Canon EOS Rebel T8i

Canon EOS Rebel T8i

Canon EOS Rebel T8i
Announced: 12 Feb 2020
Sensor Resolution: 24Mp
Sensor Type: APS-C CMOS
ISO: 100-25600
Weight: 515g
Physical Dimensions: 131 x 103 x 76 mm
Viewfinder: Optical (pentamirror)
Screen Type: 3" Fully articulated
Video Resolutions: 3840 x 2160
59
Overall Score
47
Image Quality
47
Speed Performance
88
Versatility
68
Comfort
Portrait

51

Portrait
Landscape

49

Landscape
Sport

58

Sport
Street

66

Street
Everyday

69

Everyday

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prospros

  • This camera autofocus is able to follow moving subjects
  • The LCD display is a convenient and almost indispensable feature
  • The microphone input can be very useful if you shoot videos
  • It has fast shutter speed, ideal for action photos
  • The fully articulated display allows you to manage the framing even in hard conditions
  • Thanks to the wireless connection, Canon EOS Rebel T8i allows immediate picture sharing

conscons

  • Warning - Canon EOS Rebel T8i is not a tropicalized camera. If you use it in adverse conditions, you could ruin it.

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i, in summary

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is an APS-C SLR released in February 2020 as an evolved model of the T8. Light and easy to handle, it has a camera body of about half a kg, according to the current trends that require increasingly lighter SLRs, to approach mirrorless standards that are much lighter and more portable. In the hierarchy of the Japanese house, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i ranks a step below the 90D and the Full Frame mirrorless EOS RP, designed for an audience that is approaching SLRs for the first time.

Launched with an official price list above 900 dollars, the Canon Rebel T8i can now be purchased at a "real", slightly more accessible, price, and with some improvements compared to the T8. The 24-megapixel sensor is the well-known APS-C dual pixel, the processor is the excellent Digic 8, video recordings reach 4K, even if in Ultra HD it stops between 24 and 25 frames per second, with crop. The Auto Focus system (45 Dual Pixel points in Live View) has intelligent tracking and an advanced exposure meter, derived from the upper 90D, which allows face tracking in the EVF (eye detection displayed on the monitor). The photo burst has also improved, with 7 frames per second, while the ISO range has an excursion from 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 51,200) and the shutter reaches 1/4000 sec. The optical viewfinder is a pentamirror with 0.87x magnification and a coverage equal to 95% of the field of view.

Ergonomic aspects and design of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i

Inevitably compared to the T8, the Rebel T8i shows no major differences from the previous model in terms of aesthetics, apart from a new AF-On button and a scroll ring around the D-Pad. Even the excellent three-inch display has not undergone any changes, although the mode selector has been made simpler, in an (increasingly) smarter perspective.

With its 515 grams of weight (battery included), the Canon Rebel T8i has a very “Canon-ish” design, rounded and vaguely retro, nothing new. On the back, the LCD is adjustable up to 170 degrees and 1,040,000 dots. It is a nice monitor, which will especially please vloggers and selfie lovers, in other words... those who feel the need for shots outside the common standards. It is a panel that returns the viewed image in its entirety and with seven level brightness control.

The ergonomics of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i is slightly improved, with a better arrangement of the rings: one is located on the back and is intended for opening, while that of the shutter speed is located on the upper part of the camera body, it’s made of aluminium alloy and polycarbonate. Obviously not tropicalized, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i feels quite robust once grasped, although the not so pleasant plastic effect remains. The dimensions (131 x 102.6 x 76.2 mm) reflect the need to make SLRs smaller and smaller to counter the competition from mirrorless models.

The handle of the Rebel T8i has a decent depth that allows you to comfortably grip the camera with only three fingers, so the right thumb reaches the buttons and dials without problems. The body of the Rebel T8i still offers decent control over even the largest lenses.

