Nikon have annoinced 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 Kit¹ 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.
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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