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Canon T8i Comparison Review

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i (called Canon 850D in some regions) is a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera that was officially introduced in February 2020 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 24 megapixel.

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Is the Canon T8i a good camera? The T8i has a Camera Elo of 2512. This rating puts the T8i among the top 10 percent of all digital single lens reflex cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (APS cameras), the T8i ranks among the top 20 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 5-star performance rating.

Headline Specifications
Canon T8i
Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/24p Video
ISO 100 - 25 600 (100 - 51 200)
Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen
7.5 shutter flaps per second
800 shots per battery charge
131 x 103 x 76 mm, 515 g

Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

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Body comparison with a credit card

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Canon T8i vis-à-vis a credit card. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Canon T8i vs credit card front
T8i versus credit card top view
T8i and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Canon T8i alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon T8i 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 EUR 899ebay.com
2.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 EUR 899ebay.com
3.
 
Canon SL2 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 EUR 599ebay.com
4.
 
Canon SL3 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 EUR 549 amazon.com
5.
 
Canon T2i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 EUR 649ebay.com
6.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 EUR 799ebay.com
7.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 EUR 599ebay.com
8.
 
Canon T6i 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 EUR 699ebay.com
9.
 
Canon T6s 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 EUR 749ebay.com
10.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 EUR 499 amazon.com
11.
 
Canon T7i 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 EUR 849ebay.com
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Canon T8i was launched in the US market at a price of $749. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

The Canon T8i features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Canon T8i among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Canon T8i sensor measures

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
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Canon T8i APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p24.013.5187383
2.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
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Canon SL2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
4.
 
Canon SL3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p23.913.4179182
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Canon T2i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.578466
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Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
7.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
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Canon T6i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
9.
 
Canon T6s APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
10.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p23.813.3168481
11.
 
Canon T7i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.713.1158680
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The T8i indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the T8i can use is 4K/24p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the T8i has an optical viewfinder that provides a field of view of 95% and a magnification of 0.51x. The tables below summarize some of the other core capabilities of the Canon T8i in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon T8ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5/s Y n
2.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
3.
 
Canon SL2optical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
4.
 
Canon SL3optical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
5.
 
Canon T2ioptical n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7/s Y n
6.
 
Canon T4ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
7.
 
Canon T5ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
8.
 
Canon T6ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
9.
 
Canon T6soptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
10.
 
Canon T7optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
11.
 
Canon T7ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
Note: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.

The LCD screen on the Canon EOS Rebel T8i is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is hinged on the side and can be flipped out for odd-angle shots in both portrait and landscape orientation. Also, this fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment is often appreciated by videographers for its flexibility. Moreover, v-loggers like the design because the screen can be turned to be front-facing.

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Flexible screen on the T8i

One convenient feature of the T8i is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.

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Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon T8iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon SL2Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon SL3Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon T2iYstereo / -Y-mini2.0---
6.
 
Canon T4iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
7.
 
Canon T5iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon T6iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon T6sYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon T7Ymono / mono--mini2.0YY-
11.
 
Canon T7iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY

It is notable that the T8i has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

Further information on the features and operation of the T8i can be found in the free online Canon T8i Manual or on the Canon support site.

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Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the T8i handle or perform in practice. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon T8i4.5/5+3/580/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 EUR 899ebay.com
2.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 EUR 899ebay.com
3.
 
Canon SL24/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 EUR 599ebay.com
4.
 
Canon SL34/5o4.5/579/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 EUR 549 amazon.com
5.
 
Canon T2i..+ +..77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 EUR 649ebay.com
6.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 EUR 799ebay.com
7.
 
Canon T5i......76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 EUR 599ebay.com
8.
 
Canon T6i5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 EUR 699ebay.com
9.
 
Canon T6s5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 EUR 749ebay.com
10.
 
Canon T7..o3.5/5..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 EUR 499 amazon.com
11.
 
Canon T7i4.5/5..3.5/580/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 EUR 849ebay.com
Note: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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Canon T8i FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the T8i.

What technology is the imaging sensor in the Canon T8i based on?

The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used in the Canon T8i to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Canon equipped the T8i with the DIGIC 8 image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Canon T8i?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.

Does the Canon T8i have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the T8i is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS Rebel T8i?

Canon mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the T8i. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the T8i over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my Canon T8i?

Canon embeds the number of shutter actuations in the camera firmware. You can check the number of shots that your T8i has taken up to now by using a third-party app, as described on the Canon T8i shutter count page.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences with the Canon T8i?

No, the Canon EOS Rebel T8i has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Canon T8i?

The T8i offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Canon T8i feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Canon T8i for flash photography?

The T8i's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Does the Canon T8i support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).

Which battery does the Canon T8i use?

The camera gets its power from the Canon LP-E17 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Where can I find the best deals for the Canon T8i?

Grey imports from Asia, as found on ebay, are often very attractively priced. However, these cameras come without a warranty from Canon.

Camera to camera comparisons

If you would like to see a side-by-side review with another camera, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Canon T8i
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2020
    Launch Price USD 749
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6 000 x 4 000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25 600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51 200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7.5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type Canon LP-E17 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)800 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 131 x 103 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
    Camera Weight 515 g (18.2 oz)

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