Nikon’s recently released Nikon Z8 (buy here) has proven quite popular. With lots of pre-orders getting into people’s hands now, though, a dirty secret has been revealed. Nikon is actively blocking 3rd party batteries from working with it. Reports were posted to Reddit and social media from users who’ve received their cameras and found that it doesn’t work with their 3rd party EN-EL15C batteries.
While this is something Nikon has been known to do in the past, this time, it caught the attention of Right to Repair campaigner Louis Rossman. While Louis typically slates companies trying to force customers into compliance, he takes a pretty fair and objective look at the situation. Ultimately, however, he believes it’s not in Nikon’s best interests to continue doing this.