Sony Unveils the Creator-Centered ZV-E1 Mirrorless Camera03/29/2023
Sony has taken the compact form factor content creators desire and combined it with the full-frame imaging pipeline that cinematographers love. The result is the impressive ZV-E1 Mirrorless Camera. A creator-focused vlogging machine, the ZV-E1 features the same 12MP full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor found in the a7S III and FX3 for exceptional image quality up to UHD 4K at 120 fps (via a future firmware update). It also provides a wide dynamic range of 15+ stops along with S-Log3 and S-Cionetone color modes. That isn’t all. Since it's a ZV-series camera, it packs plenty of extra tools—now assisted by AI—to make the creation process even easier, including a new framing assist mode and in-camera time lapse.
Dedicated AI Processing Unit
Built into the ZV-E1 is a dedicated AI processing unit for next-generation subject recognition and tracking via human pose estimation. With this unit comes three new AI-based modes that improve your camera’s stabilization, autofocus, and auto-framing capabilities. Dynamic Active Mode engages internal 5-axis optical stabilization and provides 30% more effective stabilization for faster, unexpected movements while shooting casual day-in-the-life scenes. Framing Stabilizer combines AI recognition and stabilization to allow you to dictate where your tracked subject should be positioned in the frame while maintaining smooth movements.
AI-based Auto Framing automatically crops the frame so your subject remains the predominant focus even when the camera is mounted on a tripod. Adjust the framing tracking speed to follow your subject slowly or quickly, depending on your preference. You can even dictate whether the framing begins immediately or with delay. The ZV-E1’s autofocus can also be equally customized to compensate for focus breathing, perform rack focus transitions, or be sensitive to subject shifting.
Create Distinctive Cinematic Looks
Import LUT files to your ZV-E1 and record in S-Log3 to achieve custom color-grading for a cohesive look while reducing time spent in post-production. This type of customization doesn’t need to be reserved for short films or photography, and with the Cinematic Vlog Setting, it doesn’t have to be. By turning Cinematic Vlogs on, you can adjust cine-oriented settings from one intuitive menu to achieve a specific look in your vlogging content. Select between five “looks” of varying contrast and saturation, as well as four “moods” of varying color tone.
Other New Modes and Features
Besides aesthetic control, the ZV-E1 offers additional modes and features for recording customization. If you’re looking to bridge the gap between auto and manual control, look no further than the “My Image Style” setting. You can customize specific style parameters from background defocus, brightness, color, and creative look presets, while the remaining settings remain automatically operated. Multiple Face Recognition automatically adjusts your bokeh and focus when another subject enters the frame. For smaller adjustments, the bokeh switch near the Record button widens or reduces your aperture by a single stop.
Filming an unboxing segment or haul and don’t want to worry about your focus settings? The "Product Showcase" setting is for you. Just press a single button and have the autofocus tracking automatically shift from your face to a featured object. For creative, dynamic cutaways for your vlogs, the ZV-E1 has in-camera Time-Lapse capabilities with adjustable frame rate and internal times from one second to one minute.
Creator-Focused Design Components and Connectivity
The ZV-E1 comes equipped with an internal 3-capsule microphone. You can change the direction of its audio pickup from the front, rear, or all around your camera. This directionality becomes automatically selected when tracking statuses like subject recognition are engaged. An included windscreen attaches to the multi-interface camera shoe to reduce wind-noise distortion. If you’d like to add your own audio interfaces, no problem―the ZV-E1 has a 3.5mm input jack to do just that. The previously mentioned multi-interface shoe can transfer compatible digital audio directly without the need for cables.
A side-opening, vari-angle LCD screen can be easily adjusted for selfie shooting or framing high- and low-angle shots. Intuitive touch operation makes control, playback, and menu navigation a breeze.
UVC/UAC protocols via USB connection can turn the ZV-E1 into a webcam for livestreaming up to UHD 4K video using your personal computer or even your smartphone with a compatible cable. The ZV-E1 can connect to the Creator’s Cloud via mobile app, streamlining your shooting-to-editing workflow. Manage and edit your video from the cloud while connecting with other creators globally.
If you’re looking for a mirrorless camera with dedicated, cinema-grade video, the ZV-E1 has got you covered. What do you think of this Sony release? Let us know in the Comments section, below. For more information on the camera’s specifications, visit its product page on bhphotovideo.com.