Once upon a time, cameras were products you buy with a fixed set of features that never change, forcing you to buy a new one after exceeding what your trusted partner offers. Today, however, camera manufacturers have taken advantage of smart devices to offer some new or enhanced features through a simple, free firmware update. Some even feel like you’ve bought a newer model. This may not be what Nikon will bring to its Z 7II and Z 6II mirrorless cameras next week, but it is still a substantial firmware update.
Launched in October last year, the Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II full frame cameras brought a unique configuration to the camera market. Both boasted not one, but two EXPEED 6 image processors to double the cameras’ processing power. This additional muscle is definitely useful when adding new features that require more data processing capacity.
With firmware version 1.10, cameras support RAW video output, although this must also be enabled by a Nikon service representative. For those who have already purchased this upgrade option, the firmware upgrade still has something to offer in the form of support for BlackMagic Design external recorders.
Nikon also claims that the firmware will improve the performance of the eye detection autofocus. This will allow the cameras to detect the eyes, even if the subject’s face is very small in the frame. Only for the Nikon Z 6II, the update will allow 4K UHD / 60p video recording.
Nikon says that the Firmware 1.10 update for Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II will arrive next week, specifically on February 25th. The update also promises to allow video recording workflows based on customer feedback on what professional photographers currently need.