Sony ZV-E10 advanced manual

Sony ZV-E10: settings, tips and tricks

Introduction

The Sony ZV-E10 has some brand new features like the larger capacity battery, a grip, and turbocharged tracking autofocus. The ZV-E10 is aimed at bloggers with UHD 4K30p and Full HD 120p Video, 425-Point Fast Hybrid autofocus and a 3.0″ Side Flip-Out Touchscreen LCD.

If you’re looking for an advanced Sony ZV-E10 manual to improve your understanding of this little wonder, you’ve come to the right place. I believe that the best way to learn all the features and functions is to have a good look at the menu system and gradually try to understand how everything works. This might take some time if you’ve never owned a Sony mirrorless, and even if you have, the menus have totally changed it this product. You can bookmark this page and simply refer to it or continue reading whenever you feel like it.

If you are looking for an A6000, A6100A6300 A6400 or A6500 guide, you can find them by clicking on the camera name.

So take your ZV-E10, press the Menu button and follow along.

Sony ZV-E10 camera Menu system walkthrough

MENU – Red Camera Icon – page 1 (Quality settings and image size settings page 1)

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File Format:

Do you edit your pictures on your desktop? If so, set to RAW or RAW+jpeg. A RAW file saves all information the Sony ZV-E10 pixels register during shooting and will make for better quality images if you want to edit in something like Adobe Lightroom.

RAW images recorded with this camera have a resolution of 14 bits per pixel. However, the resolution is limited to 12 bits in the following shooting modes:

  • Long Exposure NR
  • Bulb
  • Cont. Shooting (including continuous shooting in Superior Auto)
  • Silent Shooting
JPEG Quality

A jpeg is a compressed image (available in FINE (larger) and STANDARD (smaller, less quality) which takes up less space on your SD card but is less suited for editing afterward. Jpeg images will also have in-camera noise reduction applied, something you might or might not want to take care of yourself later, depending on your style and preference.

JPEG Image size:

Large, medium or small is selectable (when you set Quality to jpeg). Set it to large for optimal quality, if SD card space is an issue, you can set it to Small.

Knowing the pixel size can tell you how large you can print your images without quality degradation. There are techniques nowadays to print larger, but this information might be interesting to some.

When Aspect Ratio is set to 3:2:

  • L: 24M
  • M: 12M
  • S: 6M

When Aspect Ratio is set to 16:9:

  • L: 20M
  • M: 10M
  • S:5.1M

When Aspect Ratio is set to 1:1:

  • L: 16M
  • M: 8M
  • S: 4M
Aspect ratio:

You can choose 3:2 (which uses the full sensor surface), 16:9 (crop but a more broad view) or 1:1 for Instagram. Leave as is at 3:2, you can always crop your pictures later when you shoot RAW.

Panorama: Size

Sets the image size when shooting panoramic images. The image size varies depending on the [Panorama: Direction] setting.

When [Panorama: Direction] is set to [Up] or [Down]

Standard: 3872×2160

Wide: 5536×2160

When [Panorama: Direction] is set to [Left] or [Right]

Standard: 8192×1856

Wide: 12416×1856

Panorama: Direction

Sets the direction to pan the camera when shooting panoramic images.

  • Right: Pan the camera from the left to the right.
  • Left: Pan the camera from the right to the left.
  • Up: Pan the camera from the bottom to the top.
  • Down:Pan the camera from the top to the bottom.

MENU – Red Camera Icon – page 2 (Quality settings and image size settings page 1)

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Long Exposure NR

When you set the shutter speed to 1 second(s) or longer (long exposure shooting), noise reduction is turned on for the duration that the shutter is open. With the function turned on, the grainy noise typical of long exposures is reduced.

  • On: Activates noise reduction for the same duration that the shutter is open. When noise reduction is in progress, a message appears and you cannot take another picture. Select this to prioritize the image quality.
  • Off: Does not activate noise reduction. Select this to prioritize the timing of shooting.
High ISO NR

When shooting with high ISO sensitivity, the product reduces noise that becomes more noticeable when the product sensitivity is high.

  • Normal: Activates high ISO noise reduction normally.
  • Low: Activates high ISO noise reduction moderately.
  • Off:Does not activate high ISO noise reduction. Select this to prioritize the timing of shooting.
Color Space

You can choose between Standard and Adobe (extended color range) RGB. This is only important if you shoot JPEG and not RAW. Adobe RGB would be preferable if you print many images because of the extended color range.

