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Nikon Z 8 review: A solid all-round full-frame mirrorless camera

By Trevor Tan - 2 Sep 2023
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Intro and Features

Note: This review was first published on 24 August 2023.

Introduction and Features

There is no way to sugarcoat this. The Nikon Z 8 is essentially a condensed version of its cousin, the Z 9, the Japanese imaging giant's flagship full-frame interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera. But this is not a bad thing. In fact, it is great for photographers looking for a full-frame mirrorless camera that is smaller and cheaper.

The TL;DR version:

With its superb build, intuitive handling, responsive performance and fantastic image quality, the Nikon Z 8 will please even the most demanding photographers.

The Z 9 is hefty in both size and price, weighing 1,340g (with battery and memory card) and costs S$8,399 (body only). On the other hand, the Z 8 is 30 per cent smaller, 430g lighter (with battery and memory card), and is priced at a lower S$5,999 (body only).

Yet, the Z 8 shares many similarities with its flagship cousin, including a 45.7-megapixel full-frame stacked CMOS image sensor, Expeed 7 image processor, 8K video shoot up to 30fps and a maximum continuous shooting speed of full-resolution still at 20fps.

Likewise, the Z 8 also features the same tiltable 2.08-million-dot 3.2-inch touchscreen display and an electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a high resolution of 3.68 million dots.

The Z 8 comes with 493 autofocus (AF) points with automatic tracking of up to nine different subjects, including humans, cats, birds and aeroplanes. To reduce camera shake, Z 8 also has a 5-axis in-built image stabilisation system that offers up to six steps of stabilisation

However, the Z 8 lacks GPS found in Z 9, and uses a different battery with a lower power rating. Plus, while Z 9 comes with dual CFExpress Type B or XQD memory card slots, Z 8 has 1 x CFExpress Type B camera slot and 1 x SD card slot. Having an SD card slot is probably a good idea, as XQD cards are more expensive, so the Z 8 caters for the middle ground.

In addition, while the Z 9 supports unlimited recording in any mode, the Z 8 can only record 8K video at 30fps for 90 minutes, and 4K video at 60fps for 120 minutes.

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  • Performance 9
  • Design 9
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Excellent still images
Great video quality
Superb build and handling
Intuitive controls
Responsive performance
Big and bright EVF
The Bad
Battery life can be better
Subject tracking AF feels slower than competitors
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