Nikon Z8: what we know about the Sony A7R V beater

Nikon Z8 mockup
Nikon Z8 mockup (Image credit: Nikon)

Rumors about the Nikon Z8 have been swirling for years. As in, literally, years, dating all the way back to 2019 – and that's quite significant.

You see, 2019 is when the 61MP Sony A7R IV was announced. And that's when the Nikon rumors went into overdrive, because it was revealed that Nikon had placed a huge order for that 61MP image sensor from Sony. Thus, four years of where-there's-smoke-there's-probably-fire rumors that the Nikon Z8 will have a 61MP sensor.

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Does that still make sense in 2023? We think so. Nikon has fleshed out its Z system lineup in almost every way, with entry level cameras like the Nikon Z50, mid-range models like the Nikon Z6 Mark II, and the professional powerhouse Nikon Z9. What's missing, however, is a resolution-focused body. 

It seems logical, that being the case, that the Nikon Z8 will be the 61MP pixel peeper-oriented camera that will go toe-to-toe with the 60+MP brigade of today's marketplace: the Sony A7R V, Sigma fp L and Leica M11

Literally nothing else (nothing reliable, at least) is known about the Nikon Z8. This extends to the fact that, while it is plausible based on resolution alone (given that the 45MP Canon EOS R5 shoots 8K) that it will offer 8K video, even the A7R V only shoots oversampled 4K. Whether this is a tactical decision, so as not to cannibalize Sony A1 sales, or a technical decision due to the sensor readout, it's difficult to know whether the Z8 will be a 4K, 6K or 8K machine.

Other things seem a safer bet. In-body image stabilization feels like a no-brainer, since that's par for the course with full-frame Z cameras (even the entry level Nikon Z5 has it). Dual card slots also feel inevitable, and CFexpress would be optimum for pushing around files of this size. 

Wherever the dust settles, at last shouldn't have long to wait now. All signs (not least of which Nikon inviting all the main camera dealers to a big event in March) are pointing to an announcement in March or April. After four years of speculation, we're eager to see what the Z8 really looks like!

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.