Nikon drops fresh firmware updates for its whole Z camera range

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UPDATE: The firmware updates for Nikon's series of firmware updates for its Z range of mirrorless cameras are now available.

The links for each are as follows:

Nikon Z 6II Firmware Version 1.20

Nikon Z 7II Firmware Version 1.20

Nikon Z 6 Firmware Version 3.30

Nikon Z 7 Firmware Version 3.30

Nikon Z 5 Firmware Version 1.10

Nikon Z 50 Firmware Version 2.10

ORIGINAL STORY: Nikon has announced firmware updates for its entire Z camera range, with the updates all due to be released on April 26th. Don’t get too excited though – as is often the way with firmware updates, many of the improvements and bug fixes here are pretty minor. 

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Nikon Z 7II & Z6 II: firmware version 1.2 will offer “increased AF performance, including faster focusing when shooting with AF in low light situations. Further, AF usability when using an external Speedlight will also increase, through improvements to detection performance in scenes where it was difficult to detect faces and eyes, as well as improvements to subject visibility during live view shooting. In addition, tracking frames used for face and eye detection, as well as subject-tracking AF have been improved, enabling smoother and more stable shooting.”

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Nikon Z 7 & Z 6: firmware version 3.3 “will add the Save Focus Position option that allows the current focus position to be saved when the camera is turned off and restored when next turned on. The new firmware for the Z 6 will also add the voice memo recording/play function, popular with the D6. The addition of the voice memo recording/play function is also planned for the Z 6II in a future firmware update.”

NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3

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Nikon Z 5: firmware version 1.1 “will include faster AF detection speed during low light situations when shooting in the Low-Light AF mode, thereby improving usability. The Z 5 will also gain the Save Focus Position option.”


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Nikon Z 50: firmware version 2.10 will also add the Save Focus Position feature, making this option present across the whole Z camera range.

While there may not be any particularly impressive new features added here like we’ve seen in the past with things like CFexpress memory card support, it’s nevertheless good to see Nikon’s continuing commitment to keeping even older Z cameras like the Z 7 and Z 6 updated with Nikon’s latest technology.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.