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Sony Vlog Digital Camera - DC-ZV1

DC-ZV1

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The flip-out LCD screen lets you check your framing for vlogs and selfies without the view being restricted by accessories like microphones. The touch panel control makes intuitive adjustment of focus, shutter and other settings simple, even during selfie shooting.

Record your voice clearly, even in a crowd, with the built-in three-capsule microphone. The unique design and structure uses spatial filtering to capture clear audio in front of the camera with fewer distracting ambient sounds. The included wind screen can also be attached to shoot outdoors, even in windy conditions, with confidence.

The ZV-1 is designed for quick and easy vlogging, with an ergonomic grip for stable selfie shooting and a bright recording lamp so you’ll never forget to hit record again.

The ZV-1 is compatible with our range of shooting grips, including the GP-VPT2BT with Bluetooth® wireless technology, for easy remote control of recording, zoom and even assignable custom controls, without cables. The ideal accessory for vlogging, our grips offer stable and flexible shooting, and also expand into a mini tripod for compact, hands-free capture anywhere. 

Sony’s enhanced colour science ensures lively, natural imagery and is especially strong across the diverse range of skin tones. It is available for both movie and still image capture, and is supported with a Soft Skin option to smooth blemishes.

Despite its pocket-friendly design, the ZV-1 is equipped with a large 1.0-type Exmor RSTM CMOS sensor, for high-quality images even in dim or challenging lighting conditions. In addition, the large sensor delivers professional-looking images, with a blurred background bokeh, along with high-speed data readout for stunning 4K and super slow motion video capture.

Just turn your face to the camera, and the camera will recognize colour, patterns (brightness), subject distance (depth) and face/eye information and automatically snap into precise focus tracking. In addition, when the camera recognizes eyes, faces or subjects, a frame is displayed on each target so you can make sure that the subject is in focus and shoot without worrying.

The high-performance focal-plane phase-detection AF sensor enables high-speed and high-precision focusing with Fast Hybrid AF. The sensor uses 315 phase-detection focusing points across a full 65% of the screen area to quickly switch between subjects without hunting. When taking a selfie, the camera can switch focus with just a touch from your face to the background and back again, so sharp and accurate focus comes easy.

Capture expressive selfies with the professional look of a soft-focus background. The unique Bokeh Switch (C1 button) bypasses all the complexity of exposure balancing and depth-of-field control, and replaces it with a single button. Simply press to switch between having everything in focus, or blurring the background to expertly feature your subject.

Take your product reviews to a new level of professionalism with the Product Showcase Setting, for fast and precise focus transitions from you to your featured product. The C2 custom button activates Product Showcase Setting by default, deprioritizing your face for focusing and widening the field of view. Simply holding a product up in front of the camera will switch the focus point from your face, so there’s no more autofocus frustration and you can efficiently shoot video reviews with ease.

Even while walking with the camera, you can get smooth, highly stable imagery thanks to the SteadyShot™ joint optical and electronic stabilization system. It’s specifically designed for handheld shots and vlogging with a shooting grip so you’ll enjoy the confidence of blur- and shake-free shots. Instead of holding still, you can concentrate fully on your presentation and framing.

The kind of erratic, in-the-moment shooting that makes for compelling vlogging also presents a huge challenge for most cameras. The ZV-1’s clever AE transition algorithm, however, makes rapid exposure adjustments even as lighting conditions change dramatically, through shadow and sunlight, indoors and out. And by prioritizing faces, it ensures your video subjects always look their best, even when the lighting is far from ideal.

Our unique Multi Interface (MI) Shoe offers incredible flexibility to add lights, microphones and much more. Not only does it support standard cold-shoe accessories and flashes, but the interface also allows you to add high-performance audio adapters such as the ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone, with power available direct from the camera.

Capture moments from the decisive to the everyday in epic super slow motion to easily add drama and magic to your videos. With recording frame rates as high as 960fps, almost any moment can be captured, while adjustable playback rates let you slow down the action anywhere from 4x to 40x.

The ZV-1 features an interval shooting mode ideal for creating cinematic time-lapse movies with the aid of our Imaging EdgeTM Desktop PC software. The adjustable shooting interval (from 1–60 seconds) and full manual camera control allows spectacular shots of flowing clouds, streaming headlights and more, across up to 9,999 shots. Add a mobile battery, thanks to the convenient USB power input, and you can capture scenes worry-free for hours at a time.

Capture high-quality still images thanks to the 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor and ZEISS® 24–70 mm lens. The large sensor and wide F1.8–2.8 aperture lens, along with the latest-generation BIONZ X™ processor, deliver professional-quality images — with exceptional performance even in low light, and stunning background bokeh for portraits.

