Sony has added a new model this year to its series of vlogging cameras called the ZV-E10. It is not a sequel to the Sony ZV-1, which was launched last year, but is more of an advanced version of it, which supports interchangeable lenses and has a larger sensor. What is even more interesting is the price of this room. It’s only slightly more expensive than the ZV-1, but it costs less than the Sony A6100, which the ZV-E10 has a lot in common.
If you’re just starting to create content and don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive tools, you may be wondering what to buy. Is the Sony ZV-E10 the best vlogger camera for this? Let’s find out.
Design Sony ZV-E10
The Sony ZV-E10 is slightly larger than the ZV-1, but is still relatively compact even with the 16-50mm kit lens attached. The body weighs 343 g, but the total weight will vary depending on the lens you are using. The camera remembers the shortcut buttons for the vlogging features we saw on the ZV-1, such as Product Showcase and Background Defocus, but the look is a little different.
The Sony ZV-E10 has an additional dial at the top and a new mode button that scrolls through photo, video and S&Q shooting modes (slow and fast). This camera has a three-capsule microphone at the top, along with a hot shoe connector to its left. There is no built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), so all framing and interaction with the camera must be done using the LCD screen.
The Sony ZV-E10 handle is more fleshy than the ZV-1, as this camera uses the same battery as the A6100. The quality of the construction, as well as the fit and finish of all the panels are very good. On the left, we have two keys that protect the microphone, USB Type-C connectors, Micro-HDMI and headphones. At the bottom of the camera, we have a single compartment for the battery and SD card at one end and the tripod stand at the other. Unlike the faulty design of the ZV-1, you can change the battery on your ZV-E10 even when mounted on a tripod.
The Sony ZV-E10 has a fully articulated 3-inch LCD panel with touchscreen. Like most Sony cameras, touch functionality is limited to setting focus and reviewing images. You can only buy the ZV-E10 body for Rs. 59,490, or you can get this camera with the 16-50 mm powered kit lens that retracts inside when the camera is turned off, for a smaller footprint. The latest package has an MRP price of Rs. 69,990. This lens has a powerful zoom slider to slightly zoom in and out on the subject. In terms of optics, it has a range of aperture from f / 3.5 to f / 5.6, so it’s not the brightest or fastest of the lenses, but it does its job for occasional use.
Sony ZV-E10 specifications and features
The biggest change of the ZV-E10 compared to the ZV-1 is the APS-C sensor larger than 24.2 megapixels. This new camera uses Sony’s E-mount system, which means you have a lot to choose from when it comes to lenses. The ZV-E10 shares many features with the A6100, such as a native ISO range of 100-32,000, 425 autofocus (AF) with phase detection and contrast detection, Animal Eye-AF for photos and shooting in burst of maximum 11 fps. Hi + module. The ZV-E10 is one step ahead of the A6100 with support for advanced imaging profiles such as S-log3 and HLG for HDR workflows. This camera can be used as a webcam when connected to a computer via a cable. There is also Wi-Fi connectivity for image transfer on your phone, for which you will need the Sony Imaging Edge application.
The menu system will be familiar to existing users of Sony mirrorless cameras. You still can’t use the touch screen to navigate menus, but you can get around fairly quickly once you’ve used the buttons and the back dial. You can adjust the autofocus tracking speed, change the default rear dial shortcuts, and more here.
Sony ZV-E10 battery performance and life
Like the Sony ZV-1, the ZV-E10 makes vlogging very easy. Just point the camera at you, and the superb tracking system takes care of the rest. The Background Defocus shortcut is very useful when you are doing a vlog and want to eliminate distractions. The fold-down screen makes it easy to track whether this feature is active or not. The Product Showcase shortcut is useful when you want the camera to focus on an object that you are holding without having to lock your face. When activated, the camera essentially disables face tracking, so that it automatically moves the focus to the object closest to the lens. A thick red bar appears on the LCD screen to warn you that recording has started, which is convenient. Another feature that I found useful is the power capacity of the camera by simply opening the LCD display. You will need to leave the power switch in the “On” state for this to work.
