Nikon Announces firmware Update including Eye-Detection AF, & extended low-light AF for Z 6 & Z 7 Cameras
Main functions included in the upgrade:
- Eye-Detection autofocus [AF] in stills mode
- Extension of the low-light AF detection range
- Addition of auto-exposure [AE] tracking capability to continuous high-speed [extended] mode
Firmware version 2.0 primary features
1. Eye-Detection autofocus [AF] in stills mode
The new Eye-Detection AF function automatically identifies and centres on human eyes in the auto-area AF [AF-S, AF-C] mode.
When eyes of multiple people are detected, the multi-selector or sub-selector can be used to select which eye the camera focuses on, even when looking through the Electric View Finder [EVF]. Once the image is taken, the user can quickly verify that the image is in focus by pressing the ‘OK’ button to zoom in on the eye that was the intended focus target.
2. Extended low-light AF detection range
Version 2.0 firmware allows for faster autofocus when recording in dark or dimly lit scenarios, with both stills and video capture. It extends the AF detection range from −1 EV to −2 EV on the Z 7, and from −2 EV to −3.5 EV on the Z 6. When the Z 6’s low-light AF function is enabled, the available low-light AF detection range is extended from −4 EV to −6 EV, so it will be able to autofocus with even darker conditions.
3. Auto-exposure [AE] tracking in continuous high-speed [extended] mode
Previously, exposure was locked with the first shot in a burst of high-speed continuous shooting. Firmware version 2.0 adds support for AE tracking in continuous high-speed [extended] mode, enabling the cameras to track exposure just as it does focus [AF tracking]. This assures that all images captured with a burst of high-speed continuous shooting are not only in focus, but also show optimal exposure, even when the brightness of the scene changes during the burst.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to download the update, which is completely free of charge, from Nikon’s Download Centre.