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Canon launches the 24-megapixel 850D/Rebel T8i

Feature packed entry-level DSLR includes 4K video and vari-angle LCD…

While much of the buzz of late has been around Canon’s mirrorless products, the brand certainly hasn’t stepped away from DSLRs and has just launched its latest model, the 850D. Named the Rebel T8i in North America, this compact and lightweight DSLR lists an impressive specification that should prove ideal for newcomers to photography.

The 850D/T8i is built around a DIGIC 9 processor and a APS-C 24-megapixel CMOS sensor – a decent pixel count for the target market, making the camera compatible with the brand’s EF-S and EF lens range from Canon and third-party manufacturers such as Sigma and Tamron.

Backing up this pixel count is an autofocus system that boasts 45-point All Cross-type AF points, which are the more sensitive type, helping the AF lock on accurately to subjects. What’s more, the 850D/T8i also includes Canon’s acclaimed Dual Pixel AF technology and a Face Detect option, which will help when capturing portraits.

Images can be composed using the optical viewfinder or in Live View mode via the 3.0-inch touch-sensitive LCD that benefits from a vari-angle design to help photographers set-up awkward high/low compositions.

Although it can’t match the speeds of more professional models like the 1D X Mark III, the 850D/T8i does offer a decent burst rate of 7 frames per second – enough to capture everyday action sequences and the buffer will go to 70 RAW shots in one go. Ergonomics have been tweaked too, with the 850D/T8i featuring a AF-ON Button and a Quick Control Dial.

Vloggers will be pleased to hear the 850D/T8i can capture 4K video at 25p or Full HD up to 60p and there’s a jack for an external microphone. Meanwhile, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology will allow users to transfer content to a smart device or control the camera remotely.

Available from April, the Canon 850D/T8i will carry a price-tag of $750/£820 and you can check out Canon’s video about the DSLR below…