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Nikon Z Series Mirrorless Camera Firmware Update

The latest firmware updates include Animal-Detection AF support for the Nikon Z 50 and better subject-tracking auto focus.

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Nikon has today announced a new firmware update - version 2.00 for the APS-C (Nikon DX-format) Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera, and firmware version 3.10 for the full-frame (Nikon FX-format) Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 mirrorless cameras. 

The Z 50 update (firmware version 2.00) includes the addition of Animal-Detection AF support, making it possible for the camera to detect the eyes and faces of dogs and cats - a feature that's already available on the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 cameras. The update also includes improved subject tracking with still-image shooting and support for the new Z Teleconverters. 

Commenting on the firmware updates, Nikon said: "Subject tracking with still-image shooting in AF-A, AF-C, and auto-area AF in AF-area mode has been modified for a greater and more flexible operational feel. The camera tracks the subject while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway and ends when the user takes their finger off the button. Operation has improved so that the focus point returns to the original position before subject tracking.

A custom control can also be configured for switching between the auto-area AF screen and the subject tracking screen, allowing users to more easily transition to subject tracking, or to change the target subject while looking through the viewfinder.

Animal-Detection AF adds support for photographing dogs and cats with the face and eye detection feature. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, the user can use the left and right indicators to choose where the camera focuses. Only animal faces (not eyes) are recognised with video recording."

As well as new firmware, Nikon has also introduced new software which enables users to turn their Nikon camera into a webcam. The beta version of Webcam Utility will be released early August and both DSLR and Mirrorless camera owners will be able to use the software on Windows. Future Nikon mirrorless and digital SLR cameras are also scheduled to be compatible with this new software.

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