With the recent boom of social media and streaming over the last decade, people are turning off their TV’s and turning on their smartphones and tablets to browse their favorite social media vloggers and video streamers for their entertainment. For this to occur, you would need enough vloggers in the social media community producing enough content for the masses to enjoy.
There are a lot of vloggers out there, and you could be one of them. It’s an amazing industry that requires skill, charm, and the right tools to be great at it.
Sony has you covered, whether you’re a seasoned social media sensation or just starting out, you will love Sony’s new ZV-1F camera. The Sony ZV-1F was created for vloggers and designed to create without the hassle of needing to adjust settings and sorting through options to record video. This is ideal for content creators who are constantly on the go and need something light and reliable.
Until now, vlogging cameras like the Sony ZV 1 and the ZV E10 have been two of the most popular vlogging cameras for content creators. With the ZV-1F, Sony has provided a more affordable option while not giving an inch on power or performance.
What makes this camera so great for content creators in any environment or setting? Let’s find out.
One of the best things about Sony’s new ZV-1F vlogging camera is the Ultra-Wide 20mm prime lens. The lens is one of the first things you will notice when comparing the ZV 1F vs ZV 1. When using Sony’s earlier version camera, the ZV-1, you would notice that the frame can feel tight when shooting in handheld. The ZV-1F alleviates this issue through the constant ultrawide built in prime lens which opens up your frame to encompass your composition exactly as you envision it. The ZV-1F also can shoot in vertical mode which is a must for social media creators whose audience predominately uses their smartphones to view content. Vertical videos are also tagged by the ZV-1F’s OS to make data transfers to your smartphone simple, enabling you to upload your content right away, without having to sort through a bunch of files.
The ZV-1F shoots in 4K with a video recording limit of up to 90 minutes with continuous shooting. For stills, the camera produces crisp and bright 20.1 MP with up to 270 min of battery life when Auto Monitor off is set to 2 seconds. And, for those situations where you’re running out of juice, the ZV-1F can also be powered and charged via USB.
With a powerful 1” sensor, you can achieve true Bokeh within your photography and videography with style. The ZV-1F even has a dedicated Bokeh switch that allows you to easily toggle into a Bokeh Background mode making the Sony ZV-1F a perfect tool for content creators and vloggers who do a lot of product reviews.
If you’re a vlogger, you know that you need to avoid shake in your video at all costs. Nothing can deter a viewer from watching your content more than a shaky nauseating video that bounces all over the place. The ZV-1F has powerful Active Mode Image Stabilization that is meant to withstand the bumps and shake that occurs with most active shots. You can be confident that the ZV-1F will keep your camera steady when recording regardless of whether you’re walking, running, or jumping. Many vloggers produce active shots of their sports or adventures and want the most clean and smooth product for their viewers. Sony’s ZV-1F is perfect for this.
Sound is just as important as image. With a directional 3-capsule mic and wind screen, your voice will always be heard without getting diluted from background noise. The ZV-1F was designed for spontaneous shooting and gets the job done in any setting. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, the tools are there for your production to be perfect. If it’s a windy day with a lot of noise, don’t worry, slip on the wind screen (takes a second) to prevent any wind disturbance getting into your mic. The ZV-1F also has an accessory shoe option which allows you to easily attach an external microphone if you desire additional audio recording methods.
Sony designed the ZV-1F to be compact, powerful, and reliable wherever and whenever you are ready to shoot. The ZV-1F weighs only 8.1 ounces (or 229 grams). Because of the prime lens built into the camera, the smaller body of the camera, and lightweight sustainable materials, you can easily take it with you without the need to lug around a ton of gear. The camera literally can fit right in your pocket. This makes the new ZV-1F a prime choice when looking at other vlogging cameras. Comparing the size of the ZV-1F vs ZV E10 which comes with 16-50mm lens kit, there is a clear difference in weight and size, mainly due to the bulkier frame and lens.
The ZV-1F lets you shoot from any angle without having to contort your body or neck to view your frame. Using a Vari-Angle 7.5cm (3.0type)(4:3) touchscreen LCD displaying a very nice 921,600 dots, you can turn, twist and adjust your screen in virtually any direction. This enables you to easily view your frame, no matter which way your camera is facing comfortably without stress.
Sony’s ZV-1F is also compatible with the GP-VPT2BT with Bluetooth grip. This serves as a shooting grip, or a tripod with additional control buttons for convenient access to the most important camera functions.
Sony packed the ZV-1F with tons of features that is perfect for content creators. Face Priority AE or Auto Exposure will automatically adjust the brightness based on facial analysis. Whether you’re in a extreme, low light, or even a rapidly changing light environment, this feature will adjust your exposure to fit your color within your environment, maintaining your natural skin tones while avoiding unwanted white noise and color fading.
In addition to the Face Priority AE, you also get a Soft Skin Effect Feature which adds skin smoothing, which really comes in handy on those down days where you need a little extra to keep you looking beautiful and fresh.
There is also High Precision Focusing and Eye AF (Auto Focus) which tracks your eyes and face to keep you in focus, even when you’re walking or moving around on screen.
The next feature is a big one for vloggers, especially for adventure and sports creators. S&Q mode gives you the power to create content in slow motion recording up to 5 times slower. Additionally, you can also create hyperlapse videos using quick motion mode to record up to 60 times faster.
Background Defocus will blur your background which is an iconic way to highlight your subject when your shooting stills or video. This also can go hand in hand with using your Bokeh toggle switch when reviewing products or capturing wildlife. Product Showcase is another feature on the ZV-1F that allows you to shift the ZV-1F’s focus between faces and products.
Shot Mark is a huge fan favorite feature as it enables you to quickly identify key clips or cut and transfer specific 15, 30, or 60 second marked clips right to your smartphone so you can upload your content quickly and without editing. This makes searching through your recorded material quick and efficiently, so you will never have to sort through tons of files to locate what you’re looking for.
The ZV-1F comes with 10 preset creative look options so your favorite go to mode is easily accessible.
As a standard for cameras, there is a self-timer and recording lamp to let you know when you’re recording. The ZV-1F also creates a red border around the frame in your viewfinder which is a layered notification that you’re recording. Nothing is worse than doing a take only to find out afterwards that you were not recording.
The ZV-1F can also be used as a High-Quality live streaming device or web camera. It is for video streaming or conference application software use when connected via USB to a computer or smartphone.
The ZV-1F feels great in your hand, produces amazing quality pictures and video and is easy to bring with you anywhere. You never know when creative ideas hit you and with the ZV-1F, you will be ready to shoot whenever and wherever you are. Between the incredible specs Sony packed into this camera, and the affordable price, the ZV-1F is a perfect tool to add to your arsenal of vlogging tools, and is also perfect for beginners looking to graduate from their smartphones.
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