Sony has just introduced a new compact camera for "Vlogger and Content Creators". The small ZV-1 offers a quasi "real" flip-up display and comes with a small, directional 3-capsule microphone. It can also be connected to a computer as a webcam via USB for live streaming, a function that is currently a great way to score points.
Otherwise, it&s obviously a close relative of the RX100 series -- it features a 20MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor with BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI, and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 zoom lens. The latter is familiar from the RX100V(A), as are the 315 focus points and the autofocus time of 0.03sec. An eye autofocus is supposed to work in real time, and real-time tracking for video is also provided.
Filming is done in 4K with 30/24p (XAVC S, AVCHD), optionally also in HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) or flat image profiles (S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3). In FullHD the frame rates range up to 120p suitable for Slomo. Picture stabilization is also available in 4K (optical SteadyShot / Active mode), a 3.5mm mini jack connector for an external microphone is available. The maximum video recording time is 29 minutes, typical for photos.
The exterior of the camera is also reminiscent of the RX100 series, but there is a small handle on the right side, and the 3" display with 1.2 million pixels can also be folded more flexibly - it opens 176° and can be rotated 270°. A red light next to the lens indicates if a video recording is running. A new Bokeh Switch function changes the aperture for more and less background blur without losing focus on the subject. The bokeh button is located on the top of the camera.
The new "Product Showcase Function" speaks volumes about the ZV-1&s target group -- it&s a kind of preset focus shift that allows the focus to quickly change from a face to a product held in the camera.
With dimensions of 105.4 x 60.0 x 44.0mm and a weight of 294g, the ZV-1 is insignificantly larger, but with a price of 799 Euro it is cheaper than the newer RX100 generations. It should be available from June.