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Get paw-fect pet portraits thanks to Nikon’s new firmware upgrade

Latest firmware upgrade adds animal-detection autofocus to Z 7/Z 6 mirrorless models...

Nikon has delivered good news to mirrorless photographers who shoot with the brand’s full-frame Z6/Z7 and crop-sensor APS-C Z 50 cameras by delivering an important firmware upgrade that supercharges the camera’s autofocus systems.

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The free firmware download for the Z6/Z7 (V. 3.00) will be of great interest to pet owners as Nikon has added Animal Detection, which the brand explains will allow the mirrorless cameras to; ‘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.’

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Got more than one pet in the scene? No problem, when multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, Nikon explains that photographers can use the camera’s left and right indicators to select the face or eye that the camera focuses on. Meanwhile, the APS-C sensor Z 50 also gets a firmware upgrade (V1.00) which delivers improved focusing movies as when recording videos, face detection will now be enabled.

What’s more, on top of the Animal-Detection, Nikon has also added Enhanced Functionality for subject-tracking AF via the firmware upgrade too. Nikon says; ‘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.’

Lastly, the final element of the Z6/Z7 firmware upgrade brings is support for CFexpress memory cards from ProGrade Digital and Lexar. You can download the firmware upgrade by clicking here.

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