Nikon has announced a major firmware update for the Nikon Z9, its flagship mirrorless camera. The update not only boosts the performance of the full-frame camera, but also adds 20 new features to the system. The firmware version 3.0 is free to download and is only the second major firmware update released for the mirrorless camera this year that adds more features to photo and video capture, operability, autofocus, and more.
“Firmware 3.0 not only demonstrates Nikon’s commitment to addressing our customers’ needs, but also our continued support to update products to their full potential for the benefit of our users,” Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. says.
Nikon Z9 Receives Firmware 3.0 Update: What’s New
The firmware update brings a host of new features to the Nikon Z9. That includes improvements to the autofocus system that adds 0.5 EV with improved low-light accuracy in low-contrast conditions. There’s also upgraded display and operability controls including custom buttons, and a new high resolution zoom function that provides additional zoom for 4K video. It also gets a new C60 High Speed Frame Capture system, enabling 60 frames per second still shots in DX format.
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Additionally, the update brings high frequency flicker reduction for videos, vertical playback display for images, and timecode synchronisation and UltraSync Blue that adds the timecode across multiple Z9 cameras which are controlled by the same wireless remote. It also supports ATOMOS’ UltraSyncBlue over Bluetooth.
Furthermore, the new update includes auto-series playback for images from the same burst shot, more customisable buttons, display enhancements for better focus indication and file information, along with updates to the flash workflow view mode. The latter helps users check the background exposure prior to shooting. The firmware update also adds the ability to override other cameras, FTPS protocol support and full format functionality for CFExpress cards.
You can download the Firmware 3.0 update from Nikon’s website.