Compact Digital Camera for Vlogging
Building on the proven imaging capabilities of the RX100-series platform, the Sony ZV-1 receives an updated physical design that enhances content creation for vloggers and influencers alike. A side flip-out 3" 921.6k-dot LCD touchscreen and a directional 3-capsule microphone designed for forward-directional audio recording are the ideal features combination for front-facing recording. An included windscreen for the built-in mic may be utilised for cleaner audio when recording outdoors.
The sleek and lightweight ZV-1 is not only highly portable, it also features a large right-hand grip, a front tally lamp to visually indicate ongoing recording, and a larger REC button the top plate, all of which are ideal for one handed recording. Further supporting quality recording while walking is the Active SteadyShot image stabilisation that steadies footage and reduces appearance of camera shake. A Multi Interface Shoe and a 3.5mm microphone port both permit improved accessory compatibility.
Of note also, is the impressive integrated ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm-equivalent standard zoom lens that comes with a bright f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture range to suit working in low-light conditions as well as benefit use of shallow depth of field techniques. The optical design provides for sharp imagery with a series of specialised elements to reduce aberrations and distortions while a ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating suppress reflections and glare for improved contrast and colour fidelity. Complementing the camera's own image stabilisation, the lens features Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation for smoother handheld shooting in low light condiions.
To top it off, the ZV-1 also features a variety of functions and settings for easy but efficient videoing. The Product Showcase is the ideal setting for vlogging and product showcases, allowing smooth and fast transitions between a subject's face and an object placed in front of the lens; For instantly isolating your subject using shallow depth of field and bokeh, the Background Defocus function permits an immediate switch to the maximum aperture setting of f/1.8-2.8. Furthermore, an built-in ND filter benefits this mode in bright lighting conditions by controlling overexposure; The Soft Skin Effect helps subjects attain that natural, smooth complexion while Refined Colour Science optimises skin tones for any subject for a healthy natural look; Face Priority Auto-Exposure works out and adjusts the exposure to ensure that a subject's face is depicted in ideal brightness, even as the subject is moving to areas of different lighting. In the even that the subject moves abruptly from the frame, the AE technology will suppress sudden exposure changes to eliminate extremely dark shots.
Inside the ZV-1 are some of the more familiar imaging attributes, including a 20.1MP 1"-type Exmor RS stacker CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, with front-end LSI, which supports fast performance and a wide-ranging sensitivity to suit working in a variety of conditions. The apt processing capabilities enable Real-Time AF and Real-Time Tracking for fast and accurate focusing and subject tracking. For video recording, UHD 4K recording at 30p is supported for longer takes. A micro-HDMI port is also available for use in conjunction with an external recorder or monitor if desired. Matching up with the professional cine cameras, the ZV-1 features Sony's S-Log2 and HLG picture profiles that improve post-production flexibility. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity ensures easy and fast imagery transfer to connected mobile devices for direct online sharing, sending to emails, or upload to cloud storage sites. Upon connection, a linked mobile device can display a live view image on its screen and be used to remotely control the camera's shutter release via the Smart Remote Control app. For added convenience, the connection to a smartphone can be possibly made using a QR. The Bluetooth connectivity enables connection to the separately available GP-VPT2BT wireless Shooting Grip for efficient camera control.