Sony’s ZV-E10 brings interchangeable lenses to its vlogging camera series – TechCrunch

Sony has released its first vlogging-specific mirrorless camera, the ZV-E10, which borrows a number of features from Compact ZV-1 vlogging model. At the same time, it is roughly based on the A5000 and A6000 series APS-C mirrorless cameras, with all the good (and bad) that it entails.

The two biggest advantages of the ZV-E10 over the ZV-1 are the larger 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and the interchangeable mirrorless mount. This latest feature opens up Sony’s 60+ E-mount lens range to vloggers, making the ZV-E10 much more versatile than the fixed-lens ZV-1. Meanwhile, the larger sensor will offer improved light sensitivity and a shallower depth of field.

Sony's ZV-E10 brings interchangeable lenses to its vlog camera series


The ZV-E10 uses the older 24 megapixel APS-C sensor found in the A6100 and other recent Sony models. While that delivers crisp, down-res 4K video up to 30fps (or 120fps 1080p), you likely have a lot of rolling shutter that isn’t ideal for its intended purpose.

On the plus side, it offers active electronic and optical image stabilization, just like the ZV-1. That should smooth out manual triggering pretty well, though don’t expect miracles for walk-and-talk type vlogs, especially if roll sensor wobble proves to be a problem.

In terms of size, the ZV-E10 is smaller than any of the A6000 series cameras at 343 grams and not much bigger and heavier than the ZV-1. It lacks an electronic viewfinder, but it is Sony’s first APS-C mirrorless camera with a fully articulating flip-up screen, a staple requirement on any vlogging camera these days.

Sony's ZV-E10 brings interchangeable lenses to its vlog camera series


The ZV-E10 comes with Sony’s latest phase detection autofocus system for both video and image capture. That means you have to get blazing fast subject tracking, along with reliable eye, face and head detection autofocus. It also has an S&Q (slow and fast) feature that allows you to record slow motion and slow motion footage without the need for any post-processing work.

It borrows various vlogging features directly from the ZV-1. The first is called “product display,” a setting that allows you to instantly focus away from your face and onto an object in front of the camera. That’s particularly useful for vloggers reviewing products, devices, etc.

The other is a bokeh switch that instantly sets the lowest aperture available for the lighting conditions. That way you can have the background as out of focus as possible, allowing your subject to stand out clearly.

The ZV-E10 has a high-quality built-in three-way microphone (left, right and center channels) that is designed to pick up your voice. That means you can vlog without the need to buy a mic, though it still won’t match the quality and voice isolation of a dedicated shotgun or lavalier mic. It also comes with a hot shoe muff to help block out wind noise and, if that’s not enough, a wind noise reduction setting. It also comes with a microphone input, although not a headphone output.

Finally, if you like live streaming, you can connect the ZV-E10 directly to a smartphone and stream directly to YouTube or other services, as much as you can with the latest GH5-II from Panasonic. It will also work directly as a webcam, streaming both video and audio (not just video like other cameras) so you can take advantage of its high-quality microphone.

The ZV-E10 will be available in black or white in late August and will cost $ 700 for the body, or $ 800 for a bundle that includes Sony’s 16-50mm F / 3.5-5.6 motorized zoom lens.

This post originally appeared on Engadget.

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