The Canon EOS Rebel T8i (also known every bit the EOS 850D or Kiss X10i in some markets) is a 24MP DSLR camera that is compatible with the company’south EF and EF-S mountain lenses. It has an optical viewfinder, but it likewise has a usable and responsive touchscreen interface and live view feel that’southward a match for the company’s mirrorless camera options.
What’s new | Trunk, treatment| Image quality | Autofocus | Video | Conclusion | Samples | Full specifications
For much of the world, shifting consumer preferences towards mirrorless cameras have left DSLRs looking like relics of history, though Europe and the Americas remain holdouts. Last year, Europeans still bought about 1.four DSLRs for every mirrorless camera sold, while in the Americas the ratio was fifty-fifty higher at 1.7:1.
Then why might you consider a DSLR in our increasingly mirrorless globe? Some photographers still adopt DSLRs for their crisp, lag-gratis through-the-lens viewfinders, and there’s a much wider array of lenses available to DSLR shooters without the need for adapters.
|ISO 2500 | 1/100 sec | F5 | Catechism EF-South eighteen-55mm @ 44mm|
Notwithstanding relatively few manufacturers are left in the consumer DSLR market. Only Canon, Nikon and Ricoh (which makes Pentax-branded DSLRs) remain, making new models few and far betwixt. Among these, Canon’s EOS Rebel serial are the biggest sellers. The Insubordinate T8i now sits at the top of that line, replacing 2017’s T7i.
Priced at $749.99 torso-only or $900 with an EF-Southward eighteen-55mm IS STM kit lens, the Canon T8i is available immediately.
- 24-megapixel APS-C image sensor
- EF or EF-South lens compatibility
- ISO 100 to 25,600, extends to 51,200
- seven fps continuous shooting, or 7.5 fps in alive view
- 45 point, all cross-type stage-discover AF
- 0.51x pentamirror viewfinder with 95% coverage
- 3.0″ vari-angle affect-screen LCD
- 24p 4K video with 1.6x crop, or full-sensor 1080p60
- 800 shot battery life, or 310 shots with live view
ISO 250 | 1/100 sec | F5.6 | Canon EF-S xviii-55mm @ 55mm
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What’s new and how information technology compares
|The AF-ON push and rear punch make the T8i a more flexible photographic camera for users to larn and grow with than bottom Rebels.|
Externally, the 24-megapixel Canon T8i looks very like to its predecessor from well-nigh angles, although there are some control tweaks to be found on its rear console including a new rear control dial and AF-On button. While Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity remain, NFC has been dropped every bit the constant Bluetooth connection speeds up the connection process the style NFC used to. Lastly, the flash must now be raised manually when needed, as information technology can no longer popular up by itself. As we’ll run across later on, this is a good thing.
On the inside, while the sensor resolution and sensitivity range are unchanged, a faster paradigm processor allows a small-scale increment in burst performance. Information technology’s now rated at vii frames per second through the viewfinder, or vii.5 fps in live view mode, upwardly from vi fps in the T7i. There’due south also a somewhat finer-grained 384-zone metering sensor in place of the earlier 315-zone sensor.
|The Insubordinate T8i uses a familiar 24MP sensor with Dual Pixel AF that offers solid noise performance and resolution.|
Canon has too added back up for 4K movie capture, although this comes with several limitations including a pregnant focal length ingather, contrast-detection autofocus (rather than the more reliable Dual Pixel AF you go in lesser Full HD modes) and a fixed 24 fps frame charge per unit. And autofocus algorithms have been refined to add eye detection in alive view mode, and face detection when shooting through the viewfinder.
