Sony ZV-1F review

The Sony ZV-1F is an excellent 4K vlogging camera but it underperforms outdoors

sony zv-1f on a tripod with articulating screen
(Image: © Gareth Bevan)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you are looking to step up from your phone to a dedicated vlogging camera but don't have much to spend, then the Sony ZV-1F is an excellent choice. Offering a better image quality than the latest phones, excellent auto-exposure, and a freeing articulating screen, you can easily create fantastic-looking vlogs. A disappointing digital image stabilization lets this camera down when shooting outside, however, which limits the versatility of your videos.


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    Lightweight and compact

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    Very easy to use

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    Accurate eye detect autofocus


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    Poor active stabilization mode

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    Average still image quality

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Compact vlogging cameras sit in a weird place in the market. There are many small and affordable mirrorless cameras out there for video makers serious about their video quality, with interchangeable lenses offering the freedom to grow and expand. And for those who don't want a dedicated camera, the camera phone already in our pockets will do a decent enough job.

It is a hard sell in 2023 for a camera with one specific purpose – filming yourself talking. But alas, with that being a significant and growing sector of the modern internet, maybe these cameras are onto something good.

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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.