TCSTV: Sony Z-V1 vs Panasonic G100

Vlogging cameras might become a new camera category or vloggers might stick with cameras that have selfie screens. Either way the Sony Z-V1 and Panasonic G100 are the first cameras released by major camera manufacturers specifically for vlogging. Sure each has cameras that can be used for vlogging, but vlogging was more of a feature than the point of those cameras. Below is a summer of TCSTV’s Best Vlog cameras of 2020:

Intro

  • m43 sensor vs 1-inch
  • Both do 4k
  • Both have selfie screens

Sony ZV-1

  • Fits in your pocket
  • Same 24-70mm lens as the RX100M5
  • A lot of similarities to RX100M5
  • No EVF
  • No Flash
  • New microphone system goes on top a little odd-looking
  • Tally light on the front
  • Big red record button
  • Easy to vlog with
  • Built-in ND filters which is great for sunny days
  • Image stabilization
  • Active stabilization crop isn’t necessary
  • The new mic accessory has 3 mics with 2 in the front and one in the back
  • AF tracks eyes even with sunglasses
  • Great automatic video features that make it easy to use
  • Useful defocus button that opens up your aperture and adjusts your exposure to look great
  • Great AF CDAF/PDAF
  • Product showcase is great for showing products
  • The new grip is great
  • Put all the ports on the right side so the flip screen doesn’t get in the way
  • Small battery dies quickly, but you can attach an external one via USB 2.0 or get 4-5 batteries
  • Charge and run the camera at the same time via USB
  • Tripod socket is poorly placed and you have to remove anything in the tripod socket to change the battery or SD card

Panasonic G100

  • Full auto delivers decent results for those that know nothing about video
  • Bigger grip that feels better
  • Has a EVF
  • Big bright screen on the back
  • Can use m43 lenses on this camera
  • Can do 4x slow motion HD
  • Improved audio that has a left and right input along with a third input that helps the camera tell where sound is coming from
  • New audio system does a good job of delivering good audio
  • Decent stabilization
  • High stabilization is digital and physical so there is some crop
  • DFD AF has improved quite a bit, but not as good as Sony
  • Worlds smallest pop up flash works for about a foot away but is otherwise useless
  • Mic port is nice, but you have to watch out for it interfering with the rotation of your screen
  • You can only charge the camera via USB, but you can’t run it via USB

Conclusion

  • Would almost buy the Sony ZV-1 just for product demonstration mode and its great AF performance
  • The Panasonic G100 is a better hybrid camera because you can use m43 glass and have an EVF
  • Panasonic G100 has touch operation via the screen and the Sony ZV-1 only lets you pick focus points so you need to use buttons to change settings

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Sony ZV-1: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic G100: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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