Sony ZV-E10 review: jack of all trades





Sony added a new model to its vlogging camera series this year, the ZV-E10. This is not a follow-up to the Sony ZV-1, which launched last year, but rather an advanced version that supports interchangeable lenses and has a larger sensor. What’s even more interesting is the price of this camera. It’s only a little more expensive than the ZV-1, but cheaper than Sony’s A6100, with which the ZV-E10 shares a lot in common.

If you’re just starting out as a content creator and don’t want to spend a lot of money on really expensive material yet, you might be wondering what to buy. Is the Sony ZV-E10 the best budget vlogger camera for work? Let’s find out.

Sony ZV-E10 design

The Sony ZV-E10 has slightly larger dimensions than the ZV-1 but remains relatively compact even with the 16-50mm kit lens attached. The case weighs 343g but the total weight will vary depending on the lens you are using. The camera retains the shortcut buttons for the vlogging features we saw on the ZV-1, such as Product Showcase and Background Defocus, but the layout is a bit different.

The Sony ZV-E10 has an additional dial on the top and a new mode button that cycles through photos, video, and S&Q (slow and fast) shooting modes. This camera has a three capsule microphone on top as well as 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.

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The Sony ZV-E10 has a fully articulated LCD display with touch functionality

The Sony ZV-E10’s grip is meatier than that of the ZV-1, as this camera uses the same battery as the A6100. The build quality as well as the fit and finish of all panels are very good. On the left we have two flaps that protect the microphone, the USB Type-C, Micro-HDMI and headphone connectors. At the bottom of the camera we have a single compartment for the battery and SD card on one end and the tripod mount on the other. Unlike the faulty design of the ZV-1, you can replace the ZV-E10’s battery even when it is mounted on a tripod.

The Sony ZV-E10 features a 3 inch fully articulated LCD panel with touch support. Like most Sony cameras, touch functionality is limited to focusing and reviewing images. You can buy only the body of the ZV-E10 for Rs. 59,490, or you can get this camera with the 16-50mm powered kit lens that retracts inward when the camera is turned off, for a small footprint. The latter package is priced at an MRP of Rs. 69,990. This lens features a motorized zoom slider for smooth zooming in and out of your subject. In terms of optics, it has an aperture range of f / 3.5 to f / 5.6, so it’s not the brightest or fastest of the lenses, but it gets the job done for use. occasional.

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There’s a good selection of ports, including a headphone jack and a USB Type-C port

Sony ZV-E10 Specifications and Features

The ZV-E10’s biggest change from the ZV-1 is its larger 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. This new camera uses Sony’s E-mount system, which means you have a lot of choices when it comes to lenses. The ZV-E10 shares many features with the A6100, such as a native ISO range of 100 to 32,000, 425 autofocus (AF) points with phase detection and contrast detection, Animal eye-AF for still images and maximum burst shooting of 11 frames per second. Hi + mode. The ZV-E10 is ahead of the A6100 with support for advanced image 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 to transfer images to your phone, for which you will need Sony’s Imaging Edge app.

The menu system will be familiar to users of existing Sony mirrorless cameras. You still can’t use the touchscreen to navigate the menus, but you can move around quite quickly once you get the hang of using the buttons and the rear dial. You can adjust the autofocus tracking speed, change the default rear dial shortcuts, and more from here.

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The Sony ZV-E10 has some cool features like the bold red frame that pops up when recording videos

Sony ZV-E10 performance and battery life

Just like the Sony ZV-1, the ZV-E10 makes vlogging super 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 vlogging and want to eliminate distractions. The folding screen makes it easy to know whether this function is active or not. The Product Showcase shortcut is useful when you want the camera to focus on an object you’re holding without having to block your face. When enabled, the camera essentially turns off face tracking so that it automatically shifts the focus to the object closest to the lens. A thick red bar appears on the LCD screen to alert you that recording has started, which is convenient. Another feature that I have found useful is the ability to turn on the camera by simply opening the LCD screen. You will need to leave the power switch in the “On” state for this to work.

