"Yes, you SHOULD PAY for firmware updates on your camera – some, anyway!" says photographer

Firmware update
(Image credit: Digital Camera World)

The camera landscape is changing—and has changed since the arrival of mirrorless at quite a pace. Fast forward to the present day we are seeing more and more features added mid-cycle thanks to firmware releases.

Nikon has been leading the way with new features and improved autofocus for example, and these are all fantastic. The Z9 is at version 4.10 and in the last few years there have been some brilliant updates to both video and still photographers such as bird and airplane AF identification, auto-capture, changes to how card slots behave with JPEGS, motion detection, and 3D tracking to name a few of the headline takeaways.

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Dan M Lee
Pro Travel and Adventure Photographer, Educator and Author

Dan M Lee is a professional travel and adventure photographer who has shared his knowledge with hundreds of individuals through his in-person wilderness photography training and thousands more through his writing. That includes a book, Creating Photography: The Professional Edge but the way to get involved is to join him on an expedition via kodiakphotoworkshop.com.

Dan has a broad range of photographic interests – and tech enthusiasm – which he can trace back to his first job, while still at school, in a photography shop in England. He has since been lured across the Atlantic to New York City where he undertakes commissions for numerous publishers.

His extensive traveling means he can be out of his home for more than half the year, which has also seen him develop an interest in smart security systems.

He is also a regular on the Not The Gear and The Grumpy Photographer podcasts.