One year after the release of the ZV1

, the most efficient compact expert in the catalogue to be able to take videos and vlog on YouTube, Sony presents the ZV-E10, a (logical) sequel in the form of an APS-C camera with interchangeable lenses. A larger battery, a wider range of focal lengths, the same (or even lower) price and a larger sensor make the camera an excellent product right out of the box.

Sony wants to address the same audience, i.e. customers looking for a camera for mostly video use. The market is very competitive here with competition in different formats, but equally relevant to the general public looking for a tool to shoot memories: classic cameras, action cameras (GoPro or Insta360 Go 2 style) as well as the best smartphones for photography. A colleague of the Journal du Geek has already tested the Sony ZV-E10 and here is his opinion


ZV-E10 : a ZV1 APS-C

Sony has traded the compact format with the Zeiss lens of the ZV-1 for a more classic APS-C, but still mirrorless

and with a larger sensor. It takes advantage of its slightly larger body size to get a bigger battery (80 minutes of video against only 45 minutes for the ZV-1). It also features more comfortable buttons and more physical shortcuts. A microphone jack and a 3.5mm headphone jack are also added.

The 24.2-megapixel sensor is larger with a native ISO range of 100 to 32,000. Light sensitivity is reasonable, but you’ll have to limit yourself to an aperture of f/3.5 with the 16-50mm lens (f/3.5-5.6) sold in kit. As for the autofocus, it is still as efficient as on the ZV-1. 425 collimators are claimed, like on the Sony Alpha A6300, A6400, A6500 series. Subject and eye tracking is once again available and particularly effective.

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The video result is a 4K format at 60 frames per second, but it is also possible to shoot in 6K with an advantage. Sony’s 6K upsampling adds even more sharpness to 4K images for a result that is simply excellent, surpassing the quality of the photo sensors of the best smartphones on the market. The “Bokeh Switch” mode is available, a shortcut to decide to quickly blur the background (optically, unlike smartphones and their portrait mode).

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The problem with the Sony ZV-E10

Everything seems to make the ZV-E10 a much more interesting camera than the ZV-1. Sony may have disguised its A6000 range, but it still offers the camera at a much better price than the 1000+ euro price tag of others. The camera is priced at €750 with the bare body and €850 with the 16-50mm lens. But the ZV-1 still has one advantage, and not the least: optical stabilization. The ZV-E10 doesn’t have it.

Sony does wonders with autofocus, but stabilization is still a point that is not so easily democratized. To limit the price of the ZV-E10, the brand has not integrated an optical stabilizer and only digital stabilization is possible. To avoid that it distorts your videos, you will have to invest in a stabilizer such as the DJI Osmo Mobile 4.