Canon EOS Rebel T8i Review

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 various lighting settings, including bright sunlight.

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. Furthermore, a 45-point cross-type phase-detection technology is employed for still photography with the optical viewfinder to achieve rapid and precise focusing in various shooting situations.

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The Canon EOS Rebel T8i DSLR camera is a straightforward APS-C DSLR camera. While still, photography provides excellent image quality, especially in low-light situations. In addition, it features an autofocus mechanism that does a remarkable job of tracking faces and objects during still photography.

Also, it’s an enjoyable device to use, and it has a brilliant, utterly articulated screen that’s easy to view, even in strong sunshine. The downside is that it’s pretty significant, and the video recording quality in 4k and FHD isn’t good.

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 straightforward adjustments without interrupting my flow of thought. When establishing my focus points, accessing menu settings, and examining photographs, the 3-inch LCD touchscreen afforded me more visual control than I had previously. In addition, my go-to low-angle images were considerably more accessible 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 and 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 to slip into my bookbag and forget it was there quickly. Even for the most experienced photographers, lighted buttons are convenient when shooting in low-lighting settings. The problem is that there are no lit buttons on this camera. So while popping out the LCD panel may provide a temporary solution, it is not ideal when you need to be discrete.

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. In addition, these screens will be handy for new users as they become acquainted with the T8i’s features and functions.

Creative filters will always be a winner if you want to take unique photographs without utilizing photo editing software. 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.

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 to get a behind-the-scenes video for my blog. We began filming early morning when the light settings were slightly excessive. However, when switching between shade regions and intense sunlight, the Scene Intelligent Auto Mode (A+) performed exceptionally 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.

Video quality

Although the T8i can record video in clear UHD 4K at up to 24 frames per second, it also can 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 creating photos from unusual angles simple. 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 and even fluid pans for a more dramatic look to the final product.

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 lasts 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 recharging. With Live View, this number lowers to just 360 pictures, which is a significant reduction.

Canon EOS Rebel T8i Specifications

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 8
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points45
Number of cross-type focus points45
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live ViewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.51× 35mm Equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash Range4.00 m (with Auto ISO)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Continuous drive7.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 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
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingNo
HDMIYes (mini HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via wireless remote or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)800
Weight (inc. batteries)515 g (1.14 lb / 18.17 oz)
Dimensions131 x 103 x 76 mm (5.16 x 4.06 x 2.99″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Verdict

In general, the T8i meets the test of being a beginner-friendly camera for new photographers or content makers who are just starting. In addition, its ability to record 4K video with a 16:9 aspect ratio makes it a much-needed advance from the T7i, putting it in a league of its own compared to its predecessor. 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 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.

Canon EOS Rebel T8i Price

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Canon EOS Rebel T8i FAQs

What year did the Canon T8i come out?

The Canon T8i was released in the year 2020.

What is the Canon Rebel T8i equivalent to?

In both Europe and Asia, the Canon EOS 850D corresponds to what we know as the Canon Rebel T8i.

Do professional photographers use Canon EOS Rebel T8i?

Professional photographers can use the Canon EOS Rebel T8i as a backup or secondary camera, even though it is not generally considered a camera designed for professionals.

Does the Canon Rebel T8i record sound?

Yes, the Canon Rebel T8i can record music in tandem with video capture.

Does Canon EOS Rebel T8i have WIFI?

The Canon Rebel T8i has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing for wireless file transmission and the camera’s operation remotely.

Does Canon EOS Rebel T8i have Bluetooth?

The Canon Rebel T8i comes equipped with built-in Bluetooth communication, allowing for wireless file transmission and the camera’s operation remotely.

Does Canon EOS Rebel T8i have a live view?

The Canon Rebel T8i has a live view option that lets you compose your photos by looking through the camera’s LCD screen rather than the viewfinder.

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