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Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras are already getting new options, due to firmware. Throughout CES 2019, Nikon shared a trio of recent options which are at the moment beneath improvement for the Z7 and Z6, together with CFexpress help, Eye AF, and ProRes RAW. The firmware doesn’t but have a launch date.

Eye AF, Nikon says, will make capturing sharp eyes simpler when photographing portraits in addition to avenue and occasion pictures. The software program helps mechanically detect the eyes to assist keep away from misplaced focal factors. Eye AF, if finished proper, might be a welcome addition to the sequence — since choices just like the Sony a7R III already contains Eye AF.

The Z6 and Z7’s XQD reminiscence card slot may also be capable of accommodate CFexpress playing cards with the firmware replace. CFexpress and XQD are each related codecs bigger than the standard SD card, with a couple of notable variations. CFexpress playing cards restrict out at sure speeds and capacities, whereas XQD playing cards are quick and might be even sooner sooner or later.

Nikon lists that pace together with a handful of different causes like capability, switch charges, and sturdiness as explanation why the corporate went with the XQD as a substitute of the older CFexpress format. Nonetheless, Sony is the one main producer producing XQD playing cards they usually can promote for practically $150 for a 64GB card. The firmware replace will open up extra choices — and permit photographers who already had CFexpress playing cards to place these playing cards again to make use of.

Lastly, the upcoming firmware will enable help for the ProRes RAW codec, along with Nikon’s personal N-Log format. ProRes recording would require the ATOMOS Ninja V with the intention to output that format, nevertheless.

Whereas the firmware doesn’t but have a launch date, fashions with the up to date firmware had been on show throughout CES. Nikon says the firmware replace is predicated on person suggestions.

At CES, Nikon additionally launched the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/four S lens, the widest lens but for the Z sequence. The lens can also be distinctive in that, regardless of the ultra-wide angle, the lens nonetheless accepts filters on the entrance, as a result of the entrance ingredient isn’t as rounded as most full body ultra-wide-angle lenses. Nikon additionally says that the lens is lighter and extra compact than the same F-mount lens. A filmmakers’ equipment for the Nikon Z6 was additionally a part of Nikon’s CES bulletins.

Nikon’s dwell shows and discussions are being livestreamed from CES by means of January 11 at nikonusa.com/dwell.

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