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Z 6II Firmware

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  • • This service supplies software that can be used to update the Z 6II camera “C” firmware to version 1.62. Before proceeding, select [Firmware version] in the camera [SETUP MENU] and check the camera firmware version. You will not need to download or install this update if the firmware listed above is already installed.
  • • This update includes all changes made in previous updates.
  • • A card reader and computer are required for the firmware update.
  • • Read the information below before proceeding.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.61 to 1.62
  • • Changed the default values for the following settings displayed when connecting wirelessly:
    • - Encryption keys
    • - The password displayed after the camera's default settings are restored
  • • Fixed the following issues:
    • - In some cases, tapping the monitor would not move the focus point to the selected position.
    • - In some cases, the camera would take time between shots if Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take photos.
Changes from Previous Versions
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.60 to 1.61
  • • Fixed an issue that in rare circumstances in which the camera did not turn on or the camera date and time were not set correctly when the camera was not used for an extended period of time.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.50 to 1.60
  • • Made the following additions to the [CUSTOM SETTING MENU]:
    • - Added [Always] and [Only when flash is not used] options for Custom Setting d9 [Apply settings to live view] > [On].
    • - Added d10 [Warm display colors]
    • - Added d11 [Image frame]
    • - Added g7 [Red REC frame indicator]
  • • Added [Finder display size (photo Lv)] to the [SETUP MENU].
  • • The [Prioritize viewfinder] monitor mode has been replaced by [Prioritize viewfinder (1)] and [Prioritize viewfinder (2)].
  • • Fixed the following issues:
    • - A drop in brightness sometimes occurred in part of photographs taken using a flash.
    • - In some cases, the OK button could not be used to interrupt the interval-timer or focus shift photography when the viewfinder was used.
    • - Focus could still be adjusted using the focus ring when [Disable] was selected for [Manual focus ring in AF mode] in the [CUSTOM SETTING MENU] if an option other than [Non-linear] was chosen for [Focus ring rotation range] in the [CUSTOM SETTING MENU].
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.40 to 1.50
  • • Added support for the iOS edition of NX MobileAir, starting with NX MobileAir version 1.0.4.
  • • Added support for MC-N10 remote grips.
  • • Made improvements to focus-ring response when [MF] is selected for [Focus mode].
  • • Fixed an issue occurring when the camera was powered via USB that resulted in the supply of power ending after 15 hours of continuous use.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.30 to 1.40
  • • Added:
    • - support for NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lenses,
    • - support for ML-L7 remote controls,
    • Focus ring rotation range 1 to the CUSTOM SETTING MENU in position f9,
    • Switch focus/control ring roles 1 to the CUSTOM SETTING MENU in position f10, and
    • Save focus position and Recall focus position 2 to the roles that can be assigned using Custom Setting f2 (Custom controls) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
  • As of April 20, 2022, these features are available only with the following lenses:
  • 1. NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S
  • 2. NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S, and NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S
  • • Made the following improvements:
    • - The camera focuses more readily on the subject in the center of the frame if it fails to detect the face or eyes of a portrait subject when Auto-area AF is selected for AF-area mode.
    • - Memory recall has been altered so that regardless of the focus mode selected, the focus position chosen via autofocus does not change if the shutter-release button is pressed halfway while memory recall is in effect.
  • • Fixed the following issues:
    • - The camera would sometimes fail to focus on the subject in the focus area in pictures taken immediately after the battery was inserted.
    • - Reactivating the standby timer in User Settings mode U1, U2, or U3 would cause the shutter speed to change if the stored value was slower than 30 s.
    • - Pictures viewed by rotating the main command dial after zooming in on an image in “tall” (portrait) orientation in the viewfinder would not display correctly.
    • - Jitter would occur in movies recorded while footage was being output to an HDMI device with 3840×2160; 60p or 3840×2160; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.
    • - The movie-record button would not function with certain gimbals while video was being recorded to an external device via HDMI with 3840×2160; 30p, 3840×2160; 25p, or 3840×2160; 24p selected for Frame size/frame rate in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU and 10 bit selected for Advanced > Output data depth in the SETUP MENU.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.21 to 1.30
  • • Added support for:
    • - FTZ II mount adapters,
    • - NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S lenses,
    • - NIKKOR Z 28-75mm f/2.8 lenses, and
    • - NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S lenses.
  • • Portrait impression balance items have been added to the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU and MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.
  • • The monitor now shows the shooting display at all times while tilted when On is selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU.
  • • Voice memo has been added to the options available for Custom Setting f2 (Custom controls) > Movie record button in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU. In this role, the movie-record button can be used during playback to record and play voice memos up to 60 seconds long.
  • • Fixed the following issues:
    • - Custom Setting f4 (Aperture lock) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU was not available when an FTZ mount adapter was attached.
