During the move to California, I found one of my really old point and click digital zoom cameras – a Nikon Coolpix L820 with 30x optical zoom. It’s a 7 year old entry level point and shoot camera and has 1080p video at 30fps. The image quality is barely okay. However, it does have 30x optical zoom.
On a whim, I shot some footage of birds and trees from my deck and cut it together with an opera 😛
The goal was to see what I could do with a severely limited camera.

Playing with the Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 is a new point and shoot camera that is marketed as a so-called “Vlogging Camera”.

However, given its specs (impressive autofocus, built-in ND and ability to shoot 4K and 120fps in HD) and ability to shoot Hybrid Log Gamma (Sony HLG2 and HLG3) along with other Cinematic profiles (Cine2/3, SLog2/3)… I think it’s an indie filmmaker’s delight… something better that might be worthwhile to consider instead of an iPhone or a GoPro.

I got my hands on one recently and am putting it through the paces — testing out the out-of-the-box profiles as well as moving on to car mount and flying on a gimbal scenarios. I intend to use it for my next short film “The First Rule” — a noir short that takes place mostly in a car (scheduled for Dec 2020/Jan 2021 shooting).

Here are some preliminary test videos I shot with it.