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Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera (Black)

It is rare that a truly new camera enters the market! The new Sony ZV-1 is a tiny vlogging powerhouse with a vari-angle touch screen that flips horizontally for taking selfies and videos, a recording lamp to know at a glance whether you're recording, and a good quality built-in microphone for premium sound (it even comes with a windscreen to reduce unwanted noise). Clever autofocus tracks faces and eyes for more stylistic videos even when you're moving around, and a comfortable selfie grip makes it easy to take a great portrait or vertical footage.

Thanks to a wide-angle lens, this camera takes photos with beautiful background blur and with a good combination of quality image processing and ISO specifications, it lets your take photos with clear details even in challenging low-light conditions. The camera makes all skin tones look vibrant and there's an optional Soft Skin Effect for achieving a smoother look.

Other features include slow-motion and time-lapse, because what would a video content creator be without good b-roll cinematics.

  • 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • ZEISS 24-70mm-Equiv. f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 3.0" Side Flip-Out Touchscreen LCD
  • Real-Time Tracking & Eye AF
  • Background Defocus & Face Priority AE
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Directional 3-Capsule Mic & Mic Jack
  • Multi-Interface Shoe, Built-In ND Filter
  • Product Showcase Setting

If you're looking for the ultimate vlogging camera, this is it. Finally, everything you need to capture great photos and videos comes in one package.

No experience is necessary to capture great looking videos with the Sony ZV-1. It is designed to capture amazing videos of you and your world, without any tricky setup.

Beautiful and natural skin tones for everyone

The ZV-1 makes all skin colours look vibrant, natural and healthy. There’s also an optional Soft Skin Effect mode for a smoother look.

Background bokeh for a professional touch

The large 1.0-type CMOS sensor and wide-aperture lens deliver images with professional background bokeh, as well as clear detail even in challenging low-light conditions.

Let the camera catch your eye

With AI[1] technology you can rely on the autofocus sticking firmly to your face and eyes without wandering to other subjects. When you want to focus on another subject, just touch it on the screen and let the camera do the focusing.

Fast and precise focus transitions

The ZV-1’s Fast Hybrid AF system lets you simply and quickly switch focus from a face to the background, for more stylistic and watchable videos.

Pro-quality bokeh control with one touch

By just pushing the Bokeh switch, you can switch background bokeh on and off – no need for complex manual adjustments. Now it’s easy to simply select a professional-looking defocused background, or keep the entire scene in focus, with just the press of a button.

Product Showcase Setting, ideal for product review videos

Product Showcase Setting allows you to switch with just a single button press to settings that are perfect for product reviews. It widens the angle of view and switches the focus to the object instantly, so you don't need to wait for the focus to shift, or place your hand behind the product to shift the focus to it[2].

Shoot great video, wherever you go

The ZV-1 is built to get great shots while you’re moving. With amazing image stabilisation, you can shoot smooth video when walking and, as the lighting changes shadow to sun, or outdoors to in, the automatic exposure (AE) tracks faces and makes sure they always appear well-lit.

Designed for even better audio

You can capture clear vocals even when shooting in a crowd. The camera’s unique directional 3-capsule mic gathers clear sound from in front of the camera, ideal for movie shooting. 

Windscreen for outdoor shooting

The supplied windscreen reduces wind noise for worry-free outdoor shooting. As well as achieving premium sound quality, that also means you’ll spend less time re-shooting and editing footage affected by wind noise.

Use your favourite mic for the sound you want

With a microphone jack and MI shoe, you can pick from your choice of mics, to get exactly the sound you want.

Recreate the world in your image

The ZV-1 is designed to bring together simplicity and power, opening up creative opportunities as wide as your imagination.

Dynamic video through slow motion[3]

Make every movement more cinematic with Super Slow Motion video, capturing the most fleeting of moments for playback at up to 40x slower than real-time.

Time-lapse for that cinematic effect

Interval shooting mode[4] automatically captures sequences of images from 1 – 60 seconds apart, from which cinematic time-lapse videos can be created on a PC, where clouds flow past like water and whole days pass in seconds.

Take amazing pictures as well as video

The ZV-1 has everything you need to capture images that really shine in your timeline and video thumbnails. The pin-sharp ZEISS® 24-70mm[5] lens focuses light to a large 1.0-type Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor, with it all coming together in the powerful BIONZ X™ image processor.

Express yourself with creative effects

Picture Effects and Creative Styles allow for near-limitless visual possibilities – from simple monochrome and partial colour effects, right through to complex miniature effects.

Shoot then share easily

There’s no longer a need to compromise your images with your smartphone camera just to share content quickly. The ZV-1 delivers both stunning images and seamless connectivity, for better and easier posting.

Instantly transfer movies to your smartphone

The free Imaging EdgeTM Mobile app for iOS and Android[6] lets you simply transfer, edit and upload images shot on the ZV-1 instantly to social media platforms, from wherever you are7.

A perfect fit for any platform

Use the Movie Edit add-on[6] to apply enhanced stabilisation for especially shaky shots[8], or reframe and crop video to suit popular social media aspect ratios.

Easily shoot vertical-position movies for mobile

With automatic tagging of vertically oriented videos[10], you can upload content custom-made for smartphone screens[9].

