Sony ZV-1 II Evaluate | Pictures Weblog



The Sony ZV-1 II is meant to be the best all-round compact vlogging digicam at an reasonably priced worth, with a 18-50mm-equivalent f/1.8-4 wide-angle zoom lens, 20-megapixel 1.0-type picture sensor and an clever microphone.

The brand new Mark II model principally improves on the 3-year-old first technology mannequin by widening the lens, enhancing the display screen operability and enabling energy supply by way of the USB-C port.

This digicam has a hybrid auto-focus system with 315 section detection and 425 distinction detection AF factors, can shoot at as much as 24 photos per second utilizing the digital shutter with steady AF/AE monitoring, helps video recording in 4K decision at as much as 30fps, and incorporates Sony’s particular vlogger-friendly options – Background Defocus, Product Showcase and a Tally mild.

Different key options embrace a vari-angle touchscreen LCD, a single UHS-I sort SD card slot, lively steadyshot mode, a built-in ND filter, ISO vary of 100 to 12,800, a Bionz X picture processor, and an upgraded clever 3-capsule mic for higher audio.

The Sony ZV-1 II is obtainable in Black solely, priced at round £870 / $900 / €1000 within the UK, USA and Europe respectively. It’s made in China.

Ease of Use

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The ZV-1 II may be very a lot an evolution of the unique ZV-1 mannequin that was launched again in 2020, quite than an enormous improve, however it does provide some vital new advantages that elevate it above its predecessor.

Chief amongst these is the brand new lens, which is by far the only greatest distinction between these two cameras.

The unique ZV-1 had a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 equal non-removable zoom lens, as beforehand seen on the favored RX100 sequence (the RX100 IV to be particular).

Whereas this made sense from an inside Sony standpoint, in that they did not have to alter the RX100 DNA an excessive amount of, it rapidly turned obvious that 24mm was too restrictive for hand-held vlogging at arm’s size – it simply wasn’t vast sufficient for lots of conditions.

Consequently, the brand new ZV-1 II has a a lot wider 18-50mm f/1.8-4 equal zoom lens that is significantly better suited to vlogging, notably when holding the digicam out-front at arm’s size for selfie recording and group pictures.

We had been barely crucial of the 24mm lens in our ZV-1 evaluation, so it is nice to see Sony listening to person and reviewer suggestions and implementing this significant change within the 2023 Mark II model.

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There are some notable tradeoffs, although, with the zoom vary being noticeably shorter – 50mm versus 70mm – and the utmost aperture being a cease slower on the telephoto finish – f/4 versus f/2.8 – each of which is able to make it more durable to throw the background out of focus when capturing on the 50mm focal size than on the earlier digicam.

Sony have carried out the Clear Picture Zoom digital zoom perform on the ZV-1 II which they are saying will increase the focal vary from 50-100mm “with none considerable loss in picture high quality”. We disagree – whereas it is a good characteristic to have in the event you actually do want the longer focal lengths, we might strongly suggest sticking to the zoom vary of the lens if in any respect doable.

Word that on the ZV-1 II, the zoom can now be operated by utilizing the touchscreen in addition to by utilizing the bodily rocker change on prime of the digicam, with selectable zoom steps operating from 1x / 1.5x / 2x / 4x plus icons for W (wide-angle) and T (telephoto) to rapidly change the angle of view on the press of an onscreen icon.

Sadly the ZV-1 II now not has Optical Steadyshot built-in to the lens, as on the unique mannequin, which successfully gave you a few stops additional to play with when taking nonetheless photos, and smoothing out the lightest of actions when capturing video.

Now there may be solely the choice to modify on Energetic SteadyShot when recording video, which is a digital type of stabilisation. This crops in to the picture barely to provide the digicam room to digitally transfer the picture body round to compensate for any bigger actions. It does work very nicely, creating very secure footage when hand-holding and taking out all however the heaviest of footsteps when strolling.

