Sony Alpha simply tweeted out a teaser for a digicam announcement approaching Might 26th. All Sony will say is that it’s a “new compact digicam” together with a hazy define of some form of digicam, doubtless with an articulating display. Fortunately, we don’t must guess what it’s as a result of Sony Alpha Rumors lately dropped the small print. It’s nearly absolutely the Sony ZV-1, and if Sony Alpha Rumors’ leaked specs are appropriate, it seems like a super compact vlogging digicam.
The publication referred to as the digicam “mainly an RX100VII successor made for vloggers,” and if that seems to be the case, I’m pretty excited for it. It can have an articulating display so you may see your self, what seems to be a scorching shoe for attaching a mic or different equipment, and a giant crimson button for recording movies as an alternative of the itsy one on the RX100.
There may even be Sony’s much-loved eye-based autofocus, which is clutch when you may’t straight management the digicam (since you’re capturing your self).
The RX100 VII is a compact point-and-shoot that’s truly remarkably highly effective, and the addition of a full microphone jack made it very compelling for vloggers. I’ve used one ever because it got here out. However the RX100 VII has a number of options that make it arguably a extra versatile nonetheless digicam but in addition make it much less best for vloggers.
First, Sony swapped out the 28-70 zoom lens from earlier RX100 fashions for a 24-200 zoom. Extra zoom sounds good, however the widest aperture went from f/1.Eight to f/2.8 — and that makes it a problem to get good background blur with such a small sensor and lens. It’s the other of what most vloggers would need. The sooner RX100 fashions additionally had an built-in impartial density filter, which made it simpler to shoot outside with out blowing out highlights.
The ZV-1, whether it is certainly mainly an RX100 remade for vlogging, seems to undo each of these adjustments. Sony Alpha Rumors says it has a “20MP 1-inch sensor” and a “24-70mm F1.8 – 2.Eight lens.” There’s additionally apparently a “one-touch” bokeh button. Hopefully, that merely units the optical settings for best bokeh capturing and doesn’t introduce some form of software-based portrait mode.
Final however completely not least, it has a “higher grip.” I’ve been attaching third-party grips to my RX100 cameras as a result of they’re so small and slippery, in order that’ll be useful, too.
All of it appears good, however with cameras (and, actually, all tech), it’s most secure to not get your hopes up an excessive amount of simply in case there are some unknown gotchas. The RX100 VII appeared prefer it was the proper vlogger’s rig proper up till the second its minor shortcomings grew to become obvious. Nonetheless, in case you level a digicam at your personal face for YouTube regularly, it’s arduous to not be a bit of excited that Sony is working to make your life a bit of simpler.