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2019-05-16

New firmware Ver. 2.0 for the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6

New firmware brings further improvements, including the addition of Eye-Detection AF, to the Z series full-frame mirrorless cameras.

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA – Nikon Middle East FZE 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. They include:
1. Eye-Detection autofocus (AF) with still-image shooting;
2. Extension of the low-light AF detection range; and
3. Addition of auto-exposure (AE) tracking capability to the 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, and also in the event when human subjects frequently change their pose. Once the photo is taken, the user can directly zoom in on the eye by pressing the ‘OK’ button and easily verify it is indeed in focus.

2. AF performance improvements 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 low-light AF detection range1 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 range1 will be extended2 from −4 EV to −6 EV.

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 Ver. 2.0 can be downloaded (free of charge) from Nikon's Download Center at the following link:

Users will be prompted to follow the instructions provided to successfully install the firmware.

Nikon will continue to flexibly respond to the evolving needs of our users, and offer next-generation imaging experiences that foster creativity.

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.

About Nikon

Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Middle East FZE distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the latest mirrorless cameras in over 50 countries. For more information, visit http://nikon-mea.com. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NikonMEAa and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/NikonMEA.

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