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Sony ZV-E1 Lands: Vlog-Friendly 12MP Full Frame AI Processing Camera

- 1 year ago

Meet the all-new Sony ZV-E1 – a new vlogging camera from the camera giant that offers some of the best technology from Sony’s a7S III camera. It comes with a 12MP full-frame back-illuminated CMOS Exmor R sensor, Sony’s latest BIONZ XR image processing engine, and a dedicated AI processing unit for better autofocus. Read on for more.

Capture natural-looking images in various lighting conditions with 15+ stops of latitude and a standard ISO range of 80 to 102400 for both stills and video. The camera is equipped with S-Cinetone, Sony’s baked-in profile that requires little post-processing.

Sony VZ-E1 Key Features

  • Designed for content creators
  • 12MP full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • UHD 4K 120p / FHD 240p / 10-Bit 4:2:2
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilisation
  • 15+ Stops Dynamic Range [allegedly]
  • AI Auto-Framing
  • Multi-Face recognition
  • Time-lapse
  • Product showcase setting
  • S-Log3, S-Gamut3, S-Cinetone, User LUTs
  • Extended ISO 80-409,600
  • Internal Mic + Inputs, USB Streaming
Sony ZV-E1 front

Weighing just 14.1 oz / 399 g, the ZV-E1 features ten creative looks, which can be customised, and a ‘My Image Style’ option that allows you to shoot in the Intelligent Auto or Scene Selection mode. You can also adjust background bokeh, brightness, and colour tone directly from the touch-sensitive screen.

The camera comes with an internal three-capsule mic, a mic jack, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Additionally, a windscreen is included to protect the internal mic.

The ZV-E1 stands out for its dedicated AI processing unit that uses human recognition to accurately recognise movement, body and head position, and even individual faces, making it easier to track subjects. The AI-based Auto Framing feature automatically crops the frame to keep the subject in a prominent position when shooting video.

With a compact 5-axis stabilisation unit, gyro sensors, and optimised algorithms, the camera achieves up to 5.0-step stabilisation. It supports various resolutions, frame rates, and codecs for recording videos, including RawXAVC HS 4:2:2 10-Bit, UHD 4K, and RawXAVC S 8-Bit.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony ZV-E1 costs around £2,350.00 [body only] and, although relatively expensive, could be the perfect camera for serious enthusiasts and professionals who want a camera that is easy to use and produces high-quality videos and stills.

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Read Sony ZV-E1 Lands: Vlog-Friendly 12MP Full Frame AI Processing Camera

Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.