Canon R6 vs Canon RP | Key Differences

Canon EOS R6 and EOS RP are both full-frame mirrorless cameras. Canon R6 offers wonderful 4K video recording capabilities. EOS RP on the other hand does not stand quite well against R6 but still offers a decent amount of features under a budget. In this post, we will analyze how these two models are similar and different from each other. Let’s take a look at Canon R6 vs Canon RP comparison.

Price Comparison | Canon R6 vs Canon RP

Canon EOS R6Canon EOS RP
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Launch DateJuly 9, 2020March 14, 2019
Price Comparison | Canon R6 vs Canon RP

Highlights and Features | Canon R6 vs Canon RP

Before we move on to a full-fledged comparison keep in mind that Canon R6 is a high-end camera, whereas the RP model is relatively cheap and an entry-level camera. We will look at the features that keep them apart and the features bring them under the same umbrella.

Sensor and Image Processor

Both models carry a full-frame CMOS sensor. However, Canon R6 comes with a better processor (Digic X) than the Canon RP (Digic 8). As a benefit, EOS R6 is able to offer better overall performance (especially in terms of video recording) than EOS RP.

Image Quality

Canon RP offers 26.2 MP resolution, which is more than Canon R6 supporting 20.1 MP resolution. Due to the higher resolution, EOS RP can deliver better results for photographers who shoots stills for large prints. Both models can store images in either 14-bit RAW or JPEG. The larger pixels in Canon R6 gives a better low light performance than the RP. Canon RP is a decent budget-oriented still photography camera, that also records 4K. It does well in photography. But overall, Canon EOS R6 is a better choice due to various reasons.

Canon EOS R6 also includes an IBIS system whereas Canon RP does not. So if you usually shoot fast action without a tripod, choosing RP might not be a good idea. The digital stabilization in Canon RP is not as good as the In-Built Image Stabilization in Canon EOS R6.

ISO and Shutter Speed

Canon R6 is superior to Canon RP in terms of ISO range. While EOS R6 supports a standard ISO range from 100 to 102400, Canon EOS RP supports only 100 – 40000. Sometimes, ISO is the only boost option left with photographers to rely on in low light conditions when they cannot tweak their shutter speed or aperture any further.

Canon EOS R6 supports a faster shutter speed than EOS RP. While RP shoots from 1/4000s to 30s, R6 goes as fast as 1/8000 s to 30s. This is another shortcoming from the Canon RP. However, this affects only those photographers who have to capture very fast actions like racing, or birds. If you need a camera for daily activities at a budget, Canon RP might suit you right.

Continuous drift speed or continuous burst is another factor that photographers look up to. Canon EOS R6 features a whopping 20 fps up to 240 RAW frames, whereas RP only features a 5 fps burst speed. And again, Canon RP falls short.

Video Capture

Both Canon R6 and RP have 4K and Full HD recording capabilities. The advanced processor in R6 makes the video recording superior to RP. Therefore, R6 can record up to 4:2:2 10-bit 4K and FHD video in H.265 at 60 fps (170 to 340 Mb/s). However, with H.264, the recording abilities drop down to 4:2:0 8-Bit UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 60 fps (120 to 230 Mb/s). On the other hand, Canon RP can only record 8-bit 4K and FHD internally (MP4/H.264 UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976, 25 fps).

While recording 4K, both models induce a crop factor. Canon RP has a higher crop factor value, 1.76x, compared to the 1.5x of R6. It is crucial to compensate for variation in depth of field while recording 4K videos.

Autofocus

Just like Canon R5, EOS R6 also boasts the next generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology that delivers amazing autofocus results, thanks to the blazing fast DIGIC X image processor. It offers 1053 focus points during automatic selection. However, during manual selection, that number rises to 6072 points almost 1.5x more than the EOS-1DX Mark III.

With 4779 focus points, the phase-detection autofocus system of Canon RP does not disappoint either. But Canon EOS R6 offers far superior autofocus performance than EOS RP due to the enhancements made in the Dual Pixel CMOS AF II. It allows for the ability to enable AF Priority mode for either people or animals. Additionally, the camera is able to recognize not just the body, but the head and eyes of the subjects as well.

