The Nikon Z8 camera announcement

Nikon Z8 camera announcement lifestream (I will be updating this post during the ongoing online presentation  – refresh this page to get the latest news):

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  • Experience the intense resolution and freedom provided by 8K60p (N-RAW) and 8K30p video capture, and the ability that this massive resolution gives in post to crop and pan. Expansive 4K UHD video options for when the look you’re going for is anywhere from cinematic to slow motion, ranging from oversampled1 24p/30p, all the way to 120p with sound.
  • The Z 8 can record up to approx. 125 min. in 4K UHD/60p1 and up to approx. 90 min. in 8K UHD/30p2.
  • Internal 12-bit RAW footage can be captured as ProRes RAW 4K60p, or up to 8K60p in N-RAW, Nikon’s RAW video format that is approximately a 50% smaller file size. N-RAW also creates a 1080p proxy file for easier editing. Capturing RAW footage allows for the most image data and highest bit rate for maximum range and flexibility.
  • For more latitude with color, footage can be captured internally in 10-bit ProRes 4:2:2 HQ, while other profile options are available in-camera, including an enhanced N-Log, HLG as well as the easily gradable Flat color profile.
  • The camera features two USB-C ports which are dedicated to charging (PD) and communication for accessories, further opening options for a truly modular configuration to fit any production. It also utilizes a full-size HDMI, minimizing the use of adaptors.
  • The camera focuses on videographer centric features, including those added to the Z 9 in subsequent firmware updates. These include Hi-res zoom3 function for 4K, highly visible red REC Frame Indicator, focus peaking, zebras, waveform, linear focus capability on many NIKKOR Z lenses, fine ISO control, Customizable AF speed tracking, timecode sync4, 24-bit stereo audio and more.
  • The 45.7-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor combined with the EXPEED 7 Imaging engine can render incredible image quality, stellar colors, fantastic dynamic range and high-speed calculations up to 120 cycles, even in low light with minimal noise.
  • Users now have the option to shoot in a 10-bit HEIF image file, a superior file format to JPEG that is approximately equal in size yet offers approximately one billion more colors.
  • 14-bit RAW image file formats include the proven high-efficiency RAW format, plus a new HLG RAW option for use on compatible devices.
  • The Z 8 features settings specifically for portrait photographers, including the Portrait Impression Balance function for precise control of skin tone accuracy, in addition to a new Skin Softening function and improved white balance.
  • Burst speeds range from 20 fps full res RAW+JPEG, 30 fps full-res JPEG, 60 fps DX-format JPEG, or up to 120 fps as 11 mp JPEG with High-speed frame capture +.  Pre-Release Capture5 is also available to capture the moment in the camera’s buffer before the shutter is even depressed fully.
  • Get a wide and bright view with the truly blackout free Quad-VGA viewfinder, which provides a clear picture, especially when shooting at 120 fps. The same 3.2” horizontal and vertical tilting 4-axis touchscreen LCD from the Z 9 is also used, enabling creative composition from any angle.
  • Vibration Reduction image stabilization has been enhanced with Synchro VR to achieve up to 6.0 stops of compensation with compatible lenses.6
  • Upcoming features will be added in planned firmware updates, including an Auto Capture function, which will allow a photographer to automatically trigger a remote camera on user-set parameters. An update will also allow for the base ISO to be extended down to 200 when shooting video footage with N-Log enabled.
  • Sample photos
  • Dedicated website
  • Press release:

Nikon releases the Z 8 full-frame mirrorless camera

May 10, 2023

The functionality and performance of Nikon’s flagship mirrorless camera, condensed into an agile body

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the full-frame/FX-format Nikon Z 8 mirrorless camera.

The Z 8 condenses the advanced functionality and performance of the flagship Nikon Z 9 into a compact and lightweight body while also maintaining superior robustness and reliability. The Z 8 is ideal for a variety of image creators who seek new possibilities for visual expression in a wide range of genres and subjects, such as landscapes, wild birds, airplanes, portraits, and weddings. Whether shooting stills or video, the excellent agility of the Z 8 enables nimble camerawork, realizing superior operability that allows users to push their creativity further. On top of this, its reliable performance allows users to capture decisive moments and achieve outstanding image depiction.

Nikon will continue to pursue a new dimension in optical performance while meeting users’ needs, contributing to the development of imaging culture, with the hope of expanding possibilities for imaging expression.

Primary features

1. Comfortable operability that is ideal for diverse shooting situations

The advanced functionality and performance of the Z 9 are incorporated into a compact camera body that is approx. 30% smaller than the flagship model. The downsized body has been engineered to retain the easy-to-hold grip as well as comfortable operability. This enables agile and stable camerawork in a wide variety of shooting scenes, even with a super-telephoto lens attached. In addition, the 4-axis tilting monitor delivers high operability when shooting from high and low angles in both horizontal and vertical positions.
For video recording, the Z 8 can record 12-bit RAW and 10-bit Apple ProRes 422 HQ video in-camera, allowing users to take advantage of a minimal video recording system that does not require an external recorder. The flexible combinations of shooting equipment suit various shooting styles to streamline operations. With the MC-N10 Remote Grip (sold separately) attached, solo videographers can take advantage of having more control over how they can operate the camera — in a way that was previously difficult on their own. Furthermore, by taking advantage of the wide-ranging accessory lineup and high compatibility with products from accessory brands, users can operate the Z 8 as comfortably as if it were a dedicated video camera.

