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.
“Our commitment to high-quality and high-performing DSLR cameras is unwavering,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Visual storytelling is not one size fits all, and in order to encourage our current and future customers to explore their content creation journey and make it easier for people to explore the art of photography and the power of an image, it is imperative that the next EOS Rebel provide high-quality still imagery, high-speed shooting capabilities as well as top notch video functionality.”
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, a 24-megapixel APS-C design that’s been around for a while, but isn’t bad considering the price point. While it still features 45 cross-type autofocus points for optical viewfinder shooting, the autofocus has been updated to include face and eye detection when using the screen instead of the viewfinder.
What’s new is the DIGIC 8 Processor, the computer chip that processes all those images. It allows for a slightly faster 7 fps burst speed (over the T7i’s 6 fps), but more importantly, upgrades the video to 4K at 24 fps. The video also has a 4K HDMI output option, and, for the first time for Canon DSLRs, supports vertical video for footage destined for smartphone viewing.
They don’t say much about this highly mockable feature, other than sharing the fact that the camera can capture vertical video and that this video can be played back on supported iOS and Android devices, making the T8i “ideal for vlogging, uploading content to social media platforms, and web services or for day-to-day usage when capturing life’s most precious moments.”
Other notable additions are the brand new AF-ON Button, a simplified Quick Control Dial, and a large 3.0″ 1.04m-dot flip-out touchscreen LCD.