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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great

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    The quality on this camera is amazing, it have so many different modes, only thing it doesn’t have a flash so I had to buy it separately. But other than that I love the camera

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Enjoy the camera

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I like the camera how they simple things down is truly nice For someone that doesn’t know how to manually control cameras like a professional definitely has features that Does make it a bit special then others. I bought it and tried and it gave me what I was looking for. Don’t go just for opinion of YouTube buy it if you dk t like it return it. There’s nothing better then you actually have it and put it to use would I recommend it yes!, o lot of people say is not worth it because of the pricing but read the specs and compare it to other cameras and see if it’s worth it to you

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not just only a vlogging camera.

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    This camera is a beast of a camera for a “point and shoot camera” category. Having myself a Sony A7RIII and a RX100 VII this ZV-1 camera does not disappoint. Since this camera is very similar to the RX100 I may be comparing in this review one which each other. But first I want to thank Sony for providing a camera with fully articulated screen (Sony please provide this for all your future cameras for now on). For the money you are paying, this camera has the auto focus system of their most expensive full frame cameras which is the best in the market in my opinion. The camera body is made of plastic but does not look or feel cheap. It did not come with a wrist strap I know many people do not use them but for this type of camera that is very small I recommend buying one and use it. This camera was design for vloggers in mind now with the fully articulated screen is better to record yourself. There are a few drawbacks regarding the screen. First you cannot see the screen if you are using polarized sunglasses. If you are going to record yourself using this camera, make sure you are using non-polarized sunglasses. The screen like all Sony screens for all their cameras is a touch screen that only works for focus, and focus tracking. It does not work to navigate thru menus (I hope that Sony implements menu navigation using the touch screen in future generations). The ZV-1 camera offers some nice features for vlogging: 1. Skin tone feature, this will smooth your skin of your face to reduce wrinkles. 2. It has a built-in neutral density filter to reduce the amount of light hitting the sensor during video if you are recording outside. With this you shall be able to reduce the shutter speed. 3. Background Bokeh option will soft blur the background while maintaining your face in focus. It has a dedicated button for this; however, you can achieve this by using the lens at 24mm at F1.8 aperture. 4. Product Showcase, if you review products on YouTube this camera will certainly is a most for you. This feature will quickly focus on the product if you locate the product in front of the camera. Long gone are the days when you put a product in front of the camera and have to say, “lets wait for the camera to focus on this”. This feature work fast and smooth is impressive. One thing to mention is that when I was testing this the eye autofocus no longer works, it transitions to face autofocus. Also, make sure when you use this feature the camera focus at your face all the time if for some reason when you are recording yourself and the camera see your hands while you are doing expressions the camera will try to focus at your hands because your hands are closer to the camera than your face. 5. It comes with picture profiles in case you want to adjust colors in post I usually do not use this but is there if you want to use it. 6. Records in 1080p 24fps, 30 fps, 60 fps, 120 fps also records at 4K, 24fps and 30 fps. 7. It comes with a microphone input jack in case you want to use your own microphone for audio. The in-camera audio I believe is pretty good in my opinion. The camera came with a dead cat microphone cover that you attach to the camera hot shoe to reduce wind noise if you are recording outside. 8. Image stabilization. I know there is more to vlogging for this camera. The list is long but those are some of the main features of this camera offers. If you are going to use this camera mostly for vlogging I recommend the “Sony Vlogger Accessory Kit, product# ACCVC1”. Now, what about the photography aspect of this camera in case you are wondering if it is good for it. This camera comes with a 20.1 Megapixel 1” sensor, similar to the RX100 series. The lens is a 9.4-25.7mm which is 24-70mm equivalent in full frame, with an aperture of F1.8 / 2.8. You can only use the F1.8 aperture only at 24mm equivalent. More than 24mm it will transition to F2.8 aperture which is typical for zoom lens. Sony said that the color science has been improved in this camera compared to previous generations. From what I saw there is a difference but to me is minimal, to me the colors on Sony latest cameras are great. You have the option to save pictures as RAW and/or JPG. If you are a person that want to take advantage of all the quality and dynamic range that the sensor can give you use RAW format, if you want a quick picture you can share with friends use JPG format. You also have the option to save both formats to the SD CARD. RAW format is an unprocessed file (more like a develop negative from the old film days) and you need a RAW file editor program to process them, this can be Photoshop, Lightroom etc. I usually edit all my RAW pictures using CaptureOne Pro. At the time of this review the RAW format for the Sony ZV-1 was not supported. It usually takes a few months for CaptureOne to provide support for new cameras. This is typical, but if the sensor is like my RX100VII the dynamic range shall be pretty good. Not as good as full frame but very close to APC sensor cameras. I’m pretty pleased with the quality of the pictures I got with this camera. While testing the camera I took a picture that I really liked and printed a 12” x 16” on my Canon Pixma Pro 10. See picture sample. The detail is there, I am pretty happy with the results of the print, and I am going to hang it in the wall. Regarding low light performance I will say is ok. Anything above 1600 ISO is going to look a little bit noisy. However, having a F1.8 aperture at 24mm always helps. The only drawbacks that I experience regarding photos is that to see the screen in direct sunlight you must set the screen brightness to “sunny weather”. Having an electronic viewfinder would be better for taking pictures under direct sunlight which this camera does not have. My RX100VII have an electronic viewfinder however the RX100VII does not have a hot shoe for a flash which the ZV-1 has. I was wondering if Sony will provide in the future an optional electronic viewfinder that you can connect to the hot shoe like the Canon M6 Mark II. That would make a lot of people happy. The lack of a viewfinder would not affect the picture quality of the photos but would give you more flexibility and a would make it easier to take pictures under certain situations. Regarding battery life make sure you buy a few extra batteries because the battery wont last long. It will consume more battery during video than with pictures in my opinion. My recommendation is to always go with original batteries from Sony. The camera did not come with an external battery charger, to charge the battery, the camera came with a micro USB cable that you connect to the camera and charge the battery internally. Sony also sells an external battery charger if you are interested. Conclusion, the ZV-1 is an excellent camera for vlogging but not just for vlogging it can also create great looking photos under good lighting conditions. It has one of the most advanced autofocus systems in the planet. Its small, lightweight, and very versatile. I definitively recommend this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Sony ZV-1 camera system

