Canon EOS Rebel T8i Review

Last Updated on December 7, 2023 by Sharon Advik

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Built-in Wireless (WiFi)
  • Articulating Screen
  • 4K at 25fps Video Recording
  • FHD at 120fps Video Recording
  • Touch Screen
  • Optical Built-in Viewfinder
  • 24.0MP – High-Resolution Sensor
  • Face Detection Focusing
  • 45 Focus Points
  • 25.600 Max ISO
  • Digital video stabilization
  • 1.040k dots LCD Resolution
  • 7.5fps Shooting
  • Long Battery Life (800 shots)
  • External Microphone Port
  • Flash Sync Port
  • 515g Light Body
  • Timelapse Recording
  • No Sensor shift Image Stabilization
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • 0.51x magnification – Small Viewfinder

Canon EOS Rebel T8i Review:

The first time I did photography professionally was for a sports company.

As a beginner, I needed a camera that was simple to use.

I also wanted something lightweight that would be easy for me to do my shoots.

I’ve always been a sports fan, and I’ve always admired photography.

I considered combining these two interests and pursuing them as a career, but ultimately decided on a career as a sports photographer.

As a result, I can participate in sports while working.

Observing the summer and winter Olympics highlights this point.

Soccer, football (in the United States), baseball, softball, track and field, field hockey, golf, surfing, racing (in various forms), beach volleyball, swimming, waterskiing and other watersports, cycling, inline skating, skateboarding, lacrosse, snow skiing, snowboarding, tennis, badminton, cheerleading, rugby, equestrian, rodeo, and many other sports are popular.

The best sports camera is the “Canon EOS Rebel T8i.”

It provides photos with adorable effects and stability, free of distortion and flare.

Because it is lightweight and versatile, I rely heavily on this camera for my sports photography.


Because it was my first time using this camera, I wanted to learn and explore more about it.

So, I started using it frequently in different conditions to understand its features and expertise.

I’ll admit that I was convinced I needed this camera in my life.

I was very pleased with the majority of its features.

Though there were some inconveniences, they were all outweighed by the capabilities of these cameras.

As someone looking to progress from a camera phone to more creative still photography with a ‘proper’ camera, I found the Canon Canon EOS Rebel T8i, a lightweight yet powerful DSLR that captures detailed, colorful images for me.

I had some experience with other cameras before using it, and I discovered that its improvements over the 800D are subtle, as both have 24Mp sensors, 45 cross-type AF points, 6/7fps burst shooting, and WiFi.

When I heard about the 850D’s new feature – 4K video recording –

The most impressive part was its proficiency in recording video in 4K resolution—including vertical video—which appeals significantly because I sometimes enjoy vlogging for my followers.

This 850D (also known as the EOS Rebel T8i in some markets) is more of an all-arounder camera for enthusiasts like me than a true beginner DSLR.

However, it’s also appealing to existing Canon users.

It is combined with straightforward controls and guides, which aided me greatly in learning about this camera.

It’s one of the best DSLRs for new photographers.

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Body, Size, and Weight:

My cute T8i was small enough to fit perfectly in my hands when I first held it, and its buttons were placed so that I could make quick and easy changes without disrupting my flow.

The body was made of plastic. I also discovered a beginner-friendly ‘Guided’ menu system activated by default.

When I first used it, it instructed me on the various shooting modes and how to use them.

I was thrilled to have it. I found it very comforting that the build of my Canon EOS Rebel T8i was very light.

It was a bonus because size and weight were the first things I looked for in a camera that would suit me.

This camera weighs 515 g (1.14 lb / 18.17 oz) and measures 131 x 103 x 76 mm (5.16 x 4.00 x 2.99′′).

Given that the average weight of DSLR-type cameras is 773g, it has an average thickness for their class with a thickness of 76mm.

It meant it was a good option for younger photographers like me, who are tired of carrying large DSLRs around because it is incredibly lightweight.

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i’s Vari-Angle touchscreen is one of my favorite features.

I could easily adjust it to sit in almost any position.

It was small and chunky, with elegant curves reaching around the front of the camera, which felt like a nod to Canon’s higher-end cinema cameras.

