Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 Video Upgrade Supports Blackmagic RAW

Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 Video Upgrade Supports Blackmagic RAW


Melville, NY—The Blackmagic RAW video format is now compatible with Nikon’s optional RAW video upgrade for both the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless cameras. The compatibility is enabled when using select external recorders from Blackmagic Design.

Blackmagic RAW Upgrade

The company originally introduced the RAW video upgrade in 2019 to permit the recording of 12-bit ProRes RAW through HDMI. Moreover, with firmware version 3.2, customers who previously purchased the RAW video upgrade can start using Blackmagic’s RAW format.

Notably, via the upgrade, users can record 12-bit RAW in 4K UHD to a Blackmagic Design external recorder connected to the Z 7 or Z 6 via HDMI. They can also do so with Full HD video. Consequently, the upgrade expands the recording options for RAW video and further supports the production of advanced video projects.

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Nikon Z 6

In addition, with the firmware update, Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras can record 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 interested in activating RAW video features now can send them to a Nikon service facility; a $199.95 fee applies.

Nikon has scheduled a free firmware update for February 2021; it will also allow Blackmagic RAW functionality in Z 6II and Z 7II cameras with the RAW video upgrade activated.

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