Sony ZV-1 Review

Sony ZV-1 Review 2023

The Sony ZV-1  is the first tiny camera designed specifically for YouTubers. It contains a lot of the same technology as the RX100 series, but it’s more of a youtube clip, with a switch LCD and a top-of-the-line internal mic. For the walk-and-talk film, the aperture is a little tight, and the battery power isn’t great.

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The Sony ZV-1 is a small camera with a video focus. The addition of an external microphone is simple thanks to the new side-flipping LCD screen and 3.5mm connector. One-person YouTube viewers may frame their photos by flipping the screen 180 degrees to face front. Sony’s touchpad capability is still restricted, but you can use it to draw focus in videos and zoom in on photographs.

For stills-focused cameras, the lack of a built-in EVF would be a major drawback, therefore pricing is something to consider. A USB-C connector allows you to charge the camera while it’s in use, ensuring that it doesn’t become caught in the charging hole. USB-C is a 24-pin USB connector system.The video capture button is now the same size as the stills record button for the first time.


It’s a shame that, in comparison to modern touchscreen programs like Filmic Pro, the UI feels like a relic from the past. The Sony ZV-1 can shoot 4K at a peak of 30 frames per second, although it lacks a 4K/60p mode. However, its 4K video is obtained using oversampling rather than pixel binning. If you’re happy with filming at 1080p, there are quicker frame rates available, and Sony’s outstanding super slow-mo capabilities go another way up to 960fps. As we know Frame rate is the measurement of how quickly a number of frames appears within a second, which is why it’s also called FPS (frames per second).


The SteadyShot feature of the Sony ZV-1 is adequate for video, but it falls well short of the greatest blogging cameras. The ‘Active’ stabilization option incorporates optical and electrical stabilization, and it is also available in 4K. Superior image stabilization is provided by the GoPro Hero 8 Black and the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 (when used with a smartphone), albeit at the price of image quality. Although the built-in mic is adequate, additional microphones should be utilized for the optimum sound quality. Short battery power necessitates bringing extras for extensive sessions.

The Sony ZV-1 can only take the same NP-BX1 power as the RX100 VII, which gives it about 260 photos or 45 minutes of the film. This necessitates the carrying of an extra battery or two, while the camera may be used when hooked into a power pack or wall charger. When recording a 4K video, you may also avoid the usual five-minute recording restriction by setting the ‘auto power down temp’ to ‘high,’ which will keep the camera running until the battery dies or the sd card is full.

Autofocus and lens

The Sony ZV-1 couples the RX100 Mark V’s lens with Sony’s newest Bionz X engine and AF capabilities. The bright 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens generates beautiful background blur, and the ability to shoot at lesser ISOs has a knock-on impact on still images. For tracking people and dynamic subjects, Real-time Monitoring and Eye AF are among the finest solutions available in a small camera.

Video and Image Quality

If you’re filming with ‘Active’ stabilization, the ZV-1’s 1-inch CMOS sensor provides clear and detailed 4K footage with no cropping. Sony claims to have developed an “optimized color system” that ensures realistic skin tones no matter where you are. The default skin softening feature is a bit excessive, but it may be disabled to enhance picture quality. In good light, the built-in ND filter helps keep the motion smooth, but it suffers in low light.

The Sony ZV-1’s 1-in sensor captures a lot of detail, and the 24mm focal length helps you to cram a lot of information into a picture. Up to ISO 800, noise is adequately controlled, with picture quality only degrading at ISO 6400 and above. Because it lacks a screen and a lens setting ring, it falls short of its RX100 proteges in this category, but the performance is still there if you want to capture some Snapchat images.


  • Touchpad that flips out
  • A zoom lens that is brilliant and crisp.
  • In-camera audio is fantastic.
  • Capability for an outer microphone and flashlight
  • 4K video recording


  • ideo stabilisation is good.
  • The touchpad is still in its infancy.
  • Instead of USB-C, Micro USB is used.


The Sony ZV-1 is a small camera with excellent still picture quality and features tailored to YouTubers.

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