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- Nov 11, 2012
Actually you can with the physical dial on the RP configuration. It looks like with these relatively early RF mount cameras Canon are testing out various control layouts, witness the R, RP and R7 for example. I have to say that I really like the layout of the RP. I agree with those that say on a mirrorless camera they don't miss the top LCD, and I much prefer the top mounted horizontal rear control wheel (like Nikon and in this case, the RP) to the vertically mounted wheel on the back of the camera. For me it is easier to use but that may be because I was a Nikon shooter until 2005. The mode wheel on the RP lies right under my thumb, the heavy click stopping is enough toI far prefer the electronically-controlled mode switching. I use C# modes for different shooting situations, e.g. C2 for perched birds and C3 for flying birds, where the minimum desired shutter speed, FPS, AF mode, etc., are different. On my R3, as on the 1D X, I have the mode switching assigned to the M.Fn button, so if I'm shooting a perched bird that takes flight, one press of the button adjacent to the shutter release changes me from C2 to C3 with no need to even move my hand, much less take my eye off the VF. That is not possible with the physical dial.
stop it from being accidentally changed, and whilst I agree that it may not be as instantaneous as a button, it is still very quick, I would guess enough for your example of the bird leaving a branch. Not that I'm suggesting the RP is a good birding camera, its frame rate is far too pedestrian for that, just that the control layout is very good. I can only assume that on the R6 Canon didn't use the RP style and placing of the mode dial due to the R6 having a joystick, which may have conflicted with its use. Likewise the R10.