Canon EOS 850D review

Canon EOS 850D Review (South Africa)

A review about Canon EOS 850D DSLR

In this Canon EOS 850D review, we will be looking at the specifications as well as the key features, camera performance and image performance of the Canon EOS 850D DSLR camera.

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Canon EOS 850D specifications at a glance

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Max shutter speed1/4000 sec
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries)515 g (1.14 lb / 18.17 oz)
Dimensions131 x 103 x 76 mm (5.16 x 4.06 x 2.99″)

Canon EOS 850D Overview

The Canon EOS 850D (also known as the Canon EOS Rebel T8i and the Canon EOS Kiss X10i)  is a 24MP midsize CMOS sensor size camera with an EF/EF-S metal lens mount, with a DIGIC8 processor. It was launched in February 2020.

The camera is a midrange level DSLR built specifically for photographers looking for a good all-rounder camera. The 850D is a good camera, with very good image quality.

The camera has a built-in flash, and comes with many features which vloggers will appreciate such as the ability to shoot vertical video and the ability to shoot 4K video. The camera has a fully articulating 3-inch touch screen with an incredibly easy to use interface. The camera also comes out with a big mode wheel assisting photographers which includes the additional shooting modes such as Programmed Automatic (P), Aperture priority (Av), shutter priority (Tv) and Manual (M) shooting modes which one would expect to see.

Being in the mid-range and having a DIGIC8 processor it has very good battery life and the ability to handle 7.5fps in burst mode, the camera is very easy to operate.

Canon EOS 850D Design and operation

The camera body of the Canon EOS 850D is plastic and is not weather proofed and the lens mount is metal. The camera feels very robust and ergonomic in one’s hands, but not the less still has a plasticy feel to it. The viewfinder is small. Buttons on the camera are multifunction and functions are depicted in either white or blue symbols. The white symbols functions while shooting, and the blue symbols indicate functions during playback and when reviewing the images. There are fewer buttons on this camera than in other top range mid-range cameras. The camera only has one card slot.

Canon EOS 850D Performance

This camera is the very modest upgrade to the Canon 800D. Those used to its predecessor will only feel that the only big difference is the ability to shoot 4K video. The build quality is not the best. The 24 MP CMOS sensor of the Canon EOS 850D helps when shooting 4K video. The camera is definitely valuable for any photographer looking for a good back up camera, or vloggers and videographers requiring a camera that can shoot 4k video, and vertical video at that.

The 3” fully articulating LCD screen is touch screen equipped with 1.04M dots is a fully articulating touch LCD screen. With an ISO range of Auto, ISO 100 – 25600 which is expandable to 51200, a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000sec. With a maximum shooting speed of 7.5fps and 45 auto focus points the Canon EOS 850D performance is good for an enthusiast level camera.

Canon EOS 850D Video capabilities

The Canon EOS 850D can take 4K video with limitations and has the ability to take vertical video. It comes equipped with a mic in jack, but no earphone jack.

Canon EOS 850D connectivity

The camera connects via USB 2.0 and also has built in Wi-Fi which uses NFC. The camera has a mini-HDMI or HDMI type C connector as well as a 3.5mm mic-in jack. Bluetooth connectivity is also possible which allows the camera to be remote controlled via this function.

Canon EOS 850D Pros and Cons


  • DIGIC 8 processor
  • Good ISO range
  • Nice form factor
  • Good image quality


  • Camera feels plastic
  • Not enough upgrades from the previous model
  • Small viewfinder
  • Only one card slot
  • No USB 3.0
  • No GPS
  • Still relatively slow when compared to other enthusiast level cameras


The Canon 850D is the upgraded version of the Canon 800D. The upgraded model is meagre in upgrades. The camera has the ability to shoot 4K video with limitations. For photographers the ability to shoot 7.5 fps is a bonus, but there are other models in its class that can shoot 10 fps. The fully articulating touch screen is a good feature. If you save up a bit more you will however find other models which will outperform this model and with much better build quality and ergonomics.

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