If you love the fact that mirrorless cameras are shrinking next to DSLRs, vlogging cameras take things even further. They can nix the viewfinder and flash, resulting in bodies even closer to the size of their compact siblings, such as the wonderful Sony ZV-1. In fact, the ZV-1 can be credited as foreshadowing much of what makes up the ZV-E10’s design.
On top is a three-capsule microphone, identical to the one on the ZV-1. Alongside it is a multimedia shoe mount (Sony’s take on a hot shoe), which supports digital audio solutions as well as traditional flashguns. In addition to a shutter release and zoom toggle, the ZV-E10 also benefits from a big, dedicated record button – so whatever mode you’re in, it’s as easy to start shooting footage as it is to snap a shot.
Around the back of the ZV-E10 is a fully articulating screen – a fantastic addition that’s seldom seen on Sony mirrorless cameras. It’s the best solution for selfie vloggers when compared to the tilting screens of Sony’s mirrorless photo-focused alternatives like the A6100 and A1.
While we’re delighted that Sony is wising up to the video wishes of vloggers and hybrid shooters who appreciate a fully articulating screen, we do wish the touchscreen actually sported touch menus. Instead, you’ll have to fumble through antiquated button navigation, which makes zero sense in 2021.
Thankfully, the ZV-E10 has plenty of other things going for it, not least of all its ports. On the left side you’ll find micro-HDMI, USB-C and headphone ports under one door. Above, you’ll find a microphone input. As for the battery door, it houses both the battery and a single SD card slot, while the lens fitting is a standard E-mount.
Niggles? There’s no weather sealing, but we wouldn’t expect there to be at the ZV-E10’s price. More annoying is how the headphone port placement can get in the way of the flip-out screen, which makes for clumsy handling.
Minor gripes aside, the ZV-E10 is a well-assembled metal-bodied camera that’s nice and compact, handles well for video and benefits from one of the best flip-out screens we’ve seen on a sub-£1,000 mirrorless Sony camera.