Canon EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D Review

Mirrorless might be getting all the attention these days, but there’s still a place in the photo world for the classic, tried-and-true DSLR. For those beginners- to intermediate-level photographers, the new Canon Rebel T8i offers reliable image quality and efficiency features for both stills and video in a lightweight and easy-to-use camera body.

Coming in as successor to the Rebel T7i from 2017, the brand new T8i provides an altogether familiar compact DSLR form factor and a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor. However, it does offer some good upgrades thanks to its faster image processor and updated metering system. There are faster burst shooting, better video platforms, and upgraded autofocus, with Face Detection even in viewfinder shooting, along with Eye Detection in Live View.

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Canon EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D Price, Bundles and Discounts

As with previous models, the Rebel T8i actually serves as Canon’s most advanced model within its Rebel series of entry-level DSLRs. Priced at $750 body-only, the Canon T8i isn’t the most basic or bare-bones Rebel camera, but rather it packs a healthy dose of advanced features and functionality for a generally affordable price point.

Canon may be teasing a high-end full-frame mirrorless, but the company isn’t about to start neglecting DSLRs. The new Canon EOS Rebel T8i upgrades the processor chip and autofocus in Canon’s popular budget DSLR, resulting in a $750 camera that’s equipped with 4K and enhanced performance for stills.

The Canon EOS Rebel T8 still houses the same sensor as the Canon T7i actually, a 24-megapixel APS-C design that’s been around for a while, but isn’t bad considering the price point. While the autofocus has been updated to include face and eye detection when using the screen instead of the viewfinder, the focus still uses a 45-point Dual Pixel system.

What’s new is the DIGIC 8 Processor, the computer chip that processes all those images. It allows for a slightly faster 7 fps burst speed (over the T7i’s 6 fps), but more importantly, upgrades the video to 4K at 24 fps. The video also has a 4K HDMI output option, and, for the first time for Canon DSLRs, supports vertical video for footage destined for smartphone viewing.

Besides the vertical video, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is designed for social sharing. The camera also homes a new auto-exposure sensor as a DSLR designed for both novices on auto and beginners swapping to manual or semi-manual modes.

The exterior feels much in the same tradition as previous Canon spending budget DSLRs and, while still a DSLR, is designed to be compact and lightweight. The design includes AF-On and quick control for more advanced users.


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