Built to vlog

The ZV-1 design makes creating outstanding selfie and vlog content easy. Right down to the last detail, the ZV-1 is all about empowering you to make inspirational content. 

See yourself at your best

The vari-angle LCD touch screen flips out horizontally, making it perfect for selfies and vlogging. Clear of ports, microphones and mounting shoes, it allows for precise framing and fluid operation even while in front of the camera.

Know at a glance whether you're recording

It’s easy to know when you’re recording with a clear recording lamp on the front of the camera – and it’s easy to switch off if you prefer. You’ll never accidentally forget to hit the record button again.

Optimised grip for selfies

The deeper, shaped grip is more comfortable for conventional shooting and offers a stable handhold to reduce fatigue for vlogging or selfie shots.

Works with wireless control grips

The ZV-1 is compatible with the Sony Bluetooth® wireless shooting grip GP-VPT2BT, which offers cable-free control of zoom, recording and more, and expands into a mini-tripod for stable hands-free shots.

Shoot like a pro

Carry professional-quality video along in your pocket, with stunning 4K HDR detail and powerful exposure tools for content guaranteed to impress.

Professional 4K[11] HDR[12] movie functions

The ZV-1 records immensely detailed 4K HDR video through 1.7x pixel resampling so you can capture reality without any compromise.

S-Log gamma for professional workflows

S-Log2 and S-Log3 gamma controls are available for camera matching and flexibility in colour grading, along with a range of picture profile settings to create your perfect aesthetic.

Built-in ND filter

A Neutral Density (ND) filter opens creative possibilities via video exposure control, enhancing depth-of-field and enabling magical slow-shutter portrayal of water, light and motion.

Camera features and content creation fundamentals

Check out the features of the ZV-1 for vlogging and content creation.

ZV-1 feature tour

Check out this in-depth movie tour of the features of the ZV-1.

Imaging Edge Desktop

Elevate your photography with Imaging Edge Desktop applications. Use ‘Remote’ to control and monitor shooting live on your PC screen; ‘Viewer’[6] to quickly preview, rate, and select photos from large image libraries; and ‘Edit’ to develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery. Get the best from Sony RAW files, and manage your productions more efficiently[13].

Capture One for Sony

Capture One Express (for Sony)[14] is free award-winning editing software that provides RAW development, easy management and powerful editing tools. Capture One Pro (for Sony) is available for even more editing tools and tethered shooting capability.


1. AI (artificial intelligence) including machine learning technology is used.

2 The Product Showcase Setting switches Face Priority OFF / SteadyShot™ OFF with one push.

3. Sound cannot be recorded in Super Slow Motion mode. A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.

4. Wi-Fi does not work during interval shooting.

5. Angle of view (35mm format equivalent).

6. Please use the latest version.

7. Availability of video transfer and playback varies depending on smartphone in use.

8. The frame area of the picture becomes narrower than the original image. The movie footage can be rendered to up to Full HD quality.

9. In-camera movie playback is in the horizontal position. Whether or not movies are displayed in the vertical position depends on your device.

10. Imaging Edge Mobile application is required.

11. 4K (QFHD:3840×2160).

12. Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable to display HDR (HLG) movies.

13. Does not support full functional compatibility with some camera models. See the Sony support site for details:

14. Please contact Phase One regarding all inquiries as to usage and support including functional compatibility of Capture One Express (for Sony) and Capture One Pro (for Sony).

15. Achieved by using overlay burst shooting.

16. REI = Recommended Exposure Index

17. This product is also known as ZV-1/BC E32

18. Actual colour and dimension may differ from the screen image.

19. Colours & features of the product shown may differ by model and country.

20. 4K: 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

21. Services availability depends on region. A part or whole of software/services installed into or accessible through the product may be changed, discontinued, removed, suspended, or terminated without notice.

Please note that we rely on an external provider for accurate featured content for this product.


20.1 Megapixel
Frame Rate
Up to 24 fps at 20.1 MP
ISO Range
Auto, 100 to 12800 (Extended: 64 to 25600)
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
Sensor Type
Sensor Size Type
Sensor Actual Size
Not specified by manufacturer.
Fastest Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/2000 sec
Bulb Mode
1/2000 sec in Auto Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 sec
1/32000 sec in Auto Mode
Longest Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
30 sec
Bulb Mode
4 sec in Auto Mode
Electronic Shutter
30 sec
4 sec in Auto Mode
Focus Points
Wide (315 points (phase-detection AF), 425 points (contrast-detection AF)), Zone, Center, Flexible Spot (S/M/L), Expanded Flexible Spot, Tracking (Wide/Zone/Center/Flexible Spot(S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Recording Modes:
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [16 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
File Formats
Image: JPEG, Raw
Audio: AC3, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Built-in Flash
Built-in Lens Focal Length
9.4 to 25.7mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 70mm)
Built-in Lens Maximum Aperture
f/1.8 to 2.8
Built-in Lens Minimum Aperture
Weather Sealing


1240 mAh (Approx. 260 Shots)
3.6 VDC
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
R 16,995 Only 4 left in Store
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What's in the box

  • Sony ZV-1 Digital Camera
    • Sony NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    • Micro-USB Cable
    • Wind Screen
    • Wind Screen Adaptor
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

Reviewed by 1 customers

Perfect for a video podcast

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Great camera for YouTube channel podcast and vlogging on the go...very compactable.

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