Month: February 2020

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Two firmware updates introduce enhanced features for Nikon Z-Series cameras

Two firmware updates introduce enhanced features for Nikon Z-Series cameras

London, United Kingdom 18 February 2020:

Today Nikon announces the release of firmware version 3.00 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, and version 1.10 for the Z 50 DX-format mirrorless camera. These firmware updates offer a number of improvements to existing features, making the mirrorless series of cameras even more powerful.

Updating Z 7/Z 6 firmware to version 3.00 adds a new Animal-detection AF feature to the current Face/eye-detection AF. While Face/eye-detection AF recognises human faces and eyes, Animal-detection AF recognises the eyes and faces of dogs and cats for enhanced focusing. Animal-detection AF takes care of focus for you, so you can concentrate on framing images creatively. Subject tracking has also been modified to function more like the 3D-tracking feature in Nikon digital SLR cameras, giving greater ease of use. Support for additional CFexpress* memory card brands has also been added.

*CFexpress is a trademark of the CompactFlash Association (CFA).

Firmware version 1.10 for the Z 50 improves AF operation when recording self-portraits in Movie mode. This improvement was made in response to user demands for the camera to maintain focus on the faces being recorded.

Nikon places a high value on responding flexibly to our users’ needs as they develop, and in offering imaging experiences that continue to stimulate creativity.

Z 7/Z 6 firmware Ver. 3.00

1. Animal-detection AF for automatic focusing on the face and/or eyes of dogs and cats
Animal-detection AF adds support for dogs and cats to the face and eye detection feature. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, the multi-selector or touch operation can be used to select the face or eye on which the camera will focus. In video recording, the faces of animals can be detected.

2. Increased usability for Subject-tracking AF
Subject tracking with still-image shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to give an operational feel more like 3D-tracking in Nikon digital SLR cameras. The camera tracks the subject while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is held down. Subject tracking ends when the user takes their finger off the button and the focus point selected before subject tracking began is reactivated, for increased operability. In addition, the transition from Auto-area AF display to Subject selection display can be assigned to a custom control. These changes all improve subject-tracking operation, and make it easier to activate and change the target subject while looking through the viewfinder.

3. Support for CFexpress memory cards
In addition to Sony CFexpress memory cards, Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade and Lexar will also be supported with Z 7/Z 6 firmware Ver. 3.00.

Marrutt 29% OFF Flash Deal on Paper / Ink

Marrutt have just sent out a new 29% OFF FLASH DEAL to mark the 2020 leap year which in case you’ve missed it, is tomorrow. This offer, which applies to 60ml ink refill sets and their range of 265gsm Pro Photo Gloss paper, runs until midnight on 29th February, 2020. The paper deal covers a limited subset of their full range but includs A5/6, A4, A3 & A2 as well as some popular print sizes e.g. 5×7, 6×8 etc but only on 50 sheet and above packs. For example,

Marrutt 265gsm Pro Photo Gloss Paper – A3, 50 Sheets – 29% OFF!WAS: £37.25 £26.45

Visit and navigate to the Ink and Paper sections to find the deals.

FujiFilm Release X-T4 Specifications

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is proud to announce the launch of the FUJIFILM X-T4, as the latest model of the X Series range of mirrorless digital cameras.

The X-T4 uses the back-illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and a high-speed image processing engine, the X-Processor 4. Combined with FUJIFILM’s colour reproduction technology, the X-T4 delivers a wide variety of options so you can recreate a scene exactly as you remember it.

IBIS provides 5-axis 6.5 stop image stabilisation when used with 18 out of 29 XF / XC lenses. It offers many new components, including new materials to the base part, a refined layout of the shutter’s shock-absorbing structure and newly developed gyro sensors that boast approx. 8 times the detection accuracy of the IBIS unit in the X-H1. This particular mechanism assists night photography and sports photography, and also helps video recording in situations prone to camera shake. The new IBIS unit uses magnetic force rather than springs, which boosts functionality while making it approx. 30% smaller and 20% lighter than X-H1’s image stabilisation mechanism.

