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Canon launches the EOS Rebel T8i DSLR

The new Canon EOS Rebel T8i. (Source: Canon)
The new Canon EOS Rebel T8i. (Source: Canon)
The T8i is the latest in the EOS Rebel series made by Canon. It has a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with a 45-point all-cross form of auto-focus (AF) with Face Detect. This Rebel is also the first of its line to feature vertical video for consumption on mobile devices.

The Rebel T8i (heretofore known as the Canon EOS 850D) is a new DSLR with a 24MP dual-pixel APS-C sensor. It supports up to 4K/UHD shooting at up to 24 frames per second. Its manufacturer refers to it as a "compact and lightweight" DSLR that, with its vertical video support, may be pitched at those who shoot with social media in mind.

However, this first-to-EOS feature is only described as compatible with iOS up to 12.2, or with Android versions 5.0 (Lollipop) to 9.0 (Pie): not the latest iterations of either, then. The T8i had been leaked extensively ahead of its launch, and it seems that all of the specs predicted therein were dead on the money. This includes the 45-point all cross-type AF for its optical viewfinder.

The T8i also features eye-detect features due to its additional AF settings, which include Canon's AI Servo and One Shot technology. It also has the predicted LCD touchscreen, which is 3.0 inches in size and adjustable through about 170 degrees.

The EOS 850D leaks were also accurate in that this new camera features a micro-USB port for syncing ( 2020), as well as mini-HDMI support. However, it is also capable of wireless connectivity via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The Rebel T8i is currently on back-order through Canon's US site, where it costs US$899.99 when bundled with a EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. However, the unit alone (which is also compatible with many other EF or EF-S, but not EF-M, lenses) has a recommended price of $749.99.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-16 (Update: 2020-02-16)