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ZV-1 II Vlog Camera
For Content Creators and Vloggers
Capture the world the way you want. The ZV-1 II is an ideal all-round vlog camera that streamlines shooting on the go, allowing you to capture amazing quality video and audio without any complex setup. Compact and portable, it features a wide-angle 18-50mm zoom lens for versatile framing, a 1.0-type (1-inch) image sensor for great image quality, and an intelligent microphone for clear audio recording.
With the 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor (approximately 20.1 effective megapixels), BIONZ X image processing engine, and newly developed ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 18-50 mm F1.8-4 lens, the ZV-1 II allows for creators of many skill levels to enjoy sophisticated capabilities. From the 18-50mm wide angle lens which can frame everything from group selfies to narrow interiors or dynamic recordings of everyday scenes to the Multiple Face Recognition, which recognizes multiple faces and automatically adjusts to keeps all faces sharp and clear when taking selfie shots that include two or three people, the ZV-1 II is the advanced vlogging camera packed into a travel-size.
- Ultra-wide 18-50mm zoom lens gets it all in the frame
- Large 1.0-type sensor for professional results even in low-light
- Wide aperture F1.8-4.0 lens for beautifully defocused backgrounds
- Clear audio with directional 3-Capsule mic and wind screen accessory
- Stay in focus with Real-time autofocus tracking and Eye-AF
- Side-articulating touchscreen LCD for easy to compose selfie shots
- Easy touchscreen operation for frequently used features and more
Comprehensive Features for Vloggers & Video Content Creators
The ZV-1 II has a number of new and popular features that will empower creators to capture better content
Ultra-wide angle and Zoom
18mm wide angle of view makes it easy to capture attractive photogenic image with the entire scene – especially when shooting selfies at arm’s length. The 18-50mm optical zoom and the Clear Image Zoom smoothly enlarges images while minimizing loss of image quality to create variety in videos by changing the angle of view.
1.0 type Sensor with Bokeh Switch
Gives beautiful bokeh by defocusing the background with a single touch.
Intelligent 3-Capsule Microphone
In Auto mode, the camera recognizes human faces or objects and automatically switches the direction of the built-in microphone ([Front] or [All Directions]). In Manual mode, you can select [Front] for selfies, [Rear] when shooting with narration or [All Directions]. The supplied windscreen ensures a clear recording of the speaker when outdoors. Easy to use cableless attachment to Multi Interface Shoe and a 3.5 mm microphone jack makes it easy to connect external microphones.
Cinematic Vlog Setting
This function responds to the demands to easily capture videos with a filmic look. It enables impressive imagery at a touch. Simply tap the on-screen function icon and the camera will automatically set a CinemaScope size (2.35:1) vi and a frame rate of 24 fpsvii --the same as for a cinema movie. Then finish off the work with the on-screen buttons to select from five LOOKs and four MOODs.
Supports 10 preset looksviii to suit your creative preferences and pro-level imaging features.
Face Priority AE and Soft Skin Effect
Automatically and immediately detects faces and adjusts the exposure to optimize facial brightness, no matter the lighting. Soft skin effect smooths skin and facial features when filming.
Fast Hybrid AF System
Even in high-definition 4K where precise focusing is required, the camera will keep the images sharp with the same Fast Hybrid AF system seen in α series cameras. The camera is equipped with AF Transition Speed to select the focusing speed during video recording, and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity to control whether the camera shifts focus from one subject to another. t. In addition, the Real-time Eye AF can accurately keep focus on human or animals for both stills and movies.
Product Showcase Setting
Delivers convenient shooting of product review videos with smooth focus transitions from your face to the item you are highlighting.
S&Q Shoot Mode
Allows a selection up to 5x slow or up to 60x quick motion to add impact to everyday scenes. The combination of shooting and recording frame rates can now be set on a single screen.
ISO Sensitivity Spanning from 125 to 12800
Allows the camera to record sharp images with less noise, even in low lighting.
Active Mode Electronic Image Stabilization
Content can be captured while walking or in motion and is especially useful for handheld shootingx. Useful for handheld Movie and Slow & Quick motion shooting.
Built-in ND Filter
To reduce exposure by three stops and allow for beautiful background bokeh even in the brightest situation.
Compact and Lightweight for Easy Portability, Operability, Connectivity
The ZV-1 II is perfect for on-the-go; its compact and lightweight design can be easily carried in a pocket or small bag, even with its optical wide zoom lens. The ZV-1 II supports different filming styles with the vari-angle screen suitable for selfies, easy to hold body grip (or with an optional GP-VPT2BT grip), user-friendly key and control layoutxi and the recording indicator on the front face of the body. The monitor display has been redesigned with a bold, clearly visible red frame that makes it obvious when recording is in progress. Power charge easily via a USB Type-C® connector.
