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Atomos have announced ProRes RAW support for the new Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II. Both of these cameras will be able to output up to 4Kp30 RAW over HDMI that will then be able to be recorded as ProRes RAW files when combined with the Atomos Ninja V monitor-recorder.

What is interesting is that the Nikon z 6II and Z 7II will also eventually be able to output a signal that can be recorded as Blackmagic RAW. The Blackmagic RAW will come as a paid firmware upgrade in February 2021.

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The original Nikon Z6 and Z7 were the first hybrid mirrorless cameras to be able to output a RAW signal over HDMI that could be recorded as ProRes RAW externally. Since that time we have seen an ever-increasing number of hybrid mirrorless and digital cinema cameras being able to output RAW over HDMI.

Unlike the original Z6 and Z7, you don’t have to send your camera to Nikon and pay for it to be updated to get the RAW output functionality.

What do the cameras output?

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Both the Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II when combined with Atomos Ninja V are capable of outputting 4K UHD or full-HD 12-bit RAW. These features will be readily available when the Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II begin shipping and the free AtomOS firmware update for the Ninja V will be released in Winter 2020.

Nikon N-Log also supported

The Nikon Z 7, Z 6, Z 7II, and Z 6II cameras offer the ability to shoot video in N-Log, which is fully supported in the AtomHDR monitoring pipeline with the ability to add built in 709 preview, custom 3D LUTs and LOG to HDR conversion for both monitoring and output. The upcoming Atomos firmware release will now add the ability to monitor the RAW output as N-Log, to allow the use of existing N-Log 3D LUTs both on the Ninja but also in NLE applications where N-Log is now available as a RAW to Log conversion. 

Enhanced metadata, ISO & white balance coming soon

To further support the ProRes RAW format, Nikon has also announced that they will be updating the current Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 firmware to support the enhanced ISO/exposure compensation metadata for the new Final Cut Pro controls. This will also be available in an upcoming Adobe Premiere Pro update. The Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II will have these enhanced metadata features already enabled.