Sony ZV-1 vlog camera review: Versatile, ideal for self shooters


Given the sort of yr we’ve got been having, I’ve achieved some actually humorous issues, particularly on movies. In a bid to get again in entrance of the camera, however with myself because the camera individual, I’ve tried the whole lot from balancing the smartphone on a guide to reviving an outdated tripod from the loft to getting my nine-year-old to shoot. All as a result of I by no means invested in a camera that will let me shoot myself with ease. And I might not be alone. Sony is aware of this and that’s the reason it selected the pandemic yr to launch the Sony ZV-1 for vloggers, or these like me who’ve needed to grow to be one as a result of there was no different possibility.

Sony ZV-1 worth in India: Rs 67,990

Sony ZV-1 specs: Large 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS 20.1 MP picture sensor | BIONZ XTM picture processing engine | 4K film recording | Directional three-capsule mic with wind display | 3-inch vari-angle LCD display, physique grip and recording lamp | 24-70 mm lens with 11x digital zoom | ISO 25600

The Sony ZV-1 appears to be like like a daily level and shoot camera. And it’s so for most components. But it has added some options that can endear it to videographers too, like the flexibility to hook up with the GP-VPT2BT grip with gimbal-like options, distant commanders, tripods with distant and a microphone windscreen that may negate ambient noise outside. The 3-inch vari-angle LCD together with the taking pictures lamp in entrance helps you determine a body and shoot with out assist from others.

Sony ZV-1 vlog camera within the body (Express photograph/Nandagopal Rajan)

The ZV-1 is an effective, however primary, level and shoot camera. I say this as a result of it has limitations when it comes to the lens and you might be caught within the 24-70 mm vary as this isn’t an interchangeable lens camera. However, the camera does shoot some nice pictures and movies with the 20MP sensor and BIONZ X engine.

So in case you are utilizing this primarily to shoot your self and topics inside a case vary line resembling gadget or meals shoots, this camera is close to excellent. However, in case you are within the journey house or seeking to create movies round wildlife you will have to have a look at different choices.

I attempted the camera with several types of nonetheless and video shoots and the outcomes have been fairly good. You can choose the mode you need and even allow customized settings. Even in low mild situations, the camera does a great job and turns in actually sharp photos. I used to be additionally impressed by how pure pores and skin tones have been on this camera.

Low-light shot (Express photograph/Nandagopal Rajan)

And lots of the capabilities of the camera are due to its beautifully quick and correct auto-focus. For occasion, whereas taking pictures my very own video, the camera saved observe of me on a regular basis, whilst I moved across the body. This is nice, for it’s a must to be very nonetheless if recording the identical video on a cellphone or DSLR. Also, the audio high quality was good even with out a lapel and the windscreen did a great job of protecting the December winds out of the video.

Check out this video exhibiting the camera’s auto-focus in motion

Also, the camera is sort of clever and recognises when you find yourself shifting round or when there may be wind noise within the background. These icons preserve popping up on the display in an effort to take quick corrective motion.

I used the camera principally with the GP-VPT2BT grip commander. Once you pair the grip and the camera you’ll be able to management zoom and provoke recording with the grip itself. I cherished that the pairing, although a bit onerous to do initially, stays after that even when not powered on for lengthy durations. The grip makes use of a battery of its personal and connects by way of Bluetooth to the camera. But it isn’t as succesful as DJI Osmo for occasion.

Sony ZV-1 vlog camera within the body (Express photograph/Nandagopal Rajan)

The grip additionally opens up right into a secure tripod including to the utility. With this, the camera additionally turns out to be useful for taking pictures unboxing and how-to movies as you will get the lens to level down on a desk or a range.

The ZV-1 connects seamlessly to Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app with a single QR code scan after which you’ll share information to a smartphone for fast edits and sharing. This is one other function that’s ideal for vlog creators who can keep away from the pc altogether if wanted.

At Rs 77,990, the Sony ZV-1 is simply what lots of content material creators have been ready for. Even because it competes with some motion cameras in sure features, this can be a distinctive providing in the meanwhile. Yes, your entire rig with the grip (Rs 9,990) is usually a bit expensive, however could be actually value it for the great vlogger.


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