With the Sony ZV-E10, the company has introduced a new vlogging camera that positions itself above the already available ZV-1. The main advantage of the new model is a larger APS-C format sensor and the use of interchangeable lenses.
The technical features of the Sony ZV-E10
The showpiece of the Sony ZV-E10 is the new APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) EXMOR CMOS sensor, which resolves at 24.2 megapixels. The sensor offers light sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 32,000 and supports Sony’s options for eye autofocus, focus tracking, and the ability to manually adjust autofocus speed for the smoothest transitions possible.
Surprisingly, the camera only has digital image stabilization, though interchangeable lenses with an optical image stabilizer (OIS) are also offered. Photos can be taken in both JPEG (DCF version 2.0, Exif version 2.32, MPF Baseline) and RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format).
An adjustable 7.5 cm (3″) TFT display with touchscreen is located on the back. The opening angle is around 176 degrees, and rotation of up to 270 degrees is also possible. A background blur can be set and deactivated at the touch of a button using the “Bokeh Switch”. For photographers who like to experiment, the ZV-E10 relies on 13 image effects:
- Toy Camera Effect (Normal/Cool/Warm/Green/Magenta)
- Pop Color
- Poster (Color, B/W)
- Retro Photo
- Soft High Key
- Partial Color Filter (R/G/B/Y)
- High Contrast Mono
- Rich Tone Mono
- HDR Painting
In addition, there are seven special creative modes that, for example, put sunsets in the right light or ensure particularly high-contrast black-and-white photos.
ZV-E10 for vloggers: 4K videos at 30 FPS
Sony advertises the ZV-E10 as a special camera for vloggers. Accordingly, the video equipment is also absolutely impressive. 4K videos can be recorded at 30 frames per second at a data rate of up to 100 Mbit/s. Even 120 frames per second are possible in Full HD (1080p). Slow motion (up to four times slower than real-time recording) and time-lapse videos (up to 60 times faster) are also possible in Full HD quality.
An integrated 3-channel capsule microphone with windscreen contributes audio recordings, but external microphones can also be connected directly to the camera using the microphone and headphone jack. In combination with a USB-C cable, the Sony ZV-E10 can even be connected to a computer or a compatible Android smartphone and can be used as a webcam for live streams.
Sony has also come up with some exciting tricks when it comes to the power supply. The battery is supposed to allow up to 125 minutes of continuous video recording or up to 440 photos. An external power supply via the USB Type-C port is also possible. Alternatively, the ZV-E10 can be plugged directly into a power outlet with a compatible AC adapter, which of course makes sense especially for webcam use.
The ZV-E10 weighs 343 grams and convinces with compact dimensions. With a size of 115.2 x 64.2 x 44.8 mm (W x H x D), the camera is also suitable for on the go.
Prices and availability
The Sony ZV-E10 will be offered at an MRSP of €749.00 starting August 09, 2021, making it about €50 more expensive than the current model, Sony ZV-1. Additionally, Sony is putting together a bundle of camera and power zoom lens, E PZ 16-50 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS (SELP1650), which comes with an MRSP of €849.00.
Online retailer Amazon also lists various other bundles, for example in combination with a Bluetooth handgrip or various other lenses.