Other than pretty neat deals, there is more news in Nikon’s mirrorless department. The company releases firmware updates for its entire line of mirrorless cameras. In other words, certain features will be improved in the Nikon Z50, Z 5, Z 6, Z 6 II, Z 7, and Z 7 II.
Nikon has now officially announced the rumoured new firmware for the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II mirrorless cameras. While a complete changelog has not yet been published, and likely won’t be until the firmware is available to download on February 25th, Nikon has mentioned some of the highlights of the new update.
The Nikon Z6 II will, as promised, finally be able to shoot 4K UHD video at 60 frames per second. The RAW over HDMI output for both the Z6 II and Z7 II will now be compatible with the Blackmagic Video Assist monitor recorders, allowing you to record in Blackmagic RAW format. Both cameras also see an update to the AF.
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.
As mentioned during the initial announcement of Nikon’s two mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II, both will be eligible for a firmware upgrade to add RAW over HDMI capabilities (it does not come with the camera out of the box). As with RAW over HDMI on the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras, though, it is still a $200 paid upgrade.
We already knew that ProRes Support would be coming in the form of the Atomos Ninja V, although Blackmagic has now confirmed to No Film School that they’ll also be supporting Z6 II/Z7 II 4K60p BRAW recording in the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G as well. And if you’ve already upgraded your Z6 or Z7, you’ll get it with those, too!
Nikon has now officially announced their new Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II mirrorless cameras. Marking what is essentially the second generation of Nikon’s adventure into mirrorless cameras, they update the Nikon Z6 & Z7 cameras with a few highly demanded features – although they’re still largely incremental rather than revolutionary updates.
Like their predecessors, the Z6 II and Z7 II contain the same 24.5-megapixel and 45.7-megapixel BSI CMOS sensors of the Z6 and Z7 respectively, although the new cameras come with Nikon’s new Dual Expeed 6 processing engine – offering more speed, better autofocus and buffer performance. The new cameras also get dual card slots as well.
Well, we new something was coming, but we were all a little wrong with the name. Instead of the Z6s and Z7s, they’re actually going to be the Z6II and Z7II and Nikon is planning to official announce them on October 14th – according to a new teaser that’s popped up on the Nikon website.
A couple of successors to the Z6 and Z7 have long been rumoured, hoping to see some features added (like dual card slots) or refined. And while the rumoured names were wrong, if the rumoured specs were close, then they’ll only be incremental updates, but will offer a couple of nice benefits over the existing models.