Nikon Z8 Comparison Review
The Nikon Z8 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was announced in May 2023 and is equipped with a full frame sensor. It offers a resolution of 45.4 megapixel.
Is the Nikon Z8 a good camera? The Z8 has a Camera Elo of 3189. This very strong rating puts it among the elite group of camera grand masters. The Z8 ranks among the top 10 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (full frame cameras), the Z8 also ranks among the top 10 percent.
|Mirrorless system camera|
|Nikon Z mount lenses|
|45.4 MP, Full Frame Sensor|
|ISO 64 - 25 600 (32 - 102 400)|
|Electronic viewfinder (3690k dots)|
|3.2 LCD, 2089k dots|
|Fully flexible touchscreen|
|30 shutter flaps per second|
|340 shots per battery charge|
|144 x 119 x 83 mm, 910 g|
Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.
Body comparison with a credit card
The physical dimensions of the Nikon Z8 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.
The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Nikon Z8 alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.
|1.||Nikon Z8||144 mm||119 mm||83 mm||910 g||340||Y||May 2023||3,999||amazon.com|
|2.||Canon R5 C||142 mm||101 mm||111 mm||770 g||320||Y||Jan 2022||4,499||amazon.com|
|3.||Fujifilm GFX 50S II||150 mm||104 mm||87 mm||900 g||440||Y||Sep 2021||3,999||amazon.com|
|4.||Hasselblad X2D 100C||149 mm||106 mm||75 mm||895 g||420||Y||Sep 2022||8,199||amazon.com|
|5.||Nikon Z9||149 mm||150 mm||91 mm||1340 g||740||Y||Oct 2021||5,499||amazon.com|
|6.||Nikon Z7 II||134 mm||101 mm||70 mm||705 g||420||Y||Oct 2020||2,999||amazon.com|
|7.||Nikon Z6 II||134 mm||101 mm||70 mm||705 g||410||Y||Oct 2020||1,999||amazon.com|
|8.||Nikon Z7||134 mm||101 mm||67 mm||675 g||330||Y||Aug 2018||3,399||ebay.com|
|9.||Nikon D850||146 mm||124 mm||79 mm||1005 g||1840||Y||Jul 2017||3,299||amazon.com|
|10.||Panasonic GH6||138 mm||100 mm||100 mm||823 g||360||Y||Feb 2022||2,199||amazon.com|
|11.||Panasonic S1R||149 mm||110 mm||97 mm||1016 g||380||Y||Feb 2019||3,699||amazon.com|
|Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.|
The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Nikon Z8 was launched in the US market at a price of $3,999. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.
Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide
The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.
The Nikon Z8 features a full frame sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Nikon Z8 among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality.
Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.
|1.||Nikon Z8||Full Frame||45.4||8256||5504||8K/30p||25.4||14.7||3206||96|
|2.||Canon R5 C||Full Frame||44.8||8192||5464||8k/60p||25.4||14.5||3082||96|
|3.||Fujifilm GFX 50S II||Medium Format||51.1||8256||6192||1080/30p||25.9||14.8||3456||100|
|4.||Hasselblad X2D 100C||Medium Format||102.1||11656||8762||none||25.9||14.9||3550||101|
|5.||Nikon Z9||Full Frame||45.4||8256||5504||8K/30p||26.3||14.4||2451||98|
|6.||Nikon Z7 II||Full Frame||45.4||8256||5504||4K/60p||26.3||14.7||2841||100|
|7.||Nikon Z6 II||Full Frame||24.3||6048||4024||4K/60p||25.0||14.4||3303||94|
|8.||Nikon Z7||Full Frame||45.4||8256||5504||4K/30p||26.3||14.6||2668||99|
|9.||Nikon D850||Full Frame||45.4||8256||5504||4K/30p||26.4||14.8||2660||100|
|10.||Panasonic GH6||Four Thirds||25.0||5776||4336||5.7K/60p||23.4||13.4||1555||77|
|11.||Panasonic S1R||Full Frame||46.7||8368||5584||4K/60p||26.4||14.1||3525||100|
|Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.|
Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The Z8 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the Z8 can use is 8K/30p.
Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the Z8 has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3690k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.80x. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Nikon Z8 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.
|1.||Nikon Z8||3690||Y||3.2 / 2089||full-flex||Y||1/32000s||30.0/s||n||Y|
|2.||Canon R5 C||5760||Y||3.2 / 2100||swivel||Y||1/8000s||12.0/s||n||n|
|3.||Fujifilm GFX 50S II||3690||Y||3.2 / 2360||full-flex||Y||1/4000s||3.0/s||n||Y|
|4.||Hasselblad X2D 100C||5760||Y||3.6 / 2360||tilting||Y||1/4000s||3.3/s||n||Y|
|5.||Nikon Z9||3690||Y||3.2 / 2089||full-flex||Y||1/32000s||30.0/s||n||Y|
|6.||Nikon Z7 II||3690||Y||3.2 / 2100||tilting||Y||1/8000s||10.0/s||n||Y|
|7.||Nikon Z6 II||3690||Y||3.2 / 2100||tilting||Y||1/8000s||14.0/s||n||Y|
|8.||Nikon Z7||3690||Y||3.2 / 2100||tilting||Y||1/8000s||9.0/s||n||Y|
|9.||Nikon D850||optical||Y||3.2 / 2359||tilting||Y||1/8000s||9.0/s||n||n|
|10.||Panasonic GH6||3680||n||3.0 / 1840||swivel||Y||1/8000s||14.0/s||n||Y|
|11.||Panasonic S1R||5760||Y||3.2 / 2100||full-flex||Y||1/8000s||9.0/s||n||Y|
|Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.|
The LCD screen on the Nikon Z8 is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is multi-hinged and can be tilted both vertically and horizontally to enable odd-angle shots in landscape and portrait orientation. The LCD thereby offers a lot of flexibility to adjust and use the rear screen in a diverse set of situations.
