All three of these cameras are aimed at content creators, but they all have pros and cons.
Most people who are doing vlogging will benefit the most from the ZV-1 ii, but if not, the ZV-1 still seems to be the clear winner.
Comparing the Sony ZV-1, ZV-1 ii and ZV-1F
The main difference between these cameras is the focal length. The Sony ZV-1 and ZV-1 ii are the most similar but the biggest change with the ZV-1 ii is focal length and aperture. The Sony ZV-1 has a focal length of 24mm while the ZV-1 ii has a focal length of 18mm.
That’s huge if you need to vlog, but if not, you probably don’t need all the features of the ZV-1 ii. The problem with the ZV-1 is the variable aperture. It’s not a problem at 18mm, but once you zoom in you’ll lose bokeh and light.
I think the ZV-1F is the oddest of these three. It’s a compact vlog camera that doesn’t have great stabilization. Now this camera is fine if you have a gimbal and you mostly vlog, but it has a poor rolling shutter. It’s my least favorite out of the three unless you have a specific purpose for it.
Below I’ve made a table comparing the three cameras to help you have a better understanding of the basic technical specifications of all these cameras.
|Specification||Sony ZV-1||Sony ZV-1 ii||Sony ZV-F|
|Sensor Type||1″-Type CMOS||1″ stacked CMOS sensor||1″-Type CMOS|
|Sensor Resolution||20.1 MP||20.1 MP||20.1 MP|
|Sensor Size||13.2 x 8.8mm (1″)||13.2 x 8.8mm (1″)||13.2 x 8.8mm (1″)|
|Native ISO Range||125-12,800||125-12,800||125-12,800|
|Image Processor||Bionz X||Bionz X||Bionz X|
|Phase Detection Autofocus||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Phase Detection Autofocus Points||315 AF Points||315 AF Points||315 AF Points|
|Focal Length in 35mm Equiv||24-70mm||20mm 1.8 Fixed||24-200mm|
|Optical Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes (enhanced)||Yes|
|Integrated ND Filter||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/32000 sec||1/32000 sec||1/32000 sec|
|Startup Time||2.0 sec||2.0 sec||2.0 sec|
|Product showcase||Yes||Yes||Product Showcase|
|Auto ISO Min Shutter Speed||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Flash Hotshoe with interface shoe||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Memory Card Slot||SD UHS-I||SD UHS-I||SD UHS-I|
|LCD Screen||3.0″ Flip||3.0″ Flip||3.0″ Flip|
|LCD Touchscreen||Yes||Yes (More advanced||Yes|
|Video Recording||4K, up to 30 fps||4K, up to 30 fps||4K, up to 30 fps|
|Slow Motion Video Duration||8 sec||8 sec||8 sec|
|USB||2.0, Charging||USB-C, 2.0, Charging||USB-C, 2.0, Charging|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||260 shots||260 shots||260 shots|
|Cinematic vlog mode||No||No||Yes|
|Price (as of 06/1/2023||$698||$898||$498|
Sony ZV-1 Pros and Cons
- 24-70mm focal length
- 1.8-2.8 aperture
- Not for vlogging
- Less AI features as Mark ii
Sony ZV-1 ii Pros and Cons
- Better for vlogging
- AI features
- Small aperture
- Good for vlogging
- Maximum aperture of 1.8
- Fixed focal length (20mm)
- Poor stabilization.
What’s the difference between the ZV-1 and ZV-1F
The ZV-1F is only better because it has a wider focal length of 20mm, so it’s better for vlogging. With that said, the stabilization on the ZV-1F is not great, so I recommend using a smaller gimbal like the Crane M3.
If you’re filming yourself from further away, most content creators prefer a closer lens like 24-35mm. I personally prefer 35mm and only shoot at 20mm for vlogging.
You can still do vlogging with the Sony ZV-1, you just need a longer tripod like the mantispod in the extended mode.
What camera is best for most people
The two best cameras from this list are the Sony ZV-1 and the ZV-1 ii. If you don’t need to vlog and you don’t need the newest features, the Sony ZV-1 is the best camera for most people. It has a closer zoom range, a better minimum aperture to increase bokeh, and it’s much more affordable than ZV-1 ii.
I have a tendency to vlog on my iPhone, so that’s why the ZV-1 still sticks out to me. It’s just a great camera for filmmaking and shooting B-roll.
However, the ZV-1 ii has a stacked sensor and real-time AF which makes it a better photography camera for sports or action. It’s also a better camera if you need a better camera for vlogging and it has a little better image stabilization.
I hope this helped you have a better idea of what camera will work best for you. If you’re a vlogger, go for the ZV-1 ii. If you don’t need the vlog features, get the ZV-1. And if you love 20mm and don’t need to zoom in, get the ZV-1F.
There are a lot of great features moving to a 1″ sensor, and any of these cameras will do a great job for content creators, but I still personally think the ZV-1 is best for my situation.