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Sony ZV-E10 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.10
Reviewed Jun 28, 2022 at 11:11 am
Sony ZV-E10 Picture
8.0
Travel Photography
7.9
Landscape Photography
7.2
Sport & Wildlife Photography
8.7
Vlogging
7.9
Studio Video
4.8
Action Video
Body Type
SLR-Style
Mirrorless
Yes
Tested Lens
Sony E 16-50mm 3.5-5.6/PZ OSS
Sensor Size
APS-C

The Sony ZV-E10 is an interchangeable-lens vlogging camera that borrows elements from the Sony a6100 and the Sony ZV-1. Like the ZV-1, it has dedicated vlogging features, including a fully-articulated screen and specialized autofocus modes like 'Product Showcase' but with the option to switch out lenses and a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor borrowed from the Sony Alpha 6x00 lineup.

Our Verdict

8.0 Travel Photography

The Sony ZV-E10 is great for travel photography. The body is very portable and lightweight, and the camera feels pretty sturdy. It also has a great battery life for longer days on the go, depending on how frequently you shoot and what settings you use. Its autofocus system is excellent at tracking moving subjects and provides several options for you to fine-tune its performance. Image quality is great, especially if you just want to shoot JPEGs. That said, the camera doesn't have a viewfinder, which is a bit limiting, and the camera can feel a bit cramped if you have larger hands.

Pros
  • Great battery life.
  • Excellent overall autofocus.
  • Highly portable.
Cons
  • No viewfinder.
7.9 Landscape Photography

The Sony ZV-E10 is very good for landscape photography. Its APS-C sensor offers a solid amount of dynamic range to bring out shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast scenes. That said, it naturally has less usable dynamic range than full-frame alternatives. Still, you have a fair amount of leeway to manipulate exposure without introducing too much noise. There's also an automatic HDR mode and a bracketing mode that allow you to expand the camera's dynamic range or take a series of photos at different exposures to manually combine them later. That said, the camera isn't the most comfortable to shoot with, and it lacks weather-sealing to give the camera some protection when shooting in adverse weather conditions.

Pros
  • Great battery life.
  • Solid dynamic range.
Cons
  • No viewfinder.
7.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Sony ZV-E10 is decent for sports and wildlife. It has a few different continuous shooting speed settings to choose from, so you can adapt the speed to different situations and subjects. It has a fairly quick max burst rate of 11 fps, which is well-suited to capturing moving wildlife or sports. That said, it takes a very long time for its photo buffer to empty once full, which can slow you down and interrupt your shooting at a critical moment if you manage to fill it up. Its autofocus system is excellent overall; however, it sometimes fails to pick up on the intended target. Thankfully, you can fine-tune the AF sensitivity to suit your needs. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a viewfinder for more precise framing.

Pros
  • Great battery life.
  • Excellent overall autofocus.
  • Quick max burst rate.
Cons
  • No viewfinder.
  • Autofocus isn't as reliable as other Sony cameras.
  • Takes a long time for buffer to empty once full.
8.7 Vlogging

The Sony ZV-E10 is excellent for vlogging, which is no surprise since this is its intended use. The camera has a fully articulated screen that lets you monitor yourself while filming. If you don't have a monopod or shooting grip, the camera's handgrip has a relatively flat design that makes it easier to hold in a selfie position. It has an excellent autofocus system that tracks faces well, and video quality is good overall, although it struggles a bit with noise in low light. Unfortunately, there's very noticeable rolling shutter effect in 4k, which can distort straight lines in the background when vlogging on the move.

Pros
  • Fully articulated screen.
  • Great battery life.
  • Excellent overall autofocus.
  • No recording time limit.
Cons
  • No IBIS.
  • Autofocus isn't as reliable as other Sony cameras.
  • Very noticeable rolling shutter effect.
7.9 Studio Video

The Sony ZV-E10 is good for studio video. Video quality is good in more controlled lighting conditions, though it struggles a bit in low light. The camera offers several picture profiles and Log recording profiles, meaning you can manipulate the look of your footage to your preference. However, it's limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 color internally, so it can't capture as much color information that's ideal for Log recording. Thankfully, there's no recording time limits, and the camera doesn't overheat throughout its battery runtime. If you need extra battery life, you can also use the camera while it's charging via USB, which is handy.

