Can the Z6 autofocus become as good as the A7m3 autofocus with the upcoming firmware update ? Locked

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chambeshi Senior Member • Posts: 1,893
Re: Can the Z6 autofocus become as good as the A7m3 autofocus with the upcoming firmware update ?

The short answer is no one (except Nikon engineers) knows the explicit answer to your question. Longer answer is such cross-camera comparisons of AF faces the age old challenge of too many variables to compare reliably. This is not only between different subjects and situations, but also between individual photographers. Ideally, it needs a randomized experimental design to get anywhere close to truth. Using multiple testers with repeated target and combinations of different cameras (and lenses).

Ability of the User is probably the Big No 1 variable. Add in pro vs learner on the camera, and # years of experience shooting action. This is assuming that standardized tests are even made.

https://www.sansmirror.com/articles/choosing-a-mirrorless-camer/why-autofocus-is-contentiou.html

In practice, there are those of us who rely on reliable reviewers, and the reliable posters on forums, allied with examples of captures.

My 6+ months experience of the Z system concurs with Lance B. To add my $0.02, it will be great if Nikon can improve the Z AF in Key areas to get its Action-Capabilities closer to a D850, D5 or D500. As others point out, the major upgrade probably demands new core code for the AFC engine wrt how the AF works "outwards" from the Z sensor(s). There are a few tweaks in the Custom Options in the Z Menus. These are overdue priorities that updated FW will really improve. Fix gaps in key settings and the clumsy interface (eg controlling AF Tracking)

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