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The Nikon Z-Series Cameras get a Firmware Update

- 4 years ago

Nikon’s three musketeers have been great cameras straight out the box, but as it goes, there’s always room for improvement. Nikon has announced firmware updates for all three models to not only help their performance but also make your lives that little bit easier. Firmware version 3.00 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, and version 1.10 for the Z 50 DX-format mirrorless camera.

Updating the Z6/7 firmware to version 3.00 adds a new Animal-detection AF feature to the current Face/eye-detection AF. While Face/eye-detection AF recognises human faces and eyes, Animal-detection AF recognises the eyes and faces of dogs and cats for enhanced focusing. Animal-detection AF takes care of focus for you, so you can concentrate on framing images creatively. Subject tracking has also been modified to function more like the 3D-tracking feature in Nikon digital SLR cameras, giving greater ease of use. Support for additional CFexpress memory card brands has also been added.

Nikon Z7
Nikon Z7 in-hand during our recent review.

Firmware version 1.10 for the Z 50 improves AF operation when recording self-portraits in Movie mode. This improvement was made in response to user demands for the camera to maintain focus on the faces being recorded. Nice to see the company listening to its users and offering firmware to meet their demands.

Functions improved with these firmware updates

Z6/7 firmware Ver. 3.00

  1. Animal-detection AF for automatic focusing on the face and/or eyes of dogs and cats

Animal-detection AF adds support for dogs and cats to the face and eye detection feature. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, the multi-selector or touch operation can be used to select the face or eye on which the camera will focus. In video recording, the faces of animals can be detected.

  1. Increased usability for Subject-tracking AF

Subject tracking with still-image shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to give an operational feel more like 3D-tracking in Nikon digital SLR cameras. The camera tracks the subject while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is held down. Subject tracking ends when the user takes their finger off the button and the focus point selected before subject tracking began is reactivated, for increased operability. In addition, the transition from Auto-area AF display to Subject selection display can be assigned to a custom control. These changes all improve subject-tracking operation and make it easier to activate and change the target subject while looking through the viewfinder.

  1. Support for CFexpress memory cards

In addition to Sony CFexpress memory cards, Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade and Lexar will also be supported with Z 7/Z 6 firmware Ver. 3.00.

Z 50 firmware Ver. 1.10

Modification of control specifications for recording self-portraits in Movie mode

Currently, when self-portraits are recorded in Movie mode, the focus mode is locked at AF-S mode. With the update to Ver. 1.10, the focus mode will be locked at AF-F mode. This change improves operation by allowing the camera to maintain focus on the user’s face in movie recording.

Nikon Z50 front tilt

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.