Come here to get a complete list of all the latest firmware updates for the Nikon Z7II.  Nikon has already announced three firmware updates for the Nikon Z7II since it released in December 2020 and owners of this new camera will want a one stop shop to keep track of the latest updates for their cameras.

As an owner of the new Nikon Z7II camera I will be staying on top of these updates and posting them here.  Consider this your one stop shop for everything Nikon Z7II firmware related.

Big Firmware News Expected September 2021 for the Nikon Z7II

Real-time Tracking Coming Soon:
According to Nikon Rumors this will be a simpler version of the real-time tracking system that will be implemented in the Nikon Z9 which is super exciting.  I have been struggling with fast action shooting compared to my DSLR’s so this is one firmware update that I am eagerly anticipating.

What Is Real-Time Tracking?

Real-time tracking allows you to indicate to your camera what your subject is, such as a bald eagle perched in a tree.  Once your subject has been identified you trust that the camera will now track that subject until you indicate otherwise. You would simply place your AF point over the subject, half-press the shutter or AF back button to focus on the eagle, and the camera will keep track of it no matter where it moves to in the frame.  By allowing the camera to track the subject and shift the AF points as necessary you are free to turn your attention to things like composition and exposure.

Nikon Z7II – 1.21 Firmware Update Released July 14, 2021

This is a very minor update which addresses an issue that would in rare circumstances result in unusually loud noises from the aperture mechanism when the zoom or focus rings on F mount lenses connected via an FTZ mount adapter were rotated.  I have never experienced this issue myself but will make the update to keep my Nikon Z7II firmware as current as possible.

How do I update my firmware for the Nikon Z7II?

  1. Create a folder on the computer hard disk and name it as desired.
  2. Download F-Z7II-V121W.exe to the folder created in Step 1.
  3. Run F-Z7II-V121W.exe to extract the following file to a folder named “Z7IIUpdate”:
    • Z7_2_0121.bin (the camera firmware)
  4. Using a card reader, copy “Z7_2_0121.bin” to a memory card that has been formatted in the camera.
    Note: Be sure to copy the firmware to the root (top-most) directory of the memory card. The camera will not recognize the new firmware if it is placed in a folder under the root directory.
  5. Insert the memory card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot on the camera and turn the camera on.
  6. Select Firmware version in the SETUP MENU and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.
  7. Once the update is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  8. Confirm that the firmware has been updated to the new version.

You will need to go to this specific link in the Nikon Download Center to download the F-Z7II-V121W.exe file.

NOTE: Have a fully charged battery in your camera before beginning this procedure.

Nikon Z7II – 1.20 Firmware Update

Both the Nikon Z6II and Z7 II cameras have received a new firmware version 1.20 which improves AF performance. Nikon details the AF improvements, saying:

‘[Firmware version 1.20 for the Z6 II and Z7 II include] faster focusing when shooting with AF in low light situations. Further, AF usability when using an external Speedlight will also increase, through improvements to detection performance in scenes where it was difficult to detect faces and eyes, as well as improvements to subject visibility during live view shooting. In addition, tracking frames used for face and eye detection, as well as subject-tracking AF have been improved, enabling smoother and more stable shooting.’

The instructions below are what you need to do to install the firmware.  You will need to go to this specific link in the Nikon Download Center to download the F-Z7II-V120W.exe file.

NOTE: Have a fully charged battery in your camera before beginning this procedure.

  1. Create a folder on the computer hard disk and name it as desired.
  2. Download F-Z7II-V120W.exe to the folder created in Step 1.
  3. Run F-Z7II-V120W.exe to extract the following file to a folder named “Z7IIUpdate”:
    • Z7_2_0120.bin (the camera firmware)
  4. Using a card reader, copy “Z7_2_0120.bin” to a memory card that has been formatted in the camera.
    Note: Be sure to copy the firmware to the root (top-most) directory of the memory card. The camera will not recognize the new firmware if it is placed in a folder under the root directory.
  5. Insert the memory card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot on the camera and turn the camera on.
  6. Select Firmware version in the SETUP MENU and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.
  7. Once the update is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  8. Confirm that the firmware has been updated to the new version.

