Nikon Z8 with 24-120mm lens attached from on.
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Nikon adds RAW file based Pixel Shift to Nikon Z 8

Nikon has announced a new firmware update (Version 2.0) bringing a host of new features to the already impressively specified Nikon Z 8. The most intriguing is the addition of ‘Pixel Shift’ which aims to improve detail while also reducing noise levels. A further attraction is diffraction mitigation by careful use of aperture selection.

It’s not clear what the ‘effective resolution’ is from the press release but the fact that the Nikon Z 8 outputs RAW files to merge in their NX Studio utility (which was also upgraded today) is encouraging; Canon’s decision to add the functionality to the Canon EOS R5 outputting a finished JPEG missed the mark.

As always ‘the devil is in the detail’; in-camera compositing is the way to do it but it has to be done the right way. Four /and or 16 images saved in lossless compressed RAW format with the appropriate lens corrections is a minimum. Even better would be one resultant lossless RAW file (with lens correction profiles) in an existing (i.e., not a new) RAW format processed in-camera that can be read by popular parametric editors, not just Nikon’s proprietary software.

The best example of current pixel shift tech can be found in the Panasonic Lumix S1-R/Leica SL2, and if you’re a landscape shooter it’s a highly compelling feature.

It’s highly unlikely the pixel shift feature for the Nikon Z 8 follows this routine but I will test this if I can get a loaner from Nikon.



London, United Kingdom, 7th February 2024: Nikon today announces the release of its latest firmware: version 2.00 for the full-frame, FX-format mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 8.

The new firmware is the Z 8’s first major update since its launch, offering users a significant improvement to their shooting – whether that be of images or video – thanks to the inclusion of cutting-edge functions also found in the Nikon Z 9 and the Nikon Z f.

Designed with bird photographers in mind, a dedicated [Birds] feature has been added to the Z 8’s AF subject detection options, increasing bird-detection performance in a variety of high-contrast backgrounds, including forests and rocky mountains and in various states – flying or perched. This enables users to produce razor sharp shorts that surpass all expectations, even for those birds that have unique appearances that are harder to identify.

Firmware version 2.00 for the Z 8 enforces new Auto Capture functionality which introduces automatic shooting for both still images and video by pre-configuring auto capture criteria, including motion, distance, and subject detection. These options can be used either separately or together, according to the user’s needs.

Additionally, the guarantee of high-resolution photos has been made possible thanks to the new pixel shift shooting function, using dedicated software to merge multiple NEF (RAW) files. This is ideal for capturing the finest details in subjects with complex designs – such as buildings and art pieces, with precise rendering of the subject’s colours, textures, and structures.

What’s more, the firmware update also offers a new Rich Tone Portrait Picture Control, harnessing the rich tones of subjects while retaining the most intricate details – essential for portrait photography. In fact, users can now assign further functions and operations to custom control and have the option to exit zoom with a half-press release which improves the general useability of the Z 8.

But the list of functions made accessible thanks to firmware version 2.00 doesn’t end there. The full list, along with access to download – free of charge – can be found on the Nikon download centre.

Nikon continuously strives to meet users’ needs through regular firmware updates, providing a number of innovative, useful functions that set the standard for the future. To find out more visit