Compact, lightweight and easy to operate, the entry-level Canon EOS Rebel T8i remains a perennial favourite among digital-photography beginners, devoted hobbyists and growing families eager to capture everyday moments.
The latest update in this series – the EOS Rebel T8i – ensures that Canon will keep that marketplace securely cornered while simultaneously targeting a new demographic segment as well: vloggers and social media mavens looking to step up and away from the limits of smartphone photography.
In many respects, the new Rebel looks and feels little changed over its most recent predecessor, the EOS Rebel T7i, and that’s just fine. Ironically for something called Rebel, the line-up’s popularity endures largely because of its adherence to crowd-pleasing features and functions.
Among other things, this one sports the same highly capable 24MP CMOS sensor as the T7i, as well as an optical viewfinder with 45-point all cross-type autofocus and a three-inch 1.04M-dot fully articulating LCD touchscreen on the back.
So what’s changed? This model uses a powerful new DIGIC 8 processor to fire up an impressive 7 fps of continuous shooting and – also new – 4K video capture (including 24p). Autofocus now employs eye tracking when shooting in Live View and face tracking through the optical viewfinder. On the back, there’s a new AF-on button and a handy Quick Control Dial. Battery life has been boosted to 700 shots per charge.
It’s also the first EOS DSLR with vertical video output capability. And, now with multiple connectivity options, including Bluetooth and WiFi, you can see why this new model will appeal to vloggers and anyone typically uploading their content to social media platforms.
Introducing the New Canon EOS Rebel T8i with Jon Lorentz
Canon has played it safe with this new model, offering consumers a modest step forward rather than a giant leap into uncharted territory. But with the T8i, the Rebel’s enduring success is assured for the foreseeable future among a broad swath of the population that still appreciates the value of a solid, no-nonsense DSLR.
- 24.1 MP CMOS sensor
- APS-C format
- 7 fps continuous shooting
- ISO 100–25600 (expandable to 51200)
- 4K UHD (3840×2160) at 24fps video recording
- 4K vertical video
- 45-point all cross-type autofocus
- 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen
- Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
Offering a powerful 24.1 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, 4K vertical video support and continuous shooting of up to 7.0 frames per second (during optical viewfinder shooting), and much more.
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