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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Get Blackmagic RAW Support via Firmware Update

Blackmagic RAW comes to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 (with a catch)

Nikon Z6 gimbal
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Nikon has just released firmware v3.20 for Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras enabling Blackmagic RAW recording externally. Compatible monitor/recorders include the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR 5-inch and 7-inch models. 

You may recall that just this past week, the Nikon Z7 II also received a firmware update enabling ProRes RAW external recording. You can read more about this in our previous post here.

Other major improvements in firmware update v3.20 is the ability for users to adjust ISO and White Balance in ProRes RAW when editing the footage in FCP X 10.4.9.

Blackmagic RAW comes to Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras (with a paid upgrade fee)

However, as with the Nikon Z7 II update, the Blackmagic RAW update does not come free for Z6 users – you will need to send the camera to Nikon so they can upgrade your camera to output ProRes RAW and Blackmagic RAW (to compatible recorders of course).

The RAW Output Upgrade service costs $199.95 USD and you can read more about it over at Nikon’s official website here.

Firmware v3.2 in itself is free of charge, and it also brings other improvements, which you can explore in more detail below.

Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera
Image by Nikon

Nikon Z6 and Z7 Firmware v3.20 Details

  • Blackmagic RAW output via Video Assist 5-inch 12G HDR and 7-inch models.
    • Requires paid RAW Output Upgrade to be performed by Nikon.
  • Adjust ISO and White Balance for ProRes RAW in Final Cut Pro X (version 10.4.9 or later)
  • NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S lens now supported
  • Fixed various bugs and issues

Update to Nikon Webcam Utility:

  • Support for macOS Big Sur version 11.
  • Added support for Apple Silicon. Note that the Webcam Utility functions as a universal plugin and on Apple Silicon machines runs as an Apple Silicon native app in the universal version of Chrome.

You can head over to Nikon here to download the latest update by selecting the appropriate camera model.

via NikonRumors

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