It’s official (or about as official as it’ll ever be):
The Nikon Z8, the long-awaited full-frame mirrorless camera that we first discussed over three years ago, will debut on May 10th, 2023. While Nikon hasn’t technically confirmed the Z8’s announcement, the imaging company has scheduled a “5.10.23 Launch Event” YouTube live stream.
How do we know that the launch is for the Z8? As Nikon Rumors pointed out, if you look carefully at the question mark in the bottom right-hand corner of the launch event graphic, you can see the outline of an “8” – plus, the timeline corresponds closely with NR’s previous reporting, which predicted a launch date in April or May.
While we don’t have any confirmed Z8 details, and while Nikon Rumors has emphasized that “some of [its rumored specifications] will not be correct,” here are just a few of the camera’s likely features:
- A 45.7 MP full-frame sensor
- 20 FPS RAW continuous shooting
- A 3.69M-dot EVF
- A design that mirrors the Z6 and Z7
- In-body image stabilization
- 8K/60p video
- Dual CFexpress and SD card slots
In fact, some of NR’s sources have labeled the Z8 as a “mini” or “baby” Z9, which is Nikon’s current flagship mirrorless model; it offers breathtaking AF capabilities, a 45 MP sensor, an ultra-rugged body, and 8K/60p video, though it also costs a whopping $5,500. The Z9 sports a built-in vertical grip, though as I noted above, the Z8 will likely use a design similar to the (more compact) Z6 and Z7.
The Z8, therefore, should be suited to generalist professionals and serious enthusiasts who are willing to pay for high-level gear but aren’t looking for a rugged, action- and wildlife-focused design. The new camera will boast in-body image stabilization, a high-resolution sensor, and dual card slots to satisfy professionals, yet the smaller form factor and the presumably reduced price will make it a better choice for travel photographers as well as slightly more casual shooters.
So if you’re interested in a full-frame mirrorless model that offers the power of the Z9 without the bulky body and the eye-watering price tag, keep an eye out for the Z8!
Now over to you:
What do you think of the Nikon Z8? Will you purchase it? What do you hope it offers? Share your thoughts in the comments below!