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Nikon Z6 & Z7 updated for Blackmagic Raw

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New firmware updates for the original Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras makes Raw video output compatible with external capture devices manufactured by Blackmagic Design.

While the updates can be downloaded from the Nikon website, enabling this functionality has to be carried out at an authorised Nikon Service Centre and incurs a fee ($199/£179/€199, other countries vary). Those whose cameras have already been serviced for Raw video output can simply update the firmware to Ver. 3.2, with no need for additional service at a Nikon facility.

The firmware updates enable the recording of high-quality video shot with the Z7 or Z6 in not only ProRes Raw, but also Blackmagic Raw. Video in 12-bit 4K UHD or full-HD Raw can be captured to an external recorder connected to the Z7 or Z6 via HDMI, expanding recording options for Raw video and further supporting the production of advanced video works.

Furthermore, ProRes Raw video recorded to the Ninja V external capture device by Atomos, is also compatible with the latest ISO settings and colour temperature control features added to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Version 10.4.9 and later versions. This expands video editing options when using Final Cut Pro.

While video Raw compatibility is only likely to be of interest to professional videographers, the update also fixes some minor general functionality issues.  

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Adam Waring

Adam has been the editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine for almost 12 years, and as such is one of Digital Camera World's leading experts when it comes to all things Nikon-related. 


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