Nikon brings Face/Eye AF improvements to the Z5, Z6, Z7 and Z50 with firmware update

Nov 11, 2021

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Nikon brings Face/Eye AF improvements to the Z5, Z6, Z7 and Z50 with firmware update

Nov 11, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Nikon has released new firmware for a number of its Nikon Z cameras including the Nikon Z5, Z6, Z7 and Z50. While the firmware version number might differ between each of the cameras, they all bring support for the Nikon FTZ II lens adapter and Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 S lens, announced alongside the new Nikon Z9.

They also all receive improved face/eye detection performance and increased visibility in low light when working with flash. The Z6 and Z7 also get a few more fixes and updates on top of these to further improve eye detection performance and user feedback.

The Nikon Z5 gets upgraded from firmware v1.11 to v1.20 and the Nikon Z50 goes from v2.11 to 2.20. Both updates provide the following changes.

  • Added support for:
    • FTZ II mount adapters, and
    • NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S lenses.
  • Improved face/eye detection performance and the visibility of subjects in pictures taken using an optional flash unit.

The Nikon Z6 and Z7 (note, this is NOT the Z6 II and Z7 II) both go from v3.31 to v3.40 and see the following changes and updates.

  • Added support for:
    • FTZ II mount adapters, and
    • NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S lenses.
  • Flicker is less likely to appear in the display during filming when N-Log or RAW footage is recorded to external HDMI video recorders at low light levels.
  • Improved eye detection performance for Auto-area AF and Wide-area AF (L).
  • Increased the refresh rate for the focus point displayed during face/eye-detection and subject-tracking AF.
  • Improved face/eye detection performance and the visibility of subjects in pictures taken using an optional flash unit.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The camera would sometimes stop responding when Auto was selected for Set Picture Control in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU.
    • The camera would sometimes exceed the value selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Maximum sensitivity in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.

The new updates can be downloaded from the Nikon website at the following links…

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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