In terms of image quality, the Sony ZV-E10 performs much better than the ZV-1, all thanks to its larger sensor. The advantage of having an APS-C sensor over a 1-inch one can be easily seen in our ISO test. Sony ZV-1 has reached a maximum of ISO 12,800 with a grainy image, but Sony ZV-E10, on the other hand, offers a relatively clean and clear image at the same ISO level. There is a minor degradation of quality at ISO 12,800 compared to lower ISO levels, but it is barely noticeable. Only when you get closer to the native ISO 32,000 maximum level of the ZV-E10 will you start to perceive a weaker clarity and a bit of granularity.
The ZV-E10 has an extended maximum ISO level of 51,200, but the image quality degrades quite a bit when pushed so far, so it’s best left only for extreme situations. Overall, the camera offers very good ISO performance for the price and even rivals the Sony A6100.
The Sony ZV-E10 is great for capturing everyday views and events. The 16-50mm kit lens provides decent sharpness at the longest focal length, but it drops slightly at higher zoom levels. I also noticed a bit of color aberration in some photos, but it wasn’t bad enough to ruin a photo. The camera tends to use a high ISO even during the day because the lens does not have a very wide aperture and narrows as the focal length increases. For clearer photos, you’d better use a quick lens with this camera.
Eye and face detection works very well. Sony ZV-E10 even supports Eye-AF in video at up to 4K, but only for human subjects. You will need to remember to switch Eye-AF to human or animal, depending on the subject. Animal Eye-AF worked well in my experience when I took pictures of local stray cats. Sony’s autofocus is also quite reliable, and the reticle remembers the subject even if it leaves the frame for a moment and returns.
Daytime photos taken with the Sony ZV-E10 generally had good detail and color, given the limitations of the kit lens. In low light conditions, the noise reduction function in the room does a decent job of keeping the images clean. I noticed a bit of focus when trying to shoot distant objects at the telephoto end of the zoom range, but this wasn’t a common occurrence. 4K videos packed in great detail and autofocus tracking worked well even for fast-moving subjects such as pets.
There is an electronic stabilizer that worked well enough in good light conditions, but at night, there was agitation visible in the video. The shutter was a problem when shooting at 4K (a jelly-like effect when you quickly move the camera left or right), but this effect was minimal at 1080p. This can be a big problem if your shooting style includes fast panels. If this happens, you will need to use a lower resolution to avoid it.
Battery life has been more than satisfactory. The Sony ZV-E10 uses the same NP-FW50 battery as the A6100, but is rated to deliver 440 slightly better photos per charge (compared to 420). With actual use, I was able to exceed the nominal number, which is generally the case. Even with the mixed use of photos, burst photos, and short 4K videos, I was able to comfortably spend more than half a day filming. The ZV-E10 can also be powered by its USB Type-C port, so you can continue filming if you connect it to a power bank.
Sony ZV-E10 has the best features of ZV-1 and A6100 in one package and has a price between them, which makes it a choice. If you haven’t bought the ZV-1 or A6100 yet, the ZV-E10 is something you should look into.
Compared to the ZV-1, the ZV-E10 offers more flexibility in choosing lenses, better battery life, and better image quality. The Sony A6100 is more expensive than the ZV-E10, and with it, you’ll get a full-featured electronic viewfinder and selector. However, apart from these features, the two rooms are not too different. In fact, the ZV-E10 does a few things better with the USB Type-C port, S-Log and HLG image profile support, headphone jack, and more, while costing less. Shutter is a problem when shooting at 4K on the ZV-E10, which I hope will be fixed with a future firmware update.
Overall, the Sony ZV-E10 is a solid entry point into the world of mirrorless cameras. It is quite easy to use for beginners, but it offers a lot of advanced features to make professionals happy as well.