Thanks to newly developed high-torque coreless DC motor, the ultra-fast focal plane shutter has the capability to shoot up to world’s fastest 15fps in burst mode, and has advanced response performance with a shutter release lag of just 0.035 seconds. The shutter unit also boasts double the durability with 300,000 actuations and offers shutter noise approx. 30% quieter compared to the X-T3.

The 1.62 mil dots vari-angle monitor allows for more creative and versatile shooting styles.

The LCD/EVF can be boosted in three different ways, Low Light Priority – allowing users to see the subject clearly in low light, Resolution Priority – displaying even the fine details of your subject and Frame Rate Priority which minimises blur in the viewfinder when shooting a moving subject. The eye-cup now has a locking mechanism to prevent tearing or dislodgement.

The Boost / Normal modes are now joined by the Economy mode, which saves the power to increase the battery life.

The X-T4 features “ETERNA Bleach Bypass” a new Film Simulation mode, that uses FUJIFILM’s unique technology to provide versatile colour tones. The new mode simulates “bleach bypass,” which is a traditional processing technique for silver halide films; creating images with low saturation and high contrast for a special atmosphere.

Highlight and shadow tones from -2 to +4 can now be adjusted by 1/2 stops, instead of 1 stop, allowing for finer tonality, and White Balance now has “White Priority” and “Ambience Priority” options in addition to “AUTO.” The “White Priority” mode reproduces a stronger white, while the “Ambience Priority” produces a warmer tone.

When “RAW” is selected, users now choose the non-reversible “Compressed” option in addition to the reversible “Lossless Compressed.”

A new algorithm and phase detection AF’s processing capability has led to autofocus performance as fast as 0.02 seconds. This ensures that users can capture and track a subject moving at high speed, especially when combined with the continuous shooting performance of 15fps in post view and 8fps in live view.

Tracking AF performance has also undergone serious enhancement. The tracking success rate has been doubled compared to the X-T3. The Face / Eye AF performance has also been dramatically improved. This enhanced tracking ability has made focusing and taking portraits even easier than ever before.

The X-T4 is capable of recording Full HD high-speed video at 240P, producing up to 10x slow-motion effect. IBIS is effective when combined with the electronic image stabilization function (DIS) for use in the video mode, and brings even more image stabilisation, which is essential for users shooting video whilst walking.

The “IS (Image Stabilisation) Boost” mode mitigates gentle camera shakes, enabling stabilised fixed-point video recording without a tripod.

The stills and video modes now have separate menus and the video-only Quick Menu (Q Menu) button has enhanced the camera’s simplicity while recording video. A ”Movie optimised control” function has been introduced; users can adjust exposure with the command dial as well as the touchscreen panel. With this function, user can switch the STILL / MOVIE mode dial on the top panel to swiftly shift into video recording with stored video settings.

Video in the same format can be recorded on to two SD cards at the same time as backup. And the F-Log View Assist function has been added to correct low-saturation / low-contrast video while recording F-Log. Video is converted equivalent to BT.709 for display to make it easier to attain correct exposure in video recording.

The “Fix movie crop magnification” function fixes the video crop rate to prevent changes in the angle of view when switching to a different video mode. An “MIC jack setting” on the camera can be switched input level between MIC level and LINE level. The camera supports external microphones as well as LINE level input from external audio equipment.

Rainchasers for Android / IOS

Rainchasers for Android / IOS

If you are into kayaking / sports photography you might be interested in this super little app I came across today. It’s basically a collection of kayaking or canoeing whitewater adventures in the UK which you can browse, search, and highlight favourite places in the hope of weekend rain and gorged rivers. Gauge levels calibrated to the specific runs are included to allow you to judge the likely paddling conditions. It’s available free to use on-line at www, and as a FREE IOS or Android App.