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Sony launches ZV-1 compact camera with a flip-out for content creators and vloggers

The ZV-1 is Sony’s first compact camera with a side-opening Vari-angle LCD screen.

Targeting the needs and demands of today’s content creators and vloggers, Sony has now announced the new pocket-sized digital camera ZV-1– a lightweight, compact “all-in-one” style solution. The ZV-1 is equipped with easy-to-use features with uncompromising imaging technology, making this the perfect tool for any content creator at all skill levels.

“We are always listening to our customers, and this camera is the result of direct feedback from our extended community. Featuring an innovative design plus many new technologies, settings and modes, it will allow creators to make content in ways they have never been able to before,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics.

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As far as specifications are concerned, Sony ZV-1 features a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and 24-70mm[i] F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T large-aperture lens creating beautiful background bokeh (background blur), allowing the subject to stand out from the background. The camera locks on to and tracks subjects with high accuracy and speed using Sony’s leading-edge autofocus system.

Moreover, Sony ZV-1 also carries the latest-generation BIONZ X image processor with front-end LSI delivering high resolution as well as low noise for superior image quality. The company claims that the ZV-1 is Sony’s first compact camera with a side-opening Vari-angle LCD screen, making it easier to compose your shots in selfie mode while connecting external audio accessories. Besides this, the ZV-1 contains advanced video features including 4K movie recording and in-body image stabilization.

Using the new Background Defocus function, users of Sony ZV-1 can rapidly adjust the optical aperture between more and less background defocusing blur without losing focus on the subject. Located on top of the camera, this Bokeh button is easily accessible and makes selfie shooting operation a breeze.

With the new Face Priority autoexposure (AE) function, extreme changes in lighting, like walking outside on a sunny day and suddenly moving from a bright location into shade, are no problem for the Sony ZV-1 user. According to Sony, “This AE technology also suppresses an abrupt change in exposure if the subject quickly turns away from the frame to eliminate unexpected blown-out or extremely dark shots.

Now moving onto audio, the ZV-1’s onboard mic features Sony’s latest Directional 3-capsule Mic that was designed for forward-directional audio capture, allowing for clear capture of the subject’s voice while minimizing background noise, especially when operating in selfie mode, asserted the company. It further added that the ZV-1 also features an industry standard mic jack (3.5mm) and Multi Interface Shoe (MI shoe) making it easy to connect a wide range of external microphones.

The ZV-1 was designed with content creators and vloggers in mind. This compact, lightweight (approx. 294g / 105.5mm x 60.0mm x 43.5mm) camera is the first Sony compact camera with a flip-out, tiltable LCD Screen, allowing creators to simplify their setup by utilizing the MI shoe for optional external mics without the need of an additional mounting bracket. Additionally, the ZV-1 comes with the easy-to-hold comfortable grip and a large movie REC button located on the top of the camera for quick access to video recording, as well as a recording lamp on the front of the camera that indicates if the camera is actively recording.

Sony ZV-1 camera is also compatible with the GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander, offering additional stability and comfort combined with cable-free Bluetooth connectivity. Interestingly, one can also transform the ZV-1 into a webcam by connecting it to a PC via USB, which allows content creators to interact with their followers in real-time while also utilizing the advanced imaging technology and unique features of the ZV-1. Mind you! Sony’s new PC software will be available in July 2020.

Talking about the price and availability, Sony ZV-1 digital camera will be available for a special introductory price of approximately $749 USD on June 28, 2020. After that, the price will increase to approximately $799 USD. However, the ZV-1 will be available in Canada for approximately $999 CAD.

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