Nikon develops new firmware for Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras

Nikon has announced the development of new firmware for the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. With this firmware, photographers will be able to take advantage of new features such as AF with eye recognition, RAW video output and support for CFexpress memory cards. In addition, the AF/AE functions of these cameras will be improved.

Full review and test shots of the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera


The new firmware will unlock the following features:

1. Support for AF with eye recognition when taking photos will become available in May 2019

Autofocus AF with eye recognition is indispensable for portrait photography. It will be available in both AF-S single AF focusing mode for capturing people holding the same pose and AF-C continuous AF mode for capturing people frequently changing body positions. This feature is capable of recognizing multiple pairs of eyes at once, giving the photographer the ability to choose the subject to focus on, increasing convenience during group photography.

2. Improved AF/AE function will become available in May 2019

In addition to tracking AF, AE automatic exposure tracking will soon be available in continuous high-speed extended mode. In addition, AF settings in low light will be improved, which will reduce autofocus time during photo and video shooting.

3. RAW video output support date to be announced

This feature allows the camera to transmit data in RAW format with a resolution of 4K UHD and Full HD. RAW data stream can be recorded in a compatible RAW format using an external device. This will enable the use of a rich palette of 12-bit colors, thereby expanding color correction capabilities.

4. Support for CFexpress memory cards date to be announced

Cameras will support the new CFexpress* memory card standard for enhanced security. These cards increase both speed and performance. After the upgrade, camera owners will be able to install memory cards of both standards: CFexpress and XQD*. In addition to the Z 7 and Z 6, CFexpress will be available in Nikon D5 XQD type , Nikon D850 and Nikon D500 digital SLR cameras in the future


Nikon will continue to improve its Z-series cameras to meet the needs of photographers in order to provide them with advanced imaging tools and offer new ways for creative expression.

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