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Sony ZV-1 Announced - Designed For Vloggers

Sony has announced the ZV-1 a digital camera designed for vloggers, and video creators, with 4K video, tilting screen, and included microphone sheild.

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Sony ZV-1

Sony has announced the Sony ZV-1, a new camera designed to be suited to vloggers and video creation, with a tilting screen, microphone windshield, and larger video record button, the camera has a number of features to make it easier for videographers to create high-quality video footage. Due to be released early June, with a price around £700 / €800.

Sony ZV-1 Key Features:

  • 20mp 1inch stacked BSI CMOS sensor
  • ISO125-12800 expands to ISO80/100
  • 315 phase-detection AF points – hybrid AF system
  • AF with eye autofocus (real-time), and real-time tracking AF
  • Face skin-tone smoothing, auto exposure based on your face (brand new)
  • SteadyShot Active Mode: stabilisation optimized for walking (11x better – than “standard”), optical and electronic IS system (4K + FullHD)
  • Clear voice recording, 3-capsule microphone, with wind-shield included - “dead cat” slots into the hot-shoe
  • multi-interface hot-shoe so you can add additional audio (eg XLR), or you can use the microphone socket
  • Bokeh button to switch between bokeh background or detailed background, plus product focus option
  • 180degree tilting screen (can face forwards)
  • 4K video: 14m image down to 8m for detail
  • S-Log2/3 video recording, timelapse, HLG
  • Super slow motion (upto 1000fps), vertical video shooting

ZV-1
Sony say that 73% of Vloggers use a smartphone, so the ZV-1 is designed to help them getter better video quality, with a more professional look, thanks to the use of a 1inch sensor. The camera has a “Bokeh” button (C1) which lets you switch between the background being in focus or defocused for better subject separation. There's also a "Product focus" setting, to quickly allow the focus to switch to products held up to the camera.

There is a range of accessories available, including:

  • GP-VPT2BT - Bluetooth shooting grip.
  • VCT-SGR1 – Compact and lightweight, with cable connection
  • ACC-TRBX (Battery Charger) USB powered
  • ECM-XYST1M – Stereo mic for multi-interface shoe

 

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From Sony 26th May, 2020, Sony Expands Range of Vlogging Solutions with Introduction of Vlog Camera ZV-1 and FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Handycam® 

Vlog Camera ZV-1 introduces a newly developed concept specifically addressing the needs of video content creators and AX43 is a new compact 4K Handycam with advanced image stabilisation technologies  

 

Vlog Camera ZV-1

Sony today announced the new pocket-sized vlog camera ZV-1 (hereafter referred to as ZV-1) – a lightweight, compact “all-in-one” style solution. Designed from the ground up for content creators and vloggers, the ZV-1 combines easy-to-use features with uncompromising imaging technology, making this the perfect tool for any content creator at all skill levels.

“Sony’s new ZV-1 was purpose-built to meet the needs and demands of today’s video creators,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe.  “This camera is the result of direct feedback from our extended community who do not want to compromise with hybrid products, so we have designed this new model for those who put content creation first.  It features an innovative design and introduces many new technologies, settings and modes that allow creators to make content in ways they have never been able to before. The ZV-1 aims to let the subject shine in any environment. Every single feature is optimised for any type of creator’s daily vlogging.”

The ZV-1 features a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS® CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and 24-70mm[i] F1.8-2.8 ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* large-aperture lens creating beautiful background bokeh (background blur), allowing the subject to stand out from the background. The camera locks on and tracks subjects with high accuracy and speed using Sony’s leading-edge 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 for superior image quality. It also combines this exceptional imaging technology with high-quality and versatile audio options. The ZV-1 is Sony’s first compact camera with a side-opening Vari-angle LCD touchscreen, making it easier to compose your shots in selfie mode while connecting external audio accessories. To meet any video need, the ZV-1 contains advanced video features including 4K movie recording[ii] and in-body image stabilisation.

 

Meeting the Needs of Today’s Content Creators

 

Quickly Switch Between two modes of Background Bokeh

The ZV-1 offers a simple solution to easily switch between two levels of background blur (bokeh) while recording. Using the new Bokeh Switch function, 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 and makes self shooting a breeze.

 

Focus on the Subject You Want

The ZV-1 makes it easier than ever to shoot product reviews and similar video content. Gone are the days of placing a hand behind an object to prompt the camera to bring it into focus thanks to a new Product Showcase Setting, which 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 α™ (Alpha™) and RX series cameras, this new compact camera includes advanced autofocus (AF) allowing it to lock on and track subjects with high accuracy and speed while recording. For maintaining focus on the intended subject or subjects in busy environments, Real-time Eye AF[iii] and Real-time Tracking for video allows the ZV-1 to stay locked on the subject’s eye / face or seamlessly switch focus between multiple subjects while controlling the AF speed and tracking sensitivity when needed.

 

Prioritise Your Face

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 prioritises 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.

 

Natural Colour

The ZV-1 features advanced colour science re-engineered to optimise skin tones. To enhance emphasis on the subject’s face – especially when shooting in selfie mode – the ZV-1 creates a smooth and natural complexion, while also maintaining sharp images of the mouth and eyes in both videos and stills.

 

Crystal Clear Audio

High-quality content requires clear, excellent audio quality, and the ZV-1 is well-equipped to produce just that with reliable and versatile audio options. 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 minimising background noise, especially when operating in selfie mode. For added flexibility, the ZV-1 also features a standard 35mm mic jack (3.5mm) and Multi-Interface Shoe™ (MI shoe) making it easy to connect a wide range of external microphones. The ZV-1 is also supplied with a wind screen[iv] accessory that fits on the MI shoe to minimise wind interference.

 

Design and Functionality Optimised for Vlogging

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 side-opening Vari-angle LCD Screen, allowing creators to simplify their setup by utilising 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 major advances in image stabilisation, ensuring steady video even when shooting hand-held while walking. When recording in HD (Active mode), optical and electronic stabilisation methods are combined to reduce shaking up to 11 times[v] that of standard SteadyShot™. When shooting 4K video using Optical SteadyShot (Active mode), there is improvement in stabilisation effect of up to 8 times[vi] that of standard SteadyShot. The ZV-1 is also compatible with the GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander, offering additional stability and comfort combined with cable-free connectivity.

 

ZV 1 VPT2BT Grip Selfshooting Vlogger Large
 

Class-Leading AV Features

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.[vii]
  • Industry standard 3.5mm microphone input
  • Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR)[viii] / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3
  • Interval Shooting[ix] for stunning time-lapse videos[x]
  • Super Slow-Motion[xi] recording at up to 1000fps[xii] 
  • Compatibility with ‘Movie Edit add-on’[xiii] from the “Imaging Edge™” mobile application for image stabilisation[xiv] while editing Highlight ability to edit aspect ratios for IG etc.

 

Live Streaming with the ZV-1

Transform the ZV-1 into a webcam by connecting it to a PC[xv] via USB, which allows content creators to interact with their followers in real-time while also utilising the advanced imaging technology and unique features of the ZV-1. This new Sony’s PC software will be available in July 2020.

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