Nikon induced fairly a stir when it launched firmware model 2.0 for its Z9, with main updates together with the power to shoot 8K/60p and 4K/120p video in N-RAW, a pre-buffer possibility when capturing repeatedly (JPEGs solely although), and a 120fps viewfinder refresh price mode. Now the corporate has unveiled firmware model 3.0, which is free to obtain from Nikon’s web site, and it’s one other large one—although most enhancements are extra related for topside shooters.
Underwater photographers shall be most within the enhancements Nikon says have been made to autofocus. Low-light efficiency has been improved by 0.5EV whereas the 3D-tracking mode can also be improved, with stickier topic monitoring and higher monitoring of fast-moving animals when utilizing “animal” topic detection. It’s additionally now doable to alter focus factors to purple, as an alternative of white, for higher visibility in opposition to gentle topics.
Underwater videographers could discover a inventive use for the brand new Excessive-Res Zoom mode, which provides 4K shooters a 2x digital zoom that may be managed utilizing Fn1/Fn2 customized buttons, left/proper buttons on the multi selector, or the Fn ring or management ring on appropriate lenses. It really works by permitting the Z9 to start capturing oversampled 4K video from the complete width of the sensor after which slowly cropping in till, at 2x zoom, it’s capturing the 4K APS-C 1.5x crop part of the sensor.
Different upgrades on this firmware model embody a brand new C60 Mode for steady capturing, which captures 19.4MP pictures at 60fps in DX mode (in-between the C30 and C120 choices); Excessive-Frequency Flicker Discount mode for video; the power to customise extra buttons (together with the Report button); and an Auto Sequence Playback perform for mechanically taking part in again a number of frames from a single burst.
Firmware version 3.0 is free to obtain from Nikon’s web site. Take a look at the press launch and the video under.
Nikon releases upgraded firmware model 3.0 for the Nikon Z 9 full-frame mirrorless digicam
Firmware 3.0 Provides Almost 20 Extra Options + Extra Highly effective Efficiency to Nikon’s Mirrorless Flagship
MELVILLE, NY (October 26, 2022)- Nikon Inc. has introduced one more substantial replace for the Nikon Z 9, bringing extra highly effective efficiency and added options to what’s broadly considered probably the most succesful full-frame mirrorless digicam accessible. Now accessible at no cost obtain, the firmware 3.0 replace is the second main replace to the Z 9 this 12 months, including enhancements to video and picture seize, usability, operability, autofocus and a lot extra.
“Firmware 3.0 not solely demonstrates Nikon’s dedication to addressing our prospects’ wants, but additionally our continued help to replace merchandise to their full potential for the good thing about our customers,” stated Jay Vannatter, Govt Vice President, Nikon Inc.
Each video and picture shooters in addition to creators will see spectacular advantages from the brand new firmware with this replace. A number of the extra notable options embody a brand new Hello-Res Zoom function¹, which gives the impact of extra optical zoom for 4K video, and a brand new C60 Excessive-Velocity Body Seize+², enabling 60 fps nonetheless capturing in DX-format. Firmware 3.0 additionally consists of enhancements to the AF in addition to upgraded show and operability, similar to growing the variety of buttons that can be utilized as customized controls.
Beginning right this moment, Z 9 house owners can go to the web site right here to obtain firmware 3.0 at no cost. Nikon will repeatedly meet customers’ wants by means of firmware updates that increase the performance of its cameras.
Vital Updates with Firmware 3.0:
- Excessive-Res Zoom: When capturing 4K UHD video, this function permits the choice for high-resolution zooming which successfully extends the focal vary of a lens. 4K UHD footage is captured in 8K UHD decision, after which regularly cropped to the 4K body dimension in actual time, successfully doubling the focal size whereas sustaining decision. This isn’t in any other case doable with digital zoom or cropping in publish. Hello-Res Zoom is offered whatever the lens used, permitting customers to streamline manufacturing and reap the benefits of prime lenses, or the extraordinarily shallow depth of area of a f/1.2 most aperture lens. This function may be assigned to the digicam’s Fn1/Fn2 buttons, a lens’ Fn ring or management ring, in addition to the left/proper buttons on the multi selector. The tip result’s a easy, parfocal zoom transition with no lack of decision. Utilizing the buttons permits zooming at a relentless chosen pace, whereas use of the management ring permits customers to zoom in or out as shortly or slowly as they like.
