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Nikon Z8

 
Nikon Z8 front
 
  • 46MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.20" Tilting Display
  • ISO 64 - 25600 (Increase to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 7680 x 4320 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 910g - 144 x 119 x 83mm
  • Released May 2023
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ
Portability
55
Imaging
84
Features
83
Overall
83

Nikon Z8 overview

Nikon Z8 is Nikon's Pro Mirrorless camera first released on May of 2023. The camera has got a 46MP, Stacked CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 8256 x 5504.

The Z8 is rated #18 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and all round #18 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Advanced camera finder to find camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon Z8 family

The Nikon Z8 is part of a family of products. You can see the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-Z8 front thumbnailNikon Z846MPFull frame30.0 fps2023
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
Z8 vs Z9
46MPFull frame30.0 fps2021
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Nikon-Z6-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z6 II
Z8 vs Z6 II
25MPFull frame14.0 fps2020
Nikon-Z7-Mark-II front thumbnailNikon Z7 II
Z8 vs Z7 II
46MPFull frame10.0 fps2020
Nikon-Z5 front thumbnailNikon Z5
Z8 vs Z5
24MPFull frame4.5 fps2020
Nikon-Z7 front thumbnailNikon Z7
Z8 vs Z7
46MPFull frame9.0 fps2018
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Nikon-Z6 front thumbnailNikon Z6
Z8 vs Z6
25MPFull frame12.0 fps2018

Nikon Z8 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon Z8 based on things that are often viewed as essential in a camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
above average min ISO (64)
built-in touchscreen
comes with external mic socket
comes with HDMI socket
comes with headphone socket
comes with Top LCD display
excellent megapixels (46 megapixels)
features touch focus
great sensor size (Full frame)
has a tilting screen
has bluetooth
has manual focus
high frames per second (30.0 frames per second)
high video quality (7680 x 4320 pixels)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
interchangeable lenses (Nikon Z mount)
offers face detection focus
offers tracking autofocus
quiet mode (1/32,000 seconds)
saves RAW formats
screen size is good (3.20 inches)
supports phase detect auto focus
two card slots
very good screen resolution (2,089 thousand dots)
weather sealing
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
heavier than competition (910g)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/ seconds)
not so great battery (330 per charge)
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Nikon Z8 Sensor specifications

The spec of the sensor in the Nikon Z8 is 35.9mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 858 mm² sensor can resolve 8256 x 5504 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The Stacked CMOS sensor boasts 46 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 64 - 25600. This ISO can also be increased electronically to 32 - 102400. RAW format is supported which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The picture below shows the Z8's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The Z8 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon Z8 dimensions

Nikon Z8 weighs about 2.01 pounds (910 grams / 32.10 oz) and the volume of the camera is 144mm x 119mm x 83mm (5.7" x 4.7" x 3.3"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 grams so the Nikon Z8 is weightier in comparison with various rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Nikon Z8 with a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Nikon Z8 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will highlight the button design on the Z8.

Nikon Z8 topview buttons dials

Nikon Z8 Lens specifications

The Z8 fits the Nikon Z mount and has 31 lenses currently available. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the Z8.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-DX-50-250mm-F4.5-6.3-VR lensNikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm F4.5-6.3 VR50-250mmf/4.5-6.3 405g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-85mm-F1.8-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S85mmf/1.8470g
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Nikon-Nikkor-Z-MC-50mm-F2.8 lensNikon Nikkor Z MC 50mm F2.850mmf/2.8 260g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-70-200-F2.8-VR-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 70-200 F2.8 VR S70-200mmf/2.8 1440g
Nikon-Nikkor-Z-400mm-F2.8-TC-VR-S lensNikon Nikkor Z 400mm F2.8 TC VR S400mmf/2.8 2950g
Samyang-MF-14mm-F2.8-Z lensSamyang MF 14mm F2.8 Z14mmf/2.8810g
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Nikon-Nikkor-Z-24-50mm-F4-6.3 lensNikon Nikkor Z 24-50mm F4-6.324-50mmf/4-6.3 195g
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Nikon Z8 Connectivity

The Z8 has the following connectivity:

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

Cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and at times change settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Nikon Z8 Video specifications

The maximum video quality in the Nikon Z8 is 7680 x 4320 and it can shoot in H.264 and H.265 format. 4320p will provide an excellent quality for video. You can easily crop to Full HD in order to get clearer video. Be wary of the large file sizes and make sure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does come with both headphone and mic socket making it incredibly useful whilst recording sound.

