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Nikon Z9 Firmware Update Brings Improved AF and Flicker Reduction
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, July 7, 2022 @ 08:30 PM (EST)


Nikon has announced a minor firmware update for its flagship Z9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Of the two headline features, underwater shooters will be most interested in the improvements to AF tracking: Nikon claims the Z9 is now better able to track subjects that take up a smaller portion of the frame. Face and eye detection AF modes are also “stickier” in AF-C modes.

If you like taking your Z9 out of the housing to capture the action at sporting events, you’ll be pleased to hear about the other headline feature: High-Frequency Flicker Reduction mode. The Z9 already has a built-in automatic anti-flicker feature which reduces the classic 50Hz or 60Hz flicker, but the new mode allows users to fine-tune shutter speeds in very small increments (down to 1/96th EV) to deal better with the higher-frequency LED signboards typically used at sports events. 

Firmware version 2.1 for the Nikon Z9 can be downloaded here
 



PRESS RELEASE

Nikon releases firmware version 2.10 for the Nikon Z 9 full-frame mirrorless camera

MELVILLE, NY (July 6, 2022) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 2.10 for the Nikon Z 9 full-frame/FX-format mirrorless camera, which is available today.

Firmware version 2.10 introduces a new High-Frequency Flicker Reduction function. When High-Frequency Flicker Reduction is enabled in photo shooting mode, shutter speed can be fine-tuned in increments from the normal 1/3 or 1/2 EV to those as small as 1/96* EV. The ability offered by this new function to adjust shutter speed more precisely than ever before makes it possible to suppress the effects of flicker, even when signboards and lighting that use high-frequency LEDs are included in the angle of view with shooting.

AF performance has also been further improved, notably increasing AF tracking performance with small subjects (those that take up a very small portion of the frame) as well as focus accuracy when eye/face-detection AF is used with continuous-servo AF (AF-C).

Nikon will continuously meet users' needs through timely updates of firmware versions with various useful functions.

The new firmware is available for download now from the Nikon website.

For more information about the latest Nikon products, including other Z series cameras and the entire collection of NIKKOR Z lenses, please visit nikonusa.com.

*When [High-frequency flicker reduction] is enabled, shutter speed can be fine-tuned in very small increments at speeds between 1/8000 and 1/30 s.
 



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