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Nikon Z7 & Nikon Z6 Firmware Update Will Bring Eye-Detection AF & More

Nikon has announced further details on the development of new firmware for its full-frame mirrorless cameras.

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Nikon has today announced further details on the development of new firmware for its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6. The firmware will enable new functions, such as Eye-Detection AF, RAW video output, and support for CFexpress memory cards. In addition, the cameras’ AF/AE functions will be improved.

The following functions and capabilities will be delivered with the new firmware:

 

1. Support for Eye-Detection AF for still image shooting (scheduled for release in May 2019)

Eye-Detection AF is ideal for portrait photography. The Eye-Detection AF in development will work with both the AF-S (Single AF) focus mode that is useful when photographing still human subjects, and with the AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode, which is effective when photographing those that frequently adjust their pose. The function is capable of detecting multiple eyes, from which the user can select where the camera should focus, offering more flexibility when photographing multiple people.

 

2. Increased AF/AE performance (scheduled for release in May 2019)

AE (auto exposure) tracking will soon be possible in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, in addition to the current AF tracking. Low-light AF performance will also be improved, enabling faster autofocus in dark or dimly lit surroundings with both still-image shooting and movie recording.

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3. Support for RAW video output (release date to be announced)

The 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 utilise rich 12-bit colours to achieve flexible colour grading.

 

4. Support for CFexpress memory cards (release date to be announced)

The new firmware will provide support for CFexpress, a new standard for memory cards that offer users greater security. They deliver high-speed performance for a more efficient workflow. After the upgrade, users will be able to use both CF Express as well as XQD cards in their camera interchangeably. In addition to the Z7 and Z6, In the future, CFexpress memory card support will also be added to the Nikon D5 (XQD-Type), Nikon D850, and Nikon D500 cameras as well.

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Comparison Table

Nikon Z7Nikon Z6
ManufacturerNikonNikon
Image Sensor
Pixels45.7Mp (Megapixels)24.5Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)82566048
Pixels (H)55044024
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor SizeFull-frameFull-frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm35.9mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.2in3.2in
Screen resolution2100K dot2100K dots
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity32 - 10240050 - 204800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-5
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution3.6m3.6m
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting9fps12fps
Video
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 4K
Video FPS4K 30fps, FullHD 120fps4K 30fps, FullHD 120fps
Stereo SoundYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYesYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesYes
Interface
HDMIYesYes
USBUSB-CUSB-C
Wi-FiYesYes
Storage
Card Type
  • XQD
  • XQD
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeEN-EL15BEN-EL15B
Battery Life (CIPA rating)330shots310shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
Dimensions
Weight675g675g
Width134mm134mm
Height100.5mm100.5mm
Depth67.5mm67.5mm
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