Lens Comp

The Sony ZV-E10 allows you to select whether you would like to apply various lens compensations (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion) even when shooting in RAW. I leave this ON, but you might get a conflict with RAW files and using a lens profile in programs like Lightroom where you’ll see a reverse vignette for instance. 

MENU –Red Camera Icon – page 3 (Shoot Mode and Drive settings page 1)

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Shoot Mode

You can set the shooting mode for still image shooting according to the subject you wish to shoot or the function you wish to adjust.

  • Auto mode: Allows you to shoot still images of any subject under any conditions with good results by setting the values determined appropriate by the camera. Select  (Intelligent Auto) or  (Superior Auto).
  • Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value (F value)). Also you can select various settings using the menu.
  • Aperture Priority: Allows you to adjust the aperture and shoot when you want to blur the background, etc.
  • Shutter Priority: Allows you to shoot fast-moving subjects etc., by manually adjusting the shutter speed.
  • Manual Exposure: Allows you to shoot still images with the desired exposure by adjusting the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value (F value)).
  • Recall Camera Set.: Allows you to shoot an image after recalling often-used modes or numeric settings registered in advance.
  • Sweep Panorama: Allows you to shoot a panoramic image by compositing the images.
  • Scene Selection: Allows you to shoot with preset settings according to the scene.
Superior Auto Img. Extract.

Sets whether or not to save all the images that were shot continuously in [Superior Auto].

Drive Mode

Do you want to take a single picture when you press the shutter button or multiple images? You can select this here, as well as self-timer functions and bracketing. Bracketing is taking a series of pictures, each with different settings, useful for combining your images with various exposures for HDR effects in software afterward, to name just one example.

You can also press the dedicated drive mode button to get to these settings.

  • Single Shooting: Normal shooting mode.
  • Cont. Shooting: Shoots images continuously while you press and hold down the shutter button.
  • Self-timer: Shoots an image using the self-timer after a designated number of seconds has elapsed since the shutter button was pressed.
  • Self-timer(Cont): Shoots a designated number of images using the self-timer after a designated number of seconds have elapsed since the shutter button was pressed.
  • Cont. Bracket: Shoots images while holding the shutter button down, each with different degrees of brightness.
  • Single Bracket: Shoots a specified number of images, one by one, each with a different degree of brightness.
  • WB Bracket: Shoots a total of three images, each with different color tones according to the selected settings for white balance, color temperature, and color filter.
  • DRO Bracket: Shoots a total of three images, each at a different degree of D-Range Optimizer.
Bracket Settings

You can set the self-timer in bracket shooting mode, and the shooting order for exposure bracketing and white balance bracketing.

  • Self-timer during Brkt: Sets whether to use the self-timer during bracket shooting. It also sets the number of seconds until the shutter is released if using the self-timer. (OFF/2 Sec/5 Sec/10 Sec)
  • Bracket Order: Sets the order of exposure bracketing and white balance bracketing.
interval shoot Func.

The Interval Shooting Function is a built-in Intervalometer that can be setup up to take images at regular intervals. Using Sony’s ‘Imaging Edge’ edit application these still images can be used to create a Time-Lapse movie. On the second page of options, you will see that there is an option for Silent Shooting which will save the wear and tear on your camera when shooting thousands of images. If you would prefer the camera to make a movie so that you don’t have to process the files you can use the new S&Q feature.

Menu item details

Interval Shooting: Sets whether to perform interval shooting. (On or Off)

  • Shooting Start Time: Sets the time from when you press the shutter button to when interval shooting starts. (1 second to 99 minutes 59 seconds)
  • Shooting Interval: Sets the shooting interval (time from when one exposure starts to when the exposure for the next shot starts). (1 second to 60 seconds)
  • Number of Shots: Sets the number of shots for interval shooting. (1 shot to 9999 shots)
  • AE Tracking Sensitivity: Sets the tracking sensitivity of the auto exposure against the change in luminance during interval shooting. If you select Low, exposure changes during interval shooting will be smoother. (High, Mid or Low)
  • Silent Shoot. in Interval: Sets whether to perform silent shooting during interval shooting. (On or Off)
  • Shoot Interval Priority: Sets whether to prioritize the shooting interval when the exposure mode is Program Auto or Aperture Priority and the shutter speed becomes longer than the time set for Shooting Interval.(On or Off)
Camera Set Memory

Allows you to register often-used modes or camera settings. You can register one to the camera and up to four to the memory card (M1 through M4). Registered settings can be recalled when shooting. You can register individually in the still image shooting mode, the movie recording mode, and the slow-motion/quick-motion recording mode.

