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Cheaper Canon mirrorless ‘rumoured’

Canon’s PR machine appears to be behind a concerted rumour campaign tipping the release of a lower-priced full frame mirrorless model, the EOS RP, with the formal announcement said to be pencilled in for February 14.

From the top the EOS RP resembles Canon’s entry level X00D and X000D DSLRs. (Source: Nokishita)

Images of the new camera have been leaked this week to Japanese photography website Nokishita, which has a history of ‘pre-reveals’ from Canon and other Japanese camera companies.

The RP will be considerably smaller and lighter at  than the  initial Canon EOS R. The EOS RP reportedly weighs just 485g compared to the 660g EOS R. However, the 24-105mm ‘kit lens’ weighs a further 700g, which puts the combination at close to 1.2Kg.

It doesn’t have the top-facing LCD readout which has been a feature of Canon pro and semi-pro DSLRs over the years. Neither is there a focussing joystick nor a touch bar. And there’s no reference to in-body stabilisation in the stream of rumours.

Unlike competitors such as the Nikon Z6 and Sony A7 II, it doesn’t have any weather-sealing.

The Nokishita website asserts the RP will feature a 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor (the 6D Mark II has a 26.2-meg sensor as well). It also uses Canon’s proprietary dual-pixel autofocus system with a Digic 8 image processor. Continuous shooting wis up to 5 fps, with an ISO range matching the Canon EOS R at 100-40,000.

The EOS RP is rumoured to cost around US$1,599, which should see it offered in Australia with an RRP around $2500 (say, $2499.99).

Listed features:

The rumoured weight of the EOS RP is just 485g, but the 24-105mm ‘kit’ lens adds another 700g to the total.

– 26.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor:
– Dual Pixel CMOS AF, DIGIC 8 image processor;
– Continuous shooting at up to 5 fps;
– ISO sensitivity 100 to 40000;
– OLED EVF;
– 3.0-inch variable angle liquid crystal display panel;
– Dual Sensing IS;
– DLO in camera, RAW development in camera, C-RAW compatible;
– 132.5 x 85 x 70mm, weight 485g (with batteries);

An expanded lens range is likely to accompany the RP announcement, with five new options flagged: Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM; Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM; Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM; Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM; and Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.

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