Sony has announced the ZV-1 Mark II, a compact vlogging camera with a 20MP Type 1 (13.2 x 8.8mm) Stacked CMOS sensor and an 18-50mm equivalent F1.8-4.0 zoom lens.
The bright, wide-angle zoom lens is a big improvement over the 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens found in the Mark I, helping to make the Mark II an even better vlogging camera.
The Exmor RS™ stacked image sensor allows you to capture 4K footage at up to 30p with 1080 video options of up to 120p or reduced-res captures giving up to 960fps slow-mo video.
For shooting stills the ZV-1 Mark II offers up to 24fps continuous shooting in both JPEG or Raw and it can buffer up to 800 JPEG images.
Like the Mark I the ZV-1 Mark II features an Intelligent 3-capsule microphone. In Auto mode, the camera recognises human faces or objects and automatically and switches the direction of the built-in microphone. In Manual mode, you can select [Front] for selfies, [Rear] when shooting with narration or [All Directions]. There’s also a windscreen included to help ensure clear audio recording when outdoors.
S-Log2 and S-Log3 profiles are available but video can only be captured as 8-bit files, which does limit your grading options. Unfortunately there’s still no headphone socket for audio monitoring.
The mechanical shutter has been stripped out of the ZV-1 Mark II but the Stacked CMOS sensor should be able to read-out very quickly.
There’s a built-in three stop ND filter to allow the use of wide apertures in bright light, but there is a shutter speed limit of 1/4 sec, which might limit your creativity.
A Product Showcase Setting will automatically focus the camera on the product you’re holding and there’s also a Bokeh Switch to get a softly blurred background at the push of a button.
The ZV-E1 Mark II measures approx. 105.5 x 60.0 x 46.7 mm (4 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 1 7/8 inches) and weighs in at 292 g / 10.3 oz.
The ZV-E1 Mark II will cost $898.00 US dollars / €1,000 EUR / £869.00 and will be available in June 2023. Pre-orders are already open in Europe and will start in the US at 10am ET, Wed May 24.
Here’s a collection of early reviews that you might like to watch.