Nikon Z9 Firmware 4.10 comes with an improvement that will please the bird photographers and videographers. Nikon claims that the new updates enhances the detection and tracking performance of birds in various states, including flying, perched, and even those with unique-looking appearances. The new firmware can be downloaded here.
Nikon Z9 Firmware 4.1 Changes and Improvements
- Added [Birds] and [Airplanes] to [AF subject detection options] in the photo shooting and video recording menus.
- Improved overall AF detection and tracking performance for birds, compared to [auto] or [animal] modes.
- Enhanced tracking performance in diverse scenes, including when a bird is in rapid motion.
- Improved detection performance for birds even when they are small in the frame.
- Improved chance of focusing on birds in flight.
The same improvements will be added to the Nikon Z8 in the first half of 2024.
Nikon releases the upgraded firmware version 4.10 for the Nikon Z 9 full-frame mirrorless camera
MELVILLE, NY (October 4, 2023) – Nikon is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 4.10 for its flagship full-frame/FX-format mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9.
New dedicated [Birds] and [Airplanes] subject detection options have been added with firmware version 4.10. The [Birds] option increases overall detection performance for birds. In addition to increased detection and AF performance with complicated and high-contrast backgrounds such as forests and rocky mountains, this option adds the ability to quickly detect birds in various states, including flying, perched, and even those with unique-looking appearances. Tracking performance with rapidly moving birds are also increased for a smooth shooting experience that ensures you will never miss a crucial moment when photographing birds. Adding the same [Airplanes] option built into the Nikon Z 8 enables reliable detection of airplanes regardless of their size. This option offers increased detection capabilities with dark scenes and those that include busy backgrounds.
Furthermore, in a firmware update planned for release in the first half of 2024 for the Nikon Z 8, the dedicated bird subject detection option will be added, alongside the airplane option available from the camera’s initial release. Other improvements in functionality are also planned.
Nikon will continuously meet users' needs through firmware updates that expand the functionality of its cameras. The latest firmware and instructions for download and installation can be found here.