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Sony reveals new pocket-sized ZV-1 camera that’s ideal for content creators


Sony has today unveiled a new pocket sized camera – the ZV-1 – which offers a compact all-in-one solution for content creators to capture high quality 4K video on the move.

The Sony ZV-1 incorporates the company’s remarkable imaging technology including the 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T large aperture which offers enough depth of field to create a stunning bokeh effect.

The camera has Sony’s leading autofocus system as well as real-time tracking to keep subjects in frame and in focus, even if they are moving at high speed.

The camera weighs just 294g and is 10.5cm wide, 6cm long and 4.35cm thick.

The ZV-1 can also focus on objects with the new Product Showcase setting which is ideal for product reviews and other similar content.

It has a side-opening Vari-angle LCD screen so users can frame themselves when shooting selfies and filming themselves.

The camera has a face-priority autoexposure to detect and prioritise the subjects face as well as deal with lighting changes.

ZV-1 features advanced colour science to optimise skin tones especially when shooting in selfie mode to create a smooth and natural complexion while maintaining the sharpness of the mouth and eyes in both videos and images.

There is built-in optical and electronic image stabilisation which can reduce shaking by up to 11 times when compared with the standard SteadyShot.

The Sony ZV-1 is capable of shooting 4K video and also includes a 3.5mm input to connect an external microphone.

The Sony ZV-1’s onboard microphone is also pretty well equipped and features Sony’s latest omni-directional 3-capsule structure which is designed for forward direction audio capture.

Also included is a wind sock accessory to minimise wind interference.

Class-leading AV features

Despite the small form factor there are many pro-level movie making features at your fingertips including:

– 4K movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in high bit rate XAVC S™ codec

– Industry standard 3.5mm microphone input

– Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR)  / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3

– Interval Shooting for stunning time-lapse videos

– Super Slow Motion recording at up to 960fps

– Compatibility with ‘Movie Edit add-on’ from the “Imaging Edge™” mobile application for image stabilisation while editing Highlight ability to edit aspect ratios for IG etc

The Sony ZV-1 will be available from mid-June and will be priced at $1,299.

Stay tuned to Tech Guide for a complete review of the Sony ZV-1 camera in the coming weeks.