The catch is that due to the slight crop, if you’re vlogging your face will seem bigger when within the body because the lens successfully modifications from 18mm to 23mm. Though that is mitigated considerably by the brand new wider-angle lens, we might recommend solely utilizing it when strolling or zooming in to point out one thing. While you’re presenting to digicam, attempt to persist with utilizing the usual Steadyshot mode which does not introduce any crop issue.

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Each the unique ZV-1 and the 2023 ZV-1 II use precisely the identical 20.1 megapixel, 1-inch stacked Exmor RS stacked sensor, so the picture high quality is basically the identical.

The ISO vary of the Sony ZV-1 and ZV-1 II is identical, ISO 100 to ISO 12,800, which may be expanded by one cease to 25,600 utilizing the particular Multi Noise Discount mode.

The stacked Exmor RS sensor in these two fashions provides them some distinct benefits over the ZV-E10 digicam with its bigger APS-C sensor, primarily in burst capturing and slow-motion video capabilities.

Talking of which, the core video specs of the ZV1 and the ZV1 II are additionally primarily the identical, with each being like a miniature model of the A7 sequence cameras. Nearly the entire video settings which might be discovered a lot additional up within the vary are right here.

On each cameras, video may be recorded in 4K decision at as much as 30fps, while Full HD may be recorded at as much as 100/120fps, relying on whether or not you will have chosen the PAL or NTSC format.

Each fashions characteristic Sony’s S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma and HLG curves which allow them to document higher dynamic vary.

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Sony’s vary of Image Profiles are additionally current and proper, that means you may match the footage shot with the ZV-1 II or ZV-1 with higher-end cameras such because the A7 IV, making it a great accompaniment for many who could also be utilizing these cameras in additional of a studio setting.

The stacked sensor moreover provides each cameras the power to supply particular HFR modes the place you may shoot brief video clips at 250, 500 or 1000fps, with footage then saved at 25fps for tremendous gradual movement playback.

It needs to be famous that though the HFR video is saved on the Full HD 1920×1080 decision, it’s upscaled from a a lot smaller recorded decision; within the case of 1000fps this can be as little as 912×308.

The size of time you may document a clip can be restricted to only a few seconds relying on the chosen body price and whether or not you select the High quality or Time mode.

Both approach, it’s lengthy sufficient to create fascinating tremendous gradual movement footage, however for many customers the 100 or 120fps modes shall be greater than sufficient while providing higher high quality.

Proxy recording is obtainable, permitting low decision 1280×720 decision footage to be recorded alongside 4K or Full HD footage. That is nice for many who could also be modifying video on older computer systems. Merely edit utilizing the decrease decision proxy recordsdata, then change to the total decision 4K recordsdata with regards to the fine-tuning and export.

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The built-in 3EV ND filter will make it easier to to shoot at bigger apertures on vibrant days, which is extraordinarily helpful when capturing video and making an attempt to stay to the shutter pace being double the body price rule.

For instance, at 25fps the best shutter pace is 1/fiftieth sec. If you wish to create a shallow depth of area on a vibrant sunny day you’ll be onerous pushed to do that, however turning the ND filter on will darken the picture simply sufficient to permit an aperture 3 stops bigger for use, serving to to create a shallower depth of area.

For photographers you might be able to get a barely blurred impact on operating water on a darkish overcast day in the event you make the aperture as small as doable, however don’t count on it to allow you to take extraordinarily lengthy exposures. The ND filter may be simply switched on or off from the short menu, or it may be set to auto when it’ll make it easier to to realize you desired settings when wanted. It is an especially helpful characteristic to have.

The Mark II model does have a few new video options. Firstly, Sony have added the Cinematic Vlog setting from the ZV-E1 to the brand new ZV-1 II mannequin.

This lets you select from a spread of various cinematic Seems to be and Moods and mix them in your personal specific fashion. The ensuing video is robotically shot within the widescreen Cinemascope side ratio (2.35:1) at 24fps with black bands above and beneath the picture for a real cinematic really feel, all by merely choosing the Cinematic Vlog choice.

Additionally new for the ZV-1 II are a number of 10 completely different Inventive Seems to be, a characteristic that has once more been inherited from the ZV-1 E1. You’ll be able to see these demonstrated within the Picture High quality part of this evaluation.

