Nikon Firmware 2.0: Eye-Detection AF Comes to the Z Series


Nikon has just announced the all-new Firmware 2.0, which is designed to improve the performance and functionality of your Z 6 or Z 7 dramatically. The update builds upon the Z-series storied reputation by introducing several new features and upgrades, including the much-anticipated Eye-Detection AF and improved AF performance.

Starting with the Eye-Detection AF: This all-new mode recognizes the eyes of any subject in frame and continuously tracks them, even if the subjects are moving. It can even recognize multiple sets of eyeballs and allow shooters to choose which pair to focus on. Thanks to the advanced technology behind it, the eye-detection function will remain locked on the subject's eyes when the face is partially or temporarily obstructed. You can use the new Eye-Detection feature in both AF-S and AF-C modes.

On top of Eye-Detection AF, the new update also boosts AF performance in low-light situations and improves AE tracking capabilities in continuous high-speed (extended) mode. The improved AF performance means you'll get faster, even more accurate auto-focusing in low light environments and for night portraits—which means fewer times you'll need to switch to Low-Light AF mode for focus. The auto-exposure update, meanwhile, means AE will have improved tracking track throughout an entire burst sequence when set to Continuous H+ (extended) Shooting.

Are you excited about the update for your Z-series camera? How well do the new modes and boosted features work? Tell us all about it in the Comments section, below, and for details on how to install this update yourself, visit Nikon's Support Page.

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