8K Camera SHOOTOUT! Nikon Z8 vs Sony A1 vs Canon R5 C!

Are you a photography enthusiast or a professional looking to invest in a top-of-the-line camera? If so, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog, we will be diving deep into the world of 8K cameras, comparing three giants in the industry: Nikon Z8, Sony A1, and Canon R5 C. With the advent of ultra-high resolution and stunning image quality, these cameras have set a new benchmark for photographers and videographers alike. Join us as we analyze their features, performance, and overall value for money to help you make an informed decision when choosing your next cutting-edge camera.

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It’s Jordan Drake here to talk about the best camera for shooting 8K video, which some of you Maniacs have decided that you actually need. So, I’ve got three of my favorite 8K compatible cameras here: the Sony A1, the Canon r5c, and I don’t have an extra hand for the Nikon Z8. Let’s see what’s the best!

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Criteria for the best camera

I had a few criteria that I wanted to maintain for which cameras we were looking at here. First of all, I wanted to be able to capture full width 8K video, so no need to worry about a crop unlike the Sony A7R5. Also, I was looking for compact hybrid bodies, cameras that are great for both photography and capturing video. Lastly, these are cameras that I have a lot of experience with, having shot projects on them and recorded full reviews for each one.


In third place for handling is the Sony A1. While it may look enormous, my major issue with this camera is that it has a lot of controls that are dedicated for photography but won’t work for video tracking. The body is also a bit too small for my hands, especially when adding accessories like monitors and mics.

In second place is the Nikon Z8, which feels fantastic in my hands and has a great interface with physical controls. However, it lacks a fully articulating screen, which may be a downside for some users.

First place goes to the Canon r5c, which has buttons that can be customized for both photo and video modes. It is very intuitive to use, with a great grip and balance. The only drawback is its micro HDMI port, which is not of the best quality.


In last place for displays is the Nikon Z8, which lacks a fully articulating display and has a lower resolution. While it has some cool features for photographers, it doesn’t provide the level of detail needed for shooting video.

In second place is the Sony A1, which has a tilt display and the lowest resolution. However, it has an incredibly detailed electronic viewfinder that stays sharp even when shooting 8K video.

First place goes to the Canon r5c, which has a fully articulating and detailed LCD panel, along with a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. It offers the best combination of usability and detail for shooting 8K video.

Battery Life

In last place for battery life when recording 8K 10-bit internally is the Canon r5c, which lasts just over half an hour.

In second place is the Nikon Z8, which records just over a full hour, twice as long as the Canon r5c.

First place goes to the Sony A1, which records an hour and 45 minutes thanks to its powerful battery.

Experience with 8K Video

Let’s stop the camera competition for a few moments to discuss the massive amount of computing power required to work with 8K video. In my office where I record the petapixel podcast, I talk about my experience with 8K video and the challenges it presents.

8K Camera SHOOTOUT! Nikon Z8 vs Sony A1 vs Canon R5 C

8K Camera SHOOTOUT! Nikon Z8 vs Sony A1 vs Canon R5 C

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which brands are included in this camera shootout?
The camera shootout compares the performance of Nikon Z8, Sony A1, and Canon R5 C.
2. What is the main focus of this camera shootout?
This camera shootout focuses on comparing the capabilities and features of these 8K cameras in various shooting scenarios.
3. What are the key specifications of the Nikon Z8?
The Nikon Z8 features a high-resolution 45MP sensor, 8K video recording, advanced autofocus system, and a range of compatible lenses.
4. What are the key specifications of the Sony A1?
The Sony A1 boasts a 50.1MP sensor, 8K video recording at 30fps, remarkable burst shooting speeds, superior low-light performance, and a versatile lens lineup.
5. What are the key specifications of the Canon R5 C?
The Canon R5 C offers a 45MP sensor, 8K raw video recording, excellent image stabilization, and seamless integration with Canon’s lens ecosystem.
6. What shooting scenarios are covered in this camera shootout?
This camera shootout evaluates performance in different conditions such as low-light photography, action shots, 8K video recording capabilities, and overall image quality.
7. How can I determine which camera is best for my needs?
The camera shootout aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each camera, helping you make an informed decision based on your specific requirements.
8. Where can I find the results of this camera shootout?
You can find the detailed results, comparisons, sample images, and videos on our website, where we will publish an in-depth review of the camera shootout.

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