The relatively deep hand grip and solidity of the settings dials and shutter release button gave it a legitimate high-end DSLR feel.

Weather Sealing:

I’m enraged because why would you do such a thing with such a cute camera?

Why isn’t my Canon T8i’s body weather-sealed? My camera requires safeguarding.

I had hoped that Canon would include a weather-sealing function on this camera, but I’ll have to be more careful to keep it dry and dust-free now.

I had to occasionally shoot telefilms in the rain, dust, mud, and other inclement weather.

So, I’d like to safeguard my camera because I can’t afford to be damaged; it’s like a bay to me.

Weather sealing for my camera could have alleviated my concerns about its longevity, allowing me to spend and record more time in the rain.


By searching the internet, I discovered that my Canon T8i has a Canon EF/EF-S lens mount and that there are currently 333 native lenses available for this mount.

Canon’s EF mount offers the most diverse and comprehensive native lens options in the DSLR market, permitting the company to remain the first choice for professional photographers worldwide.

Unfortunately, my Canon T8i lacks a sensor-based image stabilization system, but thanks to Holy God, 113 of these lenses already have Optical Image Stabilization!

I was relieved to learn that 93 Canon T8i lenses have weather sealing.

Here is one of the best lenses I’ve used with my camera, and they’re stunning; I’ve mentioned them here.

  • Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 35-350mm f3.5-5.6L USM
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f4.0-5.6 III
  • Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 35-80mm f4.0-5.6 III
  • Canon EF 80-200mm f4.5-5.6 II

Sensor and Processor:

My Canon EOS Rebel T8i camera has a 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, which I thought was quite powerful.

Thanks to its massive sensor, I can capture high-resolution images and stunning 4K video with this camera.

It enables me to capture fine details and dynamic, rich colors ranging from deepest reds to emerald greens to lush blues and purples.

I turn on the camera and know the results will be stunning.

In addition, the DIGIC 8 Image Processor enables me to produce high image quality and quick operation even when shooting in low light.

When I use high ISO settings, the image processor assists me in maintaining sharp and detailed results in virtually any lighting situation.

It is powerful all around.

The DIGIC 8 Image Processor assisted me in obtaining noise-free and sharp images and videos.

It delivers high sensitivity and fast performance for stills and video applications; the camera employs a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 image processor.

A versatile native ISO 100-25600 range is ideal for working in various environments, and processing capabilities minimize noise for notable clarity and expandable sensitivity up to ISO 51200.

The processor also supports up to 7 fps continuous shooting and UHD 4K video recording to accommodate working with moving subjects.

This camera has a lethal sensor and processor combination.

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I can’t stop gushing about this camera’s autofocusing capabilities.

It’s as simple as having my back. I can’t thank you enough for your assistance with my photos and videos.

Its 45-point cross-type phase-detection autofocus system allows quick and precise focus when shooting in low-light conditions.

When I’m recording videos or shooting in live view, its Dual Pixel CMOS AF system provides smooth and quick focusing performance, similar to how a camcorder does.

I discovered that this system integrates two separate photodiodes within each pixel.

It provides me with a broad and dense network of phase-detection gathering elements across most image sensors to minimize focus hunting and give me faster, more direct control of focus placement.

While working with still images, this focusing system acquires a focus quickly and accurately, making it ideal for shooting and tracking moving subjects so that I can achieve a critical focus with each shot.

Furthermore, the Eye Detection AF assists me in prioritizing focus on a recognized subject’s eye.

When shooting video, a Movie Servo AF mode provides smooth and natural focusing when switching between subjects or distances within the scene and the ability to specify tracking sensitivity, AF speed, and Face Tracking priority. Thanks to the Touch AF system,

Thanks to the Touch AF system, I can achieve the rack focus simply by touching elements within the location on the touchscreen to change direction intuitively.

Subject tracking in my films is also improved thanks to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system’s ability to recognize subjects and maintain focus in changing or cluttered environments.

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I like its LCD. It has a 7.7cm (3.0″) 3:2 Clear View II TFT touchscreen with approximately 1,040,000 dots.

