Nikon has released firmware updates for its Z50, Z6 and Z7 cameras and promised new software to enable its mirrorless and DSLR cameras to be used for video conferencing.
Nikon has released Firmware version 2.00 for the compact Z 50 mirrorless camera and firmware version 3.10 for its Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 cameras. Responding to popular demand, firmware version 2.00 for the Nikon Z 50 introduces Animal-Detection AF support which makes it possible for the camera to smartly detect the eyes and faces of dogs and cats. In addition, subject tracking with still-image shooting has also been modified for a more flexible operational feel. The updates to firmware version 2.00 for the Z 50, and to firmware version 3.10 for the Z 7 and Z 6, also provide support for the new Z TC-1.4x and Z TC-2.0x teleconverters. The new firmware is now available at the Nikon Download Center.
Nikon Australia has also revealed plans to release the beta version of Webcam Utility, a Windows 10 software application that enables a Nikon mirrorless or DSLR camera to be used as a high-quality webcam. It will be available from early August. Supported cameras include the Z 7, Z 6, Z 5, Z 50, D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D5600. Future Nikon mirrorless and digital SLR cameras are also scheduled to be compatible with this new software.