Nikon to release new Z6 II and Z7 II firmware to add 4K60p video and improved Eye AF

Feb 17, 2021

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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.

Nikon to release new Z6 II and Z7 II firmware to add 4K60p video and improved Eye AF

Feb 17, 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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While the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II have received some nice updates over their predecessors, they have received a little criticism. Their autofocus, while better, still seems to lag behind Sony and Canon in certain situations according to various reviews. The Z6 II, in particular, has also received quite a bit of flak regarding the lack of 4K 60fps video.

Well, according to serial leakers, Nokishita, Nikon is set to announce new firmware updates for V1.1 firmware on February 18th, with downloads available from February 25th to improve Eye AF performance of both cameras as well as add that 4K UHD 60fps video support to the Nikon Z6 II.

https://twitter.com/nokishita_c/status/1361906309239500800

The Google-translated tweet reads…

It seems that Nikon will announce the details of CP + content on February 18th. Details of firmware Ver1.10 for “Z 6 II” and “Z 7 II”, which will be downloaded on February 25, should also be announced (main updates are improved pupil AF performance and 4K UHD / 60p support for “Z 6 II”).

Nokishita’s tweet does suggest that the new firmware will include other updates as well, but that those are the main two.

Adding 4K60p video to the Nikon Z6 II will certainly make it a more attractive option for Nikon video shooters who don’t want to have to go to the expense of the Z7 II, especially if they need multiple bodies. But the improvements to Eye AF will be a very welcome update for both Z6 II and Z7 II shooters, although it obviously remains to be seen just exactly how improved they will be.

The firmware updates for the Z6 II and Z7 II are expected to be announced tomorrow, if not actually released and available to download for another week, so we’ll let you know when we have the full list of changes.

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3 responses to “Nikon to release new Z6 II and Z7 II firmware to add 4K60p video and improved Eye AF”

  1. Icke Avatar
    Icke

    It will be interesting to see, what they do with their Z7 and Z6… Do they let them Rest In Peace?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      I have a feeling they probably will. Nikon typically just abandons kit rather than constantly updating them just because they can (like Fuji) to add new and useful features once newer models are released.

      Nikon didn’t even bother releasing a manual exposure for video firmware update for the D300s (which they easily could have done) the whole time we were wondering where the D400 was at, heh. So, yeah, I wouldn’t hold your breath. :)

  2. Tech We Love Avatar
    Tech We Love

    Anyone know if the image quality on the Z6 ii is worse when you switch it from 4K 30p to 4K 60p, because of the crop factor ?