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    Sony Digital Camera ZV-1 with Sony GP-VPT2BT Bluetooth remote/tripod. The Sony ZV-1 along with the Sony GP-VPT2BT is ideal for Vloggers and other context makers. This camera system is equipped to transfer your movies to your telephone, computer. The excellent quality of video and sound make this system a must have for Vloggers. The 20.1 Mega pixel pictures are top notch. The 24-70 MM zoom is minimal, would have liked to have 150 or higher max zoom level. The camera is completely adjustable; however, you would need to go online and download the large PDF file and read through it. I did not have any problems setting up the camera and taking movies and pictures. The Sony GP-VPT2BT is a must have accessory. This unit comes with a button battery. Set up is easy following the enclosed directions. The remote also opens to a tripod. The remote has an on/off switch. You can push a button and turn the camera around 360 degrees. With a push of another button you can tilt the camera up and down. There is a movie button and a photo button. You also get a rocker switch for zoom. The Sony ZV-1 does not come with a carrying strap or bag. I would recommend this camera to family and friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best Vlogging Camera of 2021

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

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    Best Vlogging Camera for YouTube Creators and Vloggers alike. Check out My Youtube channel--> Blackapino The Apple Guy for my Unboxing of this Camera.

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      Hi, Sony's commitment to customer satisfaction is our top priority. We are happy to hear that you love our ZV-1 camera. We are glad that you have made the right decision. We hope you will enjoy all the amazing features this camera has to offer. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experience. And thank you for choosing Sony. Sony_US

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    ZV-1 = STUNNING camera for ALL creators

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    There is no denying that SONY is credited with many truly innovative audio video recording products of the 20th and 21st centuries. In the late 1950s Sony launched an early transistor radio, later miniaturized the Trinitron television in the 60s, BetaMax video recorder in the 70s, the Walkman cassette then compact Discman players in the 80s, PlayStation’s entry into the video game business in the 90s. That same decade Sony expanded their Handi-Cam line of camcorders and introduced the Cyber-Shot camera, replacing their Digital Mavica from a few years prior. Sony later bought Konica Minolta and branded the line “alpha” marketed towards professional photographers. Let’s not forget Sony is also a primary supplier in the Broadcast Television industry, with hardware installed is most television stations. Consumers often fail to recognize that Sony image sensors are packed into an overwhelming majority of the better smartphones cameras that we’ve grown accustomed to (including iPhone, Google Pixel, LG, OnePlus, Huwaii, many more) Factors that affect image quality - Optical lens - Sensor image size - Associated circuitry - Computational photography - Image processing algorithms < For comparisons sake, the iPhone 11 Pro Max employs 12-MP megapixel cameras, with focal lengths F/1.8 (wide-angle), F/2.0 (telephoto), F/2.4 (ultra-wide), using just over a ½-inch sensor (1/2.55).> This ZV-1 camera quadruples that sensor size 4x the capture area to a full 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor !! If there’s a company that knows recording and imaging, … it’s SONY !! Mid-upper level dSLR and mirrorless cameras can cost upwards of a couple to several thousand dollars. Sony wisely priced this new product closer to a mid-level mobile phone, but packed in features several price classes above. They appear to have based the ZV-1 design on their successful RX100 (Mark IV? )body but beefed up the audio with a three-capsule onboard mic system, plus included an external mic inout. They then borrowed real-time tracking autofocus technology from professional-grade alpha 9 to switch between eye-detection (for humans and PETS), face detection, and general subject tracking. The videos captured played on a 4k TV are absolutely stunning. Though the camera is quite awesome by itself, it’s truly special paired with the Grip, a necessary accessory in my humble opinion. It’s got two fold out legs for use as a tripod, plus the zoom control and dedicated photo and video buttons. Just brilliant, feels nice and solid in your hand like it’s supposed to. This helps if you prefer to have stable selfie stills and videos. Note: it took me having to crack the manual hidden inside the top of the grip box to pair the camera and grip. The procedure requires the user to go into the menu settings and enable Bluetooth Pairing on the Camera, and then HOLD (T) zoom toggle and Photo button for 7 seconds. Helpful tutorials https://www.sony.net/tutorial/dc/zv1/ Specs ——— * 20.1 MP 1-inch Exmor CMOS sensor * BIONZ Image Processor * Insane slow-motion 960 fps (40x) * 4k video quality 24 fps and 30 fps * 3 color modes (standard, HLG for HDR, and S-Log for professional grading) Pros ——- + AutoFocus is the absolute best on the market, none better + Real-Time Tracking & Real-time Eye AF technology works flawlessly + “product showcase” auto focus mode, then quickly returns focus + BOKEH mode to blur background (called “clear” in still photo mode) + P/A/S/M Program, Aperture, Shutter priority, Manual modes + Red record “tally light” on body front so you don’t waste a take + Carl Zeiss optics / glass + Fast F/1.8-2.8 aperture lens + Consistent lighting across faces + BRIGHT stills, EXCELLENT low-light video + On-board triple-capsule microphone + Mic input for professional quality sound + 3- inch vari-angle side flip out screen (3:2 ratio) + “dead cat” mic diffuser windscreen (plugs into hotshoe) + don’t forget the wind cancellation option in settings also + Mode knob replaced by big red REC button for ease-of-use + fine details such as battery and memory card fit only one way SOFTWARE : Imaging Edge Mobile App —————— + Imaging Edge Mobile app allows remote viewing & management + Location Information Linkage feature - transfers location exif data onto your pictures and videos + Gyroscope data is imported to smooth out jitters in post-processing + live-streaming Windows 10 software expected this summer + live Webcam mode is also promised in the same software release Cons ——— -24-70mm lens may not be wide enough for selfies -Camera is inoperable while the battery is charging -No headphone mic output for monitoring audio levels -No battery progress indicator, must be done in-camera -No battery charger, must be charged in-camera via USB -SteadyShot image stabilization on max crops images slightly -screen is not touch screen for ALL controls, requires spin dial use -traditional still photo zoom ring is omitted, must be done via dial or grip -polarized sunglasses on-screen menu text disappears (turn vertical to read) -the grip custom pouch would have been more helpful if it fit the grip with camera CONCLUSION : _________________ If you are a Vlogger, product reviewer, or YouTuber, this camera is made specifically for YOU. That’s the lens of which I view this amazing camera, though I offer strong recommendation to CREATORS of ALL walks, there's plenty here to LOVE. It is packed full with features, incredible BOKEH (still / video), best-in-class AUTO-FOCUS and EYE TRACKING technologies, and a three-capsule microphone system The connectivity options add value to the package too; Bluetooth to the grip / tripod, BT to your phone, and WiFi to your computer network, with interfaces to both mobile and desktop apps, with more features planned in July/August, such as Live-Streaming and Live-Webcam mode (Windows 10 software only :( If you are looking for a dedicated still photo camera, there are other dSLR and Mirrorless options with removable lenses for that specialized function, but for me, despite the nitpicks, this SONY ZV-1 fits the bill PERFECTLY, and I couldn’t be more THRILLED. Just wait until you see your professional looking super high-res content on the web, or better yet, a beautiful 4k Television !!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    the best camera i’ve ever had

