Sony ZV-1 Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of Sony ZV-1 Vlog Compact Camera
Neoscore* 72%
  • Excellent video quality
  • Excellent in-camera mic
  • 4K video
  • Built-in ND filter
  • Good battery life
  • Limited physical controls


Sony ZV-1 is a pocketable camera with strong still image quality and features geared specifically toward vloggers. It takes the best video features of the Sony RX100 series, including its class-leading autofocus system, and combines them with design tweaks that make it ideal for shooting YouTube videos at home or on the move. For the first time on a Sony camera, the video recording button is now as big as the stills shutter button.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following[***]:
The Sony ZV-1 has been designed to make vlogging much easier for novice users. Its highlight features include a compact body, a fully articulating LCD, and dedicated buttons for things such as background defocus. Priced at Rs. 67,990 (MRP) it's nice to see that Sony hasn't removed the professional S-Log profiles.
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  • Compact and easy to carry around
  • Fully articulating LCD
  • Easy to use
  • Built-in ND filter
  • Can't swap batteries or SD cards during a shoot
  • Not weather sealed


Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony ZV-1 ($799.99) is the company's first compact camera built just for vloggers. The 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom has been a staple of 1-inch sensor format cameras from Sony for years. It's very sharp, delivering excellent resolution through its entire zoom range.
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  • Sharp 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom
  • Quick, easy-to-use controls
  • Built-in mic
  • Lens is a little tight for walk-and-talk footage
  • Short battery life


Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following[***]:
The Sony ZV-1 is a compact camera designed for vlogging. It does an excellent job of smoothing out camera shake in FHD and 4k video. It's not a bad choice for still photography either, as it offers amazing image quality. Its battery life can be quite short depending on your usage habits, and it has a confusing menu system.
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  • Excellent image quality out-of-the-box
  • Fast continuous shooting speed
  • Fully articulated screen
  • Middling video quality in FHD and 4k
  • Middling battery life


Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following[***]:
The ZV1 is aimed at vloggers and those who like to create video content. It features a 20.1 megapixel one-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor. This is joined by a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 (equivalent) lens. 4K video recording is available, while there's also in-body image stabilisation.
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  • 4K video recording
  • 3-inch touchscreen
  • Easy-to-use touch-sensitive screen
  • Touch-sensitive LCD
  • Not weatherproof


Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Sony ZV-1 is the most powerful pocket vlogging camera you can buy right now. It takes the best video features of the Sony RX100 series, including its class-leading autofocus system, and combines them with design tweaks. Its main strength is the combination of a bright 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens with Sony's Real-time tracking and real-time Eye AF systems.
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  • Bright 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens
  • Real-time Eye AF
  • 3.5mm microphone port
  • Not as powerful as RX100 Mark V


Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Sony ZV-1 is an intriguing compact camera for a number of reasons. It's aimed squarely at vloggers, with features such as a side-opening swiveling touchscreen LCD screen. The price for the Sony ACCVC1 Vlogger Kit remains at $149.
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  • Sleek, compact design
  • Good video quality
  • Soft Skin Effect mode
  • Low-light and low-light settings are difficult to use


Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
At 10.5 x 4.4 x 6 cm, the ZV-1 can easily be placed in a pocket or a small camera bag. The camera's grip is actually made of plastic and while it might not look like the most elegant option, it still did the job of keeping the camera firm in my hand. There's no headphone input to be found here, although I've yet to see any vlogger constantly checking the audio levels whilst filming.
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  • Lightweight and compact
  • Bokeh mode works well
  • Easy to use
  • Nothing in particular


1. ^ Sony ZV-1 Review. ndtv. 2020-10-09 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Sony ZV-1 Review. pcmag. 2020-07-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Sony ZV-1 Camera Review. rtings. 2021-05-06 Retrieved 2021-06-13.
4. ^ Sony ZV1 review. t3. 2020-12-15 Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ Sony ZV-1 review. techradar. 2020-05-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony ZV-1 review. tomsguide. 2021-04-19 Retrieved 2021-04-19.
7. ^ Sony ZV-1 Review. trustedreviews. 2020-08-26 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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