HOW TO... use Nikon Eye-Detection AF on the Nikon Z7 / Z6

Nikon firmware adds Eye-Detection AF, extended low-light AF to Z6, Z7

The recently released v2.0 firmware update for  Nikon Z6 and Z7  mirrorless cameras adds Eye-detection autofocus and AE (Auto Exposure) tracking in continuous high-speed (extended) mode, as well as extending the low-light detection range of the autofocus.

It’s the Eye-detection autofocus that’s got Nikon enthusiasts excited though. In this post, we explain how to set up and shoot eye-detect autofocus on the Z6 and Z7.


How to use Nikon Eye AF

Eye-detection autofocus works in the same way as Face-detection autofocus on the Nikon Z6 and Z7. After installing the firmware update you can use it as follows:

  1. Set the AF-area mode to Auto-area AF via the ‘i’ menu.
  2. Through the EVF (or on the LCD screen) in Auto-area AF you’ll see the red corner markings identifying it’s in auto-area AF.
  3. As soon as the camera detects a face, this switches to a large yellow autofocus box that starts tracking the subject.
  4. Now with the firmware updated, when the camera detects an eye the autofocus box switches to a smaller yellow box and tracks the eye.

Continuous and Single AF Mode

Nikon’s eye AF works in both AF-C (continuous focus) and AF-S (single focus) mode, so you chose the mode most suitable for your subject.AF-C is for moving portraits, like kids playing, while AF-S is for posed-portraits.

In AF-S mode, half-press the shutter button to focus the lens. Then, when the camera locks on, the autofocus box goes green and you can fire off a shot.

However, in AF-C mode the lens is constantly focusing, so there’s no focus confirmation and you can grab a shot at any time.