'Bland and Cheap': Kai W Reviews the Canon EOS RP

It's not exactly the ringing endorsement Canon would have wanted, but Kai Wong brings his usual humor to this savage review of the company's newest full-frame mirrorless offering.

"It's bland, it's cheap, it's full frame," is about the nicest description Wong gives the Canon EOS RP. Wong points out the decided lack of hype surrounding Canon's latest release and surmises that the company knew the EOS RP, which was likely developed parallel to the EOS R, was always going to be a letdown. Costing $1,000 less than its more fully-featured sibling, it wouldn't have made sense for Canon to make the EOS RP a superior product. 

So, no, it's not the world's best vlogging camera. In fact, Wong says Canon might have been better off skipping video altogether given that the video features are quite poor overall. It's also not the greatest still camera, decidedly lacking in dynamic range. Considering that its $1,300 price tag is still pretty hefty for entry-level gear, especially without an included lens (the EOS RP with an included RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens kit pushes the price tag up to $2,200), Wong argues there are better options available for less money. 

Wong admittedly didn't get a hands-on look at the RP, but the review is worth watching anyway. Check out his friend Lok Cheung's hands-on review here

What do you think of the new EOS RP? Drop a comment below and give us your thoughts.

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Gil N's picture

"Wong admittedly didn't get a hands-on look at the RP"... Come on now.

Scott Hussey's picture

I haven't seen it either, but I'm sure I could express my opinion based on what other reviewers have already said. ;)

Brian Pernicone's picture

Frankly, I almost didn't repost this video on that sentence alone. However, since I find Kai to be pretty funny in general, and this review to be consistent with what little else I've read about the RP, I decided to post it, despite Wong's lack of hands-on experience. As professionals, or even as enthusiastic amateurs, I think Fstoppers readers understand what the Canon EOS RP better after seeing Kai's video. Do you disagree?

Scott Hussey's picture

Why not just post Lok's video? He actually used the camera.

Brian Pernicone's picture

My colleague Alex Cooke had already posted Lok's video, which is also worth a look.
https://fstoppers.com/gear/hands-first-look-canon-eos-rp-342003

When was the last time Canon introduced a really ground-breaking camera?

Jan Kruize's picture

When will be the first time a professional photographer will use a sony?

Eric Salas's picture

I've commented this article to Jan before. He's one of those guys that screamed digital photography would never be considered professional level either.

Jan Kruize's picture

Funny to read this a professional photographer and a friend of me was at the academy awards a short time ago. He saw tons of nikons, he saw tons of canons, he saw some hasselblads, he saw two phase ones and he saw one sony. Come on mates. Sony camera’s are toys for boys. Canons and nikons are made for photographers.

Jan Kruize's picture

And when someone says that jason lanier is a great photographer i dont even want to see the rest.

Errick Jackson's picture

You...don't seriously believe no one's using Sony cameras for professional use do you?

Aside from becoming the standard by which pretty much all mirrorless cameras are judged by now, they have also come to match or beat the performance of many DSLRs and have an exceptional lens lineup. Also, keep in mind more than likely all of those photographers you saw have been shooting for years, maybe even decades, so it's unlikely they all would jump ship to Sony, but that really has no bearing on Sony's legitimacy as a camera for professionals.

And that aside, just look at sales figures. But I digress.

Jan Kruize's picture

Im sorry, its a fact.... when you look at the sales yes i think the sony sales are good, but not in the professional market. The sonys are mostly sold to amateur photographers. The people who think that much megapixels eye-af and a dynamic stop more make you a great photographer. And influencers like jason lanier let them believe its true. This mr wong or whatever his name is just talks a lot of shit. And the people here believe him.

Eric Salas's picture

With an earth-shaking rating of 2 stars, you’d be lucky to have any of those photographers deem your work worthy of a critique.
Professionals always jump to help the irrationally arrogant right?

Jan Kruize's picture

I see, yes... you have one more.... great man. Well, taken with an old fashioned 5dmkiv two of my pictures were chosen to use at the amsterdam fashionweek today. Thats a thing nore important than 2 stars in here do you think?

