Beginning with firmware version C2.00, Nikon added eye detection to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras. If you haven’t updated your camera’s firmware yet, you can download the needed update and instructions for installation at these Nikon web addresses: Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7
Select the Firmware tab, download the latest firmware for your camera, and install it per the instructions on the download page.
Let’s examine when Eye AF is available to use, how to enable it, which AF mode it works in, and how to use it for accurate focus on the eyes and face of your subject. Remember, “the eyes make the portrait.”
Eye-AF is available only when using the Auto-area AF function and when the camera is in Photo mode; it will not work in Movie mode. When Eye-AF is enabled, the camera notifies you that it has detected a human eye by surrounding the eye with a yellow square (figure 1, red arrow).
Figure 1: Eye detection (Eye-AF)
The eye detection square can be manually moved to a different eye on your subject, or to an eye on a nearby subject, such as when you are photographing a group of people. This enables you to select the sharpest focus for a particular eye of the most important subject.
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