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Sony updates ZV-1 vlogging camera

Posted on Jun 26, 2023

Sony has introduced a second-generation model of its ZV-1 vlogging camera. With the manufacturer claiming that it’s big on sustainability, the ZV-1 II recycles most of the features from the popular original.

These include its one-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor, providing 20-megapixel stills and 4K-resolution video up to 30p. Oddly, its maker’s desire to be eco-friendly extends to not including a mains charger or USB-C cable, which is essential for charging the battery. In that area, the performance matches its predecessor – up to 45 minutes of recording.

While much here is familiar, including near-identical dimensions and weight, the biggest tweak has been made to its optical zoom. The built-in f/1.8 maximum aperture lens starts at a wider 18mm equivalent, as opposed to its forebear’s 24mm, and runs to 50mm instead of 70mm. The basic touchscreen of the ZV-1 has also been overhauled to allow greater intuitiveness and access to more settings, making the adoption of this second-generation model easier for existing smartphone users. Likewise, Sony suggests the built-in microphone offers more creative flexibility. You can now direct audio recording to the front of the camera, to the rear or in all directions. A dead cat windshield can be slipped into the ZV-1 II’s hotshoe, and there’s the option to invest in an ECM-B10 accessory shotgun microphone.

With availability from mid-June promised, the ZV-1 II is a more expensive proposition than the original at £870 SRP. Since there is no IBIS, merely an electronic version in Sony’s ‘Active’ Stabilisation mode, we would also recommend looking at the optional wireless grip – the GP-VPT2BT – ideal when recording pieces to camera or simply taking selfies. This is currently available for £170. Look out, too, for money-saving promotions being planned around the camera’s release.

sony.co.uk

Originally featured in Issue 108 of Photography News.

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