The upcoming/rumored Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera will compete with the new Sony a7RV and is expected in Spring 2023

I am not sure if this is a legit leaked picture of the Nikon Z8

This should be a Nikon Z8 mockup from somebody who has used the camera

Another Nikon Z8 mockup done by a reader

The Nikon Z8 camera has been rumored for a while, but we still don’t have any (reliable) leaked specifications. I was told, that in terms of price and specs, the Nikon Z8 will compete head-to-head with the recently announced Sony a7RV  ($3,900) – FYI here are the basic a7RV specs:

  • 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ XR & AI Processing Unit
  • AI-Based Real-Time Tracking AF System
  • 8K 24p, 4K 60p, FHD 120p 10-Bit Video
  • 4K 16-Bit Raw Output; S-Log3/S-Cinetone
  • 9.44m-Dot EVF with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Multi-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • 10 fps Shooting with AF/AE Tracking
  • 8-Stop 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • Dual CFexpress Type A/SD Card Slots

I was also told that the Nikon Z8 camera design is finalized/production-ready and the only issue holding back the official announcement is the ongoing parts shortage.

When is the Nikon Z8 official announcement expected?

  • The Z8 development announcement could happen in early 2023 (just like the Nikon D4/D5).
  • There is a low chance for an official Z8 announcement at the 2023 CP+ show in Japan in late February 2023 (but still a possibility).
  • The most likely scenario is a Z8 announcement in late spring 2023 (late March/Q2?) and a potential shipment in/around May 2023.

What to expect from the Nikon Z8:

  • Same form factor as the Nikon Z6/Z7
  • Improved EVF
  • Improved autofocus
  • Same sensor as the Z9

Please note that currently there are no reliable rumors about new Z6III or Z7III cameras.

Nikon already confirmed that they are planning to implement Z9 features to lower-end cameras (not a big surprise here): see this and this article recently published in Japan.

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