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Canon EOS Rebel T8i Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Feb 25, 2021 at 08:59 am
Canon EOS Rebel T8i Picture
7.5
Travel Photography
7.6
Landscape Photography
7.1
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.4
Vlogging
6.6
Studio Video
3.3
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
No
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i is a simple APS-C DSLR camera. It offers good image quality, even in poorly lit environments, and has an autofocus system that does an exceptional job of tracking faces and objects during still photography. It's also quite comfortable to use and has a bright, fully articulated screen that's easy to see, even in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, it's quite bulky, and its video recording quality in both 4k and FHD isn't particularly impressive.

Our Verdict

7.5 Travel Photography

The Canon T8i is good for travel photography. Images are low in noise and graininess even at high ISO levels, and its autofocus system is quick, reliable, and consistent when it comes to accurately tracking moving objects and faces. The camera's minimum shutter speed also drops low enough for long exposure photography. Unfortunately, it's quite bulky and doesn't feel especially sturdy, though it is comfortable to operate.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Very good image quality.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance for photography.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Slightly plasticky build quality.
7.6 Landscape Photography

The Canon T8i is a good option for landscape photography. Even when shooting at high ISO levels to compensate for poor lighting conditions, images should still be quite low in graininess. Its touchscreen interface is bright enough to be seen clearly even under direct sunlight and is quite sharp. Unfortunately, while the camera itself is comfortable to operate, it isn't especially easy to carry around for long periods, and the body isn't weather-sealed, though we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Very good image quality.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance for photography.
  • Bright, sharp, fully-articulated screen.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Slightly plasticky build quality.
7.1 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon T8i is decent for sports and wildlife photography. Its maximum continuous shooting speed isn't particularly high, which can make it difficult to capture distinct images of fast-moving subjects. Thankfully, the image quality itself is good, and you should be able to capture clear images that are mostly free of graininess even at high ISO levels. The camera's autofocus system does an exceptional job of tracking moving subjects. Unfortunately, the camera's kit lens doesn't zoom sufficiently far enough to let you take pictures of far-away objects.

Pros
  • Comfortable to use.
  • Very good image quality.
  • Fantastic autofocus performance for photography.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Low maximum shooting speed.
  • Slightly plasticky build quality.
6.4 Vlogging

The Canon T8i is passable for vlogging. It's quite bulky, which can make carrying it around a bit of a nuisance. Videos recorded in FHD and 4k also look somewhat noisy and grainy, and handheld footage can look somewhat shaky due to the camera's poor video stabilization performance. However, the camera's autofocus system does a fantastic job of tracking faces in FHD video, and the fully-articulated screen can be fully rotated to let you see yourself when the camera is pointed at you.

Pros
  • Bright, sharp, fully-articulated screen.
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
  • Superb autofocus performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor autofocus performance in 4k.
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor overall video stabilization performance.
6.6 Studio Video

The Canon T8i is alright for studio video. Video quality in FHD and 4k is sub-par, but the camera features a wide variety of inputs and outputs to let you attach a variety of accessories, from headphones and a mic to an external recorder. The camera's menu system is also quite easy to use. While autofocus performance in 4k is poor, it performs far better while recording FHD video.

Pros
  • Wide variety of inputs and outputs.
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
  • Superb autofocus performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor autofocus performance in 4k.
  • Sub-par overall video quality in FHD and 4k.
  • Limited selection of frame rate options.
3.3 Action Video

The Canon EOS Rebel T8i isn't designed for action video. It's too big to be mounted on a helmet or chest rig and doesn't support any high-speed frame rate options in 4k or FHD for smooth slow-motion video. Video stabilization performance is also middling overall.

Pros
  • Superb autofocus performance in FHD.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Limited selection of frame rate options.
  • Poor overall video stabilization performance.
  • Slightly plasticky build quality.
  • 7.5 Travel Photography
  • 7.6 Landscape Photography
  • 7.1 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.4 Vlogging
  • 6.6 Studio Video
  • 3.3 Action Video

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
4.9
Design
Portability
Height 4.1" (10.3 cm)
Width 5.1" (12.8 cm)
Depth 3.2" (8.2 cm)
Volume
66.0 in³ (1081.1 cm³)
Weight
1.18 lbs (0.53 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.61 lbs (0.73 kg)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Command dials, mode wheel, and buttons offer reasonably good physical feedback
  • Features a mostly plastic construction
  • Articulated screen hinge isn't as solid as that of more expensive cameras
  • D-pad dial feels somewhat slack

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS Rebel T8i body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Lens cover
  • Lens cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x LP-E17 battery
  • Sensor cap
  • Battery charger
  • Startup guide

8.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Rubber eyecup around the viewfinder feels comfortable and well-padded
  • Hand grip should accommodate a wide variety of hand sizes, without fingers getting pinched between the body and lens
  • Hand grip has a textured surface that provides a secure hold
  • Changing ISO is simple due to the dedicated ISO button
  • Camera features a toggle switch to change from photo to video mode

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Simple to navigate
  • Guide mode is also a helpful feature for novice users who want to understand the camera's features
  • Graphical representations of some features

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
95 %
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.82
9.5
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
970 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.1 MP
Processor
Digic 8
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
25600
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.0.0
6.6
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E17
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
360 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
116 min
6.3
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
4.0 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/6.4
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
89 mm
Luminance
77.4 %
Light Falloff
45.2 %
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4000 s
Silent Shooting
No
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
5.4
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
7 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
N/A
Raw Buffer Size
37 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
12 s
9.0
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
45
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
163" (415 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
70.4 %
Object Tracking Success Rate
92.2 %
8.0
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/10 s
7.9
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
9.07 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
8.20
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.06 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
2.523 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.79 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.737 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
34.01 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.309 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo

7.0
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 39.17 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 37.49 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 35.55 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 33.24 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 30.44 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 27.42 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 24.26 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 21.08 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 18.12 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
3.0
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
No
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
Crop At Max Available fps
1.51 x
4.0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
0.3
Object Tracking In 4k
5.7
3.1
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
23.31 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
44.10 pixels/frames
Crop
1.44 x
7.5
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
130 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
130 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 30 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
6.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
5.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
7.9
4k Rolling Shutter
7.76 degrees
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
9.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
9.4
Object Tracking In FHD
8.7
5.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
10.90 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
16.64 pixels/frames
Crop
1.41
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
13 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
5.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
5.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
6.0
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.13 degrees
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
7.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
No
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon Rebel T8i is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here. We tested it in conjunction with the Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM lens, but other EF and EF-S-mount lenses can be purchased with this camera. However, we haven't tested it in any other configuration. It can also be purchased without a lens at all.

Let us know if you come across a different variant, so we can update our review.

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