Note:  You can also make firmware updates using Snap Bridge however I am seeing too many reports from people having issues so I can not recommend it at this time.

I’m looking forward to testing this update in the field especially wildlife in action.

Nikon Z7II – 1.10 Firmware Update – Released February 25th, 2021

Nikon has released a major firmware update for the Nikon Z7II.

You can download this firmware upgrade from the Nikon Download Center.  (This link will take you directly to the 1.10 firmware download)

Improvements From 1.01 to 1.10:

  • Improved eye-detection performance in Auto-area AF (people) and Wide-area AF (L-people) AF-area modes.
  • Support for RAW video output is available via a fee-for-service upgrade, * and firmware version 1.10 adds support under this service for Blackmagic Design external video recorders (currently the Video Assist 5” 12G HDR and Video Assist 7” 12G HDR). If you have already purchased the RAW video output upgrade for your camera, updating to firmware version 1.10 will add support for Blackmagic Design external video recorders automatically. Note, however, that RAW video output is not available at a resolution of 4K UHD 60p/50p.
  • Users of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X (version 10.4.9 or later) can now display and adjust ISO sensitivity and color temperature for ProRes RAW footage output to ATOMOS NINJA V external recorders using the fee-for-service RAW video output upgrade. *
    • < Choosing a RAW Output Type >
    • Before filming RAW video, choose an option for HDMI > Advanced > RAW output options > RAW output type in the SETUP MENU based on the type of recorder connected: select Type A for NINJA V recorders and Type B for Video Assist recorders.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the camera downloading location data via SnapBridge when used with an MB-N11 power battery pack.
  • * The RAW video output upgrade is available on a fee-for-service basis. For more information, contact a Nikon-authorized service representative.  I believe this $199 for the upgrade.


Instruction For Updating

  1. Create a folder on the computer hard disk and name it as desired.
  2. Download F-Z7II-V110W.exe to the folder created in Step 1.
  3. Run F-Z7II-V110W.exe to extract the following file to a folder named “Z7IIUpdate”:
    • Z7_2_0110_01.bin (the camera firmware)
  4. Using a card reader, copy “Z7_2_0110_01.bin” to a memory card that has been formatted in the camera.
    Note: Be sure to copy the firmware to the root (top-most) directory of the memory card. The camera will not recognize the new firmware if it is placed in a folder under the root directory.
  5. Insert the memory card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot on the camera and turn the camera on.
  6. Select Firmware version in the SETUP MENU and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.
  7. Once the update is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  8. Confirm that the firmware has been updated to the new version.
Note: For detailed instructions or information on the equipment needed to complete the update, download the following pdf file:
Z-series_FirmUp_Win_En.pdf (PDF) (0.30 MB)

 

Nikon Z7II – 1.01 Firmware Update

Nikon has released it’s first Nikon Z7II firmware upgrade.

You can download this firmware upgrade from the Nikon Download Center.  (This link will take you directly to the 1.01 firmware download)

The Fix:

  • Flash photographs taken with Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU would sometimes not be correctly exposed.
  • Improved overall reliability.

Instruction For Updating

  1. Create a folder on the computer hard disk and name it as desired.
  2. Download F-Z6II-V102W.exe to the folder created in Step 1.
  3. Run F-Z6II-V102W.exe to extract the following file to a folder named “Z6IIUpdate”:
    • Z6_2_0102.bin (the camera firmware)
  4. Using a card reader, copy “Z6_2_0102.bin” to a memory card that has been formatted in the camera.
    Note: Be sure to copy the firmware to the root (top-most) directory of the memory card. The camera will not recognize the new firmware if it is placed in a folder under the root directory.
  5. Insert the memory card into the slot currently selected as the primary slot on the camera and turn the camera on.
  6. Select Firmware version in the SETUP MENU and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update.
  7. Once the update is complete, turn the camera off and remove the memory card.
  8. Confirm that the firmware has been updated to the new version.