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I’m not a video guy (though that is changing), and I usually err on the side of Canon when it comes to the video features that they put into cameras. I realize a lot of what they may omit from a camera can sometimes come down to reliability and usability, as they want to make a creative tool that you don’t really have to worry about. I think anyone can admit Canon is probably at the top of the heap when it comes to these sorts things, even if the spec list doesn’t set the world on fire.
I also realize Canon seems to want to protect camera models that are up the food chain. Though I’ve always liked Steve Jobs’ philosophy on this; “If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will”. But that’s a conversation for another day.
Now we have the Canon EOS RP, a small full-frame camera that looks fantastic for stills shooters. Video shooters were pretty much expecting an EOS M50 with a full frame sensor and an RF mount, which I think was a completely justified expectation. No one was expecting a $1299 8K camera with DPAF and 120fps. On the flip side, no one was expecting a regression of features that have existed in the Canon lineup for eons.
So why on earth did Canon omit these two simple and usable features from the EOS RP?
No 1080p @ 24fps. Every Canon camera for as long as I can remember has had this feature. There’s no technical reason for the omission of this feature, it’s simply software. Not to mention that you do get 24p with 4K shooting sans DPAF.
The second issue, you lose 1080p when shooting with adapted EF-S lenses, as the resolution drops to 720p. This is also a strange decision on Canon’s part.
Can both issues be fixed with firmware? Absolutely. Will Canon do it? Only if everyone gets loud enough.
Canon from time to time has added features to cameras via firmware. We’ve seen massive feature updates in the past for the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D, and I think a lot of people would like to see similar treatment for the EOS RP.
Canon doesn’t like this site all that much, so they’re probably not going to listen to me. However, they will listen to you, the consumer. Get your voice heard in any way you can and maybe we can get Canon to right two simple wrongs.
Anyone that has the privilege of interviewing Canon execs or R&D people, you need to ask about these two omitted features and not accept puffy marketing speak as an answer.
Do the right thing Canon and announce a firmware update to correct these two issues and you’ll sell a boatload more EOS RP cameras.