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Sony ZV-1 Content Creator Camera For Vloggers

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Sony has announced the ZV-1 a content creator digital camera designed for vloggers with 4K video, tilting screen, and included microphone sheild. Sony ZV-1 is built around a 1″-type 20MP stacked CMOS sensor and the 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens from the RX100 III, IV and VA, but it uses a fully articulating touchscreen and reworked ergonomics to allow for selfie-style operation.

Sony say that 73% of Vloggers use a smartphone, so the ZV-1 is designed to help them getter better video quality, with a more professional look, thanks to the use of a 1inch sensor. The camera has a “Bokeh” button (C1) which lets you switch between the background being in focus or defocused for better subject separation. There’s also a “Product focus” setting, to quickly allow the focus to switch to products held up to the camera.

Sony ZV-1 will be available from early June with a list price of $799 (CAD$999). In the US there will be a promotion that drops the price to $749 if you buy before June 28th. Sony is also discounting its VCT-SGR1 Bluetooth shooting grip if you buy it with the ZV-1, until June 28th in the US and June 25th in Canada. Pricing in the UK and Europe is set at £700 and €800. Check availability at Adorama, B&HPhoto.

Sony ZV-1 Key Features:

  • 20mp 1inch stacked BSI CMOS sensor
  • ISO125-12800 expands to ISO80/100
  • 315 phase-detection AF points – hybrid AF system
  • AF with eye autofocus (real-time), and real-time tracking AF
  • Face skin-tone smoothing, auto exposure based on your face (brand new)
  • SteadyShot Active Mode: stabilisation optimized for walking (11x better – than “standard”), optical and electronic IS system (4K + FullHD)
  • Clear voice recording, 3-capsule microphone, with wind-shield included – “dead cat” slots into the hot-shoe
  • multi-interface hot-shoe so you can add additional audio (eg XLR), or you can use the microphone socket
  • Bokeh button to switch between bokeh background or detailed background, plus product focus option
  • 180degree tilting screen (can face forwards)
  • 4K video: 14m image down to 8m for detail
  • S-Log2/3 video recording, timelapse, HLG
  • Super slow motion (upto 1000fps), vertical video shooting

Sony ZV-1 specs are very similar with the RX100-series models, including 4K UHD video at up to 30p, 1080 capture at up to 120p and high-speed upscaled video at up to 960p. There’s no built-in viewfinder or headphone socket, but the ZV-1 does have a ‘multi-accessory’ hot shoe on which to mount an external mic.

There is a range of accessories available, including:

  • GP-VPT2BT – Bluetooth shooting grip.
  • VCT-SGR1 – Compact and lightweight, with cable connection
  • ACC-TRBX (Battery Charger) USB powered
  • ECM-XYST1M – Stereo mic for multi-interface shoe

In addition, Sony will have a major product announcement in June 2020 and Sony is going to announce a new full frame E-mount mirrorless camera (probably Sony a7S III) and several new E-mount lenses on that event in June.

Read more: Best Lenses for Sony a7R IV.

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