Nikon Z8 review

Is the Nikon Z8 the spiritual successor to the D850 or a baby Z9? Either way, it's an impressively powerful camera

5 Star Rating
Nikon Z8 being reviewed by Adam Waring, editor of N-Photo magazine
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Nikon Z8 is, for all intents and purposes, a Z9 crammed into a smaller body, using the same stacked CMOS sensor with a blisteringly fast readout that makes a mechanical shutter completely redundant. A little chunkier than the Z6/7 line, it has more direct-access buttons than these cameras, which make it a genuine pleasure to use. It borrows much of its form factor and handling characteristics from the Nikon D850 – widely considered to be the best all-round DSLR ever made – and has a fair shout at staking its claim to be the best all-round full-frame mirrorless the world has ever seen.

Pros

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    Incredible Z9-like spec sheet

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    Lots of direct-access controls

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    Over a grand less than the Z9

Cons

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    Not the greatest battery life

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    AF isn't as clever as rivals'

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    Still a hefty investment

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Rumors of a Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera, fitting in the range somewhere between the Nikon Z7 II and Nikon Z9, have been doing the rounds for years. In fact, we were hearing whispers about it even before the Nikon Z9 saw the light of day. And now it’s finally here. 

The manufacturer is touting the Nikon Z8 both as the "true successor to the Nikon D850" and a "baby Z9" – and these are both fair descriptions. It does indeed look and feel like the Z-series equivalent of the D850, with a similar form factor, yet squeezes virtually all the high-end specs of the flagship Z9 into a smaller (and more affordable) body. 

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Adam Waring
Editor

Adam has been the editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine for almost 12 years, and as such is one of Digital Camera World's leading experts when it comes to all things Nikon-related. 


Whether it’s reviews and hands-on tests of the latest Nikon cameras and lenses, sharing his skills using filters, tripods, lighting, L brackets and other photography equipment, or trading tips and techniques on shooting landscapes, wildlife and almost any genre of photography, Adam is always on hand to provide his insights. 


Prior to his tenure on N-Photo, Adam was also a veteran of publications such as PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, so his wealth of photographic knowledge isn’t solely limited to the Big N. 

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