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Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1

Portability
88
Imaging
55
Features
86
Overall
67
Sony ZV-1 front
 
YI M1 front
Portability
87
Imaging
60
Features
66
Overall
62

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 Key Specs

Sony ZV-1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Boost to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 294g - 105 x 60 x 44mm
  • Announced May 2020
  • Later Model is Sony ZV-1 II
YI M1
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 350g - 114 x 64 x 34mm
  • Released September 2016
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Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 Overview

In this article, we will be reviewing the Sony ZV-1 versus YI M1, one is a Large Sensor Compact and the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by companies Sony and YI. The resolution of the ZV-1 (20MP) and the M1 (20MP) is pretty close but the ZV-1 (1") and M1 (Four Thirds) enjoy totally different sensor sizes.

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The ZV-1 was manufactured 3 years after the M1 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Sony ZV-1 being a Large Sensor Compact camera and the YI M1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving in to a full comparison, below is a concise view of how the ZV-1 matches up vs the M1 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony ZV-1 over the YI M1

 ZV-1 M1 
ReleasedMay 2020September 2016Newer by 45 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick YI M1 over the Sony ZV-1

 M1 ZV-1 
Screen resolution1040k922kCrisper screen (+118k dot)

Common features in the Sony ZV-1 and YI M1

 ZV-1 M1 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to consider its weight and measurements. The Sony ZV-1 offers exterior dimensions of 105mm x 60mm x 44mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.7") accompanied by a weight of 294 grams (0.65 lbs) while the YI M1 has proportions of 114mm x 64mm x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.3") along with a weight of 350 grams (0.77 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the ZV-1 compared to the M1.

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the ZV-1 and M1 is 88 and 87 respectively.

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 top view buttons comparison

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to see the difference in sensor dimensions just by viewing specs. The pic underneath should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the ZV-1 and M1.

All in all, both of those cameras offer the same exact MP albeit not the same sensor dimensions. The ZV-1 uses the smaller sensor which is going to make achieving shallower DOF more difficult. The younger ZV-1 will have an edge in sensor tech.

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 sensor size comparison

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony ZV-1 Portrait photography highlights
YI M1 Portrait photography highlights
73
manual focus
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
76
manual focus
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony ZV-1 Street photography factors
YI M1 Street photography factors
85
screen can move to multiple angles
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
features focus by touch
lighter than others (294 grams)
74
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
features touch focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony ZV-1 as a Sports photography camera
YI M1 as a Sports photography camera
71
quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
max frames per second high (24.0 fps)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking autofocus
supports phase detect autofocus
terrible battery life (260 per charge)
55
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
great battery (450 per charge)
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony ZV-1 as a Travel photography camera
YI M1 as a Travel photography camera
81
lighter than others (294g)
supports bluetooth
features focus by touch
resolution is good (20MP)
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
terrible battery life (260 per charge)
78
great battery (450 shots)
has bluetooth
features touch focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony ZV-1 Landscape photography information
YI M1 Landscape photography information
70
manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
terrible battery life (260 CIPA)
77
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
great battery (450 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony ZV-1 as a Vlogging camera
YI M1 as a Vlogging camera
86
fairly wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly display
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with external microphone socket
lighter than others (294 grams)
33
touchscreen functionality
features face detect autofocus
video res high (4096 x 2160 pixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
no microphone socket
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Sony ZV-1 vs YI M1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony ZV-1 and YI M1
 Sony ZV-1YI M1
General Information
Make Sony YI
Model type Sony ZV-1 YI M1
Type Large Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2020-05-27 2016-09-19
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz X -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 5184 x 3888
Max native ISO 12800 25600
Max boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 315 81
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 24-70mm (2.9x) -
Maximum aperture f/1.8-2.8 -
Macro focusing range 5cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 922 thousand dots 1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed 1/32000 secs -
Continuous shooting rate 24.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Rear Sync, Flash Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Red-Eye Slow
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 75 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution 3840x2160 4096x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 294 grams (0.65 pounds) 350 grams (0.77 pounds)
Dimensions 105 x 60 x 44mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.7") 114 x 64 x 34mm (4.5" x 2.5" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 260 images 450 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $750 $320