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- Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera for Content Creators, Vlogging and YouTube with Flip Screen, Built-in Microphone, 4K HDR Video, Touchscreen Display, Live Video Streaming, Webcam
Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera for Content Creators, Vlogging and YouTube with Flip Screen, Built-in Microphone, 4K HDR Video, Touchscreen Display, Live Video Streaming, Webcam
- 20.1MP stacked back illuminated 1” Exmor RS CMOS sensor w/ DRAM. Large aperture 24-70mm1 F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens
- Fast Hybrid Autofocus and Real Time Eye Autofocus and Real-time Autofocus tracking.
- Side flip-out 3.0” LCD screen that also tilts up and down for easier to compose selfie shots
- Quickly switch between two modes of defocused background bokeh
- Product Showcase Setting transitions focus from face to object
- The automatic exposure (AE) tracks faces and makes sure they always appear well-lit.
- Get great sound in one take with forward-directional on-board mic and detach-able wind screen. Standard 3.5mm mic. Jack Mic jack and MI shoe allow for more audio possibilities.
- Image stabilization suppresses shake even while walking
- Optimized color with enhanced skin-tone reproduction. Focal length- f=9.4-25.7mm
- Pro video functions incl. HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and S-Log3/2
|Attribute Name||Attribute Value|
|Product Dimensions||4.15 x 2.36 x 1.7 inches|
|Item Weight||10.4 ounces|
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|Batteries||1 Lithium Ion batteries required. (included)|
|Date First Available||May 26, 2020|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Rating||4 stars and up|
Ratings & Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great point and shoot camera. Very compact usually fits in my front jeans pocket.Reviewed on August 03, 2022
Great point and shoot camera works very well and for the money. I picked this because I didn't need a camera with interchangeable lenses and it's worked out great. I think eventually once I up my photography skills your feet skills I will buy a better camera camera that has interchangeable lenses lenses but since the lenses cost as much or more than the camera oftentimes this is a great place to start for vlogging And creating content which is the reason I bought it. The really amazing thing is it is so small I can stick it in my front pocket and carry around with me at all times.
Reviewed on April 14, 2021
Sony came so close to making a great camera for vloggers and people on the move. It combines a 1" sensor, Zeiss lens, and a truly fantastic focus system. Unfortunately, without some sort of active gimbal, it is nearly impossible to hold steady enough to get acceptable footage. I originally tried the handheld stick which came with the accessory pack... it was useless... even with the SteadyShot on I was unable to hold the camera still enough to eliminate shake. Notes- (please note... I am only reviewing this for its video capability) - I am going to start off with the positive. The focus system is remarkable. I absolutely love that the camera will put itself in macro mode and focus on objects in the foreground. It is also remarkably fast in focusing in making the adjustment. This is a very useful tool for doing vlog style product features... you can record your face and then have the camera immediately (and almost magically) focus on a product that you throw in front of it. The challenge is next point) - If you are doing this while holding the camera on some sort of non-active gimbal - your footage will likey have some serious shake. Personally, I find this to be a cardinal sin. YT and other services usually de-rank videos with shaky footage. - Of course, you can overcome the shake by 1) using a tripod 2) getting an active gimbal. Option 1 is ok... but it kinda defeats the purpose of the super-fast focus. So I went with #2... and I was able to find a pretty decent active gimbal that worked well. Honestly, it dropped the shake to a point that I would have expected from the camera alone. - The microphone is good... but not great. It is a solid choice for vlogging since it is omnidirectional. - The picture quality is pretty good, but it's not going to blow you away. Like most cameras, it does well in well-lit conditions (i.e sunlight) but it starts to fall short in indoor environments. I was recently comparing footage (outdoors) between the ZV-1 and my iPhone 11 pro... the picture quality was comparable (although the iPhone has less shake). I am not saying an iPhone is better for videoing (its not.. the ZV-1 has much, much better focusing, microphone, options, and etc). - In a somewhat unfair comparison.. I recently filmed a trip to the zoo with both the ZV-1 and my Canon HFG60 (which also has a 1" sensor). The Canon camcorder had a much better picture and I was able to film without the need of an active gimbal. Granted the Canon isn't designed to be used for one-handed vlogging..... but it did highlight some of the limits with the ZV-1 - Form - Another thing that Sony got right. The ZV-1 is super light, can easily be held one-handed, and has a nice articulating screen. I found the buttons to be a bit awkward and a bit too recessed which caused me to accidentally *not push* record when I was trying to record something. - The Sony menu system is ok... I am not used to it... so it is bit cumbersome for me - Pro features... This camera isn't designed for pros. I see no option for manual focus (Not that big of a deal) but you really can't even operate it in manual mode. It has a manual mode, but you're not going to be able to change the settings on the fly. - The lens is a F1.8/2.8 so it is reasonably fast. It also allows for some decent bokeh despite a smallish sensor. Final Verdict... It kinda feels like I a being hard on the ZV-1 by giving it 3 stars. However.... on one of my trips, I forgot to bring the connecting plate for my gimbal, and the ZV-1 became nearly worthless. While it has some very strong features... it could have been so much more!
