Nikon’s Z8 mirrorless digital camera affords 8K60p RAW video and 20fps burst speeds

Nikon has introduced the 45.7-megapixel Z8, a robust full-frame mirrorless digital camera with as much as 8K60p RAW video, 20fps RAW burst speeds and extra. It is successfully a slimmed-down model of Nikon’s Z9, and shares the latter’s stacked, backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor and full lack of a mechanical shutter. The primary factor the Z8 lacks subsequent to the Z9 is limitless video recording, nevertheless it’s additionally $1,500 cheaper.

Nikon is finest identified for images, however the Z8’s headline characteristic is the 8K60p N-RAW video. There’s an attention-grabbing story there, because the cinema digital camera firm RED has used its patents to cease different digital camera firms from utilizing RAW video up to now. Nevertheless, RED’s lawsuit in opposition to Nikon was dismissed late last month, permitting Nikon to make use of N-RAW (a compressed 12-bit RAW codec developed at the side of an organization referred to as intoPIX) in any of its cameras. It might additionally seize 12-bit ProRes RAW video. 

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Together with 8K60p, the Z8 helps 4K seize at as much as 120fps and 10-bit ProRes, H.264 and H.265 codecs. It additionally affords publicity instruments like waveforms, customizable autofocus and extra. As talked about, the smaller physique means it could possibly’t document all video codecs for a limiteless time just like the Z9. Reasonably, you are restricted to 90 minutes for 8K30p and two hours for 4K60p with out overheating. With the stacked sensor, rolling shutter needs to be very properly managed, similar to on the Z9.

When it comes to images, the Z9’s burst speeds aren’t restrained by a mechanical shutter, as a result of there is not one. As such, you’ll be able to seize 14-bit RAW+JPEG photographs at as much as 20 fps, mighty spectacular for such a high-resolution digital camera. It comes with settings designed for portrait photographers like pores and skin softening and human-friendly white stability. 

Nikon's Z8 mirrorless camera offers 8K60p RAW video and 20fps burst speeds

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It affords face, eye, car and animal detection autofocus, promising AF speeds on the identical degree because the (glorious) Z9. It might acknowledge 9 sorts of topics mechanically, together with eyes, faces, heads and higher our bodies for each animals and other people, together with automobiles and extra. 

The Z8’s magnesium-allow physique could also be smaller than the Z9, nevertheless it’s equally as dust- and weather-resistant. It is also a lot the identical by way of controls, with a beneficiant array of dials and buttons to vary settings. Battery life is sweet at 700 pictures max (CIPA) and two-plus hours of 4K video capturing, however in case you want extra, you may get the elective MB-N12 battery grip ($350). 

Different options embody 6.0 stops of in-body stabilization with appropriate lenses, which is sweet however inferior to current Sony, Canon and Panasonic fashions. The digital viewfinder (EVF) has a comparatively low 3.69 million dots of decision, but additionally very low lag and a excessive 120Hz refresh price. Sadly, the three.2-inch, 2,100K dot rear show solely tilts up and does not flip out, so the digital camera will not be appropriate for a lot of vloggers — a poor determination on Nikon’s half, for my part. 

It has one SD UHS-II and one CFexpress card slot that helps speeds as much as 1,500 MB/s required for inner 8K RAW recording. That differs from the Z9, which has two CFexpress card slots. On prime of the same old USB-C charging port, it has a super-speed USB communication terminal for fast information transfers. It additionally comes with a full-sized HDMI connector for exterior video recording and monitoring, together with 3.5mm headphone and microphone components. 

The Nikon Z8 goes on sale on Might twenty fifth, 2023 for $4,000. That is $1,500 lower than the $5,500 Z9, $2,500 lower than the Sony A1 and $700 greater than Canon’s R5 — with far much less critical overheating points. 

Nikon Z8 full-frame mirrorless camera

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