Creators can connect and share content easily with Sony’s Creators’ Cloud platform and easy smartphone connection. The Creators’ App can be used to control the ZV-1 II from a smartphone, monitor camera battery and media status, edit date and camera names, and easily transfer stills and videos shot, even in the background. The Creators’ Appxii also provides a convenient way to update camera software.
For easy high-quality live streaming, simply connect the ZV-1 II to a PC or smartphone xiii with a commercially available USB cable (not included) to use it as a webcam. Make your video more attractive in online meetings and live streaming by using Creative Look to improve the skin’s appearance and adjust the hue. Faces will appear clearer and brighter (Face Priority AE) and the eyes will be kept in focus (Real-time Eye AF).
Environmentally Friendly and Accessible Design
In addition to Sony’s commitment to a sustainable future with global initiatives like Road to Zero and the 2030 renewable energy goal, the ZV-1 II has been specifically developed with sustainability in mind. Recycled materials, including SORPLASTMxiv, are used for the camera body, reducing environmental impact without sacrificing functionality. Sony's unique recycled paper "Original Blend Material", which does not use plastic and is easy to recycle, is used for individual packaging. Using materials such as bamboo, sugar cane fiber, and recycled paper collected from the market, it is both environmentally friendly and high quality.
The ZV-1 II includes accessibility features that facilitate operation in several ways, including screen reader functionality for people with low vision or with visual impairments. Accessibility features allow anyone to enjoy shooting and playback. When the screen reader functionxv is activated, text on the menu screens is read aloud. The screen reader function can be activated by turning the [Screen Reader] function in the [Setup] tab ON. Screen reader volume can be adjusted via the [Sound Options] settings. In addition to the above, the ZV-1 II includes several functions that assist in achieving pinpoint focus on a variety of subjects. Additionally, the Real-time Eye AF can automatically recognize and focus on [Human] or [Animal], or the Real-time Tracking function. Focus Magnification, and Peaking functions make it easier to focus manually, and features like Touch Focus, Touch Tracking, and Touch Shutter let the user focus, track, and shoot simply by touching the subject on the monitor screen. ZV-1 II accessibility features (items listed in the specifications): Screen Reader, Touch AE, Focus Magnifier, Peaking Display, Real-time Eye AF, Real-time Tracking, Touch Focus, Touch Tracking, Touch Shutter, Vari-angle LCD screen and Custom function.
My Image Style lets you easily adjust brightness and colour
- Add a dramatic touch with the Cinematic Vlog Setting
- Creative Look offers ten presets to match your style
- Bokeh button easily switches between two modes of background defocus
- Product Showcase Setting transitions focus from face to object
- Face priority AE keeps faces bright in backlit or dim situations
- High quality 4K movie and 20.1 megapixel still photos
- Active mode image stabilization reduces shake even while walking
- S&Q (Slow & Quick) for stunning slow motion and hyper-lapse videos
- Zoom lever and intuitive touch screen zoom with step feature
- Multi-interface shoe and 3.5mm mic. jack for external microphones
- Creators’ App for camera control, file transfer and cloud service
- Optimized colour with enhanced skin-tone reproduction
- Soft Skin Effect can enhance face appeal for still and movie
- Easy-to-push REC (record) button with easy to see Rec. light
- Self-timer for video, 3, 5 or 10 sec. selectable
Elevate your vlogging
The ZV-1 II is an ideal all-round vlog camera. Compact and portable, it features a wide-angle zoom lens for versatile framing, a 1.0-type (1-inch) image sensor for great image quality, and an intelligent microphone for clear audio recording.
Frame it all
With the vlog camera ZV-1 II, you can shoot everything from group selfies to sprawling cityscapes. The wide-angle 18-50mm zoom lens can capture a wide field of view from 18mm, so you can easily fit everyone or everything in the frame to beautiful portraits at 50mm. Whether you're indoors or out, the wide-angle lens turns everyday scenes into dynamic footage.
No experience is needed to make an impressive vlog with all the right visuals from the outset. My Image Style lets you simply tweak brightness and colour while viewing what you plan to shoot-all without having to wade through menus. For shots with more creative colour and mood, Creative Look offers ten presets so simply select one that matches your vision.
