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Nikon's new software update for the Z7 and Z6 models adds eye-detection autofocus

The Nikon Z 7. (Source: Nikon)
The Nikon Z 7. (Source: Nikon)
Nikon announces a new firmware update for the mirrorless Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame cameras. It upgrades the products with eye-detection autofocus (AF) for still-image shooting. The update also enhances the cameras' low-light AF detection range, and adds an auto-exposure tracking capability to their 'burst' modes.

Nikon's mirrorless Z 7 and Z 6 cameras offer many of the advantages of full-frame photography. However, improved software can always add an edge to hardware such as this. The company has developed new firmware for these products, which upgrades them with new features and augments some others.

This new update - known as Z Series Version 2.0 firmware - confers the new feature of eye-detection autofocus (AF) while shooting still images. Nikon claims that it will allow a Z 7 or Z 6 to detect human eyes in either AF-C or AF-S mode. In the case of multiple eye objects, the user will be able to use the sub- or multi-selector on the camera to isolate one pair on which to focus.

Z Series Version 2.0 will also allegedly enhance the low-light AF detection range on these full-frame cameras. It will also enhance these products with a new auto-exposure (AE) tracking capability in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. This addresses an issue in which the AE became locked following the first shot of this type of 'burst mode', which could lead to the accumulation of a load of junk shots should the exposure be judged unsuitable after the fact.

Now, however, an updated Z 6 or Z 7 can track exposure just as it does focus. This new firmware can be downloaded at the Nikon Download Center. Hopefuly, it will prove a worthwhile upgrade for these high-value mirrorless cameras.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-05-17 (Update: 2019-05-17)