Sony ZV-1 Overview
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The Sony Z-V1 is a variation of the RX100 VA that is squarely targeted toward vloggers. While it uses the same 24-70mm equiv. lens and 20MP 1" sensor as that camera, the Z-V1 eschews the RX100 VA's pop-up viewfinder for a directional 3-capsule microphone. The mode dial is now a giant record button, and a tally lamp can be found on the front. The camera has Sony's latest autofocus system, including real-time eye AF. A background defocus function lets you quickly switch between two levels of background blur at the push of a button, even while recording.
The Z-V1 has oversampled 4K video and Full HD to 120 fps. It supports HLG and S-Log2/3 for easier color grading. While it has a mic socket, a headphone jack is missing. Unlike the RX100 VA, this camera has a vlogger-friendly fully articulating touchscreen display.
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–70 mm|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Max shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Storage types||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||294 g (0.65 lb / 10.37 oz)|
|Dimensions||105 x 60 x 44 mm (4.13 x 2.36 x 1.73″)|
The ZV-1 is a solid option for vloggers and photographers looking for a compact camera with a fast lens and great video and still image quality. Its novel microphone and video-friendly ergonomics are big plusses, but we want to see Sony introduce a more modern touch interface and update their menus to appeal to a wider audience. Overall, whether you're a dedicated video maker or just want an easy-to-use camera for good quality clips, the ZV-1 is worth a look.
Good for: Vlogging and video capture, travel photo and video, family photography.
Not so good for: Users that need a longer zoom range and users that have no need for video or the video-focused features of this camera.
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