Add a dramatic touch
Just tap the screen to turn everyday moments into cinematic imagery, all without post-production editing. With the Cinematic Vlog Setting, the camera automatically shoots in a Cinemascope aspect ratio4 at 24 fps - the film industry standard. You can also change the colour of your footage simply by selecting from five LOOKs and tour MOODs for instant, professional results.
Built-in mic for clear voice recording
With the ZV-1 II, capturing high quality audio is even easier. In [Auto] mode, the new built-in Intelligent 3-Capsule Mic switches the direction6 of the built-in mic from [All Directions] to [Front] when the camera recognizes a human face in the frame. Or you can switch manually from [Auto] to [Front] for selfies or [Rear] when shooting with narration. Attach a supplied windscreen to reduce wind noise and capture clearer audio outdoors.
Small and lightweight, the vlog camera ZV-1 II is designed to be taken out anywhere - just like your smartphone. Weighing just 10.3 oz. (292g), capture everyday life with ease and grab content on the go.
Simple, intuitive control
Even first-time vloggers can jump straight into shooting with the ZV-1 II; there's no need to study complex settings. Touch function icons like recording, self-timer and the Product Showcase Setting are displayed on the screen for easy control. These are also great for shooting selfies or in other situations when you can't reach the physical buttons on the camera.
Focus on you
The ZV-1 II automatically makes sure you always stay in focus with Touch Tracking. It recognizes human faces and eyes, so it keeps track of the main subject without wandering off. Just tap the subject on the screen to activate the feature. Eye AF can even be set to track animal faces and eyes.
Focus on what you want
Activate Real-time Tracking to follow a subject of your choice. The camera recognizes colours, brightness, and subject distance, as well as facial information to keep track of the subject so you can concentrate on grabbing the best angles. Just tap the subject on the screen to activate Touch Tracking for precise focus tracking.
Powerful image stabilization
Shaky footage can ruin the best of vlogs, but the ZV-1 II is built to let you capture great footage even while you're walking and shooting handheld. Active Mode helps to minimize camera blur, giving you steadier shots without the need for any post-shoot editing.
Stand out with just a tap
The ZV-1 II is designed for easier content creation. Activate the Product Showcase Setting and the camera will automatically focus on the product you're holding with no additional gestures needed. Or use the Bokeh Switch to get a softly blurred background - simply select [Defocus] to make the subject stand out, or [Clear] to keep the entire image in focus.
Selfies made simple
Let the ZV-1 II work for you to capture great group moments. When taking selfies in iAUTO mode with two or three people, the camera automatically adjusts the setting to keep everyone's faces sharp and clear.
Always look your best
Look your best anytime you're shooting. Without any special settings, the ZV-1 II accurately captures your skin tone, ensuring a healthy and natural look. Face Priority AE automatically brightens your face so there's no need to worry about lighting either. There's also a Soft Skin Effect selectable to OFF/ Low/ Mid /High to adjust your skin smoothness.
Always know when you're recording
Say goodbye to accidentally missing the action. When you press the MOVIE button or tap the record icon on the LCD screen, the recording lamp glows red and a red frame appears on the screen, letting you know instantly that you're capturing what counts. The rotatable screen means you can also track recording while shooting from any angle
Shooting grip10 for easy vlogging
Vlogging is simpler and more comfortable with the optional GPVPT2BT wireless shooting grip, which enables you to grab more stable shots and doubles as a tripod. The zoom lever and recording button are on the grip side, so you don't have to stretch around the camera every time to reach key control buttons.
Simple smartphone connection
Connecting your camera and smartphone has never been easier thanks to the Creators' App mobile application. Data transfers continue in the background even if the smartphone display sleeps or a different app is launched. You can also tum your smartphone or PC into a remote control to operate the camera from a distance.
Select the best scene with Shot Mark
Only transfer the scenes you need, saving time and smartphone storage space. By adding a Shot Mark while shooting or replaying a video, you can cut out a 15, 30, or 60-second clip to send straight to your smartphone. Shot Marks also allow you to easily find the scenes you want to use later, cutting down on time searching through footage.
Simple streaming with a single cable
Transform the ZV-1 II into a high-quality web camera just by connecting a compatible device via USB. The large 1.0-type (1-inch) image sensor and Creative Look presets ensure vibrant visuals.
Sony's cloud services
Log in to the Creators’ Cloud to make the most of Sony production support tools. Creators' Cloud is a platform that supports creative work from shooting to production by combining advanced Sony camera technology with cloud-based AI. It's also a place for discovery and collaboration with other creators around the world. Explore web, mobile, and PC-based apps providing efficient solutions that integrate cameras with shooting and production apps and services including Ci Media Cloud for collaborative production.
