New Sony ZV-1 4k vlogging camera offers Real-Time Eye AF

Sony has introduced the latest ZV-1 4K vlogging camera with a ZEISS 24-70mm lens that packs a lot of exciting features but utilizes the same image sensor and processor as the RX100 VII. The new ZV-1 comes with Real-Time Eye AF that works amazingly well. It finally equips a vari-angle LCD touchscreen that flips out horizontally, not vertically. There are probably a lot of features to talk about the new Sony ZV-1 including the Bokeh switch, automatic exposure (AE), three capsule mic, and much more.

Sony ZV-1 Vlogging Camera Features

Image Sensor & Processor

Just like RX100 VII, the new Sony ZV-1 incorporates a large 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS image sensor & a powerful BIONZ X image processor. This 1″ imaging sensor is capable of capturing 20.1 MP (5472 x 3648) stills. And the BIONZ X image processor ensures smooth 4K HDR video performance along with quick autofocus and other operations.

Autofocus & Auto Exposure

Sony ZV-1 boasts Real-time Eye AF technology that quickly & accurately detects the eyes and applies focus instantly. Note that the Real-time AF on ZV-1 will work on both humans and animals. One of the things that youtube vloggers will find interesting is the Bokeh Switch. This switch allows a user to toggle the background focus on/off.

The Auto Exposure (AE) feature works amazingly well on the new Sony ZV-1 regardless of rapid changes in light. Whether the lighting conditions are harsh or dull, the camera always maintains correct exposure on the face.

In addition, ZV-1 also offers an optional Soft Skin Effect mode that ensures smoother but natural skin look. Some people may find this feature useful while others may not.

Video Recording

The vlogging beast: Sony ZV-1 can record 4K HDR videos up to 29.97 fps at 100 Mb/s bitrate through 1.7x pixel resampling. The video results look quite impressive with sharp details & rich colors throughout the frame. Via an external recorder, ZV-1 can capture 4k videos with 4:2:2 color sampling.

In order to preserve color details for post-production, Sony ZV-1 also offers S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma controls. These curves allow the camera to capture up to 14 stops of dynamic range providing more room for color grading & color correction.

For slow-motion video recording, the new Sony ZV-1 vlogging camera can capture up to 960 fps (frames per second). At such a high frame rate, the video resolution will go down to 912 x 308. This makes the slow-motion footage barely usable in the 4k workflow. Anyways, it’s still exciting to play with super slow motion 960 fps videos.

Thanks to the new digital and optical image stabilization system that allows ZV-1 to capture smooth videos without the need for a gimbal.


If you’re a vlogger that often shoots at noisy places, you’ll love the audio capabilities of the new Sony ZV-1. Its unique directional three-capsule mic eliminates the need for an external mic setup. The microphone is capable enough to capture a high-quality voice even in crowded places.

If you’re shooting under windy conditions, you can utilize the wind-screen that comes in the box to deal with wind noise issues. ZV-1 also comes with a microphone jack & MI shoe that allows you to use an external mic of your choice.

Price & Availability | Sony ZV-1 4K Vlogging Camera

Sony ZV-1 will release on June 11, 2020, at a price of $749.99. You can always check its pricing and availability at Amazon.

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Ishaan Sarna

Founder of AUDEMPIRE (Pro Audio Equipment Store), SOUNDELICIT (Music Industry & Pro Audio Blog), TECHNOISER (Tech blog), and ISOLAPSE (Motion Industry & Photography Gear Blog). Music Producer by profession and also a Tech Enthusiast.