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Each ZV-1 fashions provide Sony’s particular vlogger-friendly options – Background Defocus, Product Showcase and a Tally mild.

Each have a Background Defocus button. For vloggers the goal of this button is to modify between having the background blurred or clear. In photographic phrases it’s switching the aperture between the most important obtainable for the hooked up lens and a stopped down worth.

The Product Showcase mode is an autofocus mode that alerts the digicam to modify the main target from an individual’s face to an object that could be held up in entrance of the digicam. It’s a widespread YouTube approach for when wanting to point out an merchandise to the viewer, however on cameras with slower autofocus it may possibly depart the main target mounted on the presenter’s face with the product out of focus, and vice versa. The Product Showcase mode solves that situation, including one other plus level for vlogging with these cameras.

A recording lamp (tally mild) can be supplied on the entrance face of the digicam physique for an at-a-glance indication of the present video recording standing, and a crimson coloration recording alert sq. is displayed on the LCD display screen too (each may be turned off).

Dwell streaming is feasible immediately just by connecting the Zv-1 II to a pc or suitable cell machine by way of USB, eliminating the necessity for a video seize card. This enables the digicam’s video and audio capabilities for use for dwell social media and video conferencing. Each the UVC and UAC requirements are supported for improved image and sound high quality throughout streaming.

Sony have considerably improved the microphone high quality on the brand new Z-V1 II when in comparison with the unique mannequin.

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The upgraded clever 3-capsule mic inherited from the ZV-E10 now provides three completely different settings – entrance, rear and all instructions – so that you’ve extra management over the sound recording relying on the place your topic is positioned.

It additionally sports activities a wind discount design with a removable Lifeless Cat wind defend supplied within the field. Clear voice isolation is nice for recording your voice and never the background, and there is additionally a devoted Multi Interface Shoe for an exterior microphone and different additional equipment.

Each cameras additionally provide an all necessary 3.5mm microphone enter, however sadly there may be nonetheless no headphone output.

If you’re acquainted with the autofocus settings of the Sony A7 cameras you’ll be pleasantly stunned by the choices discovered on the ZV-1 II.

Each ZV-1 cameras have the identical hybrid auto-focus system with 315 section detection and 425 distinction detection AF factors.

Each of them additionally provide Sony’s glorious real-time monitoring system, together with Eye AF for people/animals for stills and people for video, plus the Face Precedence auto-exposure (AE) perform, which detects and prioritises the topic’s face and adjusts the publicity to make sure the face is depicted at a great brightness.

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New to the ZV-1 II is the Multi-face Recognition mode which has trickled down from the not too long ago launched ZV-E1 full-frame digicam.

On this mode the ZV1 II will robotically cease down the aperture when one other particular person comes into the body to assist be certain that all of the persons are in focus, quite than simply the unique one, which is a good characteristic for group selfies the place you need everybody to be in focus.

Additionally new to the Mark II model is animal AF monitoring within the film mode – on the ZV-1 it is restricted to stills capturing solely.

The ZV-1 II utilises the highly effective Bionz X picture processor, which permits it to shoot at as much as a really spectacular 24 photos per second utilizing the digital shutter, full with steady AF/AE monitoring.

The unique ZV1 and 2023’s ZV1 II cameras are nearly similar when it comes to their exterior design, aside from the completely different zoom lens and an enormous 2g in weight! (the Mark II model is definitely lighter at 292g).

The place they most differ is the onscreen controls, with the ZV-1 II offering a significantly improved and expanded smartphone-like person expertise that higher fits its target market.

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You’ll be able to shoot completely utilizing the on-screen icons alongside the underside of the display screen, and a easy swipe-up from the underside rapidly accesses the Operate menu display screen which homes ceaselessly used settings.

The entire exterior buttons and controls are the identical on each fashions, there’s simply much more touchscreen management obtainable on the brand new Mark II model.

