San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics launched a second-generation camera to the ZV-1 in its ZV vlog camera series. The travel-friendly Sony ZV-1 II includes user-requested as well as popular features. With a wider-angle lens than the ZV-1, Sony says the ZV-1 II will help vloggers make more engaging stories.
“The ZV-1 II is an exciting chapter for content creators. It will be the go-to camera for many, including vloggers, social media influencers and short form video creators. With the newest vlog camera in the ZV series, we have taken requests from various users and included features that matter most to vloggers,” said Yang Cheng, vice president, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc.
“We are striving to take feedback from our community to continue to expand and elevate our ZV series and the ZV-1 II does just that.”
The new integrated-lens camera boasts a 1.0-type Exmor RS 20.1-megapixel image sensor, a Bionz X image processor and a newly developed Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 18–50mm f/1.8–4 lens.
The 18–50mm-equivalent wide-angle lens can frame everything from group selfies to narrow interiors as well as recordings of everyday scenes. Further, the 9-element, 9-group lens includes five aspherical and one AA lens elements. It also features a 7-bladed circular aperture and T* coating to suppress ghost and flaring.
Combining that with the 1.0-type sensor with a bokeh switch, users can create beautiful bokeh by defocusing the background with a single touch. Plus, the lens’s built-in ND filter reduces exposure by three stops and contributes to background bokeh even in bright lighting.
Sony ZV-1 II Vlogging & Video Features
To begin, the compact, point-and-shoot ZV-1 II offers new and popular features to empower creators. At the 18mm wide-angle setting, the zoom lens makes it easy to capture an image with the entire scene—even when shooting selfies at arm’s length. Its 18–50mm optical zoom and Clear Image Zoom tech enlarge images while minimizing the loss of quality. Consequently, users can create variety in videos by changing the angle of view.
Also featured is a multiple face recognition function. This function recognizes multiple faces and automatically adjusts to keep all faces sharp when taking selfie shots that include two or three people.
In addition, vloggers will appreciate the camera’s intelligent 3-capsule microphone. In auto mode, the camera recognizes human faces or objects and automatically switches the direction of the built-in microphone from ([front] or [all directions]). Conversely, in manual mode, users can select [front] for selfies, [rear] when shooting with narration or [all directions].
What’s more, a supplied windscreen helps ensure a clear recording of the speaker when outdoors. Plus, cableless attachment to the multi-interface shoe and a 3.5mm microphone jack allow the connection of external microphones.
The ZV-1 II supports different filming styles due to its vari-angle screen; body grip; optional GP-VPT2BT grip; as well as user-friendly key and control layouts. Additionally, the monitor display was redesigned with a visible red frame that makes it obvious that recording is in progress.
Furthermore, a cinematic vlog setting function addresses the demands to capture videos with a filmic look at a touch. Vloggers just tap the on-screen function icon and the camera will automatically set a CinemaScope size (2.35:1) and a frame rate of 24 fps—the same as for a cinema movie.
To finish off their work, they can use the on-screen buttons to select from five Looks and four Moods. In addition, the creative look feature supports 10 preset looks to suit creative preferences.
The camera also adopts Sony’s product showcase setting. It delivers convenient shooting of product review videos with smooth focus transitions from the presenter’s face to the item being highlighting. Plus, face priority AE and soft skin effect automatically detect faces and adjust the exposure to optimize facial brightness. Soft skin effect also smooths skin and facial features when filming.
Another feature is S&Q shoot mode, which records in the XAVC S HD format. It permits selection of up to 5x slow or up to 60x quick motion to add impact to everyday scenes. Moreover, users can set a combination of shooting and recording frame rates on a single screen.
The camera’s 3-inch, 922K-dot monitor screen also offers touch focus, touch tracking and touch shutter functions. Plus, it has a rotation angle of approximately 270º.
The V-1 II adopts the fast hybrid AF system used in Sony Alpha cameras. Even in 4K recording, the camera will keep the images sharp. There is also an AF transition speed function to select the focusing speed during video recording. In addition, AF subject shifts sensitivity to control whether the camera shifts focus from one subject to another. Plus, real-time eye AF can accurately keep focus on humans or animals for both stills and movies.
What’s more, with active mode electronic image stabilization, users can capture content while walking or in motion. This is useful not only for handheld shooting but also handheld movie and slow & quick motion shooting. The camera also provides ISO sensitivities spanning from 125 to 12,800.
Weighing 9.4 ounces (sans battery/media) the pocketable ZV-1 II is an option for on-the-go content creation. It can be carried in a small bag even with its optical wide zoom lens. And users can charge its power via a USB Type-C connector.
Creators can connect and share content with Sony’s Creators’ Cloud platform and a smartphone connection. They can also use the Creators’ App to control the ZV-1 II from a smartphone, monitor battery/media status as well as transfer stills and videos.
For livestreaming, they can connect the ZV-1 II to a PC or smartphone with a USB cable (not included) and operate it as a webcam.
The camera also includes accessibility features that facilitate operation in several ways, including screen reader functionality for people with low vision or with visual impairments. Accessibility features allow anyone to enjoy shooting and playback. Moreover, when the screen reader function is activated, text on the menu screens is read aloud. The screen reader volume is also adjustable.
The Sony ZV-1 II will have an estimated retail price of $900 when it’s released in June.