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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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

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

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • Relatively pricey

3. Sony A1

Sony A1

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

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

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

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 6K Pro

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

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

12K cameras

1. Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro 12K

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

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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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.