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Sony ZV-E10 Comparison Review

The Sony ZV-E10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was revealed to the public in July 2021 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 24 megapixel.

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Is the Sony ZV-E10 a good camera? The ZV-E10 has a Camera Elo of 2868. This rating puts the ZV-E10 among the top 30 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (APS cameras), the ZV-E10 ranks among the top 10 percent.

Headline Specifications
Sony ZV-E10
Mirrorless system camera
Sony E mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 100 - 32 000 (100 - 51 200)
no viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Swivel touchscreen
11 shutter flaps per second
440 shots per battery charge
115 x 64 x 45 mm, 343 g


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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 side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Sony ZV-E10 vis-à-vis a credit card. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Sony ZV-E10 vs credit card front
ZV-E10 versus credit card top view
ZV-E10 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sony ZV-E10 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-E10 115 mm 64 mm 45 mm 343 g 440 n Jul 2021 699 i
2.
 
Canon M50 Mark II 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 387 g 305 n Oct 2020 599 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E4 121 mm 73 mm 33 mm 364 g 380 n Jan 2021 849 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 121 mm 84 mm 55 mm 370 g 270 n Jan 2020 699 i
5.
 
Panasonic G110 116 mm 83 mm 54 mm 352 g 270 n Jun 2020 649 i
6.
 
Sony ZV-1 105 mm 60 mm 44 mm 294 g 260 n May 2020 799 i
7.
 
Sony A6100 120 mm 67 mm 59 mm 396 g 420 n Aug 2019 749 i
8.
 
Sony A5100 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 283 g 400 n Aug 2014 549 i
9.
 
Sony A6000 120 mm 67 mm 45 mm 344 g 360 n Feb 2014 599i
10.
 
Sony RX100 III 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 290 g 320 n May 2014 799i
11.
 
Sony A3000 128 mm 91 mm 85 mm 411 g 470 n Aug 2013 329i
Notes: 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-E10 was launched in the US market at a price of $699. 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. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels 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 associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

The Sony ZV-E10 features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.5. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sony ZV-E10 among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Sony ZV-E10 sensor measures

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. 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-E10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.213.8213485
2.
 
Canon M50 Mark II APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p24.013.6193983
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Fujifilm X-E4 APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p24.213.7208585
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.113.6199184
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Panasonic G110 Four Thirds 20.2 5184 38884K/30p23.313.2139176
6.
 
Sony ZV-1 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.212.666966
7.
 
Sony A6100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.113.6194784
8.
 
Sony A5100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.812.7134780
9.
 
Sony A6000 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.113.1134782
10.
 
Sony RX100 III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.412.349567
11.
 
Sony A3000 APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.712.8106878
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 also of capturing video footage. The ZV-E10 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the ZV-E10 can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The following tables report on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Sony ZV-E10 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)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Sony ZV-E10none n3.0 / 922 swivel Y 1/4000s 11.0 n n
2.
 
Canon M50 Mark II2360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E42360 n3.0 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 n n
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T2002360 n3.5 / 2780 swivel Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n
5.
 
Panasonic G1103680 n3.0 / 1840 swivel Y 1/500s 10.0 Y n
6.
 
Sony ZV-1none n3.0 / 922 swivel Y 1/2000s 24.0 n Y
7.
 
Sony A61001440 n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 11.0 Y n
8.
 
Sony A5100none n3.0 / 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
9.
 
Sony A60001440 n3.0 / 922 tilting n 1/4000s 11.0 Y n
10.
 
Sony RX100 III1440 n3.0 / 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Sony A3000202 n3.0 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n

The LCD screen on the Sony ZV-E10 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-E10

It is worthwhile pointing out that the ZV-E10 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-E10 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-E10Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.2YYY
2.
 
Canon M50 Mark IIYstereo / monoY-micro2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E4Ystereo / monoY-micro3.2Y-Y
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T200Ystereo / monoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
5.
 
Panasonic G110Ystereo / monoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Sony ZV-1Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0YYY
7.
 
Sony A6100Ystereo / monoY-micro2.0YYY
8.
 
Sony A5100-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Sony A6000Ystereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
10.
 
Sony RX100 III-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
11.
 
Sony A3000Ystereo / mono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the ZV-E10 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.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the handling experience and imaging performance when actually working with the ZV-E10. 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 hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular 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-E10....4/582/100..4.5/5 Jul 2021 699 i
2.
 
Canon M50 Mark II4/5..4/5..4.5/53.5/5 Oct 2020 599 i
3.
 
Fujifilm X-E44/5..4/5..4.5/54/5 Jan 2021 849 i
4.
 
Fujifilm X-T2003.5/5..4/582/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2020 699 i
5.
 
Panasonic G1104/5..4/578/1004/54/5 Jun 2020 649 i
6.
 
Sony ZV-14/5..4.5/585/1004/54.5/5 May 2020 799 i
7.
 
Sony A6100....4/582/1004/55/5 Aug 2019 749 i
8.
 
Sony A51004.5/5+....4.5/55/5 Aug 2014 549 i
9.
 
Sony A60005/5+4.5/580/1004.5/55/5 Feb 2014 599i
10.
 
Sony RX100 III5/5+ +..82/1004.5/55/5 May 2014 799i
11.
 
Sony A30003/5+....4/54/5 Aug 2013 329i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

Sony ZV-E10 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the ZV-E10.

What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the ZV-E10?

The camera is build around a CMOS (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-E10 with the BIONZ X image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the ZV-E10?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 32000.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the ZV-E10 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Sony ZV-E10?

Sony mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the ZV-E10. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the ZV-E10 over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my ZV-E10?

Sony embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your ZV-E10 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Sony ZV-E10?

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

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony ZV-E10?

The ZV-E10 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-E10 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-E10 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-E10 use?

The camera gets its power from the NP-FW50 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Where can I find the best deals for the ZV-E10?

Grey imports from Asia, as found on eBay, are often very attractively priced. However, these cameras come without a warranty from Sony.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just make your choice using the following search menu. An an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Sony ZV-E10
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Sony E mount lenses
    Launch Date July 2021
    Launch Price USD 699
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 367 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6 000 x 4 000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.91 μm
    Pixel Density 6.55 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 32 000 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51 200 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 On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 11 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.2
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type NP-FW50 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 115 x 64 x 45 mm
    (4.5 x 2.5 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 343 g (12.1 oz)

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