Sony Electronics is now shipping a new pocket-sized digital camera, Model ZV-1 – a lightweight, compact “all-in-one” designed for content creators and vloggers with easy-to-use features for all skill levels, it says.
“Sony’s new ZV-1 was purpose-built to meet the needs and demands of today’s video creators,” said Neal Manowitz, Sony’s deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas. “We are always listening to our customers, and this camera is the result of direct feedback from our extended community. Featuring an innovative design plus many new technologies, settings and modes, it will allow creators to make content in ways they have never been able to before.”
The ZV-1 features a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T large-aperture lens, creating background bokeh (background blur), allowing the subject to stand out from the background. The camera locks onto and tracks subjects with high accuracy and speed, using Sony’s autofocus system. The ZV-1 also includes the latest-generation BIONZ X image processor with front-end LSI, delivering high resolution as well as low noise.
The ZV-1 is Sony’s first compact camera with a side-opening Vari-angle LCD screen, making it easier to compose shots in selfie mode while connecting external audio accessories. The ZV-1 also contains advanced video features including 4K movie recording and in-body image stabilization.
The ZV-1 offers a simple solution to easily switch between two levels of background bokeh while recording. Using the new Background Defocus function, users can rapidly adjust the optical aperture between more and less background defocusing blur without losing focus on the subject. Located on top of the camera, this Bokeh button is easily accessible for simplified selfie shooting.
The ZV-1 also makes it easy to shoot product reviews and similar video content. A new Product Showcase Setting allows for quick and smooth focus transitions between the subject’s face and the object placed in front of the lens.
Building on the leading-edge technology developed for Alpha brand and RX series cameras, this new compact camera includes advanced autofocus (AF), allowing it to lock on and track subjects with accuracy and speed while recording. For maintaining focus on the intended subject or subjects in busy environments, Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking AF for video allows the ZV-1 to seamlessly switch focus between multiple subjects while controlling the AF speed and tracking sensitivity.
Extreme changes in lighting, like walking outside on a sunny day and suddenly moving from a bright location into shade, are no problem for the ZV-1, thanks to the new Face Priority autoexposure (AE) function. It detects and prioritizes the subject’s face and adjusts the exposure to ensure the face is depicted at an ideal brightness in any environment. This AE technology also suppresses an abrupt change in exposure if the subject quickly turns away from the frame to eliminate unexpected blown-out or extremely dark shots. In addition, the camera features a new advanced color science that has been re-engineered to optimize skin tones for any subject in both still and video modes.
High-quality audio is also a priority, and the ZV-1’s onboard mic features Sony’s latest Directional 3-capsule Mic, which was designed for forward-directional audio capture, allowing for clear capture of the subject’s voice while minimizing background noise, especially when operating in selfie mode. For added flexibility, the ZV-1 also features an industry standard mic jack (3.5mm) and Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI shoe) to connect to a wide range of external microphones. The ZV-1 is also supplied with a wind screen accessory that fits on the MI shoe to minimize wind interference.
The ZV-1 was designed with content creators and vloggers in mind. This compact, lightweight (approx. 294g / 105.5mm x 60.0mm x 43.5mm) camera is the first Sony compact camera with a flip-out, tiltable LCD Screen, allowing creators to simplify their setup by utilizing the MI shoe for optional external mics without the need of an additional mounting bracket.
Comfortably operate the ZV-1 with one hand thanks to the easy-to-hold comfortable grip and a large movie REC button located on the top of the camera for quick access to video recording, as well as a recording lamp on the front of the camera that indicates if the camera is actively recording.
The ZV-1 also includes advances in image stabilization, ensuring steady video even when shooting hand-held while walking. The camera is also compatible with the GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander, offering additional stability and comfort combined with cable-free Bluetooth® connectivity.
Despite the small form factor there are a multitude of pro-level movie making capabilities, including:
4K movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in high- bit-rate XAVC S™ codec
Industry standard 3.5mm microphone input
Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3
Interval Shooting for stunning time-lapse videos
Super Slow Motion recording at up to 960fps
Compatibility with ‘Movie Edit add-on’ from the “Imaging Edge” mobile application for image stabilization while editing
Highlight ability to edit aspect ratios for IG, etc.
Live Streaming with the ZV-1 – The ZV-1maybe used as a webcam by connecting it to a PC via USB, which allows content creators to interact with their followers in real time while also utilizing the advanced imaging technology and unique features of the ZV-1. Sony’s new PC software will be available in July 2020.
Sony will also be introducing a Vlogger Kit (ACCVC1), which includes a GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander and 64GB Ultra High Speed Media Card. The grip is compatible with a variety of Sony cameras[xvi]. Users can pair this kit with an external microphone (sold separately), such as Sony’s Stereo Microphone (ECM-XYST1M), for a convenient and simple vlogging setup.
The ZV-1 Digital Camera introductory price is $749 USD through June 28; after that, the price will increase to approximately $799. The ACCVC1 Vlogger Kit is available with a special introductory offer of $50 off when purchased together with ZV-1 (at participating retailers) through June 28, and can be purchased separately for approximately $149.