Sony ZV-1 II review

Confusing sequel does too little to separate itself from the original

Sony ZV-1 II digital compact camera
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony ZV-1 II is less of a sequel and more of an alternative variation of the original ZV-1, both on the specs sheet and in your hand it is just hard to separate from the original model. They both share the same sensor, video performance, and battery life. The only thing that really separates these two cameras is the lens, and even then I cannot say the new lens is definitively a better choice than the previous one. It is wider, but has a shorter optical zoom, and narrower aperture when extended than the ZV-1. And with not much else new, the lens should make the final decision of if you buy the older or newer model, although you might also be swayed by the ZV-1 II coming in at $150 more than the original’s launch price. Although with smartphones closing the gap, especially on still image quality, this little compact is losing its edge.


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    Wider 18mm lens better for some vlogging

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    Very small and compact

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    Video quality still beats a smartphone

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    Autofocus is fast and accurate


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    Shorter zoom range than ZV-1

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    Narrower aperture at the top end of the zoom range

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    Latest smartphones take as good (if not better) stills

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    More versatile cameras available at this price

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The Sony ZV range has been around for a few years now, first introduced to jump into the rapidly growing segment of vlogging and social content creation. The ZV range aims to offer small and compact systems that produce better content than what is achievable with the phone already in your pocket.

Sony kicked off the range with the original Sony ZV-1, and in just a few years we now have five unique cameras in the lineup, suggesting that it has turned out to be a financial winner for Sony. Sony is now releasing a sequel to the ZV-1, fittingly named the Sony ZV-1 II, although, from the specs sheet, it is more of a revision than a revolution, and how does it stack up against the original model?

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.