Nikon Z8 Release Date: Announced in Online Launch Event Teaser!

A new full-frame mirrorless camera, the Z8 (priced at £3,999 / €4,799), has been launched by Nikon as the replacement for the Nikon D850.

The Nikon Z8, like the Z9, is designed for professional-level video and photography. The Z9’s 45.7-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor and EXPEED 7 CPU are also found within this camera. The Nikon Z8 can sh00t up to 8.3K at 60p or 4.1K at 120p in its native 12-bit raw footage.

Nikon’s N-RAW file type stores 12-bit raw video and is half the size of a ProRes RAW HQ file; when sh00ting in 8.3K N-RAW or 4.1K ProRes RAW HQ, in-camera Full-HD proxy files are created.

With the electronic shutter, Nikon claims the Z8’s sensor delivers the world’s quickest scanning speed, nullifying the rolling shutter.

Nikon Z8 Release Date

The Nikon Z8 can capture 10-bit HLG video and 10-bit HEIF stills, making it suitable for sh00ting HDR footage.

The Nikon Z8 has cutting-edge Deep-learning AF technology that can recognize and follow various subjects, including humans, animals, vehicles, aircraft, and transportation modes.

Nikon’s Eye AF is also an option; the company claims it can follow a subject’s gaze even if they’re upside down or moving very quickly. The Z8’s AF mechanism is impressive because it can focus on issues down to -9EV.

The Nikon Z8’s body weighs only 910g, making it more compact and easier to manage for long periods when mounted on a gimbal or rig, 30% smaller than the Z9 and 15% smaller than the D850. The entire body has been protected from the elements.

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In addition, there includes a blackout-free EVF and a touchscreen monitor that can tilt on four axes. For vertical sh00ting or while using heavy telephoto lenses, the Z8 can be paired with Nikon’s new Power Battery Pack MB-N12.

When Will the Nikon Z8 Be Available for Purchase?

The Nikon Z8 will be available for purchase on May 25, 2023, with a price tag of either £3,999 or €4,799.

The following provides additional information on the Nikon Z8’s specifications:

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Nikon Z8 Specifications:

  • Sensor: 45.7MP (stacked)
  • ISO range: 64-25,600
  • 20 fps (120fps in JPEG mode)
  • 5-axis in-body stabilizations: 6 stops
  • Shutter speed: 1/32000 – 900s
  • Electronic shutter only
  • Autofocus: 493 AF points
  • HEIF 10-bit support
  • Video: 8.3k @60p
  • 3.2″ tilting LCD screens
  • EVF: 3MP or 9MP – I am still getting conflicting information
  • Memory cards: CFExpress + SD
  • Dust/drip resistant: same as the Nikon D850
  • Dimensions: 144×118×83mm | 5.6×4.6×3.2in
  • Weight: under 1kg
  • Price: €4,599 (equivalent to around $5,000)

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