Canon EOS Rebel T8i main technical data

Sensor: 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS (24.1-megapixel APS-C), 3: 2 aspect ratio, 1.6x multiplication factor compared to FF sensor

Processor: Digic 8

ISO: Auto, 100-25600 (expandable up to 51200)

Auto Focus: Contrast Detection (Sensor), Phase Detection, Multi-Area, Centre, Single Spot, Tracking, Single Point, Continuous, Touch, Face Detection, Live View

Focus points: 45 (also crossed)

Manual focus: yes

Video mode: 4K (3840x2160p) @ 24 FPS, integrated digital 5-axis IS available

Interface: Hi-Speed USB Computer, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, Video Out (PAL / NTSC), HDMI Mini Out, External Microphone (3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack)

Battery: Li-Ion (Canon LP-E17, capacity 7.48 Wh)

Canon Rebel T8i, ISO and video performance

The AF system of the T8i is up to par with some higher-level Canons, therefore fairly performing even for sports and nature photography, as well as (obviously) still life pictures and portraiture. The tracking is precise and snappy, thanks to the 45-point type AF sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF (with a range between -4 and 18 EV). On the display, the focus can be selected from 143 points in automatic mode or 3975 in manual mode. It is a system that provides AF eye detection and the so-called Intelligent Tracking (ITF) with 220,000 Pixel RGB + IR exposure meter.

The ISO settings of the Canon Rebel T8i offer practically no digital noise when they coincide with the value of 100 and give some negligible interference with ISO 6400. At double the value, the digital noise is noticeable, at 25,600 very disturbing. The maximum extension (51,200) sees a collapse of details and unacceptable digital noise.

The 4K videos of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i are of good quality. With a maximum duration of half an hour the recordings of this machine offer an Ultra HD which, however, on some occasions, it suffers from the presence of an annoying rolling shutter effect, typical of CMOS sensors when capturing images in great motion. This distortion is the only real flaw in the videos of the Rebel T8i which on the other hand still offers time-lapse recording, self-timer for movies and (digital) image stabilization.

Rebel T8i vs T8

We have already talked about the novelties of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i compared to the previous model, but now a head to head is more interesting. 

The price difference is substantial, despite the viewfinder and the display being the same, as well as the sensor. The AF system has improved (but only in Live View mode) going from the 49 points of the T8 to the 143 of the Canon EOS T8i, but the real technical improvement is given by the Digic 8 processor which brings the burst to 7 frames per second and better management of digital noise.

About the videos, other novelties: The Canon EOS Rebel T8i records in Ultra HD - 24 or 25 frames per second, the focus only in contrast detected mode - instead of the more standard 2K of the previous model. And we must not forget the five-axis system, for stabilization, although not being the same as the most advanced models, it still makes very fluent videos.

The two models have the same battery but with better hardware the Canon EOS Rebel T8i achieves 800 shots, 200 more than the T8.

Are over two hundred dollars between the two models effective? Over time, this gap will probably get smaller and smaller, fully justifying the launch of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i which, however, is already currently among the best options if you want to buy a low budget SLR that offers Ultra HD video recording.

Canon EOS Rebel T8i and its rivals

Review compare Canon EOS Rebel T8i with overall score Portrait
Portrait
Landscape
Landscape
Sport
Sport
Street
Street
Everyday
Everyday
Canon EOS Rebel T8i Canon
EOS Rebel T8i
59 51 49 58 66 69 $778.00
Canon EOS 90D Canon
EOS 90D
65 54 53 67 70 75 $1,179.95
Pentax K-3 Mark III Pentax
K-3 Mark III
64 53 52 67 68 71 $1,696.95

Canon EOS Rebel T8i: concluding remarks and technical specifications

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a DSLR camera launched on 02/12/2020.

Technically speaking, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i ranks in the best 25% of its category (and in the best 90 of all cameras in our database) scoring 59 overall. The Canon EOS Rebel T8i weights 515 gr and spans 131 x 103 x 76 mm. This means that it is particularly light and small, indeed one of the most handy options within its category.

Going into details, whatever the technical specification of interest, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i behaves better than average in its category:

  • Image Quality - Score 47, ranks in the category best 39%.
  • Speed Performance - Score 47, ranks in the category best 20%.
  • Comfort - Score 68, ranks in the category best 10%.
  • Versatility - Score 88, ranks in the category best 12%.