The ZV-1 II has a plastic, or polycarbonate, physique, versus the all-metal design of the RX100. Fortunately in-hand the physique appears stable, all of the elements match very properly collectively, there are not any creaks or weak wanting joints, and all the things may be very nicely designed and assembled.

Neither the ZV1 II or the ZV1 provide any licensed degree of weather-sealing, so you will should be cautious and/or defend the digicam in inclement climate.

Additionally, neither digicam has a viewfinder, so in the event you do not get pleasure from utilizing an LCD display screen for composition, you will have to look elsewhere completely.

As an alternative there’s only a 3-inch, 921,000 dot LCD display screen which is hinged to the aspect of the digicam and provides 180 diploma rotation.

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This implies it may be flipped out to the aspect and rotated forwards by 180 levels for vlogging or self-portraits (or selfies as they’re now recognized), in addition to with the ability to fold the display screen in to the digicam physique to supply safety while you simply need to carry the digicam unfastened in a bag or pocket.

The rear of the digicam can be similar, with the acquainted directional management dial positioned round a central choice button. Round this sit 4 different buttons to entry frequently used options.

The perform button on the rear of the digicam operates in precisely the identical was because it does on the RX100 and A7 sequence cameras, so you need to use it to rapidly entry options you will want probably the most, reminiscent of white stability, Image Fashion and the AF settings.

The ‘Trash’ button additionally acts because the ‘C2’ customized button, which by default is ready to entry the Product Showcase mode. That is an autofocus mode that alerts the digicam to modify focus from an individual’s face to an object that could be held up in entrance of the digicam.

It is a widespread YouTube approach for when wanting to point out an merchandise to the viewer, however on cameras with slower autofocus methods it may possibly depart the main target mounted on the presenter’s face with the product out of focus, and vice versa. The Product Showcase mode solves that situation, including one other plus level for vlogging with the ZV-1 II.

The menu system of the ZV-1 II is similar to different Sony cameras, so present customers could have no drawback navigating it, while these much less acquainted might discover the odd merchandise in a curious location.

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Most usefully the choice to customize the Operate Button Fast menu stays, and it may possibly have two completely different variations relying on whether or not you’re capturing stills or video.

There may be additionally the MyMenu display screen, the place you may add another the Menu settings to your personal personalised Menu Display screen, and there may be additionally the choice to make this the default display screen that pops up when the Menu button is pressed.

The video recording button occupies a distinguished place of the top-plate of the ZV-1 II, permitting it to have a bigger, rubberised thumb grip which is far nicer to make use of than the one discovered on the RX100-series cameras.

On prime of the digicam are a big three-capsule path microphone and a Multi Interface hot-shoe. The shoe permits for any commonplace equipment to be mounted, with microphones and LED lights the obvious. Nonetheless, the Multi Interface half permits for suitable to Sony equipment to work intelligently with the digicam and in addition draw energy the place wanted.

There’s a Mode button subsequent to the digicam energy button, quite than a extra conventional capturing mode dial as discovered on the RX100-series cameras. It takes a second or two longer to modify modes utilizing the button and menu system, however it actually is not a deal breaker.

In addition to the shutter and zoom management toggle, the top-plate additionally sees the addition of the video document button. That is a lot bigger than the small button discovered on the RX100 cameras, and it’s marked with a crimson ring to simply determine it towards the shutter button.

Lastly on the highest of the digicam there may be the Background Defocus button. For vloggers the goal of this button is to modify between having the background blurred or clear. In photographic phrases it’s switching the aperture between the most important obtainable for the focal size (so between f/1.8 and f/2.8) and f/5.6. It’s a helpful button to have obtainable for video, however even for stills images it’s one thing we might often use to make a really fast aperture change.

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On the aspect of the ZV-1 II sit three exterior ports – HDMI, that every one necessary 3.5mm microphone enter, and a brand new USB-C port which fortunately replaces the already outdated in 2020 Micro USB port discovered on the unique mannequin.

The HDMI-out permits for exterior video recording which is able to help you squeeze each little bit of element out of the 1-inch sensor, though attaching any exterior machine form of defeats the purpose of this being a small vlogging digicam. Nonetheless, it’s a helpful choice to have if solely to playback video or photos immediately from the digicam.

