Since the mid-2000s, mirrorless camera technology has been rapidly improving. These compact systems have allowed creators to take photos faster and silently, ideal for those shooting wildlife or events (where being quiet is encouraged). After the success of Nikon’s flagship mirrorless camera, the Z9, one of the most renowned names in the industry continues pushing technology forward with the Nikon Z8. This hybrid cam combines the versatility of mirrorless technology, specifically the tech found in the Z9, with the power of a high-res sensor – and at a significantly lower price.
Inside we find a full-frame 45.7MP stacked CMOS sensor capable of shooting RAW photos at 20fps and autofocus reaching 120 fps. This impressive sensor, also featured in the Z9, is paired with Nikon’s EXPEED 7 image-processing engine to provide stunning image quality. As for filming video, it offers 12-bit 4k/120fps or 8k/60fps. Filmmakers and content creators benefit from the camera’s advanced image stabilization, providing smooth footage in challenging environments.
On the outside, the robust and drip-resistant body of the Z8 is 30% smaller than the Z9, but its manageable size doesn’t detract from the hardware or software. It has an intuitive design featuring a comfortable grip and conveniently placed controls, letting users access functions effortlessly. The high-res viewfinder captures a crisp preview of the shot, along with a tilting touchscreen for easy navigation and quick settings adjustment. The built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities allow for image transfers to compatible devices, and the integrated GPS provides accurate geo-tagging data. It’s also equipped with USB-C and HDMI ports, giving users options for data transfer and external monitor connections. The camera’s compact body and impressive specs make this a significant entry into Nikon’s Z series.
The Nikon Z8 is coming on May 25th and can be pre-ordered through Nikon’s website for $3,999.