Nikon Z Series Firmware Update & Recall

Whew – it was a busy night for Nikon! The new Z series firmware (2.0) has been released. I’ve just updated my Z6 and Z7, but have not had the chance to test any of the new features yet – although on paper there does seem to be a lot of nice updates and improvements.

However, there is some bad news – Nikon has issued a recall for some of the Z cameras due to VR / IBIS issues. Not all cameras are affected – you can see the full recall info at this page. There’s a link to check the serial number of your camera to see if you are in the recall. (Luckily, neither of my cameras were in the recall – hope you discover the same.)

That bit of unpleasantness out of the way, let’s talk firmware. First, here’s my firmware update video (from the previous post) that will show you how to install the updates step by step:

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Now, the firmware updates. (The update takes just over 3 minutes to install.)

Z7 Firmware – 2.0 (click here)

  • Added eye-detection AF for use when taking photographs. To enable eye-detection AF, select:
    • – AF-S or AF-C for Focus mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • – Auto-area AF for AF-area mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • – Face and eye detection on for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU
    If the camera detects the face of a portrait subject, the face will be enclosed in an amber border indicating the focus point. If the subject’s eyes are detected, an amber border indicating the focus point will appear around either eye. If the camera detects more than one face or eye, triangles will appear to either side of the focus point; to position the focus point over a different face or eye, press the multi- or sub-selector left or right.
  • • Improved autofocus performance for photos and movies shot under low light: -2 – 19 EV (low light autofocus -4 – 19 EV), measured in photo mode with single-servo AF (AF-S) at ISO 100 and 20°C with an f/2 lens.
  • • The following improvements have been made to the Continuous H (extended) option for Release mode:
    • – Not only focus but now also exposure will respond to changes in the subject during shooting
    • – The burst shooting display after the memory buffer fills is now easier to read
  • • Reduced the length of time the display turns off (the blackout period) when pictures are taken with On or On (monitor only)selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU.
  • • Item d5 in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU, formerly Electronic front-curtain shutter, has been renamed Shutter type and offers a choice of AutoMechanical shutter, and Electronic front-curtain shutter. If Auto is selected, the camera will automatically choose a shutter type according to shutter speed.
  • • Changed the color the focus point turns when the AF-ON button is pressed or the shutter-release button is pressed halfway with Auto-area AF selected and face detection or target tracking active.
  • • Edited and revised help text.
  • • Fixed the following issues:
    • – The camera would stop responding if certain operations were performed while HDMI output was in progress with 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) selected for frame size.
    • – The value selected for maximum sensitivity would sometimes be exceeded during movie recording in mode M with Onselected for Auto ISO control (mode M) if Active D-Lighting was enabled.
    • – The display would sometimes briefly behave unexpectedly in movie mode before or during recording.
    • – The items in My Menu would sometimes not display correctly.

Z6 Firmware – 2.0 (Click here)

  • • Added eye-detection AF for use when taking photographs. To enable eye-detection AF, select:
    • – AF-S or AF-C for Focus mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • – Auto-area AF for AF-area mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • – Face and eye detection on for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU
    If the camera detects the face of a portrait subject, the face will be enclosed in an amber border indicating the focus point. If the subject’s eyes are detected, an amber border indicating the focus point will appear around either eye. If the camera detects more than one face or eye, triangles will appear to either side of the focus point; to position the focus point over a different face or eye, press the multi- or sub-selector left or right.
  • • Improved autofocus performance for photos and movies shot under low light: -3.5 – 19 EV (low light autofocus -6 – 19 EV), measured in photo mode with single-servo AF (AF-S) at ISO 100 and 20°C with an f/2 lens.
  • • The following improvements have been made to the Continuous H (extended) option for Release mode:
    • – Not only focus but now also exposure will respond to changes in the subject during shooting
    • – The burst shooting display after the memory buffer fills is now easier to read
  • • Reduced the length of time the display turns off (the blackout period) when pictures are taken with On or On (monitor only)selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU.
  • • Item d5 in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU, formerly Electronic front-curtain shutter, has been renamed Shutter type and offers a choice of AutoMechanical shutter, and Electronic front-curtain shutter. If Auto is selected, the camera will automatically choose a shutter type according to shutter speed.
  • • Changed the color the focus point turns when the AF-ON button is pressed or the shutter-release button is pressed halfway with Auto-area AF selected and face detection or target tracking active.
  • • Edited and revised help text.
  • • Fixed the following issues:
    • – The camera would stop responding if certain operations were performed while HDMI output was in progress with 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) selected for frame size.
    • – The value selected for maximum sensitivity would sometimes be exceeded during movie recording in mode M with Onselected for Auto ISO control (mode M) if Active D-Lighting was enabled.
    • – The items in My Menu would sometimes not display correctly.

