Nikon’s high resolution Z8 reportedly “production-ready” but parts shortage delays release until 2023

Nov 14, 2022

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Nikon’s high resolution Z8 reportedly “production-ready” but parts shortage delays release until 2023

Nov 14, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The hypothetical Nikon Z8 has been rumoured for a long time. Way back in September 2019, we were already seeing leaks and reports about Nikon working on a 60-megapixel camera that was expected to be the Nikon Z8. Many of us expected to have been released by now, but it hasn’t. It seems that Nikon hasn’t been sitting on its laurels, though. Oh no. In fact, the latest word is that the Z8 is “finalized/production-ready”.

It seems that the Nikon Z8 is actually ready to go and the only thing holding it back is the ongoing silicon shortage. It’s still expected to contain a 60-70(ish) megapixel sensor, and is expected to go head-to-head with the recently announced Sony A7R V in terms of target audience. It will be a high-resolution camera targeted towards landscapes, fine art portraits, and other photography where resolution is important.

According to Nikon Rumors, “the Nikon Z8 camera design is finalized/production-ready and the only issue holding back the official announcement is the ongoing parts shortage”. And this makes a lot of sense. Even though camera announcements have been coming from several manufacturers at their regular speed, the parts shortage has meant that a lot of those cameras aren’t available.

Canon, for example, apologised for shortages of Canon EOS R6 Mark II cameras less than a week after it was initially announced. And it’s not the only camera. Canon announced the same issue with the EOS R7 and a bunch of lenses. Sigma has also apologised for not being able to keep up with demand and Sony has suspended orders completely on several cameras, lenses and other products for months at a time.

Nikon Rumors believes that we’ll possibly hear a development announcement in early 2023, with an official announcement around March and an actual shipping date of May. While this would be a couple of months later than that of former flagships like the Nikon D5 – which had a development announcement in November 2015 with a release announcement in January 2016 and shipping a couple of months after that – it’s not too far off that schedule.

Whether that timeline will happen or not obviously remains to be seen, but the Nikon Z9 cannot sustain the company forever and it’s been a while since we’ve had a full-frame camera announcement from Nikon other than that – and even the Z9 was over a year ago – so, the sooner they can announce something, the better.

Are you holding out for a high-resolution Nikon Z8? How long are you prepared to wait?

[via Nikon Rumors]

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3 responses to “Nikon’s high resolution Z8 reportedly “production-ready” but parts shortage delays release until 2023”

  1. Chad Baxter Avatar
    Chad Baxter

    It seems silly to me that they would hold off even announcing it because of a “parts shortage”. Nikon announced the Z9 during one of the worst tech shortages of our lifetimes and they still managed to get orders filled within reason given the circumstances. Nothing has ever stopped any tech maker from promoting their product despite that sort of circumstance because eventually it will make it to market and everyone knows it.

    My main theories on why they have not announced it are this:

    1) (most importantly) Deep down everyone knew they were never going to announce it BEFORE Sony fired the first shot (which was planned and expected), not last year, not 2 months ago, not when the endless rumors flying around said it would. I think that is partly so they can size up the A7RV and work on their version of whatever “groundbreaking new AI” they can match or exceed blows with since AI is a massive tech buzz right now and they know they need some like-answer to Sony’s new Alpha. Personally I think “AI” (in the way Sony is using it) is somewhat of a gimmick and they have proven that by using to describe the exact thing their AF was reasonably evolving towards anyway with or without the use of the term “AI”. My hope is that it’s something more proprietary and well-rounded. To do the D850 proper means to do just that.

    2) The Z8 isn’t exactly on the front burner right now. Nikon is still rebuilding as a company and they are doing sum maths. The results are in the ads we are seeing by them. They are pushing their entry and mid-level mirrorless cameras very hard going into the holiday season during some pretty crappy inflation. The first thing you see on their ad-driven webpage is the Z30 , Z50 and Z5.

    3) On the upper end, Nikon is selling a boatload of Z9’s and they know (as cutthroat as it is) that people that were holding out for a true D850 successor have been willing to “settle” for a D6 successor out of some sort of irrational desperation.

    …I know it’s not irrational though. It’s all your fault, Z glass.

    So the bottom line is: The Z8 has already been announced. By Sony. Kinda.

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    It’s affordable??? Maybe wait when Biden is gone and democrats leave the administration

  3. DIYP community member Avatar
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    1,300g 😅