2. The capability to securely capture decisive moments

The Z 8 can record up to approx. 125 min. in 4K UHD/60p*1 and up to approx. 90 min. in 8K UHD/30p*2, which is a great benefit for a wide range of shooting situations, such as for documentaries or wedding shooting, where extended recording time is required. The same nine types of subjects are detected in stills and video as the Z 9, while also featuring a new dedicated airplane detection mode. With this subject detection mode, users have more powerful detection and tracking performance when shooting airplanes — whether near or far, in low light, or against busy backgrounds. In addition, the camera realizes high-speed, high-precision AF performance equivalent to that of the Z 9, and can also detect subjects down to the low-light limit of -9 EV*3. These features support the improvement of autofocus for subjects in dark environments, as well as the effective focus on subjects in backlit situations, by separately controlling the exposure of the live-view image and the AF image.
For still shooting, the Z 8 features Pre-Release Capture*4, which allows the capture of images up to one second before the shutter-release button is fully pressed. For example, when shooting wild birds, the exact moment a bird suddenly takes flight can be captured while only half-pressing the button — even if the user only fully pressed the shutter-release button after the bird took off.

  • *1H.265 8-bit (MOV), [Extended oversampling]: [OFF], [Auto temperature cutout]: [Standard], at 25°C/77°F, using a Nikon MC-CF660G memory card and external power source.
  • *2H.265 8-bit (MOV), [Auto temperature cutout]: [High], at 25°C/77°F, using a Nikon MC-CF660G memory card and external power source.
  • *3With Starlight view. Photo mode, single AF servo (AF-S), ISO 100, f/1.2 lens used, at 20°C/68°F.
  • *4Pre-Release Capture can be set only when shooting in High-Speed Frame Capture+, which enables continuous shooting at the frame rate of 120 fps.

3. Superior image depiction that enhances users’ expression in both still and video shooting

The Z 8 supports the HEIF format, which records high-quality still images while reducing the amount of file data. This file format enables the impressive expression of scenes that have rich tones, such as sunrises and sunsets, as well as scenes that feature highly illuminated subjects, such as nighttime parades, by utilizing 10-bit rich tonal gradation. In addition, when shooting HEIF images (via live view) or playing the images back, the user can get a good idea of how those images will look on an HDR (HLG)-compatible monitor with the camera’s 3000cd/m2 compatible EVF and 900cd/m2 high-luminance image monitor.
The Z 8 can record in various types of video formats depending on the purposes or workflow of the shoot, including high-definition 4K UHD/60p*, 50p*, and 30p oversampled from 8K, providing the opportunity to shoot in high-definition video that can be enjoyed on a large screen. Furthermore, with portrait shooting, the camera helps achieve the intended result with the portrait impression balance function, as well as a newly added skin-softening function. Additionally, in order to maximize the potential of fast NIKKOR Z lenses, a combination of ISO 64 and 1/32000 sec. shutter speed can be used.

  • *Supported when [Extended oversampling] in the video recording menu is [ON], image area is [FX], and frame size/frame rate is 3840×2160 60p/50p. Note that battery power consumption increases when [ON] is selected.

4. Additional features

  • 45.7 effective megapixels deliver outstanding resolution maximizing the superior performance of NIKKOR Z lenses.
  • Real-Live Viewfinder continuously displays the actual motion of a subject without blackout or skipped/repeated frames.
  • 3D-tracking keeps the target subject in focus even if it moves rapidly or erratically.
  • Custom wide-area AF supports various autofocus area patterns.
  • Synchro VR*1 achieves powerful vibration reduction up to approx. 6.0 stops*2
  • Supportive functions for shooting in dark locations, such as starlight view and illuminated buttons are equipped.
  • Vertical-orientation playback of images/display of the i menu during playback efficiently support vertical shooting.
  • Hi-Res Zoom*3 allows zooming in high definition during video recording — even when using a prime lens.
  • Timecode synchronization facilitates the operation of synchronizing video footage from multiple cameras and audio data from audio recorders, which is immensely beneficial for video editing*4.
  • Durability for operation in freezing conditions down to -10°C/14°F supports professional shooting in extreme environments.
  • Elimination of the mechanical shutter enables shooting without worrying about shutter wear.
  • Double coating and a sensor shield are adopted to protect the image sensor from dust.
  • Two USB terminals, one for power charge/supply and the other for communication, allow communication while charging/supplying power.
  • Adoption of magnesium alloy and a new professional-grade carbon-fiber composite material realizes superior robustness and reliability.
  • NX Studio ver. 1.4.0 displays HDR*5, which enables display and editing of stills taken in HLG tone mode. It also supports portrait impression balance customization and the skin-softening function.
  • *1When combined with lenses compatible with Synchro VR.
  • *2Based on CIPA Standards. When using the telephoto end of the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S with NORMAL mode.
  • *3Hi-Res Zoom is available only with video recording in the following codecs: at ProRes 422 HQ 10-bit (MOV), H.265 10-bit (MOV), H.265 8-bit (MOV), or H.264 8-bit (MP4) — with image area set to FX (36 x 24). Restrictions apply to some camera features.
  • *4Dedicated accessories are required.
  • *5For system requirements, please refer to the guide manual for system preferences.

Primary features of the MB-N12 Power Battery Pack

The MB-N12 Power Battery Pack is an optional power battery pack for the Z 8 that enhances vertical shooting operation while extending* the battery endurance by approx. 1.8x. Concentrating on vertical shooting becomes effortless with the easy-to-hold grip. Excellent drip- and dust-resistance enables operation in temperatures as low as -10°C/14°F, allowing users to rely on the grip as much as the camera. The MB-N12 Power Battery Pack also supports hot swapping, in which the power supply continues uninterrupted even when one of the two batteries is removed, as long as the other still has remaining charge. In addition, it allows the batteries to be charged inside even when not attached to the camera body. All of these features are ideal for extended recording, such as when shooting weddings or time-lapse videos of landscapes.

  • *Actual endurance varies with such factors as the condition of the battery, the interval between shots, and the options selected in the camera menus.
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