With Creative Style and Picture Effect settings, the ZV-1 offers a wide range of looks to add interest and individuality to your video. Creative Style lets you adjust image parameters like contrast and colour, while Picture Effect adds amazing new character to your images, including a chic monochrome and a charming miniature effect.

You shouldn’t need to wait until you’re in front of your PC to share your video and stills with the world. Imaging Edge Mobile, free for Android and iOS devices, lets you remotely view and control your ZV-1, and wirelessly backup and transfer images to your smartphone even with the camera turned off. With Imaging Edge Mobile your images can be shared from anywhere, without needing to suffer the compromised image quality of your phone camera.

Get your shots social-media ready right in the field with the Movie Edit add-on. Available free for iOS and Android devices alongside Imaging Edge Mobile, this simple app lets you edit your videos, and crop their aspect ratio to suit a range of social platforms—with automatic reframing of your subject. An enhanced image stabilization tool also further suppresses any shake from your videos, for butter-smooth motion.

The ZV-1 can add meta tags to vertically recorded video, allowing immediate uploading to mobile-friendly platforms — no PC rotation or cropping required.

The ZV-1’s touch screen makes selection of focus and tracking points, as well as other settings simple, even with the display flipped for selfies and vlogging — no more fumbling behind the camera for dials and navigation sticks. 

Capture all the beauty and detail of the world—and yourself—with 4K (QFHD 3,840 x 2,160) video recording. Thanks to its high-speed sensor LSI, the ZV-1 uses a full-pixel readout, resampling around 1.7x the number of pixels required for 4K, to condense astonishing detail into each and every frame. 

For more demanding productions, the ZV-1 supports a range of movie functions more typically found in professional equipment, including S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma curves. The wide dynamic range available using these S-Log profiles is perfect for camera matching and minimizing blown-out highlights or lost shadow detail. Additional options for Picture Profile and Creative Style are also available, along with advanced features like Gamma Display Assist, Zebra metering, a Clean HDMI output with Rec Control, timecode, and Proxy recording. There’s everything a video professional could need in day-to-day work situations.  

A built-in neutral-density filter ensures your exposure is always optimal, without throwing out any of the creative intentions in your shutter angle or F-stop. A staple in all professional video environments, the adjustable ND filter lets you capture blurred motion and expressive bokeh where it would otherwise be impossible, such as in daylight conditions up to EV19.

The ZV-1 can capture full-resolution still frames from your recorded movies in-camera—no PC required. Grab highlights out of any of your videos, or save time and share a full package of video and thumbnails directly from the camera.

Elevate your photography with Imaging Edge Desktop. Use ‘Remote’ to control and monitor shooting live on your PC screen; ‘Viewer’ to quickly preview, rate, and select photos from large image libraries; and ‘Edit’ to develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery. 

