Based on the company's compact RX100 line which was upgraded with improved video-shooting capabilities previous year, the ZV-1 includes the RX100 VII's 20.1 megapixel stacked CMOS image sensor paired with a non-swappable 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens.
The new camera is already available to pre-order right here on Amazon. While this implies you have much less get to, the older lens had a much faster f1.8-2.8 aperture array versus the f2.8-4.5 on the more recent designs. To further help with noise reduction and to muffle wind noise, the ZV-1 also comes with a windscreen accessory that covers the microphone. The RX100 body has also been modified to include a larger grip on one side, a three-inch swivelling screen that can also be flipped to the side facilitating self-shooting, an LED tally light so it's easy to see when the ZV-1 is recording at a distance, a larger record button repositioned to the top of the camera for easier access, optical and electronic image stabilisation, and a composite body that's lighter and should be better at dissipating heat.
The ZV-1 has a couple of extra tricks, too. It's a 3.0-inch panel with 921k dot LCD and touch support for focusing.More news: Khloe Kardashian under scrutiny for picture editing
The ZV-1 has a dedicated button for adjusting the background bokeh when shooting vlogs. If you don't wish to use this feature, the button can be assigned some other function through the menu. There's also a new "product showcase" setting that is supposed to automatically shift focus from your face to the object being shown off to the camera.
A key feature is the camera's ability to lock on and track subjects with high accuracy and superfast speed using Sony's leading-edge autofocus (AF) system.
A huge new dedicated record button is placed for flawless operation by a left hand holding the camera from the front, and the zoom dial should be thumbable from there as well.More news: South Korea limits number of pupils going to schools over coronavirus spike
Yann Salmon Legagneur, director of product marketing for digital imaging at Sony Europe said: "Sony's new ZV-1 was purpose-built to meet the needs and demands of today's video creators".
In addition, the camera features a new advanced color science that has been re-engineered to optimize skin tones for any subject in both still and video modes.
Now moving onto audio, the ZV-1's onboard mic features Sony's latest Directional 3-capsule Mic that was designed for forward-directional audio capture, allowing for clear capture of the subject's voice while minimizing background noise, especially when operating in selfie mode, asserted the company. It has a MI (Multi Interface) Shoe as well to attach external microphones without using a mounting bracket. No headphone jack here as you wouldn't really be monitoring audio while filming yourself but would have been nice to do a quick audio check before you started rolling. For serious shooters, there is the option to record to an external device via HDMI with the screen still active, and there is super slow motion recording at up to 1,000fps (at reduced resolution). The USB port still utilizes microUSB yet a minimum of enables you to bill the battery while the camera remains in usage. Unfortunately, there's no battery charger given so you need to bill the battery inside unless you acquire the optional battery charger. The grip is part of a kit that also includes a 64GB memory card.More news: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with Trump at the White House
The Vlog Camera ZV-1 will be available in Europe in June 2020, priced at approximately €800.