MENU – Red Camera Icon – page 4

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Focus Mode:

Here, you can select how the autofocus engine will behave when you half-press the shutter button. Novice users should set into AF-A. This functionality is partly dependent on what focus area you select (see next)

  • AF-S: With a half-press of the shutter button, the Sony ZV-E10 will focus only once. Suitable for capturing stills.
  • AF-A: AF Automatic intelligently switches between S and C, depending on whether the camera detects movement or not. This is the standard-setting and the easiest to use.
  • AF-C: The Sony ZV-E10 will continuously focus on any movement when you half-press the shutter button.
  • DMF: The Sony ZV-E10 focuses on your subject and allows you to fine-tune your focus area further using the manual focus ring on the lens.
  • MF: No autofocus is used, and you focus manually using the focus ring on the lens.

You can see a focus indicator on-screen or EVF. When it is lit, the subject is in Focus and focus is locked.

Tip: if autofocus doesn’t seem to be working, check the lens barrel to see if the AF/MF slider is set to AF. It’s also possible to assign a button for what is called ‘Focus Hold’. With Focus Hold, you can freeze your focus point when you press this button. This is often used by photographers to allow for greater flexibility in composition.

Another important fact is that in Movie mode, only Continuous AF and MF are available.

Priority Set in AF-S:

Sets whether to release the shutter even if the subject is not in focus when Focus Mode is set to Single-shot AF, DMF or Automatic AF and the subject is still.

Options are:

  • AF: Prioritizes focusing. The shutter will not be released until the subject is in focus.
  • Release: Prioritizes the shutter’s release. The shutter will be released even if the subject is out of focus.
Priority Set in AF-C:

Sets whether to release the shutter even if the subject is not in focus when the continuous AF is activated and the subject is in motion.

Choose between:

  • AF: Prioritizes focusing. The shutter will not be released until the subject is in focus.
  • Release: Prioritizes the shutter’s release. The shutter will be released even if the subject is out of focus.
  • Balanced Emphasis: Shoots with a balanced emphasis on both focusing and shutter release.

I have set my Priority Set in AF-C to release and usually get the quoted frame rates.

Focus area

The Sony ZV-E10 has a dual-phase/contrast on-sensor autofocus system This makes it one of the fastest and most reliable AF systems in the world. You might think it is best to leave it on the wide factory setting (as this uses all AF points), but for certain scenes, it is often better to use a zone or flexible spot to get it to focus on what you want.

  • Wide: Focuses on a subject covering the whole range of the screen automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway down in the still image shooting mode, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus
  • Zone :Select a zone on the monitor on which to focus, and the product will automatically select a focus area.
  • Center: Focuses automatically on a subject in the center of the image. Use together with the focus-lock function to create the composition you want.
  • Flexible Spot: Allows you to move the focusing frame to a desired point on the screen and focus on an extremely small subject in a narrow area.
  • Expand Flexible Spot: If the camera cannot focus on a single selected point, it uses focus points around the flexible spot as a secondary priority area for focusing.
  • Tracking: When the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down, the product tracks the subject within the selected autofocus area. This setting is available only when the focus mode is set to [Continuous AF]. Point the cursor at [Tracking] on the [Focus Area] setting screen, and then select the desired area to start tracking using the left/right sides of the control wheel. You can also move the tracking start area to the desired point by designating the area as a zone, flexible spot or expand flexible spot.
Focus area limit

It is now possible to limit the choice of focus areas you have to cycle through to find the one you are looking for. I typically use the Expand Flexible Spot in preference to the Small, Medium and Large Flexible Spots and the Center AF area. I have unselected these options. This is useful on the ZV-E10 because it is possible to assign a custom button to cycle through the ones that remain.

