Have you gotten to a part in your career where 4K just doesn't cut it anymore?

Well, it might be time for an upgrade. There's no doubt that the resolutions in future projects will only get higher and higher, so why not make your next project future-proof with an 8K camera?

Learn everything you need to know about the best 8K cameras on the market in this article!

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Best 8K Cameras
Nikon Z9
  • 46MP full-frame – Continuous shooting at 30 fps
  • Best video: 8K/30p – AF system: 493-point
  • ISO: 32 - 102,400 – Shutter speeds: 1/32000s to 900s
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$7,100.00
BUY
Canon EOS R5
  • 8K RAW at 30FPS – 4K at 120FPS and amazing stills with 45MP
  • 5-axis IBIS – advanced animal autofocus
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in both 8k and 4k – 8k internal 4:2:2 10-bit
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$3,899.00
BUY
SONY Alpha A1
  • 50.1MP CMOS Sensor – Continuous shooting: 10fps
  • Best video: 8K/30p – AF system: 759-point
  • ISO: 100 - 32,000 – Shutter speeds: 1/8000s to 30s
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$6,498.00
BUY
Insta360 Pro II
  • Best video: 8K/30p – Max photo resolution: 12000x12000 pixels
  • ISO: 100 - 6,400 – Shutter speeds: 1/8000s to 30s
  • 360 VR & 3D capture – 6 x F2.4 fisheye lenses
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$4,999.95
BUY
Z CAM E2-F8
  • 61MP full-frame CMOS sensor – Best video: 8K/30p
  • 8192 x 3456 pixels – Shutter speeds: up to 1/8000s
  • Compact modular design – Full frame anamorphic without crop
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$5,995.00
BUY

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8K camera definition

What is an 8K camera?

An 8K camera is a camera that shoots with a resolution between 7680 to 8192 x 2160 to 8192 pixels. Any resolution between these pixels is considered 8K resolution.

The most common 8K resolution is 7680x4320 pixels, which is also the resolution used for filming Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol. 2.

The 8K camera market is still relatively small because the cameras tend to be expensive to produce and, therefore, retail for a high price.

The 9 best 8K cameras in 2022

1. Nikon Z9

Nikon Z9
  • 46MP full-frame – Continuous shooting at 30 fps
  • Best video: 8K/30p – AF system: 493-point
  • ISO: 32 - 102,400 – Shutter speeds: 1/32000s to 900s
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$7,100.00
BUY

Key features

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Mount: Nikon Z mount
  • Sensor: 46MP full-frame
  • Continuous shooting: 30 fps
  • AF system: 493-point
  • Shutter speeds: 1/32000s to 900 s
  • ISO: 32 - 102,400
  • Best video: 8K/30p
  • Screen: 3.2″ 2.09M-dot
  • Video Resolution: 7680 x 4320 pixels

Pros

  • Great overall quality
  • Amazing still and video capture
  • Weather sealed
  • Great performing Electronic Viewfinder
  • Built-in vibration reduction

Cons

  • Fairly heavy and bulky

2. Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5
  • 8K RAW at 30FPS – 4K at 120FPS and amazing stills with 45MP
  • 5-axis IBIS – advanced animal autofocus
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in both 8k and 4k – 8k internal 4:2:2 10-bit
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$3,899.00
BUY

Key features

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Mount: Canon RF
  • Sensor: 45MP Full Frame
  • Continuous shooting: 20 fps
  • AF system: 1053-point
  • Shutter speeds: 1/8000s to 30 s
  • ISO: 100 - 51,200
  • Best video: 8K/30p
  • Screen: 3.15″ 2.1M-dot
  • Video Resolution: 8192 x 5464 pixels

Canon EOS R5

Pros

  • Great video recording
  • Great image sensor
  • Good autofocus system
  • Uncropped internal 8K video capture

Cons

  • Relatively pricey

3. Sony A1

SONY Alpha A1
  • 50.1MP CMOS Sensor – Continuous shooting: 10fps
  • Best video: 8K/30p – AF system: 759-point
  • ISO: 100 - 32,000 – Shutter speeds: 1/8000s to 30s
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$6,498.00
BUY

Key features

  • Type: Mirrorless
  • Mount: Sony E Lens Mount
  • Sensor: 50.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Continuous shooting: 10 fps
  • AF system: 759-point
  • Shutter speeds: 1/8000s to 30 s
  • ISO: 100 - 32,000
  • Best video: 8K/30p
  • Screen: 3.2″ 1.44M-dot
  • Video Resolution: 7680 x 4320 pixels

Sony A1

Pros

  • Incredible image resolution
  • Great electronic shutter
  • Great burst photo capabilities
  • Compact

Cons

  • High FPS shooting will lower image quality
  • It might not fit your hands

4. Insta360 Pro II

Insta360 Pro II
  • Best video: 8K/30p – Max photo resolution: 12000x12000 pixels
  • ISO: 100 - 6,400 – Shutter speeds: 1/8000s to 30s
  • 360 VR & 3D capture – 6 x F2.4 fisheye lenses
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$4,999.95
BUY

Key features

  • Type: 360 Camera
  • Mount: N/A
  • Max photo resolution: 12000x12000 pixels
  • Continuous shooting: 10 fps
  • AF system: N/A
  • Shutter speeds: 1/8000s to 30 s
  • ISO: 100 - 6,400
  • Best video: 8K/30p
  • Screen: N/A
  • Video Resolution: 7680 x 7680 pixels 3D (7680 x 3840 pixels 2D)

