Sony ZV-1F vlogging digital camera launched with a set ultrawide lens

(Pocket-lint) – Sony has unveiled one other vlogging-focused digital camera in its ZV vary, and this one’s designed a bit of in another way to the opposite two. 

It is known as the ZV-1F and includes a mounted, prime, ultrawide lens and is designed particularly for individuals who wish to movie themselves. The concept being that you would be able to seize your self and likewise get loads of background in on the identical time. 

You possibly can zoom digitally if you wish to, and nonetheless get 4K decision whilst you transfer between focal lengths utilizing a know-how that Sony calls Clear Picture Zoom, which basically crops into the 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. 

It nonetheless options lots of the instruments that made the earlier ZV fashions ideally suited for content material creators. The background bokeh change stays, permitting you to rapidly change on a pure depth impact with the flick of a button. 


You additionally get the product showcase setting which robotically and rapidly focuses on an object should you maintain it as much as the digital camera, and switches again to your face whenever you take away it from the scene. 

For taking pictures whereas shifting there’s an energetic mode which electronically stabilises footage to maintain it easy whereas working/strolling and – similar to so many different Sony cameras – you get eye autofocusing that works on people and animals. 

The digital camera has a correct flip-out display too, and Sony has reimagined the person interface to make it extra intuitive for folks used to taking pictures with their smartphones. Which means you possibly can contact to zoom and management loads of the settings with out touching any buttons. 

It is designed with a extra accessible value level in thoughts, to tempt smartphones customers to modify to a ‘correct’ digital camera, and  – in so doing – has misplaced a couple of of the options of the costlier fashions. 

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Which means you get simply distinction autofocus, not part detection. You additionally solely get 4K taking pictures as much as 30 frames-per-second (no 60fps right here). It does have as much as 5x sluggish movement and 60x pace hyperlapse within the S&Q settings although. 

Its physique is just about the identical dimension because the ZV-1, but it surely weights 40 grams much less, and includes a tally mild to point out whenever you’re recording, which is joined by a pink body across the show whenever you press document. 

When you’re achieved, you possibly can rapidly switch the footage over to your telephone for sharing on social media utilizing the Sony Imaging Edge Cell Plus app. And the digital camera is aware of when it is in vertical or horizontal orientation, and rotates the footage to match. And – if you wish to – you should utilize it as a webcam. Simply plug it into your laptop computer, and use it as a better high quality digital camera to your Zoom and Groups calls. 

The Sony ZV-1F shall be in the stores this month and can price round €650 in Europe, making it the most affordable digital camera in Sony’s ZV lineup. 


Writing by Cam Bunton.