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The 2.00 version of the Z6 and Z7 firmware appeared from Nikon today. The primary feature changes:

  • Eye detect autofocus was added. This is really an extension of Face detect in Auto Area mode, not a separate mode (faces are still detected, and then focus is shifted to the eye when they are detected).
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We're now at a stage with the mirrorless market where we can better evaluate how various strategies have played out. I believe in giving credit where credit is due, so here we go:

Winners

  • Fujifilm — While their business is still modest in size to the Canikony trio, at least it appears to be modestly growing in these times of contraction. …
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Fujifilm users in the US can now get a free copy of Skylum Luminar by entering the serial number of a Fujifilm lens. 

This is starting to be a trend. We already have free Capture One Express offers for Sony users and Fujifilm users (with discounts to the full pro version). …

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The disastrous first quarter coupled with the usual desire to push gear during the second busiest time of the year for camera sales—Mother's Day through Graduation—has everyone introducing discounts. I've already outlined the

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Canon is also in the dealmaking mood. Here's what's happening in the Canon mirrorless world. First full frame:

  • EOS R — US$300 instant savings brings the price to the old Nikon/Sony 24mp price of US$2000. Note that you have a couple of choices at B&H, including one where you get the EF-EOS R adapter for free. …
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NikonUSA today announced instant savings on the Z series cameras:

  • US$200 off the Z6 in any form (body only, filmmaker's kit, body+kit lens)
  • US$600 off the Z7 in any form (body only, body+kit lens)

The FTZ adapter is no longer included free, but there's a US$100 saving on it when purchased with a body. 

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My 24-70mm f/2.8 S-line lens for the Nikon Z cameras showed up recently, as did everyone else's. Nikon's shipments immediately started triggering the "should I get the f/2.8 or the f/4 lens" type of questions in my In Box. 

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We're slowly getting more and more details from the camera makers in terms of their overall product positioning as they all get settled in with their full frame cameras and we get hints on what's coming. Yet as I see, read, and hear these details, they still leave me scratching my head at times. 

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Now that everyone is playing at the mirrorless camera table, we basically have a duality in product that customers face: (1) full frame and larger sensor models; and (2) crop sensor models (APS-C and m4/3). I deal with what I find strange about the full frame competition in another article. …

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As I noted in my other article, Nikon effectively ghosted their Nikon 1 customers for over two years between the quiet introduction of the last Nikon 1 (J5) and the complete discontinuation of Nikon 1 gear. 

The failed DL launch—a compact camera line that used the same 1" sensors—probably had a lot to do with that. …

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