Tap into the world of professional imagery with top-performing features of the Nikon Z series. The Z 8 comes in a smaller, lighter form factor, helping you capture moments of inspiration while staying agile. With its robust and hardy build, you can immerse yourself in the deep of the action and showcase that winning moment with confidence.
Agility in your hands.
Videos or stills, capture it all handheld with extra stability and comfort. Weighing only at approximately 910g (body only) and with a deep grip design, the Z 8 allows you to climb up, lay low, or go the distance to follow through the actions, with minimal fatigue. Its compatibility with an array of videography accessories provides the flexibility to film in different genres with ease. In terms of workflow, it supports ProRes422 HQ and RAW video file formats to cater to your post-production preferences. Now you can move around on this small and lightweight system with agility, and record commercial-grade videos with it effortlessly.
An array of videography accessories.
Professional video filming made easy.
Keep your camera rolling for your documentary or interview for up to 125 minutes in 4K UHD/60p, or up to 90 minutes in 8K UHD/30p. Take a leap into video realism by creating in-camera 8K HDR time-lapse videos and view them in hi-definition with HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) monitors. Producing professional-quality videos can be as simple as that.
4-Axis Vertical / Horizontal Tilting Monitor.
For when you need to shoot with different positions and during playback.
Shoot from different angles with added comfort. The 4-axis vertical/horizontal tilting monitor allows you to easily frame your subjects. Whether you are shooting or reviewing your work, its 8cm touch-sensitive monitor enables you to adjust the position and settings of the camera, in any way you like.
Wide options of video format.
Whatever content you are creating, feel at home filming with the Z 8. The wide variety of video formats, such as 12-bit RAW, 10-bit ProRes 422 HQ and N-Log, can provide videographers of any level with colour-grading options that suit their post-production workflow.
Keep your bag light without having to carry extra lenses. Zoom up to 2x the focal length even with a prime lens, and achieve 4K UHD (30p/25p/24p) and Full HD video shooting in FX-format without losing resolution.
Lay out your shots from multiple devices in chronological order easily. Sync your timecode with multiple devices over Bluetooth using UltraSync Blue. Free yourself from cables and start shooting from creative angles.
Show the best side of you.
Let the Z 8 bring out the best in your portraiture. Its Skin Softening effect auto-detects human faces to smoothen the overall skin tone while keeping the eyes and hair sharp – for both videos and stills. Together with the Portrait Impression Balance effect that adjusts the hue and brightness of your subjects, you can save time and effort from post-editing work.
Capture beyond what the eyes can see.
Freeze a precise moment with Pre-release capture.
Never miss a moment, even when capturing subjects moving at high speed. Pre-release capture records images up to 1 second before the shutter button is fully pressed, and up to 4 seconds after the shutter button is fully pressed. Unleash your potential, whether photographing in a race event or chasing after erratic wildlife.
Lock in focus easily, even during low-light conditions.
Capture the magnificent glow of the golden hour. Even under low light situations, its wide AF detection range of -7 to 19 EV (-9 to 19 EV in starlight view mode)1 allows you to lock focus on moving subjects to keep your scenes sharp and clear. With 20 custom AF pattern options in wide-area AF to choose from, you can lock focus continuously on your subject in any situation.
3D tracking for stills.
Experience the powerful AF tracking performance powered by the EXPEED 7 image-processing engine. Its 3D-tracking capabilities provide effective sticky tracking on multiple subjects in a single frame, helping you get your intended shot even with erratic movements.
Precise subject tracking.
Largest variety of AF tracking in the world.
Track up to 9 types of subjects all at the same time. Keep your stills and videos crystal clear while staying focused not just on humans and your furry kids, but also on cars, planes, trains, bikes, and more.
New Airplane mode.
Meet the airplane mode, the newly added option on the AF subject detection menu that provides a more stable detection, even when you shoot in low light situations or against a busy background. Focus easily on the airplane you are after, regardless of its size.
Clear. Vivid. Bright.
Stabilise your images and videos and take clearer shots. The in-camera VR and Synchro VR can work together to achieve up to 6 stops of VR effect for stills, helping you get sharper images easily. For sharper and clearer videos, simply activate the EVR on top of the in-camera VR. Trapezoidal distortion can then be compensated to minimise camera shake, resulting in crystal clear shots.
Your photos can be more vivid than ever. On top of the RAW and JPEG file formats, the Z 8 includes the HEIF format to render 10-bit still images with rich tonal gradation. It works together with the QUAD-VGA panel monitor, the world’s brightest 3000cd/m2 monitor panel to show the true colours of your subject – be it during sunrise, sunset, or midday – with live-view shooting or playback in tones close to an HDR monitor. You can rest assured that the image tone is the one you are after, the moment you capture the shot.
Powered by dual-stream technology, the Z 8 records real-time action and captures it simultaneously as it happens through the blackout-free Real-Live Viewfinder, helping you shoot erratic moments and never skip a beat.
Made to last.
The Z 8 comes with an extra tough, strong, sturdy exterior. It is built with a new environmentally friendly material that is robust and can withstand temperatures up to -10°C, with effective sealing to each cover such as the battery chamber and shutter release button, to make it dust- and drip-resistant. The sensor shield and the dual coating on the image sensor will prevent dust from entering and sticking to the sensor. The Vibration Reduction lock minimises shakes on the image sensor structure, and thus prevents accidental damage. Enjoy greater peace of mind when you carry your camera along a bumpy drive.
Backlight illumination on buttons.
Shooting in the dark? Let the glowing icons of important functions on the Z 8 help you locate the important buttons for easier operation.
MB-N12 Power Battery Pack.
Never run out of juice when going on a whole day shoot. The MB-N12 Power Battery Pack delivers around 1.8x more shots to capture the action as it happens. Providing similar robustness as the Z 8, it can withstand temperatures of up to -10 C°, so you can go all out in the most extreme weather.
± Wi-Fi Compatibility
This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
Using the SnapBridge App
Android 6.0, 6.0.1 or later, 7.0 or later, 8.0 or later, 9.0 or later, 10
A device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later (i.e., a device that supports Bluetooth Smart Ready/Low Energy) is required.
Updating to Version 2.8
Images downloaded to the smart device with version 1.x will no longer be displayed in the Gallery after you upgrade to version 2, but can be viewed in the “Photos” app provided with the smart device.
Make sure your camera's firmware is updated to the current.
D6, D500, D7500, D5600, D3500, D3400, D780, D850
Z 9, Z 7II, Z 6II, Z 5, Z fc, Z 50, Z 7, Z 6
COOLPIX W150, A1000, A900, A300, B700, B600, B500, P950, P1000, W100, W300
Compatible devices are those capable of acquiring location information and those that support BLE (iPhone® 5S and later, iPad® 5th Generation and later, iPhone X or later).
There is no guarantee this app will run on all devices.
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LCD, Video and Photo Gallery images are for illustrative purposes only.
1 When using photo mode in single-servo AF (AF-S) with f/1.2 lens