5 months on, Canon EOS 850D / Rebel T8i still isn't available

Announced on Valentine's Day, the Canon EOS 850D / Rebel T8i still isn't in stock anywhere
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If you're still waiting for the Canon EOS Rebel T8i, aka the Canon EOS 850D, you're going to be waiting a while longer as the camera still isn't available. Canon meanwhile is getting ready for what it claims is its "biggest product launch yet" later this week, which will be livestreamed on 09 July.

A number of cameras were affected by the current coronavirus outbreak, but none have been delayed as much as the Canon EOS 850D / Rebel T8i. Canon's newest DSLR was announced on Valentine's Day, but immediately was almost impossible to actually buy.

Fast-forward nearly five months and the camera is still as rare as a unicorn sighting. Retailers in both the UK and US are listing the product as "awaiting stock", with no update as to when supplies will be received. 

Indeed, the camera is so hard to find that even we have yet to lay our eyes or hands on one – and we usually receive review samples from a separate allocation that's reserved specifically for the press. 

We reached out to Canon to ask for an update the EOS 850D / Rebel T8i, but it appears that there's no firm answer. Apparently a single, very limited shipment was received in the UK and was sent to fulfill pre-orders. Other than that, further shipments remain an unknown quantity. 

The Canon EOS 850D / Canon Rebel T8i is the successor to two separate bodies: the one-off Canon EOS 77D (like a 750D / T6i but with small top LCD plate) and Canon EOS 800D / Canon EOS Rebel T7i, both launched in early 2017.

The 24.1MP DSLR will feature upgrades in the form of a faster 7fps continuous shooting speed and a Digic 8 processor, along with Intelligent Tracking (iTR) AF and the metering sensor found in the Canon EOS 90D – a setup that's ideal for fast-moving sport and wildlife subjects, and also offers face detect. 

Another key improvement is the addition of 4K video up to 25fps (along with 1080p up to 60fps), with 5-Axis Movie Digital IS for smooth, controlled footage. As and when it becomes available, it will be a worthy update for many DSLR users…

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