Nikon Animal Eye AF Now Available For Z6 & Z7

Nikon has now added support for animal eye detection AF with the latest firmware upgrade 3.0 for Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. Not just that, the new firmware also improves the focus tracking operations and adds support for the latest NIKKOR Z lenses as well as CFexpress cards from Lexar and ProGrade.

Nikon Animal Eye & Face AF

Just like human eye AF, Nikon Animal Detection AF technology automatically targets a dog or cat’s eye & face and adjusts the focus accordingly.

Under Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection), you can now find the new “Animal Detection” option. Enable it and you’re ready to go. Animal Detection AF is also available in movie mode but that will only target animal’s faces, not eyes.

Focus Tracking Enhancements

With firmware 3.0, you can now easily initiate the subject-tracking AF via the Fn1 or Fn2 button on the camera or the lens. In addition, Subject tracking can also be toggled by pressing the AF-ON button or by pressing the shutter-release button halfway while shooting stills in AF-C mode.

New NIKKOR Z Lenses Support

The recently released NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S zoom lens is now fully supported by Nikon Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras, thanks to the focus limit switch support added in Firmware 3.0.

CFexpress Memory Cards Support

Not long ago, Nikon announced support for Sony CFexpress memory cards. With Firmware 3.0, Nikon Z6 and Z7 will also accept ProGrade and Lexar CFexpress memory cards (Type B).

Fixed Issues

  • Horizontal lines appearing in photographs sometimes (Nikon Z7).
  • Bluetooth pairing request appearing even when pairing is complete. (iOS devices).
  • Manually adjusted Viewfinder’s brightness changing sometimes when the standby timer was restarted.

Firmware Download Links

Click on the appropriate links below to land on the firmware download page.

Nikon Z7Nikon Z6
FirmwareVersion 3.0Version 3.0
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Ishaan Sarna

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