Like any other device, the camera must have the latest firmware update (built-in software that controls the camera’s functions). An updated firmware gives you access to the latest bug fixes and sometimes new features.
In this regard, recently, Nikon has released a new firmware for its Z-series mirrorless cameras. Along with a number of bug fixes, the company has integrated Eye-Detection Auto Focus.
To get this feature on Nikon cameras, you will need a firmware upgrade. And here’s how to do it – specifically for Nikon Z6 / Z7 camera models.
Upgrade the Nikon camera firmware
1. Go to the Nikon Download Center.
2. Search documents for specific product through “Search by Product Name” or “Search by Product Category”.
3. Click the tab Firmware where you will find the latest firmware release and select “View download page”.
Note: You only need to update the camera, if the firmware version on it is lower than the version displayed on the Nikon website. You can check the current firmware version of the camera by going to Menu> Setup Menu> Firmware version.
4. Select the operating system, click Agree in End User License Agreement and click “Download”.
5. Double click on the downloaded installation file and find .bin in the directory.
Note: For Nikon Z users, the downloaded file has a name “F-Z6-V201M.dmg” (macOS) or “F-Z6-V201W.exe” (PC) and the .bin firmware file will be placed inside the folder.
6. Push the memory card out of the camera and connect it to the computer via the card reader.
7. Now copy the .bin file from the computer to the root directory of the memory card. Eject the card and then put it back into the camera.
8. In the camera, click Menu, navigate to Setup Menu> Firmware version and click OK, got it to start the firmware update process.
9. Delete the firmware file from the card after the update is completed.
10. To ensure that the firmware version has been updated, navigate back Menu> Setup Menu> Firmware version.