The new firmware 3.0 update for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 has officially been released, and it seems the autofocus has undergone a huge upgrade. Here, one photographer reviews the enhanced AF tracking and the new subject-tracking.
William Hall, of Boston-based The Monochrome Memoirs and Perla Images, used the Z 6, and uploaded the video review to his YouTube channel. One of the big selling points of the firmware update has been the Animal Eye autofocus, although luckily for those who shoot other subjects such as weddings or still life, the autofocus is improved as a whole.
Hall says the hit rate and overall usability is greater, comparing it to 3D Tracking option on Nikon DSLRs. He reports:
Nikon has given us a huge update here that I’m very, very happy with. The hit rate on AF-C is much, much better. It’s not just the fact that the face tracking actually sticks to the face and eye better—which it does—but the actual hit rate… there are way more [photos] in focus.
See Hall’s video above, which shows the new autofocus feature in motion via direct viewfinder footage (start the video around 4.50). And if you have a Z 6 or Z 7, be sure to update your firmware and enjoy!