Pros
  • Great battery life.
  • Excellent overall autofocus.
  • Log profiles.
  • No recording time limit.
Cons
  • Limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 internal recording.
  • Very noticeable rolling shutter effect.
4.8 Action Video

The Sony ZV-E10 isn't meant for action video. It isn't water-resistant and isn't designed for mounting to a chest or helmet rig. It also has very limited frame rate options for action video recording in 4k, although it can shoot 1080p at up to 120 fps. It doesn't have IBIS, and using an optically stabilized lens only gets you so far when reducing camera shake.

Pros
  • Great battery life.
  • Excellent overall autofocus.
Cons
  • No IBIS.
  • Very noticeable rolling shutter effect.
  • Not water resistant.
  • Limited high-speed frame rates.
  • 8.0 Travel Photography
  • 7.9 Landscape Photography
  • 7.2 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 8.7 Vlogging
  • 7.9 Studio Video
  • 4.8 Action Video
  1. Updated Sep 16, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  2. Updated Aug 05, 2022: In accordance with Test Bench 0.9, we've updated the text for 'Photo RAW Dynamic Range'.
  3. Updated Aug 04, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  4. Updated Jun 28, 2022: Review published.
  5. Updated May 27, 2022: Early access published.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Sony ZV-E10 comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. You can buy it in a bundle with the Sony E 16-50mm 3.5-5.6/PZ OSS kit lens or without a lens. You can see our unit's label here.

Let us know if you come across another variant, and we'll update the review.

Compared To Other Cameras

The Sony ZV-E10 is an excellent vlogging camera for those who prefer to have interchangeable lenses. That, and its significantly better battery life, give it a leg up on the similar Sony ZV-1, which has a compact, fixed-lens design. With its articulating screen and low-profile handgrip, as well as vlogging-specific features like 'Background Defocus' and 'Produce Showcase', this is a beginner vlogger's dream. However, its lack of IBIS and distracting rolling shutter could also be dealbreakers.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best vlogging cameras, the best 4k video cameras, and the best cameras for beginners.

Sony α6400

The Sony α6400 and the Sony ZV-E10 are both great mirrorless cameras for beginners. The a6400 is a little better suited for photography since it has a viewfinder, and it's a little more comfortable to shoot with and better-built, with a weather-sealed magnesium alloy construction. The ZV-E10, on the other hand, is aimed specifically at vloggers and has a few advantages over the a6400 in that area, specifically a better built-in mic, an e-stabilization feature, and a fully articulated screen.

Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-E10 is essentially an interchangeable-lens version of the Sony ZV-1. If portability is your biggest priority and you like the convenience of a built-in lens, the ZV-1 is a great choice for vlogging. If you're looking for a little more versatility and are willing to spend extra money on lenses, the ZV-E10 will get you better image and video quality thanks to its larger sensor and longer battery life to boot.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

The Sony ZV-E10 is a little better than the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. Unlike the Canon camera, the Sony has an unlimited recording time limit. It also has a better battery life and supports USB charging. It's a much better option for 4k recording as well since it offers more frame rates, and it can shoot 4k / 24p video without a crop, whereas the Canon can only record 4k / 24p with a severe 1.5x crop. Finally, the Sony camera has a more reliable autofocus system.

Sony α6600

The Sony α6600 is better overall than the Sony ZV-E10. It has built-in image stabilization, a sturdier, weather-sealed body with a viewfinder, and significantly better battery life. However, it isn't as portable and lacks some of the vlogging-specific features found on the ZV-E10, like 'Background Defocus' and 'Product Showcase'.

Sony α6100

The Sony α6100 and the Sony ZV-E10 are similar APS-C mirrorless cameras. The ZV-E10 is more geared toward vlogging, with no viewfinder and a fully articulated screen. The ZV-E10 also has a slightly newer version of Sony's AF system, updated color science to improve skin tones, and includes an e-stabilization feature in video mode. Otherwise, the cameras offer very similar image and video quality and similar overall performance.

Fujifilm X-S10

The Fujifilm X-S10 and the Sony ZV-E10 are both aimed at vloggers, but the Fujifilm is slightly more well-rounded. Get the Fujifilm if you need in-body image stabilization and like to have the option to shoot through a viewfinder. However, if battery life and portability are priorities, the Sony is still a great option.

