Canon EOS 850D review

Can the long-awaited Canon EOS 850D DSLR fend off ever-increasing competition from mirrorless rivals?

Canon EOS 850D
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you're looking to step up from a camera phone to explore more creative stills photography with a 'proper' camera, the Canon EOS 850D is a lightweight yet powerful DSLR that captures detailed, colorful images. Its improvements over the 800D are subtle though, as both have 24Mp sensors, 45 cross-type AF points, 6/7fps burst shooting, and WiFi. The 850D's headline new feature – 4K video recording – sounds great, but Canon is only playing catch-up with existing 4K-capable mirrorless cameras in the same sector. Plus, with up to a huge 64% crop factor and no phase-detect AF available, the 850D's implementation of 4K video is nowhere near as useful as you'd hope.


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    Ease of use for novices

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    Vari-angle touchscreen

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    Effective Dual Pixel CMOS AF


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    Cropped 4K video

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    No Dual Pixel AF in 4K

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    Cheaper mirrorless rivals

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We’ve been waiting to test the Canon EOS 850D  since it was first announced back in February 2020. But the global pandemic meant world-wide supplies came to a grinding halt; however, while we still wrestle with weekly challenges and evolving restrictions, Canon has been able to finally release the camera.

The 850D (also sold as the EOS Rebel T8i in some countries) is positioned as more of an all-rounder camera for enthusiasts than a true beginner DSLR, though it's equally tempting for existing Canon users stepping up from cameras like the entry-level EOS 1300D or 800D.

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Peter Travers

The editor of PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Peter 14 years of experience as both a journalist and professional photographer. He is a hands-on photographer with a passion and expertise for sharing his practical shooting skills. Equally adept at turning his hand to portraits, landscape, sports and wildlife, he has a fantastic knowledge of camera technique and principles. As you'd expect of the editor of a Canon publication, Peter is a devout Canon user and can often be found reeling off shots with his EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR.