The Sony ZV E10: Very Capable Video Camera at a Point and Shoot Price

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The Sony ZV E10: Very Capable Video Camera at a Point and Shoot Price
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The Sony ZV E10 is a video-oriented APS-C camera, and Sony's cheapest APS-C camera. It has three features that make it particularly suitable for creative video,: 1. It has a variable-speed zoom rocker that can produce gentle and smooth power zooms using Sony's PZ lenses and/or CIZ with non-power, even prime lenses. 2. It writes gyro information on clips. So, you can use Sony's free Catalyst Browse software to produce stable video while moving and shooting with the camera, which rivals gimbals (may be better in some circumstances since it is not limited to 3 axes). 3. It has an analog mic input, digital audio input capability, and built-in stereo mics that are quite good, and importantly, are protected by an effective wind muff (records uncompresses PCM stereo, with manual control of levels). It also has a fully-articulated screen (no evf), no limits of recording length, does not overheat (with a setting).

The only ILC camera that has all of these capabilities is the Sony fx3, which is 5.6X the price (yes, you do get 10bit codecs and IBIS). The Sony ZV-1 can do all of the above, but is limited to one 24-70mm lens (and a 1" sensor).

Here is a video that displays the use of all of the features of the ZV E10: power zooms (CIZ), the 4K oversampled video quality, gyro stabilized camera movements (limited to 10% crop), audio for a performer. The lens is the Sony E 10-18 f4 OSS.

This was shot in HLG3, to maximally exploit the dynamic range of the sensor without the extremes of full log profiles (like Slog 3), although on this cloudy day there ere not a lot of extreme contrasts in light. Rendered in REC709.

Limitations: Only 8bit. 4K 30P has a slight crop. Rolling shutter. No IBIS, so must use OIS lenses (of which Sony makes many for APS-C). Gyro stabilization requires higher shutter speeds (1/200th) and requires a crop (10% is sufficient). In the above, only the moving-while-shooting shots are at the higher shutter speed. Oh, and the supply of these cameras is scarce right now.

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