Up to now, cameras have packed features that have proved useful for Vloggers, but now Sony has announced the ZV-1, a compact camera built especially for Vlog makers and content creators. The ‘all-in-one’ Vlogging camera is packed with features and is built around a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor that Sony has paired with a DRAM chip and BIONZ X processor. The lens is a fixed, fast aperture 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T optic capable of capturing attractive bokeh.
Vlogging-specific features include a visible ‘tally’ light on the front of the camera to confirm the camera is recording and a dedicated ‘Bokeh’ button that enables the user to quickly switch between two modes of background bokeh – perfect for when a presenter comes into the frame and then switching to more of a background scene. The Background Defocus function also helps the presenter stand out in the frame while the background falls out of focus.
Content creators will be pleased to hear the ZV-1 includes Sony’s Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking AF for video autofocus technology and the ZV-1 includes a Face Priority auto exposure (AE) mode which should help keep the exposure level of the presenter consistent.
Vloggers will of course know that good audio is critical to the success of videos and the ZV-1 features a built-in directional 3-capsule mic which Sony says was designed for forward-directional audio capture, allowing for clear capture of the subject’s voice while minimising background noise, especially when operating in selfie mode. What’s more, the ZV-1 features an external mic port and a windscreen comes included so enhanced audio can be captured in outdoor locations.
Measuring 105.5mm x 60.0mm x 43.5mm, the ZV-1 tips the scales at just 294g, making it suitable for use on a handheld gimbal like the DJI Ronin SC and is the first Sony compact camera with a flip-out, tiltable LCD Screen, which will help Vloggers when presenting to the camera.
Capable of capturing ultra high-quality 4K footage up to 30p, the ZV-1 can also record Full HD at 60p and a High Frame Rate (HFR) that tops out at an amazing 1000 frames per second, which will enable Vloggers to capture some spectacular slow motion footage.