Nikon Z8 Gets 94% Overall Score and Gold Award at DPReview

DPReview published the Nikon Z8 mirrorless camera review and test results: the new Nikon Z8 achieves an excellent 94% overall score and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview.

Nikon Z8 Key Features:

  • 45.7MP FX-Format Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • Lightweight Design, 30% Smaller than Z9
  • 8.3K 60p N-RAW, 4.1K 60p ProRes RAW
  • 8K30p and 4K120p Video, 10-Bit Internal
  • Up to 20 fps Raw, 30 fps JPEG Shooting
  • 493-Point AF, AI-Based Subject Detection
  • Blackout-Free Real Live Viewfinder
  • 3.2″ 4-Axis Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • CFx Type B & SD Memory Card Slots
  • 5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

What we like

  • Excellent image quality in terms of resolution and dynamic range
  • Fast, simple and effective AF for most subject types
  • Burst rate to match the latest Pro sports cameras
  • Extremely low-lag EVF with blackout-free shooting during bursts
  • Well-honed ergonomics
  • Variety of video modes all with well-controlled rolling shutter
  • Extensive range of tools and codec options for videographers
  • Separate USB sockets for data transfer and power delivery
  • Full-sized HDMI port

What we don’t

  • Big and heavy in comparison to its peers
  • Relatively low-resolution viewfinder
  • Frame rates and resolutions change significantly with codec
  • Variability in effectiveness of AF detection modes
  • Seems expensive until you see how much Z9 you’re getting
  • Birders will have to wait until 2024 for the promised firmware update

Conclusion from DPReview:

The Z8 brings the speed and autofocus capability of the Z9 to a smaller, more affordable body to deliver a camera that will support you in almost any photographic pursuit. It’s a touch larger than its rivals but every facet of its abilities seems to be a match for those peers. It’s perhaps the most complete camera we’ve yet tested.

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