Sony ZV Camera Comparison

1 September 2021

For some years Sony's top-end range of Advanced Compact Cameras and Mirrorless cameras have been favoured by vloggers. With their recent release of ZV cameras, the ZV-1 and ZV-E10, they have cemented this position. Today we compare the pair to see which content-friendly Sony camera is the right fit for you and your vlog.

Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 is a compact camera and it does not offer interchangeable lenses; it instead features a versatile 24-70mm lens. While some users will appreciate the ability to switch lenses, the simplicity of a single general purpose lens is an obvious benefit - this has also made it possible to make the ZV-1 more compact and portable than the ZV-E10.

The Sony ZV-1 features a built-in ND filter, which is perfect for being more creative with your exposure settings, especially when working in bright conditions. It allows you to make use of the bright aperture settings of the lens to produce good bokeh, without overexposing your results.

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As you may know, on-the-go content creation is often done hands-free. The ZV-1 is compatible with this type of shooting, thanks to the SteadyShot and Active Mode Image Stabilisation on offer. Both of these features help to reduce blur and create smooth and steady results, with SteadyShot being available in both still and video shooting.

The Sony ZV-1 includes 24 frames per second continuous shooting, so you can hold down the shutter to capture many images in a quick burst, while it also enjoys a wider range of frame rates than the ZV-E10, this includes 240fps, 480fps and 960 fps. If you want to experiment with slow and quick motion shooting, the ZV-1 must be at the top of your list.

Key Features of the Sony ZV-1:

  • 20.1MP CMOS 1-inch sensor
  • 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen
  • 4K resolution video
  • Multi-interface shoe and Mic input
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Sony ZV-E10

The Sony ZV-E10 is a mirrorless camera which is compatible with a wide-range of high-quality Sony E-Mount lenses. While the 1-inch sensor of the ZV-1 is impressive for a compact camera, the ZV-E10 improves on this with a considerably larger APS-C format sensor; this larger size equates better image quality especially in low-light conditions and a wider ISO range - this camera is the one to pick if you will be creating in differing lighting conditions and you want consistent results. The physically larger sensor also makes it easier to produce bokeh.

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AF performance of the Sony ZV-E10 is spectacular, thanks to the AF points covering a huge 84% portion of the sensor; this allows the camera to focus quickly and promptly, no matter where in your frame your main subject is found. The AF system of this camera is equipped to handle different subjects within the frame; you have the ability to change  the sensitivity of which it switches between these subjects, as well as speed of these focus transitions - this results in more creative and cinematic storytelling.


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As mentioned in our microphone buying guide, audio quality is just as integral to the quality of your content as its visual elements. To maximise on this, the Sony ZV-E10 features a high-quality built-in microphone, headphone and microphone ports, as well as a Digital Multi-Interface Shoe - this last feature delivers clean and clear audio without needing to convert analogue signals to digital and is a major benefit of this specific model of camera.

The Sony ZV-E10 is custom made to be a perfect fit for vloggers right out of the box. It's long battery life is a massive advantage, with the ability to record up to 85 minutes of footage on a full charge. This camera also features an easy-to-see red frame around its LCD to indicate recording is in progress - this saves you from recording the perfect take only to find out you weren't rolling.

Key Features of the ZV-E10:

  • 24.2MP APS-C Image Sensor
  • 4K Resolution Video
  • 3-Inch Tilting, Touch-Sensitive LCD Screen
  • Digital Multi Interface Shoe
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Add a Sony ZV camera to your kit

As you can see by this comparison, both the Sony ZV-1 and the ZV-E10 are excellent cameras with a real leaning towards vlogging and content-creation. Both cameras have obvious benefits, making it tricky to pick one over the other. If you want maximum portability and are less-likely to carry around a larger kit the ZV-1 is a good choice, while if image quality is your main concern and you want your pick of a growing range of lenses, the Sony ZV-E10 is your dream camera.

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