Sony is expanding its lineup of vlog-first cameras with the addition of a new model. The ZV-1F comes after the ZV-1 from 2020 and the interchangeable lens ZV-E10 from the previous year. However, Sony has reduced some capabilities in the ZV-1F to match a more affordable $500 price point for beginners, whereas earlier entries had arrived at higher prices and sought more experienced customers.
Gen Z Vlogging Camera Detailed Information
The popularity of vlogs among Gen-Z has contributed to the development of vlog cameras. To compete with the TikTok behemoth, more producers are starting with video now than in previous years. This change can be witnessed as Instagram stills make way for video.
While many online content creators opt for a smartphone, according to Sony, a third of YouTubers use specialist camera equipment. Many people use a stills-only camera with good video capabilities, but hybrid versions often favor photos over videos. It is the second ZV vlog camera to have a 1-inch-type (13.2 x 8.8-mm) Exmor RS CMOS image sensor; the first is the ZV-E10 model from the previous year which had a 24.2-MP APS-C sensor. There have been some compromises made to achieve this lower price.
First off, the ZV-1F has a Zeiss F2.0 prime lens with a 94-degree wide-angle view instead of the 24-70-mm (Equiv) glass on the ZV-1. It also has a 2x Clear Image zoom (supercharged digital zoom) for full-resolution still photos, which reduces to 1.5x for 4K/30p video. The ZV-1's hybrid autofocus is replaced by the somewhat less capable contrast-detection autofocus, which also includes object tracking, face/eye detection, and a setting to place highlighted products in the center of the frame automatically. Light sensitivity is also reduced to ISO 125 - 6,400 (which can be extended to ISO80 for still images).
A 3-inch, 921,600-dot vary-angle LCD touch panel, is used for framing up, and it promises to be easier to use thanks to Sony's most recent menu interface. Though it lacks RAW photography capabilities, the camera has some useful features that can help vloggers achieve their desired appearance, like a skin smoothing effect, a backdrop defocus tool for stunning bokeh in stills or video, and some imaginative presets.
The new addition is similar in size to the older camera and features a 3-capsule directional microphone covered with fluffy wind protection, but it is far lighter, weighing only 8.1 oz (229 g). The camera has built-in Wi-Fi for wireless data transfer, a new Image Edge Mobile Plus app for social media sharing, and a USB cord for using the camera as a webcam.
For US$499.99, the ZV-1F will be available starting October 25 in either black or white.