Canon R8

Canon EOS R8 front
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Raise to 204800)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 461g - 133 x 86 x 70mm
  • Announced February 2023
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon R8 summary

Canon R8 is Canon's Advanced Mirrorless camera initially introduced on February of 2023. It comes with a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a full resolution of 6000 x 4000.

The R8 is placed #4 out of 62 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and overall #29 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon R8 family

The Canon R8 is part of a family of products. You can read the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-R8 front thumbnailCanon R824MPFull frame6.0 fps2023
Canon-EOS-R6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon R6 II
R8 vs R6 II
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
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Canon-EOS-R5-C front thumbnailCanon R5 C
R8 vs R5 C
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
R8 vs R3
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2021
Canon-EOS-R5 front thumbnailCanon R5
R8 vs R5
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-R6 front thumbnailCanon R6
R8 vs R6
20MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
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Canon-EOS-RP front thumbnailCanon RP
R8 vs RP
26MPFull frame5.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-R front thumbnailCanon R
R8 vs R
30MPFull frame8.0 fps2018

Canon R8 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Canon R8 based on criterias which are oftentimes regarded as useful in a camera.

connects via bluetooth
delivers RAW files
fully articulated screen
good ISO range (102,400)
good minimum ISO (100)
good MP (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has manual focus
high resolution screen (1,620 k dot)
includes face detect focusing
includes HDMI support
includes headphone jack
includes microphone jack
includes tracking focus
offers focus via touch
quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
screen is a good size (3.00 inch)
selfie friendly screen
sensor has phase detect AF
switch lenses (Canon RF mount)
touchscreen functionality
weather proofing
bad battery life (290 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (6.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
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Canon R8 Sensor information

The size of the sensor on the Canon R8 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor is able to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 102400. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to 50 to 204800. RAW files are saved so the user has more margin for error.

The picture underneath illustrates the R8's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The R8 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon R8 dimensions

Canon R8 weighs about 1.02 lbs (461 gr or 16.26 oz) and the overall size of the camera is 133mm x 86mm x 70mm (5.2" x 3.4" x 2.8"). The weight of average Advanced Mirrorless camera is 454 gr and the Canon R8 is similar as compared to various rivals.

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Down below is a shot of the Canon R8 beside a soda so you can have a sense of its size.

Canon EOS R8 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show you the button layout on the R8.

Canon EOS R8 topview buttons dials

Canon R8 Lens information

The R8 works with the Canon RF mount and has 30 lenses to choose from. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will fit the R8.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-RF-24-105mm-F4.0-7.1-IS-STM lensCanon RF 24-105mm F4.0-7.1 IS STM24-105mmf/4-7.1 395g
Canon-RF-85mm-F1.2L-USM lensCanon RF 85mm F1.2L USM85mmf/1.21195g
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Canon-RF-16mm-F2.8-STM lensCanon RF 16mm F2.8 STM16mmf/2.8 165g
Canon-RF-70-200-F4L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 70-200 F4L IS USM70-200mmf/4 695g
Canon-RF-400mm-F2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM400mmf/2.8 2890g
Canon-RF-24-240mm-F4-6.3-IS-USM lensCanon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM24-240mmf/4 750g
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Canon-RF-15-35mm-F2.8L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM15-35mmf/2.8 840g
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Canon R8 Connectivity

The R8 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and oftentimes alter settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon R8 Video information

The highest possible video resolution on the Canon R8 is 3840 x 2160 and it can save in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 format. 2160p gives you a fantastic resolution for video recording. You will be able to downsample to 1080p to get cleaner results. Be wary of the large file sizes and make sure you own high quality SD cards with good write speed. The camera does have both headphone and microphone jack making it really useful while capturing audio.

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Canon R8 Weather Sealing

Canon R8 has got weather proofing making it a excellent selection to use during rough conditions. This can be particularly helpful any time you are uncertain about the elements you might face during outdoor photography.

Canon R8 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon R8 comes with a 3.00" fully articulated display with a resolution of 1,620k dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and even group photos if required. Moreover the display is touch friendly so you will be able to switch focus points as well as adjust settings using your finger.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon R8 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 2,360k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

Viewfinders are pretty useful during sunny outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Canon R8 Shutter information

Canon R8 is able to shoot continuously at 6.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds. The camera also features silent electronic shutter of 1/16000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter could result in "rolling shutter" in some conditions.

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Canon R8 Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon R8 boasts external flash support but comes without in-built flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/250 seconds.

Canon R8 Autofocus information

Canon R8 boasts both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and precise than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is helpful for portraits.

It comes with 1053 focus points to pick from. Canon R8 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to shift focus points. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Canon R8 boasts manual focus when required during low light scenarios or you want more accurate control on focus.

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Canon R8 Battery life

The battery life (LP-E17) for the Canon R8 is made to last for 290 shots as per the CIPA standards which is lower than its competitors. The average Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 390. Sony A6600 features the best (810) battery life within this category of cameras.

Underneath is a collection of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that have the highest battery life:

Canon R8 for different styles of photography

The following diagram gives a outline of the Canon R8 for different styles of photography. To see more, check out the specific section underneath.

Canon R8 Portrait photography info

The Canon R8 receives a score of 87 which is terrific, and means the camera is a brilliant option to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos in addition to the option to work with external flash.

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focusing manually
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW files

Canon R8 Street photography info

Having a great score of 78, the Canon R8 is a terrific option for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW files
boasts touch to focus
weather proofing
above average ISO range (102,400)
lack of image stabilization

Canon R8 Sports photography advice

A nice sports photography score of 72 indicates the Canon R8 is a very decent option for photographing sports. A camera really should have excellent tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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quiet shutter (1/16,000s)
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
supports phase detect autofocus
slow frames per second (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
terrible battery power (290 CIPA)

Canon R8 Travel photography info

Weight is super critical when buying a travel camera. Overall, the Canon R8 gets a very high 77 as a travelling camera which is a superb fit to buy for your travels.

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weather proof
has bluetooth
supports touch to focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
selfie friendly display
terrible battery pack (290 per charge)

Canon R8 Landscape photography features

In case you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Canon R8 with it's impressive grade of 78 for a landscape camera is a great choice among its competitors.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is good (3.00 inches)
MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
very good ISO range (102,400)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
no image stabilization
low battery power (290 shots)

Canon R8 Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging should really come with a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Canon R8 is a great pick for vlogging as it comes to a very high rating of 77.

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selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
features face detection focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
includes external mic jack
no image stabilization

Canon R8 Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the R8, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall under the class of Advanced Mirrorless.

The line chart listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the R8 versus it's highest scoring competitors suggested above.

Here are a few more cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS R8
Advanced Mirrorless
Body design
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon RF
Available lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
3.00 inch
Resolution of display
1,620k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed
1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/250 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 230 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
461 grams (1.02 pounds)
133 x 86 x 70mm (5.2" x 3.4" x 2.8")
Battery life
290 photographs
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Single UHS-II SD card slot
Storage slots
Retail price