Canon EOS Rebel T8i Announced – the Entry-Level DSLR Is Still Alive

February 13th, 2020 Jump to Comment Section 5
Canon EOS Rebel T8i Announced - the Entry-Level DSLR Is Still Alive

Alongside the announcement of the impressive Canon EOS R5, Canon also introduced a new entry-level DSLR camera: the Canon EOS Rebel T8i, also known as EOS 850D for European shooters. This new DSLR camera features the same 24.1MP APS-C CMOS image sensor as its predecessor, the Rebel T7i, and is seen by many as Canon’s commitment to its line of DSLR cameras with EF-mounts. Let’s take a closer look at it!

Canon EOS Rebel T8i – a T7i Revamp?

The Canon EOS Rebel line of cameras originally came out in 2003 with the Digital Rebel/300D. But, some of you probably remember more of the Rebel T2i/550D that came out in 2010 (here’s my colleague Nino’s review of the T2i/550D from 2010). Indeed, the T2i featured the same image sensor as the EOS 7D. Also, it was one of the first affordable DSLR cameras capable of shooting 1080P videos. Fast-forward ten years ahead with the recent announcement of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i.


The Canon EOS Rebel T8i. Image credit: Canon

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is an entry-level DSLR camera that features a 24MP APS-C CMOS image sensor. It is the same sensor as its predecessor, the Rebel T7i. Also, we can say that most of the features are the same between the two cameras, and there is no groundbreaking update here. Here is a quick sum-up of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i features:

  • 24.1MP APS-C CMOS image sensor.
  • New Digic 8 processor that is capable of shooting continuously at seven frames per second.
  • It can shoot video in 4K at up to 30 frames per second. In Full HD, you’re still limited to a maximum frame rate of 60 fps. Otherwise, there is no DPAF in 4K mode; it is only available in 1080P resolution.
  • At the back of the camera, there is a large 3.0″ 1.04m-dot flip-out touchscreen LCD.

So what’s new with the Canon EOS Rebel T8i? Part of the new features is Eye-Detection AF in Live View mode. Also, when looking through the optical viewfinder, you have access to Face Detection AF, of course, that only works for stills on a DSLR. On the buttons’ side, there is a new AF-ON button, and the quick control dial on top of the Rebel T8i has been dramatically simplified by removing all the scene modes that probably nobody uses.


The Quick Control Dial has been simplified. Image credit: Canon

For stills shooters, the T8i now uses C-RAW format, which nearly doubles the amount the continuous buffer capacity of the camera. Indeed, you can now shoot up to 75 images continuously in the C-RAW format. Finally, and it is a bit of a gimmicky feature, but the T8i adds support for vertical video.


Image credit: Canon

Price and Availability

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is available now for $749.00 body only or $899.00 with the 18-55mm kit lens.

What do you think about this new Canon EOS Rebel T8i? Did you ever shot with the T2i back in the days? Let us know in the comments below!

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