Nikon Z6 & Z7 Firmware Update Adds Animal Face/Eye Detection

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Both the Nikon Z6 & Z7 cameras been given a firmware update (ver. 3.00) that adds Face and Eye detection (for dogs and cats specifically) as well as improved focus tracking capabilities and additional CFExpress support.

Animal-detection AF for Z 7 and Z 6 Mirrorless Cameras

Here are the details from the press release describing each of the new and improved features.

  • Addition of Animal-Detection AF: The Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 will now recognize the eyes and faces of dogs and cats, allowing users to concentrate on their creativity and easily capture intended images without worrying about focus. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, photographers can use the camera‚Äôs left and right indicators to select the face or eye that the camera focuses on. When recording videos, face detection will be enabled.
  • Enhanced Functionality for subject-tracking AF: Subject tracking for still shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to provide a more familiar operational feel similar to that of 3D-tracking feature built into Nikon DSLR cameras. To enable the feature, users can hold the AF-ON button or half-press the shutter-release button to initiate. Subject tracking disengages when users take their finger off the button, causing the camera to switch back to the original focus point before subject tracking began. Additionally, the transition from the Auto-area AF display to the subject selection display can be assigned to a custom control button, allowing for a more customized user-experience. These improvements to subject tracking operation will make it easier and quicker for users to activate and change the subject while looking through the viewfinder.
  • Support for CFexpress memory cards: In addition to Sony CFexpress memory cards, select Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade Digital and Lexar will also be supported with the firmware update.

You can download the firmware updates via the links below:

Nikon Z6 Firmware ver. 3.00

Nikon Z7 Firmware ver. 3.00