Canon EOS R8

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    Highlights

    • 24.2 MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    • 100 - 102,400 Native ISO
    • 1053 Focus Points
    • 3.0" 1,620k dot Fully Articulated Screen
    • 0.39" 2,360k dot Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder
    • 6.0 fps Mechanical and 40.0 fps Electronic Continuous Shooting
    • 3840 x 2160 Video Shooting
    • 2 h Video Recording Limit
    • Canon Log 3, HDR-PQ
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Canon EOS R8 was announced in 2023 and is a Full Frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) Mirrorless camera with 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 100 to 102,400 and expands to 50 - 204,800 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fully Articulated 3.0" screen with 1,620k dot resolution and built-in 0.39" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 2,360k dot resolution.

    Canon EOS R8 can capture video up to 3840 x 2160 resolution.


    Here is the Canon EOS R series lineup, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the cameras within the same series.

    Canon EOS R series lineup
    Model Date Sensor Native ISO Screen Price
    Image cannot be found Canon R100 May
    2023
    24.1 MP
    APS-C
    100 - 12,800 Fixed 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Image cannot be found Canon R50 February
    2023
    24.2 MP
    APS-C
    100 - 32,000 Articulated 3.0"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R8 February
    2023
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 102,400 Articulated 3.0"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R6 II November
    2022
    24.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 102,400 Articulated 3.0"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R10 May
    2022
    24.2 MP
    APS-C
    100 - 32,000 Articulated 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R7 May
    2022
    32.5 MP
    APS-C
    100 - 32,000 Articulated 3.0"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R5 C January
    2022
    45.0 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R3 September
    2021
    24.1 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 102,400 Articulated 3.2"
    4,150k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R6 July
    2020
    20.1 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 102,400 Articulated 3.0"
    1,620k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R5 July
    2020
    45.0 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 51,200 Articulated 3.2"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon RP February
    2019
    26.2 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 40,000 Articulated 3.0"
    1,040k dot
    Touchscreen
    Image cannot be found Canon R September
    2018
    30.3 MP
    Full Frame
    100 - 40,000 Articulated 3.15"
    2,100k dot
    Touchscreen

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Canon EOS R100 vs EOS R50 vs EOS R8 vs EOS R6 Mark II vs EOS R10 vs EOS R7.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Canon EOS R8.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   1053 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode
    •   Digital Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 40.0 fps
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 93
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 461 g (1.02 lb / 16.26 oz)
    •   USB Charging
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Sensor Resolution - 24.2 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   -6.5 EV Min AF Detection
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Screen and Viewfinder

    Fully Articulated Touchscreen

    Canon EOS R8 has a 3.0" Fully Articulated touchscreen with 1,620k dot resolution. Fully articulated screen makes this camera selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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    Canon EOS R8 with Fully Articulated screen


    Electronic (OLED) Viewfinder

    Camera has a built-in 0.39" Electronic (OLED) viewfinder with 2,360k dot resolution. It has a 100% coverage and 0.70x magnification.

    Sensor

    Canon EOS R8 features a 24.2 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.9 x 23.9 mm and a total area of 858 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 102,400 and expands to 50 - 204,800 in boosted mode.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Canon EOS R8's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.9 x 23.9 mm858 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with DIGIC X processor and can take pictures up to 6000 x 4000 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Canon EOS R8 has Canon RF lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Canon EOS R8.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth (version 4.2) which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Canon EOS R8 has a USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Canon EOS R8 comes with LP-E17 battery pack with battery life of 290 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Canon EOS R8 has Electronic 1st curtain shutter and Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/16000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/4000 sec with electronic 1st curtain shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 40.0 fps with electronic shutter and up to 6.0 fps with electronic 1st curtain shutter.


    Focusing

    Canon EOS R8 has Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system with 1053 focusing points and from -6.5 to +21 EV detection range. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces and additional eye detection further locks the focus on one of the eyes and tracks it down during the motion.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from -3 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±3 EV range. You can also do exposure lock, exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Canon EOS R8 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Intelligent Hot Shoe. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/250 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV with 1/3 or 1/2 EV step increments.

    Physical Parameters

    Canon EOS R8 has dimensions of 133 x 86 x 70 mm (5.24 x 3.39 x 2.76"). It weighs 461 g (1.02 lb / 16.26 oz), so it is a lightweight camera.

    133 mm (5.24")

    86 mm (3.39")

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    86 mm (3.39")

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    70 mm (2.76")

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    Canon EOS R8 dimensions

    Canon EOS R8 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Canon EOS R8 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    88

    Canon EOS R8 gets a score of 88 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    81

    Canon EOS R8 gets a score of 81 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   1053 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 40.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    80

    Canon EOS R8 gets a score of 80 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   1053 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 40.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Canon EOS R8 gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   1053 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Canon EOS R8 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   1053 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 461 g (1.02 lb / 16.26 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    87

    Canon EOS R8 gets a score of 87 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 461 g (1.02 lb / 16.26 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots

    Canon EOS R8 Evaluation

    We evaluate Canon EOS R8 and give score of 81 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
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    Sensor

    GOOD
    75

    We give Canon EOS R8 a score of 75 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Sensor Resolution - 24.2 Megapixel
    •   100 Lowest Native ISO
    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   High DxO Overall Score - 93

    Photo

    GOOD
    74

    We give Canon EOS R8 a score of 74 for Photo parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 40.0 fps
    •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

    Video

    AVERAGE
    61

    We give Canon EOS R8 a score of 61 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   High Video Resolution - 3840 x 2160
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    94

    We give Canon EOS R8 a score of 94 for Focusing parameters.

    •   -6.5 EV Min AF Detection
    •   1053 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode

    Screen and Viewfinder

    EXCELLENT
    87

    We give Canon EOS R8 a score of 87 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,620k dot
    •   Viewfinder Resolution - 2,360k dot

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    96

    We give Canon EOS R8 a score of 96 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    AVERAGE
    68

    We give Canon EOS R8 a score of 68 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 461 g (1.02 lb / 16.26 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 290 shots


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