Nikon Z Series Firmware Ver. 2.20 Released



Nikon announced the release of firmware Ver. 2.20 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The firmware update offers several improvements that made these cameras even more powerful, including the addition of support for the next generation memory card, CFexpress.

Additionally, Nikon announced that service to install RAW video output functionality will be available for those wishing to add enhanced professional video capabilities.

Updating Z 7 and Z 6 firmware to Ver. 2.20 enables the use of 1 of CFexpress 2 cards. CFexpress cards are robust and reliable, and support even faster data transfer than XQD cards for a smoother and more efficient photographic workflow. Initially, only CFexpress card types are fully supported and the number of supported cards will continue to expand as additional cards are tested and certified.

Developed in conjunction with Atomos, the RAW video output function (4K UHD and Full HD) capability enables recording of RAW video, which has greater flexibility for color grading compared to other video formats.

With this upgrade, 12-bit 4K UHD or full-HD Raw video can be recorded to select models of Atomos video recorders connected to a Z 7 or Z 6 camera via a HDMI connector. As RAW video is not subjected to in-camera processing, all information that is outputted from the image sensor is preserved. This abundance of information can later be used in post-production.

The RAW video output capability upgrade can be installed at a Nikon service center and will incur a fee but will be included free of charge as part of Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s kit bundles. Those customers in the United States who already purchased a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s kit will be eligible to have the fee waived. (Proof of Purchase required.)

The RAW video output upgrade is available now and will require installation by a Nikon Service Center. A $199.95 fee will apply.