Sony ZV-1 notes from Singapore
Upgraded from a G7X mk3 to the Sony ZV-1 for my Youtubing ambitions
Published: Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 Last modified: Friday, May 12, 2023
tl;dr if you are an image quality nazi, consider this. If you value convenience, get an iPhone 12
From Cathay Photo on the 14th of July 2020 I upgraded from my Canon G7X mkiii
- Sony ZV-1 SGD999
- Free: 64GB card
- Purchase with Purchase: Sony VCT-SGR-1 SGD97
Prices quoted above are GST inclusive and valid till 2 August 2020. Warranty is 15 months upon online registration and non-transferable.
Starts for no reason whatsoever
Just brushing against it is enough to inadvertently turn on the ZV-1 camera!
This memory card include the bundle is quite astonishing really. It’s much faster than the Sandisk Extreme (150 MB/s) to import data.
I think the key difference is the SDXC mark II moniker.
This is the key difference over the Canon G7X mk III for me. The focus speed on this Sony is astonishing.
I’m still an owner of a Panasonic GH5, so it’s double impressive!
I don’t know who to turn to for Sony support. Cathay are not very helpful. There isn’t any Reddit channels. Quite a few Youtubers have covered the ZV-1, but I feel daft for asking questions in their comments.
Unable to record at 30fps 4K
Solution: Switch to NTSC from PAL
Oddly this requires a reformat …
On a freshly formatted disk there is already a ton of files:
. ├── AVF_INFO │ ├── AVIN0001.BNP │ ├── AVIN0001.INP │ ├── AVIN0001.INT │ └── PRV00001.BIN └── PRIVATE ├── AVCHD │ └── BDMV │ ├── CLIPINF │ ├── INDEX.BDM │ ├── MOVIEOBJ.BDM │ ├── PLAYLIST │ └── STREAM ├── M4ROOT │ ├── CLIP │ ├── GENERAL │ ├── MEDIAPRO.XML │ ├── STATUS.BIN │ ├── SUB │ └── THMBNL └── SONY └── SONYCARD.IND
Videos bizarrely end up in PRIVATE/M4ROOT which MacOS Photos doesn’t see for import. FCPX is however able to find the videos to import.
Here is a sample structure https://s.natalian.org/2020-07-16/zv-1.txt which interestingly includes the model serial number in the XML.
4k recording cuts out
I think it just cuts when it’s over heating around the 10 minute mark. The problem is doesn’t tell you it’s stopped recording very clearly. :(
Is there a workaround??
Menu volume / shutter sound is annoying
Not sure how to turn this off!
Can’t find a “Silent Shooting” option. Ah, it’s under Audio Signals!
As many have complained a wide lens adaptor is sorely needed. I’m not sure where to source the Len adaptor mentioned in https://youtu.be/qY8yVDZV70s in Singapore. Cathay are of no help. This lens adaptor doesn’t ship to Singapore.
So I am asking around in Singapore
Major ZV-1 Annoyances
Some times I put it in my pocket and the camera turns on (by itself?!) and lens extends. Why? I am not sure what triggered it!
Upside down monitor
The flip out screen is often upside down and hard to rectify!
I cannot recommend the VCT-SGR-1 shooting grip since it’s unreliable. I do not understand … sometimes when plugged in, it simply does not work!!!
Videos have a JPG thumbnail when importing
Not sure how to turn this feature off.
Poor mobile connectivity
I’m unable to control the camera with Imaging Edge Mobile, the Sony IOS camera app.
I’m also unable to get it join my wireless LAN to avoid the inconvenient direct WiFi steps.
Can’t fit the Peak Design Cuff
Peak design sent me smaller cuffs for free. Whoa, what incredible customer service.
Sadly not nearly as good as the Canon G7X out the box. Active stabilization mode crops like crazy!
No time lapse movie option
You can only take a series of photos and join them later into a movie on your computer:
The UI is just terrible in this regard.
As a Webcam
It’s very good as a Webcam!