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Sony ZV-E10 ISO test

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 sensor can easily be seen in our ISO test. The Sony ZV-1 hit a maximum of ISO 12,800 with a grainy image, but the Sony ZV-E10, on the other hand, delivers a relatively clean and crisp image at the same ISO level. There is minor degradation in quality at ISO 12,800 from lower ISO levels, but it’s barely noticeable. It’s only when you get closer to the ZV-E10’s native maximum ISO level of 32,000 ISO that you will begin to notice less sharpness and some graininess.

The ZV-E10 has a maximum extended ISO level of 51,200 but the image quality degrades a bit when pushed this far, so it’s best to leave it only for extreme situations. Overall, the camera offers very good high ISO performance for the price, and even rivals Sony’s own A6100.

The Sony ZV-E10 is ideal for casually capturing everyday sights and events. The 16-50mm kit lens provides decent sharpness at the widest focal length, but it decreases a bit at higher zoom levels. I also noticed a bit of chromatic aberration in some photos but it wasn’t that bad to ruin a shot. The camera tends to resort to high ISO even during the day, as the lens does not have a very large aperture and it narrows as you increase the focal length. For sharper photos, you’d better use a fast prime lens with this camera.

Eye and face detection also works great. The Sony ZV-E10 even supports Eye-AF in video up to 4K, but only for human subjects. You will need to remember to switch the Eye-AF to human or animal, depending on your subject. Animal Eye-AF worked well in my experience when I took pictures of some local stray cats. Sony’s tracking autofocus is also pretty reliable, and the reticle remembers your subject even if it goes out of frame for a while and comes back.

Sony ZV-E10 sample: ISO 400, f / 5.6, 75mm (tap to view resized image)

Sony ZV-E10 sample: ISO 2,500, f / 5.6, 75mm (tap to view resized image)

Sony ZV-E10 sample: ISO 1600, f / 4, 19mm (tap to view resized image)

Sony ZV-E10 sample: ISO 6400, f / 4.5, 37mm (tap to view resized image)

Daylight photos taken with the Sony ZV-E10 generally had good detail and colors, given the limitations of the kit lens. In low light, the camera’s noise reduction feature does a decent job of keeping images clean. I noticed a bit of focus search when trying to shoot distant objects at the telephoto end of the zoom range, but it wasn’t a regular occurrence. 4K videos packed with great detail and tracking autofocus worked well, even for fast moving subjects like pets.

There is electronic stabilization that worked quite well in good light, but at night there was noticeable jitter in video. The rolling shutter was an issue when shooting in 4K (a frozen effect when quickly panning the camera left or right), but this effect was minimal at 1080p. This could be a big deal if your shooting style includes quick panning. If so, you will need to use a lower resolution to avoid it.

The battery life was more than satisfactory. The Sony ZV-E10 uses the same NP-FW50 battery as the A6100, but is designed to deliver slightly better 440 photos per charge (up from 420). With actual use I was able to go beyond the nominal number which is usually the case. Even with mixed use of stills, burst shots, and short 4K video clips, I was able to comfortably spend more than half a day shooting. The ZV-E10 can also be powered through its USB Type-C port, so you can keep shooting if you connect it to a power bank.

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The Sony ZV-E10 offers the best features of the ZV-1 and A6100 in one package

Verdict

The Sony ZV-E10 has the best features of the ZV-1 and A6100 in one package, and it’s priced between them, making it an obvious choice. If you haven’t bought the ZV-1 or the A6100 yet, the ZV-E10 is what you should be looking at.

Compared to the ZV-1, the ZV-E10 offers more flexibility in lens choice, better battery life and better picture quality. The Sony A6100 is more expensive than the ZV-E10, and with it you’ll get an electronic viewfinder and a full mode dial. However, apart from these specs, the two cameras aren’t too different. In fact, the ZV-E10 does a few things better with its USB Type-C port, support for S-Log and HLG image profiles, headphone jack, and more, all while costing less. The rolling shutter is an issue when shooting 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 also offers a lot of advanced features to satisfy professionals.





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