Lens
Clear Image Zoom (Still Image)20 M approx. 5.8x / 10 M approx. 8.2x / 5.0 M approx. 11x / VGA approx. 44x
Optical Zoom2.7x
Focus Range (From the Front of the Lens)AF (W: approx. 5 cm (0.17 ft) to infinity, T: approx. 30 cm (0.99 ft) to infinity)
ANGLE OF VIEW (35 MM FORMAT EQUIVALENT)84 deg.–34 deg.(24–70 mm)
Focal length (f=)f = 9.4–25.7 mm
ND FilterAuto/On (3 steps)/Off
F-number (Maximum Aperture)F1.8 (W) - 2.8 (T)
Sensor
Number of Pixels (Effective)Approx. 20.1 Megapixels
Lens
Lens typeZEISS Vario-Sonnar T Lens, 10 elements in 9 groups (9 aspheric elements including AA lens)
Sensor
Sensor Type1.0"-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Lens
Clear Image Zoom (Movie)4K: 4.35x, HD: approx. 5.8x
Digital Zoom (Still Image)20 M Approx.11x / 10 M Approx.16x / 5.0 M Approx. 23x / VGA Approx. 44x
Digital Zoom (Movie)Digital Zoom Approx. 11
Screen
Screen Type7.5 cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 921,600 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Adjustable AngleOpening angle: approx. 176 deg., rotation angle: approx. 270 deg.
Display Selector (Finder/Lcd)-
MS Assist Magnification5.3x, 10.7x
Touch PanelYes
Camera
Image Processing EngineYes (BIONZ X)
STEADYSHOT (STILL IMAGE)Optical
STEADYSHOT (MOVIE)Yes (optical type with electronic compensation, anti-rolling type)
Focus TypeFast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Focus ModeSingle-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, DMF, Manual Focus
Focus AreaWide (315 points (phase-detection AF), 425 points (contrast-detection AF)), Zone, Centre, Flexible Spot (S/M/L), Expanded Flexible Spot, Tracking (Wide/Zone/Centre/Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
OBJECT TRACKINGYes (Tracking)
EYE AF[Still images] Human (Right/Left Eye Select) / Animal, [Movie] Human (Right/Left Eye Select)
Light Metering ModeMulti Pattern, Centre Weighted, Spot, Entire Screen Avg, Highlight
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)(Recommended Exposure Index)Auto (ISO 100–12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (Extendable to ISO 64/80), Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO 100–12800), 100/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
ISO Sensitivity (Movie)Auto: (ISO 125 level–ISO 12800 level, selectable with upper/lower limit), 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800
White Balance ModesAuto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluor.: Warm White, Fluor.: Cool White, Fluor.: Day White, Fluor.: Daylight, Flash, Underwater Auto, C.Temp./Filter, Custom
WB Micro AdjustmentYes (G7 to M7, 57-step) (A7 to B7, 29-step)
Shutter SpeediAuto (4"–1/2,000) / Program Auto (30"–1/2,000) / Manual (Bulb, 30"–1/2,000) / Aperture Priority (30"–1/2,000) / Shutter Priority (30"–1/2,000)
Electronic ShutteriAuto (4"–1/32,000) / Program Auto (30"–1/32,000) / Manual (30"–1/32,000) / Aperture Priority (30"–1/32,000) / Shutter Priority (30"–1/32,000)
ApertureiAuto (F1.8/F11 (W)) / Program Auto (F1.8/F11 (W)) / Manual (F1.8/F11 (W)) / Shutter Priority (F1.8/F11 (W)) / Aperture Priority (F1.8/F11 (W))
Image ControlContrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Creative Style, Colour Space (sRGB/Adobe RGB), Quality (RAW/RAW & JPEG (extra fine, fine, standard)/JPEG (extra fine, fine, standard)
Noise ReductionLong exposure NR: on/off, available for shutter speeds longer than 1/3 s, high ISO NR: normal/low/off, Multi Frame NR: auto, ISO 100–25600
Dynamic Range FunctionsOff, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1–5), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0–6.0EV, 1.0EV step))
Shooting ModeAUTO (Intelligent Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall) [body three sets/memory card four sets], Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Movie AUTO (Intelligent Auto), HFR Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene SelectionPortrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur, Pet Mode, Gourmet, Fireworks, High Sensitivity
Continuous Shooting Speed (maximum) (with max. recording pixels)Continuous Shooting Hi: approx. 24fps, Continuous Shooting Mid: approx. 10fps, Continuous Shooting Low: approx. 3.0fps
Self-Timer10 s. / 5 s / 2 s / 3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10 s 5 s or 2 s delay selectable / Bracketing shots with 10 s 5 s or 2 s delay selectable
Drive ModesSingle, Continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (cont.), Cont.-bracketing, Single-bracketing, White-balance bracketing, DRO bracketing
INTERVAL RECYes (1–60 s interval, 1-9,999 shots, AE lock/AE tracking (high/mid/low))
Panorama (Shooting)Sweep Panorama
Picture Effect[Still image] Toy camera, Pop Colour, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration, [Movie] Toy camera, Pop Colour, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Mono.
Creative StyleStandard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Black & White, Sepia
Picture Profileoff/PP1-PP10 (Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1–2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1, HLG2, HLG3), Black Gamma, Knee, Colour Mode, Saturation, Colour Phase, Colour Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
Number of Recognized ScenesStill Image: iAuto: 33, Movie: off/PP1-PP10 (Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1, HLG2, HLG3), Black Gamma, Knee, Colour Mode, Saturation, Colour Phase, Colour Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
Flash
Flash ModeAuto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Sync / Flash Off
Flash Type-
AF Illuminator-
Bracketing-
Recording
Compatible Recording Media[XAVC S (100 Mbps)] SDXC/SDHC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or higher); [XAVC S (60 Mbps/50 Mbps)] SDXC/SDHC Memory Card (Class 10 or higher); [AVCHD/Still image] Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2), SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), micro SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Recording Format[Still image] JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), [Movie] XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compatible
