providing users with high-image quality, outstanding operation and functionality. The new Canon EOS RP features Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) with 4,779 manually selectable AF points[ii] and a wide AF coverage area of 88 percent horizontal and 100 percent vertical. With f/1.2 lenses, the camera astonishingly boasts AF sensitivity in low light in as little as Exposure Value (EV) -5. When using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens with the EOS RP, the camera can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds with Dual Pixel CMOS AF[iii]. When using eye detection AF, the camera can automatically detect faces and focus on the eye of the subject. This feature is supported when the camera is set in either servo AF mode during continuous shooting and movie servo AF, as well as one-shot AF.

Like the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera that was announced in September 2018, the EOS RP is built around the same 54mm mount diameter and short-back focus. This allows for the use of one of three optional mount adapters for full compatibility with all existing EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses. Through the use of the optional Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter or Control Ring Mount Adapter, these lenses, in fact, gain functionality.

For photographers looking to further expand their abilities and capture a wide variety of both still and video images, the EOS RP features Visual Guide mode. First introduced with the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D, this mode allows users to see on screen how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings can alter the image they are about to capture. This mode helps to guide photographers to capture more compelling images, such as ones with a shallow depth-of-field or being able to give moving subjects a frozen or flowing look. For those looking to expand their imaginative options, the camera also features Creative Assist mode that allows photographers to use new and unique visual effects and adjustments when shooting, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, color tone, monochrome and background blur. In addition, the design, ergonomics, layout and ease-of-use of the camera are very similar to that of other Canon cameras consumers might already be familiar with.

Additional noteworthy features of the EOS RP camera include:

  • Built-in 0.39 inch, 2.36 million dot Electronic Viewfinder with Touch-and-Drag AF
  • Vari-Angle LCD touchscreen
  • 4K UHD 24P/Full HD 60p video recording with 4K time-lapse shooting and the ability to extract still images from 4K video recordings
  • ISO range of 100-25,600 that is expandable up to ISO of 102,400
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®[iv] and Bluetooth®[v] technology
  • Mobile RAW workflow supported paired with Digital Photo Professional Express App[vi]

Availability and Pricing

The Canon EOS RP full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in March 2019 for an estimated retail price of $1299.00 for the body only. It will also be sold as a body-and-lens kit with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens for $2399.00*

To learn more about the EOS R system, including in-depth educational tutorials, please visit usa.canon.com

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Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Editorial Contact:

Robert Luckett

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

(631) 330-5205

[email protected]

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[[press release 2: ]]

CANON ENSURES THE SUCCESSFUL FUTURE OF ITS RF MOUNT WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF SIX NEW LENSES

New Lenses Under Development Cover a Range of Core Focal Lengths 

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2019 – Continuing with the message of “optics at its core,” Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc, is developing six new RF-series lenses, further displaying the company’s commitment to the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system. Canon’s new RF mount allows for fast, light, and high-performing optics with a large opening diameter and short back focus distance. Each new lens in development will help fulfill the needs of amateur and advanced amateurs to professional photographers and videographers, covering critical focal lengths. In 2019, Canon’s already well-established optical lens heritage will celebrate a production milestone of 140 million EF and RF lenses and the celebration starts with the development announcement of these six lenses[i].

The six new RF lenses under development include:

  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS
  • 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

“Optics are the critical piece of the visual puzzle that bend light and capture an image as the artist envisioned,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “That is why it is so important for us to strengthen our family of RF lenses for the EOS R camera system. With this collection of new lenses, customers will have more of the tools they need, for the images they desire to create.”

All six RF lenses under development are built around Canon’s new RF mount, which features a large 54mm diameter and shorter back focus distance than on current EOS DSLR cameras. In addition, the RF mount enhances communication and power transmission between the lens and camera body, which has helped Canon to achieve the world’s fastest autofocus speed for a full-frame mirrorless camera system[ii].

The details of the new Canon RF lenses under development are as follows:

The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.

The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.

The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.

The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package, is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.

The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.

Availability

All six of the new Canon RF lenses under development are expected to be available later in 2019*. To learn more about the lenses under development and to follow along for the official announcement, please visit usa.canon.com

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2018 and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2018. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

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Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Editorial Contact:

Robert Luckett

Canon U.S.A., Inc.

(631) 330-5205

[email protected]

[i] 140 million milestone figure is the accumulated production as at 19th December 2018. Figure includes RF lenses and Cinema lenses

 

[ii] As of 13 February 2019, among interchangeable lens digital mirrorless cameras incorporating a 35mm full frame equivalent image sensor with contrast detection AF and phase detection AF on the image plane. Calculated from the results of measured AF speed, based on CIPA guidelines (differs depending on shooting conditions and lens used). Measured using internal methods. Measurement conditions: EV12 (ambient temperature/ISO 100), Manual Mode, using the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM (at a focal length of 24mm) with the following settings: shutter released using the shutter button, 1-point AF (Center AF), One-Shot AF)

*Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

[i] When attaching an EF-S lens via any of Canon’s new R-series mount adapters, the EOS RP automatically switches to a APS-C crop mode.

[ii] Available AF points may decrease when shooting with AF cropping or in movie mode, or depending on camera settings or lens attached.

[iii] Based on results of AF speed tests in accordance with CIPA guidelines. Results may vary depending on shooting conditions and lens in use. Relies on internal measurement method.

  • Brightness at time of distance measurement: EV12(regular temperature, ISO 100)
  • Shooting mode: M
  • Lens in use: RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM, with focal distance of 24mm and live-view mode on (with manual shutter button operation)
  • AF mode: Live single-point AF(central) and AF operation: One-shot AF

[iv] Compatible with iOS® versions 9.3/10.3, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions 4.4/5.0/5.1/6.0/7.0/7.1. Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

[v] Compatible with select smartphone and tablet devices (Android™ version 5.0 or later and the following iOS® devices: iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3rd gen. or later, iPod Touch 5th gen. or later) equipped with Bluetooth® version 4.0 or later and the Camera Connect.

[vi] Compatible with iPad models utilizing iOS 11 or later and equipped with at least 2GB of onboard RAM—specifically, iPad Pro (all models), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2.

*Availability, prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

* Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

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