New firmware brings further improvements to the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 FX-format mirrorless cameras with the introduction of Eye-Detection AF, enhanced AF performance in low-light situations, and the addition of auto-exposure tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode.

Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of firmware ver. 2.0 that will further enhance the performance of its full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6.

Users will enjoy three main additional support features following the ver. 2.0 upgrade:

1. Eye-Detection AF with still-image shooting
2. Improved AF performance in dark scenes
3. Addition of AE tracking capability to continuous high-speed (extended) mode

These enhanced shooting functions will further expand the possibilities for visual expression.

Primary features of the new firmware

1. Eye-Detection AF with still-image shooting

The new firmware offers the Eye-Detection AF function that automatically detects and focuses on human eyes in the auto-area AF (AF-S, AF-C) mode. When the eyes of multiple human subjects are detected, the multi-selector or sub-selector can be used to select the eye upon which the camera should focus. This enables focus on the intended individual even when looking through the electronic viewfinder. This function is applicable even when the subject’s face is partially covered by another object, or in the event that the subject frequently changes his or her pose. Once the photo is taken, the user can directly zoom in on the eye by pressing the OK button and easily verify that it is indeed in focus.

* Sample image of Eye-Detection AF (for illustrative purposes only)

2. Improved AF performance in low-light situations

The new firmware enables even faster autofocusing when capturing dark or dimly lit scenes in stills and videos. It will extend the AF detection range*1 down from -1 EV to -2 EV with the Z 7, and from -2 EV to -3.5 EV with the Z 6. In addition, the Z 6 will be able to autofocus with even darker scenes, as the available low-light AF detection range*1 will be extended*2 from -4 EV to -6 EV.

  • *1With still-image photography in AF-S mode, ISO 100, f/2.0 lens, at 20°C/68°F.
  • *2The low-light AF detection range will remain the same with the Z 7.

3. AE tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode

With earlier firmware versions, auto exposure was locked with the first shot in a burst of high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9 fps (Z 7) or 12 fps (Z 6) in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. Firmware ver. 2.0, however, adds support for AE tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, allowing the cameras to track exposure just as it does focus (AF tracking). This ensures that all images captured with a burst of high-speed continuous shooting are in focus and exhibit optimal exposure, even when the brightness of the scene changes.

The new firmware can be downloaded (free of charge) from Nikon’ s Download Center at the following link:


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