One useful feature of the Z8 is a presence of a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.
For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon Z8 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|1.||Nikon Z8||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|2.||Canon R5 C||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|3.||Fujifilm GFX 50S II||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.2||Y||-||-|
|4.||Hasselblad X2D 100C||Y||stereo / mono||-||-||-||3.2||Y||-||-|
|5.||Nikon Z9||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|6.||Nikon Z7 II||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|7.||Nikon Z6 II||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|8.||Nikon Z7||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||micro||3.1||Y||-||Y|
|9.||Nikon D850||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||mini||3.0||Y||Y||Y|
|10.||Panasonic GH6||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.2||Y||-||Y|
|11.||Panasonic S1R||Y||stereo / mono||Y||Y||full||3.1||Y||-||Y|
It is notable that the Z8 has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.
While the specs-based evaluation of cameras is instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the Z8 in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).
|1.||Nikon Z8||..||..||..||..||..||..||May 2023||3,999||amazon.com|
|2.||Canon R5 C||..||+ +||..||..||..||..||Jan 2022||4,499||amazon.com|
|3.||Fujifilm GFX 50S II||5/5||..||5/5||87/100||..||5/5||Sep 2021||3,999||amazon.com|
|4.||Hasselblad X2D 100C||4/5||..||5/5||..||..||..||Sep 2022||8,199||amazon.com|
|5.||Nikon Z9||5/5||..||4.5/5||94/100||5/5||5/5||Oct 2021||5,499||amazon.com|
|6.||Nikon Z7 II||4.5/5||..||4.5/5||..||4.5/5||4.5/5||Oct 2020||2,999||amazon.com|
|7.||Nikon Z6 II||4.5/5||..||4/5||89/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Oct 2020||1,999||amazon.com|
|8.||Nikon Z7||5/5||+||4.8/5||89/100||4.5/5||5/5||Aug 2018||3,399||ebay.com|
|9.||Nikon D850||4.5/5||+ +||5/5||89/100||4.5/5||5/5||Jul 2017||3,299||amazon.com|
|10.||Panasonic GH6||5/5||+ +||5/5||87/100||5/5||5/5||Feb 2022||2,199||amazon.com|
|11.||Panasonic S1R||4.5/5||..||4.6/5||89/100||4.5/5||4.5/5||Feb 2019||3,699||amazon.com|
|Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.|
The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.
Nikon Z8 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the Z8.
What technology is the imaging sensor in the Nikon Z8 based on?
The camera features a Stacked BSI-CMOS (Stacked Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used in the Nikon Z8 to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Nikon equipped the Z8 with the EXPEED 7 image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Nikon Z8?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 64 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 32-102400.
Is completely silent shooting possible with the Nikon Z8?
The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences with the Nikon Z8?
No, the Nikon Z8 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Nikon Z8?
The Z8 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Nikon Z8 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Nikon Z8 for flash photography?
The Z8's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.
Does the Nikon Z8 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).
Which battery does the Nikon Z8 use?
The camera gets its power from the EN-EL15c, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
Is there a vertical grip available for the Nikon Z8?
Yes, Nikon offers the MB-N12 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.
Does the Nikon Z8 support geotagging?
The Z8 has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) module and can embed location information in the EXIF data of the captured image.
Camera to camera comparisons
In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.
|Camera Model||Nikon Z8|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Nikon Z mount lenses|
|Launch Date||May 2023|
|Launch Price||USD 3 999|
|Sensor Technology||Stacked BSI-CMOS|
|Sensor Format||Full Frame Sensor|
|Sensor Size||35.9 x 23.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||858 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||43.1 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||45.4 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||8 256 x 5 504 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||4.35 μm|
|Pixel Density||5.30 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||no AA filter|
|Movie Capability||8K/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||64 - 25 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||32 - 102 400 ISO|
|Image Processor||EXPEED 7|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||3690k dots|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.2 inch|
|LCD Resolution||2089k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fully flexible screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||No front-flip|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/32000s|
|Continuous Shooting||30 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||Electronic Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Image Stabilization||In-body stabilization|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||CFexB or SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Dual card slots|
|UHS card support||UHS-II|
|Studio Flash||PC Sync socket|
|USB Connector||USB 3.2|
|HDMI Port||full HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Headphone Socket||Headphone port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||EN-EL15c power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||340 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
144 x 119 x 83 mm
(5.7 x 4.7 x 3.3 in)
|Camera Weight||910 g (32.1 oz)|
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