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Sony today announced the new vlog camera ZV-1F. Packed with creative power, easy-to-use vlogging functions, advanced connectivity, and eco-friendly features, it is the new go-to camera for vloggers and creators who want to capture stunning stills and videos. The pocket-size camera has been optimised for vlogging with Sony’s latest technology to make content stand out.
Sony ZV-1F key features:
- Fixed ultra wide-angle 20 mm[i]0 prime lens for selfie shooting
- Background bokeh and Face priority AE to ensure subjects standout
- Skin tone optimisation including Soft Skin Effect option
- High precision focusing and Eye AF for both humans and animals[ii]
- Active Mode (electronic) image stabilisation when shooting video[iii]
- Creative Look presets for ultimate visual expression
- Slow motion and quick motion options to enhance creativity
- Product Showcase Setting for product reviews
- Enhanced touchscreen features with Touch Zoom and Step Zoom[iv] functionality
- Clear voice recording with 3-capsule mic and windscreen
4K 30p /FHD 120p
- Easy smartphone connection to transfer content for social platforms
- Eco-friendly features for reduced environmental impact
Boost Your Creative Power
The ZV-1F has been designed to let the subject shine in any scene with an ultra-wide 20mm prime lens for optimum selfie shooting and wide field of view to capture more background. The vlog camera also offers background bokeh in both stills and video to further highlight the subject or create a softer look.
Skin tone is optimised for both video and stills with a ‘Soft Skin Effect’ option that smooths and reduces wrinkles when shooting video and creates a natural skin tone effect for stills. Face Priority AE automatically adjusts the brightness when shooting so that faces can be captured with optimal brightness, even in situations where the light changes. The ZV-1F also boasts high precision focusing and Eye AF for both humans and animals which allows the autofocus to fix tenaciously on the face and eyes without getting diverted by other subjects. Users can easily change subjects via the camera’s touchscreen.
What’s more, when shooting video, image stabilisation is available in Active Mode[v] electronic) to ensure footage is steady and smooth when walking.
The newly available Creative Look function gives users several preset options to create desired atmospheres in both stills and video with differences in tone, brightness, colour depth and more. A total of 10 modes are available to enhance creativity and allow users to share content immediately with no need for editing.
The ZV-1F also features S&Q mode to shoot in both slow motion at 5 x slower speed[vii] and quick motion at 60 x faster hyper lapse speed to achieve the desired effect.
In addition to stills and video, high-quality sound is vital to capture perfect content. A Directional 3-Capsule Mic and windscreen provide clear voice recording and reduced noise in windy outdoor conditions.
A Simple Compact Vlogging Device
The ZV-1F has been designed for total ease of use so that vloggers can focus on content capture and intuitively use the camera without difficulty. Weighing only approx. 229g[ix] it is compact and lightweight enough for everyday use and can be carried everywhere. It also features a Vari-Angle LCD touch screen with features and settings changed by touch, including the ability to zoom[x], so operation is instinctive.
The new vlog camera includes a Bokeh Switch button to allow users to quickly switch between background bokeh when they want to highlight the face and without, even whilst recording video. It also features a Product Showcase setting to allow users to seamlessly shift focus between face and products – perfect for reviews.
The ZV-1F also features a self-timer[xi] and recording lamp to make video content even easier to capture.
Connectivity and Accessories
The new vlog camera, ZV-1F, has been optimised for use with a smartphone. Sony’s new smartphone app Imaging Edge Mobile Plus™ [xii] allows users to connect to the camera via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer images and video. Content captured can be easily transferred to a smartphone and then uploaded to social platforms. Users can even mark shots for posting on social using shot marks[xiii] during shooting or on the camera. Additionally, users can cut out and transfer specific 15, 30, or 60-second marked clips to their smartphone and post directly to social without the need to edit the length to suit the platform.
The Imaging Edge Mobile Plus™ app also allows users to control many of the camera’s settings like date, time and area as well as software updates and support guides. It can also operate the ZV-1F remotely and display the battery level and remaining storage capacity.
Users can even use the ZV-1F as a high-quality live-streaming device[xv]. With an appropriate video conference application or similar software, the ZV-1F can function as a high-performance web camera when connected to a computer or smartphone via USB[xvi].
The ZV-1F is compatible with the GP-VPT2BT[xvii] Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander which offers cable-free control of zoom, recording and more, and expands into a mini-tripod for stable hands-free shots. An external microphone can also be easily attached to the accessory shoe[xviii] for clear sound recording.
Supporting a Sustainable Future
The ZV-1F was designed with environmentally friendly features and technology to ensure a sustainable future. Recycled materials[xix] including SORPLASTM[xx] are used in both the camera body and bundled accessories like the newly developed windscreen that have been adapted to maintain performance. Plant-based non-woven fabrics are used for product bags to reduce plastic packaging.
Pricing and Availability
The new ZV-1F will be available in October 2022 at a variety of Sony’s authorised dealers, for an estimated retail price of $498 / €650