The USB-C socket permits for energy to be equipped to each hold the ZV-1 II going with a battery put in, or to cost the battery when the digicam isn’t in use. It’s an especially helpful characteristic to have provided that the NP-BX1 batteries are fairly small and people planning to shoot video can be suggested to buy a couple of, or having a USB powerbank on standby.

Crucially, the brand new USB-C port can as one other audio interface for the digicam, permitting headphones for use, which is necessary because the ZV-1 II would not have a built-in headphone socket.

Beneath testing circumstances the battery life is quoted as being between 45-75mins of video or 260 stills, relying on what number of different operations you’re doing, zooming, energy the digicam on and off and many others.

Taking into consideration reviewing photos and video, zooming out and in, having the display screen on while not recording and taking nonetheless photos, we might count on actual world utilization to be beneath the 45mins quoted. It’s price mentioning right here that the utmost document time for a single steady video clip is the same old 29mins 59 secs to keep away from additional levies positioned on European camcorder imports.

Word that in the event you select to make use of the exterior Sony GP-VPT2BT Bluetooth capturing grip (which Sony strongly recommends), it now not blocks the battery/reminiscence card compartment.

The ZV-1 and ZV-1 II each have a single reminiscence card slot which helps UHS-I sort SD playing cards, quite than the quicker UHS-II commonplace.

Picture High quality

The entire pattern photos on this evaluation had been taken utilizing the 20 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting, which produces a median picture dimension of round 7Mb.

With the stacked sensor from the ZV-1 II being utilized in a number of Sony RX100-series cameras, it is vitally a lot a recognized amount and present customers ought to know what to anticipate.

As a bottom illuminated sensor, many of the circuitry of the sensor is discovered behind the photosites, which maximises the sunshine gathering capabilities and makes it a formidable sensor given its 1” dimension. And with this circuitry immediately on the sensor it permits the digicam to shoot at as much as 24fps.

With a sensitivity vary of between ISO 125 and 12,800, it has vary for a compact digicam, with out going to the extraordinarily excessive settings that will be pushing the sensor too far. What I normally do for many cameras is to keep away from the very best two sensitivity settings except you actually don’t have any selection however to make use of them, and this is applicable right here.

There are additionally two decrease sensitivities of ISO 80 and ISO 100, nevertheless these provide no improved picture high quality as are merely utilizing the the native ISO 125 setting, rising the publicity time after which adjusting the sign acquire to darken the picture. The result’s that though it’ll enable for slower shutter speeds or a bigger aperture for use, there’s a lowered dynamic vary because of the highlights tending to clip extra simply.

All through your complete vary the default noise discount settings for JPEG photos cut back each luminance and color noise. Personally I really feel that the luminance noise discount is a bit heavy handed while you begin to attain settings round ISO 1600; I would like a bit extra element and luminance noise than the slight blur that’s utilized when luminance noise is lowered. That stated there may be loads of element at decrease ISO sensitivities, notably in the event you modify the uncooked recordsdata.

Color noise is nicely lowered all through the cameras vary with the color noise discount set to Regular by default. There may be some lack of color saturation at greater sensitivities so I could also be inclined to alter the setting to ‘Low’ in some circumstances, notably if capturing on a vibrant sunny day quite than in low mild.

For a compact digicam the 1-inch sensor clearly has a bonus over commonplace compact or smartphone dimension sensor with extra element and fewer noise, although you continue to want to think about that this isn’t an APS-C or Full body sensor, so sticking to the decrease sensitivities is all the time going to provide the perfect outcomes.


The Sony ZV-1 II has eight sensitivity settings at full decision starting from ISO 125 to ISO 12800, expandable to ISO 80. Listed below are some 100% crops which present the noise ranges for every ISO setting for each JPEG and Uncooked codecs.

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Sony ZV-1 II dealt with chromatic aberrations very nicely in the course of the evaluation, with some purple fringing current across the edges of objects in high-contrast conditions, as proven within the examples beneath.



The Sony ZV-1 II lets you give attention to a topic that’s 5cms away from the digicam when the lens is ready to wide-angle.



Gentle fall-off is not actually a problem even when capturing pale scenes that fill the body vast open at f/1.7 / f/4.


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Night time

The Sony ZV-1 II’s most shutter pace is 30 seconds within the Handbook capturing mode, which is nice information in the event you’re critically occupied with night time images.


Dynamic Vary

Once more, the benefit of a 1-inch sensor in comparison with a normal smartphone or compact sensor means the ZV-1 II provides dynamic vary, although clearly it may possibly’t fairly match that of an APS-C or full body sensor. There may be element that may be recovered from spotlight and shadow areas while you change to capturing uncooked photos, although you do must control noise being launched.

Sony has employed its ordinary Dynamic Vary Optimiser characteristic within the ZV-1 II. This has 7 completely different settings Off, Auto and ranges 1-5. When on this mode the publicity is adjusted to retain spotlight element, with the curve on the shadow areas adjusted to lighten them to maximise the dynamic vary obtainable. I discovered the DRO characteristic to work nicely, with Stage 3 or 4 being my most popular setting once I was utilizing it.



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Inventive Seems to be

There are 10 Inventive Look preset results that you need to use to alter the look of your photos which can be found when capturing JPEG and/or Uncooked recordsdata.

There are ten artistic look presets for JPEG footage and an extra six ‘customized’ presets may be manually saved for fast entry. The presets are Customary (‘ST’), Portrait (‘PT’), Impartial (‘NT’), Vivid (‘VV’), ‘VV2’, ‘FL’, ‘IN’, ‘SH’, Black & White (‘BW’) and Sepia (‘SE’).





















Image Profiles

The Sony ZV-1 II provides a spread of 10 Image Profiles which can be found when capturing JPEG and/or Uncooked recordsdata.

Along with the artistic appears, there are image profile primarily designed for video use. By default, the ten parameters (PP1-PP10) are set to cowl the next in-camera gamma profiles; Film, nonetheless, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU 709 (800%), S-Log-2, S-Log3 and HLG1-3), with handbook management over quite a few parameters together with black degree, color mode and saturation.





















Pattern Photographs

It is a number of pattern photos from the Sony ZV-1 II digicam, which had been all taken utilizing the 20 megapixel SuperFine JPEG setting. The thumbnails beneath hyperlink to the full-sized variations, which haven’t been altered in any approach.

Pattern RAW Photographs

The Sony ZV-1 II permits customers to seize RAW and JPEG format recordsdata. We have supplied some Sony RAW (ARW) samples so that you can obtain (thumbnail photos proven beneath usually are not 100% consultant)..

Pattern Films & Video

It is a pattern 4K film on the high quality setting of 3840 × 2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please word that this 16 second film is 201Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern 4K film on the high quality setting of 3840 × 2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please word that this 11 second film is 134Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern 4K film on the high quality setting of 3840 × 2160 pixels at 30 frames per second. Please word that this 12 second film is 138Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern 1080p film on the high quality setting of 1920 × 1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. Please word that this 11 second film is 80Mb in dimension.

It is a pattern slow-motion film on the high quality setting of 1920 × 1080 pixels at 120 frames per second. Please word that this 44 second film is 96Mb in dimension.

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It won’t be as progressive and due to this fact as thrilling, however importantly the ZV-1 II addresses practically the entire vital faults of the primary technology mannequin, albeit at a better worth level and with a few caveats in regards to the lens.

The incorporation of a wider-angle lens for simpler selfies and group framing, USB-C port to permit quicker charging and headphone use, and significantly enhanced touchscreen performance rectifies many of the issues that we had with the ZV-1, with solely the brief battery life left to bemoan.

There’s additionally higher audio high quality due to the brand new clever 3-capsule mic, a barely higher AF system, and the Cinematic Vlog setting from the ZV-E1, all of which go some strategy to justifying the £170 / $100 worth improve over the 2020 unique.

