Nikon Z9 Cameras Upgrades: Bird & Plane Recognition Modes

Nikon Z9 Cameras Upgrades
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Nikon has added dedicated bird and airplane subject recognition modes to its range-topping Z9 high speed full-frame mirrorless camera. It’s also said the separate bird detection mode, along with other capabilities, will be added to the Z8 via firmware in the first half of 2024.

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Firmware v4.10 for the Z9 adds a dedicated bird detection mode, distinct from its existing bird-detection capabilities that are included in its ‘Animal’ detection mode. Nikon says the dedicated mode is better at distinguishing birds in front of complex backgrounds and has been trained to recognize birds in a wider range of states and types of movement, which should help address one of the most prominent criticisms we’ve seen of the camera.

The update also adds the separate airplane detection mode that was already offered in the closely-related Nikon Z8. Again this is designed to work more effectively than the existing vehicle detection mode, which can identify planes in some circumstances.

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The company says Z8 owners will gain the separate bird recognition mode, which first appeared in the recent Zf model, in a firmware update during the first half of 2024. The company also promised ‘other improvements in functionality.’

Nikon releases the upgraded firmware version 4.10 for the Nikon Z 9 full-frame mirrorless camera

MELVILLE, NY (October 4, 2023) – Nikon is pleased to announce the release of firmware version 4.10 for its flagship full-frame/FX-format mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 9.

New dedicated [Birds] and [Airplanes] subject detection options have been added with firmware version 4.10. The [Birds] option increases overall detection performance for birds. In addition to increased detection and AF performance with complicated and high-contrast backgrounds such as forests and rocky mountains, this option adds the ability to quickly detect birds in various states, including flying, perched, and even those with unique-looking appearances. Tracking performance with rapidly moving birds are also increased for a smooth shooting experience that ensures you will never miss a crucial moment when photographing birds. Adding the same [Airplanes] option built into the Nikon Z 8 enables reliable detection of airplanes regardless of their size. This option offers increased detection capabilities with dark scenes and those that include busy backgrounds.

Furthermore, in a firmware update planned for release in the first half of 2024 for the Nikon Z 8, the dedicated bird subject detection option will be added, alongside the airplane option available from the camera’s initial release. Other improvements in functionality are also planned.

Nikon will continuously meet users’ needs through firmware updates that expand the functionality of its cameras. The latest firmware and instructions for download and installation can be found here.

Richard Butler
Source: Dpreview

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