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    wow sony knocked it out of the park on this one! the camera is targeted for bloggers who maybe a content video creator online, the camera is small, compact and easy to use for those people who enjoy taking pictures of food or editing videos, for what you’re paying for this camera packed with features that everybody will love. pros - the camera can do 4k 24fps and 30fps - it also support 240fps, 480 and 960fps (960fps my goodness!) - 20 megapixel camera, I myself thought the image looked beautiful - amazing 180 degrees flip screen, this is huge, people who enjoy taking pictures of food would love how you can angle the screen to get a perfect view of the shot! - the built in mic sounds great the audio sounded clear - auto focus is so amazing with this camera, on setting there’s product showcase mode if you like showing things right at front and watch how fast it can focus on object. ( i’m trying to start doing video edit where I used this feature more, kept forgetting about it, but it’s amazing) - the camera also have unlimited recording limit, depending on how much battery you have, if you do enjoy recording, highly recommend to get an extra battery - the camera also come with audio wind filter, it’s a useful little piece - this camera also has setting called beauty mode, for girls who would love to make sure they looked their best, now you have 3 setting filter to improve your facial clarity. cons - doesn’t have the ability to change the lense - battery last about 1 hr ( i would buy and extra battery) - no ring focus on lense but you can still do it on the main camera Sony zv1 also comes with audio microphone port, micro usb 2.0 for charging and updating the camera, and micro hdmi port. Sony zv1 face exposure during bright outdoor is amazing, my older camera is terrible when it comes to this and even low light performance is amazing! ofcourse Sony zv1 also have the ability to transfer file from your camera to your phone, I haven’t tried transferring videos yet but i’m glad this feature is also included. I also have the Vlogger kit with this camera it’s $150 but I do believe for what you’re paying for it’s a great piece of tech, it can act as a stand and the built in button to control your camera through bluetooth is a must for vlogger, you can even zoom, record the camera from the the vlogger kit, plus it look slick together when you combined them. I didn’t think the sizes was too bulky I felt right holding it with my camera, the only down side i’d say is I wish there’s some kind of rubber grip to it, some people get sweaty hands having a grip will definitely help, beyond that I have no complaints about the vlogger kit, highly recommend you guys to get this with the camera! i’m also going to be using this camera as a streaming camera, having that ability is one of the huge reason why i’m in love with sony zv1 everything I needed and more, as you can see i didn’t put much negative things about the camera, i just didn’t see much negative features on sony zv1 for $750 this camera is worth it, i do believe this will probably going to be sony’s most favorite camera for the price. thank you sony for this amazing product, makes me want to take more videos and pictures a lot more!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Modern and advance camera