Panasonic LUMIX G100

The Sony ZV-E10 is better overall than the Panasonic LUMIX G100. They're both vlogging cameras, but the Sony model has a few advantages, including a better AF system, an unlimited recording time limit, and better video stabilization.

Fujifilm X-T30 II

The Sony ZV-E10 and the Fujifilm X-T30 II are aimed at different users, though they're both good beginner cameras. The Sony is intended for vloggers, and its design reflects that, with a fully articulated screen, simple button layout, and portable form factor. The Fujifilm, on the other hand, is aimed at photographers and has a viewfinder, dedicated exposure dials, and tilting screen.

Sony RX0 II

The Sony ZV-E10 is better than the Sony RX0 II, though they're different cameras intended for different uses. While it isn't as rugged or compact as the RX0 II, the ZV-E10 is more versatile thanks to its interchangeable lens design. Its larger sensor also delivers better image and video quality, and it has a more effective autofocus system.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
8.8
Design
Portability
Height
2.5" (6.4 cm)
Width
4.5" (11.5 cm)
Depth
1.8" (4.6 cm)
Volume
20.7 in³ (339.0 cm³)
Weight
0.77 lbs (0.35 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.01 lbs (0.46 kg)

The Sony ZV-E10 has a relatively compact body, making it very portable and easy to store. It's also lightweight, especially when paired with a smaller lens like the Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, meaning it won't cause much fatigue during longer shooting sessions, and you can easily fit it into a small camera bag.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony ZV-E10 feels well-built. It's made of plastic and feels similar in build quality to the Sony a6100, though it's a step down from the magnesium alloy body of the Sony a6400. The battery compartment and inputs (except for the microphone jack) are covered by sturdy-feeling doors. The buttons are clicky and offer good physical feedback, too. Another nice touch is the fixed shoulder strap attachment points, which won't rattle around and cause noise when recording vlogs or videos.

Design
Body
Body Type
SLR-Style
Water Resistance
No
Mirrorless
Yes
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
E-Mount
Built-In Flash
No

The Sony ZV-E10 has two command dials: a top dial near the back thumb rest and the control wheel on the back, which also acts as a directional pad to navigate the menu. By default, in manual mode, the top dial controls aperture, while the rear control wheel controls shutter speed. It also has a few custom buttons and plenty of customization options, so you can set it to match your shooting preferences.

Design
In The Box

  • Sony ZV-E10 camera body
  • Sony E 16-50mm 3.5-5.6/PZ OSS lens
  • Sensor cap
  • Front and rear lens caps
  • Shoulder strap
  • Wind screen for microphone
  • 1x Sony NP-FW50 battery
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • AC adapter
  • Startup guide and documentation

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No

The Sony ZV-E10 feels fairly comfortable to shoot with. It doesn't have the largest or most comfortable handgrip, especially for larger hands, but the grippy texture feels nice. The handgrip is notably smaller than Alphas like the Sony a6100 and the Sony a6600, but it's more suitable for a front-facing selfie grip, which is in keeping with its vlogging-oriented design. The buttons are fairly well-placed and make it easy to adjust settings, although they feel somewhat cramped for larger hands.

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
8.6
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
760 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
0.92 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.5 cm)
Touchscreen
Limited

The Sony ZV-E10 has a fully articulated screen with a decent resolution. It isn't the highest resolution, but thankfully it gets bright enough that you can still see what's on the monitor in sunnier conditions. Unfortunately, touch functionality is limited to selecting focus points, subject tracking, or touch shutter.

6.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Imaging Edge Mobile

The Sony ZV-E10 uses the old Sony menu system. It's not the most clearly laid-out, with settings buried in sub-menus that aren't very intuitively organized. You also can't use the touchscreen to navigate it. That said, there's a quick menu that gives you access to commonly used settings, and you can also create your own custom menu to group your most-used settings and features for quicker access.

6.7
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/5.4
Tested Lens
Sony E 16-50mm 3.5-5.6/PZ OSS
Minimum Focal Length
16 mm
Maximum Focal Length
50 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
77 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
77%
Light Falloff
54.8%
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
Exmor CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.2 MP
Sensor Size
APS-C
Processor
BIONZ X
Extended ISO Minimum
50
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
32,000
Tested Firmware
Ver. 2.0
8.0
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Sony NP-FW50
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
440 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
96 min

Battery performance on the Sony ZV-E10 is great. It's rated for 440 shots according to CIPA standards, which you should take with a grain of salt for real-world usage. However, the rating is helpful as a comparison tool, and compared to similar APS-C mirrorless cameras, the ZV-E10 can last a long time, depending on your settings and usage habits. For reference, it has nearly twice the battery life of the compact Sony ZV-1 in both photo and video. The camera also doesn't overheat when recording video continuously for long periods, and you can keep using it while it charges over USB.

Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
ARW
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
6.1
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
8 fps
Raw Buffer Size
47 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
118 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
25 s

The Sony ZV-E10 has four different continuous shooting speeds: 'Lo', 'Mid', 'Hi', and 'Hi+'. The 'Lo' speed setting has a max burst rate of about 4 fps, 'Mid' has a max of 6 fps, 'Hi' has a max of 8 fps, and 'Hi+' has a max of about 11 fps. With the electronic shutter enabled for silent shooting, the camera can shoot at a max speed of 8 fps, which is great for shooting skittish wildlife or taking photos in venues where you need to be discreet.

It has a decent-sized photo buffer, so you can capture a lot of JPEGs or a fair amount of RAW files before the camera's buffer fills up. Unfortunately, it takes a very long time for the buffer to empty once full, which can interrupt your shooting at a critical moment.

8.0
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
67%
Face Tracking Success Rate
70%
Face Detection Distance
226" (575 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
84%
Advertised Focus Points
425

Autofocus performance is great on the Sony ZV-E10, although it feels a bit less consistent than Sony cameras from the a6x00 lineup, especially when using the default AF settings. Thankfully, you can fine-tune the AF by adjusting its sensitivity and speed. Overall, the camera does a good job of recognizing different subjects and finding the intended target. Once it locks onto a subject, it's sticky and does a good job of keeping up, although it can lose focus with quicker subjects. It sometimes also fails to detect faces, even in adequate lighting conditions, seemingly more so than other models in the Sony Alpha lineup, like the Sony α6600.

7.8
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/13 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No

The Sony ZV-E10 doesn't have in-body image stabilization, but you can use optically stabilized lenses to shoot handheld at slower shutter speeds. When paired with the optically stabilized Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, it does a good job of stabilizing the image, which will help if there's limited light and you need to lower your shutter speed.

Photo Image Quality
8.1
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
10.3 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
8.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
7.4 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
6.7 f-stops

The Sony ZV-E10 has great usable dynamic range. It does a good job of preserving shadow detail in high-contrast scenes. You can also pull out a lot of detail in underexposed images, and while pushing the exposure too far results in visible noise, you do have a bit of leeway to make adjustments without sacrificing image quality too much.

8.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,982 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,920 LW/PH

The Sony ZV-E10 can take very sharp photos when paired with a high-quality lens.

9.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.92 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
38.20 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
36.42 dB

JPEGs taken on the Sony ZV-E10 have very little noise as you raise the ISO, so you can shoot in dimmer lighting conditions without sacrificing much quality.

8.1
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.76 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
39.57 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
37.72 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.42 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
32.77 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
30.04 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
27.21 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
24.51 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
21.15 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A

The Sony ZV-E10 has great RAW noise handling, meaning you can shoot at higher ISOs in low light settings without introducing too much light or color noise. It also gives you more leeway to make adjustments to your photos.

Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
No

The Sony ZV-E10 supports Log recording with S-Log 2 and S-Log 3, as well as HLG 1-3. It also has ten different pre-set picture profiles and several creative styles for you to choose from to alter the look and feel of your videos. Some of these picture profiles will allow you to simply record footage and use it straight out of the camera with no color grading, while others are flatter and require various levels of color grading to be usable. You can also customize and fine-tune each profile to suit your preference.

Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
7.2
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
Yes
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.22 x

The Sony ZV-E10 can record 4k video at 24p without a crop, which is great for more cinematic-looking footage. It also records 4k 30p, which is a little more natural-looking, although 30p recording imposes a noticeable 1.22x crop.

8.1
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
97 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
56 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
N/A
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0

The Sony ZV-E10 has great internal recording capability in 4k. While it doesn't achieve the highest bit rates, it's more than enough for vlogging and YouTube content. Likewise, while 8-bit 4:2:0 color recording is limiting if you want to record with Log profiles and have more control over the final look of your videos, it's sufficient for beginners who are just getting started with Log recording and color grading.

