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Sony ZV-1F

 
Sony ZV-1F front
 
  • 20MP - 1″ Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 20mm (F2) lens
  • 256g - 106 x 60 x 46mm
  • Announced October 2022
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ
Portability
89
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62

Sony ZV-1F overview

Sony ZV-1F is Sony's Large Sensor Compact digital camera originally announced on October of 2022. It includes a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1″ size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.

The ZV-1F ranks at #25 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all around #272 out of 1453 for cameras in our database. Remember to try our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your personal factors.

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Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony ZV-1F Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Sony ZV-1F based on things that are normally viewed as useful in a digital camera.

fast shooting (16.0 frames/s)
good battery (360 shots)
good maximum aperture (f2)
good resolution screen (922 k dot)
has external microphone jack
has focus by touch
has HDMI support
lighter than competition in class (256 grams)
pretty good screen size (3.00 inches)
screen articulates fully
screen is selfie friendly
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1″)
silent shutter (1/32,000s)
supports bluetooth
supports face detection focus
supports tracking autofocus
touchscreen capability
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW format
does not have image stabilization
fixed focal length (20mm)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
missing headphone jack
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Sony ZV-1F Sensor specs

The sensor size on the Sony ZV-1F is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1″). The 116 mm² sensor is able to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 125 to 12800. The ISO can be expanded digitally to 80 to 25600. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported therefore the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the ZV-1F's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The ZV-1F sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is displayed in green.

Sony ZV-1F sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony ZV-1F dimensions

Sony ZV-1F weighs 0.56 pounds (256 grams or 9.03 ounces) & the size of the camera is 106mm x 60mm x 46mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.8"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 392 grams and the Sony ZV-1F is lighter compared to various rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Sony ZV-1F alongside a soda so you can get a sense of its size.

Sony ZV-1F dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button design on the ZV-1F.

Sony ZV-1F topview buttons dials

Sony ZV-1F Lens details

The ZV-1F offers a built-in lens giving a fixed focal length of 20mm meaning that you have no option to zoom.

At it's widest 20mm, it comes with an aperture of f2 which is beneficial for low light conditions and capturing good bokeh. It would also let you choose a much lower ISO for getting cleaner photos.

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Sony ZV-1F Connectivity

The ZV-1F has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy files and oftentimes adjust camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Sony ZV-1F Video details

The maximum video resolution on the Sony ZV-1F is 3840 x 2160 and you can save in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S file format. 2160p gives you an exceptional resolution for video. You can downsample to Full HD to get better video. Be mindful of the substantial file sizes and ensure you own decent SD cards with good write speeds. Although the body contains a microphone port, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone port which means you will not have the option to keep an eye on your sound levels.

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Sony ZV-1F Weather Sealing

Sony ZV-1F doesn't have weather sealing so damp conditions could damage the camera.

Sony ZV-1F Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony ZV-1F includes a 3.00" fully articulated screen with a resolution of 922k dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits as well as group shots if required. Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you can set focus point plus change settings using your finger.

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The View Finder details for Sony ZV-1F are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be pretty helpful during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.

Sony ZV-1F Shutter details

Sony ZV-1F continuous shooting speed is 16.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 seconds. Beware that the electronic shutter can produce "rolling shutter" under some situations.

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Sony ZV-1F Flash and Hot shoe details

Sony ZV-1F comes with external flash ability but comes without in-built flash.

Sony ZV-1F Autofocusing details

Sony ZV-1F comes with only Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and exact compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is valuable for taking portraits of people.

The AF system includes 425 focus points to select from. Sony ZV-1F has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to switch focus points. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Sony ZV-1F does not have manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be good during low light scenarios or you need more precise focusing control.

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Sony ZV-1F Battery life

The battery (NP-BX1) in the Sony ZV-1F is made to last for 360 pictures based on the CIPA specifications making it above the usual ın comparison with its category. The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U features the highest possible (450) battery life within this range of cameras.

Below is a collection of Large Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Sony ZV-1F for varying forms of photography

The following bar chart shows a overview of the Sony ZV-1F for varying forms of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Sony ZV-1F Portrait photography information

The Sony ZV-1F gets a points total of 58 which is decent, meaning that it is fairly suitable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the ability to work with off-camera flash.

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decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1″)
offers face detect focus
manual focus not available
has no RAW files

Street photography with Sony ZV-1F

With a very good points tally of 74, the Sony ZV-1F is a very decent pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
decent sensor size (1″)
includes touch focus
lighter than average in class (256g)
does not have image stabilization
does not have RAW support

Sony ZV-1F as a Sports photography camera

A nice sports photography score of 62 indicates the Sony ZV-1F is a good pick for taking photos of sports. A camera needs good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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silent shutter (1/32,000s)
high fps (16.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1″)
features tracking focus
great battery life (360 CIPA)
focal length is fixed (20mm)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF

Sony ZV-1F Travel photography info

Size is really important when getting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Sony ZV-1F gets a great 87 as a travelling camera which is a fantastic pick to take with you on your trips.

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good battery (360 CIPA)
lighter than competition (256g)
connects via bluetooth
boasts touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
selfie friendly display
very good max aperture (f2)

Sony ZV-1F Landscape photography details

If you find yourself planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Sony ZV-1F with it's modest score of 57 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate among its competition.

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great max aperture (f2)
decent sized screen (3.00")
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
decent sensor size (1″)
good battery power (360 per charge)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (20mm)
does not have image stabilization
has no RAW format

Sony ZV-1F as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera ought to offer a articulating display, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony ZV-1F is a fantastic fit for vlogging as it gets a superb score of 82.

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fast maximum aperture (f2)
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen
offers face detect focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has microphone socket
lighter than competition in class (256g)
no image stabilization

Sony ZV-1F Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the ZV-1F, below is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The line graph below shows you a summary of the ZV-1F versus it's top scoring rivals listed earlier.

These are some more cameras you might have a look at as alternatives. To review a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Sony
Model type
Sony ZV-1F
Type
Large Sensor Compact
Announced
2022-10-13
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1″
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
116.2mm²
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW photos
Max native ISO
12800
Max boosted ISO
25600
Min native ISO
125
Min boosted ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
425
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
20mm (1x)
Highest aperture
f/2
Macro focusing distance
5cm
Crop factor
2.7
Screen
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal
3.00 inches
Resolution of screen
922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30s
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000s
Maximum silent shutter speed
1/32000s
Continuous shooting speed
16.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Rear Sync, Flash Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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
Max video resolution
3840x2160
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.0 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
256 gr (0.56 lb)
Physical dimensions
106 x 60 x 46mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.8")
Other
Battery life
360 pictures
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NP-BX1
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Single
Launch price
$499