Whereas the brand new 18-50mm lens is best suited to vlogging because of the wider angle of view that it supplies, conversely the shorter telephoto attain and slower most aperture on the 50mm setting make the ZV-1 II much less well-suited to stills images, or at finest much less versatile than the unique mannequin.

One other necessary factor to think about with the brand new lens is that it now not provides optical picture stabilisation, as on the unique ZV-1, once more making this digicam much less well-suited to stills.

As an alternative it’s a must to depend on lively stabilisation, which solely works for video recording and successfully modifications the focal size to round 23mm, barely wider-angle than the 24mm lens on the ZV1.

So it actually all comes right down to the lens for lots of customers. In the event you’re extra of a photographer than a videographer, the unique ZV-1 that’s nonetheless on sale might be a greater match and cheaper too, whereas for out-and-out videographers the Mark II model is unquestionably the one to go for.

In addition to the ZV-1, you would additionally think about final yr’s Sony ZV-1F mannequin, which provides various the identical core specs because the ZV-1 II – 4K/30p, 20 megapixels, Sony’s particular vlogger-friendly options – at round half the worth.

Having stated that, the ZV-1F’s much less refined contrast-based auto-focusing, slower burst capturing, lack of an ND filter and stuck 20mm quite than zoom lens might push some customers firmly in the direction of the dearer however crucially extra succesful ZV-1 II.

4.5 stars

Scores (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Options 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Picture high quality 5
Worth for cash 4

Principal Rivals

Listed beneath are a number of the rivals of the Sony ZV-1 II.

The Canon EOS R50 is a super-compact mirrorless digicam with an APS-C crop sensor that may shoot at 15fps and document 4K/30p video. Can the R50 compete with the likes of the Fujifilm X-S10, Nikon Z30 and Sony ZV-E10? Discover out now by studying our in-depth Canon R50 evaluation with full-size pattern pictures and movies.

The Canon PowerShot V10 is an reasonably priced compact digicam particularly geared toward vloggers, with a singular vertical design with built-in kick-stand, 4K/30p video recording and a 19mm wide-angle lens. Must you improve out of your smartphone to the Canon V10? Learn our in-depth Canon PowerShot V10 evaluation to seek out out…

The brand new Fujifilm X-S20 goals to be a hybrid mirrorless digicam for the plenty, providing 6K video, 26 megapixel stills, a selected capturing mode for vloggers and lengthy battery life, all in a small, well-built physique. Is the XS20 the final word do-it-all digicam? Discover out now by studying our in-depth Fuji XS20 evaluation full with full-size pattern photos and movies.

The A6700 is the brand new premium mannequin in Sony’s in depth vary of APS-C mirrorless cameras, however can it beat each its most important rivals and its cheaper siblings? Discover out now by studying our in-depth Sony A6700 evaluation, full with full-size pattern photos and movies.

The Sony ZV-1 is a brand new compact digicam that is been constructed from the bottom up for vlogging, with a vari-angle display screen, quick auto-focusing, three-capsule path microphone, and a wealth of vlogger-friendly capturing modes. Is that this the final word digicam for aspiring YouTube creators? Learn our in-depth Sony ZV-1 evaluation to seek out out…

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Opinions of the Sony ZV-1 II from across the internet.

The Sony ZV-1 II is much less of a sequel and extra of an alternate variation of the unique ZV-1, each on the specs sheet and in your hand it’s simply onerous to separate from the unique mannequin. They each share the identical sensor, video efficiency, and battery life. The one factor that basically separates these two cameras is the lens, and even then I can’t say the brand new lens is definitively a better option than the earlier one.

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It is a well-built, responsive, nearly pocket-sized hybrid suited to a wide range of makes use of, and a wise ‘all-in-one’ choice for on a regular basis adventures. The brand new wider zoom lens setting makes it higher suited than its predecessor to group portraits, capturing in panorama, and easily becoming extra into body when vlogging.

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Sony’s first compact vlogging digicam, the ZV-1, has confirmed to be fairly widespread with the content material creation crowd. It provides glorious picture high quality, simple controls and a tiny, pocketable type issue – all at an approachable worth.

