Sony Announces the Pocket-Sized ZV-1F for Vloggers and Content Creators


The Sony ZV-1F was designed for content creators ready to make the leap from phone to camera to elevate their photos and videos to new heights of creativity. Combining an easy-to-use interface with a wide range of practical features, the ZV-1F makes upgrading equal parts intuitive and rewarding. Its pocket-sized build makes it an excellent everyday camera for anyone looking for higher-quality stills and video than their phone can capture without taking up much space at all.

Sony ZV-1F
Sony ZV-1F

The ZV-1F is built around a Zeiss Tessar T* 20mm equivalent f/2.0 lens, which provides ultra-wide views ideal for shooting selfies, recording video, or capturing landscapes. A 20.1MP 1-inch sensor records high-resolution stills even in low-light environments. Video recording is possible up to 4K resolution. The ZV-1F has a side-articulating touchscreen that makes it possible to see yourself while recording, as well as make adjustments on the fly easily.

Despite its small size, the ZV-1F is packed with features to simplify capture and processing. Eye AF automatically locks focus on human faces and eyes while Face Priority AE ensures that your subject’s face is properly exposed. Speaking of faces, three levels of Soft Skin Effect can be used to smooth out blemishes in-camera. A Bokeh Switch allows you to defocus around your subject to make them stand out in the frame. Product Showcase mode locks focus on an object so you have one less thing to worry about when creating review videos. Ten Creative Style presets let you customize the look of your images without having to use a computer, whether you want to create moody black-and-white street photos or vibrant landscapes.

Keeping Pace with Social Media

The ZV-1F is equally packed with video features tailored to those who like to get everything done in-camera. Active Mode image stabilization helps to keep capture smooth when walking or moving the camera. Slow & Quick (S&Q) Mode allows you to speed up or slow down your footage without having to use editing software. Similarly, you can add a Shot Mark and cut out 15-, 30-, or 60-second clips to send directly to your smartphone to post. Images and videos can be sent over Wi-Fi using the Imaging Edge Mobile Plus app. Imaging Edge can also be used as a remote control for your camera. Keeping pace with the parameters of social media, the ZV-1F allows you to rotate horizontal footage in-camera or use Vertical Video Mode to record directly in vertical orientation. Finally, a directional 3-Capsule mic captures sound in front of your camera, while an included wind screen reduces noise when recording outside.

The ZV-1F can be purchased by itself or paired with the Sony Vlogger Accessory Kit, which includes a Wireless Shooting Grip and 64GB memory card—everything you need to start recording.

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Product page states "large 1" sensor".  No this sensor has no dimension that is close to an inch.  Don't get tricked by the marketing.  The sensor is 13.2mm x 8.6mm.  There are 25.4mm in one inch.

Still waiting on some kind of Hybrid APS-C announcement, Sony. . .

There is a notable mistake in this product announcement. It says "built around a Zeiss Tessar T* 20mm f/1.2 lens", but it's not a 20mm f/1.2, it's a 20mm equivalent FOV lens with an f/2 aperture. The actual lens focal length and aperture are 7.6mm and f/2.0, as inscribed on the front face of the lens. 

Good catch! I thought something was strange too. The description says it's an "ultra wide angle" but also says it's 20mm, which would definitely not be a wide angle on a 1" sensor; and since the camera is market for people who want to shoot themselves talking to their camera, that would be difficult with such a long lens, at least for handheld shots. A 7.6mm lens makes a lot more sense. One thing their marketing hype has missed is that when people shoot themselves with a cell phone, the image is flipped and a real camera won't do that--a positive thing, I think. It's also a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a new phone for the improved camera capability. However, that single wide angle lens does limit things somewhat.