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Nikon Z7 - First Mirrorless Generation Camera made for still shooter
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  • Firmware v2.10

    • Added supported for optical VR with NIKKOR Z DX 16--50mm f/3.5--6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50--250mm f/4.5--6.3 VR Z-mount lenses. Note that attaching these lenses disables the Mechanical shutter option for Custom Setting d5 (Shutter type) in Group d (Shooting/display) of the CUSTOM SETTING MENU, leaving a choice of Auto and Electronic front-curtain shutter options only.
    • ISO sensitivity can now be adjusted using the lens control ring, and ISO sensitivity has been added to the options available for Custom Setting f2 (Custom control assignment) > Lens control ring in Group f (Controls) of the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
    • As of November 14, 2019, the aperture display in the lens info panel for NIKKOR Z 24--70mm f/2.8 S and NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lenses shows both the current aperture and adjacent aperture values in modes A and M.
    •  When On was selected for Auto ISO sensitivity control and an option that does not include "slow sync" was selected for Flash mode, shutter speed was formerly restricted to values between those chosen for Custom Settings e1 (Flash sync speed) and e2 (Flash shutter speed), but this has now been changed to match the behavior of digital SLR cameras, with the result that the minimum shutter speed now corresponds to the value selected for Auto ISO sensitivity control > Minimum shutter speed.
    •  Fixed an issue that in extremely rare cases resulted in the camera failing to correctly record movies with 1920x1080; 120p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
    •  Fixed an issue that occasionally resulted in "noise" in the form of white lines at the bottom of the display when the electronic viewfinder was on.
    • Fixed an issue that in rare cases resulted in "noise" in the form of fine horizontal lines appearing throughout the frame in movies and the live view display.
    •  Fixed errors in the UTC time zones for the following three cities in the Time zone and date > Time zone display in the SETUP MENU:
      • Caracas: was -4:30, is now -4:00
      • Casablanca: was 00:00, is now +1:00
      • Ankara: was +2:00, is now +3:00
    • Fixed an issue that resulted in an incorrect date of creation being displayed in the Windows 10 "properties" dialogs for movies and time-lapse movies created with the camera, as well as copies created with camera movie editing controls.

    https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/339.html

  • Nikon will announce new Z6/Z7 firmware updates next week.

  • New firmware PR

    Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of firmware Ver. 2.20 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. This firmware update offers several improvements that make these cameras even more powerful, including the addition of support for the next generation memory card, CFexpress. Additionally, Nikon has announced that beginning today, service to install RAW video output functionality will be available for those wishing to add enhanced professional video capabilities.Support for CFexpress, the New Standard for Speed and Durability

    Updating Z 7 and Z 6 firmware to Ver. 2.20 enables the use1 of CFexpress2 cards. CFexpress cards are robust and reliable, and support even faster data transfer than XQD cards for a smoother and more efficient photographic workflow.

    CFexpress cards use a similar form factor to XQD, eliminating the need to physically modify the camera's memory card slot. After upgrading, users will be able to use CFexpress as well as XQD cards in their camera interchangeably. In addition to the Z 7 and Z 6, CFexpress memory card support will be added to the Nikon D5 (XQD-Type), Nikon D850 and Nikon D500 digital SLR cameras in the future.

    Initially, only limited CFexpress card types are fully supported and the number of supported cards will continue to expand as additional cards are tested and certified (Type B CFexpress cards manufactured only by Sony Corp. Availability date for the cards may vary by market).

    RAW video output function (4K UHD and Full HD)

    Developed in conjunction with Atomos, this capability enables recording of RAW video, which has greater flexibility for color grading compared to other video formats.

    With this upgrade, 12-bit 4K UHD or full-HD RAW video can be recorded3 to select models of Atomos video recorders4 connected to a Z 7 or Z 6 camera via a HDMI connector. As RAW video is not subjected to in-camera processing, all information that is outputted from the image sensor is preserved. This abundance of information can later be used in post-production.

    The RAW video output capability upgrade can be installed at a Nikon service center and will incur a fee but will be included free of charge as part of Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker's kit bundles. Those customers in the United States who have already purchased a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker's kit (Product #13545) will be eligible to have the fee waived (proof of purchase required). For more details about the Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker's kit, please visit here.

    For additional technical information, equipment requirements and instructions on requesting the RAW video output upgrade, please visit:  www.nikonusa.com/RAWvideo.

    Price and Availability

    The firmware update Ver. 2.20 which enables CFexpress functionality is available now, free of charge. Please visit The Nikon Z series Firmware update page to download and find more information.

    The RAW video output upgrade is available starting today and will require installation by a Nikon Service Center. A $199.95* fee will apply.

  • Anyone know the reason why the Z7 only allows for 12bit prores output in DX mode for 4k??

    *When the Z 6 is used, recording of either 4Kp24/25/30 UHD or full-HD RAW video up to 1080p60 is possible with both FX-and DX-based movie formats. With the Z 7, full-HD RAW video to 1080p60 can be recorded using the FX-based movie format, and 4Kp24/25/30 UHD RAW video can be recorded using the DX-based movie format.

  • @mee you answered you question already. 4K in DX only. For in cam recording is the same in Z7.

  • Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 24-70mm Lens (Refurbished) for $2499

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1488629-REG/nikon_1594b_z_7_fx_camera_body.html

  • konjow, I don't think I answered my question, as it was not "if" it was "why". But thanks all the same. I may be wrong, but I think the reason may be related to the pixel skipping of the Z6 in FX. The Z6 can get away with it and be hard to spot since it is only degrading a 6k image, but with the Z7 it would be degrading something like a 10K image and the missing pixels may create some seriously noticeable moire among other nasties. So in this line of thinking, the lack of a full 6K readout on the Z6 may indeed be to protect the Z7 as some have speculated, because not only can the Z7 not do a clean FX pores 4k, but it may also struggle with a clean 6k even in cropped aps-c. Of course a pixel to pixel 6K for the Z7 would be a nice simple way out of that puzzle while giving the consumer's looking at a hybrid with higher megapixel photos an interesting Z7 exlusive mode look, while still having the videocentric Z6 look better on paper for most of the core market it is intended for.

  • Nikon is rumored to announce a new firmware update for the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras that will improve the autofocus capabilities of both cameras.

  • @VK that would be nice. I was thinking we may see allot of unexpected FW releases and features in the next few months as manufacturing is put on the back burner.

  • Z7 Firmware Update v3.0

    Animal-detection AF for automatic focusing on the face and/or eyes of dogs and cats

    Animal-detection AF adds support for dogs and cats to the face and eye detection feature. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, the multi-selector or touch operation can be used to select the face or eye on which the camera will focus. In video recording, the faces of animals can be detected.

    Increased usability for Subject-tracking AF

    Subject tracking with still-image shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to give an operational feel more like 3D-tracking in Nikon digital SLR cameras. The camera tracks the subject while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is held down. Subject tracking ends when the user takes their finger off the button and the focus point selected before subject tracking began is reactivated, for increased operability. In addition, the transition from Auto-area AF display to Subject selection display can be assigned to a custom control. These changes all improve subject-tracking operation and make it easier to activate and change the target subject while looking through the viewfinder.

    Support for CFexpress memory cards

    In addition to Sony CFexpress memory cards, Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade and Lexar will also be supported with Z7/Z6 firmware Ver. 3.00.

    https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/products/492/Z_7.html