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RAW Video Output Available For The Nikon Z6 And Z7

12-bit RAW video output is available for the Nikon Z6 and Z7 following a firmware update to 2.20, along with an upgrade fee.

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Nikon has announced RAW video output can be enabled for the Nikon Z6 and Z7, with a firmware update, v2.20. The firmware update will enable 12-bit RAW video output over HDMI, so that it can be recorded to an Atomos Ninja V, as ProRes RAW. After the firmware update the support can be installed on the Z6 and Z6 cameras at a Nikon sevice centre for a £179 fee. This service is free of charge for Nikon Z6 cameras bought as part of the Z6 Essential Movie Kit.

From Nikon: London, United Kingdom, 17th December 2019: Nikon today announces RAW video output will be enabled for the Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The upgrade comes with the release of firmware 2.20.

Nikon is the first camera manufacturer to enable RAW video output direct from a full-frame mirrorless camera over HDMI. Users of the Z 7 and Z 6 cameras will be able to output a 12-bit RAW video stream to an Atomos Ninja V external recorder, which is included in the Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie Kit.1, 2 The video stream is recorded as ProRes RAW,3 which preserves colour accuracy and extends brightness and shadow details. Video shooters will benefit from maximum flexibility in post-production without slowing down the edit: ideal for HDR workflows.

After downloading the firmware 2.20 update, support for RAW video output can be installed on Z 7 and Z 6 cameras at Nikon service centres with a £179 fee. Otherwise this service will be free of charge on all Nikon Z 6 cameras that were purchased as part of the Z 6 Essential Movie Kit.4

Superior image quality is the foundation of the Nikon Z series, and enabling RAW output via HDMI is a key enhancement for videographers of every kind. The Z series will continue to respond to changing user needs and offer next-generation features through future firmware updates.

Download firmware 2.20 for your Z 7 here.

Download firmware 2.20 for your Z 6 here.

Find your Nikon service centre here.


1 Ready your Z 7 or Z 6 camera for 12-bit RAW video output. Please download the firmware 2.20 update and then take your camera to a Nikon service centre to activate RAW. Fees will apply, please contact your local Nikon service centre for more details.

2 In order to be compatible with Nikon RAW video, Atomos Ninja V external recorders may also require a firmware update. For more information, please check the Atomos website.

3 ProRes RAW is a RAW video format developed by Apple Inc. in 2018.

4 If your Z 6 was purchased as part of a Z 6 Essential Movie Kit, and does not have support for RAW video output pre-installed yet, your nearest Nikon service centre will install it free of charge. Proof of purchase is required. 

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JackAllTog Plus
11 6.2k 58 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2019 10:36PM
Makes me wonder if future camera will be a paid for body with unlockable software features.
I wonder if Nikon Creative Cloud will one day be born such that you rent camera use on a monthly basis?

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