As reported, the website Nikon Rumors suggests that the Firmware Version 2.20 for the Nikon Z6 and Z7 were going to be released this week for the two mirrorless cameras. Well, Nikon has officially released a press release this week regarding the upgrade as it will add limited CFExpress compatibility and upgrades to the mirrorless cameras with ProRes RAW video over HDMI for an additional $200, plus shipping.
The CFExpress Type B memory cards that will be compatible are Sony-branded cards, for now. However, the press release states, “the number of supported cards will continue to expand as additional cards are tested and certified.” Lexar, Prograde Digital, SanDisk, Delkin are already shipping and selling their CFExpress cards. Now, you can update the Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware to use CFExpress and XQD cards much like the Nikon D5, D4, D850, and D500.
The ProRes RAW firmware update provides the Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras with a 12-bit ProRes RAW 4K and Full HD video output. It will be compatible with the Atomos external recorder and monitor.
“With this upgrade, 12-bit 4K UHD or full-HD RAW video can be recorded*3 to select models of Atomos video recorders*4 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,“ Nikon USA Press Release states.
To get this capability, you will need to ship your camera to Nikon and pay the $200 fee and cover the cost of shipping. Nikon customers can expect to update the firmware on Nikon’s website for Z6 and Z7 respectively.