Canon EOS R8 vs Canon EOS Rebel XT

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS R8 and Canon EOS Rebel XT. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS R8 were released 2023 and Canon EOS Rebel XT was released 2005. That is a 18 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS R8 2023
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005

Type of camera

Canon EOS R8 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS Rebel XT is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS R8 has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor while Canon EOS Rebel XT has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS R8 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Canon EOS Rebel XT 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)


Canon EOS R8 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel XT has 8 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS R8 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Canon EOS Rebel XT 8 MP
7962624 pixels
3456 x 2304

Canon EOS R8 has a 201 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel XT. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS R8 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel XT. Canon EOS R8 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS Rebel XT has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS R8 100-102400
Canon EOS Rebel XT 100-1600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS R8 belongs to the Canon EOS R-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS R8
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel XT

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS R8 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel XT can shoot up to 2,8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS R8 6
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2,8

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS R8. Unfortunately Canon EOS Rebel XT does not support recording movies and movie clips.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS Rebel XT weighs 540 gr (equal to 1.19 lb) which is 17% heavier than Canon EOS R8 and its 461 gr (or 1.02 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS R8 461 gr
1.02 lb
Canon EOS Rebel XT 540 gr
1.19 lb

Canon EOS R8 vs Canon EOS Rebel XT Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS R8 and Canon EOS Rebel XT, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Name Canon EOS R8 Canon EOS Rebel XT
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Release Year 2023 2005
Release Date 2023-02-08 2005-02-17
MSRP 1499 USD 599 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 3456 x 2304 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 8 MP
Image Processor DIGIC X DIGIC 2
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
ISO Range 100 - 102400 100 - 1600
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 1053 7
Lens Mount Canon RF

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier Full frame
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3 1.8
Screen dots 1620000 115000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type N/A N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 2360000 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Frames per second 6 fps 2,8 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Video recording Yes No
Video format H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n) (2.4 GHz)32, with Bluetooth 4.2 support)
Remote Control Yes. RS-60E3-type terminal (remote control terminal)
Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Optional via GP-E2
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS R8
Canon EOS Rebel XT
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17
Battery Pack NB-2LH
Battery Life (CIPA) 220 shots N/A
Width 133 mm 127 mm
Height 86 mm 94 mm
Depth 70 mm 64 mm
Weight 461 gram 540 gram