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Sony ZV-1 Review Rundown

Sony Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 19 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Sony ZV-1
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Eye-tracking autofocus
  • 4K video with face priority multi-metering
  • Face and eye detection
  • Limited physical controls
  • Limited features for vloggers

Summary

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.

Rundown

expertreviews[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Sony ZV-1 is a video-centric spin on Sony's successful RX100 range of compact cameras. It takes the 1in 20MP sensor and BIONZ X processing power from the RX100 VII, adds the bright Zeiss lens from the Rx100 V, and sprinkles in some new vlogger-focused features. Flipping out to the side makes it better suited to vlogging as it doesn't interfere with any top-mounted microphones or lights. The three-microphone array works well, too, and really lifts the quality of the videos.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 equivalent lens
  • Intuitive controls
  • 4K 30fps video
Cons[**]
  • Limited control dials
  • Not for vloggers

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
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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Pros[**]
  • Sharp 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom
  • Quick, easy-to-use controls
  • Built-in mic
Cons[**]
  • Lens is a little tight for walk-and-talk footage
  • Short battery life

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
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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Pros[**]
  • Bright 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens
  • Real-time Eye AF
  • 3.5mm microphone port
Cons[**]
  • Not as powerful as RX100 Mark V

tomsguide[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
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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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Good video quality
  • Soft Skin Effect mode
Cons[**]
  • Low-light and low-light settings are difficult to use

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
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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Pros[**]
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Bokeh mode works well
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Sony ZV-1 review: The best vlogging camera on the market. Expertreviews. 2020-12-09. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Sony ZV-1 Review. Pcmag. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Sony ZV-1 review. Techradar. 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Sony ZV-1 review. Tomsguide. 2021-04-19. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  5. 5. ^ Sony ZV-1 Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-08-26. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. *. 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.
  7. **. 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.
  8. ***. 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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