    • - Although focus would normally remain locked if the AF-ON button was kept pressed while the shutter-release button was used to take a series of pictures, the camera would refocus without input from the AF-ON button if shooting was suspended with:
      • ▹ Custom Setting a6 (AF activation) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU set to AF-ON only with Enable selected for Out-of-focus release,
      • ▹ Continuous L or Continuous H selected for Release mode,
      • ▹ Single AF selected for Focus mode, and
      • ▹ Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode.
    • - The flash-ready light on SB-5000 flash units would not light if a WR-R10 or WR-R11b was used for wireless remote flash photography.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.20 to 1.21
  • • Addressed an issue that would in rare circumstances result in unusually loud noises from the aperture mechanism when the zoom or focus rings on F mount lenses connected via an FTZ mount adapter were rotated.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.20
  • • Added support for NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 and NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S lenses.
  • • Improved live view focus-point display response during face/eye-detection and subject-tracking AF.
  • • Improved the performance of face/eye-detection AF and subject visibility with optional flash units.
  • • Improved low-light autofocus detection times at a Focus mode setting of Single AF.
  • • Fixed the following issues:
    • - Selecting Focus for Custom Setting a1 (AF-C priority selection) would sometimes slow shutter response.
    • - Focus accuracy was sometimes unreliable.
    • - Using custom Picture Controls created with Manage Picture Control when recording movies at a frame size/rate of 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 60p or 50p would sometimes produce unexpected results.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.10
  • • Added 3840x2160; 60p and 3840x2160; 50p to the options available for Frame size/frame rate in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU. More information is available in the portions of the “Reference Manual (complete instructions)” devoted to this feature.
    • < CFexpress/XQD Memory Cards >
    • A card with a maximum data transfer rate of 250 MB/s or faster is recommended for recording and playback of movies at a frame size of 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) 60/50p.
    • < SD Memory Cards >
    • A UHS Speed Class 3 or better card with a maximum data transfer rate of 250 MB/s or faster is recommended for recording and playback of movies at a frame size of 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) 60/50p.
  • • Improved eye-detection performance in Auto-area AF (people) and Wide-area AF (L-people) AF-area modes.
  • • Support for RAW video output is available via a fee-for-service upgrade, * and firmware version 1.10 adds support under this service for Blackmagic Design external video recorders (currently the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR). If you have already purchased the RAW video output upgrade for your camera, updating to firmware version 1.10 will add support for Blackmagic Design external video recorders automatically. Note, however, that RAW video output is not available at a resolution of 4K UHD 60p/50p.
  • • Users of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (version 10.4.9 or later) can now display and adjust ISO sensitivity and color temperature for ProRes RAW footage output to ATOMOS NINJA V external recorders using the fee-for-service RAW video output upgrade. *
    • < Choosing a RAW Output Type >
    • Before filming RAW video, choose an option for HDMI > Advanced > RAW output options > RAW output type in the SETUP MENU based on the type of recorder connected: select Type A for NINJA V recorders and Type B for Video Assist recorders.
  • • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the camera downloading location data via SnapBridge when used with an MB-N11 power battery pack.
  • * The RAW video output upgrade is available on a fee-for-service basis. For more information, contact a Nikon-authorized service representative.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02
  • • Fixed the following issue:
    • - Flash photographs taken with Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU would sometimes not be correctly exposed.
  • • Improved overall reliability.
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
  • • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused overexposure in photos taken in continuous release modes using an AF-area mode with human or animal face/eye detection.
Viewing the Camera Firmware Version
  1. Turn the camera on.
  2. Press the camera MENU button and select [Firmware version] in the [SETUP MENU] to display the camera firmware version.
  3. Check the camera firmware version.
  4. Turn the camera off.
Product Description
Name Z 6II “C” Firmware Version 1.62
Supported cameras Z 6II
Supported camera firmware versions “C” firmware versions 1.00–1.61
File name Z6_2_0162.bin
Copyright Nikon Corporation
Reproduction Not permitted
Updating the Camera Firmware
  1. Download the following firmware file to your computer.
    Please make sure you have the downloaded firmware file on your computer.
    • Z6_2_0162.bin (the camera firmware)
  2. Using a card reader, copy “Z6_2_0162.bin” to a memory card that has been formatted in the camera.
    Note: Be sure to copy the firmware to the root (top-most) directory of the memory card. The camera will not recognize the new firmware if it is placed in a folder under the root directory.
  3. Insert the memory card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot on the camera and turn the camera on.
  4. Select [Firmware version] in the [SETUP MENU] and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.
  5. Once the update is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  6. Confirm that the firmware has been updated to the new version.

Note: Updates can be performed for you by a Nikon-authorized service representative.

Note: The license for the open-source software included in the camera’s NVM Express driver can be found under “BSD License (NVM Express Driver)”.

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