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Nikon Releases Major Firmware Updates for the Z6 and Z7
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, February 19, 2020 @ 07:00 AM (EST)

Nikon has unveiled firmware version 3.00 for the Z6 and Z7, a major update bringing new features and improvements to the company’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. The latest Z6 firmware and Z7 firmware offer the same new functionality and improvements, including support for ProGrade and Lexar CFexpress memory cards, new animal-detection AF (sadly only applicable to cats and dogs), and improved subject-tracking autofocus (more closely resembling the 3D-tracking mode found on Nikon DSLRs, according to the company).

Find out the details about the new firmware updates below.
 



FROM THE NIKON WEBSITE

  • Added support for ProGrade and Lexar CFexpress memory cards (Type B). For more information, see the Nikon website for your country or region.
  • Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) now offers an Animal detection option that adds dogs and cats to the subjects supported by face- and eye-detection autofocus. As a result, the camera can now detect and focus on the faces and eyes of dogs and cats. Animal face detection (but not eye detection) is also available in movie mode.
  • Improved the functionality of subject-tracking AF (available when Auto-area AF is selected for AF-area mode) as follows:
    • Subject-tracking AF can now be initiated via the Fn1 or Fn2 button on the camera or the Fn1 or Fn2 button on the lens. Subject-tracking AF must first be assigned to the control using Custom Setting f2 (Custom control assignment) in Group f (Controls) of the CUSTOM SETTING MENU or Custom Setting g2 (Custom control assignment).
    • The behavior of the camera when tracking is end by pressing the AF-ON button or by pressing the shutter-release button halfway with AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) and subject-tracking AF enabled in photo mode has been changed to more closely resemble that of the 3D-tracking option for digital SLR cameras.
  • Custom Setting f2 (Custom control assignment) in Group f (Controls) of the CUSTOM SETTING MENU now offers a Lens Fn2 button option, which can be used to choose the role played by the L-Fn2 button available on certain Z mount lenses (as of February 12, 2020, only the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S).
  • Added support for the focus limit switch available on certain Z mount lenses (as of February 12, 2020, only the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S).
  • Optimized the responsiveness of the switch to manual focus when the focus or control ring on a Z mount lens is rotated during autofocus. Note that the control ring only functions in this capacity when assigned the Focus (M/A) role.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • When Viewfinder brightness was adjusted manually, brightness would sometimes change when the standby timer was restarted.
    • iOS devices running iOS 13 would sometimes display a Bluetooth pairing request when pairing was complete.
    • Horizontal lines would sometimes appear in photographs.
    • Note: For information on the license for the open-source software included in the camera’s NVM Express driver, see “BSD License (NVM Express Driver)”.

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