Z firmware

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Re: Z firmware

avatar77 wrote:

Bjorn74 wrote:

I had expectations that Nikon would fix the AF with fw, but times running.

Not to pile on, but on top of what others have said, Nikon HAS significantly improved the AF through firmware updates. FW v1.0 to v2.0 is a big leap, and v2.1 further improved face and eye AF (noticeable increase in ability of AF system to detect and lock on to eyes in particular, plus less likelihood of AF locking onto high contrast background object). Somebody recently posted a YouTube comparison of Sony, Nikon, and Canon mirrorless AF systems and Nikon actually had some of the best results of the three. Very impressive considering where the Z started at release.

Yes, they have done a good job of upgrading AF well beyond the initial release. Kudos to Nikon for that. I became interested in the Z's when first announced. I hesitated about buying until after release. Very quickly after they hit the market, reviews and comments in forums began to bring to light the inadequacies of the AF system. I quickly brushed off the idea of buying one.

After version 2 of the firmware was released, I saw way more favorable comments in the media. I was able to buy in at a lower price. And, I was happy from day one. I avoided the buyer's remorse that often accompanies early purchase. Since that time, Nikon has continued to upgrade and improve the AF. I hope they continue to release improvements. But, I have no worries if they don't. The Z7 works fine for me like it is. Nikon has already given me more than I paid for. Any thing beyond this point is certainly a bonus.

I agree that the tracking AF implementation is clumsy, but I'm not expecting Nikon to completely revise that interface on the existing Z bodies (though I would be quite happy if they did).

+1. The interview with a Nikon executive that was recently posted gives me hope. Hardware has to be a limiting factor at some point. I don't have a clue what can be accomplished with just firmware. My fingers are crossed, with the realization that it might not get better than it already is.

I buy products for the functionality they have at the time of purchase. Unless the manufacturer has promised specific additional functionality coming via an update, you just cannot reasonably expect anything other than bug fixes. Yes, I'm optimistic based on that interview with the Nikon exec. Will continual updates make it more likely I buy another Z in the future? You bet. But it is just one factor that goes into future purchasing decisions.

I'm with you.

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