Canon has always been one of the pioneers in camera technology. Over the years, it has released some of the most innovative cameras in the world including DSLR cameras with well-rounded photo and video capabilities. The latest in its roster is the Canon Rebel T8i DSLR camera designed with the first-time shooter in mind.
Canon Rebel T8i Overview
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Design & Features
For a beginner DSLR camera, the Canon Rebel T8i is packed with all the features that you’d need and want for professional photography. It may be basic for the pros, but this camera has enough photo and video features that allow for seamless shooting while keeping functionalities simple for those still learning the ropes of shooting with a DSLR camera.
Viewing, Handling, & Controls
In terms of handling, the Canon Rebel T8i has an optical viewfinder with a 45-point all cross-type phase-detection autofocus system, which allows for fast and precise focusing even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Its 45 sensors is perfect for keeping focus on moving objects while its cross-type design allows for pinpoint accuracy even in mixed lighting conditions.
The T8i also has a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that’s useful in shooting or recording video in live view because it allows for fast focusing performance, which means that you’ll get the same focus accuracy of a camcorder using the DSLR camera. You can also benefit from this system in still imagery because its fast focus capability will allow you to track moving subjects to capture beautiful shots using the right focus. The T8i also has an Eye Detection AF feature to help you focus on a subject’s eye.
To allow for intuitive control, the T8i has a large 3.0” 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor to allow for easier control of focusing points, reviewing images and navigating menus. Its vari-angle design also makes shooting easier from both high and low angles, and its optical pentamirror viewfinder makes it convenient to shoot at eye-level. The camera also features Movie Digital IS that helps to minimize the appearance of camera shakes for steady recordings.
Image & Video
The Canon Rebel T8i features a powerful 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 image processor that offers reliable performance and high sensitivity in both image and video applications. It also has a native ISO range of 100-25600 to suit different lighting conditions with an expandable sensitivity of up to ISO 51200. The camera’s processor also allows for up to 7 fps burst shooting and noise reduction for more clarity. And if that’s not enough, the T8i also has a 220,000-pixel AE metering sensor that enables for Color Tracking to easily detect skin colors.
The DSLR camera is also capable of UHD 4K video recording of up to 24 fps, full HD and HD recording. It also has a vertical video output perfect for vlogging where an external microphone jack is incorporated into the body of the camera for easier control over your audio.
Extras & Connectivity
The Canon Rebel T8i has a built-in Bluetooth so you can easily link your smartphone or tablet with the camera to allow for quick sharing of images between devices. You can also use your device as a remote control for the camera through Bluetooth. The T8i also has a Wi-Fi for easy sharing of photos and videos to linked mobile devices.
Pros & Cons
For a beginner DSLR camera, the Canon Rebel T8i has a lot of features to offer. From its powerful Dual Pixel CMOS APS-C sensor to its Digic 8 processor, you’re really getting good value for your money with this camera. Perhaps the only downside is that the Rebel T8i has some very tough competition out there, and that means mirrorless cameras.
If you’re familiar with how mirrorless cameras work, you’ll know that it’s a huge trend today with rivals like the Nilon Z50 offering more features in a smaller body within a similar price point.
At the end of the day, it’s all about what your needs are and if you’re about looking for a beginner DSLR camera that allows you to learn the ropes of photography with all its amazing features, then the Canon Rebel T8i is for you. The camera will go on sale on April 2020 for $749 for the body alone and $899 with the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens.
Although it almost costs as much as the mirrorless options like the Fujifilm X-T30 and Nikon Z50, it’s definitely a great investment if you’re still more inclined to using a DSLR camera.
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