New firmware updates for the Z50, Z5, Z6, Z7 today

Ton14Ton14 Posts: 621Member
Nikon just released new firmware updates for the Z50, Z5, Z6, Z7 mirrorless cameras, most important for me:

- Improved eye detection performance for Auto-area AF and Wide-area AF (L) !!!
- Increased the refresh rate for the focus point displayed during face/eye-detection and subject-tracking AF.
- Improved face/eye detection performance and the visibility of subjects in pictures taken using an optional flash unit.

This morning I quickly installed this firmware 3.40 on my Nikon Z6 and did a quick small test.

First impression with my setting when I want to follow or lock focus:
AF selector to "Auto-area AF" with AF-C and the AF activation (A7) to on, the "lock on" and hold the point seems improved to me.

I am curious about all your findings.
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  • photobunnyphotobunny Posts: 481Member
    edited November 10
    My Z6 found eyes that where much smaller in frame than before. Quite a great improvement. I isn’t going to replace my upcoming Z9, but it’ll let the Z6 continue to be a great second camera for a while longer until the Z6iii
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  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 2,370Member
    My Z6 is updated. Haven't really had a chance to try it out much yet but I should be able to give it some use this weekend.
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 2,370Member
    Matt Irwin has video up with some quick comparisons. Looks promising.

  • SearcySearcy Posts: 721Member
    edited November 11
    I updated my Z6 and the focus lock seems better. And I must say that I'm impressed that Nikon will push this much support to a nearly 3 year old camera. I didn't expect that.
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  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 2,370Member
    Agree. And I wonder if this implies a significant update to the vII models is coming soon. Seems like with v3.4 the v1s are now very close to vII performance and I can't see Nikon allowing that to be the case long term.
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,451Member
    Ran the update last night, hopefully I'll get a chance to test it out soon, if it ever stops raining. :lol:
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • WestEndFotoWestEndFoto Posts: 3,634Member
  • SearcySearcy Posts: 721Member
    mhedges said:

    Agree. And I wonder if this implies a significant update to the vII models is coming soon. Seems like with v3.4 the v1s are now very close to vII performance and I can't see Nikon allowing that to be the case long term.

    No, me either. At this point I bet thay have something big coming for the Z6ii and Z7ii.

    I do need all these American YouTube guys to stop saying "zed" though.
  • photobunnyphotobunny Posts: 481Member
    Isn’t it a good thing if Americans are speaking English? Aren’t some of them Canadian so they wouldn’t say zee instead of zed anyway?
  • SearcySearcy Posts: 721Member

    Isn’t it a good thing if Americans are speaking English? Aren’t some of them Canadian so they wouldn’t say zee instead of zed anyway?

    Nooooo, if you don't say "aluminium" or "shedyool" you can't call the Z a "zed". My world.... my rules.
  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,451Member
    edited November 13
    :lol: You live in a small world then, most English speakers, outside the US, around the globe say zed, like it or not.
    Post edited by PB_PM on
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • SearcySearcy Posts: 721Member
    PB_PM said:

    :lol: You live in a small world then, most English speakers, outside the US, around the globe say zed, like it or not.

    That's fine so long as their aren't Americans pretending to be Brits or Canuck or Kiwis or Ozzie's. If you're American, you say "Zee" that way God intended.

    First practice shots with the new update and my new 85mm 1.8S

    New Lens Day
  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 2,370Member
    Tried it out at a soccer tournament over the weekend. Definitely a big improvement in how fast it grabs faces or eyes, and the box for eyes is smaller. I was using Dynamic Area AF exclusively for games but did shoot some in Auto area (face /eye) and it seemed to do OK but I need to go through them.
  • SearcySearcy Posts: 721Member
    edited November 15
    Yes, I shot about 1000 photos at a burlesque show on Saturday night ( I haven't been cleared to post any of them) and I'm amazing at how fast it was locking faces and eyes in a sea of faces and bad lighting. Lot's of faces and eyes and lots of fast, unpredictable movement from the dancers means I have to shoot a lot to get anything interesting. Also, when I got home and started looking at the images I was impressed by the low number of out of focus shots I ended up with.

    This is a massive improvement to the Z6 that greatly helps with the type of photography I do.
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  • Ton14Ton14 Posts: 621Member
    The way I use AF now is changed for many things. My camera is on Auto Area and FN1 activates the AF point in the middle, set it under U1. When I switch on the camera I also press the FN1 button (muscle memory), recompose the shot is easy now.

    Indeed a massive improvement to the Z6, AF is faster.
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  • mhedgesmhedges Posts: 2,370Member
    Yep its really impressive how much improvement they were able to make. More than I expected, for sure.
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