Viewfinder and Monitor

Canon R6 features a larger 0.5″ 3,690,000 dotted OLED viewfinder, whereas RP features a smaller 0.39″ 2,360,000 dotted OLED viewfinder. It is safe to say that Canon R6 provides a better EVF display.

Both models feature a 3″ fully articulating touchscreen. However, EOS R6’s LCD screen has a 1,620,000 dot resolution whereas RP features a 1,040,000 dot resolution.

Other Features

Canon R6 supports two UHS-II compliant card slots whereas RP only supports a single slot (UHS-II compliant). In terms of flash, Canon R6 supports 1/250 s maximum flash sync speed while Canon RP supports a slower 1/180 s max flash sync speed. Keep these points in your mind if you are a professional and plan for indoor or wedding shooting with this camera. R6 also packs a better battery with 360 shots compared to the 250 shots battery in RP. In terms of weight, Canon RP is lighter than Canon R6 making R5 a better companion for travelers, and vloggers.

Specifications Comparison | Canon R6 vs Canon RP

Camera FeatureCanon EOS R6Canon EOS RP
Sensor36 x 24 mm Full-Frame CMOS35.9 x 24 mm Full-Frame CMOS
Image ProcessorDigic XDigic 8
Lens MountCanon RFCanon RF
Effective Pixels20.1 MP26.2 MP
Maximum Resolution5472 x 36486240 x 4160
ISO Range (Extended)100 to 102400 (Extended: 100 to 204800)100 to 40000 (Extended: 50 to 102400)
Shutter Speed1/8000 to 30 Seconds1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Continuous Drift SpeedMechanical Shutter: 12 fps at 20 MP for up to 1000 Frames (JPEG) / 240 Frames (Raw)
Electronic Shutter: 20 fps at 20 MP for up to 1000 Frames (JPEG) / 240 Frames (Raw)
5 fps at 26.2 MP for up to 50 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Auto FocusPhase Detection: 1053Phase Detection: 4779
IBIS5-Axis Sensor-ShiftDigital Only
IBIS Ratingup to 8 stops
Supported Image File FormatsJPEG, Raw, HEIFJPEG, Raw
Image Bit Depth14-Bit14-Bit
Supported Video FormatsMPEG-4, H.264, H.265MPEG-4, H.264
4K RAW SupportNoNo
Other 4K Recording ModesH.265 4:2:2 10-Bit UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976, 29.97, 59.94 fps (170 to 340 Mb/s)
H.264 4:2:0 8-Bit UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976, 29.97, 59.94 fps (120 to 230 Mb/s)
MP4/H.264 UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976, 25 fps – 4:2:0 8-bit
Other Video Recording ModesH.264/XAVC S 4:2:2 10-Bit FHD at 23.976, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, 100, 119.88, 200, 239.76 fps (50 Mb/s)
H.264/XAVC S 4:2:0 8-Bit FHD at 23.976, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94, 100, 119.88, 200, 239.76 fps (16 to 100 Mb/s)
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps (60 Mb/s) – 4:2:0 8-bit
HD (1280 x 720) at 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 fps (12 Mb/s) – 4:2:0 8-bit
External Recording Modes4:2:2 10-Bit UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 59.94 fpsUHD 4K (3840 x 2160) – 4:2:2 8-bit
Full HD (1920 x 1080) – 4:2:2 8-bit
HD (1280 x 720) – 4:2:2 8-bit
4K Crop Factor1.5x1.76x
ViewfinderElectronic 3,690,000 Dots 0.5″Electronic 2,360,000 Dots 0.39″
Monitor3″ Articulating Touchscreen LCD3″ Articulating Touchscreen LCD
Monitor Resolution1,620,000 Dots1,040,000 Dots
Maximum Flash Sync Speed1/250 Second1/180 Second
Memory Card Slot2 slots – SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)1 Slot – SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II)
Battery Life360 shots250 shots
Weight680 g485 g
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Specifications Comparison | Canon R6 vs Canon RP

After this comparison, it is safe to say that Canon R6 (Amazon) is better than Canon RP.

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