Sony's New ZV-E1 Camera

Sony’s New ZV-E1 Camera is Designed to Help Your Vlogs Suck Less

The new Sony ZV-E1 is a small, mirrorless, full-frame camera that is designed with content creators and vloggers in mind. It is the new flagship model in Sony’s long-running ZV line of vlog-focused cameras, using a 12-megapixel backside-illuminated full-frame sensor similar to the pro-focused FX3 and adding the A7R V’s AI autofocus capabilities to make producing high-quality video content easier.

My colleague Becca Farsacespent a week with the camera and tested many of its vlog-centric automated features for you to check out in her review above. When the ZV-E1 is released in the first half of May, it will cost $2,199.99 for the body only or $2,499.99 in a kit with a 28–60mm f/4–5.6 zoom lens.

With its small size and light weight of just 483 grams, the Sony ZV-E1 is the new ultracompact champion in the Alpha lineup of cameras. When not attached to the largest, heaviest Sony FE lenses, of course. By comparison, the jack-of-all-trades Sony A7 IV weighs 659 grams, and the former holder of the “small for full frame” crown, the The 509-gram Sony A7C.

For that svelte stature, sacrifices must be made, the most notable for many people being the lack of an electronic viewfinder (without even an external option) and having only one SD card slot. But if the camera’s articulating screen is typically aimed directly at you while filming or if you’re the kind of person who prefers to record directly to a high-end external recorder like an Atomos Ninja V (though you’re doomed to do so with a Micro HDMI port), then perhaps that is forgiveable.

In addition to the standard array of 4K 4:2:2 10-bit filming modes that go up to 60fps, the ZV-E1 can shoot in 1080p FHD at up to 120fps; 4K/60 and 1080/240 will be added as firmware updates in the future. It doesn’t have 8K recording, but to be completely honest, that seems like a logical omission rather than making the camera bigger for thermals or melting its insides when it inevitably overheats. The S-Log3 flat color profile and S-Cinetone, the latter of which is still making its way down from the ultra-high-end Sony Venice world, are both supported by the ZV-E1. The ZV-E1 is all about providing shortcuts to dynamic and dramatic looks, and S-Cinetone has grown to be a popular profile with content creators who want a cinematic look without a lot of fuss.

By switching to a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and turning on S-Cinetone color, the ZV-E1’s three-inch articulating touchscreen, for instance, makes it possible to adjust many controls with taps akin to those on a smartphone. Cinematic Vlog mode also makes it simple to add drama by switching to this aspect ratio. Combining that with its five-axis in-body image stabilization and Dynamic Active stabilization—cropping into the image to further correct for camera movement—you can capture some emotionally compelling run-and-gun-style footage without worrying about the weight or added cost of a gimbal. Even better, the ZV-E1 supports UVC for simple livestreaming (or webcam use) up to 4K / 30p via its USB-C port and has a built-in three-capsule mic that dynamically adjusts to pick up the main presenter and reduce ambient noise.

The AI-based subject recognition on the ZV-E1 can even be used to crop your image to one of several detected subjects in view, similar to Apple’s Center Stage webcam feature. Of course, if you don’t want to run the risk of the camera messing up a take or making your footage look incredibly generic, you might not want to give it that much creative control over your videos.

Read More: Best Sony Camera For Video

Source: theverge

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