An Early Valentine for Z8 Users

Nikon today released firmware 2.0 for the Z8 camera, and as with the major numbered Z9 firmware updates, it's a doozy:

  • Pixel shift shooting has been added (from Zf).
  • Rich Tone Portrait, Flat Monochrome, and Deep Tone Monochrome Picture Controls have been added (from Zf).
  • Additional bracketing value options have been added.
  • Birds has been added to AF subject detection options (from Z9).
  • Auto capture has been added (from Z9).
  • Full format has been added (from Z9).
  • Pre-release capture buffer time has been extended to 300 seconds (from Z9).
  • Focus point border width was added to CSM #A11.
  • Non-CPU lens data now allows user specified values (not just previous Nikon-used ones).
  • White balance and exposure compensation can be changed when using Recall shooting functions.
  • Exposure delay mode has been added (from various previous cameras).
  • Added new control customizations. 
  • Added focus distance information during manual focus.
  • N-Log video recording now allows LO ISO values (from Z9).
  • Hi-Res Zoom now has new speeds available.
  • Slow motion video recording (30Px4, 25Px4, 24Px5) is now available in FullHD (from various previous cameras).
  • Playback has several new or changed options.
  • and at least two dozen other small changes, support for power zoom lenses, as well as bug fixes.

One thing to note about this firmware update is that if you're using other Nikon software, you may need to update it: Camera Control Pro 2.37.0 or later, IPTC Preset Manager 1.3.0 or later, NX Studio 1.6.0 or later, NX MobileAir 1.1.4 (iOS) or 1.2.0 (Android) or later, NX Field 1.4.0 or later, and you must also use the just announced update of NX Tether (2.0.0).

As usual, the firmware and supplemental manual are on the Nikon download site.

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