The Canon EOS RP was officially announced yesterday (or today for some folks) and has received a pretty positive reception. Canonites are a passionate bunch and I've been very impressed with the reception that EOS RP has received.
Imaging Resource had a chance to sit down with Canon execs to talk all things Canon EOS RP.
Some questions we think a lot of you want answers to?
The 26.2mp sensor is the exact same sensors that appeared in the EOS 6D Mark II. Some adjustments to the microlenses were needed for light angles and things like that, but everything else is identical. The DIGIC 8 processor in the EOS RP is the exact same as any other DIGIC 8 processor as well.
Canon also paid particular attention to the build quality of this little camera. The magnesium alloy and plastic construction was a big part of the development. They wanted it to feel great in your hands.
The weather sealing is also identical in design to the EOS 6D Mark II. There aren't a lot of gaskets in the camera design, but the way the pieces fit together provides the necessary sealing.
Speaking specifically about the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS (Defocus Smoothing) and what that exactly is surprised us a bit. Canon is apparently using a coating technology to mimic apodization filters. This advancement may get around the challenges of apodization filters such as light loss. Canon also mentions that it will be easy to add this technology to other lenses if they wanted to.
As for a future “Pro” EOS R body? Canon wouldn't comment directly on the subject. However, they did say some things that I've been saying to folks that contact us about when such a camera is coming.
We know there's a lot of customers and there's strong demand for a pro body. We're aware of that. But at the same time, the expectations in terms of performance are really high as well, so we need time to make sure that we get everything right in the body.
Releasing a “professional” body is easy, releasing the right one is not. For example, Canon states that the development of something like “pro” autofocus sensors that such a camera would require takes a long time to develop.
Pricing for the Canon EOS RP was a big part of the development as well. Both technical and marketing considerations came into play. They absolutely nailed it at $1299, but we have to wonder how tight the margins are on this camera.
The free EG-E1 extension grip and canon mount adapter special that launched with the EOS RP are good until March 30, so now's the time to get your order in.