Face/Eye AF Set

This is used to determine whether or not the camera focuses with priority on faces/eyes.
The function to detect animal eyes when shooting movies can be used if the camera’s system software (firmware) is Ver. 2.00 or later.

  • Face/Eye Priority in AF : Sets whether or not to detect faces or eyes inside the focusing area and focus on the eyes (Eye AF) when autofocus is activated. ([On]/[Off])
    (Note: The camera operations are different when using the custom key to execute [Eye AF].)
  • Subject Detection : Selects the target to be detected.  [Human]: Detects human faces/eyes.  [Animal]: Detects animal eyes. Animal faces are not detected.
  • Right/Left Eye Select : Specifies the eye to be detected when [Subject Detection] is set to [Human]. If [Right Eye] or [Left Eye] is selected, only the selected eye is detected. When [Subject Detection] is set to [Animal], [Right/Left Eye Select] cannot be used.  [Auto]: The camera detects eyes automatically. [Right Eye]: The right eye of the subject (the eye on the left side from the photographer’s perspective) is detected. [Left Eye]: The left eye of the subject (the eye on the right side from the photographer’s perspective) is detected.
  • Face/Eye Frame Display : Sets whether or not to display the face/eye detection frame when a human face or eyes are detected. ([On]/[Off])
  • Animal Eye Display : Sets whether or not to display the eye detection frame when the eye of an animal is detected. ([On]/[Off])
AF w/ Shutter

Selects whether to focus automatically when you press the shutter button halfway down. Select [Off] to adjust the focus and the exposure separately.

Pre-AF

The ZV-E10 automatically adjusts focus before you press the shutter button halfway down. During focusing operations, the screen may shake.

MENU – Camera Settings – page 6 

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Exposure Comp

(Also available in the Quick Menu, accessed by pressing the FN button):

If you find that your image is overexposed (for instance when you are shooting at large apertures for a shallow depth-of-field in bright daylight), you can tweak the exposure compensation here in a plus or minus 5 (exact EV dependent on next step) range.

ISO

You can select at which ISO value you’d like to capture your image or change the Auto ISO range.

I have this range set between 100-3200 as this range is virtually noise-free, and I don’t like the ISO performance above 3200. In a pinch, when you’re getting blurred images due to a too long shutter speed at low ISO,  you can experiment with higher ISO settings. It’s better to get a sharp but noisy image than a blurred one….

You’ll also find the ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed’ setting here. This function enables the camera to give priority to faster shutter speeds with the disadvantage that you’ll go to higher ISO numbers more quickly. I add this menu item to my Fn menu for quick access. ISO can be modified from the right side of the Control Wheel.

Metering Mode

This feature appeared in the ZV-E10 and allows the user to take a spot meter reading from the position of the Spot AF point. If you change the setting to Focus Point Link you will also need to set the metering Mode and the AF Area to Spot.

Metering mode refers to the way the Sony ZV-E10 reads the light and sets the exposure. In multi, it considers the whole frame and sets exposure according to internal algorithms programmed in camera. In spot or center, the Sony ZV-E10 only considers what is in that spot or the center (per example, if your subject is completely black, the camera will try to compensate by overexposing the image).

  • Multi: Measures light on each area after dividing the total area into multiple areas and determines the proper exposure of the entire screen (Multi-pattern metering).
  • Center: Measures the average brightness of the entire screen, while emphasizing the central area of the screen (Center-weighted metering).
  • Spot: Measures only the central area (Spot metering). This mode is suitable for measuring light on a specified part of the entire screen. The size of the metering circle can be selected from Spot: Standard and Spot: Large. The position of the metering circle depends on the setting for [Spot Metering Point].
  • Entire Screen Avg.: Measures the average brightness of the entire screen. The exposure will be stable even if the composition or the position of the subject changes.
  • Highlight: Measures the brightness while emphasizing the highlighted area on the screen. This mode is suitable for shooting the subject while avoiding overexposure.

Tip: When Spot is selected and Focus Area is set to either Flexible Spot or  Expand Flexible Spot while Spot Metering Point is set to Focus Point Link, the spot metering point can be coordinated with the focus area.

Face Priority in Multi…

Sets whether the camera measures brightness based on detected faces when Metering Mode is set to Multi.

Spot Metering Point

Sets whether to coordinate the spot metering position with the focus area when Focus Area is set to Flexible Spot or Expand Flexible Spot.

