After a flood of detailed leaks, Sony has finally launched the ZV-1, a compact 4K digital camera that is aimed directly at video content creators or Vloggers for short. The new Sony device has an articulation screen that makes it easier to see what the camera is recording and frame the shot accordingly. However, there are also a number of new vlogging-centric features.
Starting with the hardware, it offers a 20.1MP 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with a 10-element ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T * lens (ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T * lens) and BIONZ X image processing -Engine. There are three built-in microphones for clear voice recording, while the SteadyShot system (shared optical and electronic stabilization) ensures blurry images.
Starting with the Vari-Angle LCD screen, it offers an opening angle of 176 degrees and a rotation angle of 270 degrees. In addition to allowing users to easily frame their shots, the touch panel also makes it easy to quickly adjust focus, shutter speed, and other parameters without having to play with the physical camera buttons.
You get all of Sony's fancy eye tracking and focusing technologies for the ZV-1 camera, as well as a variety of focusing and shooting modes. There is a special bokeh switch button that automatically blurs the background and keeps the subject in focus while adjusting ISO and depth in the background.
For the special software functions there is a Product Showcase setting, with which you can quickly adjust the focus from your face to the object in the frame while you are recording a product video. Apart from the focus shift, the frame is automatically expanded and can be activated via the user-defined C2 key. The ZV-1 also supports slo-mo video recording at 960 frames per second and offers a wide range of creative effects.
The accompanying Imaging Edge Mobile app allows users to wirelessly transfer files to their phone, while the Movie Edit app allows you to crop videos and refresh subjects on the go. In addition, the built-in ND filter ensures that exposure problems are kept in check and users can capture blurred movements and expressive bokeh.
The Sony ZV-1 is priced at $ 799, but Sony will sell it at an introductory price of $ 749. The ACCVC1 vlogger kit will be available next month at $ 149. If purchased with the camera, it will cost $ 50 until June 28.