Sony has launched its second vlogger-focused camera. The ZV-E10 follows the ZV-1 launched last year, but while the ZV-1 was a fixed lens camera, the ZV-E10 is an interchangeable lens camera.
The ZV-E10 is essentially a streamlined version of the Alpha 6400, with some features removed for easier operation while adding some vlogging-centric functionality.
The ZV-E10 has the same 24,2 megapixel APS-C sensor that Sony has used for several years on its a6000 series cameras. It is also capable of recording 4K videos at up to 30 frames per second in 4-bit 2: 0: 8. Like the a6400, the ZV-E10 also supports shooting in S-Log2, S-Log3, and HLG profiles to capture a wider dynamic range.
The a6400's flip-up screen has been replaced with a fully hinged side-hinged screen that flips and turns in the other direction to check in. The touchscreen is the only viewfinder on the ZV-E10, as the electronic viewfinder has been removed.
Other omissions on the ZV-E10 include the mode dial, which has been replaced with a simple switch to switch between still photo, movie, and slow-motion video modes. The flash has also been removed.
However, as mentioned earlier, the ZV-E10 also gains a few features over the a6400. There is now a prominent video recording button at the top, making it easy to start recording even if the camera is facing you. A tally light on the front lets you know when the camera is rolling, as does a prominent red border around the viewfinder. You can now control zooming on lenses with motorized zoom mechanisms using a slide switch around the shutter release button.
In addition, the ZV-E10 has a large stereo microphone on the top and you also get a silencer for it in the box. The ZV-E10 has dedicated ports for the microphone and headphones for monitoring and the outdated microUSB port has been replaced with a USB-C port.
Because the ZV-E10 is meant to be a streamlined camera for the beginner, it has the same kind of streamlined quick access buttons for quickly switching your depth of field from deep to shallow and for engaging a focus mode. product that will quickly switch from front-facing AF to something held close to the lens when recording videos on the ZV-1.
Other than that, the ZV-E10 is pretty much the same as the Sony a6400, which isn't that bad considering the ZV-E10 starts at $ 700 for the body only while the a6400 costs around 900. $. A kit with the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS electric zoom lens will be available for $ 800.
The ZV-E10 will be available in black and white in late August.