The prospect of owning your very own mirrorless camera became more enticing to people after the pandemic hit and people turned to online jobs to earn living. For some, that meant putting on the digital creator hat. Perhaps seeing the trend, Sony launches a camera that addresses this need — the Sony Alpha ZV-E10.
It’s the first on Sony’s vlogging camera series to feature interchangeable lenses, giving users more versatility. This isn’t the case with the camera’s sibling, the ZV-1. It has a 24.2MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor, which means anyone looking to expand their lens selections should look out for e-mount lenses.
Now, about the vlogging part. It’s small, lightweight (around 343g) and includes the side-opening Vari-angle LCD Screen that allows creators to connect external mics on top of the camera.
The new camera also includes advanced video features:
- Internal 4K movie recording through full pixel readout without pixel binning
- High bit rate XAVC S™ codec at 100Mbps when recording 4K
- Slow & Quick Motion
- High-speed full HD recording at 120 fps
- Interval Shooting for stunning time-lapse videos
- Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3
A unique feature of the Alpha ZV-E10 is the zoom lever that can operate optical zoom with power zoom lenses and Clear Image zoom with prime lenses.
When pairing the camera with a prime lens, the user can zoom without losing video resolution to maintain full 4K video. The user can also choose from eight zoom speed settings for added creative flexibility.
Taking things further for content creators, the ZV-E10 can be purchased with the optional GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander. It’s a one-handed shooting is simplified with easy to access zoom, record and a customizable button.
The camera can also be connected to your laptop or PC to function as a webcam with the Image Edge Desktop App. A mobile version of the app is also available for easier image file transfer.
Price and availability
The Alpha ZV-E10 will be available in black and white at selected retail shops. The body-only option retails for US$ 698, while the kit lens (E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom) option retails for US$ 798.
In the Philippines, it retails for PhP 39,999 — that’s a packaged offer for the ZV-E10 and the kit lens. The pre-order also includes two (2) 32GB SD Cards for free.
It’s currently on pre-order in the US and the Philippines.
In Singapore, it will be available in August 2021.
Sony A7R V combines hi-res sensor with AI
Hardware and software in tandem
It’s been three years since the launch of the Sony A7R IV. So, it’s about time that Sony released its successor — the Sony A7R V (Sony Alpha 7R V).
The Sony A7R V is hardware and software working in tandem to provide the best images possible. It has Sony’s highest resolution image sensor with a new AI processing unit. One that’s dedicated to AI-based image recognition. It’s the first of its kind on any Sony Alpha camera. It also has the BIONZ XR image processing engine which is a first in the “R” full-frame lineup.
The new A7R V offers 61 MP still images plus the an 8-step image stabilization system. That bodes well for shooting video which you can shoot in refined 8K movie output.
The AF (Autofocus) has also been improved with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition. Real-time Recognition AF, using AI subject recognition, has been developed to include several subject types, including animals, vehicles, and insects. The Alpha 7R V also includes continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking.
These beloved Sony Alpha features have also been improved:
- Tenacious Real-time Tracking
- Faster and more precise wide-area, high-density AF system
- Silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 7 fps
- Continuously shoot up to 583 compressed RAW images at high speed
Cinematic video capabilities
The A7R V isn’t just for taking breathtaking stills. It also ffers advanced video capabilities. Sony’s newest camera delivers 8K1 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, intra recording, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and more for high image quality and flexible editing. It also includes evolved subject recognition for unprecedented real-time tracking reliability, breathing compensation and the ability to use camera metadata for post-processing and advanced in-body image stabilization.
Price and availability
The Sony A7R V will be available for pre-order starting October 28, 2022, until November 27, 2022. The camera can be pre-ordered with just the camera body or preferred accessories and through different payment options. Suggested pre-order net cash price starts at PhP 239,999.
Fujifilm X-T5 camera now available for pre-order
New macro lens also revealed
As the year winds down, it’s ideal for freelancers to invest in the right equipment should they pursue a career in the creative industry.
At X Summit Tokyo 2022, Fujifilm unveiled the Fujifilm X-T5, the latest iteration in its line of compact mirrorless cameras under the prestigious X Series.
It has a high-resolution 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor which has an enhanced image-processing algorithm to boost resolution without compromising quality.
And with X-Processor 5, the camera delivers twice the processing speed of its predecessor.
Among the X-T5’s features are:
- Three top-plate dials – for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure
- Five-axis IBIS system for up to 7.0 stops of compensation
- Three-way tilting LCD
- 19 film simulation modes to recreate classic colors and tones
- Al technology-driven Auto White Balance
- Subject-detection autofocus
- Pixel Shift multi-shot for ultra-high-resolution 160MP image
- 1/180,000 maximum shutter speed
And while the X-T5 focuses more on photography, it is also capable of shooting 6.2K videos in standard 30fps.
For pre-orders, the Fujifilm X-T5 body is priced at PhP 109,990. Customers can avail of the 18-55mm Kit for PhP 134,990 or the 16-80mm Kit for PhP 141,990.
Pre-orders come with a free Manfrotto backpack and one (1) year extended service warranty.
As an option, Fujifilm has also revealed the XF30mmF2.8 R LM WR macro lens to pair with the camera.
This lens is capable of 1:1 macro, features advanced auto-focus, and is weather-resistant for users to be able to shoot in virtually any condition. For sample images, click here.
Sony vlogging camera ZV-1F to be available in the Philippines
Pricing details to follow
With the year about to conclude, Sony has released another go-to vlogging camera option in the compact ZV-1F, to be available in the Philippines soon.
The pocket-sized camera is optimized for creators, carrying easy-to-use vlogging functions and advanced connectivity features.
The ZV-1F has a fixed ultra-wide angle 20mm F2.0 prime lens, making it ideal especially for selfie shooting while still capturing a wide field of view.
Capable of shooting up to 4K in 30fps and full HD in 120p, among the device’s standout features are:
- Background bokeh and face priority AE
- Skin tone optimization and Soft Skin Effect
- High-precision focusing and Eye AF
- Slow motion (up to 5x slower) and quick motion (up to 60x faster) options
With Active Mode image stabilization, users can be guaranteed of steady and smooth footage even when filming while walking or on the move.
The camera can even be used as a live-streaming tool if one pairs it with the right software. The ZV-1F is also compatible with Sony’s shooting grip with wireless remote commander (GP-VPT2BT).
Thanks to its 3-capsule mic, the device also has crystal clear audio pickup, while connectivity is also seamless with Sony’s new Image Edge Mobile Plus smartphone app.
Captured content can easily be transferred to phones and then uploaded to social media.
Pricing and availability for the ZV-1F will be announced soon.
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