The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a versatile DSLR with well-rounded picture and video capabilities. It is designed for first-time shooters, but it is also capable of handling more demanding photography chores. With a 24.1-megapixel APS-C-format CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 image processor, the camera can capture high-resolution still images and UHD 4K video. It also has a wide ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range to accommodate shooting in a variety of lighting settings, including bright sunlight.
Additionally, in addition to the imaging characteristics, the sensor’s architecture allows for Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, which employs phase-detection autofocus to provide rapid, accurate, and smooth focusing performance while recording movies or taking stills in live view. For still photography with the optical viewfinder, a 45-point cross-type phase-detection technology is employed to achieve rapid and precise focusing in a range of shooting situations
The Canon EOS Rebel T8i DSLR camera is a straightforward APS-C DSLR camera. While still photography, it provides excellent image quality, especially in low-light situations, and it features an autofocus mechanism that does a remarkable job of tracking faces and objects during the process of still photography.
Also, it’s a really pleasant device to use, and it has a brilliant, completely articulated screen that’s easy to view, even in strong sunshine. The downside is that it’s pretty large, and the video recording quality, both in 4k and FHD, isn’t really good.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i: Design
Despite its compact size, the T8i was comfortable to use in my hands, and its buttons were strategically positioned to allow me to make quick and simple adjustments without interrupting my flow of thought. When I was establishing my focus points, accessing menu settings, and examining photographs, the 3-inch LCD touch screen afforded me more visual control than I had previously. My go-to low angle images were considerably easier to capture with it than with my Canon Mark 5D IV, because of its vari-angle construction, which allows it to be flipped out to the side as well as up and down.
With dimensions of 5.16 x 4 x 3 inches and a weight of 18.2 ounces (with battery pack and SD card), it’s small and lightweight enough that I could easily slip it into my bookbag and forget it was there. Even for the most experienced photographers, lighted buttons are a convenience when shooting in low lighting settings. The problem is that there are no lit buttons on this camera. While popping out the LCD panel may provide a temporary solution, it is not ideal when you need to be discrete.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i: Interface
For those who prefer visual learning or who despise reading through equipment manuals, the T8i’s 3-inch LCD screen will guide you through the many camera operations and settings, so you’ll be ready to capture clean, crisp images and videos in no time. These screens will be especially useful for new users as they become acquainted with the T8i’s features and functions.
If you want to take unique photographs without utilizing photo editing software, creative filters will always be a winner. Among the T8i filters are the following: grainy black and white, soft focus, fish-eye effect (my personal favorite), water painting, toy camera, HDR Art Vivid, HDR Art Bold, and HDR Embossed.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i: Image quality
The T8i is equipped with a 24.1-megapixel sensor, an ISO range of 100 to 25600, a 45-point all cross-type AF system, and two DIGIC 8 image processors, among other features. Fine details and true-to-life rich colors will be captured with each photo, and this will not be an issue. Portraits, sports, landscapes, and even dorm life will be no problem for this camera.
During one of my photoshoots, I carried the camera on set with me in order to get a behind-the-scenes videos for my blog. We began filming in the early hours of the morning when the light settings were a little excessive. When switching between regions of shade and strong sunlight, the Scene Intelligent Auto Mode (A+) performed quite well. I had no trouble catching the vibrant colors and intricate details that our makeup artist had produced. Makeup artists, you won’t have to be concerned about losing delicate details or discoloration in your beauty pictures anymore.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i: Video quality
Although the T8i can record video in clear UHD 4K at up to 24 frames per second, it also has the ability to output video in a 16:9 vertical format, which is ideal for vloggers and content producers who utilize popular social media platforms such as Instagram’s IGTV or Facebook’s Stories. My favorite feature of the T8i was the vari-angle touchscreen LCD, which made it simple to create photos from unusual angles. I also appreciated the camera’s digital image stabilization, which reduces camera shake for smoother film.
The T8i caught clean views of my crew’s daytime rollerblading trip, as well as even and fluid pans for a more dramatic look to the final product.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i: Specifications
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Number of focus points||45|
|Number of cross-type focus points||45|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.82× (0.51× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||4.00 m (with Auto ISO)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Continuous drive||7.5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (mini HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via wireless remote or smartphone)|
|Battery description||LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||800|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||515 g (1.14 lb / 18.17 oz)|
|Dimensions||131 x 103 x 76 mm (5.16 x 4.06 x 2.99″)|
Canon EOS Rebel T8i: Battery life
When I’m shooting with my Canon cameras, I never have to be concerned about the battery life of the equipment. Unlike the batteries I use for my Sony mirrorless cameras, a single Canon battery will last me the entire day. The same may be said for the T8i as well. According to Canon, while using the viewfinder alone, the battery may survive for up to 1240 photos before needing to be recharged. With live view, this number lowers to just 360 pictures, which is a significant reduction.
Canon EOS Rebel T8i: Verdict
In general, the T8i meets the test of being a beginner-friendly camera for new photographers or content makers who are just starting out. Its ability to record 4K video with 16:9 aspect ratio makes it a much-needed advance from the T7i, and it puts it in a league of its own when compared to its predecessor. At the present, the closest Nikon competition is the Nikon D5600, which costs around $100-$200 less than the Nikon D7200 but does not capture 4K video at the time of writing. However, we anticipate that its successor, the D5700, will be available in 2021 or later.
After all, is said and done, the Canon T8i produces clean and sharp photos in a camera that is simple to operate and does not cost a fortune.