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Digital digicam


F1.8 – F4.0
f = 6.9 – 17.6 mm
18 – 50 mm
Approx. 5 cm (0.17 ft) to infinity

Digital camera Part

1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor
Nonetheless photos: Approx. 20.1 megapixels, Films: Approx. 16.8 megapixels max.
Approx. 21.0 megapixels
ND (1/8 ND)
2500 Okay – 9900 Okay

Recording (nonetheless photos)

JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format)
1.0-type L: 5472 x 3648 (20 M), M: 3888 x 2592 (10 M), S: 2736 x 1824 (5.0 M)

Recording (film)

LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 16 bit)

Recording system (film)

29.97p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 25p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps)
119.88p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 59.94p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps), 100p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps)

Film Features


Recording System

Multi slot for Reminiscence Stick Duo/SD reminiscence card

Focus System

Quick Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Nonetheless photos: Max. 315 factors (phase-detection AF), Films: Max. 273 factors (phase-detection AF)
Human, Animal
Human, Animal
AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Film), AF Transition Velocity (Film), Circ. of Focus Level

Publicity Management

1200-zone evaluative metering
EV0 to EV24 (ISO 100 equal)
+/- 3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Nonetheless photos: ISO 125 – 12800 (expandable to ISO 80 – 12800), AUTO (ISO 125 – 12800, selectable decrease restrict and higher restrict), Films: ISO 125 – 12800 equal, AUTO (ISO 125 – 12800, selectable decrease restrict and higher restrict)



LCD Display screen

7.5 cm (3.0-type) sort TFT
921 600 dots
Opening Angle: Approx. 176 °, Rotation Angle: Approx. 270 °

Different Options

Cinematic Vlog Setting, My Picture Fashion, Inventive Look, Product Showcase Set., Background Defocus, Gentle Pores and skin Impact, Customized perform, Image Profile
Approx. 2x


Digital shutter
Nonetheless photos: 1/32000 to 1/4 s,Films: 1/12800 to 1 s
1/100 s

Picture Stabilization

Film: Energetic / Off


Pre-flash TTL
+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 EV steps)
Sony α System Flash suitable with Multi Interface Shoe


Hello: 24 fps
JPEG Additional positive L: 170 frames, JPEG Effective L: 188 frames, JPEG Customary L: 189 frames, RAW: 80 frames, RAW & JPG: 78 frames


Enlarged show mode, Shield, Score, Shot Mark (Film), Divider Body, Picture Seize


Display screen reader, Focus Magnifier, Peaking Show, Topic Recognition in AF, Contact Focus, Contact Monitoring, Contact Shutter, Contact AE, Vari-angle LCD display screen, Customized perform


Mass-storage / MTP
Sure (Hello-Velocity USB 480 Mbps (USB 2.0) suitable)
Sure (Wi-Fi Appropriate, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
Sure (Bluetooth Customary Ver. 4.2 (2.4 GHz band))
HDMI micro connector (Sort-D) 3840 x 2160 (30p / 25p / 24p) / 1920 x 1080 (60p / 50p / 24p) / 1920 x 1080 (60i / 50i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit / RGB 8bit
Sure (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)
View on Smartphone, Distant management by way of Smartphone, PC Distant

USB Streaming

1280 x 720 (30p)
LPCM 2ch (16bit 48 kHz)


Constructed-in, stereo
Constructed-in, monaural


Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
Approx. 290 pictures (LCD monitor) (CIPA commonplace)
Approx. 45 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA commonplace)
Approx. 75 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA commonplace)
Nonetheless photos: Approx. 1.9 W, Films: Approx. 3.6 W

Working temparature

0 – 40 ℃ / 32 – 104 °F

Dimension & Weight

Approx. 105.5 x 60.0 x 46.7 mm (4 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches)

Provided Accent

Rechargeable Battery NP-BX1, Wind Display screen, Wind Display screen Adaptor

Color Choices


What’s In The Field

  • Rechargeable Battery NP-BX1, Wind Display screen, Wind Display screen Adaptor

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