Sony’s New ZV-1 Compact Camera is Aimed Towards Vloggers

by Duey Guison  May 27, 2020

An RX-100 with several tweaks

With more content creators and vloggers looking for a compact-yet-reliable solution, Sony has come up with a new, vlogging-focused compact camera with the ZV-1. The camera shares a lot of similarities with the company’s RX100 series: aside from the size, the ZV-1 also uses a 1-inch, 20-megapixel EXMOR RS sensor, along with a 24-70mm equivalent zoom lens with a F/1.8-2.8 aperture range and a BIONZ X image processor. Like the RX100 Mark III to V, the ZV-1 has a built-in ND filter, along with both optical and digital image stabilization.

It can also record 4K video at 30 or 24FPS, along with Full HD video at 120FPS. It also has support for SGamut3.Cine, SLog3, SGamut3, HLG, and HDR for those who want to color grade their videos in post-process.  You also get interval shooting and up to 960FPS slow-motion video recording as well.

What makes the ZV-1 different from the RX-100 are its vlogger-focused features like a hot shoe, large record button, a 3-inch, flip out articulating screen, and a 3-capsule microphone with a wind guard add-on. It also has several modes tweaked towards vloggers: Background Defocus is a mode where the camera blurs the background a la bokeh mode, while Portrait Showcase lets the camera focus on the object being presented. There’s also Face Priority AE that makes sure your face is properly exposed regardless of shooting conditions, along with Real-Time Eye AF and Real-Time Tracking.

The ZV-1 is priced at $799(~Php 40.4k) but will have an introductory price of $749(~Php 37.9k) until June 28. The Vlogger kit, which includes an SD card and a shooting grip, is priced at $149(~Php 7.6k).


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