Sony Taiwan has posted a teaser image to Instagram for an upcoming vlogging camera. This is expected to be the recently rumoured full-frame vlogging camera, the Sony ZV-E1. Similar to the Sony ZV-E10, the ZV-E1 will be a camera specifically focused on vlogging – as the slogan above confirms. General video will be secondary, and photography will barely be a consideration. It’ll still shoot photos, but I wouldn’t hold out hope for advanced features.
It’s said to be based around the Sony A7S III, including 4K 120fps with no cropping and no pixel binning, using the same 12-megapixel sensor found in both the A7S III and FX3. The ISO capabilities are also rumoured to extend up to ISO 409,600, although it’s unclear what autofocus system the camera will have yet. It’s expected to be similar to that of either the Sony A7 IV or A7R V, although nothing solid on which.
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The idea of a full-frame vlogging camera seemed silly just a few years ago. Even today, many will scoff at the idea. But as vlogging and generally creating content for YouTube have become more popular, particularly over the pandemic, customers are getting a little more discerning. People are making careers out of it now and earning enough money to justify the cost of better and higher-end equipment. So, why not a full-frame vlogging camera?
At the moment, there are no full leaks, but here’s where the rumours currently stand…
- Based on the Sony A7S III
- Similar body to the A7c
- The same 12-megapixel sensor as the A7S III and FX3
- 4K60 and 4K120 video with no crop
- No pixel-binning
- Extended ISO capabilities up to ISO 409,600
- Same AF system as either the A7 IV or A7R V (not yet confirmed)
- Cheaper than the A7S III
Beyond this, there’s not much else to say yet, but even with only a week away from an official announcement from Sony, we’ll likely see a few leaks between now and then about what else we can expect in the Sony ZV-E1.
What do you want to see in a full-frame vlogging camera?