Nikon has announced the release of the latest version (1.2.0) of its NX Field remote shooting system, which will further boost the capabilities of the company’s flagship Z 9 full-frame mirrorless camera.
The update comes just two months after Nikon promised an update for the Z 9 when it released NX Field 1.1.o, which added Z mirrorless cameras to the NX Field system, specifically the Z 6, Z 6II, Z 7 and Z 7 II models.
It also comes just a week after Nikon significantly upgraded the capabilities of the Z 9 via the Nikon Z9 v2.0 Z-series firmware update.
The NX Field system is mainly aimed at professional photographers, news and sports agencies and the version 1.2.0 update will enable Z 9 users to ‘easily detect’ nine subject types.
This covers subjects including people, dogs, cats, birds, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trains and airplanes.
It is said to allow for ‘more accurate subject capture, even via remote operation.’
High frame rate capture
The update also supports the Z 9’s High-Speed Frame Capture+ feature, which uses a frame rate of 120fps.
It enables the remote shooting of split-second moments that might be missed by the naked eye, yet are vital for the likes of sports and news photographers to capture.
The Dual-Stream technology built into the Z 9 enables live view display on a smartphone or tablet, with ‘very little delay and no freezing during continuous shooting.’
How does NX Field work?
Nikon’s NX Field system offers remote camera control and fast workflow with a connection from camera/s to wired networks (LAN), wireless networks (WLAN) and/or via 4G/5G mobile connections.
NX Field can offer synchronised release and remote adjustment of settings for up to 10 cameras, in combination with an immediate image upload to a chosen FTP server.
This synchronised shutter release is possible for multiple remote cameras, even if they are part of a robotic installation. It’s also said to be able to recover from network errors without losing data.
Nikon says controlling remote cameras is now available ‘easily and intuitively from a portable smart device with minimum time lag’, supporting wireless 5G and wired LAN networks.
Sending images is possible during synchronised shooting of master and remote cameras as well as changing camera settings via an app and a compatible smart device.
Unlike conventional remote camera shooting, where fixed manual focus is the only option, photographers can use autofocusing with NX Field, either from the app or from a master camera.
See below for the official press release from Nikon
London, United Kingdom, 21st April, 2022: Nikon is pleased to announce the release of Ver. 1.2.0 of NX Field, the latest version of its remote shooting system for professional imaging agencies. The software update will further support the capabilities of the Z 9 Nikon FX format/full-frame mirrorless camera.
The Ver 1.2.0 update will enable Z 9 users to easily detect nine subject types. This covers the world’s largest range of subjects, including people, dogs, cats, birds, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trains, and airplanes, and allows for more accurate subject capture, even via remote operation.
In addition, the update supports the Z 9’s High-Speed Frame Capture+* feature, which uses the world’s fastest** frame rate of 120 fps. It enables the remote capture of those crucial and decisive moments that might be missed by the naked eye, yet are so important for sports and news photographers.
Furthermore, the Dual-Stream technology built into the Z 9 enables live view display on a smartphone or tablet, with very little delay and no freezing during continuous shooting. This guarantees reliable capture of those unmissable moments, even with remote operation. This technology, combined with the latest software update and a body design eliminating the need for a mechanical shutter, makes the Z 9 the perfect choice for professional photographers.
Nikon will continue to provide updates for NX Field to support professional photographers who are active on the frontlines of reporting.
*With AF/AE tracking. JPEG normal image quality only. The number of frames that can be shot is lower than that of high-speed continuous shooting. Use of a recommended card is advised. With C30 setting, approx. 45-megapixel images can be shot at 30 fps.
**Among mirrorless cameras available as of October 28, 2021, based on Nikon research.
Find out more…
To find out more about the NX Field system go to Nikon NX Field.