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Sony Z-V1 v ZV-E10; Battle of the Vlogging cameras

Sony has launched another great Vlogging camera, but which one should you buy?

When it comes to Vlogging, Sony is leading the way. The brand already offered the compact ZV-1, which launched back in 2020, but just over 12 months on, Sony has come back with a new Vlogging camera – the ZV-E10. So, which one is right for your Vlogging set-up? Let’s find out by checking out 10 key differences between the two Vlogging cameras…

One – Resolution: 
The older ZV-1 is built around a 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS, which serves up 20-megapixels of resolution. However, the ZV-E10 features a bigger chip – in fact, at the heart of the camera, you’ll find an APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor that delivers 24.2-megapixels

Two – Battery life: 
Although people will be buying these cameras to shoot video, battery life is commonly measured in how many stills shots a user can take on a single charge. In this respect, the larger ZV-E10 comes out on top and enables photographers to take up to 440 shots before needing to change batteries. The smaller ZV-1 still musters a decent figure of 260 shots – though users can employ a power saving mode that will extend this to 410.

Find out more about the ZV-1

Three – Lenses: 
This area is one of the biggest differences between the two cameras and may be the key to swaying your buying decision. The ZV-1 uses a fixed lens that gives a focal length of 9.4-25.7mm that translates to 24-70mm in 35mm equivalent. This is a 2.7x optical zoom and features a variable maximum aperture of f/1.8 at the wide end or f/2.8 when zoomed all the way in. Although users can’t change the lens, the focal length is versatile and should cover most Vlogging situations, from wide-angle talking to the camera to zoomed in shots for B-roll. However, the ZV-E10 is an interchangeable lens camera, meaning you have your choice of any lens from the E-mount range, giving users far more choice – for example, they can switch from wide-angle to macro, to telephoto to capture a whole range of views.

The ZV-E10 features Sony’s E-mount, meaning users have a wide range of optics to choose from.

Four – Size & weight:
Remember, Vlogging cameras should be compact and lightweight as if you’re going to be holding them up all day, you won’t want them to weigh you down. As you’d suspect, the ZV-1 is the smaller and lighter option, but not by too much. Tipping the scales at just 294g, the interchangeable lens ZV-E10 isn’t far behind at 343g though this will change depending on which lens you pair with the camera. In terms of size, the ZV-1 measures 105.5 x 60.0 x 43.5mm, while the ZV-E10 offers dimensions of 115.2 x 64.2 x 44.8 mm.

The tiny ZV-1 weighs just 294g.

Six – ISO Range:
It’s common for larger sensors to offer a greater ISO ceiling, enabling Vloggers to film in low light conditions and this is true with these two cameras. While the ZV-1 offers a decent ISO range of up to 12800, the ZV-E10 doubles this, taking the ISO ceiling to 32000. Of course, many users may never need to use this extreme ISO level, but it’s there if they need it.

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Seven – Autofocus:
Both cameras offer Sony’s amazing autofocus features such as eye-detection AF, which will identify a person in the frame and focus up on their eye, which is perfect for Vlogging. However, there is a difference between the two cameras in this area because while the ZV-1 features 315 phase-detection points and 425 contrast-detection points, the ZV-E10 goes even further and delivers 425 contrast-detection points and 425 phase-detection points. More AF points gives the camera a better chance of keeping everything in focus.

While both cameras feature advanced autofocus systems, the ZV-E10 offers more AF points.

Eight – ND filters:
ND filters allow photographers and videographers to balance the exposure of a scene and, when it comes to Vlogging, are particularly useful to prevent overexposure on a bright sunny day. Again, there’s a difference between the two cameras because the smaller ZV-1 has an ND filter built in, while ZV-E10 users will have to add an ND filter to the front of whichever lens they are using. This means that ZV-1 users don’t have to worry about carrying around any extra kit.

Nine – Burst mode: 
While many Vloggers will never need to employ the burst rate to capture a sequence of stills, it’s nice to know that these cameras are both super speedy and can do a great job. In fact, the larger ZV-E10 can fire off 11 frames per second while the smaller ZV-1 goes even further and offers users the ability to capture a whopping 24 frames per second – this means you should never miss a split-second moment.

Both cameras offer plenty of video specifications, including 4K video and slow motion features.

Ten – Video and audio:
While both cameras can capture ultra high-quality 4K footage at 30p or Full HD at 60p, there are a couple of differences when it comes to capturing slow motion footage. The ZV-E10 can shoot Full HD at 120p, while the ZV-1 offers a special slow motion mode that captures 1000p at Full HD to really slow down time and bring a creative sequence to your Vlogs. It should also be noted that although both cameras feature an advanced three-mic direction audio capture system, only the ZV-E10 offers Vloggers a headphone port so they can monitor audio levels.