Nikon Z9 is now 10 times better with latest firmware upgrade

A Nikon Z9 being used to photograph a motor sledge
(Image credit: Nikon)

The latest Nikon Z9 firmware update re-establishes the flagship camera as the feature king of the Z lineup, following the parity achieved by the recent Z8. 

The meaty new update broadens the gap between the Nikon Z9 and the Nikon Z8 – aka the "baby Z9". Firmware 4.0 includes a raft of upgrades to suit photographers and videographers alike, with headline features including a trail camera-like Auto Capture mode, along with ISO200-equivalent video capture and improved 3D tracking. 

  • Auto Capture
  • Lo 2.0 setting in N-Log
  • Customizable shutter sounds
  • Ten-fold increase in pre-release buffer
  • Improved 3D tracking
  • Exposure Delay Mode 
  • More customizable controls
  • Better manual focus user interface
  • Playback enhancements
  • Finer bracketing increments
  • Better metering for interval shooting
  • Nikon Z DX 12-28mm f/3.5-5.6 PZ VR support 

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Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.