With the upgrade of firmware version 2.20, Nikon now offers RAW video output for the mirrorless full-frame cameras Z 7 and Z 6. However, it is not done with a simple firmware update. After the update you have to bring the camera to a Nikon Service Point to activate RAW there. There is also a fee of 199 Euro for this.
The RAW recording will then only work with an Atomos Ninja V Recoder, which - according to Nikon press release - may also require a firmware update.
It is recorded in Apple&s ProRES RAW, which can currently be further processed in the editing programs Final Cut Pro or Edius.
The output from the Nikon cameras is via HDMI (with full sensor readout) in 12 bit RAW with 4K UHD or FullHD resolution. Of course, the big question mark is how to generate a 4K RAW signal from a 6K (Z6) or 8K (Z7) sensor. In any case a kind of downsampling has to be done, which contradicts the basic RAW idea.
The new Sigma fp, with its RAW debayering could not convince one hundred percent, also has the same problem. So we are curious how Nikon solved this problem.
Nikon also sells a Z 6 Essential Movie Kit, which contains everything you need to get started.
Those who have already purchased this will get the RAW activation free of charge at the Service Point.