Nikon Z8 vs Canon EOS R5

Nikon Z8 vs Canon EOS R5 – the Z8 and R5 sit, side by side, on a wooden surface against a white background
(Image credit: James Artaius)

While Canon announced the EOS R5 in July 2020, the Nikon Z8 is much more recent and was announced in May 2023. Both cameras sit below their manufacturer’s flagship cameras, the EOS R3 in the case of the R5 and the Z9 for the Nikon Z8. 

Consequently, they each have a very impressive feature set with plenty to tempt serious enthusiast and professional photographers alike. In this post, we’ll compare the Nikon Z8 with the Canon EOS R5 to identify their key similarities and differences.

Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.