High quality imagery
The ZV-1 II packs powerful specs in its compact body, offering impressive image quality. Its large 1.0-type image sensor means it can capture professional-level footage, shooting in XAVC S format up to 30p and in 4K, and up to 120p in Full HD for up to 5x slow motion. It also supports simultaneous proxy recording for efficient postproduction workflow.
Grows with your creativity
With the ZV-1 II, it's easy to take the next steps towards boosting your videography skills. Just like Sony’s professional Cinema Line or Alpha series cameras, the ZV-1 II supports S-Log3 and S-Gamut. Cine picture profiles, giving you even greater flexibility for post-production.
Built-in ND filter
The ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 18-50mm F1.8-4.0 zoom lens has a built-in neutral density (ND) filter to control light exposure by three stops, giving images greater expressiveness in bright light. The lens maintains sharpness throughout the zoom range, allowing you to capture all the shots you need to bring your vlog to life.
Next level audio quality
Raise your vlog audio quality even further by connecting external microphones. For example, the ECM-G1 clearly captures sound in front of the camera and can be attached without a cable. Or take your pick from Sony's extensive line-up16, designed to suit a broad range of applications.
Impressive image quality
The ZV-1 ll's compact body is equipped with a large 1.0-type Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor developed by Sony. This backside illuminated stacked image sensor also includes a DRAM memory chip for ultra-fast data processing of the approximately 20.1 effective megapixels. It all adds up to supremely high-resolution and high-sensitivity imaging that far exceeds that of a typical smartphone.
Road to Zero
Inspired by the beauty of the world, Sony is doing its part to help preserve the Earth, while still allowing creators to produce even more beautiful and creative imagery. With a goal of achieving a zero environmental footprint across the entire Sony Group by the year 2040, we are accelerating numerous initiatives to reduce our environment footprint from the packaging to materials used for the camera and supplied wind screen.
Non-plastic outer packaging
The outer packaging of the ZV-1 II does not contain plastic, but instead uses Sony's Original Blended Material, consisting of bamboo, sugar cane, and recycled paper. This unique blend not only produces high quality and durable packaging, but it is also recyclable for an even lower environmental impact.
Recyclable non-plastic packaging materials
Sony is working towards the use of non-plastic packaging materials, while still providing ample protection during shipping. We are also using plant-based non-woven fabrics for product bags. All of this helps to minimize our environmental impact.
Using recycled plastic
SORPLAS™ is a Sony-developed durable and repeatedly recycled material. We use it in conjunction with other recycled materials to manufacture camera bodies without compromising performance and functionality. Approximately 379 tons of virgin plastic have been replaced by recycled plastics in our digital cameras and digital video cameras over the past ten years.
Wind screen using recycled polyester
The fibers used in the windscreen provided with the ZV-1 II are made exclusively from recycled PET bottles. Extensive testing was carried out to ensure that sound quality and wind noise reduction performance were fully up to our standards, achieving environmental impact reduction without compromising functionality.
Enhanced accessibility with screen reader
The screen reader function enables text on menu screens to be read aloud. It's easy to activate by navigating to the [Setup] tab and turning the [Screen Reader] function ON. Screen reader volume can be adjusted via the [Sound Options] settings.
