Photons to Photos published a report on the Nikon Z8 low light performance and dynamic range. One would think that being the newest pro level camera, that it would have better dynamic range than the Canon R5, but while close, it isn't so. Does the Nikon Z8 have better dynamic range or does the Canon EOS R5 have better dynamic range, and does the result really matter

Model name Maximum dynamic range low light ISO Low light EV
Z8 11.32 4224 10.40
Z9 11.30 4144 10.37
Z7II 11.60 4157 10.38
α1 11.36 5215 10.70
α7R V 11.70 5244 10.71
Canon EOS R5 11.85 5435 10.76
S1R 11.37 4522 10.50

While the dynamic range is a little better than the Z9, the difference is negligible.

When compared to the Sony A7 R5 or the Canon R5, there is more range, but real world won't deliver a huge difference.
The Z8's dynamic range and high-sensitivity noise measurements are pretty much the same as the Z9, so it's safe to assume that the Z8 and Z9 use the same sensor.

The dynamic range of the Z8 is almost the same as the α1, which also has a stacked sensor. The Z8's dynamic range is a little narrower than the non-stacked sensor a7R V and EOS R5, but it's roughly on par with the S1R. In addition, it seems that Nikon machines tend to have slightly lower values overall than Sony and Canon for high-sensitivity measurements.

Derek is a writer, video and stills shooter who has been in the video graphics industry since the 1980s. Derek is a founding member of the Camera Insider.

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