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    I was very excited to get this camera! Although my experience with photography and videography is small, I fully enjoy taking pictures and videos. Thus, I intend to use this camera to really improve my skills. Fortunately, the camera is very handy for beginners and even for people with more experience. The camera (with the Vlogger Kit) came with everything needed, including the memory card, rechargeable batteries, an onboard mic for clear audio, and a wireless remote commander grip. I also appreciate how the instructions were straightforward to follow. I've only owned one other camera, which is big and bulky, primarily for taking pictures. In contrast, this camera is relatively light, ideal for vlogging. Nonetheless, the quality of the camera is exceptional!! I am also very pleased with its size and lightweight because it makes it very portable. I can easily capture trips, events, and just about anything I want to with greater quality than my smartphone and without having to take a big, heavy camera. I especially love the side flip-out LCD screen, and it's advanced autofocus features. The focus quickly adjusts with movement and changes in lighting. The Zoom feature also works great, although I expected a larger range. Additionally, there are various modes to choose from to best fit the needs of the user. I was most amazed, however, with how easy it is to transfer images and videos from the camera to my smartphone via the Imaging Edge Mobile application. This app allows me to access and share the pictures and videos I take with my camera super fast. Connecting the two devices was simple. This camera has precisely what an advanced, modern device needs!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great For Content Creation!

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    The Sony ZV-1 Camera is one of the newest editions to the camera market that is purpose built for people who create content, such as vloggers. When you're out on location or even when you are set up at a dedicated location, this camera, along with some amazing accessories, is a great choice for filming and photographing. First of all, lets mention size. The camera itself is small enough that it could easily fit in your pocket. Such a small product packs a powerful punch when it comes to the quality of the photos/videos it takes. The product does have some weight to it. While I am not sure of the exact weight I can tell you it is heavy in your hand. The camera does not feel cheap, and it shouldn't considering the expensive price tag. The camera comes with a removable, rechargeable battery. The USB cable included does not come with a plug adapter, so you will either need to use one you already have, purchase one, or plug it into a computer to charge it. I initially used this camera to take some photos and videos in an outdoor environment and I was thoroughly impressed. The pictures came out crisp and clear. The videos were even more impressive with the 4k quality this camera puts out! The camera also comes with a wind screen for the microphone. It looks goofy, but serves its intended purpose well. A must have accessory is the Vlogger Accessory kit (ACCVC1)! This kit gives you a battery powered handle of sorts that doubles as a tripod and a SD memory card (64gb)! The handle has legs that fold out to allow the camera to sit on flat surfaces. It also has buttons on it that allow you to control the camera via a bluetooth connection between the handle and the camera. This handle is great, however, I will mention that when walking and filming it doesn't completely eliminate the shaking of the footage like a gimble would. In addition to the camera having bluetooth, it also can connect to wifi. This camera can transmit photos/videos straight to your phone, tablet, or computer for editing on the go! Perfect for people away from their home editing software. The autofocus was perfect, allowing the camera to focus in on the eye of the person in the frame, or allowing you to use the onboard touch screen to select a point to focus on no matter where the camera moved. This camera has a huge host of customization options and features. These features are accessible by a menu screen. One thing worth pointing out is that not every aspect of the menu screen or camera for that matter can be controlled by the on board touch screen. In order to make changes to the menu settings, you must use the movable wheel and push buttons. The screen is very helpful though, as it flips around in different directions for us when your filming yourself or taking a quick selfie. All in all, this is a great camera to use for content creation. I plan on using it in a mobile environment instead of a set place for filming. I think it will serve the purpose well and aid me in creating great content!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Amazing all around compact Stills and Video Camera

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    Sony got a lot of things right with this compact camera. Just when I thought manufacturers were beginning to give up on compact cameras, Sony unleashes another pocket monster! I'll start by saying that the autofocus is very fast with this camera. It is very accurate also. It recognizes faces and eyes quickly and nails focus instantly. The camera has a mode called "product showcase" which will kind of turn off the face detect when you bring a product into view. So, lets say you are making a makeup tutorial video, The camera will focus on you, and when you bring up your lipstick or mascara the camera will quickly focus on to the product you bring into view, and when you move it out of sight, it will quickly focus on your face again. A brilliant feature. This camera is made for video creators. Vlogging, Product Reviews, Home Videos, you name it. I think the camera is more video oriented. It has an awesome built in microphone, Sony includes a "dead cat" or aka a wind sock in the box. It has a hot shoe mount and will cover the huge microphone that is on the top of the camera. It's meant to hush wind and silent ambient sounds a bit and let voices come through clearly. It works, and its awesome that it is included in the box. The screen the flips out and is of the vari angle type. You can frame just about any angle you need with the screen. It has touch capability, but mostly to set focus tracking. Another great feature in the camera is High frame rate mode. You can record uptown 960 frames per second! Mind boggling. You can really create some amazing slow motion footage with this camera also. This camera is so jam packed with features and modes that I'm still digging and finding new things to do with it 4 days later and it would probably take another hour of typing to list them all. Build quality is very good, although it feels like the camera is mostly hard plastic. It is very strong and rigid though, I already dropped it once >.< and it didn't even get a tiny scuff or scratch. After the baby heart attack I had, I was impressed to see that the camera looks brand new. The Zeiss lens is bright and focuses / zooms very quickly. I wish it zoomed just a little further, but it is fine for most scenarios. My only complaint about this camera is that it doesn't have a built in / pop up flash. I like to carry compact cameras with me all the time, and a pop up flash would be great for low light / night./ indoor and party photos. The built in microphone makes up for it thought, because I honestly think the microphone is good enough in the camera to skip plugging in any kid of external microphone. The image sensor is large enough and the lens is bright enough for most low light or indoor situations though. I just prefer to use a flash sometimes My other minor complaint is thet the camera has a micro USB port for charging and syncing. It's ancient technology, and I wish it had USB-C. It works, but USB - C is the new standard. And I imagine the camera would charge and sync just a little quicker with the newer port. Would I recommend this camera to a friend? For sure! I would recommend this camera to someone who wants a well rounded and compact camera that can be relied on for just about any scenario. I plan on carrying this camera with me everywhere I go and I will be taking many home videos of my family to cherish forever. Most importantly, I think this camera will be the best for chasing my little nephews around the house and yard and take many photos and videos and memories. Sony has an optional vlogger kit that can be purchased with the camera or as an added option. It can be used as a monopod and table top tripod. It remains compact and easy to carry. It will pair with the cameras bluetooth antenna and allow you to zoom and snap a photo or start and stop your video recording. I wouldn't say its a must have but is definitely very convenient for many situations. Also it will help stabilize your video just a little bit more. Pros: Blazing fast and accurate autofocus Very good 4k video quality Great microphone and articulating bright screen Very good battery life Cons: Micro Usb charging and sync port no pop up or built in flash