However, the technical performance of your camera should be put in context. Indeed, depending on the type of photography you are interested in, each individual camera feature can impact your pictures to a different extent. This is the reason why we developed the iCamRank. iCamRank has been designed to weight all the individual technical specifications of each camera in the camerarace database, depending on different shooting conditions. Thus, here is what we suggest, depending on the photography type you like most:

  • Portrait - Good, score 51, ranks in the best 26% of its category. Canon EOS Rebel T8i works well for Portrait photography, however even better options are available, which you may want to take into account.
  • Landscape - Good, score 49, ranks in the best 28% of its category. Canon EOS Rebel T8i works well for Landscape photography, however even better options are available, which you may want to take into account.
  • Sport - Great, score 58, ranks in the best 24% of its category. Canon EOS Rebel T8i is perfect for Sport photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Street - Great, score 66, ranks in the best 10% of its category. Canon EOS Rebel T8i is perfect for Street photography, one of the best in its class.
  • Everyday - Great, score 69, ranks in the best 9% of its category. Canon EOS Rebel T8i is perfect for everyday photography, one of the best in its class.

Last but not least, the price. You can find the Canon EOS Rebel T8i sold on Amazon for a price comprised between 778.0 USD and 1347.0 USD, which is in the average for this camera category.

Overall, Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a good value for money. However, alternatives are also available, which you may want to take into consideration before taking the final decision. Click here to see alternative options.

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Canon EOS Rebel T8i technical specs

Sensor Type

Sensor Type

CMOS

Sensor Size

APS-C

Sensor Dimensions

22.3 x 14.9 mm

Sensor Area

332.27 mm2

Sensor Resolution

24 Mp

Max Image Resolution

6000 x 4000

Max Native ISO

25600

Min Native ISO

100

RAW Support

yes

Lens

Manual Focus

yes

Lens Mount

Canon EF/EF-S

Number of Lenses

321

Focal Length Multiplier

1.6

Screen Type

Screen Type

Fully articulated

Screen Size

3.0"

Screen Resolution

1040Kdot

Live View

yes

Touch Screen

yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder

Optical (pentamirror)

Viewfinder Resolution

None

Viewfinder Coverage

95

Viewfinder Magnification

0.51

Features

Min Shutter Speed

30s

Max Shutter Speed

1/4000s

Continuous Shooting

8fps

Shutter Priority

yes

Aperture Priority

yes

Manual Exposure Mode

yes

Exposure Compensation

yes

Custom White Balance

yes

Image Stabilization

no

Built-in Flash

yes

Flash Range

4.0

Max Flash Sync

-

Flash Modes

n/a

External Flash

yes

AE Bracketing

yes

WB Bracketing

yes

Dxo Sensor Scores

DxO Overall Score

DxO Color Depth

DxO Dynamic Range

DxO Low Light ISO

Exposure Modes

Multi-Segment

yes

Average

yes

Spot

yes

Partial

no

AF-Area

no

Center Weighted

no

Autofocus

AF Touch

yes

AF Continuous

yes

AF Single

yes

AF Tracking

yes

AF Selective

yes

AF Center

yes

AF MultiArea

yes

AF Live View

yes

AF Face Detection

yes

AF Contrast Detection

yes

AF Phase Detection

yes

Number of Focus Points

45

Number of Cross Focus Points

0

Video Features

Video Resolutions

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

Max Video Resolution

3840x2160

Video Formats

MPEG-4 H.264

Microphone Port

yes

Headphone Port

no

Connectivity

Wireless Connectivity

Built-in

HDMI

yes

USB

USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)

Physical

Environmental Sealing

no

Water Proof

no

Dust Proof

no

Shock Proof

no

Crush Proof

no

Freeze Proof

no

Weight

515g

Physical Dimensions

131 x 103 x 76 mm

Battery Life

800

Battery Type

Battery Pack

Battery Model

Other Features

Self Timer

Yes (2 or 10 sec)

Timelapse Recording

yes

GPS

yes

Storage Type

SD SDHC SDXC (UHS-I compatible)

Storage Slots

1

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