The Canon R8 is Canon's most affordable and compact full-frame mirrorless camera. At $1499 for the body, it is comparable to the Canon R7 APS-C flagship in price, making it a difficult decision between the two cameras. While the R8 has arguably less features than other Canon full-frame cameras, you do get incredible full-frame image quality with the 24.2 megapixel sensor. It is also a capable video camera with ability to film in 4K/60p. Overall, we think the Canon R8 is an excellent choice for any entry level full-frame shooter who wants the best possible image quality per dollar.
So what are the cons? Mainly the R8 does not have built-in in-body image stabilization and it only has a rear curtain mechanical shutter. Though a lack of stabilization can be a deal-breaker for some, the single mechanical shutter is only an issue at shutter speeds higher than the sync speed of 1/200.
Currently there is only one brand of underwater housing for the R8 available at Bluewater - the Ikelite R8 housing. We loved diving with the Ikelite housing in the Galapagos and California. It's an incredibly compact system as Ikelite was able to fit this full-frame camera into their DLM style housings normally reserved for crop sensor cameras. So check out the full Canon EOS R8 underwater review video above to see our sample underwater photos & videos and thoughts on the system.