What's IncludedZV-1 II Vlog Camera
Microphone Wind Screen
Wind Screen Adaptor
|CAMERA TYPE||Digital camera|
|APERTURE RANGE||F1.8 - F4.0|
|LENS COMPATIBILITY||f = 6.9–17.6 mm|
|LENS COMPATIBILITY||18–50 mm|
|LENS COMPATIBILITY||Approx. 1.97 in (5 cm) to infinity|
|SENSOR TYPE||1.0-type (13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor|
|NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE)||Still images: Approx. 20.1 megapixels 1, Movies: Approx. 16.8 megapixels max.|
|NUMBER OF PIXELS (TOTAL)||Approx. 21.0 megapixels|
|BUILT-IN ND FILTER||ND (1/8 ND)|
|COLOUR TEMPERATURE RANGE||2500K – 9900K|
Recording (still images)
|RECORDING FORMAT||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format)|
|IMAGE SIZE (PIXELS) [3:2]||1.0-type L: 5472 x 3648 (20 M), M: 3888 x 2592 (10 M), S: 2736 x 1824 (5.0 M)|
|IMAGE QUALITY MODES||RAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG|
|VIDEO COMPRESSION||XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264|
|AUDIO RECORDING FORMAT||LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 16 bit)|
Recording system (Movie)
|MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S 4K)||29.97p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 25p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps)|
|MOVIE RECORDING SYSTEM (XAVC S HD)||119.88p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 59.94p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps), 100p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps)|
|SLOW AND QUICK MOTION (SHOOTING FRAME RATE)||Yes|
|MEMORY CARD SLOT||Multi slot for Memory Stick™ Duo/SD memory card|
|FOCUS TYPE||Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)|
|FOCUS POINT||Still images: Max. 315 points (phase-detection AF), Movies: Max. 273 points (phase-detection AF)|
|FOCUS TYPE||Human, Animal|
|OTHER FEATURES||AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie), AF Transition Speed (Movie), Circ. of Focus Point|
|METERING TYPE||1200-zone evaluative metering|
|METERING SENSITIVITY||EV0 to EV24 (ISO 100 equivalent)|
|EXPOSURE COMPENSATION||+/- 3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)|
|ISO SENSITIVITY||Still images: ISO 125–12800 (expandable to ISO 80–12800), AUTO (ISO 125–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit), Movies: ISO 125–12800 equivalent, AUTO (ISO 125–12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)|
|MONITOR TYPE||7.5 cm (3.0-type) type TFT|
|NUMBER OF DOTS||921 600 dots|
|ADJUSTABLE ANGLE||Opening Angle: Approx. 176 °, Rotation Angle: Approx. 270 °|
|OTHER FEATURES||Cinematic Vlog Setting, My Image Style, Creative Look, Product Showcase Set., Background Defocus, Soft Skin Effect, Custom function, Picture Profile|
|CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM||Approx. 2x|
|SHUTTER TYPE||Electronic shutter|
|SHUTTER SPEED||Still images: 1/32000 to 1/4 s, Movies: 1/12800 to 1 s|
|FLASH SYNC. SPEED||1/100 s|
|MODE||Movie: Active / Off|
|FLASH COMPENSATION||+/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 EV steps)|
|EXTERNAL FLASH COMPATIBILITY||Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe|
|CONTINUOUS DRIVE SPEED (APPROX. MAX.)||Hi: 24fps|
|NO. OF RECORDABLE FRAMES (APPROX.)||JPEG Extra fine L: 170 frames, JPEG Fine L: 188 frames, JPEG Standard L: 189 frames, RAW: 80 frames, RAW and JPG: 78 frames.|
|MODES||Enlarged display mode, Protect, Rating, Shot Mark (Movie), Divider Frame, Photo Capture|
|FUNCTIONS||Screen reader, Focus Magnifier, Peaking Display, Subject Recognition in AF, Touch Focus, Touch Tracking, Touch Shutter, Touch AE, Vari-angle LCD screen, Custom function|
|PC INTERFACE||Mass-storage / MTP|
|INTERFACE||Yes (Hi-Speed USB 480 Mbps (USB 2.0) compatible)|
|WIRELESS LAN (BUILT-IN)||Yes (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))|
|BLUETOOTH||Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.2 [2.4 GHz band])|
|HDMI CONNECTOR||HDMI micro connector (Type-D) 3840 x 2160 (30p / 25p / 24p) / 1920 x 1080 (60p / 50p / 24p) / 1920 x 1080 (60i / 50i), YCbCr 4:2:2 8 bit / RGB 8 bit|
|MULTI INTERFACE SHOE||Yes|
|MIC TERMINAL||Yes (3.5 mm Stereo minijack)|
|FUNCTIONS||View on Smartphone, Remote control via Smartphone, PC Remote|
|VIDEO DATA FORMAT||MJPEG|
|VIDEO RESOLUTION||1280 x 720 (30p)|
|AUDIO DATA FORMAT||LPCM 2ch (16 bit 48 kHz)|
|SUPPLIED BATTERY||Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1|
|BATTERY LIFE (STILL IMAGES)||Approx. 290 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)|
|BATTERY LIFE (MOVIE, ACTUAL RECORDING)||Approx. 45 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)|
|BATTERY LIFE (MOVIE, CONTINUOUS RECORDING)||Approx. 75 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)|
|INTERNAL BATTERY CHARGE||Yes|
|USB POWER SUPPLY||Yes|
|POWER CONSUMPTION WITH LCD SCREEN||Still images: Approx. 1.9 W, Movies: Approx. 3.6 W|
|OPERATING TEMPERATURE||0–40 °C (32–104 °F)|
|DIMENSIONS (W X H X D)||105.5 x 60 x 46.7 mm (4.15 x 2.36 x 1.84")|
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