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Sony ZV-1 Vlog Compact Camera (2020)

MSRP 800 EURNeoscore 81%NEX score 75%

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Product Overview

Sony ZV-1 compact camera is purpose-built for video content creators and vloggers. A lightweight all-in-one solution, the ZV-1 features a 1-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with DRAM chip for lightning-speed readout (the same used in the Sony A9, and A9 II). It also sports a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens with 24-70mm full-frame equivalent focal range and bright f/1.8-2.8 aperture.
The ZV-1 is Sony's first compact camera with side-opening vari-angle LCD touchscreen that makes shooting in selfie mode an effortless experience. It also offers in-body image stabilization.
For autofocus in video, Sony ZV-1 supports real-time Eye AF and real-time subject-tracking. There is also a new Face Priority autoexposure (AE) mode, and the ZV-1's color science is optimized for skin tones. These features ensure that the vlogger always looks his/her best.
Audio is essential for a good video, and the ZV-1 features Sony's latest Directional 3-capsule Mic designed for forward-directional audio capture.
Last but not least, the ZV-1 combines optical and electronic stabilization in FHD and improved Optical Steady Shot in 4K, delivering stable image for vlogs.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fully articulated LCD
  • Extraordinary 24.0 fps burst rate
  • Very light
  • Supports both WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons
  • Poor battery life
  • 125 base ISO
  • Low 20 MP resolution
  • Lacks weather sealing

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great build quality
  • Good audio quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • Superb autofocus
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Inbuilt viewfinder is annoying
  • No video stabilization
  • No headphone jack
  • Middling video quality in FHD
  • Not ideal for handheld vlogging
  • Doesn’t work with macOS
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
HDMI + Microphone + Remote Control + USB 2.0
Wireless Connectivity
802.11ac + Bluetooth

Construction

Form Factor
Compact camera with zoom lens
Image Size
1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Lens
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T
Microphone
Stereo
Sensor | Resolution
20 MP (5472 x 3648)
Sensor | Type
BSI-CMOS
Speakers
Mono

Dimensions

Size | Depth
44 mm / 1.73 in
Size | Height
60 mm / 2.36 in
Size | Width
105 mm / 4.13 in
Weight
294 g / 10.39 oz

Display

Display Diagonal
3 inch
Display Type
Fully articulated TFT LCD
Resolution
921,600 dots
Viewfinder | Type
None

Function

AE Bracketing
±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Angle Of View
84.1° Diagonal | 73.7° Horizontal | 53.1° Vertical (wide) ~ 34.4° Diagonal | 28.8° Horizontal | 19.5° Vertical (tele)
Aperture
f/1.8 (wide) ~ f/2.8 (tele)
Autofocus
315 focus points
Crop Factor
2.7
Exposure Compensation
±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Mode
Auto / Aperture Priority / Shutter Priority / Manual
Filter
ND Filter: Auto / On (3 steps) / Off
Focal Length
8.9 mm ~ 25.9 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
24 mm ~ 70 mm
GPS
No
Image Stabilization
Optical
Intervalometer
Yes
ISO Range
125 ~ 12800, extendable to 80 ISO ~ 25600 ISO
Processor
Bionz X
Touch Screen
Yes
Video Codecs
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Video Recording
4K 30p, 1080i
Weather Resistance
No
Zoom
2.9x optical zoom, Digital zoom available

Performance

Battery Life
260 shots
Max Burst Rate
24.0 fps
Min Focus Distance
50 mm / 1.97 in
Shutter Speed
1/32000 s (electronic) / 1/2000 s (mechanical) ~ 30 s
Storage
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo

Production

Battery
NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Debut
2020-05-26

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Sony ZV-1 is as adept for video as for stills. It offers 4K footage at 24 or 30fps, and 1080p at up to 120p. The in-camera microphone is good enough that you can probably skip using an external one. The real drawback is the lens.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent in-camera mic
  • 4K video
Cons
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • No selfie stick

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Sony ZV-1 offers excellent image quality out-of-the-box. It has a wide dynamic range and very little noise or softness even at higher ISO levels. It's lightweight and very compact, which is good for extended shooting sessions. However, depending on your choice of settings and usage patterns, its battery life is rather short.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality out-of-the-box
  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Excellent autofocus performance in 4k
  • Impressive image quality in 4K
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Middling video quality in FHD
  • Lack of noise visible in dark environments
  • No headphone jack

t3[3]

Sentiment Score 61%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The ZV1 is a decent pocket-friendly camera for everyday shooting and for travel. However, the main consideration of this camera is for vlogging and video performance. Image stabilisation is a little on the shaky side, so if you're somebody looking for ultra-smooth footage, you might be better suited to cameras with even stronger stabilisation. Sound is recorded pretty well, but again, including a windshield in the box is a nice little extra.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Easy to set up
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Inbuilt viewfinder is annoying
  • Not the best for vloggers

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sony ZV-1 offers the same slow-motion modes as the RX100 series. These include 250, 500 and 1000fps options, although the latter two bring a significant hit to resolution and quality. The lack of a viewfinder or lens control ring means it's no match for its more stable RX100 stablemates.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good image quality
  • Good battery life
  • 4K/30p video
Cons
  • No 4K/60p option
  • No 5-minute recording limit

tomsguide[5]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Sony ZV-1 did a decent job in low light, but struggled in very low light. Slow motion is great on these cameras — you can shoot at 120 fps (which is about 4x as slow as real-time-shooting at 30 frames per second) It works with Windows and Mac devices, and I found the process to be seamless.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent low-light image quality
  • Easy to use
  • Good audio quality
Cons
  • No video stabilization
  • Doesn’t work with macOS

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score 88%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Sony ZV-1 can film in up to 4K 25p 100m. The 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens and a one-inch sensor is key to the camera's success. It’s the ideal setup specifically for the vlogging format. The only part of the camera that doesn’t meet this standard is in its navigation. It falls into the same trap of having an abundance of pages and categories that, while fine for a professional, will put off amateurs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb autofocus
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Auto-focus could be better

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony ZV-1 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-zv-1. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony ZV-1 Camera Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/camera/reviews/sony/zv-1. 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
3. ^ Sony ZV1 review. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/sony-zv1-review. 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
4. ^ Sony ZV-1 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-zv-1. 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony ZV-1 review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/sony-zv-1. 2021-04-19. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
6. ^ Sony ZV-1 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-zv-1. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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