Sony's new ZV-1 II point-and-shoot camera brings wider appeal to vloggers

Sony ZV-1 II
(Image credit: Sony)

Sony is launching a new compact camera that is designed to appeal to vloggers. The Sony Z-V1 II is billed as an ultimate successor to the Sony ZV-1 which it launched back in 2020, and which is the oldest in the ever-increasing ZV range of cameras designed for vloggers.

The key difference of the new ZV-1 II is that it offers a wider zoom range than the original, providing an 18-50mm f/1.8-4 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T zoom - rather than the original 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8. Sony tells us that the wider lens is a more natural choice for vlogging, making it easier to use in selfie mode - and allowing you to get more of the background in your shot, or to shoot groups with a handheld camera.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.