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Perfect Camera for Creators and Influencers

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    Features, Price

    The Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera is designed for Creators and Influencers. What does that mean? First, if you're reading this and you want a point and shoot camera, this is probably not for you. If you're creating YouTube or Instagram videos or need to shoot close range video the ZV-1 is Perfect. In the box, you'll get - the camera - micro USB cable - wind screen accessory - instructions and warranty paperwork The ZV1 has a good weight and a premium feel. It has dedicated buttons for photos and video recording - love the large dedicated video button as there's no more fumbling in a menu trying to shoot video. There's no flash but it has a very good microphone and the wind screen accessory helps reduce wind noise. If you want to use an external flash or mic then the camera uses the standard Sony MI mount. Just a note though, When you're shooting video, there's a red "record" light on the front, which is useful. The screen is a touch screen, which is super handy for things like tap to focus and face tracking. It actually tracks in real-time and will prioritize faces. In fact, the intelligence in the focus on the Sony ZV1 has me seriously impressed. As it has something called a product showcase setting so if you hold something in front of you, the ZV will automatically bokeh the background and focus on the item you're holding. There's also a bokeh button (Sony calls it 'clear') if you want to apply the effect to photos. Other cool features include that it automatically turns on/off when you flip out the screen. The screen flips so you can use it as a selfie cam but also a total flip if you want to protect the screen when not in use. I was fortunate enough to get the ZV1 with the Sony vlogger grip (GP-VPT2BT) which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. The ZV1 paired with the vlogger kit makes for a perfect creator and vlogger camera. As you can more easily grip and hold the camera for taking your own selfie videos. You can use the ZV1 without it but it does make for a better experience. If you're wondering about storage. A 64Gb SD card (standard size SD) will store about 5,500 photos or 2 hours and 25mins of video (depending on shooting quality). Make sure you get a high-speed SD card if you plan to shoot 4k video. On video, it's AMAZING. I mean WOW. I haven't owned a 4k camera before and it will knock your socks off. I played back the videos I recorded on my Sony TV and it looked professional. I wanted to upload videos to this review but they were too huge, so settled on photo hopefully you get a sense of how good the quality is. Sony also makes some free software for iOS (and Android) as well as desktop apps for editing, etc. I've also included a mini-review of these apps below in case you're wondering. Only minor issue, but still giving Sony 5 stars is the camera menus are, well not perfect, but that's typical for Sony cameras and if you've used a Sony camera before it's not really an issue. There's also an intelligent system that will autodetect everything, so you don't have to get into the menus if you don't want. The other minor issue is some of the fluff on the wind screen sometimes gets caught as you turn the screen. But this is trivial and really me just looking for an issue. Would I recommend - YES. If you're dreaming of being the next big star on YouTube or IGTV, this is the camera for you. I would have uploaded a video, but even a 10second 4k video as an MP4 comes in at 70Mb (and Best Buy caps video uploads to 5Mb). Additional Notes on Apps below for those that might be interested. Imaging Edge Mobile App iOS Sony's free Imaging Edge App lets you connect the ZV-1 Camera to your phone for the transfer of photos and videos. Connecting was easy you just scan the QR code from the connection menu in ZV1. The mobile software is pretty good and you can also use your phone as a remote. Transfers are made using WiFi (peer to peer). Images transfer from the ZV1 fast and video depends on the length and shooting quality. I like that you can transfer to your phone as it means you can then easily uploaded videos to Instagram TV (IGTV) Viewer, Remote, Edit Windows App Sony makes a couple of free apps for windows, technically called Imaging Edge Desktop. You connect the camera using the included USB cable. The Viewer and Remote apps are particularly useful. The Editor app is somewhat basic but good for minor edits. Personally, I recommend installing and using the phone apps and sticking with Adobe if you really need to do desktop video editing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for On-the-Go Content Creation

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    Pros mentioned:
    Features, Price

