The latest Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update version 3.20 unlocked Blackmagic RAW support

The latest Nikon Z6/Z7 firmware update version 3.20 added Blackmagic RAW support. This update will be also coming to the new Z6 II and Z7 II cameras next year (2021). See this Nikon page for additional information. Here is the Nikon promo video:

Setup of Blackmagic video assist for the Nikon Z6 and Z7:

Here is the full press release:


New Firmware Update Adds Compatibility as Part of the RAW Video Upgrade Add-On

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon announced that the Blackmagic RAW video format, is now compatible with Nikon’s optional RAW video upgrade for Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless cameras, when using select external recorders, manufactured by Blackmagic Design1*. The RAW video upgrade was originally introduced in 2019 to give users the ability to record 12-bit ProRes RAW through HDMI. With today’s release of firmware Ver. 3.2, customers who previously purchased the RAW video upgrade can start using Blackmagic RAW immediately.With this upgrade, 12-bit RAW in 4K UHD or Full-HD video can be recorded to a compatible Blackmagic Design external recorder connected to the Z 7 or Z 6 via HDMI, expanding recording options for RAW video and further supporting the production of advanced video projects.

With this latest firmware update, upgraded Z 7 and Z 6 cameras will be capable of recording high-quality video shot in both ProRes RAW and the Blackmagic RAW format.

Owners of the Z 6II, Z 7II, Z 6 or Z 7 who are interested in activating RAW video features on their cameras can send them to a Nikon service facility (a $199.95 fee applies). A free firmware update is scheduled for February 2021, which will enable Blackmagic RAW functionality in Z 6II and Z 7II cameras that have had the RAW video upgrade previously activated.

Furthermore, ProRes RAW video recorded to the Atomos Ninja V external recorder is now compatible with the ISO and color temperature controls added to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Version (10.4.9) for expanded post-processing flexibility.

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