For the most part, camera firmware updates are a relatively unexciting affair, mostly bringing bug fixes and minor new features. However, occasionally, manufacturers will introduce major new capabilities via firmware upgrades, and Nikon's latest firmware update for their flagship mirrorless camera, the Z 9, has introduced one of the most exciting features we have seen in years.
Coming to you from Morten Hilmer, this great video shows you the new Auto Capture mode introduced in firmware 4.00 for the Nikon Z 9 mirrorless camera. Auto Capture is exactly what it sounds like: the camera will automatically record photos or videos based on three parameters: specific subject motion, subject distance, and subject type (person, animal, or vehicle). While devices like trail cameras and external accessories have enabled these capabilities before, I have never seen this feature built into a professional camera, and when you consider the powerful autofocus and image quality of the Z 9, it quickly becomes apparent how tremendously useful this could be in a wide variety of scenarios, such as wildlife photographers who do not want to disturb a subject or sports photographers who want to capture multiple angles, to name a few. As a Canon user, I am certainly a bit jealous. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Hilmer.