Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 get major firmware updates

Nikon is releasing a few big firmware updates for the Z 7 and Z 6 that includes Eye-Detection AF, RAW video output, and support for CFexpress memory cards.

That’s right, the Z 7 and Z 6 will be able to stream 4K RAW data and use Eye-Detection autofocus. However, that’s not it. They’ve also getting a boost to their auto-focus and auto-exposure. Let’s take a closer look at what this firmware update is bringing:

Support for Eye-Detection AF for still image shooting

Nikon is currently working on bringing eye-detection to the Z 7 and Z 6. It will not only work with the AF-Z (Single AF) focus mode. It will also work with the AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode. That will allow users to continually focus whenever their human subjects make changes to their pose.

However, that’s not all. Nikon says the function will be able to detect multiple eyes, meaning the user will be able to select which the camera should focus on.

This feature should be out in May 2019.

Increased AF/AE performance

Nikon claims AE (auto exposure) tracking will be possible on the cameras in their continuous high-speed (extended) modes. Also, it will be supported by the the AF tracking that existed previously. Also being improved is the cameras’ low-light AF performance. It’s claimed to enable faster autofocusing in dark or dimly lit surroundings with both still-image shooting and video.

This update will be out May 2019.

Support for RAW output

With the new firmware, both the Z 7 and Z 6 will be able to output 4K UHD and Full HD RAW data stream. The output RAW data stream should be then be able to recorded in the compatible RAW format using an external recorder. This would then allow users to use 12-bit colors.

This update’s release date hasn’t been announced yet.

Support for CFexpress memory cards

Lastly, the cameras will support CFexpress memory cards. After upgrading, users should be able to use both CFexpress as well as XQD cards in their camera interchangeably.

Nikon also says CFexpress memory card support will be added to the Nikon D5 (XQD-Type), Nikon D850 and Nikon D500 digital SLR cameras.

These updates releases will be announced in the future.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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