Canon brought the mould when it brought full-frame DSLR cameras to the masses with the launch of the original 6D way back in 2012. The camera was a huge success and spawned the 6D MkII replacement in 2017. The MkII kept the value-for-money ethos of the original, but brought updated features, such as a vari-angle LCD, higher resolution and improved autofocus.
In other words, the 6D MkII is a great DSLR, but now Canon photographers have an alternative to pick from. Much as the 6D MkII is the affordable full-frame DSLR on offer to Canon users, the EOS RP is the affordable version from Canon’s relatively new range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. In fact, the specification sheets between the two cameras are similar, meaning photographers may well want to pick between the two cameras. While a lot is similar, there are key differences and we’re going to drill down into the specification sheets to highlight the main areas where each camera excels to help you pick the right camera for your photography.
Design and build:
Let’s start with the older of the two cameras, the 6D MkII. As you’d expect, the 6D MkII features a typical DSLR-shaped body, which tips the scales at 765g – remarkably lightweight for a full-frame DSLR. At the heart of the camera is that full-frame CMOS sensor that serves up 26.2-megapixels of resolution and is powered by Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor engine. The 6D MkII features Canon’s tried and tested EF mount, meaning there’s a massive amount of lenses, both from Canon and third-party brands like Tamron or Sigma available.
Meanwhile, the EOS RP takes its slimmed down form factor from the more pro-level EOS R and weighs in at just 485g, making it one of the most compact and lightweight full-frame mirrorless cameras money can buy, and this is sure to appeal to those photographers who value weight-saving and portability. Also serving up 26.2-megapixels from a full-frame CMOS sensor, the RP uses the newer and more powerful DIGIC 8 processor and, of course, features the RF mount that accepts Canon’s newer range of RF lenses designed for mirrorless use. However, the RP can take Canon’s EF adaptor, meaning regular CAnon lenses can be used on the mirrorless RP.
Both cameras feature 3-inch vari-angle LCDs, putting them firmly in the sights of Vloggers, and both cameras also feature Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel AF autofocus technology. However, there are a few differences when it comes to design and build between the cameras. Let’s jump back to autofocus and, while the 6D MkII features 45 AF points, the mirrorless RP blows this spec out of the water by offering an eye-watering 4779 selectable AF points. The 6D MKII does strike back though, offering a slightly faster burst rate (6.5FPS v 5FPS) and enhanced weather-sealing, enabling photographers to keep shooting when the rain starts to fall or when the wind whips up excess dust.
Because the 6D MkII is that much bigger than the RP, it has room to feature an additional top plate LCD so photographers can quickly see exposure and mode information and the 6D MkII offers built-in GPS, a feature that’s perennially popular with landscape photographers as it allows you to tag and save location data – useful if you would like to return to, or share information about where an image was taken.
Neither the 6D MkII or the mirrorless RP offer a pop-up flash, but both feature a hotshoe mount to attach an external flashgun unit or a radio trigger to fire off-camera lighting. Both cameras write video and stills to a single SD card slot, but there’s an obvious difference when it comes to composition images, as although both cameras feature a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD, the RP uses a 2.36 Million dot 0.39-inch OLED colour Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), while the 6D MkII relies on a traditional optical viewfinder.
|Canon RP||Canon 6D MkII|
|Price||$ 1,249.00||$ 1,219.00|
|Resolution||26.2-megapixels full-frame sensor||26.2-megapixels full-frame sensor|
|Burst rate||5 FPS||6.5 FPS|
With both cameras offering 26.2-megapixels of resolution from full-frame CMOS sensors, image quality is designed to be impressive and suitable for professional use. Both cameras shoot RAW, as well as JPEGs, meaning the files offer a large degree of tolerance for editing in software such as Adobe Lightroom and with a max file size of 6240 x 4160 pixels, photographers will easily be able to make prints of up to A3 in size.
Both the 6D MkII and the EOS RP share the same native and expanded ISO ranges, with the native range stretching from ISO 100-40000 and expanding out to ISO 50-102400. As both cameras are made by Canon, they feature the same consistently brilliant colour science that adds to the superior image quality generated from these cameras.
We’ve already mentioned that both the 6D MkII and the EOS RP should make it onto the list of any Vlogger searching for a new camera, but there are some important differences on each model. First up is the fact that the RP can shoot ultra high-quality 4K footage at 24 or 25p, while the 6D MkII is limited to Full HD video at up to 60p. This may prove to be a dealbreaker if you are a very video-orientated user, but there’s more to the story too. For example, while both cameras offer an external microphone port to capture enhanced audio during your video recordings, only the RP features a headphone port so that this audio can be monitored.
It should be noted that neither camera offers a fast frame rate like the one found on the Canon 5D MkIV to create slow motion sequences and that the 4K video on the EOS RP is cropped, so you may need a wide-angle lens if you intend to Vlog in 4K. Both cameras offer a Timelapse mode to help you get creative, but neither model includes Canon’s C-Log color profile that would enable you more tolerance when colour grading footage.
Additional features and verdict:
The Canon 6D MkII and the Canon RP share many features, but there is plenty of difference that will help photographers choose between the two cameras. For example, the 6D MkII offers a vastly improved battery life with a whopping 1200 shots attainable on a single charge, while the mirrorless RP trails badly behind, offering 250 shots on a single charge. It’s also worth noting that the 6D MkII uses the same battery as many other Canon DSLRs, including the 7D MKII and Canon 5D MkIII and 5D MkIV, so it may well be the case that if you own another Canon camera, you will be able to use the same batteries.
Meanwhile, the RP) offers in terms of autofocus (4779 selectable AF points v just 45 on the 6D MkII) may swing other photographers. Video shooters will find more to keep them happy on the mirrorless RP, with the 4K video and the headphone jack, while landscape shooters may decide the weather sealing on the 6 D MK II seals the deal. In reality, both models are excellent cameras that are capable of capturing professional-level stills and come from a brand steeped in reliability and heritage.