Center: The spot metering position does not coordinate with the focus area, but always meters brightness at the center.

Focus Point Link: The spot metering position coordinates with the focus area.

Exposure step

You can set the setting range for the shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation values either .3 or .5 EV steps.

MENU – Red Camera Icon – page 7

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Flash Mode:

If you’re interested in flash photography, you’ll need to purchase a hot shoe flash. I would suggest a Godox, as these can both use HSS and TTL, and are quite cheap. (Also available in the Quick Menu accessed by pressing the FN button

If you’d like to get more into flash photography, you should read up on the different possibilities and what their effect would be on your images. This is a basic explanation of what the different modes do:

  • fill flash: A fill flash is useful even in daylight to fill the shadows with light (like a person in the shade).
  • Slow sync: Tells the camera to use a longer shutter speed along with a flash, and thus is better for night shots. In manual and shutter priority modes, there is no difference in flash power. But when using aperture priority, program, or auto, choosing slow sync tells the Sony ZV-E10 to use a longer shutter speed than it would ordinarily pick. What the slow sync flash mode does is a first fire the flash for the subject exposure, then allow for a longer shutter speed that will allow for more ambient light to be captured by the sensor.
  • Rear Sync: Capturing an image involves two shutter actions: one when the capture starts and on when it stops. Rear Sync tells the flash to fire right before the shutter closes. Moving objects will show a streak where they came from and a sharp image where they were at the end of the exposure. This conveys a sense of speed with moving objects. Rear Sync is a creative technique, if you’d like to know more about this type of photography, I’d suggest doing a Google search on ‘Rear Sync Flash Photography.’
  • Wireless: Select wireless is if you want to trigger an external flash like the Sony with a hotshoe trigger. Using an external flash is helpful when shooting weddings and dimly-lit subject matter, You can use your main flash to light the subject, and your external flash to light the background.
Flash comp or Flash compensation:

Especially when using Slow Sync or Rear Sync Flash modes, you might have to lower the power of the Flash to get a decently exposed image. (Also available in the Quick Menu accessed by pressing the FN button).

Exp comp set:

Selects if the Exposure compensation function (+-5 in 0.5EV or 0.3EV steps) also reduces flash power or not. Leave it to Ambient And Flash, unless if you want to use HSS sync with flashes, then it is handy to be able to control exposure and flash output separately.

Wireless Flash:

There are two methods for wireless flash shooting:

  1. light-signal flash shooting that uses the light of the flash attached to the camera as a signal light,
  2. radio-signal flash shooting that uses wireless communication. To perform radio-signal flash shooting, use a compatible flash or the Wireless Radio Commander (sold separately). For details on how to set each method, refer to the instruction manual of the flash or the Wireless Radio Commander.
External Flash Set.

You can configure the settings of a flash (sold separately) attached to the camera using the monitor and control wheel of the camera. Update the software of your flash to the latest version before using this function.

  • Ext. Flash Firing Set.: Allows you to configure settings related to the firing of the flash, such as the flash mode, flash level, etc.
  • Ext. Flash Cust. Set.: Allows you to configure other flash settings, wireless settings, and flash unit settings.

MENU – Red Camera Icon – page 8

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White Balance

You can either set the white balance to Auto, where the camera tries to guess what the neutral grey value is, or use one of the preset white balance settings for different lighting conditions or customize the white balance according to your preference or using a grey card.

Priority Set in AWB

Selects which tone to prioritize when shooting under lighting conditions such as incandescent light when White Balance is set to Auto.

Standard: Shoots with standard auto white balance. The camera automatically adjusts the color tones.

Ambience: Prioritizes the color tone of the light source. This is suitable when you want to produce a warm atmosphere.

White: Prioritizes a reproduction of white color when the color temperature of the light source is low.

DRO/Auto HDR
DRO:

This stands for Dynamic range optimize and analyses the contrast of your scene in real-time. It produces an image with optimal brightness and recovered shadow detail. You can use this function even while the subject is moving or during the continuous shooting.

Auto HDR:

(not available for RAW captures) this feature Shoots three images with different exposures and then overlays the bright area of the underexposed image and the dark area of the overexposed image to create a picture with an extended range from highlight to shadow.

