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Sony ZV-1F Comparison Review

The Sony ZV-1F is a fixed lens compact camera that was revealed to the public in October 2022 and is equipped with an one-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 20 megapixel.

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Is the Sony ZV-1F a good camera? The ZV-1F has a Camera Elo of 2546. This rating puts the ZV-1F among the top 20 percent of all prime lens compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (one inch cameras), the ZV-1F also ranks among the top 20 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 4.5-star performance rating.

Headline Specifications
Sony ZV-1F
Fixed lens compact camera
20mm f/2.0
20 MP, 1" Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 125 - 12 800 (80 - 25 600)
no viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Swivel touchscreen
16 shutter flaps per second
360 shots per battery charge
106 x 60 x 46 mm, 256 g

Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The physical dimensions of the Sony ZV-1F relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Sony ZV-1F vs credit card front
ZV-1F versus credit card top view
ZV-1F and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sony ZV-1F alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony ZV-1F 106 mm 60 mm 46 mm 256 g 360 n Oct 2022 499 amazon.com
2.
 
Fujifilm XF10 113 mm 64 mm 41 mm 279 g 330 n Jul 2018 499ebay.com
3.
 
Sony RX100 VII 102 mm 58 mm 43 mm 302 g 260 n Jul 2019 1,199 amazon.com
4.
 
Sony RX100 VI 102 mm 58 mm 43 mm 301 g 240 n Jun 2018 1,199ebay.com
5.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 amazon.com
6.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 amazon.com
7.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399ebay.com
8.
 
Sony RX100 V 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 299 g 220 n Oct 2016 999ebay.com
9.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349ebay.com
10.
 
Sony HX350 130 mm 93 mm 103 mm 652 g 300 n Dec 2016 449ebay.com
11.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429ebay.com
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Sony ZV-1F was launched in the US market at a price of $499. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Sony ZV-1F features an one-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.7. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sony ZV-1F among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Sony ZV-1F sensor measures

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of alternatives.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Sony ZV-1F 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.312.890467
2.
 
Fujifilm XF10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p24.013.4184483
3.
 
Sony RX100 VII 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p21.812.441863
4.
 
Sony RX100 VI 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.112.347864
5.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.1105851
6.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.1105751
7.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p20.612.2107051
8.
 
Sony RX100 V 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.458670
9.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p20.411.882248
10.
 
Sony HX350 1/2.3 19.9 5152 38641080/60p20.511.989649
11.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p20.211.673847
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The ZV-1F indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the ZV-1F can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The following tables report on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Sony ZV-1F and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Sony ZV-1Fnone n3.0 / 922 swivel Y 1/2000s 16.0/s n n
2.
 
Fujifilm XF10none n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
3.
 
Sony RX100 VII2359 n3.0 / 921 tilting Y 1/2000s 90.0/s Y Y
4.
 
Sony RX100 VI2359 n3.0 / 1229 tilting Y 1/2000s 24.0/s Y Y
5.
 
Sony HX99638 n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
6.
 
Sony HX95638 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
7.
 
Sony WX800none n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
8.
 
Sony RX100 V2359 n3.0 / 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 24.0/s Y Y
9.
 
Sony HX80638 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
10.
 
Sony HX350202 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/4000s 10.0/s Y Y
11.
 
Sony HX90V638 n3.0 / 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0/s Y Y
Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.

The LCD screen on the Sony ZV-1F is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD is hinged on the side and can be flipped out for odd-angle shots in both portrait and landscape orientation. Also, this fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment is often appreciated by videographers for its flexibility. Moreover, v-loggers like the design because the screen can be turned to be front-facing.

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Flexible screen on the ZV-1F

It is worthwhile pointing out that the ZV-1F has a touchscreen. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, when trying to adjust the focus point.

Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Sony ZV-1F and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Sony ZV-1F-stereo / monoY--3.0Y-Y
2.
 
Fujifilm XF10-stereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Sony RX100 VII-stereo / monoY-micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Sony RX100 VI-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
5.
 
Sony HX99-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
6.
 
Sony HX95-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
7.
 
Sony WX800-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
8.
 
Sony RX100 V-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Sony HX80-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Sony HX350-stereo / mono--micro2.0---
11.
 
Sony HX90V-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-

It is notable that the ZV-1F has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

The ZV-1F has a prime lens built in (7.6mm f/2.0), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length of 20mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic of similar focal length and aperture specifications.

Further information on the features and operation of the ZV-1F can be found in the free online Sony ZV-1F Manual or on the Sony support site.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the ZV-1F in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate. This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).

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Review Scores
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Sony ZV-1F......78/100.... Oct 2022 499 amazon.com
2.
 
Fujifilm XF10....4/575/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2018 499ebay.com
3.
 
Sony RX100 VII4.5/5..4/5..4/55/5 Jul 2019 1,199 amazon.com
4.
 
Sony RX100 VI4.5/5+ +..83/1004/54.5/5 Jun 2018 1,199ebay.com
5.
 
Sony HX99........4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 amazon.com
6.
 
Sony HX95............ Aug 2018 429 amazon.com
7.
 
Sony WX800............ Oct 2018 399ebay.com
8.
 
Sony RX100 V4.5/5+ +..83/1004/54.5/5 Oct 2016 999ebay.com
9.
 
Sony HX80............ Mar 2016 349ebay.com
10.
 
Sony HX350..........4/5 Dec 2016 449ebay.com
11.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +....4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429ebay.com
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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Sony ZV-1F FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the ZV-1F.

What technology is the imaging sensor in the ZV-1F based on?

The camera is build around a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Sony equipped the ZV-1F with the BIONZ X image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the ZV-1F?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-25600.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the ZV-1F is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Sony ZV-1F?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Sony ZV-1F has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony ZV-1F?

The ZV-1F offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Sony ZV-1F feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

Does the Sony ZV-1F support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).

Which battery does the ZV-1F use?

The camera gets its power from the NP-BX1 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make your choice using the following search menu. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Sony ZV-1F
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 20mm f/2.0
    Launch Date October 2022
    Launch Price USD 499
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 116 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 20 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5 472 x 3 648 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.41 μm
    Pixel Density 17.18 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 125 - 12 800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 25 600 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ X
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    V-logging Friendliness Front-flip possible
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 16 shutter flaps/s
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type NP-BX1 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)360 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 106 x 60 x 46 mm
    (4.2 x 2.4 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 256 g (9.0 oz)

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