Recording Format (Movie Audio)XAVC S: LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch (Dolby Digital Stereo Creator)
Colour Space (Still)sRGB, Adobe RGB
DCF/DPOFDCF/DPOF/EXIF/MPF
Still Image Number of recorded pixels (Image Size)3:2 mode: 20 M (5,472 x 3,648) / 10 M (3,888 x 2,592) / 5 M (2,736 x 1,824), 4:3 mode: 18 M (4,864 x 3,648) / 10 M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5 M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA, 16:9 mode: 17 M (5,472 x 3,080) / 7.5 M (3,648 x 2,056) / 4.2 M (2,720 x 1,528), 1:1 mode: 13 M (3,648 x 3,648) / 6.5 M (2,544 x 2,544) / 3.7 M (1,920 x 1,920), Sweep Panorama: Wide (12,416 x 1,856/5,536 x 2,160), Standard (8,192 x 1,856/3,872 x 2,160)
Movie Recording Mode (NTSC)NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] AVCHD: 24 M FX (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 17 M FH(1,920 x 1,080/60i), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100 M (3,840 x 2,160/30p) / 30p 60 M (3,840 x 2,160/30p) / 24p 100 M (3,840 x 2,160/24p) / 24p 60 M (3,840 x 2,160/24p), XAV C S HD: 60p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 60p 25 M (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 30p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/30p) / 30p 16 M (1,920 x 1,080/30p) / 24p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/24p) / 120p 100 M (1,920 x 1,080/120p) / 120p 60 M (1,920 x 1,080/120p)
Movie Recording Mode (PAL)NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode AVCHD: 24 M FX (1,920 x 1,080/50i) / 17 M FH (1,920 x 1,080/50i), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100 M (3,840 x 2,160/25p) / 25p 60 M (3,840 x 2,160/25p), XAVC S HD: 50p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 50p 25 M (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 25p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 25p 16 M (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 100p 100 M (1,920 x 1,080/100p) / 100p 60 M (1,920 x 1,080/100p)
HFRRecording: NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode XAVC S HD: 50p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/250fps), 50p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/500fps), 50p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/1,000fps) / 25p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/250fps), 25p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/500fps), 25p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/1,000fps), NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] mode XAVC S HD: 60p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/240fps), 60p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/480fps), 60p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/960fps) / 30p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/240fps), 30p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/480fps), 30p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/960fps) / 24p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/240fps), 24p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/480fps), 24p 50 M (1,920 x 1,080/960fps) Sensor Readout Number of effective pixels: Quality Priority: 240fps/250fps (1,824 x 1,026), 480fps/500fps (1,824 x 616), 960fps/1,000fps (1,244 x 420)/ Shoot Time Priority: 240fps/250fps (1,824 x 616), 480fps/500fps (1,292 x 436), 960fps/1,000fps (912 x 308)
Still Image Number of recorded pixels (Image Size) during Movie16:9 mode: 17M (5,472 × 3,080) / 7.5M (3,648 × 2,056) / 4.2M (2,720 × 1,528)
Proxy RecordingYes (1,280 x 720 (approx. 9 Mbps))
Interface
Input and Output TerminalsMulti/Micro USB Terminal15, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI, Microphone jack (3.5 mm Stereo mini jack), Multi Interface Shoe
NFC-
WI-FIYes (IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band))
Interfaces-
BluetoothYes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4 GHz band))
Power
Power SourceDC 3.6 V (supplied battery)
Battery SystemRechargeable battery pack NP-BX1
Power Consumption (Camera Mode)Approx. 2.1 W with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
USB Charge/USB Power SupplyYes (Shooting, Playback)
BATTERY LIFE(STILL IMAGES)(CIPA) Monitor: approx. 260 / approx. 130 min., Monitor (When Auto Monitor off is set to 2 s): approx. 410 / approx. 205 min.
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES ACTUAL SHOOTING)(CIPA) Monitor: approx. 45 min.
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES CONTINUOUS SHOOTING)(CIPA) Monitor: approx. 75 min.
OTHERS
PlayMemories Camera Apps-
Shooting FunctionsProduct Showcase Set, Background Defocus, Face Detection, Face Registration, Still Image Recording (during movie recording), Smile shutter, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), WB Bracket, DRO Bracketing, MF Assist, Peaking (display: off/on) (level: high/mid/low) (Colour: red/yellow/blue/white), Zebra, Marker Display, Audio Rec Level, Audio Level Display, Step Zoom/Quick Zoom, Self-portrait timer, TC/UB, PC Remote Control, Gamma Disp. Assist, [Mov] AF Tracking Sensitivity, [Mov] AF Drive Speed, Set File Name, Touch Shutter/Touch Focus/Touch Tracking, My Menu, Soft Skin Effect
Playback FunctionsBRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI), 9/25-frame index view, Auto Orientation, Slide Show, Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect, Motion Shot Video, Beauty Effect, Photo Capture, Rating, Automatic Image Rotation
TRILUMINOS ColorYes
4K image outputYes
Operating Temperature0 degrees C. - +40 degrees C. / 32 degrees F. - 104 degrees F.
Print
PrintExif Print, PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)
Size & Weight
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) (APPROX.)105.5 x 60.0 x 43.5 mm (4-1/4 in x 2-3/8 in x 1-3/4 in)
WEIGHT (CIPA COMPLIANT)Approx. 294 g (10.4 oz) (battery and memory card are included) / approx. 267 g (9.5 oz.) (body only)

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