Nikon tantalized videographers way back at CES 2019 with the promise that it would eventually enable raw video output via HDMI cable from its Z 6 and Z 7 mirrorless cameras. That would make it possible to use a short HDMI cable to capture a raw data stream from the camera to a pocketable Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder, making the Z series cameras more attractive options for pros aiming to spend some time grading their footage.
Last week, we finally got more information on this upgrade. Nikon clarified that the feature requires a visit by the camera to a Nikon service center for an “internal upgrade” and an accompanying as-yet-unspecified service charge. (At the same time, Nikon released a new 3D LUT for use with the cameras’ N-Log 10-bit HDMI output free of charge.) The upgrade to raw recording is set to be available “later this year,” so keep your eyes open if you’re waiting for raw functionality on the Z 6 or Z 7.
Also last week, we learned that Nikon is no longer the only vendor planning to enable raw-over-HDMI output from a mirrorless camera. Atomos said it is also working with Panasonic to enable raw recording via HDMI output from the just-announced Lumix S1H to the Atomos Ninja V. The press release says “the raw update will be available free on the Ninja V when released by Panasonic,” which is not the same thing as promising that the update will be enabled on the camera for free, so stay tuned.
For now, Atomos said, the Lumix S1H and the Ninja V will be demonstrated working together at booth 11.D25 in the RAI during IBC, when more information on the acquisition workflow is set to be announced.