Sony ZV1 Review

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Updated July 19, 2022

If you’re looking for the best vlogging camera, try the Sony ZV-1. This camera uses many of the same components from the older Sony RX100 range, including the RX100 VII and the RX100 V, and adds a new twist. This camera has innovative features like Product Showcase and narrowly missed out on our best cheap vlogging camera for YouTube list.

Why We Like It – Sony ZV1

The Sony ZV-1 is specifically designed for content creators and has several features to make their lives easier. This vlogging camera has a side-flipping LCD screen so you can easily record yourself, and also has a Product Showcase feature that can focus on an object instead of your face.

Pros
  • Compact
  • Vlogger-friendly features
  • Great picture quality
Cons
  • Outdated MicroUSB charging system
  • Average stabilization
  • Average battery life

Performance

The ZV-1 digital camera may share the same CMOS sensor as the RX100 series, but it still has great performance. This Sony camera has superb image quality in normal and low light conditions and takes pictures in 20 MP. Video recordings are also crystal clear in 4K at 30fps and in 1080 at 120 fps. The ZV-1 Sony camera also has AF tracking for better portraits. If you mainly sit in front of a screen it may be worth getting a camera like the Logitech C922x Pro.

Other cameras with similar features and high-quality video recording capabilities include the Nikon Coolpix S9900, Canon Powershot Elph 190 IS Digital Camera, Canon Powershot ELPH 180, and the Sony A5100.

Design

This new camera from Sony comes in a compact size and only weighs 10.4 oz. It comes in the usual rectangular box design with the obligatory matte black finish. Compared to most compact cameras, this new Sony has a side-folding screen with an extra-large record button so you can easily record your content. Most vloggers will appreciate the video camera with SteadyShot image stabilization, as well as the 2.7x zoom lens. For a more action-oriented camera, check out the YI 4K Action Camera.

Value

Every digital camera has a target market, and the ZV-1 is dedicated to vloggers and content creators. The large side folding screen makes it easy to video content and leaves the top of the camera free for other attachments. Another innovative feature is the Product Showcase mode, which focuses on an object instead of a face. This function is particularly useful for influencers. Our Sony ZV-1 review has found it to have excellent value for money, just like the Lakasara 1080p Camcorder.

Sony ZV1 Wrap Up

The ZV-1 took components from the old RX-100 range and created a new breed of cameras that appeals to content creators. It delivers excellent image quality and video quality and is perfect for people on the go. The battery life might not be the best, but you can easily get a spare. Overall this camera is of great value and makes life easier for vloggers.

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