Firmware Updates Nikon

Nikon Firmware (May 2019) for the Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras, Nikon Z 7 and Z 6: New Functions & Improvements, Including Faster Low-light AF with Both Still-image Shooting & Movie Recording

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Conor McDonnell shares his first impressions of the Nikon Z 6, and how its new movie features allowed him to create amazing travel film in a range of settings in #Dubai.

This is an update to the previous blog, Upcoming Nikon Z Series Firmware to Add Support for CFexpress memory card, Eye AF and RAW Video.

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Development of New Firmware for Nikon’s Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras, The Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6

Continuing to Adapt to Changing User Needs with the Addition of New Functions and Improvements of Capabilities

Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6: New Z series Eye-Detection AF function in action via the upcoming firmware update: Image Courtesy of Nikon

Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6: New Z series Eye-Detection AF function in action via the upcoming firmware update: Image Courtesy of Nikon

February 13, 2019

Melville, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce additional details regarding the development of new firmware for its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6. The firmware in development includes new functions for the Z 7 and Z 6, such as Eye-Detection AF, RAW video output, and support for CFexpress memory cards. In addition, the cameras’ AF/AE functions will be further improved.

The Z series will continue to flexibly respond to changing user needs and offer next-generation features that give users new creative opportunities.

Functions and capabilities to be added and improved with new firmware

1. Support for Eye-Detection AF for still image shooting (scheduled for release in May 2019)
Eye-Detection AF is convenient for portrait photography. The Eye-Detection AF in development will work not only with the AF-S (Single AF) focus mode that is convenient when photographing still human subjects, but also with the AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode, which is effective when photographing human subjects that frequently adjust or change their pose. What’s more, the function is capable of detecting multiple eyes, from which the user can select the eye upon which the camera should focus, allowing the photographer greater flexibility when photographing multiple people to suit their intent.

2. Increased AF/AE performance (scheduled for release in May 2019)
AE (auto exposure) tracking will be newly possible in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, in addition to the AF tracking that existed previously. In addition, low-light AF performance will be improved, enabling faster autofocusing in dark or dimly lit surroundings with both still-image shooting and movie recording.

3. Support for RAW video output
Output of 4K UHD and Full HD RAW data stream from the camera will be supported. The output RAW data stream can then be recorded in the compatible RAW format using an external recorder. This will allow users to utilize rich 12-bit colors to achieve flexible color grading.

Release timing for this feature will be announced at a later date.

4. Support for CFexpress memory cards
The new firmware will provide support for CFexpress, a new standard for memory cards. Having passed durability tests in which they were inserted and removed from a camera 12,000 times, these memory cards offer users a greater sense of security. They also offer high-speed performance that will provide users with a more efficient workflow. After upgrading, users will be able to use both CFexpress as well as XQD cards in their camera interchangeably. In addition to the Z 7 and Z 6, in the future, CFexpress memory card support will be added to the Nikon D5 (XQD-Type), Nikon D850, and Nikon D500 digital SLR cameras as well.

Release timing for this feature will be announced at a later date.

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About Nikon
Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo and video capture technologies; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enable visual storytelling and content creation. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products, as well as the revolutionary Nikon Z series of mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses, which achieve a new dimension in optical performance. In 2018, Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., announced the production of 110 million NIKKOR lenses, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers and visual storytellers to the Web’s most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr and Snapchat (@NikonUSASnap).

XQD is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.

CFexpress is a registered trademark of the CompactFlash Association (CFA).

Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

The following silent video presents Introducing the development of Eye AF function for Z cameras:
Our much-anticipated Eye AF function that is currently in development for the #Z7 and #Z6 can effectively detect your subject’s eyes, making focusing so much easier! You’ll capture stunning shots where focus has been clearly acquired on the subject’s eyes – good news for #portrait and #streetphotographers!

Eye AF detection portrait photographers

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