Canon EOS Rebel T8i / EOS 850D review

The new Canon EOS 850D DSLR camera is the successor to the EOS 77D and 800D models, with both lines merging into one.

Canon is still dedicated to DSLR and mirrorless systems, giving people more choice, with both systems having their own particular merits and drawbacks.
The Canon 850D (also known as the EOS Rebel T8i in the US) has a very similar design to the 800D, sitting between the 250D and 90D in the EOS range. This is a 24 megapixel APS-C DSLR with the latest Digic 8 processor. It offers 7fps burst shooting, Eye Detection AF, Dual Pixel CMOS 45 point all cross-type AF system, 400K pixel AE sensor, and 4K 24/25p cropped video (same as the EOS 250D).

It now features a new Quick Control dial and a new AF-ON button, plus a 3.5mm jack for an external mic.

The camera’s APS-C sensor delivers a high level of depth-of-field control, creating sharp images with beautifully softened backgrounds that make subjects stand out in the frame. Even when shooting fast-moving or distant subjects such as birds in flight, the 24.1MP provides ample resolution for cropping. The sensor also produces high-resolution pictures without compromising on low-light performance; perfect for shooting indoor portraits. As part of Canon’s world-class EOS system, users can attach any EF or EF-S lens, add a Speedlite flash for creative lighting, or plugin an external mic via the 3.5mm jack. Paired with the versatile EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens, photographers can tackle a plethora of shooting scenarios.

Features

  • 24.2 megapixel Canon APS-C CMOS imaging sensor with compact CRAW file format available
  • 4K UHD video with clean 4K HDMI output
  • 45-point all cross-type AF system with an impressive working range of EV -4—18 EV capable of autofocusing f/8 max aperture lens combinations
  • Fast DIGIC 8 image processor
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities
  • Extensive ISO range of 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
  • 7 fps continuous shooting (7.5 fps in Live View)
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View for smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus with video and stills
  • Eye detection AF in Live View
  • Servo AF in Live View for continuous tracking of moving subjects for stills
  • 220,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 216 segments (18 × 12)
  • Spot metering using approx. 2.0 % of viewfinder
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0″ (7.5cm), 1,040k dot, Clear View LCD II monitor, enables self-recording
  • The latest version of Canon EOS scene analysis system
  • Light flicker detection and Anti-flicker shutter timing
  • Movie Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Vertical video
  • Intelligent viewfinder with liquid crystal overlay
  • Rear control dial
  • AF-ON button
  • “Smooth Skin” and “Group Photo” shooting modes
  • The battery life of approx. 800 shots
  • Small in size, light in weight (lightest Rebel T*i body ever), big on features, low in price
  • Creative filters mode on the dial and available for both still images and video

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Verdict

Equipped with a 24 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor, Canon’s EOS Rebel T8i (EOS 850D in most regions) is the company’s ‘high-end entry-level‘ DSLR. When shooting through the viewfinder there’s a 45-point all-cross-type AF system, while Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel AF is available for live view and video capture using the camera’s fully articulating touchscreen. When in live view, the camera offers both face and eye detection. 4K video can be captured at 24p and Full HD at 60p. Vloggers will appreciate the ability to shoot vertical video. The camera features a 3.5mm input for an external microphone. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

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