Nikon Z8 to be Announced? Just Nikon Z7 III?

DigitalCameraWorld has a discussion article about the rumors of the Nikon Z8. When will Nikon Z8 come? Is there room for a Nikon Z8 between the current Nikon Z7 II and Nikon Z9.

The rumors of the Nikon Z8 have been on the internet for several years, but will this camera really come true?

Sony has a 61-megapixel sensor, which is used in Sony 7R IV. Nikon has a history of using Sony sensors. Nikon currently doesn’t have a 61-megapixel camera, and it looks like there’s space between Nikon Z7 II and Nikon Z9 for a high-resolution model, which could be the camera named Nikon Z8.

Some Nikon Z8 rumors flowed in 2019 and 2020, suggesting that they may have already missed the time, but no one knows what will happen.

But what else can we expect if Nikon Z8 comes out and has a 61-megapixel sensor? Sony A7R IV will give you some clues.

61MP sensor: This spec is the basis of the Z8’s rumors, and it will be the highest resolution camera ever on a Nikon camera. But with Sony already having Sony 7R IV, Sigma having an fp L, and Leica having an M11, is it too late (to launch a 61-megapixel camera from now on)?

8K video: Technically, the 61-megapixel sensor has too many pixels for 8K video. If 8K is installed, it will be 8K by cropping or 8K of oversampling, but considering that 8K video is already using the processing power of the image processing engine to the full, oversampling is unlikely. Sony’s a7R IV has 4K video and modest video specs.

Continuous shooting at 10 to 12 frames per second: Sony a7R IV is at 10 frames per second, and Nikon does not seem to be able to significantly exceed this. Probably 12 frames per second? Nikon already has the Nikon Z9, so it doesn’t need another high-speed continuous shooting camera.

In-body image stabilization: This is installed on all Nikon Z-mount full-frame cameras, so it can be considered that it will be installed.

Dual card slot: This will of course be adopted as well. There is speculation on the net that CFexpress Type B dual card slots will be used, but we are not sure. Nikon may take safety precautions for a while and adopt one CFexpress Type B slot and one SD UHS-II slot for compatibility.

The important thing here is that Sony’s 61-megapixel sensor is resolution-focused, and nothing else. It’s not a new sensor in particular, and it doesn’t have dramatic speed or video performance. If Nikon adopted this sensor in a new model, it may not be able to offer more than Nikon Z7 II except for the improvement of resolution, and it may just replace the Z7II. Will the rumored Nikon Z8 just become the Nikon  Z7 III?

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