Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera review
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera summary
- Review Title: Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera
- Available Models: Nikon Z9 mirrorless camera, Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera, Nikon Z7ii mirrorless camera, Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera, Nikon Z6II mirrorless camera, Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera review, Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera, Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera, Nikon Z30 mirrorless camera, Nikon Zfc mirrorless camera
- Review Category: #Nikon #MirrorlessCamera
- Price Range: 4 (where 1 is very cheap and 5 is very expensive based on a comparison of products in the same category)
- Price: $3,999.95
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera product highlights
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera product highlights:
- Full frame
- 5.7 megapixels
- ISO 64-25600
- EXPEED 7
- Real-Live Viewfinder
- Subject detection for 9 subject types
- Up to 120 fps and Pre-Release Capture
- HEIF format
- RAW video up to 8.3K/60p
- 4K UHD/120p
- 4-axis tilting monitor
- Durability down to -10°C/14°F
The Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera is designed to provide photographers with a solid and compact body that can withstand tough conditions. It is built with robustness and has excellent drip- and dust-resistant functions, even functioning in temperatures as low as -10°C/14°F.
When it comes to recording capabilities, the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera offers impressive options. It allows in-camera recording in 12-bit N-RAW, ProRes RAW HQ, and 10-bit ProRes 422HQ and H.265 formats, giving you flexibility and versatility in your workflow.
The camera features a 4-axis vertical/horizontal tilting monitor, which makes it easier to capture images when shooting vertically. The vertical user interface has also been improved to support vertical shooting, ensuring a seamless experience.
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera features
The Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera introduces the Pre-Release Capture feature, which starts shooting in advance of fully pressing the shutter-release button. This enables photographers to capture decisive moments with ease, even at high speeds of up to 120 fps.
With the Real-Live Viewfinder, photographers can experience a truly blackout-free view, allowing them to stay connected to every single moment of motion without any skipped frames or loss of view.
The camera’s advanced detection system can recognize nine different subject types for both stills and video. It can even detect the world’s smallest face in the frame, and it offers a dedicated airplane mode for aviation photography enthusiasts.
The Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera provides impressive recording times, allowing up to 125 minutes of continuous recording in 4K UHD/60p and up to 90 minutes in 8K UHD/30p. It also offers full-frame 4K UHD/120p recording without any crop, enabling dramatic slow-motion footage.
Photographers can take advantage of the HEIF format, which retains rich tonal gradation from highlights to shadows, capturing scenes with increased luminance and dynamic range.
Additionally, the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera features a skin softening function, which allows you to smooth people’s skin directly in-camera. This can improve post-production efficiency by reducing the need for extensive editing.
In conclusion, the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera offers a range of features and capabilities to meet the demands of photographers. Its solid build, versatile recording options, advanced detection system, and various shooting functions make it a powerful tool for capturing stunning images and videos.
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera lenses
The Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera is compatible with two types of lenses: Z mount NIKKOR lenses and F mount NIKKOR lenses. The Z mount lenses are specially designed for the Z series cameras, offering excellent image quality and performance. If you already have F mount lenses, you can still use them with the Nikon Z8 by using a mount adapter.
However, please note that there may be certain restrictions when using F mount lenses with the adapter. This compatibility gives photographers a wide range of lens options to choose from, allowing them to capture their desired shots with ease and flexibility.
Nikon Z8 image sensor
The Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera features a high-quality image sensor that captures stunning photos. The sensor is a 35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor, which is a full-frame or FX-format sensor. It has a total of 52.37 million pixels, allowing for detailed and sharp images. To keep the sensor clean, the camera has an image sensor cleaning system.
Additionally, you can use the Image Dust Off reference data feature, which requires the use of Nikon’s NX Studio software, to further enhance image cleanliness and remove any unwanted dust particles. With this advanced sensor and cleaning system, you can achieve excellent image quality with the Nikon Z8.
Our final opinion about Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera
We are really impressed with the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera. It offers a great combination of features, quality, and performance. It has an impressive full-frame sensor, advanced autofocus system, and a powerful image processor that allows for excellent image quality and a wide range of functions. The design is modern and the controls are intuitive, making it easy and enjoyable to use. Overall, the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera is an excellent choice for both professional photographers and enthusiasts alike.
FAQ - Frequently asked question about Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera?
The Nikon Z8 is a powerful and versatile full-frame mirrorless camera, so if you’re looking for excellent performance with professional-level features, it’s definitely worth considering. The camera offers excellent image quality thanks to its 45.7 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor and a versatile set of features that includes a Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist as well as 8K UHD video recording and built-in 5-axis image sensor shift.
So Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera is a great choice for professional and advanced enthusiast photographers who are looking for a high-end mirrorless camera.
The Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera offers some key benefits for photographers. It has an impressive full-frame 45.7-megapixel resolution, which is ideal for capturing high-quality landscape, wildlife, sports, and fashion images. It also has a large and fast lens mount that makes it compatible with a variety of F-mount and Nikkor lenses.
The Nikon Z8 also incorporates advanced 5-axis vibration reduction to reduce camera shake and blur, as well as a 3.2-inch LCD tiltable touchscreen for easier viewing and operation. Other features include dual card slots, UHS-II speed rating, and robust wireless connectivity. All of these features make this one of the best mirrorless cameras for professionals and ambitious amateurs.
