Video can now be recorded in 10-bit ProRes 4:2:2 HQ for considerably more color flexibility. Additionally, the camera has better N-Log, HLG, and a straightforward color profile with smooth gradation.
The Z8’s hardware includes two USB-C ports specifically designed for charging (PD or Power Delivery) and transferring data to accessories. A full-size HDMI port is also included on the camera.
A high-resolution 4K upscaling feature, a highly visible red REC frame indicator, the ability to focus linearly on many Nikkor Z lenses, ISO fine control, adjustable AF speed tracking, time code sync, and 24-bit stereo audio are also included in the extensive firmware update that gave rise to the Z 9 last year.
Given that Nikon is advertising the Z 8 as a professional camera, its construction should be excellent. Although it’s not quite a Z 9, Nikon has totally sealed the camera, making it, according to the manufacturer, more durable than the D850. The camera’s materials include a new professional-grade carbon fiber composite and magnesium alloy, which Nikon claims are utilized in the design to reduce weight and enhance durability. It can work in temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius.