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Sony ZV-E10 Review: Sony’s camera line-up gets interchangeable lens vlogging mid-range champion

The Sony ZV-E10 is an APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with 24MP resolution that is geared squarely at vloggers. An articulating selfie screen with touch capability, 4K video capture, headphone, and microphone ports, as well as an assortment of add-on accessories to aid in video capture, including the handgrip seen in the photo above (which is sold separately) and a variety of sophisticated microphones, are all included.

The ZV-specifications E10’s are recognizable to anyone who has used Sony’s entry-level a6100 camera: everything from the sensor to the AF system to the video capabilities is the same. However, there are some notable variations between them in terms of design and features. This entry-level APS-C ILC is designed in the spirit of Sony’s ZV-1 vlogging compact, which has been scaled up to a larger sensor.

Sony Alpha ZV-E10 - APS-C Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Vlog Camera Kit - Black
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Key specifications

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Highly reliable AF system with face and eye detection
  • 4K/24p video capture with no crop (4K/30p is cropped)
  • 1080/120p capture for slow-motion footage (cropped)
  • Built-in directional 3-capsule microphone with windscreen
  • Fully articulating touch-sensitive display
  • 3.5mm headphone and microphone ports
  • Livestream-capable via USB-C connection
  • 440 shots per charge, 80 mins continuous record per charge
  • Capable of shooting vertical video

Made for Video and Vlogs

The ZV-E10 is designed specifically for video-first creators, such as vloggers, and is equipped with a number of advanced features. As a result, it does away with the electronic viewfinder, built-in flash, and mode dial found in the stills-only a6100. Instead, it makes use of a high-quality three-capsule microphone (with a windshield provided) and incorporates a swing-out, front-facing LCD display screen. It’s a small, lightweight camera with dimensions of 2.5 by 4.5 by 1.8 inches (HWD) and a weight of 12 ounces.

Sony offers the camera in two colors: black (which is what we received for evaluation) and white (which we did not receive). If you already have an E-mount mirrorless system, you can purchase the body only if you want to upgrade. There’s a package option that includes the E PZ 16-50mm lens for $799.99, but if you’re into selfie vlogs, you might want a lens with a larger zoom range. As a complement to lens-based image stabilization, the camera employs digital stabilization; it is fairly good, although it does crop the picture through the lens.

Because it uses an APS-C sensor, it’s a bit smaller than the full-frame sensors used in Sony’s a7 series cameras. In addition to full-frame (FE) lenses, you may utilize lenses designed for APS-size sensors (E). When choosing full-frame glass, there is generally a trade-off in terms of cost and weight, but it is a benefit if you are already a member of the Sony system. I utilized the Sony E 10-18mm F4 and Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 lenses to achieve a wider perspective, and I even tried it with the Tamron 150-500mm lens for telephoto pictures.

Build Quality and Design

  • Compact body
  • Fully articulating screen
  • No viewfinder

If you were given the challenge of designing the smallest feasible camera that had an APS-C sensor, an E-mount, and a comfortable grip, the ZV-E10 would be the camera you would choose to build. There isn’t anything extra about the design of the form factor. It’s pretty tiny, barely able to accommodate a decent-sized sensor before bursting out the other end.

It is impossible to reduce the height any further due to the fact that the lens mount pushes up against the top and bottom borders. While the grip is modest, it is sufficient to assist handling while also providing space for the shutter button and zoom control, as well as the battery that is stored within the camera. It is instantly apparent that having a small size was one of the major aims of this product, and this has an influence on the rest of the product, causing it to fall into place.

When equipped with an NP-FW50 battery and a UHS-I SD memory card, the ZV-E10 weighs 12.1 ounces (343 grams) in total. When you include the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens, you’re looking at a one-pound (0.5 kilos) configuration that’s ready to go in seconds. The fact that the camera is small and lightweight is a significant plus for most people who film themselves with one arm extended out.

Unfortunately, it does require the smaller “old-style” Sony battery, rather of the larger ones used in the company’s most recent full-frame models. Returning to the issue of size, the NP-width FW50’s is already far thicker than the depth of the ZV-main E10’s chassis, and the battery’s height entirely consumes the vertical height available within the grip. Unless significant adjustments are made, a bigger battery will not function properly.

Video and image quality

  • Impressive photo quality for the price
  • Competitive video at up to 4K resolution 30p
  • Suffers from noticeable rolling shutter

The ZV-E10, which has more in common with the Alpha 6100 than it does with the latter, is equipped with a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. The dynamic range looks to be adequate, but not as impressive as what I’m accustomed to seeing with Sony full-frame DSLRs. One of the problems of having this camera will be increasing the ISO and therefore losing even more of the dynamic range that it offers.

In our tests with the ZV-E10, we used many different lenses, including the Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS, the Sony E 24-70 lens, the Sony E 12-24mm f/4, and the 135mm f/1.8 GM (all from Sony). Handheld in a variety of lighting conditions, from bright to dark, every combination produced a rich image with outstanding depth, detail, and contrast.

