Designed to be seen

No experience is necessary to capture great looking videos. The ZV-1 is designed to capture amazing videos of you and your world, without any tricky setup.

Portraits of four smiling people

Beautiful and natural skin tones for everyone

The ZV-1 makes all skin colours look vibrant, natural and healthy. There's also an optional Soft Skin Effect mode for a smoother look.

Portraits of women in the city

Background bokeh for a professional touch

The large 1.0-type CMOS sensor and wide-aperture lens deliver images with professional background bokeh, as well as clear detail even in challenging low-light conditions.
Selfie on a pedestrian bridge, eyes in focus.

Let the camera catch your eye

With AI  technology you can rely on the autofocus sticking firmly to your face and eyes without wandering to other subjects. When you want to focus on another subject, just touch it on the screen and let the camera do the focusing.

Fast and precise focus transitions

The ZV-1's Fast Hybrid AF system lets you simply and quickly switch focus from a face to the background, for more stylistic and watchable videos.

Clip of vlogger selfie-shooting at a temple, then panning the camera to shoot a more distant temple building, then back to his face, showing speed of autofocus transitions from his face to the temple building and back


Pro-quality bokeh control with one touch

By just pushing the Bokeh switch, you can switch background bokeh on and off—no need for complex manual adjustments. Now it's easy to simply select a professional-looking defocused background, or keep the entire scene in focus, with just the press of a button.

Clip of vlogger shooting selfie in a city environment without background blur (caption "Background: Clear"), then with background blur (caption "Background: Bokeh"). The buildings in the background are significantly more blurred with the Bokeh setting, making the subject stand out

Product Showcase Setting, ideal for product review videos

Product Showcase Setting allows you to switch with just a single button press to settings that are perfect for product reviews. It widens the angle of view and switches the focus to the object instantly, so you don't need to wait for the focus to shift, or place your hand behind the product to shift the focus to it0.

Split screen demonstrating the ZV-1 Product Showcase Setting, with the left clip captioned "Off" and the right clip captioned "On", showing a vlogger holding a sequence of products up to the camera


In the left ("Off") clip, focus remains on the vlogger's face, leaving the products blurred in the foreground


In the right ("On") clip, the focus rapidly shifts to each product as it is held up, rather than remaining on the vlogger's face, then back to the face when she removes the product from in front of the camera

Shoot great video, wherever you go

The ZV-1 is built to get great shots while you're moving. With amazing image stabilisation, you can shoot smooth video when walking and, as the lighting changes shadow to sun, or outdoors to in, the automatic exposure (AE) tracks faces and makes sure that they always appear well-lit.
A person wearing a hat taking a selfie

Simple video stream

With a single cable, the ZV-1 can be used as an online communication tool. To use the ZV-1 as an external camera0, connect it to a PC1  or a Sony Xperia™ smartphone2  via a USB Type-C® cable connection.
ZV-1 being connected to a smartphone via USB cable and taking pictures ZV-1 being connected to a computer with a USB cable and taking pictures.

High-quality video stream

You can use the ZV-1 for high-quality live-streaming. By taking advantage of its 1.0-type sensor, you will get clean footage even in a dimly lit environment. Also, you can use the Directional Three-Capsule Mic for clear voice recording even while streaming.

Caption "Image quality" over a split screen showing the same shot of a female during a video call, with the left clip captioned "Laptop built-in camera" and the right clip captioned "Vlog camera ZV-1". Particularly when zoomed in, the image quality in the right (ZV-1) clip is far superior



Caption changes to "Even in low light situation". The left clip is poorly illuminated and poorly focused, while the right (ZV-1) clip demonstrates the brightness being automatically adjusted, and sharp focus on the subject's face


Caption changes to "Sound quality"; left clip caption changes to "Laptop built-in mic". The vlogger is live streaming, while image and sound alternate between the two clips. The sound is muffled and indistinct on the left clip, but clearer with more mid and high audio frequencies on the right (ZV-1) clip.


Repeat earlier scenes with links to related videos superimposed in four corners of the screen

Three capsule microphones are Illustration of the camera's built-in

Designed for even better audio

You can capture clear vocals even when shooting in a crowd. The camera's unique directional three-capsule mic gathers clear sound from in front of the camera, ideal for movie shooting. 
Windscreen is mounted on top of the camera.

Wind screen for outdoor shooting

The supplied wind screen reduces wind noise for worry-free outdoor shooting. As well as achieving premium sound quality, that also means you'll spend less time re-shooting and editing footage affected by wind noise.
An external microphone is attached to the MI shoe.

Use your favourite mic for the sound you want

With a microphone jack and MI shoe, you can pick from your choice of mics, to get exactly the sound you want.

Designed to be seen