Nikon releases firmware update for Z 9

Nikon has released new firmware for its flagship Nikon Z 9 full-frame FX-format mirrorless camera. Firmware version 5.00 is the fourth major update since the release of the Z 9.

Auto Capture

Nikon says the new firmware for the Nikon Z 9 increases the camera’s usability for sports photography. The Auto Capture feature now allows you to specify the shooting start date and time along with the duration in advance. Auto Capture shoots still image bursts or records video automatically when the camera detects that the subject meets the conditions that you have defined. In addition, you can now use Auto Capture to shoot using the DX crop (24×16) image area. The update also adds Airplanes AF subject-detection mode and the display of a yellow frame when the camera is in standby.

Other sports photography features

The Nikon Z 9 firmware update adds a low-speed item to High-Speed Frame Capture+ options for increased usability with continuous shooting. In addition, the High-Frequency Flicker Reduction feature has been enhanced. There are now new frequency presets for common LED lighting and signboards to prevent issues with your images.

Enhanced portrait features

The Nikon Z 9 firmware update adds Rich Tone Portrait Picture Control. This is suitable for creating base images in situations that require retouching, such as weddings and studio photography. Other functions designed to improve portrait photography, including Portrait Impression Balance and Skin Softening, have also been incorporated.

Other new features

The Nikon Z 9 firmware update adds a range of features designed to enhance the camera’s operability. You can now manage the shooting modes for photo mode and video mode separately. Previously these were linked. The playback speed for videos can also now be specified in advance from the i menu. The options are Original speed, 1/2 speed and 1/4 speed. In addition, manual focusing is now possible with maximum aperture live view in manual focus mode. A full list of new features and enhancements is available on the download page for the update.

What we think

The latest firmware update for the Nikon Z 9 adds some great new features for sports and portrait photographers. While there is little in the update for video shooters, it’s still worth installing. There are often bug fixes and stability improvements included with firmware updates.


Firmware version 5.00 for the Nikon Z 9 is available to download from the Nikon website now.

Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies
Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.

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