    The new Sony ZV-1 is marketed for folks who create their own video and image content. Since I make work-related videos for my profession on social media channels, I thought grabbing something lightweight and easy to use would make at-home and on-the-go content creation more enjoyable, and for the most part, it has. The ZV-1 is still your basic design for Sony digital cameras, in fact, going to date myself with this reference, but the UX hasn't really changed all that much from the old "Cybershot" days. From the aspect of picking it up and knowing how to use it, that's great - but when it comes to the software menu, that's a bit of a drawback. The main selling point of the ZV-1 is the ability to shoot 20 megapixel images and 4K video. I've used it to create several videos and have found the quality to be really good. The outputs are much better than what my smartphone's camera can capture - owning much to the actual zoom ability in the ZV-1's lens. There are other features like facial smoothing and image stabilization that make using the camera on-the-go a nice change of pace. I would say it actually reduced the amount of post-prod work I normally have to do on my videos. The camera itself comes with a micro-USB cable for transferring data - and also for charging. Guess I'm a bit of a dinosaur, but one of the things I like about my DSLR camera is the battery is removable and chargeable on a separate charging station. The ZV-1 relies solely on being connected to a USB power source, like your PC, to charge. Additionally, there is also a small wind guard attachment to help reduce the ambient white noise from sounds like wind. My videos have been mostly shot indoors, so I can't speak for the ability of the wind guard in outdoor shoots. I also picked up the Sony Bluetooth grip, which is an extra item and sold separately. It really does make the camera more functional, being able to serve as both a selfie-stick type grip as well as a portable tripod. I don't think I would have felt like I got full value out of the ZV-1 without it. As I mentioned before, the software and UX is still in need of an update - having to tap over to an uppercase arrow and then tapping "abc" 3 times to get to a "C" and then back again made connecting to a WiFi network with a complicated password a real pain. This camera does support Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, but when I tried to use WiFi to send images to my PC, I was met with a prompt telling me I had to connect it using the micro-USB cable first. That can be a challenge if you have multiple PCs that you use for creation. I have a MacBook Air for on-the-go, and my iMac at my desk at home - so having to hot swap the cable essentially was a bit cumbersome to me. The price tag of the ZV-1 means it's not marketed towards the average consumer - this is marketed towards more of a pro user who is serious about creating video and image content. It's nice and small, which make portability a breeze, and it's certainly not the most expensive "content creator" setup I've seen.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    High end Sony digital camera with tripod

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use

    Sony ZV-1 Camera for Content Creators and Vloggers with Vlogger Accessory Kit Very high end for advanced users Test equipment! HP 590 desktop with Pro 4K video card/BT 5.0 and AX WIFI; Sony 55A9G; Sony XBR65Z9F;Apple SE 2020 128GB WIFI AX/BT 5.0; Surface Pro X;HDMI adapter cables; 128 GB U3 Memory card; Linksys - MX10 Velop AX5300, 4K monitors; BT 5.0 wireless headphones; Canon Pro wireless Laser printer; Imaging Edge Desktop, connecting cables Items that worked well: HD Video cast to TV (Samsung and Sony’s) Transfer files to computers via USB cable Play video over HDMI Cast pictures to TV Transfer files to Cell phone Transfer files over WIFI Use standard SD class 10 (U) cards as well as the Sony high end fast transfer card with two rows of connections Ultra-high quality Large built in microphone and micro speaker Manual online was 555 Pages of essential info https://helpguide.sony.net/dc/1910/v1/en/print.pdf https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/compact-cameras-zv-series/zv-1#manuals Micro HDMI and USB External jack for microphone Shoe for flash BT connected tripod Imaging edge (free) software for advanced photo editing Learning curve required/needed extra stuff: 1000’s of possible settings for the pros Navigating through the menu’s and set up Borrowed a strap from my other Sony camera Found a leather cellphone belt leather wallet in my stash that worked at Disney Springs taking pictures WIFI setup and transfer requires some real patience No BT headphone connection so far (still working that issue but doubt it has that feature). PDF manual is only searchable in advanced PDF versions. Online version is easier to use. Needed upgrades for future models: AX/WIFI 6 Summary: Sony Quality is phenomenal in many areas of electronics since 1972 (for me since the Vietnam war). Loved the Sony branded and Marantz equipment (Marantz was owned by Sony at one time). Keep going Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    The best of for creation...all in one...

