In case you haven’t heard, all three mirrorless cameras in Nikon’s Z system have received firmware updates. The upgrades are mostly centered around each camera’s respective AF system.
The Eye-AF algorithms used by the Z 6 and Z 7 will now recognize animal eyes, helping you capture those picture-perfect moments with all members of the family. Tracking AF has also been improved, and support for new types of CFexpress memory cards.
As for the Z 50, vloggers and other solo movie-makers using the lean, mean, DX-format machine will be pleased to hear that AF in self-portrait mode has been redesigned for maximum efficacy.
Keep an eye on our Latest Firmware list to make sure you’re always getting the best out of your beloved camera gear. If you’re not sold on the importance, give these reasons a read! If you get it but you’re lacking the confidence to make an update, you are always more than welcome to leave a comment below or contact a Mike’s Camera near you and we will be more than happy to help you out.
Official press release
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the release of firmware Ver. 3.00 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras and Ver. 1.10 for the Z 50 DX-format mirrorless camera. These latest updates offer several significant improvements and feature additions to make Nikon’s Z series mirrorless cameras even more powerful.
The Nikon Z series is designed to evolve and adapt; it’s a capable platform that adds features and functionality as technology advances, all while incorporating feedback from users and creators.
Firmware Ver. 3.00 for the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 adds the following features:
• Addition of Animal-Detection AF: The Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 will now recognize the eyes and faces of dogs and cats, allowing users to concentrate on their creativity and easily capture intended images without worrying about focus. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, photographers can use the camera’s left and right indicators to select the face or eye that the camera focuses on. When recording videos, face detection will be enabled.
• Enhanced Functionality for subject-tracking AF: Subject tracking for still shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to provide a more familiar operational feel similar to that of 3D-tracking feature built into Nikon DSLR cameras. To enable the feature, users can hold the AF-ON button or half-press the shutter-release button to initiate. Subject tracking disengages when users take their finger off the button, causing the camera to switch back to the original focus point before subject tracking began. Additionally, the transition from the Auto-area AF display to the subject selection display can be assigned to a custom control button, allowing for a more customized user-experience. These improvements to subject tracking operation will make it easier and quicker for users to activate and change the subject while looking through the viewfinder.
• Support for CFexpress memory cards: In addition to Sony® CFexpress (1) memory cards, select Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade Digital® and Lexar® will also be supported with the firmware update.
For further information and to download the free firmware please visit NikonUSA.com/evolve
Firmware Ver. 1.10 for the Nikon Z 50:
• Improved AF Operation in Movie Mode: Nikon has improved autofocus operation in the Z 50 when recording movies in self-portrait mode. The new feature will lock focus at AF-F mode, allowing the camera to better maintain focus on a user’s face while recording video.
To learn more about the Z 50 firmware upgrade or to download free of charge, please visit here.
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