How information technology compares…
Compared with 2 of its mirrorless rivals, the Nikon Z50 and Sony a6100, the Catechism T8i offers much better battery life, so long every bit you stick to its optical viewfinder. The T8i is quite a bit bulkier though, despite not offering weather-sealing.
|Catechism T8i||Nikon Z50||Sony a6100|
|Sensor||24.1MP APS-C||20.9MP APS-C||24MP APS-C|
|Lens mountain||Canon EF / EF-Southward||Nikon Z||Sony E|
|Viewfinder type||Optical pentamirror SLR||two.36M-dot OLED EVF||i.44M-dot EVF|
|Viewfinder magnif. / coverage||0.51x, 95%||0.68x, 100%||0.71x, 100%|
|LCD||3” fully articulating||iii.2” tilting||iii” tilting|
|Max. outburst||7.0 fps (viewfinder) / 7.five fps (live view)||5 fps (mechanical) / 11 fps (electronic)||eleven fps (mechanical)|
|Video||4K/24p, 1080/24-60p||4K/24-30p, 1080/ 24-120p||4K/24-30p, 1080/ 24-120p|
|4K crop||1.6x||None||1.2x (4K/30p)|
|Battery life (CIPA)||800 shots (OVF); 310 shots (Live View)||320 shots||420 shots|
|Dimensions||131 x 103 ten 76mm||127 x 94 x 60mm||120 x 67 ten 59mm|
|Weight||515 g||450 g||396 g|
One thing that’south hard to capture in a table are the differences between the photographic camera’due south AF systems. In its optical viewfinder, the T8i’s 45 autofocus points are centrally amassed, which tin make it the way of artistic compositions. Switch into live view and you have autofocus points spread beyond the frame, the same equally the other options give you on their rear screens and their
ISO 500 | one/60 sec | F4 | Catechism EF-S xviii-55mm @ 18mm
Compared to the smaller and more affordable Canon Rebel SL3, the T8i offers more than sophisticated autofocus through its slightly smaller finder, though the SL3 offers yous a third more shots per charge. On the mirrorless side of the equation, the T8i bests the Catechism EOS M50 Marker Ii’southward 235-shot bombardment life whether you lot’re using the optical viewfinder or live view, but the mirrorless model is lower-priced, significantly more meaty / lightweight and offers faster 10 fps flare-up capture.
Body, handling and controls
Although its body is plastic, the Canon T8i is very solid in-hand, with no creaks or flexing. Information technology’south also pretty light and meaty for a DSLR. The principal controls are well-placed and like shooting fish in a barrel to locate by impact.
The new AF-On push button is ideally situated for quick autofocus adjustments with a slight thumb motion. (And via a custom setting, tin be ready to AF-Off instead.) The Wi-Fi button and indicator lamp are gone simply won’t exist missed, as you won’t need them often. We recommend connecting via Bluetooth, which maintains a constant connection that draws piddling power, and as well makes connecting via Wi-Fi to send images a snap.
ISO 100 | i/125 sec | F5.half dozen | Catechism EF-S 18-55mm @ 55mm
The new rear control dial is also a nice addition, though since it’due south integrated with the four-fashion controller, it tin’t be reached without adjusting your grip. On the plus side, information technology’s merely agile when the exposure metering organization is brought to life by a one-half-press of the shutter push or you’re in a menu, preventing accidental settings changes.
|There will always be some photographers that prefer an optical viewfinder; the T8i’s is serviceable, but it’s on the small-scale and dim end of the spectrum.|
Sadly, the pentamirror viewfinder is dim and tunnel-like compared with the electronic finders of mirrorless rivals and fifty-fifty some rival SLRs, such every bit the less-expensive Pentax M-seventy (which has a larger pentaprism
design which is brighter than pentamirror designs).
The rear LCD is crisp and easy to encounter even under sunlight if you turn upward the effulgence. Its fully-articulated mechanism allows framing from well-nigh angles, even for selfies.
|The vari-angle LCD allows selfie-shooting also, but the ergonomics aren’t ideal when property the camera backwards. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 2000 | 1/lx sec | F4 | Canon EF-South 18-55mm @ 18mm
The on-screen UI is standard Canon. It’s fairly clear and logically laid-out, and can exist navigated with buttons, dials or the very precise touchscreen. Your most-used options can be saved in the My Card section for quick recall.