When shooting at higher sensitivity levels, such as ISO 6400, image noise on the ZV-E10 is well-controlled over the whole sensitivity range. Because the ‘Normal’ option can be a bit heavy-handed when shooting JPEGs, we recommend using the camera’s High ISO NR (noise reduction) setting to the lowest possible setting when shooting JPEGs.

Even while shooting with the camera held stationary, the video quality is outstanding. Footage captured with the ZV-E10 (shot with 8-bit color depth utilizing 4-2:0 sub-sampling) has a lot of information, while the action is smooth, and the audio quality is also superb, according to the company. When paired with the included windscreen, the Sony ZV-1’s three-capsule microphone produces higher-quality backup audio than most other portable microphones on the market. However, if you have the ability to connect in some external audio, particularly for interview-type circumstances, you should do so immediately.

The management of noise when recording video isn’t particularly impressive, and it naturally lags well behind the full-frame competitors. However, for an APS-C sensor, it is exactly where it should be, with acceptable footage captured at up to around ISO 6400 when downsampling from 4K to FullHD resolution. In any other case, we’ve found that it’s best to maintain footage at a maximum ISO of about 4000.

The primary problem with the ZV-E10 is that, in contrast to the A6100, it is primarily designed for video, which means that we must evaluate its video capabilities more rigorously. While the photo-centric A6100 might get away with a little jerky rolling shutter, a camera like the ZV-E10 would be less forgiving. When compared to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the distortion is considerably greater, and it is equivalent to that of Canon and Panasonic cameras at this price.

If you’re a studio photographer or like to shoot with your camera on a tripod, the ZV-E10 is an excellent choice. A dealbreaker for those who like to shoot in the field and enjoy an aggressive pan every now and then, this feature may be a game changer.

Live-streaming

  • Plug-and-play UVC/UAC computer connectivity
  • Also supports Sony Image Edge Webcam
  • Easy to set up with impressive results

One feature that distinguishes the Sony ZV-E10 right out of the box is its ability to broadcast video in real-time. It is compatible with both UVC and UAC support, and when used in conjunction with Imaging Edge Webcam, a free software accessible for both Mac and Windows computers.

In both cases, there is no requirement for a video capture card, which has become something of a standard software upgrade across Canon and even GoPro cameras since the epidemic began spreading. The ZV-E10 can function as a very sophisticated camera in addition to streaming to Twitch and YouTube, which is a great feature for gamers.

Performance

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • An impressive selection of video formats
  • Battery shoots roughly 80 minutes of video

The Sony ZV-E10, with its 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, brings back image technology that has been around for a long time. Because of the camera’s maximum ISO of 32,000 and its ability to shoot at speeds as fast as 1/4000, its photographic capabilities are nothing new.

Among the camera’s advantages is that it offers three levels of SteadyShot electronic stabilization, including Active, Standard, and off. In conjunction with the Optical SteadyShot, which was included on nearly all of the lenses we tested with the ZV-E10, hand-shake was effectively corrected, and pans seemed smooth.

Despite the fact that the video is taken in 4K, it is shot using 6K oversampling, which is made feasible by the high pixel count of the sensor. What is a bit of a bummer, though, is that the Sony ZV-4K E10’s footage is limited to 30 frames per second, which is the same as other 4K cameras at this price. Meanwhile, Full HD video may be captured at speeds of up to 100 frames per second, with the possibility of recording at 120 frames per second when using Sony’s S&Q mode.

Sony ZV-E10 Specifications

Price
MSRP$700 (body only), $800 (w/16-50 lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorBionz X
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-32000 (expands to 50-51200)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets10
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Sony ARW)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points425
Lens mountSony E
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Scene modesPortraitSports ActionMacroLandscapeSunsetNight SceneHand-held TwilightNight PortraitAnti Motion Blur
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/160 sec
Drive modesSingle shootingContinuousSelf-timerBracketing
Continuous drive11.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±5 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Modes3840 x 1920 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 1920 @ 25p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneMultiple
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Connectivity
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)440
Weight (inc. batteries)343 g (0.76 lb / 12.10 oz)
Dimensions115 x 64 x 45 mm (4.53 x 2.52 x 1.77″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Should I buy the Sony ZV-E10?

Your requirements include a compact vlogging camera with interchangeable lenses….

The Sony ZV-E10 is a fantastic, lightweight vlogging camera with a fully articulating screen and exceptional video quality at up to 4K resolution (30fps). Its small size makes it an excellent choice for anybody looking for a point-and-shoot camera, and Sony provides a variety of compact lenses to help you get the most out of it.

You’re looking for a high-definition streaming camera.

The Sony ZV-E10 is a high-quality webcam or live-streaming camera that is simple to set up and use. There has never been a time when it was so simple to do away with the requirement for a capture card, and Sony’s USB capabilities put that of competitors like Canon to shame.

Sony Alpha ZV-E10 - APS-C Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Vlog Camera Kit - Black
  • Large 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS Sensor and fast BIONZ X...
  • 4K Movie oversampled from 6k w/ full pixel readout, no pixel...
  • Product Showcase Setting transitions focus from face to...
  • Background Defocus button instantly toggles between defocus...
  • Easy live streaming w/ single USB cable and no extra...

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