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Nikon Releases Firmware Ver. 2.20 for Nikon Z 7 and Z 6

MediaInfoline December 26, 2019
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Upgrading the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 further, Firmware Version 2.20 has been announced today by Nikon India Pvt. Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, Tokyo. This firmware update offers several improvements that make these cameras even more powerful. In addition, Nikon initiates the service to enable RAW video output function.

Updating the Z 7 and Z 6 firmware to Ver. 2.20 enables the use1 of CFexpress2 cards. CFexpress cards support even faster data transfer than XQD cards for a smoother and more efficient photographic workflow.

Users of the Z 7 or Z 6 who have downloaded and installed Firmware Ver. 2.20 or later can also bring in their camera to a Nikon-authorized service centre to have the RAW video output capability activated. Activating this capability enables recording of RAW video, which has greater tolerance to colour grading than other video formats, to an external recorder via a HDMI connector.

Firmware ver. 2.20 is now available at the Nikon Download Center.

The complimentary consumer offer for firmware upgrade worth INR. 15,000/ – is for limited period only. Consumers can avail benefits of this offer till Feb ’20.

Nikon will continue to flexibly respond to changing user needs and offer next-generation imaging experiences that stimulate users’ creativity with periodic firmware updates for its Z series mirrorless cameras.

Added functions with Firmware Ver. 2.20

  • Support for CFexpress memory cards, with a new standard

This firmware update enables the usage of CFexpress, a new standard for memory cards that supports even faster data transfer than XQD cards, without modifying the camera’s memory card slot. The post-shooting/-recording workflow would be hastened with shorter transfer times.

Enabled RAW video output function

  • Support for 4K UHD or Full-HD RAW video output

12-bit 4K UHD or Full-HD RAW video can be recorded3 to an external recorder4 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 output from the image sensor is preserved. This abundance of information can later be used in post-production. Users of the Z 7 or Z 6 who have downloaded and installed firmware Ver. 2.20 or later can take or send their camera to a Nikon-authorized service centre to have RAW video output capability activated5.

Nikon RAW video output is currently supported by the Atomos Ninja V. Download for the latest version of the Ninja V firmware is available here.

Additional information:

  1. Users of the Z 6 / Z 7 need to visit Nikon Authorized Service Centre, submit the product for RAW video output feature with consent form.
  2. The upgrade will happen at Nikon India owned branches, once the update is completed customers will be informed for collection of their product
  3. This consumer offer is for a limited time and is valid till end of Feb’20.

For more information on the update please visit website.

1 Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by Sony Corp. only. Operation is not guaranteed with cards from other manufacturers (as of December 2019)

2 CFexpress is a trademark of the CompactFlash Association

3 With the Z 7, Full-HD RAW video can be recorded using the FX-based movie format, and 4K UHD RAW video can be recorded using the DX-based movie format. When the Z 6 is used, recording of either 4K UHD or full-HD RAW video is possible with both FX- and DX-based movie formats. See the cameras’ Technical Guide, available from the Download Center, for details on differences between Z 7 and Z 6 specifications. Nikon Download Center can be accessed here.

4 The Atomos Ninja V supports Nikon RAW video output, and records videos in ProRes RAW format. Operation is not guaranteed with recorders other than the Ninja V (as of December 2019). RAW video output from a Nikon camera is supported by Ninja V firmware Ver. 10.3 and later. See the Ninja V firmware download site from here.

5 For instructions on requesting the RAW output options activation service from here.

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