Anyone looking for a high-end, full-frame mirrorless camera should consider the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera. This camera is designed for professional photographers and videographers who need a versatile and powerful camera with an array of lens options. With features such as a 45.7-megapixel sensor, advanced autofocus system, and professional-level video capabilities, the Nikon Z8 is a great choice for anyone looking for cutting-edge technology and features.
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera technical specifications
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera technical specifications:
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera type of camera
Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Nikon Z mount
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera lens
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera image sensor
35.9 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (full-frame/FX-format)
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera image size (pixels)
File format (image quality)
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera Picture Control system
Auto, Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat, 20 Creative Picture Controls; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
CFexpress (Type B), XQD, SD (Secure Digital), and UHS-II compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera dual card slots
Either card can be used for overflow or backup storage, for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG or HEIF pictures, or for storage of duplicate JPEG or HEIF pictures at different sizes and image qualities; pictures can be copied between cards
Nikon Z8 Viewfinder
1.27-cm/0.5-in. approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED electronic viewfinder with color balance, auto and 18-level manual brightness controls, and support for high frame rates
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical
Approx. 0.8x (50 mm lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera monitor
8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 2100k-dot vertically and horizontally tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and color balance and 15-level manual brightness controls
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera shutter
Electronic shutter with shutter sound and sensor shield
1/32000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 and 1 EV, extendable to 900 s in mode M, bulb, time
Flash sync speed
Flash synchronizes with shutter at speeds of 1/250 or 1/200 s or slower (but note that the guide number drops at speeds of 1/200 to 1/250 s); sync speeds as fast as 1/8000 s are supported with auto FP highspeed sync
Single frame, continuous L, continuous H, highspeed frame capture with Pre-Release Capture, self-timer
Approximate frame advance rate
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera exposure
TTL metering using camera image sensor
-3 to +17 EV
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera ISO sensitivity
ISO 64 to 25600 (choose from step sizes of 1/3 and 1 EV); can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Auto, Extra high 2, Extra high 1, High, Normal, Low, and Off
Add, average, lighten, darken
HDR overlay, photo mode flicker reduction, high-frequency flicker reduction
Nikon Z8 Autofocus
Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist
Detection range (in photo mode, AF-S, ISO 100, f/1.2 lens, 20°C/68°F)
-7 to +19 EV (-9 to +19 EV with starlight view)
Focus points (in photo mode, single-point AF, FX format)
Pinpoint (available in photo mode only), single-point, dynamic-area (S, M, and L; available in photo mode only), wide-area (S, L, C1, and C2), and auto-area AF; 3D-tracking (available in photo mode only); subject-tracking AF (available in video mode only)
Camera on-board VR
5-axis image sensor shift
Lens on-board VR
Lens shift (available with VR lenses)
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera flash
TTL: i-TTL flash control; i-TTL balanced fill-flash is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL fill-flash with spot metering
Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
i-TTL flash control, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, optical Advanced Wireless Lighting, modeling illumination, FV lock, Color Information Communication, auto FP high-speed sync, unified flash control
Auto (3 types), natural light auto, direct sunlight, cloudy, shade, incandescent, fluorescent (3 types), flash, choose color temperature (2500 to 10,000 K), preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored), all with fine-tuning
Exposure and/or flash, white balance, and ADL
Matrix, center-weighted or highlight-weighted
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera frame size (pixels)
Note: Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Frame size (pixels)
Note: Actual frame rates for 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera file format
NEV, MOV, MP4
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera video compression
N-RAW (12 bit), Apple ProRes RAW HQ (12 bit), Apple ProRes 422 HQ (10 bit), H.265/HEVC (8 bit/10 bit), H.264/AVC (8 bit)
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera audio recording format
Linear PCM (48 KHz, 24 bit, for videos recorded in NEV or MOV format) or AAC (48 KHz, 16 bit, for videos recorded in MP4 format)
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera audio recording device
Built-in stereo or external microphone with attenuator option; sensitivity adjustable
Range: -3 to +3 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Nikon Z8 ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Note: ISO sensitivity is limited to 400-25600 when HLG is selected for tone mode
Time-lapse video recording, electronic vibration reduction, time codes, N-Log and HDR (HLG) video, wave-form display, red REC frame indicator, video recording display zoom (50%, 100%, and 200%), extended shutter speeds (M mode), and dual-format (proxy-video) recording for RAW video; extended oversampling available; option to view video recording info available via i menu; Hi-Res Zoom
Type C USB connectors: USB data connector (SuperSpeed USB) and USB Power Delivery connector
Type-A HDMI connector
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal
Built-in (can be used with MC-30A/MC-36A remote cords and other optional accessories)
One EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery; EN-EL15b and EN-EL15a batteries can be used in place of the EN-EL15c
MB-N12 Power Battery Packs (available separately) taking two EN-EL15c batteries; EN-EL15b and EN-EL15a batteries can be used in place of the EN-EL15c
0.635 cm; 1/4 in., ISO 1222
Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera dimensions/weight
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 144 x 118.5 x 83 mm/5.7 x 4.7 x 3.3 in.
Approx. 910 g (2 lb. 0.1 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap and accessory shoe cover; approx. 820 g/1 lb. 13 oz. (camera body only)
Temperature: -10 °C to 40 °C (+14 °F to 104 °F); humidity: 85% or less (no condensation)
EN-EL15c Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, MH-25a Battery Charger, HDMI/USB Cable Clip, AN-DC26 Strap, UC-E24 USB Cable, BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover, DK-33 Rubber Eyecup, BF-N1 Body Cap