Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II now support Blackmagic RAW
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At launch, Nikon promised the Z6 II and Z7 II would receive support for Blackmagic RAW output in February 2021. With a few days left in February, Nikon is delivering on its promise.

Firmware version 1.10 for the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II adds support for RAW video output to Blackmagic Design external recorders. Ultimately, this adds a whole new option for professional video shooters using these cameras.

“As announced last week, firmware version 1.10 adds support for RAW video output to Blackmagic Design external recorders for both cameras, offering more recording options for professional video shooting,” says a Nikon representative.

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Benefits of Blackmagic RAW

Ultimately, Blackmagic RAW allows cameras to capture RAW codec at smaller video file sizes. RAW files take up a lot of space. Blackmagic’s codec negates that, offering file sizes similar to encoding techniques like h.264. So, these files are much easier to store and transfer during production and post-production. At the same time, you don’t lose any of the quality or detail you’d get with similar RAW codecs.

Key features of the 1.10 firmware update

Nikon Z6 II

  • 3840×2160; 60p and 3840×2160; 50p options now available for frame size/frame rate the Movie shooting menu
  • Improved eye-detection performance in the Auto-area AF and Wide-area AF modes
  • Blackmagic RAW support
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X users now can adjust ISO sensitivity and color temperature for ProRes Raw footage output to Atomos Ninja V

Nikon Z7 II

  • Improved eye-detection performance in the Auto-area AF and Wide-area AF modes
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X users now can adjust ISO sensitivity and color temperature for ProRes Raw footage output to Atomos Ninja V
  • Blackmagic RAW support

Pricing and availability

The Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II version 1.10 firmware updates are available now. Get the update for the Z6 II here and the Z7 II here.


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