The highlight detail in auto HDR is better than that in DRO and with reduced noise. The shutter is released three times, so using this function for moving subjects is not recommended.

Creative Style

The Sony creative styles can best be explained as being film emulations (the same way as do some other camera manufacturers implements this). There is a range of styles available from vivid color to black and white. If you’re shooting RAW, these styles are embedded, but can always be zeroed after importing them to your RAW editor of choice. Jpegs are saved with this styling applied. It is always useful to try some of these and can be a real boost for your creativity, as you will notice that you make different images in say black-and-white as opposed to color.

  • Standard: For shooting various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful colors.
  • Vivid: The saturation and contrast are heightened for shooting striking images of colorful scenes and subjects such as flowers, spring greenery, blue sky, or ocean views.
  • Neutral: The saturation and sharpness are lowered for shooting images in subdued tones. This is also suitable for capturing image material to be modified with a computer.
  • Clear: For shooting images in clear tones with limpid colors in highlight, suitable for capturing radiant light.
  • Deep: For shooting images with deep and dense colors, suitable for capturing the solid presence of the subject.
  • Light: For shooting images with bright and simple colors, suitable for capturing a refreshingly light ambience.
  • Portrait: For capturing skin in a soft tone, ideally suited for shooting portraits.
  • Landscape: The saturation, contrast, and sharpness are heightened for shooting vivid and crisp scenery. Distant landscapes also stand out more. Sunset: For shooting the beautiful red of the setting sun.
  • Night Scene: The contrast is lowered for reproducing night scenes.
  • Autumn leaves: For shooting autumn scenes, vividly highlighting the reds and yellows of changing leaves.
  • Black & White: For shooting images in black and white monotone.
  • Sepia: For shooting images in sepia monotone.
  • You can edit these different styles and save your own creative style if you want.
  • This functionality can be changed:
  • Contrast: The higher the value selected, the more the difference between light and shadow is accentuated, and the bigger the effect on the image.
  • Saturation: The higher the value selected, the more vivid the color. When a lower value is selected, the color of the image is restrained and subdued.
  • Sharpness: Adjusts the sharpness. The higher the value selected, the more the contours are accentuated, and the lower the value selected, the more the contours are softened.
Picture Effect

Think of this menu as an Instagram app right in your Sony ZV-E10, with all kinds of retro filters and effects. These are only available when quality is set to Jpeg (Not in RAW).

  • Off: Disables the Picture Effect function.
  • Toy Camera: Creates a soft image with shaded corners and reduced sharpness.
  • Pop Color: Creates a vivid look by emphasizing color tones.
  • Posterization: Creates a high contrast, abstract look by heavily emphasizing primary colors, or in black and white.
  • Retro Photo: Creates the look of an aged photo with sepia color tones and faded contrast.
  • Soft High-key: Creates an image with the indicated atmosphere: bright, transparent, ethereal, tender, soft.
  • Partial Color: Creates an image that retains a specific color, but converts others to black and white.
  • High Contrast Mono.: It creates a high-contrast image in black and white.
  • Rich-tone Mono.: Creates an image in black and white with rich gradation and reproduction of details.
Picture Profile

Allows you to change the settings for the color, gradation, etc.

The basic contrast and coloring are defined by the combination of Gamma (gamma curve) and Color Mode (color characteristics) settings.

