NIKON Z9 GETS EVEN BETTER!

Nikon Z9 gets a new firmware update and becomes a whole new camera!

If there’s ever been a firmware date to get overly excited about, it’s the latest one for the Nikon Z9. The flagship camera was already an absolute beast with astonishing 8K 30p video capabilities, but this most recent firmware update adds features that basically make it an entirely new camera.

When the NIKON Z9 was released, it caused some serious excitement thanks to its 45.7MP stacked CMOS sensor, its incredible 8K video and 120fps continuous burst shooting. Not only were the specs incredibly tempting, but the price was too – coming in significantly cheaper than the rival SONY A1 and CANON EOS R3 and Nikon promised that the first big firmware would make it even better.

Finally, that Firmware version 2.0 is here – and it’s been worth the wait. With it, the Nikon Z9 is now be able to record 12-bit, Raw 8.3K 60p video internally. The jump from 10-bit to 12-bit is pretty astonishing, and now the camera will be able to reproduce billions more colors – 68 billion more, to be precise. Nikon is calling its new file output N Raw and the video files are said to be a lot smaller than ProRes Raw, which is excellent news when it comes to transferring and storing footage.

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We live in an amazing world of technology right now. Can you imagine we have come to the day when you buy a new camera, and then there comes new “firmware” and Voila! you have a new camera, without changing the body.

The second impressive video upgrade is that you will now be able to oversample UHD 4K 60P 10-bit footage from 8K footage, which will deliver the highest quality 4K footage. Users will also be able to record ProRes Raw internally up to 4.1K at 60p, so now it’s even easier to record professional, cinematic footage that is faster and easier to edit in post.

NEW IMPROVEMENTS IN PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THIS CAMERA AS WELL:

It’s not just the video specs that have benefited from the upgrade, either. Nikon has been careful not to forget about the camera’s photography capabilities. Users will now be able to set the EVF refresh rate to 120fps, which will make the viewfinder even more life-like. The Z9 also gains a Pre-Release Capture feature so that, when you’re half-pressing the shutter, the camera start shooting buffering the shots for a second before you take the photo.

For those times when you’re shooting odd shapes, objects or scenes, the height and the width of the AF box can now be adjusted, which means you can now focus on a very specific part of the frame – regardless of how big or small your subject is. 

The new Custom Wide-Area AF features 20 options for stills and 12 for video (Image credit: Nikon / Kenjiro Matsuo)

NEW FIRMWARE FOR NIKON IS FREE FOR NIKON Z9 USERS:

Nikon has also introduced a brand new computational photography mode called in-camera motion blend. Rather than having to create this effect in Photoshop, the camera will take up to five photos and blend them into one. No longer will you need to mask your subject, the camera will literally do it all for you. 

Other upgrades include an optimized burst photo viewing mode, video assist functionality in the form of a waveform monitor and red record box, dedicated video info, fine ISO control and fast AF control is now an assignable custom button option. The auto-exposure and auto white balance settings have been improved, and there is a new focus recall setting. 

This firmware upgrade is by far the most extensive and impressive we’ve ever seen from Nikon, if not from any camera brand ever. It’s amazing how much you can change with a firmware update – and even more amazing that all these updates are available for free.

The article above appeared first in DIGITAL CAMERA WORLD, AND AUTHORED BY: Hannah Rooke. A sincer thanks to DCW for this article.

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PANASONIC CAMERAS: THEIR STORY AND CAMERAS TODAY:

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Panasonic cameras is a serious contender in the camera market. However, it seems that a lot of people don’t take a look at this outstanding camera, and give credit where credit is due.

Let’s take a look at how Panasonic got into the camera business:

Lumix is Panasonics brand of digital cameras, ranging from pocket point-and-shoot models to digital SLRs.

Compact digital cameras DMC-LC5[1] and DMC-F7[2] were the first products of the Lumix series, released in 2001.

Most Lumix cameras use differing releases of the Panasonic Venus Engine for digital image processing; the original version (2002) was followed by II (2004), Plus (2005), III (2006), IV (2008), HD, V (2009) and VI, HD II, FHD (2010).

Some Lumix models are branded with Leica lenses (e.g. Nocticron or Elmarit lenses), although Leica does not manufacture the lenses. Others are rebranded as Leica cameras with different cosmetic stylings.

Panasonic showed a prototype of a planned 3D Lumix camera in September 2011,[3] saying that it would have twin 4x zoom lenses with folding optics and optical image stabilization for both video and still images.[3]

Panasonic collaborated with Sigma and Leica to form the L-mount Alliance on 25 September 2018, and licence the L-mount system for their own lines of lenses and cameras.[4] in 2019 Panasonic announced the release of its new S-series line of mirrorless cameras.[5]

Despite shifting focus to full frame cameras, Panasonic continues to release and support micro four thirds (MFT) cameras.

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The best Panasonic cameras fall into three categories. The company is perhaps best known for its compact mirrorless Lumix G cameras, which use the Micro Four Thirds mount and offer advanced 4K video features as well as regular stills photography. This range has just been boosted by the exciting new Lumix G100, which is pitched squarely at novice vloggers with some clever features and a very competitive price. 

Panasonic has also branched out into professional full frame mirrorless cameras with its Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R models, and its high-end Lumix S1H cinema camera, now joined by perhaps the best combination of features, value and performance yet – the Panasonic Lumix S5.

Panasonic cameras are amongst the best mirrorless cameras you can buy right now, but Panasonic also makes some of the best compact cameras too, including long-zoom travel cameras, bridge cameras and high-end compact cameras for enthusiasts.

Panasonic’s G-series cameras use Micro Four Thirds sensors slightly smaller than the APS-C sensors in rival mirrorless cameras, but they make up for this with smaller and more compact cameras and lenses, and with Panasonic’s speciality – 4K video features. Many of Panasonic’s cameras are designed to be equally good at video as stills photography and some, like the Lumix GH5S, are out and out video specialists. The G-series cameras use Micro Four Thirds lenses, which will also work on the best Olympus cameras too (and vice versa).

I like to find an actual video prepared by the manufacture that tells all about their product. Watch this so you can see what a great camera system this is:

Also, I love those videos that show a professional photographer, using this equipment. Check it out:

Panasonic Lumix cameras are definitely another camera choice for photographers, and especially for videographers.

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