What is new?
New Subject Detection Modes
New dedicated [Birds] and [Airplanes] subject detection options have been added. 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. According to Nikon, tracking performance when following rapidly moving birds has been increased for a smoother shooting experience. The [Airplanes] option is the same option that is found in the Z8 and it enables reliable detection of airplanes regardless of their size. This option offers increased detection capabilities with dark scenes and those that include busy backgrounds.
Both of these new detection modes work regardless of whether you are shooting stills or video.
Z8 Firmware Update Coming
A firmware update planned for release in the first half of 2024 for the Nikon Z8, will include a dedicated bird subject detection option. Other improvements in functionality are also planned.