Sony ZV-1 review: we liked it then, so do we still like it now?

The Sony ZV-1 is like a re-imagined Sony RX100 repurposed for the vlogging market, and it's like it's suddenly found its natural purpose

Sony ZV-1 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

It would be easy dismiss the ZV-1 as yet another Sony RX100 variant, but it’s much more than that. The sensor and lens might be familiar, but the body, the controls, the audio and the rear screen are all new and different and optimised brilliantly for vlogging. It's not without faults, but the ZV-1's design and its price are very refreshing.


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    Vari-angle rear screen

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    Clip on wind shield

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    Brilliantly fast AF

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    Compact size


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    Min focus varies with zoom

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    Stabilization seems pretty jerky

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    Why a 3:2 screen and not 16:9?

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    Lacks front-facing touch control

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The Sony ZV-1 hits the spot perfectly. We liked it a lot when it was launched and we still like it now. There are lots of stills cameras that are also pretty good at vlogging, and a few that the makers have specially adapted with flip-over screens, mic sockets and face/eye detect AF. 

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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