- Excessive-Velocity Body Seize+ C60 Mode for steady capturing: Along with the present C30 and C120 choices, Excessive-Velocity Body Seize+ now affords a C60³ possibility for bursts of steady capturing of roughly 19-megapixel nonetheless pictures at roughly 60 fps. This function is in DX mode, which will increase efficient focal size whereas satisfying the various wants of photographers – particularly these within the fields of photojournalism, sports activities and hen images who worth pace and attain.
- Autofocus Enhancements: Firmware 3.0 improves upon the Z 9’s highly effective AF system, enhancing efficiency and topic detection. The low-light restrict has been prolonged by 0.5 EV, with accuracy improved in low gentle and low-contrast situations. A number of enhancements have been made to 3D-tracking mode; focus shall be “stickier” on a topic, and fewer prone to shift right into a foreground impediment that momentarily obscures a topic. Customers now even have the choice to alter the colour of focus factors to purple, which may be helpful for capturing in quite a lot of backgrounds. Moreover, the detection and monitoring of fast-moving animals has been improved when “animal” is chosen in 3D-tracking.
- Excessive-Frequency Flicker Discount added with firmware model 2.10 is now accessible for video recording.
- Timecode synchronization and UltraSync Blue: Timecode throughout a number of Z 9 cameras managed by a single wi-fi distant management is now possible4. ATOMOS UltraSync BLUE is now additionally supported over a Bluetooth connection, enabling the syncing of recording-equipment and/or audio-device timecodes, together with gear from different producers. That is extraordinarily useful when modifying movies recorded in a number of exterior audio recorders.
- Vertical Playback Show: Photographs and the i menu may be displayed in vertical orientation throughout playback mode.
- Extra buttons for Customized features: The variety of buttons that can be utilized as customized controls and the extension of customizable features has been elevated for smoother entry to continuously used features. This additionally consists of the power to make the Report button programmable.
- Auto Sequence Playback perform mechanically shows pictures from the identical burst of steady capturing group after the primary picture within the burst is displayed in playback mode.
- Enhancements to Flash workflow: The “Present results of settings” possibility in View mode (Picture Lv), which displays publicity settings within the picture dwell view show has been improved. This replace permits customers to decide on whether or not the results of publicity settings are mirrored when a Speedlight or distant set off is hooked up. This perform permits the consumer to examine background publicity previous to capturing, serving to to substantiate the ensuing background publicity upfront.
- Show enhancements: File Information has been added to the data show, and a spotlight indicator is now accessible in digicam.
- “Override different cameras” perform has been added, enabling simple switching between grasp cameras when a number of cameras are designated as a major.
- Help for the FTPS protocol affords sooner, safer picture switch with encryption.
- Reset focus distance throughout [Focus shift shooting]: Throughout focus shift capturing, the main target place initially of capturing may be memorized and returned to the preliminary focus place after a sequence of photographs has been taken.
- Full format perform: When utilizing CFexpress playing cards that help full formatting, this perform can be utilized to delete information fully to assist customers keep most efficiency.
¹ Hello-Res Zoom is offered solely with video recording within the following codecs: at ProRes 422 HQ 10-bit (MOV), H.265 10-bit (MOV), H.265 8-bit (MOV), or H.264 8-bit (MP4) -with picture space set to FX (36×24). Restrictions apply to some digicam options.
² With AE/AF monitoring at a picture high quality setting of JPEG regular solely. The utmost variety of frames that may be captured with a single burst is fewer than that doable with high-speed steady capturing. Use of a Nikon-recommended reminiscence card is advisable.
³ Picture space fastened at DX (24 ×16). If a DX lens is hooked up when C120 is chosen, the high-speed body seize setting will mechanically change to C60 and picture space shall be fastened at DX (24 ×16). Pre-Launch Seize is supported.
4 A sign from the shutter-release button resets gadget timecodes. Due to this fact, nonetheless pictures can’t be captured throughout video recording by urgent the shutter-release button when timecode synchronization is enabled.