Sony has announced the ZV-1 camera which has been specifically designed for content creators.
It features a 1″-type 20MP stacked CMOS sensor and the 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens from the RX100 III, IV and VA.
Sony appears to have finally listed (or been pressured from competitors) into incorporating a fully articulating touchscreen. Improved ergonomics also allow for easier selfie-style operation.
The ZV-1 includes a number of features and modes to help make vlogging easier, these include Sony’s Eye AF technology and also a directional three-capsule mic setup built into the top of the camera to help isolate what’s being said from ambient noise. There’s also a microphone jack and MI shoe, so you can pick from your choice of mics to get the sound that you want.
There’s a ‘background defocus’ mode that automatically opens up the aperture to its maximum setting to help blur out backgrounds at the touch of a button, and an AF mode that will prioritize nearby objects if that you hold up in front of the camera, rather than continuing to focus on your face.
The specs are are similar to recent RX100-series models, including 4K UHD video at up to 30p, 1080 capture at up to 120p and high-speed upscaled video at up to 960p.
The ZV-1 is already available to pre-order and will start shipping around June 11th for $799 (CAD$999).
In the US there will be a promotion that drops the price to $749 if you buy before June 28th. Sony is also discounting the VCT-SGR1 Bluetooth shooting grip if you buy it with the ZV-1, until June 28th in the US and June 25th in Canada.
In the UK the ZV-1 will cost £699.00 and in Europe the price is and Europe is €799.00.
Here are some early first impressions from the YouTube tribe: