Nikon Z8 vs Sony a6000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z8 and Sony a6000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon Z8 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony a6000 is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon Z8 were released 2023 and Sony a6000 was released 2014. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon Z8 2023
Sony a6000 2014

Type of camera

Both these cameras are Mirrorless cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon Z8 has a "Nikon FX"-sensor while Sony a6000 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon Z8 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier
Sony a6000 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Nikon Z8 has a 46 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a6000 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon Z8 46 MP
45441024 pixels
8256 x 5504
Sony a6000 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Nikon Z8 has a 89 % larger resolution than Sony a6000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z8 has a larger ISO-range than Sony a6000. Nikon Z8 has an ISO range that stretches from 32 to 102400 while Sony a6000 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z8 32-102400
Sony a6000 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z8
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a6000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon Z8 can shoot up to 30 pictures per seconds and Sony a6000 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z8 30
Sony a6000 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon Z8 and Sony a6000 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon Z8 weighs 910 gr (equal to 2.01 lb) which is 165% heavier than Sony a6000 and its 344 gr (or 0.76 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon Z8 910 gr
2.01 lb
Sony a6000 344 gr
0.76 lb

Nikon Z8 vs Sony a6000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon Z8 and Sony a6000, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Name Nikon Z8 Sony a6000
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Release Year 2023 2014
Release Date 2023-05-10 2014-02-12
MSRP 3999 USD 799 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Camera Type Mirrorless Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Sensor Size Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type Stacked CMOS CMOS
Resolution 8256 x 5504 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 46 MP 24 MP
Image Processor Bionz X
Image
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
ISO Range 32 - 102400 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 9 10
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Sensor-shift (Synchro VR with select lenses))
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 493 179
Lens Mount Nikon Z

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
Example:
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Articulated LCD Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3.2 3
Screen dots 2088960 921600
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 1.05 (0.7 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 3686400 N/A
Photography features
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Frames per second 30 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 900 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/32000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash No Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 6 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
H.265
MPEG4
AVCHD
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
7680 x 4320
1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
HDMI Output No Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port Yes No
Wireless Yes
Built-In
Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n with NFC)
Remote Control Yes (via app) Yes (wired or PC)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon Z8
Sony a6000
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details EN-EL15c
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 340 shots 360 shots
Width 144 mm 120 mm
Height 119 mm 67 mm
Depth 83 mm 45 mm
Weight 910 gram 344 gram