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Nikon Updates Full-Frame Z Firmware Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

14 April 2022

Nikon has announced it will release firmware version 2 for its full-frame mirrorless Z 9 and firmware version 1.40 for its full-frame mirrorless Z 7II and Nikon Z 6II on April 20.

Z 9

Highlights of the new Z 9 firmware include:

  • Significantly enhancements to video and stills feature set
  • In-camera 12-bit Raw video at up to 8K 60p and oversampling at 4K UHD 60p
  • New N-Raw (.NEV file) video format allows for much more recording time and less intensive workflow in a variety of formats
  • Dedicated video info display gives various video recording settings at a glance
  • Enhancements to autofocus and high-speed image capture
  • New Pre-Release Capture function acquires hard-to-predict moments easier than ever before
  • 20 types of Custom Wide-Area AF selection patterns have been added
  • High fps viewfinder display function increases the refresh rate to 120fps for an even smoother, more lifelike view


Highlights of the new Z 7II nd Z 6II firmware include:

- Enhanced AF stability, preventing the focus point from unintentionally moving to the background

  • Ability to emulate linear focus with select lenses while manually focusing
  • Includes support for ML-L7 Remote Control


Nikon has also announced the MC-CF660G high performance CFexpress memory card and the development of the MC-N10 Remote Grip for mirrorless cameras.

For more information see the news releases below.

Nikon Releases the Upgraded Firmware for Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Version 2 for the Nikon Z 9 and Version 1.40 for the Nikon Z 7II and Nikon Z 6II

TOKYO -- Nikon has announced it will release firmware version 2 for its flagship full-frame/FX-format mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9 and firmware version 1.40 for its full-frame/FX-format mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7II and Nikon Z 6II on April 20.

Firmware version 2 for the Z 9 will support in-camera recording of Raw video including over 8K which was announced in the press release dated Oct. 28, 2021. As well as 12-bit Raw 8.3K/60p in-camera recording which achieves rich tonal gradation, various video features will also be greatly evolved to meet video production needs. For still shooting, it also introduces Pre-Release Capture, a first for full-frame mirrorless cameras. This records images for up to one second before the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down after the half press of the button. Furthermore, Custom Wide-Area AF that supports various AF-area arrangement patterns is newly adopted, enabling more reliable acquisition of main subjects according to each scene. In addition, some functions and features of dSLRs including the Prioritize Viewfinder function have also become available so that Z 9 users switching from dSLRs can benefit from consistent operational feel.

With firmware version 1.40 for the Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II, it is possible to prevent the focus point from unintentionally moving to the background in Auto-area AF mode, so that photographers can more easily focus on the closer subject when AF starts. This firmware update also supports the ML-L7 Remote Control, which allows you to take photos when away from the camera, facilitating the taking of selfies from a distance where you cannot reach the shutter-release button and nightscapes which are likely to cause camera shake when the button is pressed.

Version 2 for the Z 9

1. Evolution of video features such as Raw video internal recording in 12-bit 8.3K/60p

This version update enables internal recording in two different 12-bit Raw video formats -- N-Raw and ProRes Raw HQ. The new format, Nikon's proprietary N-Raw, offers recording with a file size approximately half that of ProRes Raw HQ, providing longer recording time. It supports up to 8.3K/60p and 4.1K/120p when shooting in the FX-based video format. Up to 4.1K/60p can be supported in the FX-based video format with ProRes Raw HQ. A Full-HD mp4 proxy file suitable for transfer and editing is generated at the same time as Raw video file generation in either format. You can record a video on a compact system without an external recording device attached and achieve full-scale editing by taking advantage of rich 12-bit tonal gradation utilizing video editing software. Other new features include a variety of useful video functions, such as recording in high-resolution 4K UHD/60p oversampled from 8K.

2. Various features added with consideration given to video recording

With firmware version 2 for the Z 9, operability in video recording is also remarkably improved by adding useful features. The red REC frame is displayed on the viewfinder and monitor during recording to indicate recording is in progress, preventing mis-pressing of the rec button. Also, video recording settings, such as frame size and rate or audio, can be confirmed on a single screen with View Video Info. The Waveform Monitor can confirm the brightness levels according to the subject position. In addition, when recording video in M mode, ISO sensitivity can be adjusted in 1/6 steps, enabling finer exposure adjustment while preventing ISO from increasing more than needed.

3. Pre-Release Capture acquires decisive moments more securely than ever before

The version update introduces the Pre-Release Capture for the first time in a full-frame mirrorless camera. This new feature records images for up to a second before the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down during High-Speed Frame Capture for still shooting. For instance, you can capture the moment when a baseball bat hits a ball even when pressing the button all the way down after you see the batter hit the ball while half pressing the button. The screen display for High-Speed Frame Capture is improved by adding the Release Timing Indicators, so that users can visually recognize the shutter release timing. In addition, version 2 allows you to jump to the first frame of each continuously shot sequence during playback. This makes workflow more comfortable for sports or bird photographers who tend to use high-speed continuous shooting.

4. Improved AF performance, including Custom Wide-Area AF with 20 options

The updated firmware newly adds Custom Wide-Area AF, which is similar to the Group-Area AF featuring 17 options that is highly evaluated with the dSLR camera, Nikon D6. The pattern of AF area arrangement is selectable from 20 options for stills and 12 for videos, realizing the capture of main subjects in a wide range of scenes. Since it also supports subject detection, you can nail the decisive moment with perfect focus on an athlete behind obstacles in hurdling, for example, by setting the AF area to the upper half of the frame. Also, through reassessment of the algorithm, AF stability, tracking performance and subject detection in low-light situations have been enhanced.

5. Other features

Motion Blend function overlays a series of subject movements during continuous shooting into a single still image in-camera without using editing software.

With the Save Consecutive Frames function, frames in a selected section of footage can be saved as a series of JPEG still images while the playback is paused.

Nikon Is Developing a Remote Grip, the MC-N10, for the Nikon Z Mount System

Enhancing the efficiency of video recording and expanding the possibilities of image expression

TOKYO -- Nikon has announced the development of the MC-N10 Remote Grip for mirrorless cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted.

The MC-N10 is an accessory that allows remote control of Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras via a wired connection. It can control various functions of Nikon mirrorless cameras, increasing the efficiency of video recording with a small crew while expanding the possibilities of video recording. It also supports still shooting.

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