Hello there. This is an in-depth review of one of the Best Beginner Video Cameras on the market today; The Sony ZV-E10. We’ve pushed this camera to its video limits in different settings to see how it would perform. At the end of this article, we’re going to reveal whether we would recommend it.
Throughout the article we’re only going to be looking at video quality and video specs, not photography. We’ll look at the Specs, the Pros and Cons, and our honest thoughts about the camera.
Some of the categories covered are just weighed different. I’m just trying to educate you, so you can decide whether the camera is good for you, and your needs.
Sony ZV-E10 Camera Review
We’ll dive right into it.
First things first, it’s Price. As a beginner you don’t have a huge budget, so we wanted to keep this below $800. While that is still a bit expensive, we wouldn’t feel right recommending cameras much cheaper than this, for high quality content. The Sony ZV-E10 with the lens comes in at $798.
You’re probably asking yourself, is a beginner camera really worth that much? Keep reading and find out.
Sensor size and Processors.
The Sony ZV-E10 features a 24.2MP APS-C EXMOR Sensor and a BIONX X Processor.
Now let’s go ahead and talk about the best 4K image. The ZV-E10 camera can shoot 4K. To test it, we set it up filming at 4K /24fps.
The 4K image on the ZV-E10 is impressive. This is because when filming 4K on the Sony, you’re using an over sampled 6K sensor. That means the entire sensor is giving you a 6K readout and the camera is converting that into a 4K image.
The ZV-E10 has a great auto focus system, but only when you can use it.
The Sony ZV-E10 features a 425 point fast hypered auto focus system. This tech uses face detection and contrast detection to achieve focusing performance that is fast, accurate and natural.
Frame Rates and Formats
This may not matter to some. However, if you’re a beginner hoping to get most out their camera, this part is for you.
In the Sony, 4K UHD video recording is possible up to 30fps. In full HD 1080p, frame rates include 24fps, 30fps, and 60fps. Moreover, it offers high speed shooting capabilities up to 1080p at 120fps. In addition to internal recording you can also record to an external monitor via the HDMI on the side for a clean 4K recording with 4.2.2 sampling and no overheating. This will give you more information to work with in post and overall better image.
As I told you both of this camera can shoot at 120fps but only at 1080p which is not bad for a beginner camera.
It is important to know that in the Sony ZV-E10, mechanical stabilization is only offered by the lens. If you have a lens that says IS or OSS on it, you’re good to go.
It also features electronic stabilization, but it imposes a crop on the image.
In 4K on the ZV-E10; IS OFF you get a 1.08x crop, ‘IS STADARD’ you get a 1.08x crop, and ‘IS HIGH’ you get a 1.19x crop.
Sony put the EML on the ZV-E10 camera so you can use their whole collection of lenses with their ZV-E10. That way if you upgrade the camera body, you can still use your lenses.
The Sony ZV-E10 it has no record limits. This is really nice for longer interviews, weddings, and talking head stuff. The caveat though is that it does overheat, and that’s something to be aware of.
Dynamic Range and Picture Profiles
We did a variety to tests to check out the picture profiles.
One thing the Sony ZV-E10 has over most other cameras in this price point, is Sony’s Cinema Picture Profiles. And there are 10 different options. These profiles are for the ability to shoot low contrast looks for more grading in post. The camera also offers S-LOG 2 and S-LOG 3, as well as HLG capture. However, this is not a bit color depth camera.
We tested the camera filming at 4K 24fps, 150 shutter speed, and a variety of different ISO levels to find the cleanest image. I would recommend not surpassing ISO 6400.
The camera features a fully articulating, which is just awesome. The screen is nice and bright and is partly touch screen. This is one of the most frustrating parts about this camera and Sony in my opinion. Why not just make the whole screen touch screen?
When doing the battery tests, we set the cameras indoors shooting a single subject. The Sony will last around 80 minutes, continuously recording at 4K 24fps provided it doesn’t over heat.
Audio and Accessories
Thanks to its internal directional 3 capsule mic, enables the audio capture to be very clear. It also helps capture the speaker’s voice and the provided wind screen to greatly reduce wind noise. For extended audio options, it includes a digital audio interface via the MI shoe on the top. You can use this to connect an external directional microphone, which is a great option for talking heads and vlogs. In addition, they also included a headphone jack which allows the camera operator to accurately monitor sound recordings. The Sony can also be connected directly to a computer and used as a webcam for streaming.
The Sony ZV-E10 camera can produce great results, if you know its weaknesses, you know how to cater to them. It is actually one of the best (If not the Best) Beginner video cameras of 2022.
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