It has a solid-state structure design for clarity, durability, and a 170° viewing angle for my camera.

I wished I could also have an anti-smudge and anti-reflection coating.

But it’s still too good.

Touch focus is possible with the Rebel T8i’s capacitive touchscreen during live-view still photography and video recording.

I tap my finger on the LCD where I want the camera to focus, and the camera does so smoothly.

Touch Focus benefited me as a beginner photographer because it was simple and effective.

Touch Focus was valuable to me as a beginner photographer because it was simple and effective.

Its brightness-adjustable LCD’s 100% of the image that has just been captured or is about to be captured.

The LCD’s ability to articulate into a wide range of angles is a significant asset, allowing me to use this camera in various positions, including on the ground and high overhead.

This extended and forward-facing LCD makes selfies and vlogging a breeze for me.

Though my Canon’s menu system is always clear and straightforward, the LCD’s touch capability provides another simple navigation option.

I use touch to pinch, zoom, and flip between images during playback and select an AF point during Live View.

This camera’s lovely 3.0 Vari-angle touchscreen gets a lot of praise from me.

It’s not new, but it’s still fantastic.

If I had to summarise its LCD, I would say it has a responsive touchscreen, a bright display, a comprehensive focus function, menu navigation, image capture, and playback.

It’s highly polished.


The optical viewfinder isn’t bad, with a magnification of 0.82x, but it doesn’t fill my vision as well as a full-frame DSLR. Competitors with larger displays include the Pentax K-70 and Nikon D5600.

The EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D display also has 95% coverage, so I can’t see the edges of my photos.

In some cases, there is also chromatic aberration in the display corners.

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Wireless Connectivity:

Built-in Bluetooth Capability:

Its Bluetooth pairing lets me use the free Canon Camera Connect app to connect my EOS Rebel T8i camera to intelligent devices.

This low-energy wireless connection will enable me to save battery life while remotely controlling the camera.

It also sends my phone’s continuously updated GPS location data, allowing me to geotag what I’ve captured to know precisely where I took that stunning vacation photo.

Built-in WiFi Capability:

The EOS Rebel T8i camera makes WiFi connectivity quick and straightforward.

It aided me in transferring files to a compatible smart device via the free Canon Camera Connect app.

I connect to the Camera Connect app to transfer images to my smart device, share and upload directly to different social media web services and sites from my machine, or print now to compatible wireless Canon printers.

Other Connectivity features:

The camera has micro USB, mini HDMI ports, a UHS-I SDXC memory card slot, a 3.5mm microphone input, and a 2.5mm wired remote control connector. It can be used as a webcam on Windows computers but is not yet supported on Mac computers.


I’m pleased with the battery life.

I don’t like it when I’m shooting, living, and capturing every moment, and the battery suddenly dies.

It is the most irritating stage.

However, my Canon T8i is powered by an LP-E17 battery, which, according to CIPA standards, provides a battery life of 800 shots.

Given that the average battery life of DSLR-type cameras is 948 shots, the Canon T8i has a short power life for its class, so T8i owners should invest in extra batteries.

Video Feature:

I’m satisfied with the video quality.

It is not a repudiation.

The T8i also has UHD 4K video recording at up to 24 frames per second, Full HD and HD recording, and vertical video output for vlogging applications.

Including Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF focusing functions and the LCD monitor’s touchscreen design for intuitive control benefit video recording.

Movie Digital IS also helps me make more stable recordings by reducing camera shake across five axes for smoother footage.

In addition, an external microphone jack is built into the body design to give me more control over my recorded sound.

The T8i records video in crisp UHD 4K at up to 24fpsa andorts 16:9 vertical video output.

It is perfect for content creators who use popular social media platforms such as Instagram’s IGTV or Facebook’s Stories.

So, it also came in handy when I ran my vlogging channel on YouTube.

Image Quality:

The image quality of this camera revolves around its sensor and processor.

It will capture fine details and true-to-life rich colors with each shot.

I shot a lot of photos with it to see the image quality.

I photographed portraits, sports, landscapes, and dorm life with this camera.

During one of my photoshoots, I brought the camera on set to capture behind-the-scenes footage.