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    First off let me state I have a Sony a6500 and the Rx100 Vii so my comparison and experience will be through the lens (pun intended) of the ZV-1 when of course using it but also how it stacks up against the other cameras I have. I will also be reviewing the just released earlier in 2020, GP-VPT2BT Wireless Shooting Grip that I used with the ZV-1, which is included in the Vlogger Accessory Kit for the ZV-1. What you get in the box is the ZV-1, a Type X Sony Battery, a Micro USB cable (c’mon...lets get with USB C already!!) and a Dead Cat windscreen. And in the box of the GP-VPT2BT is the grip, a 2032 button battery and soft pouch for storage of the grip. The ZV-1 has pretty much the same form factor as anyone who has any generation of the Rx100 family of cameras is used to so that’s certainly familiar, and it also uses the same “X” battery. The ZV-1 and the latest Rx100 Vii also share the same updated 20.1 Megapixel 1.0 inch Sensor which speaks to the quality you can expect from the images produced by the ZV-1. The ZV-1 body is plastic but still has a nice heft and feel to it and one thing that was added to the camera is a bump out grip on the side that significantly improves holding and maneuvering with the camera, on my Rx100 Vii I had to purchase one separately and stick it on. Which brings me to the main point and reasons why Sony made this camera. They took all of the input on what the opportunities were to make a camera for Vloggers and Content Creators and tried to put it all in one camera. One big easy Movie Record button, a better on board mic with the new Directional 3-Capsule Mic, and included “dead cat” wind screen that mounts on the (only on ZV-1) accessory hot shoe, which can also be used for other accessories. A flip out Screen, easy to see red “recording” indicator on the front of the camera. Fantastic 4K video utilizing “advanced color science” with all of the main color profiles S-Log etc. for post production. Time Lapse and Super Slow Motion capable. A background “defocus” mode that adds a nice Bokeh effect. And a really innovative and cool feature called “Product Showcase” which will quickly shift focus from your face to any item you put between your face and the camera, a great enabler that grabs focus of the item or product you are reviewing without having to block your face which has to be done on any other cameras. Oh..integrated ND Filter...and a microphone jack! One thing that will take a little getting used to is there is no actual mode dial on the top of the camera, you will need to press the “mode” button on the top of the camera and then choose the shooting mode with the control wheel that is to the right of the rear screen, just an extra step, not that much of a big deal. The AutoFocus and Real Time Tracking are also industry leading and help you make high quality content easily. The lens is fast with a F1.8-2.8 Aperture so low light shooting is possible and the zoom is 24-70mm which has less range than the Rx100 Vii at 24-200mm, but as mentioned the lens on the ZV-1 has a F1.8 Aperture which is faster than the F2.8-4.5 of the Vii so low light performance is better on the ZV-1. The ZV-1 is Fantastic for video and pretty good for photos. One of the things that dings the ZV-1 in the photo department in my opinion is there is no zoom ring on the lens, to zoom in and out you must use the zoom lever on top of the camera. That’s where the Wireless Shooting Grip comes in, the GP-VPT2BT links up with the camera via Bluetooth which is very easy to set up. If you are using the Grip, then there is a zoom toggle at your fingertips as well as a movie and photo button. The Grip is fully articulating and also acts as a stable mini tripod. So how is it real world use? Almost perfect at least for me...the video is second to none and the stabilization works wonders. I just wish the 24mm wide angle was just a tad wider (as when using the stabilization, the view gets a bit cropped)but it certainly looks great. When paired with the grip, using the fully articulating screen you can take videos, photos etc with ease. If you are a content creator, have a YouTube Channel, are a Vlogger then this is a MUST tool for your kit. The ZV-1 paired with the GP-VPT2BT Grip gives you THE SETUP to make creating easy and it just works.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great camera for beginners and for Pros. Best Came

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    I just got this camera from Best Buy today , I was really stunt with the video quality it gave me. I tested it at home and it was so clear so do the audio through the microphone with no cover on it . It will go in a few days out for more testings but I think it is a must have for $749.00 promo price and don't forget the 18 months with the Best Buy credit card it helps a lot . Again I will say it is a must to have I saw many reviews before I bought it at You Tube you can do the same and get convinced , I have too many cameras but after watching all the reviews I decided to order it and I am glad I did. Purchased 06/09/2020 release day was 06/11/2020 that's when I got it . Just two days ago. see I am a hobbies and have the SONY Pro 35mm Camcorder PXW-FS5M2 where still learning how to use VS this you can just turn on and shoot plus taking a perfect Videos .

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Made Simple and Made Oh... So Right!

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    In a time where I thought a phone camera suited me for everything and I didn’t need a Vlogging camera. Sony proves me wrong, and I’m glad they did! As I type this I’m listing places near and far I could take this camera to capture moments with the perfect shot! As a point and shoot camera it adjusts well to depict exactly what I want. You’ll notice I love dog pictures and food! This camera brings all the muscle and all the fluff you need/want in a camera to capture life’s moments. As my doggo begins to age I wanted something to capture moments of him and I. The ZV-1 is doing that and inspiring me enough to take him out and have some fun adventures. I’ve never been able to master the blur in the background while just having one subject be in focus. The ZV-1 does it! The tripod is amazing and easy to set up, I learned to transfer photos from the camera to my phone all through wifi (never having to connect the camera to a computer). There are so many untapped features like the slow motion, color grading which I haven’t learned yet, time lapse for fun on the river and more! If you can get the shooting grip it makes the camera so dynamic and you feel like a camera person shooting a movie. The touchscreen that you’re using to capture life is the perfect size and provides crisp, quality picture. This is a great fit for someone who is a professional or someone like me who wants a camera that can grow with me and my skill. It’s that time of year for family events outside and I can’t wait to flex my picture taking skills with everyone and to print out a photo of my little doggo to post on my wall. Usually I have some sort of downside but there isn’t one for me with the ZV-1. It is utterly been so helpful capturing moments and home and will be my companion of trips this summer and winter!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    So glad I decided to invest in this!

