The quality of pictures and videos taken with a professional camera is still dramatically better, despite the crucial improvements made to smartphone cameras over the past ten years. With its new camera targeted for content creation, which has an enticing price tag, Sony hopes to entice vloggers and streamers off their smartphones.
As a “step up” from smartphones, Sony has announced the ZV-1F, its third and most cost-effective vlogging camera for creators. Given its small size and light weight of 229g, the Sony ZV-1F is made highly portable for shooting on the go.
It competes with the $700 ZV-1 compact and the $750 mirrorless ZV-E10 and houses a Type-1 Exmor 20.1-megapixel sensor & attributes that make it easy for beginners to start using the camera.
Making content creation easy
The new Sony ZV-1F is the successor to the ZV-1, which was 1st released in 2020. It has been a much easier and more economical tool for those who want to improve the quality of the video content they are sharing & making videos for social media, streaming on websites like Twitch, or simply taking part in conference calls.
The ZV-1F houses the same Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a 1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) having 20.1MP. In place of a variable zoom lens, the ZV-1F has a fixed prime lens with a focal length of 20mm.
With a broader field of view than the ZV-1’s widest focal length, this is ideal for hand-held vlogging since it eliminates the need to extend your arm to accommodate yourself and others into the frame. Further, it offers a more captivating focal length for activities like street photography.
As ZV-1, you can shoot 1080p at an astounding 120 frames per second plus 4K at up to 30 fps with 8-bit video in all modes. The “slow and quick” preset accomplishes that and allows HD 60x hyper-lapse capture. The ZV-1F only offers contrast-detect auto-focus, as opposed to phase detect, which is typically faster and more accurate, unlike most Sony models.
Given that the ZV-1F can only record in 8-bit 4:2:0, it doesn’t make the quality of the video precise for color grading. However, you can record directly & upload via a wireless smartphone connection.
Built for High-Quality Shooting
The ZV-1F offers a “product showcase” feature similar to other vlogging devices that enables you to set an object in front of the camera and instantly get attention. The same bokeh setting is also present, allowing you to defocus the background with a click.
The camera’s inbuilt directional 3-capsule microphone comes with a windscreen. The external microphone can be connected using the 3.5mm jack. Micro HDMI is also incorporated, and the ZV-1 now uses USB-C instead of micro USB.
A single UHS-1 slot, an ISO range of 125 to 12,800, vertical shooting, and a front-facing tally light that indicates when you are recording are a few added features. With the articulating pop-out screen functions, battery life is rated at roughly 360 photographs or an hour of video capture. It weighs 256grams & the phone weighs a few grams more than bigger smartphones.
Besides these, ZV-1F doesn’t improve much in other areas compared to ZV-1. However, the camera is uncomplicated and quick to use, and the body is built of recycled materials, which is frequently a crucial factor for today’s younger consumers. It’ll be released on October 24, 2022 for 499.99 USD.