We began shooting early in the morning when the light settings were quite extreme.

Scene Intelligent Auto Mode (A+) quickly switched between shade areas and direct sunlight.

I had no trouble capturing the vibrant colors and intricate details created by our makeup artist.

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Photography Type:

After using it for several years, I was so satisfied with this camera that I refused to let it go.

I decided not to test this camera in other areas of photography to see how my Superman performed.

So, after using it for a variety of photographic genres, I came to the following conclusion:

Sports Photography:

I also took it to a stadium for some shots because it was a football game for a friend.

It demonstrates its worth as a professional sports camera by performing admirably during sports shoots.

The Canon T8i has a Sports Photography score of 79, making it a GOOD candidate for this type of photography.

Street Photography:

It’s in my blood to photograph people on the street.

It amazes me and makes me feel alive and free.

Street photography is more than just a job; it is a way to escape the stresses of everyday life.

One of my skills is street photography, which allows me to interact with my surroundings and recall strange events.

Canon T8i has a Street Photography score of 64, making it a GOOD candidate for this type of photography.

Daily Photography:

I’m so obsessed with this camera that I almost always carry it.

Because it’s light, I don’t mind wearing it all the time. It enables me to continue with my daily photography hobby.

Even though most photographers specialize in one or two photographic genres, experimenting with different shooting techniques can lead to surprising discoveries.

I’d call it “daily photography.” You can create various photographic styles using the same technical and aesthetic skills.

If you succeed in one activity, you may learn critical skills and abilities that benefit your photography.

Unposed, everyday photography is ideal for this.

A good camera can capture a wide range of images.

However, after using this camera, I rate the Canon 90D as 60/100 for Daily Photography, putting it in the AVERAGE category.

Why should one get a Canon T8i?

  • More information: It has a higher megapixel count (24MP), which increases linear resolution by 16%.
  • Better jpg: A more modern image processing engine is used (DIGIC 8).
  • Better video: Captures higher-resolution movies (4K/24p).
  • Improved live-view autofocus: On-sensor phase detection allows for more confident autofocus.
  • Improved sound: You can connect to an external microphone for better sound recording.
  • Larger viewfinder image: A viewfinder with higher magnification is included (0.51x).
  • Larger screen: The rear LCD (3.0″) is more significant for image review and setting control.
  • LCD with greater detail: It has a higher resolution back screen (1040k).
  • A swivel screen allows for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • There are fewer buttons to press: A touchscreen is included to help with handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Friendlier to selfies: It has an articulated screen that you can turn to face forward.
  • Shoots at a higher frequency (7.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Eases time-lapse photography by including an intervalometer for low-frequency shooting.
  • Longer lasting: Gets 800 shots from a single battery charge.
  • More effortless wireless transfer: Bluetooth is supported for image sharing without cables.
  • It has an SD card interface with UHS-I support for faster buffer clearing.
  • More contemporary: It was introduced a little more recently


The Canon T8i was released in the United States for $749.

Typically, retail prices remain close to the launch price., but after a few months, discounts become available.

Later in the product cycle, and especially when the replacement model is about to be released, further discounting and stock clearance sales frequently drive the camera price significantly lower.

Then, after the new model is released, excellent pre-owned deals are often available.

Today, the body-only price of the versatile Canon T8i gadget is $749, and it can also be found in a kit with an 18-55mm lens for $899.

Buying a used T8i can also save you money.

The starting price for a used T8i is $764.


Mirrorless cameras may now outnumber DSLRs in terms of new releases.

However, DSLRs like the EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D still have advantages like battery life (in viewfinder mode) and handling.

If those are important to you, you still have a choice.

Though it’s worth noting that this camera performs better in live view mode, its traditional advantages feel somewhat redundant. I discovered it on the internet.

The Canon T8i currently has an Overall Score of 73/100 based on our evaluation of 69 different technical parameters.

When a new camera is added to our database or when we change our ranking algorithm, our scores are dynamically updated, and the maximum score is always 100.

Canon EOS Rebel T8i is ranked #39 out of 208 DSLR cameras.

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