Sony has a very strong history in the production of superb imaging equipment. Their cameras offer exceptional functionality, capacity and image quality within the reach of the average user. Their recent launch of the ZV-1 adds to that at a very affordable price for content creators regardless of their experience.
Designed from the ground up for vloggers, content creators and casual video shooters, the ZV-1 combines easy-to-use features with uncompromising imaging technology, making it the perfect tool for content creators of all skill levels.
The ZV-1 captures much of the needs of video creators in such a small, price-conscious package – $ 1,299.00:
- Record 4K movies with full pixel playback and no pixel pooling in the high bit rate XAVC STM codec7
- Standard 3.5mm microphone input
- Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3
- Interval shooting9 for great time-lapse videos10
- Super slow motion recording11 up to 960 fps12
- Compatibility with ‘Movie Edit add-on13’ from the mobile application “Imaging Edge” for image stabilization during editing14 Highlight the possibility of modifying the proportions for IG etc.
All of the ZV-1’s functionality is designed around ease of use. Content creators make money by regularly producing content, delivering it to their subscribers, and then doing it again. Time is running out and taking an hour to produce a 10 second plan is simply not possible for these guys and girls. So features such as the ability to easily switch between bokeh modes (a soft focus option, similar to the effect of portrait mode on a phone camera) by simply adjusting the switch are welcome.
One-touch commands to change the aperture, focal points, and the adjustable side-opening LCD screen make setting up selfies, Vlogs, and product reviews much easier and less time-consuming. One feature that is extremely impressive is the Product Showcase setting which slides easily and automatically from a presenter to an object in front of the camera.
Another Vlogging problem – aka First World – encountered is the problem created with autofocus when you are in changing lighting conditions. The intelligent functions included in the ZV-1 detect and prioritize the subject’s face and adjust the exposure to ensure the sharpness and focus of the face.
What really starts to make the ZV-1 feel like a “smart” camera is its ability to focus, enhance and focus on the subject’s face, especially when used in selfie mode. It also requires exceptional sound, quite simply, good sound can greatly improve a Vlog – bad sound will destroy it! Who wants to listen to the sound of the wind and other auditory intrusions in your viewing?
The ZV-1’s built-in microphone features the latest 3-capsule directional microphone from Sony, designed for forward audio capture, allowing clear capture of the subject’s voice while minimizing background noise, especially in mode selfie. For more flexibility, the ZV-1 also has a standard 3.5 mm microphone input and a multi-interface shoe (MI shoe) facilitating the connection of a wide range of external microphones.
If you plan to use the built-in microphone, it comes with an aka windshield accessory. “Dead cat” which adapts to the MI shoe to reduce wind interference. It will not be bulky to transport because it weighs only 294 g – depending on the accessories attached of course – and measures 105.5 mm x 60.0 mm x 43.5 mm.
This is an impressive configuration designed to make life easier for Vlogging and content creation. If you want to take a look, they will be available in Australia in mid-June this year for $ 1,299 for the camera. Other accessories will cost you $ 149.00 for shooting to $ 249 each for setting up the stereo microphone or shooting with remote control.