Nikon Issues Z Series Firmware Updates
Nikon has announced the release of two new free firmware updates for its Z series mirrorless cameras that include feature additions, the company says.
Firmware Version 3.00 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras brings the addition of Animal-Detection AF, enhanced functionality of subject tracking and support for additional CFexpress memory cards, while Firmware Version 1.10 for the Z 50 DX-format mirrorless camera will offer improved autofocus operation when recording movies in self-portrait mode, allowing the camera to better maintain focus on a user’s face.
The Nikon Z series, says the company, was designed to evolve as a platform that can add features and functionality as technology advances, all while incorporating feedback from users and creators.
Firmware Version 3.00 for the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 Animal-Detection AF enables those cameras to now recognize the eyes and faces of dogs and cats, allowing users to concentrate on creativity and capture intended images without worrying about focus. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, photographers can use the camera’s left and right indicators to select the face or eye that the camera focuses on. When recording videos, face detection will be enabled.
Regarding the enhanced functionality for subject-tracking AF, subject tracking for still shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to provide a more familiar operational feel similar to that of the 3D-tracking feature built into Nikon DSLR cameras, says Nikon. To enable the feature, users can hold the AF-ON button or half-press the shutter-release button to initiate. Subject tracking disengages when users take their finger off the button, causing the camera to switch back to the original focus point before subject tracking began. Additionally, the transition from the Auto-area AF display to the subject selection display can be assigned to a custom control button, allowing for a more customized user experience. These improvements to subject tracking operation are designed to make it easier and quicker for users to activate and change the subject while looking through the viewfinder, says Nikon.
In addition to Sony CFexpress1 memory cards, select Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade Digital and Lexar will also be supported with the firmware update, the company says.
For the Z 50, firmware Version 1.10, Nikon has improved autofocus operation when recording movies in self-portrait mode. The new feature will lock focus at AF-F mode, allowing the camera to better maintain focus on a user’s face while recording video.
The firmware download center is at the following address: