Sony ZV-1 review. Vloging camera
By 2020, I hope I did not have to convince you that vlogging is not a violent activity, but a genuine video genre that can range from a hobby to a full-time job to a full-time news company. That’s why it’s so weird for me that so few cameras fit.
Sony ZV-1 is an attempt to fill that gap, as well as to fill the gap in what you can achieve with your smartphone, what you can do with a more expensive mirror camera. However, instead of starting from scratch, Sony has changed its esteemed RX100 to more things that are specifically designed for shooting videos yourself.
The result is a $ 800 camera with a lot of advanced video features – a handful of whimsical or annoying restrictions. But it’s too small to fit in a pocket, it’s a solid camera for taking regular photos.
It does not make sense at all for people who do not need it և it will be a godsend for those who do.
The easiest way to describe the Sony ZV-1 is to compare it to the Sony RX100. Sony actually stripped some of the more expensive parts of the RX100 VII by mixing the lens with the RX100 V and then added some special vlogger features.
Unless you are familiar with the Sony RX100, this description is probably not helpful. Let’s talk briefly about the RX100. For eight years now (sorry Canon) the canonical example of a camera that softens all the advanced features of a DSLR on a small stopwatch. It may seem like a low-rent pocket camera that you can take anywhere, but in fact it can cost over $ 1000 to do things that are usually only available for practical cameras.
If you have not guessed, you have loved the RX100 and used it for many years. What I love about it is that when it comes to trading irreplaceable lenses for smaller sensor’s, there is no need to give up versatility or features. It can do almost anything. I shot long 4K videos on it, I connected it to my Mac և I linked it to Apple’s live blogs.
Fully automatic modes are valid, but you are free to mess with ISO, cover, white balance, aperture, color profiles, focus modes, and more. It is powerful. But as anyone who has ever tried to navigate Sony’s overwhelming selection system can attest, it’s also difficult. Once you’re dependent on it, it often keeps its “DLSR in your pocket” promise.
This brings us to the ZV-1, which incorporates all the features of the RX100 ս functionality և tweaks the camera to optimize it for vlogging. Sony actually took parts from two different RX100 models. You get the latest RX100 VII sensor and smart, but brighter lenses and ND filter (for outdoor shooting) from the RX100 V. is a better mix of background?
In addition, the screen articulates in a much better way, allowing it to be placed in a much more comfortable position. I can not stress enough how important it is. A full joint screen is the difference between shooting and not shooting. . There are other changes. The recording button is enlarged, there is a better handle, a “light indicator” recording indicator, a new three-function array և warm shoe accessories. The latter is possible. Not to be confused with wires or external hardware so you can attach the germ to the gun is huge.
Oh, you get a dead cat. (That’s the name of the oven wind filter that goes through the microphone. Don’t look at me. I didn’t make it.)
Sony is also trying to make the ZV-1 more affordable by lowering the price. The all-new RX100 VII costs $ 1,200, and the ZV-1 is based on that camera. Most of the work done on ZV-1 does not mean optimization of vlogging; It is about cost reduction.
To cut $ 800, Sony cut the electronic video, the magnesium body, the focus ring, the flash, and it became cheaper on the screen. It completely aggravates if you wear loaded sunglasses. Sony has not simply spent money on a completely new camera body, which means that the ZV-1 still has a lens that does not ideal: for vlogging և it և’s that it uses Micro USB (ugh) to charge its very small battery (double ugh).
But perhaps the most annoying part of any Sony camera is the above menu system. It is deep, chaotic, adventurous, mysteriously unable to navigate the touch screen. (Taps are actually just used for focusing.) Theoretically, new bloggers do not have to go through all the effort to learn about Sony’s menu system, or even have to go through the details of the opening, and so on. In full automatic mode, the ZV-1 is competent, և Sony has added a few preset buttons to make the whole thing just a little more accessible.
One is simply called “Background Defocus”, և it is designed to change all settings to maximize the amount of background mix. This is a useful, simple touch for people who do not want to have fun with the opening and then compensate for the ISO and the rest. It works, but be aware that due to the relatively small sensor of the ZV-1 you will not get this type bokhe The results you will see on much larger cameras.
The second is called the Product Showcase և more than anything else, it reveals that the ZV-1 is designed for vlogging. The lonely’s explanation is that it ensures that the camera focuses on your product that you present to your viewers, rather than on a dead end in your face. A less technical explanation is that it disables Face Dominance in focus settings, allowing it to focus closer to the photographer than to your face.
It sounds like a silly feature, but it’s actually a great example of how good the ZV-1-focused capabilities are. It may close your eyes or your pet’s eye և it rarely suffers from “focus hunting” which you will get from other automation systems. It is also a lightning fast changing center of attention. So much so that you can allow the camera to change its focus in the middle of the shot և it will not deviate.
The three micro array looks a lot better than your mid-range microphone (and the dead cat really works), but there’s a micro booth if you prefer. Unfortunately, there is no headphone jack for the times when you want to check the sound in your videos while you are at it. The video speaker does not actually cut it.
While Sony has done a lot to adapt the basic RX100 experience to vlogging, the decision to start there has repercussions. The most important ը disappointing is the field of view. It’s 24 mm wide enough to fit the frame և it narrows down a bit և while still using the stabilizer. It ‘s just not enough to make your head spin comfortably with the shot without holding the camera out of the awkward length. A small selfie stick is really a necessity. (Sony will sell you a Fancy Bluetooth remote control) for about $ 138.)
Another consequence is the battery. It’s incredibly small, it will end much sooner than you would like. Sony rates it at 260 shots or 45 minutes of recording, but both are good in my experience. Fortunately, spare parts are very cheap, as the RX100 has been around for so long, the ZV-1 uses the same battery.
ZV-1 is a type of camera. In fully automatic mode, the reasons for using և photos փոխարեն videos instead of just using them are not necessarily clear. If necessary, the iPhone is more adept at handling aggressive corrections for shocks and brightness. However, there is a limit to what the phone can do, և here’s where the ZV-1 lives. With its many controls and features, it can extract video that the phone cannot.
But ZV-1 has a ceiling. You can not change the lenses,:, in the end, it can be frustrating. If so, the ZV-1 creates a solid secondary or B-camera. If the learning curve in Sony’s menu system were a little less steep, I would say that it is even ideal as an entry-level camera to teach you more advanced video terms and skills. (It may be for you, but it will take some effort.)
Vlogging is a professional job, և many of those supporters are much more than ZV-1 և can do. However, many do not, and others may just want something in their pocket. I hope there are people who persuade Sony to continue investing in this category. The ZV-1 is a great remodel, but I would love to see what the overhaul will look like.
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