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I decided to invest in this point and shoot camera and so far I'm not regretting it. It's much smaller than I expected, which was surprising in a good way. I like that I can turn on continuous record. This is definitely a camera made with vloggers in mind. There's some small things that could have been done better, but given the size and form factor, compromises may have had to have been made. I like the sound quality of this camera so far. Given it's been a number of years since I've purchased Sony products, I will comment that I was a bit surprised by the presentation. This camera came in a rather small box that was taped shut with anything. It just had a box insert you pulled out to lift the top and everything was inside. There really wasn't much presentation. It was fairly simplistic. lol, not trying to criticize, but just saying when I open Apple or Samsung products, I feel like there's anticipation...like I'm being taken on a journey. For the money I paid for this camera, I was expecting a little more upon the "opening" process and it was underwhelming. That's about the one thing I was a bit taken aback by. Oh, the battery life on this is about 1 hr. I'd say grab some more batteries and perhaps an external charger while you're at it. Overall, I'm still really happy with the purchase. I also got the handheld accessory and will write a review of that later. The presentation on that one was also meh. I'm starting to wonder perhaps is that a minimalist thing Sony has going on? If it is, then bravo, because it definitely came across that way. All in all, quality products though!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Hi, Sony's commitment to customer satisfaction is our top priority. We are happy to hear that you love our ZV-1 camera. We are glad that you have made the right decision. We hope you will enjoy all the amazing features this camera has to offer. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experience. And thank you for choosing Sony. Sony_US

  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Still totally worth it, but here's the negatives:

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

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    Yes it's a tad bit tight on the lens and the battery life is a little weak. This wouldn't be such a bad thing if it were for the fact that a tripod will always block the battery door. 4k is useless with battery life being so weak and the EXTRA crop on an already tight frame. I never thought I'd think this but a shoulder strap sure would have been nice for this. Slow motion is kinda useless. I'd just use your phone's slow mo feature. ZV-1 slow mo kills battery and isn't quick enough to be ready for capturing shots spontaneously. The picture tends to overexpose in auto settings and since this is meant for quick run and gun style shooting, that sort of takes away the point of having a pocket shooter like this. The stability is great but the crop is tight. There are third party wide lens attachments that supposedly help but could put stress on the lens motor. There is zooming noise that makes it into the video. I put the negatives up front to focus on the positives now: Great low light. Product showcase mode is phenomenal. Much more useful than I anticipated. The audio is really good and the hot shoe on the top has allowed for me to use a sony shot gun mic. The way to use this camera for run and gun is to use it as a b cam to your phone. Use your phone for daylight and as soon as you go indoor or it get's late, switch the other Sony ZV-1.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
    • Brand response from SonyListens
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      Sony commitment to customer satisfaction is our top priority. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. Thank you for the review! Sony_US

  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Loving it.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    This is my first camera with 4K capability. I have the RX-100 III, on which this is based, so I like that it has the new auto-focus system of the Mark V. This is better than my RX-100 in every way except for the telephoto. The ZV-1 doesn't not have the same range capability as my Mark III. There are a lot of YouTube videos that review this camera with the most common complaint being that it's a bit too tight (close to the face) compared to other cameras that people use for blogging. I'm not a blogger so I don't care, but I see their point. And I imagine the next iteration of this camera will not be so tight. Also, going to YouTube, a novice would get a better sense of how to better set the settings on the device. If you want to use automatic, it's great for a beginner. If you want more control and you aren't a more knowledgeable camera person, YouTube is a good source, as are the reviews online that you'll find everywhere. The stabilization function does cut the screen down by 25%. It's very noticeable. And you need a little practice getting the camera situated so you don't crop something out inadvertently. If you're going to edit the footage, this won't be a problem. But, if you plan on using the footage right away without editing, you'll have to practice with it to get the framing right from the very beginning. The 4K is wonderful, but I've found with such high definition, you will notice any shake of the camera if you're trying to get steady shots. My RX-100 III had wonderful 1080 footage in all types of lighting. I could zoom in to maximum with it held over my head with two hands to steady the shot and I'd get great footage at a concert, for example. But with 4K, any shake seems to stand out very clearly, even with the stabilization system on. I have therefore bought a light tripod in order to capture any kind of landscape footage. The image is so clear, that I expect absolutely no shake when I'm reviewing the footage, and unfortunately I always see shake now when I only use my hands to steady the camera. When you're vlogging and the camera is facing you, I imagine the shake is just really part of the experience. But with 4K, any shake just doesn't seem acceptable to me anymore. I really like the 1080 footage I got on my RX-100 but 4K is a different ball game. I want the quality of my footage to match the quality of the image, and that's forced me to up my expectations. I'm just learning the editing program I got and I've discovered that it takes a long time to render 4K footage. I'm a bit of an archivist so I tend to keep everything I film, but 4K takes up a lot of space on my hard drive. Price is cheap when compare to the RX-100 V, on which it is based. And if you're going to use it for vlogging, it's automatic setting will make this camera very easy to adapt to. I'm still waiting for the upgrade program that will allow me to use the camera as a computer camera when face-timing. It was supposed to be out in July, and it's July 22 already. Oh, the stereo microphone attachment works very well. It has much better sound quality and it has a jack so you can listen in as well. This camera doesn't have an eye piece and I was hoping my Sony viewfinder attachment would work, but it didn't. It's also made from more plastic than my RX-100, but that's to make it lighter. Good change in my opinion. I'm not using it as a museum piece. I love it so far. No complaints. I look forward to keeping it for many, many years because I'm not looking for more professional cameras (I travel a lot and don't have the space or money). It's got 4K, which will be the standard for amateurs because 8K is just too big in terms of file size and indistinguishable from 4K to the eye.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best point and shoot camera ever

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Sony has done the unthinkable with this little vlogging camera...they have rolled out features that will be included in future top of the line mirrorless cameras. Like any camera the ZV-1 ain't perfect but for the price and the options available it is the perfect tool for the right job. An included mic muff makes for very good sound and a flip out screen that every Sony shooter has wanted for years. Paired with the shooting grip this little camera is a powerhouse that punches way above its weight-class or price point.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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