Bombardment life is excellent when shooting stills through the viewfinder, and I never needed a second battery even during lengthy solar day trips. (I passed 500 frames captured without the charge level indicator dropping even a single bar, which impressed me.) If you shoot a lot of video or use alive view frequently, the LCD tin can burn through power fairly quickly, though. For that reason, the T8i goes to sleep by default after ten seconds unless in menus or live view / playback modes.
|Top plate controls are fairly typical Catechism, and the quick switch over to video manner is a nice touch.|
A standalone charger is included in the bundle, so y’all tin go out a second battery charging while using the camera. Unfortunately in-camera charging via USB isn’t supported, then you can’t share a charger and cablevision with another device when you lot desire to pack lite. Also equally USB, in that location are HDMI, microphone and remote control ports.
With the same sensor resolution and sensitivity range as its predecessor, you lot might expect similar image quality from the Canon T8i: and y’all’d be right. Equally an affordable photographic camera aimed at entry-level photographers, information technology’south good enough but won’t win whatsoever awards. That’s not to say there are no differences, still.
ISO 800 | 1/80 sec | F4.5 | Canon EF-S 18-55mm @ 24mm
Out of camera JPEGs by and large showed pleasing color both outdoors and nether artificial light, although I establish the latter a trivial more variable, with some images a tad warm and others a little on the cool side. In both the green fully-automatic mode and programme autoexposure, the T8i’s metering proved pretty accurate, and at lower sensitivities there was a fair amount of fine particular as well, although I felt the default sharpening was a touch ambitious.
ISO sensitivity in auto mode is express to a maximum ISO of 6400 by default, and that seems similar a expert cutoff point. Some noise and loss of saturation starts to become noticeable by ISO 3200, but it’s non until yous reach ISO 6400 that it actually begins to intrude. You’re best off avoiding ISO 12800 and above as there’south a significant loss of fine detail to noise, and colors tin can wait decidedly washed out.
|Out-of-photographic camera JPEG.
ISO 3200 | one/80 sec | F4.five | Canon EF-S 18-55mm @ 18mm
Of course, shooting in Raw format helps somewhat as yous can rely on the greater processing ability of your estimator to help tame noise while still holding onto color and detail. And there’s a fair bit of scope to correct exposure within a couple of stops, besides. Raws can as well be processed in-camera, which is a dainty touch for making quick adjustments on the go.
|We’re honestly pleased to find that the T8i’s wink must be manually raised; previous Canon Rebels would ofttimes raise their automatically in situations where it actually has a
bear upon on your images.
One notable change is that the Rebel T8i no longer tends to overexpose nearby subjects by raising and firing the flash when information technology’s not actually needed, since it tin no longer popular up automatically. Yous need to pay attention to your shutter speeds, though, and either raise the ISO, or elevator the flash yourself. Sadly, there’s no warning in the viewfinder when shutter speeds devious below the indicate where exposures can safely exist shot manus-held.
The Catechism T8i’s autofocus system has two distinct operating modes, depending upon whether you’re using the optical viewfinder or live view modes. Both systems are capable of locking focus speedily and accurately in good light. In darker conditions, both take a bit longer to achieve a lock, simply if I was capable of seeing the field of study through the viewfinder, the photographic camera could usually manage to focus on it within a couple of seconds.
|A simplified expect at the T8i’s optical viewfinder AF system.|
When shooting through the viewfinder at that place are a total of 45 autofocus points, all of which are cross-blazon. Every bit yous can see in the above illustration, they only cover about two thirds of the frame width and a little over a tertiary of the frame superlative. For live view mode, almost the unabridged frame is covered vertically, and significantly more of its width as well.
|Out-of-photographic camera JPEG.
ISO 500 | 1/lx sec | F4 | Canon EF-Due south 18-55mm @ 18mm
Live view also offers both face up and middle detection and lets you select which face or center to focus on using the four-way controller or bear upon-screen. Viewfinder shooting but has confront detection, and you lot can’t straight control which face to focus on, although if you aim directly at a particular face before half-pressing the shutter button, the camera will then endeavour to follow that face.
Both systems detect faces pretty well, and the tracking implementation is fairly robust. In testing with my son running and riding a bicycle straight towards me, the T8i was able to accurately rail his location and keep the focus locked on his confront about of the time until he was very close to the camera. This isn’t by any means a sports shooter, but I think information technology’s more capable of keeping up with apprentice photographers’ needs in this respect.
|Out-of-photographic camera JPEG.
