Nikon has released new firmware for its flagship full-frame/FX-format mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9 adding new features for both stills and video shooting.

Version 4.00 of the camera’s firmware introduces a new Auto Capture function that enables automatic shooting when the subject meets one or more pre-configured criteria.  The three settings that can be configured include a [Motion] option that detects subjects that make certain movements, a [Distance] [2] option which begins shooting when a subject is within a certain range of distances, and a [Subject detection] option which detects a person, animal, or vehicle within the frame. These options can be used either separately or together to automatically trigger shooting when the selected criteria are met. Operating in stills and video modes, this function is handy in situations that require increased automation or when the camera must be positioned in places where the user cannot remain for extended periods of time.

The new firmware also expands the minimum ISO sensitivity available with N-Log recording, increases the number of options available for Hi-Res Zoom speed, and adds slow-motion video recording. With still-image shooting, the subject acquisition performance of 3D-tracking when capturing stills of small and fast-moving subjects has been improved. The firmware also supports enhanced operability by increasing the number of functions that can be assigned to custom controls, as well as the addition of new shutter sound and volume options.

Click here to visit the Nikon Download Centre and download the new firmware.