Eric Salas's picture

I’m not saying I’m better than you, I’m saying, “stay humble”. You insult every professional using a Sony camera expecting a different response?

Jan Kruize's picture

I’m not saying that, i only say that a friend of mine saw only one sony at a event were 250 professional photographers were working. It’s so different from what everybody is yelling in here. Sony is the best, And you are really stupid when you dont’t buy a sony and in a few years canon and nikon will be gone. People are yelling that in here. When you want a sony.... buy it and use it. But.... i’m sorry, no one in the professional field is using them. Except some guys like Jason Lanier who only can say use sony..... canon and nikon is shit. Guess wich company he made a deal with.

Eric Salas's picture

You said a lot more that. You haven’t deleted your previous comments so we can all see your failed attempts to backpedal.

“Sony’s camera’s are toys for boys” “when will be the first time a professional photographer use a Sony” “this Mr Wong or whatever his name is” “and when someone says Jason Lanier is a great photographer...”

I commented this so that if you do delete your comments the others can see why this thread exists.

Jan Kruize's picture

Yes i said all these things, and its funny to see all these guys like Wong and Lanier yelling, canon is dead and Nikon is dead while in the meantime almost all the profs at big events use this two brands. Really i dont hate Sony but i hate all those fools yelling all that Sony invented the camera. Its simply not true.

Eric Salas's picture

You should go watch Jason’s video where he bought an EOSR to test. He still uses adapted lenses as do most of us that crossed over from Canon.

Sony didn’t invent the camera, they invented the Walkman. They did change the future of cameras with mirrorless tech.

Jan Kruize's picture

I know that guy, and without seeing that video i allready know the results. That guy talks everything down what’s called nikon or canon. He says all those adapters on sony work great on all lenses. They simply don’t. And theyre mostly slower. Put a funny hat on and sunglasses and youre an influencer. It has nothing to do with the professional market. His followers are people who are posting pictures with their new sony still in the box and yelling eeeeewwww it arrived today. This guy is nothing more than a clown.

Errick Jackson's picture

So without any empirical data other than "my friend saw at a show one time" and "I don't have to watch Jason's videos to know what he's saying," you've determined that Sony is not a serious camera company, pros don't use them at all, and they're only sold to amateurs. I'd like to ask how you know Sony's sales figures in terms of who is buying their cameras, but honestly your aversion to data-based information discovery makes it hard to take you seriously or continue this thread. If you're gonna say something is fact, you need to be able to back that up.

Jan Kruize's picture

Yup, the guy i mean is a well known celebrity photographer and yes i believe him because he doesnt give a shit what kind of camera someone uses. I saw videos’s from lanier... the only thing the guy yells is sony is champion and nikon and canon make shit. Why? He is asony ambassador. So he gets benefits from them. Look at events like the olympics or big matches... no sonys there. Why are the sony figures so good? Well they hire some guys with funny hats and sunglasses who are yelling buy sony all day. And all the people in groups like this buy them. Don’t get me wrong.... sony makes very good camera’s, but these camera’s are leaking, theyre not easy to handle and the service for pro’s is below zero. I’m sorry.

Errick Jackson's picture

He hasn't been an ambassador for almost a year, but okay.

Jan Kruize's picture

I heard something like that but i wasnt sure. They kicked him out.

Errick Jackson's picture

Yes, because they recognized blind, aggressive loyalty in support of or opposition to a brand isn't an ideal image to have. Maybe something to learn, yea?

Jan Kruize's picture

Yes.... i really don’t understand why people sell all the gear they use pay thousands of dollars for another brand because guys like Lanier yell it. They say simply youre a fool when you don’t buy sony. Sony nakes good camera’s but these kind of guys give them a bad name.

Exactly. It kills me to see my beloved Canon brand inch along with incremental SLR improvements to keep up with what the competition did five years ago.

Jan Kruize is a rabid Sony hater. His remarks are so childish it isn't worth an answer.
He is incapable of moving beyond: Sony is a toy.

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