New firmware for Z6 & Z7 with AF improvements in May 2019

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New firmware for Z6 & Z7 with AF improvements in May 2019

Postby Stany Buyle » Thu 14 Feb 2019 10:28

There is an official announcement for the upcoming new firmware for Z6 & Z7 cameras.

From the Nikon USA website:

February 13, 2019

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
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.

:arrow: related topic on this website: CFexpress as a breakthrough for Nikon Z

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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.


:arrow: related topic on this website: CFexpress as a breakthrough for Nikon Z
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New firmware for Z6 & Z7 with AF improvements: more details

Postby Stany Buyle » Wed 27 Feb 2019 09:36

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Re: New firmware for Z6 & Z7 with AF improvements in May 201

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Z7 and Z6 new firmware on May 16

Postby Stany Buyle » Thu 25 Apr 2019 08:22

Early this morning I saw a message on Dpreview by "gestaltdev" mentioning that the new firmware for Z6 & Z7 will be released on May 16th
:arrow: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62594614
gestaltdev wrote:
Release date 16 May


Later on I saw it confirmed on the YouTube channel of Nikon Europe:

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Re: New firmware for Z6 & Z7 with AF improvements in May 201

Postby Stany Buyle » Sat 13 Jul 2019 10:41

Good review on the eye AF feature by Dpreview

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