Canon EOS Rebel T8i (EOS 850D)

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | Dual Pixel AF | 4K/24p video

What we like:

  • Very good image quality
  • Excellent interface for beginners
  • Responsive Dual Pixel autofocus

What we don't:

  • Substantial crop in 4K
  • Small optical viewfinder
  • Expensive compared to mirrorless peers
The Canon EOS Rebel T8i (also known as the 850D) is an entry-level DSLR that uses the company's EF lens mount, and is compatible with EF and EF-S lenses.
The Rebel T8i is compact for a DSLR, but its sizable grip makes it easy to hold. While made mostly of plastic, it doesn't feel cheap. The viewfinder is small, but the fully articulating LCD is easy to see outdoors and has a responsive touch interface. Canon's 'guided' menus are the best in the business and let users grow into being more advanced photographers. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow for image sharing to a mobile device.
The Rebel T8i is one of the easiest cameras to use that you'll find
Based on our initial time with the camera, we found autofocus when shooting through the viewfinder to be just fine, if not great for tracking moving subjects. The Dual Pixel system used in live view is excellent: it's responsive, detects faces and eyes quickly, and tracks moving subjects well, at least in initial testing. Battery life is rated at 800 shots/charge using the viewfinder and 310 with the LCD. The camera cannot be charged over USB.
Thus far we've been pleased with the T8i's image quality. The camera has Canon's trademark vibrant color, and lots of detail is captured. There was plenty of room to brighten shadows in photos exposed for the highlights.
While the Rebel can record UHD 4K video at 24p, there's a substantial crop, limiting your options for wide-angle shooting, and making it less desirable for vlogging. (Dropping down to 1080 removes the crop.) You do gain the benefits of Dual Pixel AF, though. The camera has an input for an external mic if you want improved audio.
Our first impressions of the Rebel T8i are mostly positive. It's one of the easiest cameras to use that you'll find, and its image quality is very good. The crop when recording 4K video is frustrating since your lens options for wide-angle work are so limited.

Jeff Keller

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