Nikon announces new firmware for Z6 & Z7 cameras

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Nikon today announced the release of Firmware version 2.0 for their Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. The new firmware is made to enhance the performance of its full-frame mirrorless cameras to up to an extent. The new firmware brings the following changes to the lineup.

Primary features of the new Firmware

Eye-Detection AF with still-image shooting

The new firmware offers the Eye-Detection AF function that automatically detects and focuses on human eyes in the auto-area AF (AF-S, AF-C) mode. When the eyes of multiple human subjects are detected, the multi-selector or sub-selector can be used to select the eye upon which the camera should focus. This enables focus on the intended individual even when looking through the Electronic Viewfinder. This function is applicable even when the subject’s face is partially covered by another object.

Improvement AF performance improvements in low-light situations

The new firmware enables even faster autofocusing when capturing dark or dimly lit scenes in stills and videos. It will extend the low-light AF detection range down from −1 EV to −2 EV with the Z 7, and from −2 EV to −3.5 EV with the Z 6. In addition, the Z 6 will be able to autofocus with even darker scenes, as the available low-light AF detection range1 will be extended from −4 EV to −6 EV.

AE tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode

With earlier firmware versions, auto exposure was locked with the first shot in a burst of high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9 fps (Z 7) or 12 fps (Z 6) in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. Firmware Ver. 2.0, however, adds support for AE tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, allowing the cameras to track exposure just as it does focus (AF tracking). This ensures that all images captured with a burst of high-speed continuous shooting are in focus and exhibit optimal exposure, even when the brightness of the scene changes.

The new firmware can be downloaded from Nikon’s Download Center at the following link:

https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/

The detailed information on how to update the camera is available on the above link itself.

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