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Nikon Z8 Weather Sealing

Nikon Z8 has got weather sealing making it a great selection to use for challenging conditions. This is especially helpful whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may encounter for outdoor photography.

Nikon Z8 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon Z8 has got a 3.20 inch tilting display supporting a resolution of 2,089 thousand dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can easily adjust focus point and adjust settings with your fingertips. The Z8 also includes a Top LCD display so you can quickly checkout your settings.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Nikon Z8 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 3,686 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.8x

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders can be rather useful.

Nikon Z8 Shutter specifications

Nikon Z8 continuous shooting speed is 30.0 frames per second. The camera also comes with silent electronic shutter of 1/32000s. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may produce "rolling shutter" under certain circumstances.

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Nikon Z8 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Nikon Z8 has got external flash ability but is without inbuilt flash. The highest flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Nikon Z8 Autofocusing specifications

Nikon Z8 has got both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect making it valuable for portrait photography.

The Sensor has got 493 focus points to choose from. Nikon Z8 has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for things that move. Nikon Z8 supports manual focusing if required for low light occasions or you want more precise control on focusing.

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Nikon Z8 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL15c) in the Nikon Z8 is built to last for 330 shutters with respect to the CIPA measurements making it lesser compared with its rivals. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X features the highest possible (870) battery life for this range of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the highest battery life:

Nikon Z8 for various styles of photography

The following diagram shows a overview of the Nikon Z8 for various styles of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Nikon Z8 Portrait photography information

The Nikon Z8 receives a rating of 90 which is terrific, and means the camera is a terrific choice for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, support for RAW files together with the ability to use external lighting.

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you can focus manually
great MP (46MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
offers face detect autofocus
delivers RAW formats

Nikon Z8 as a Street photography camera

Having a very good score of 72, the Nikon Z8 is a respectable pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen tilts
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW files
supports focus via touch
environment sealing
above average high ISO (25,600)
more heavy than others (910 grams)

Nikon Z8 Sports photography factors

A fantastic sports photography points total of 82 indicates the Nikon Z8 is a brilliant pick for taking photos of sports. A camera must have very good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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silent shutter (1/32,000s)
high max frames per second (30.0 fps)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count fantastic (46MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment proof
supports phase detect autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/s)
bad battery pack (330 CIPA)

Nikon Z8 Travel photography advice

Size is really critical when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Nikon Z8 gets a nice 61 as a travelling camera which is a very decent pick to take on your trips.

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weather sealing
has bluetooth
features touch focus
MP count fantastic (46 megapixels)
bad battery pack (330 CIPA)
more heavy than competition (910g)
does not offer selfie friendly screen

Nikon Z8 Landscape photography information

When you are looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Nikon Z8 at it's wonderful score of 84 for a landscape camera is a terrific pick in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen is a decent size (3.20")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
high megapixels (46MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
has dual storage slots
not so great battery life (330 shots)

Vlogging with Nikon Z8

A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Nikon Z8 is not really good as a vlog camera as it delivers a lousy score of 33.

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touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
has face detection focusing
high res video (7680 x 4320 resolution)
includes external microphone support
does not posses selfie friendly display
more heavy than others (910g)

Nikon Z8 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the Z8, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall within the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The line graph here shows you a bird's eye view of the Z8 compared to it's highest scoring rivals shown earlier.

Following are several cameras you may consider as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Nikon
Model type
Nikon Z8
Category
Pro Mirrorless
Released
2023-05-10
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Stacked CMOS
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.9 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area
858.0mm²
Sensor resolution
46 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
8256 x 5504
RAW images
Highest native ISO
25600
Highest boosted ISO
102400
Lowest native ISO
64
Lowest boosted ISO
32
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
493
Lens
Lens support
Nikon Z
Amount of lenses
46
Crop factor
1
Screen
Type of display
Tilting
Display size
3.20 inches
Resolution of display
2,089 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
3,686 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.8x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
98
DXO Color Depth rating
26.3
DXO Dynamic range rating
14.2
DXO Low light rating
2548
Features
Slowest shutter speed
900s
Maximum quiet shutter speed
1/32000s
Continuous shooting rate
30.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash settings
Front-curtain sync, Rear-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
7680 x 4320 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 100p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 50p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, ProRes, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p, MOV, H.264, L
Highest video resolution
7680x4320
Video data format
H.264, H.265
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
910 gr (2.01 pounds)
Dimensions
144 x 119 x 83mm (5.7" x 4.7" x 3.3")
Other
Battery life
330 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL15c
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
one CFexpress Type B slot and one UHS-II SD slot
Card slots
Dual
Pricing at launch
$3,999