Nikon has posted Z Series Firmware 3.0 which includes the following important features and improvements to the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 full-frame mirrorless cameras:
- Animal Detection AF: Just like Eye AF for humans, Animal Detection AF will reliably lock focus on a dog or cat’s eye.
- Improved Focus Tracking Operation: Turning on Subject tracking is now easy and convenient: simply press the shutter-release button halfway or hold down the AF-ON button while shooting stills in AF-C mode. Release either button and the focus point returns to its previous setting. Additionally, subject tracking can be assigned to a camera or lens Fn button for convenient tracking while using the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) in Auto-Area AF mode.
- Support for New NIKKOR Z Lenses: Firmware 3.0 adds support for advanced NIKKOR Z lens controls like those found on the NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S. Two Lens Fn buttons can be assigned, the focus limit switch can be employed and autofocusing with manual override (M/A mode) is fully supported.
- Expanded Support for CFexpress: In addition to Sony® CFexpress memory cards, Type B CFexpress cards made by ProGrade® and Lexar® are now also supported.
The following video presents Animal-detection AF for Z 7 and Z 6 Mirrorless Cameras:
“Pet photography just got easier. Version 3.00 firmware update for the #Z7 and #Z6 adds Animal-detection AF to Face/eye detection AF, recognising the eyes and faces of dogs and cats for enhanced focus.“
The video is convincing enough, especially the one showing the Eye AF locking “doggedly” on a shaggy black dog with black eyes.
Additionally, Nikon has also released Firmware 1.1 for Nikon Z 50 for the following changes:
- Movie footage shot in self-portrait mode is now filmed using AF-F (full-time autofocus), regardless of the option selected for autofocus mode.
- Added support for the focus limit switch available on certain Z mount lenses (as of February 12, 2020, only the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S). The lens Fn2 button is not supported.
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