Nikon Z6 and Z7 receive Blackmagic RAW support

Today, Nikon announced a Z6 and Z7 firmware update that adds 12-bit Blackmagic RAW video support to the cameras through an external Blackmagic recorder.

This update allows users to shoot 12-bit RAW video in 4K UHD or Full HD to Blackmagic external recorders. Essentially, this update will users to edit their RAW Z6 and Z7 video without slowing down their editing workstation. Additionally, it allows for more flexibility when adjusting clip brightness and shadows.

Blackmagic Design describes its Blackmagic RAW “as new and very modern codec that’s easy to use and much better quality than popular video formats, but with all the benefits of RAW recording.”

All the new feature firmware 3.20 adds to the Nikon Z6 and Z7

Version 3.20 adds Blackmagic Design external video recorders support to the Nikon Z6 and Z7. If you have already bought the RAW video output upgrade for either camera, all you have to do is update your cameras with the update when the Blackmagic RAW firmware releases. However, if you haven’t enabled RAW output, which is done through the service center’s paid update, you must do that first before you can update. In total, this should cost you $199 and take about a week to do.

Final Cut Pro X users can now adjust sensitivity and display for ProRes RAW footage output to Atomos Ninja V. Additionally, you can adjust the color temperature. Support for NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S lenses have been added as well.

Pricing and availability

Support for 12-bit Blackmagic RAW on the Z6 and Z7 will come out February.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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