ISO 100 | 1/lx sec | F7.i | Canon EF-S 18-55mm @ 27mm
Really, my only complaint with autofocus is that it can be confusing if you’re frequently switching between live view and viewfinder shooting. Each mode is configured separately, so for instance switching one mode to continuous servo AF won’t touch on the other mode’s setup. On the other paw, this separation of settings could exist useful if you’re switching from shooting stills in the viewfinder and video in live view. Which brings united states of america to…
The improver of 4K video is one of the bigger changes in the Canon T8i, but information technology’southward really rather a shame that it comes hobbled by several meaning limitations.
Start and most importantly, there’due south that significant 1.6x focal length crop on height of the crop imposed past its APS-C sensor size. In other words, a 2.6x effective crop fifty-fifty before y’all enable digital IS, which crops in still farther. In 4K way without digital IS, the optional 18-55mm kit lens yields an constructive 47-143mm range, so your broad-angle options are seriously express.
The longer constructive focal length also ways that even with both optical and digital IS active, the stabilization system can struggle to shine camera shake in 4K, specially if you’re walking.
4K fashion comes with a fixed 24 frames per second capture rate, too, and uses contrast-detection autofocus which, compared to phase detection, is slower and has slight but noticeable hunting.
The good news is that if you tin put up with those limitations, 4K image quality is fairly good, with lots of crisp detail and pleasing colour. And while at that place’s definitely some rolling shutter effect nowadays, causing verticals to lean during subject motion or quick pans, information technology’s far from the worst I’ve seen.
Just I recall it’s amend to wait at this as a Full HD camera which tin can also shoot 4K with more than distant subjects and relatively sedate move in a pinch. In Full Hard disk drive, where you get phase detection AF and admission to frame rates every bit high as 60 fps, in that location’s less fine detail only focusing is quicker and more than confident, and motion is rendered more smoothly. The biggest downside is that Full HD seems more than prone to moiré and false color artifacts.
The T8i lacks significant scope for slow-motion video, but does offer a time-lapse movie mode, equally well as supporting transmission exposure, focus peaking and external audio recording.
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At the end of the day, the Canon Rebel T8i leaves me with rather mixed emotions. On the one hand, for fans of DSLRs like myself, there are fewer and fewer choices on offer, and it does pack quite a lot into a fairly compact, lightweight package by DSLR standards.
But on the other paw, it trails its mirrorless camera rivals in terms of both autofocus and burst capture performance. And the feature which differentiates it most clearly from those rivals – that mirror-based optical viewfinder – gives a disappointingly small and dim view of your subject field.
ISO 12800 | i/60 sec | F4 | Canon EF-S 18-55mm @ 18mm
While 4K video capture is finally available in the Insubordinate T8i, it also comes with some major limitations that make it feel more as if information technology was added to make full out the spec sheet than for existent-world use.
But with all of that said, the T8i does give you pretty adept even so image quality and usable high-definition video capture. And it does so at a pretty affordable pricetag, besides, and with battery life that’southward in a totally different ballpark to mirrorless rivals if you tend to rely on the viewfinder.
The Rebel T8i isn’t the future for Canon, just it offers plenty of features and good ergonomics at an affordable pricetag.
There’s definitely something to be said for the vast range of Canon EF and EF-S mountain lenses on offer, too; though go along in mind in that location isn’t a ton of diverseness in the more affordable EF-S range, and the EF lenses, designed for larger total-frame sensors, are bigger and pricier. And with Canon focusing on its new RF mount, we wouldn’t expect a glut of new EF and EF-S lenses to suddenly appear down the line.
|Out-of-photographic camera JPEG.
ISO 25600 | i/25 sec | F5.six | Catechism EF-S 18-55mm @ 55mm
So, does the Canon T8i correspond the future for Canon? Probably non. But does it offer plenty of camera for the coin, particularly for the less experienced photographers at which it’s aimed? I’d say so, despite my reservations about its viewfinder and 4K video capabilities.
And I recall that makes it a worthwhile purchase, especially if you happen to spot it for sale beneath its listing toll.
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