Whew – a long list! Now, time to see how all of this plays in the real world.

~Steve

PS – If you enjoyed this post, I think you’ll REALLY like my e-books, Secrets To Exposure And Metering For Nikon, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography, and Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System – as well as my new Noise Reduction video workshop. They’re filled with hundreds of tips, techniques and information just like this. Check ’em out – click here (hey, it’s free to look).


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All manufactures are doing the same thing. Short term profits, if the companies go under the management leaves.
Filson clothing, designed to survive the Klondike. One generation bought it, broke it in. Then passed it down. Filson shoes, was the world’s best built. Rebildable, for life. Toyota, corolla and even (dare I say) Honda? I am glad I bought this a few years ago. If I pass, my family will have something.

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Allen Edmonds shoes, sorry.

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Thanks so much for providing all of the info and help you supply us…..You have helped me immensely!

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Thank you for posting all the pertinent info. With your Nikon connections, do you have any insight as to -Exactly what the problem is and how it could be demonstrated, I.e. testing the camera -Exactly what the repair will require? My Z7 is on Nikon’s “affected” list. I’m wondering about whether to send it in, or wait for Nikon to perfect the repair. I recall that Nikon’s repair of D800 left side autofocus problems was haphazard, some people having their cameras returned no better or even worse, some people having to send cameras in 2 or 3 times, some Nikon… Read more »

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Thanks for the step by step instructions. It made it so easy to update my Z6. Yesterday I found out that there was a lens update for the Tamron 150-600. I had to call for help. Not fun. Before I did the update I took the z6 and Tamron out this morning. I was very frustrated with the lens hunting so much. So I will try again tomorrow to see how much the update will help. Two updates in 2 days for a lens and a camera. Frustrating to say the least. Love your e books

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Reg Sharp

Nikon cameras & glass were always made in JAPAN and not Thailand or China etc etc. Without being negative, its disappointing to see that proper quality control in such critical areas of ALL camera manufacturers has been dropped. Outsource your manufacturing to other countries (that are only interested in qty output) and this is what happens. Nikon & others once produced fine optics with Japanese precision & discipline, its a shame that this has not continued, and that profits are the only driving force ! 🙁

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Reg Sharp

Steve, Oh, and thank you for this valuable information & your fantastic efforts in teaching us your fine art 🙂

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Brian Luu

Thank you for the firmware update and recall info.

Enrique Torres
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Thank you, I appreciate not only the instructions to update and install. But also where in the menu to select the new options.

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Gary Scharlach

Thank you Steve for making all our lives a little bit easier! will update both D850 and Z6 today. Any word on the depth-of-field preview fix on the Z6 when it wide open? Your e-books are great!

Jetmir Troshani
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Thank you for keeping us in the loop. I updated my D850 firmware following your video prompts. Much appreciated. I am hopping D850 firmware update won’t have any issues.

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Marriott Brian

Hi Steve,

Thank you very much for this critically important information regarding my Z7 and it sure makes me thankful that I purchased your excellent books and signed up for your news releases