Upping the ante for Vlogging
October 13, 2021
I received the ZV-E10 camera at a discount for my honest review. I was was excited when this campaign dropped for a couple of reasons. For one I have never had a mirrorless camera before, and secondly although the cell phone has a really good camera, it's still a cell phone. I am just getting serious with YouTube and Vlogging so this camera came at a perfect time.
This camera is taking over for the cell phone and a Sony RX100III for Vlogging purposes. In fact it's going to be my main camera for videos and stills. With 4K video and a 24MP camera, that should cover all the bases. I quickly went out and purchased a Sony Flash and Vlogging kit which includes a remote/tripod and 64GB SD card. The kit also included a 16-50mm lens, not just the body which makes this camera ready to go out of the box
For somebody less experienced with an interchangeable lens camera, there is a slight learning curve to get benefit of all the features. As of the writing of this review, I still have plenty to learn. I love the articulating screen which makes shooting from all angles, including selfies, pretty straight forward. It does not have a viewfinder, but that isn't all that important to me. It has a hot shoe for a flash and external microphone. The built in grip on the body makes it easy to hold for normal shooting and selfies. This camera is built as a vlogging camera, and as such, it's a video first camera.
Taking videos is easy. There is a large red circled button on top to start shooting videos. You know you're shooting because a red box outlines the display. There's a button on top to quickly switch modes between videos and stills. The camera has lens and digital stabilization which works fairly well. The built in microphone works surprisingly well which for now will save me $'s from purchasing an external mic. The quality of the videos and stills are excellent, limited only by me still in the learning stage of perfecting the settings. Auto focus is fast, and product showcase set and background defocus are a bonus. It's light with the included lens which makes a vlogging session easy. You can also USB stream.
I would definitely recommend this camera. I cannot say that if you are not vlogging or into YouTube that this would be the best choice, but it's a budget friendly camera that I feel does well as a daily use camera in addition to its advertised use. It's a thumbs up from me.... Read More