Sony presents the ZV-1 II 4K vlog camera, which is once again more focused on easy content creation compared to the ZV-1, but is largely similarly equipped with a 1" Exmor RS image sensor (about 20.1 effective megapixels), the BIONZ X image processor, and a selfie-friendly flip-and-tilt display.
Sony ZV-1 II
However, the camera now shoots at a wider angle of view so that as much as possible is in the picture during selfies. The focal length range of the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* shifts from (Kb-equivalent) 24-70mm to 18-50mm compared to the ZV-1, with a slight drop in speed at the telescopic end, from f/1.8-2.8 to F1.8-4. An ND filter is integrated, which Sony claims regulates exposure by three stops.
The 3-capsule microphone has been tweaked, it seems, and is now said to independently switch directionality from[All directions] to[Front] in automatic mode when a human face is detected in the frame. Manually, it can be switched to[Front] for selfies or[Rear] for shots with comments.
Numerous automatic modes are on board, for example there is a setting for "cinematic" vlogs, where the camera automatically shoots in Cinemascope aspect ratio at 24 bps. However, this is not an anamorphic mode; instead, black bars are inserted into the picture at the top and bottom. The color representation can be changed via five "looks" and four "moods". If you press the bokeh switch (already included in the 1st generation), the image background is digitally blurred. Auto Exposure (AE) can give faces preferential treatment, and the Soft Skin effect makes skin look smoother in videos. The Product Presentation setting, which automatically shifts focus, is also available.
Sony ZV-1 II with GP-VPT2BT
In terms of movie formats, we can the in 4K at 30/24p (XAVC S, AVCHD), optionally in flat image profiles (S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3). The camera also supports simultaneous proxy recording for efficient post-processing. HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) or HDR does not seem to be included anymore, at least it is not mentioned. In FullHD, frame rates range up to a slomo-ready 120p. Image stabilization is done electronically, and a 3.5 mm mini-jack port for an external microphone is available.
The camera can be operated remotely via the Creators App. The ZV-1 II also supports live streaming via USB; the resolution is 1280×720 and the frame rate is 30 fps.