While Sony states in its online user guide that recording time limits vary depending on the camera's 'Auto Power OFF Temp' setting, we didn't encounter a time limit on recording during our testing.

8.7
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
8.5
Face Tracking In 4k
8.5
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes

The Sony ZV-E10's autofocus system performs excellently in 4k, particularly after you fine-tune the AF settings. Unlike the older Alphas, the Sony ZV-E10 includes settings like 'Autofocus Transition Speed' and 'Autofocus Subj. Shift Sensitivity' with a wider range of options to help you fine-tune the AF performance.

By default, the transition speed is set to the fastest option ('7' or 'Fast'), and subject shift sensitivity is set to the lowest value ('1' or 'Locked On'), which seem to be tailored towards vlogging by keeping the AF quick and locked onto your face. However, we found that the camera performs a little worse than comparable Sonys like the Sony a6100 or the Sony a6400 when using these default settings. With these settings set in the middle to more closely match the default 'Autofocus Tracking Sensitivity' and 'Autofocus Drive Speed' settings of the Sony Alpha 6x00 lineup, the ZV-E10's AF performance aligns more closely with those cameras.

Additionally, this camera has some specialized features to help certain kinds of vloggers, including 'Product Showcase' and 'Background Defocus', both of which were introduced on the Sony ZV-1. 'Product Showcase' automatically shifts focus to an object held up in the frame without prioritizing your face, while 'Background Defocus' toggles between a blurred or clear background with the press of a button, so you can quickly get a shallow or wide depth of field.

7.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
6.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
7.5

4k video quality is good in more controlled lighting conditions, and it does an okay job in low light. Overall, video looks fairly crisp and detailed. In low light, when tested using our standardized methodology, 4k video footage shows a lot of visible noise, but the camera renders details well. However, low light video looks a lot cleaner if you set the aperture to its widest setting, which is f/4 when using the kit lens. You can see this for yourself here.

4.0
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
9.7°

Unfortunately, the Sony ZV-E10 has very bad rolling shutter in 4k, similar to the Sony a6100. The slanting of vertical objects in the frame is very noticeable, even with relatively slow camera movements.

Full HD Video
9.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
Yes, with a Crop
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1.14 x

The Sony ZV-E10 has a ton of frame rate options in 1080p. It can record FHD video at up to 120 fps, though recording in 1080p / 120 fps incurs a slight crop. Still, this is great if you want to incorporate slow-motion or super slow-motion footage into your videos, whether for cinematic emphasis or to slow down high-speed action.

8.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
44 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
15 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
N/A

Internal recording capability is great in 1080p. As with 4k, bit rates are somewhat limited, but on the upside, smaller bit rate capture puts less strain on your PC when editing and allows for quicker upload speeds. There's no recording time limit in 1080p, either, so you can record for as long as you need to without stopping.

8.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
8.5
Face Tracking In FHD
8.5
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes

Autofocus is excellent in 1080p. The Sony ZV-E10 does an amazing job of keeping moving subjects in focus. You can fine-tune the AF sensitivity and transition speed, making it easier to adjust to suit your needs. However, while the camera can detect and keep up with moving subjects very well, it isn't as reliable as some other Sony cameras, like the Sony a6100 or even the Sony ZV-1.

7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.5

The Sony ZV-E10 records decent-quality 1080p video. It looks good in controlled lighting conditions. However, it gets quite noisy when shooting in low light using an f/8 aperture and Auto ISO. To get cleaner footage, you can use the widest aperture, which is f/4 when using the kit lens. You can see an example of that here.

7.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.7°

The Sony ZV-E10 has a lot less rolling shutter effect when shooting in 1080p than in 4k. However, some slanting in vertical lines and objects is still apparent with faster camera movements.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot

The Sony ZV-E10 has a single SD card slot rated for UHS-I cards, which means it can't take advantage of faster UHS-II cards. That said, it's fine for its intended audience: those who do casual video or photo work and don't necessarily need a second card on the go as a backup.

9.5
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

The Sony ZV-E10 has a full set of inputs and outputs for video and vlogging. There's a microphone input, headphone jack, and Micro HDMI port. The mic input is also well-placed near the top of the camera, so you can easily mount a mic on the hot shoe on top without cables getting in the way.

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