Reviewed on July 11, 2022
I know that it's aimed at floggers, but for amateurs who want a small, pocketable camera with a one inch sensor, with excellent fotos and excellent video, this is the camera you will always take with you. I am 75 and too old to carry around my Nikon, Fuji, and Olympus camera and lenses. It is solid and well made. I have small hands, also, so it's perfect for me. The zoom is a bit slow, you will likely not take fotos of distant birds, nor win photo contests at your local foto club (which is dominated by heavy duty equipment) but it's absolutely perfect for me.
Reviewed on June 20, 2020
Let me start out by saying that I've used dozens of cameras over the past few years as a bit of a gear head. I've had full frame DSLRs, full frame mirrorless, APS-C options, micro 4/3's, etc. Most recently I had the Fuji X100V. Having a growing family I realized that while I love taking pictures of my kids growing up, what really captures the interest of everyone is capturing videos. I could take 1,000 pictures from a family trip and the things that the family will want to see is the video, not the pictures. For this I realized that having a more compelling video option was needed. In addition having a 7 year old girl, she's starting to want to make her own videos, which I post to her private YT channel. Pros - Having a compact option with a decently fast lens. The lens could be wider, it could be longer. There's a lot of could haves. Why not ask for a 12-500 mm lens? For what it is, it's a good compromise, has a decent enough range and fast lens, which is needed for a 1" sensor. The 24-200 would've been too slow to shoot indoors without an external light. - The front flip screen. It makes talking head videos easier to shoot, putting it on a tripod and still having a hot/cold shoe for an external mic or a light source is fantastic. - Button layout. Having a record button, having a tally light are great. Cons - I would've loved to see a better use of a touch screen interface. Canon has it right for the most part, Sony could be much better. - I would've loved to have a mode dial and/or more front dials. But given a choice between what we have in the ZV-1 or a larger body/more expensive model, I'm ok with what we have. Things to note No, the stabilization is not the best. On standard it's not great. On active it's better but crops in. This is why I say for certain types of vlogging, like on a tripod or talking head video it's fine. If you're expecting to walk around and talk to yourself, you'll want to invest in a gimbal. No, the battery isn't the best. Luckily they're tiny and you can find plenty of generic options. No, you don't get a charger in the box. Most cameras these days are not shipping with one. No you won't get the ultra thin depth of field from this, it's a 1" sensor, there are limitations. For the price, the size, the features, it's the best option that I've found at the present time. It's not perfect, but any camera enthusiast will tell you that there isn't. It's about weighing the positives and the negatives and find the one with the most plusses and the least amount of negatives for your needs. Think about it, if the perfect camera existed, you'd have no compelling reason to upgrade to the next model, so in a way you have to think that manufacturers intentionally withhold a little here and a little there.
Reviewed on July 06, 2022
This is not the camera for you if you are vlogging. This raggy camera ALWAYS shuts off saying the camera is hot. You barely get 20 mins out of this camera. Pain in the butt. Just get something better so you won't have to wait around!
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