Sony A7C II vs ZV-E1: Both are good at video, and they cost about the same, so which is best?

Sony A7C II vs ZV-E1
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The Sony A7C II is a big upgrade over the original Sony A7C, with a higher resolution sensor, better video features, an extra control dial and more. But it costs about the same as the Sony ZV-E1 vlogging camera, which has even better video capabilities – so which one should you buy?

The best Sony cameras include some of the best cameras for filmmaking, the best vlogging cameras and even the best cinema cameras, but as the range gets bigger and bigger, the crossover between cameras increases and making a decision about which is best for you becomes harder. But if you’re looking for the best hybrid camera – a camera equally good at both stills photography and video – the answer might well be different.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at