Nikon is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 5.00 for its flagship, full frame mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9.

The latest update introduces an array of new functions that responds to users’ needs – from increasing flexibility for sports photographers, to improving portrait photography. The latter can be achieved thanks to the introduction of new Skin Softening and Portrait Impression Balance functions, as well as the Rich Tone Portrait Picture Control.

As part of the upgrade, a reserve function has been added to Auto Capture, allowing photographers and videographers alike to specify the start date, time, and duration of a shoot – consequently reducing battery consumption for a more efficient workflow. Additionally, a lower-speed [C15] option has been added to High-Speed Frame Capture+ for increased usability with continuous shooting.

Further improvements to the Z 9’s operability will be apparent via the new update, including improved visibility and an increase in the number of functions that can be assigned to custom controls. Manual focusing has also been made possible with maximum aperture live view in manual focus mode, which will allow users to stay in full control.

Ultimately, firmware version 5.00 has been designed to elevate overall user convenience and increase both speed and efficiency. With this in mind, photographers can now use the continuous LED light of the Profoto A10 as an AF-assist illuminator*1. What’s more, the addition of a Prefer focus point option (face priority) allows users to centre the display on their subject’s face, while scrolling through photos during playback zoom.

But the list of functions made accessible thanks to firmware version 5.00 doesn’t end there. The full list, along with access to download – free of charge – can be found on the Nikon download centre.

Nikon continuously strives to meet users’ needs through regular firmware updates, providing useful functions. To find out more visit


*1 It is necessary to update the firmware of the Profoto A10 to the latest version. Please refer to the Profoto website for details.



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