This is everything you want in a full-frame hybrid camera. Image quality, precision, flexibility—and a compact, lightweight body. Video to stills. Commissions to passion projects. Don’t just create. Thrive.
Compact body. Flagship performance.
The Z 8 brings the feature set of the Z 9 to a body that is 30% smaller than the Z 9 and 15% smaller than the D850. The 45 MP stacked CMOS sensor and impressive dynamic range. The phenomenal deep-learning AF system, and a subject- and eye-detection hit rate you can rely on. The blackout-free Real-Live Viewfinder and 4-axis tilting monitor. Video, stills, or both. You have the freedom to innovate while the Z 8 reliably nails every frame.
Astounding agility for video and stills
New ideas, tight budgets, fast turnarounds. Small setup or a full rig. However and wherever you create, the Z 8’s flexibility will keep your projects flowing. Record stunning 8K or 4K video straight out of the camera at an array of frame rates, including slow motion. Capture exquisite 45.7 MP stills even if shooting by starlight. There are separate display interfaces for video and stills, and menus rotate if shooting vertically.
Blazing fast 120 fps for stills
Never miss the decisive moment. You can shoot 11 MP stills at an insanely fast 120 fps, or 45.7 MP stills at an action-freezing 60 fps or 30 fps. All with full AF and AE performance and no viewfinder blackout.
More control over portraits
Save time in post by making adjustments as you shoot. Portrait Impression Balance lets you fine-tune hue and brightness. Skin Softening softens the look of skin while keeping eyes and hair sharp.
Photographing events? The Z 8 gives your reaction time a boost by recording for up to a second before you take a shot.1 Fleeting gestures, unpredictable subjects: you’ll nail the moments you might have missed.
Embrace backlight. Love the dark.
Night scenes and backlit portraits? You can trust the Z 8’s intelligent AF system. Faces are in focus even if the scene is strongly backlit. Subject detection and AF work down to ˗9 EV in Starlight mode.
Hi-res 2x zoom for 4K video
Zoom with prime lenses while filming! The Z 8 can emulate a 2x optical zoom, in camera and in real time. There’s no image degradation, and you can program three different zoom speeds.
A system to match your vision
The full-frame Z 8 is a creative powerhouse, and its flexibility doesn’t end with the camera. There’s a NIKKOR Z lens for every idea and budget, while the FTZ mount adapter lets you use DSLR lenses too. Dedicated accessories expand what you can do.
“The Z 8 gives me everything I ever wanted. The Eye AF is so accurate, the new S-line lenses are so sharp, I am able to shoot in harsh sunlight, but also in the shadows and travelling a lot I absolutely love its weight. ”Frøydis Geithus
“You want something that can give you a large amount of cinematic options, but be small and mobile. That’s why we loved the Z 8. ”Keziah Quarcoo & Cara Brown
“I like it light, I like it fast. If there's an idea, I want to capture it. The Z 8 is perfect for me! ”Mous Lamrabat
“It’s a fantastic filmmaker’s camera. The autofocus and Eye AF are brilliant. It’s perfect, you can just grab it and go shoot. The number of codecs and the possibilities that you have are really amazing in such a small camera.”Pep Bonet
“I felt like this is really my camera. It’s blending into my hand. It’s so easy to handle. Everything is in the right spot and also very fast and always keeping focus. I will not miss a shot.”Esther Horvath
“For me, it's agility that really matters. You have to be on the cliff with the climber to really see the emotions, so I'm looking for a powerful camera which is compact and light. The Z 8 is perfect. ”Aurelie Gonin
“I take a lot of shots at night and I loved the Starlight view because it really brightens the view: it’s much easier to see what's in the focus. On the Z 8, the autofocus just worked. It was so impressive to see. It was spot on every time. ”Mikko Lagerstedt
“The Z 8 has all the specs you can dream of as a content creator. Until now I was using two bodies, but now I can just switch to photo or video. That’s going to be the most game-changing part for me.”Olivier Wong
Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Nikon Z mount
FX, CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm
Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires NX Studio)
[FX (36 x 24)] selected for image area:
(L) 8256 x 5504 ( 45.4 million)
(M) 6192 x 4128 ( 25.6 million)
(S) 4128 x 2752 ( 11.4 million)
[DX (24 x 16)] selected for image area:
(L) 5392 x 3592 ( 19.4 million)
(M) 4032 x 2688 ( 10.8 million)
(S) 2688 x 1792 ( 4.8 million)
[1:1 (24 x 24)] selected for image area:
(L) 5504 x 5504 ( 30.3 million)
(M) 4128 x 4128 ( 17.0 million)
(S) 2752 x 2752 ( 7.6 million)
[16:9 (36 x 20)] selected for image area:
(L) 8256 x 4640 ( 38.3 million)
(M) 6192 x 3480 ( 21.5 million)
(S) 4128 x 2320 ( 9.6 million)
NEF (RAW): 14 bit; choose from lossless compression, high efficiency (high), and high efficiency options
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available
HEIF: Supports fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression; size-priority and optimal-quality compression available
NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
NEF (RAW)+HEIF: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and HEIF formats
1 Available in C30 and C120 modes.
2 The camera is not guaranteed to be dust- and drip-resistant in all situations and under all conditions.
3 Requires optional UC-E25 cable, sold separately.