Nikon releases Firmware Ver. 2.20 for Nikon Z 7 and Z 6
Even more powerful Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras with support for CFexpress and paid service for RAW video output function.
We are pleased to announce the release of the Firmware Version 2.20 today, providing amateurs and professionals alike with improved functionality and a robust update for the Z 6 and Z 7. Along with several improvements, Nikon has also initiated a paid service to enable RAW video output function.
Firmware Ver. 2.20 is now available at the Nikon Download Centre:
Download now for the Nikon Z 6.
Download now for the Nikon Z 7.
To ensure Nikon continues to offer next-generation imaging experiences and are responding to the changing needs of its users, Nikon will continue to provide periodic firmware updates for its Z Series mirrorless cameras.
Updating the Z 7 and Z 6 firmware to Ver. 2.20 enables the use  of CFexpress  cards. CFexpress cards support an even faster data transfer than XQD cards for a smoother and more efficient photographic workflow.
Users of the Z 7 or Z 6 who have downloaded and installed Firmware Ver. 2.20 or later can take or send their camera to Nikon Head Office in Sydney after the 18th December to have the RAW Video Output function activated  for a service fee of $319.00  per camera, including GST and postage within Australia.
If your Z 6 or Z 7 is registered to your My Nikon Life account, you can now book your service activation online under My Account. Alternatively, contact Nikon Head Office using the details below.
Nikon Australia Head Office
Phone: 1300 401 200
Address: Level 5, 5 Rider Boulevard, Rhodes NSW 2138
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Activating this capability enables the recording of RAW video, which has greater tolerance to colour grading than other video formats, to an external recorder via a HDMI connector.
Added functions with Firmware Ver. 2.20
- Support for CFexpress memory cards, with a new standard
This firmware update enables the use of CFexpress, a new standard for memory cards that supports even faster data transfer than XQD cards, without modifying the camera’s memory card slot. The post-shooting/-recording workflow would be hastened with shorter transfer times.
Enabled RAW video output function
- Support for 4K UHD or Full-HD RAW video output
12-bit 4K UHD or Full-HD RAW video can be recorded  to an external recorder  connected to a Z 7 or Z 6 camera via a HDMI connector. As RAW video is not subjected to in-camera processing, all information that is output from the image sensor is preserved.
This abundance of information can later be used in post-production. Users of the Z 7 or Z 6 who have downloaded and installed firmware Ver. 2.20 or later can take or send their camera to the Nikon Head Office in Sydney to have RAW video output capability activated  for a fee.
Nikon RAW video output is currently supported by the Atomos Ninja V. The download for the latest version of the Ninja V firmware is available here.
 Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by Sony Corp. only. The sales date differs depending on region. Operation is not guaranteed with cards from other manufacturers (as of December 2019).
 CFexpress is a trademark of the CompactFlash Association.
 With the Z 7, Full-HD RAW video can be recorded using the FX-based movie format, and 4K UHD RAW video can be recorded using the DX-based movie format. When the Z 6 is used, recording of either 4K UHD or full-HD RAW video is possible with both FX- and DX-based movie formats. See the cameras’ Technical Guide, available from the Download Center, for details on differences between Z 7 and Z 6 specifications. Nikon Download Center can be accessed here.
 The Atomos Ninja V supports Nikon RAW video output, and records videos in ProRes RAW format. Operation is not guaranteed with recorders other than the Ninja V (as of December 2019). RAW video output from a Nikon camera is supported by Ninja V firmware Ver. 10.2 and later. See the Ninja V firmware download site here.
 For instructions on requesting the RAW output options activation service here.
 Advertised cost is for service activation on one camera body only. Costs are inclusive of GST and return postage within Australia.