Nikon Z50 gets eye-detect AF for video in latest firmware update

Nikon Z50
(Image credit: Nikon)

Nikon has just released firmware version 2.40 for the Z50. This update includes eye-detection AF for video, improved eye-detection for Auto-area AF, and improved refresh rate for focus points in live view when shooting with subject tracking or eye-detection AF. 

Released in October 2019, the Nikon Z50 (opens in new tab) was the company’s first Z-mount APS-C mirrorless camera. With a competitive retail price it was one of the best-value cameras (opens in new tab) on the market, and one of the best cameras for beginners (opens in new tab)

With a 20.9MP sensor, up to 11fps continuous shooting speeds, 4K 24p video, a 180° flipping screen and a compact, lightweight design, the Z50 was already an impressive camera before the latest update. It’s perfect for anything from vlogging to travel photography, street photography or even wildlife – and these latest updates will make it even easier to use. 

Nikon is well known for keeping its cameras up to date and its customers happy with impressive updates. It recently released firmware for the 6-year-old Nikon D850 (opens in new tab) that added the Portrait Impression Balance function found on the Nikon Z6 II (opens in new tab)and Nikon Z7 II (opens in new tab) – all of which is a great sign for those investing in a Nikon system.

If Nikon can achieve so much from a simple firmware update, it leaves you wondering why other brands can’t do the same. Recently Sony users have become frustrated by the company’s outdated firmware strategy (opens in new tab), when some of its flagship cameras such as the Sony A1 (opens in new tab) or Sony FX3 (opens in new tab) are not benefitting from more advanced features found in cheaper cameras such as the Sony FX30 (opens in new tab)

We had a few grumbles with the release of the Nikon Z9, when it was advertised with an array of features that would only become available at a later date via firmware, but truthfully we can’t complain about Nikon’s overall approach to firmware updates. No longer are they just about fixing bugs; firmware updates can almost entirely change a camera. 

The v2.40 Z50 firmware can be downloaded here (opens in new tab).

See our guide to how to add the latest Nikon firmware update to your camera (opens in new tab)

Check out the best Nikon cameras (opens in new tab) and best Nikon lenses (opens in new tab) including super telephoto zooms, portrait-perfect primes and macro lenses for shooting up close. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.