Sony has just announced the launch of the ZV-1, a compact camera that’s ready for vlogging out of the box.
The ZV-1, available for pre-order for $748 and due to ship on June 11, is a lightweight, compact camera featuring a one-inch sensor and a fixed 24-70mm equivalent lens, complete with optical and digital stabilization, and capable of shooting 4K at up to 30 fps.
The major specifications:
- 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
- ZEISS 24-70mm-equivalent f/1.8-2.8 Lens
- UHD 4K30p Video with HLG and S-Log3 Gammas
- 3.0″ Side Flip-Out Touchscreen LCD
Notably, the LCD touchscreen articulates fully to the side. Other features include a built-in ND filter, eye-detect and face-detect autofocus, and a 3.5mm microphone jack.
Sony has introduced a “Face Priority” autoexposure mode which seems like a logical solution for vloggers who move between different lighting conditions. It will be interesting to see how this fares when suddenly required to compensate for strongly backlit situations.
The ZV-1 combines both electronic and optical stabilization, though electronic will crop slightly. It also features a "bokeh button" which, it seems, will instantly shift the lens to the lowest possible aperture in order to create separation between subject and background. With product reviewers in mind, the ZV-1 also has a dedicated "Product Showcase Setting" for presenting objects close to the lens when reviewing products.
Will you be pre-ordering? Is 24mm wide enough for your vlogging needs? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.