Nikon Z8 Specifications

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The Z8 is a pro-level, single-grip body using Z9 parts.

  • Sensor
    • 45.7mp full frame effective (52.37mp total)
    • 35.9 x 23.9mm (FX)
    • BSI (backside illumination) stacked CMOS sensor; Sony IMX609AQJ
    • no AA filter
    • 5-axis VR image stabilization (6 stops CIPA); VR locks on transport
  • Mount: Nikon Z
    • F-mount lens usage via optional FTZ adapter
  • Images: 
    • Maximum size: 8256 x 5504 JPEG 8-bit, HEIF 10-bit; 3 sizes available
    • 14-bit NEF raw, Lossless compressed, High Efficiency*, High Efficiency
    • Aspect ratios: 3:2, 1:1, 16:9
    • DX crop (1.5x) will produce 19mp images
    • Maximum 20 fps continuous at full frame, no restrictions
    • Pre-Burst Capture: 30 fps, 45mp JPEG Normal; or 60 fps, 19mp DX crop JPEG Normal; or 120 fps 11mp JPEG files (full frame, no crop)
    • 1000 shot buffer (JPEG, High Efficiency* raw)
  • Video:  
    • 8K/60/50/30/25/24P 12-bit N-Raw, or ProRes RAW HQ internal raw video (with proxy video)
    • 8K/30/25/24P (? Mbps), 8K/30 for up to 125 minutes, oversampled 
    • 4K/120/100/60/50/30/25/24P (UHD, 144 Mbps) in full frame, or Super 35 crop (both sub-sampled), 2.3x crop full pixel readout mode available
    • FullHD/120/100/60/50/25/24P in full frame
    • Internal N-Log saved as 10-bit ProRes 422 HQ
    • HLG support
    • Apple Prores 422 HQ (10-bit), H.265 (10-bit), H.264 (8-bit) with Linear PCM (up to 24-bit) or AAC stereo audio, MP4 or MOV container
    • HDMI clean output via Type A connector at 10-bit 4.2.2 format for both HD and 4K, N-Log and HDR (HLG) support
    • On camera stereo mic, microphone jack, headphone jack
    • waveform monitor display
    • red frame record indicator (tally light)
    • 2 hour 5 minute maximum recording time
  • Shutter: 
    • no mechanical shutter
    • electronic shutter 900 sec to 1/32000 sec 
    • bulb, time 
    • silent mode (reduces all noise, including VR)
    • mechanical curtain close on lens removal
  • Exposure: 
    • matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, highlight-weighted metering
    • -5 to +5EV exposure compensation
    • 9 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), 2500-10,000K
    • ISO 64-25600 (plus Auto, 32, 51200 and 102400 boosts)
  • Focus: 
    • 493-point phase detect (covers 90% of the frame) (-7EV to EV19 sensitivity, -9EV with starlight view; f/1.2 lens)
    • Area modes: pinpoint, single point, dynamic (small, medium, large), wide area (small, large, two custom sizes), 3D-tracking, automatic (face/eye/cat/dog/bird/bicycle/car/motorcycle/train/plane detect), subject tracking)
    • manual focus override, focus positioning thumb stick (or Direction pad), touch focus
    • Focus mode button
  • Rear Display: 3.2” touch LCD
    • 2.1m dot
    • articulating and tilting
  • Viewfinder
    • 3.69m dot OLED EVF
    • 0.8x magnification
    • -4 to +3m diopter adjustment
    • 23mm eye point
    • Live and blackout free (above 1/250 second; blackout free from 1/8 to 1/250)
    • highest brightness of any EVF at launch (3000 nits)
    • 60Hz refresh
  • Flash: 
    • no built-in flash
    • hot shoe, supports Nikon CLS (i-TTL)
    • 1/200 flash sync, 1/8000 top AutoFP sync
    • red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync flash options, Auto FP 
  • Remote: 
    • optional MC-30 wired
    • optional WR-R11a wireless
    • SnapBridge app
  • Other Notable Features: 
    • WiFi 802.11ac (SnapBridge or Nikon Wireless Transmitter Utility) (some regions may vary)
    • Bluetooth 5.0 (SnapBridge)
    • antiflicker reduction
    • Two USB 3.2 (one data, one USB PD)
    • IPTC data annotation
    • Dust-proof, drip-proof build, operations to -10°C
  • Cards: 
    • One CFExpress Type B slot, XQD and CFe compatible
    • One SD slot, UHS II compatible
    •  Overflow, Backup, NEF+JPEG, NEF+HEIF functions
  • Battery: 
    • EN-EL15C
    • 330 shots CIPA (EVF, no energy saving)
    • Optional MB-N12 vertical grip (US$350)
    • camera can be powered by USB (USB Power Delivery)
    • Supplied MH-25A charger
  • Size and Weight: 
    • 5.6" (144mm) wide
    • 4.6" (118.5mm) tall
    • 3.2” (83mm) deep
    • 33.9 ounces (910g) with battery/card
  • Colors: Black
  • Price: (MSRP on launch; current price may vary)
    • US$4000 body only
  • Current Firmware: version 1.01 (August 2023)
  • Announced: Announced May 10, 2023
  • Nikon's Marketing Slogan: The Ultimate Hybrid Camera (also Ready. Action)
  • Nikon lenses for the Z8
  • Nikon's Web page for the Nikon Z8
  • Thom's Review of the Nikon Z8 
  • Thom's Book for the Nikon Z8 

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