In this video we have invited a special guest, Kim Dao as we take a first look at Sony’s newly announced vlogging camera, ZV-1. Liv and Kim take the ZV-1 out for the day as they explore the benefits and features that would be suited when vlogging on the go.
Design & Ergonomics
The Sony ZV-1 camera has a similar size as the RX100, where it is small and compact making it a great size to pop into a handbag and on-the-go. However, the ZV-1 camera is much lighter and has a better grip hold design removing the fear of dropping your camera when taking it out. On the top of the camera, the ZV-1 has a larger record button which has now completely replaced the camera mode wheel that you would usually find on the RX100. The ZV-1 can also attach an external flash and microphone to the top and has a microphone jack on the side. The flip screen on the ZV-1 flips to the side in comparison to the RX100 which flips up. The new side flip design is much easier to check if you’re in focus, especially when you have a microphone or flash attached to the top of the camera which may obstruct your view if it were a flip up screen instead.
- In-built directional 3-capsule mic and wind screen
- Product Showcase Setting for perfect product review videos, and dedicated Bokeh Switch for easy background blur control
- Vari-angle side-slip LCD Screen
- Soft Skin Effect for movies and improved skin tone with face optimised AE transition
- AI-based Real-time Eye AF for movies and touch tracking
- Multi Interface Shoe and standard 35mm mic jack for external mic versatility
- 315-point focal-plane phase detection AF
- Comfortable grip and a large REC button on the top of the camera, as well as a large recording lamp on the front of the camera
- 20.1 megapixels, standard ISO sensitivity 100-12800, enhanced colour reproduction
- ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-F2.8 large aperture high magnification zoom Lens
- Active mode image stabilization in 4K video recording, and Movie Edit add-on compatible
On the ZV-1 the new soft skin effect can be adjusted between low-medium-high. However, when your subject moves out of the frame and comes back in, it takes a while for the ZV-1 camera to readjust and reapply the effect back onto the subject, which may be a set back for beauty vloggers. The product showcase set mode on the ZV-1 makes filming a whole lot easier if you tend to show off your products on screen, as it quickly readjusts and focuses on the products. Also, you can defocus the background to create more bokeh and the in-built ND filter is able to capture all the colours and details clearly without being washed away by the bright lighting. The stabilisation can be turned off and on which creates a much smoother footage without using a gimbal.
The ZV-1 camera no longer has the mode wheel on the top of the camera as this has been completely replaced with the larger record button. This may become more fiddly for vloggers to change between photo and video when shooting. Additionally, this camera doesn’t come with an in-built flash and the battery life doesn’t last as long in comparison to the RX100.
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