Pros

  • Incredible resolutions
  • 360 VR capture
  • 8K capture while live streaming 4K
  • 3D capture
  • Remote control
  • Portable

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Requires Adobe Premier to get the most out of it
  • Internal microphone quality is sub-par

5. RED Epic-W 8K S35 pro camera

RED Epic-W 8K

Key features

  • Type: Cinema
  • Sensor: 35.4MP CMOS
  • ISO: 100 - 3,200
  • Best video: 8K/30p
  • Video Resolution: 8192 x 4320 pixels

Pros

  • Incredible video capture
  • Loads of attachments
  • Ready for most cinematic projects

Cons

  • Very pricey

6. RED MONSTRO 8K VV

Key features

  • Type: Cinema
  • Sensor: 35.4MP CMOS
  • ISO: 100 - 12,800
  • Best video: 8K/60p
  • Video Resolution: 8192 x 4320 pixels

Pros

  • 60 fps video capture
  • Great ISO performance
  • Ready for most cinematic projects
  • Good dynamic range

Cons

  • Very pricey

7. Sony UHC-8300

Key features

  • Type: Cinema
  • Mount: ARIB TR-B37
  • Sensor: 3x 1.25in 8K sensor
  • Shutter speeds: 1/2000s to 1/100 s
  • Best video: 8K/60p
  • Video Resolution: 7680 x 4320 pixels

Pros

  • Incredible 3X 8K sensor
  • Great video capture
  • Ready for most cinema projects
  • Overall high quality

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Heavy

8. Sony F65 CineAlta

Sony F65 CineAlta

Key features

  • Type: Cinema
  • Mount: PL - 52mm
  • Sensor: 20MP 8K sensor Super 35 CMOS
  • Best video: 8K/30p
  • Video Resolution: 7680 x 4320 pixels

Pros

  • Great audio quality
  • Great video recording quality
  • Good dynamic range
  • Good color filters

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Heavy

9. Z CAM E2-F8

Z CAM E2-F8
  • 61MP full-frame CMOS sensor – Best video: 8K/30p
  • 8192 x 3456 pixels – Shutter speeds: up to 1/8000s
  • Compact modular design – Full frame anamorphic without crop
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$5,995.00
BUY

Key features

  • Type: Cinema
  • Mount: EF mount
  • Sensor: 61MP full-frame CMOS sensor
  • Shutter speeds: up to 1/8000s
  • Best video: 8K/30p
  • Video Resolution: 8192 x 3456 pixels

Pros

  • Relatively affordable
  • Compact
  • Modular design
  • Full frame anamorphic without crop

Cons

The best 6K camera

1. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro
  • Super 35 sensor – 13-stops dynamic range
  • Dual native ISO – 400 and 3200 up to 25,600
  • Record 6K 6144 x 3456 – up to 50 fps
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$2464.95
BUY

Key features

  • Type: Cinema
  • Mount: Canon EF lens mount
  • Sensor: 21.2MP Super 35mm
  • Continuous shooting: 10 fps
  • ISO: 400 - 25,600
  • Best video: 6K/50p
  • Screen: 5.0″
  • Video Resolution: 6144 x 3456 pixels

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K Pro

Pros

  • Great image quality
  • Compatible with a wide range of lenses
  • Relatively cheap
  • Great focusing capabilities
  • Good dynamic range
  • Great ISO range

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Fixed screen

The best 12K camera

1. Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K

Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K
  • Super35 HDR CMOS Sensor – 12K 17:9-60 fps/12K 2.4:1-75 fps
  • 4K Super16 up to 220 fps – 80MP/frame Blackmagic Raw
  • DCI 8K to 120 fps – 14 Stops Dynamic Range
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON
$6,385.00
BUY

Key features

  • Type: Cinema
  • Mount: PLmount
  • Sensor: 80MP Super 35mm
  • ISO: 200 - 3,200
  • Best video: 12K/60p
  • Video Resolution: 12,288 x 6480 pixels

12K cameras

Pros

  • Incredible 12K recording capabilities
  • Versatile recording capabilities
  • Compatible with external SSD hard drives
  • Built-in ND filters

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Lack of image stabilization

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About the instructors

Kristian Kettner

Kristian Kettner

Film Creator

Risskov, Denmark

Kristian Kettner is a colorist, workflow specialist, and film creator. He started with wedding videography to being the lead colorist on a feature film.

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Mazdak Luyeh

Creative Philosopher

Copenhagen, Denmark

OUTFOX, founded by Mazdak Luyeh, is a bold Danish PR and communication agency that gathers clever ideas and tell amazing stories with visual expressions that focus on quality.

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Gustav Sloth

Filmmaker

Aarhus, Denmark

Gustav Idun Sloth is a filmmaker and a co-founder of Movimentum together with Marcus Hasselgaard. They are two creative minds who are passionate about making movies and telling stories.

FAQ

How much does an 8K camera cost?

It can cost from $4,000 to $50,000.

What is an 8K camera?

An 8K camera is a camera that shoots with a resolution between 7680 to 8192 x 2160 to 8192 pixels.

Which is the best 8K camera in the world?

Nikon Z9.

Which camera can shoot in 8K?

Nikon Z9, Canon EOS R5, Sony A1, Insta360 Pro II, RED Epic-W 8K S35 pro camera, RED MONSTRO 8K VV, Sony UHC-8300, Sony F65 CineAlta, and Z CAM E2-F8.

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