Gamma:
  • Movie: Standard gamma curve for video.
  • Still: Standard gamma curve for still images.
  • Cine1: Softens the contrast in darker image areas and emphasizes gradation changes in lighter image areas, producing a subdued tone overall (equivalent to HG4609G33) Gamma curve that obtains a dynamic range of 460% when the exposure is adjusted to 33% video output with 18% reflectance gray. The maximum value of video output is 109%. Images shot with this gamma can be used without grading, but since the images have smooth gradation characteristics, this can be used to grade and finalize the viewed image in the post-production process.
  • Cine2: Similar results to [Cine1] but optimized for editing with up to 100% video signal (equivalent to HG4600G30)
    Gamma curve that obtains a dynamic range of 460% when the exposure is adjusted to 30% video output with 18% reflectance gray. The maximum value of video output is 100%.
  • Cine3: Stronger contrast between dark and light image areas and greater emphasis on black gradation changes (compared to [Cine1] and [Cine2])
  • Cine4: Stronger contrast than [Cine3] in darker image areas.
  • ITU709 ITU709 gamma curve (low-light gain of 4.5).
  • ITU709: (800%) Gamma curve for checking scenes recorded using [S-Log2] or [S-Log3].
  • S-Log2 [S-Log2] gamma curve. This setting is selected when some grading work will be performed after recording. The exposure is set so that 18% reflectance gray video is output as 32%. Under these conditions, a dynamic range of 1,300% is obtained with 90% reflectance white. The maximum value of video output is 106%.
  • S-Log3: [S-Log3] gamma curve with characteristics closer to those of film. This setting is selected when some grading work will be performed after recording. It allows for better reproduction of gradations in shadows and the mid-tone range than S-Log2. The exposure is set so that 18% reflectance gray video is output as 41%. Under these conditions, a dynamic range of 1,300% is obtained with 90% reflectance white. As a characteristic of S-Log3, the dynamic range can be extended above 1,300%. However, Picture Profile is set to a dynamic range of 1,300% in order to maintain a balance with the camera performance. Under these conditions, the maximum value of video output is 94%.
Color Mode:
  • Movie Color tones for [Movie] gamma curve (standard color reproduction for movies when Picture Profile is not used)
  • Still Color tones for [Still] gamma curve (standard color reproduction for still images when Picture Profile is not used)
  • Cinema Color tones for [Cine1] and [Cine2] gamma curve
  • Pro Color tones similar to standard Sony broadcast camera image quality (used in combination with [ITU709] gamma curve)
  • ITU709 Matrix ITU709 color tones (used in combination with [ITU709] gamma curve)
  • Black & White Sets the saturation to 0 for recording in black and white
    S-Gamut Setting based on the assumption that some grading work will be performed after recording. Used when [Gamma] is set to [S-Log2].
  • S-Gamut3.Cine Setting based on the assumption that some grading work will be performed after recording. Used when [Gamma] is set to [S-Log3].
  • This setting is easier to use than [S-Gamut3], because it limits the color space to a more practical range than that of [S-Gamut3]. It is recommended in cases where [S-Gamut3], a wide color space, is not required.
  • S-Gammut3 Setting based on the assumption that some grading work will be performed after recording. Used when [Gamma] is set to [S-Log3].
    This setting has a wider color space than that of [S-Gamut3.Cine]. It is suited for converting images to a format with a wide color space like BT.2020.
    Depending on the type of camera, the entire [S-Gamut3] color space may not be supported.
Black Level:

This function adjusts the black level of the image -15 to +15.  As an image effect, you can emphasize the color black to create an image that gives a powerful impression, or you can weaken black to give the image a soft impression.

Shifting Black Level in the minus direction emphasizes the black color in the image while changing the level in the plus direction weakens the black color.

If you want to simulate an old film, or capture winter morning fog, the black level value should be increased. If you decrease the value, gradations in dark areas will be smoothed out, making the areas appear in crisp black. When using multiple fixed cameras to shoot the same subject from different angles, the balance between subject and background often varies. This balance variation may cause the black color in the subject to appear different when cameras are switched. However, this is an optical illusion. If it occurs, you can correct it by adjusting the Black Level to make the black color look the same.

When using multiple fixed cameras to shoot the same subject from different angles, the balance between subject and background often varies.

This balance variation may cause the black color in the subject to appear different when cameras are switched. However, this is an optical illusion. If it occurs, you can correct it by adjusting the Black Level to make the black color look the same.

Black Gamma:

This function lets you alter the shape of the selected gamma curve and adjust gradations in dark image areas. The range available between Wide, Middle or Narrow. Leven between -7 and +7.

[Range] controls the luminance range that Black Gamma influences. The [Narrow] setting keeps the range close to black, while the [Wide] setting extends the range to gray. [Range] should be set narrower when you want to control the quality of dark areas. If you want to adjust the overall image tone, [Range] should be set wider. At first, it may be a good idea to start from the [Narrow] setting.

Increasing the [Level] value brightens the image, whereas decreasing the value makes the image darker. For example, if you set [Range] to [Narrow] and decrease the [Level] value, you can create an image with dark areas that are similar to the ones seen in films. Unlike Black Level, Black Gamma Level adjusts luminance subtly.

Knee:

This function sets the knee point and slope for video signal compression to prevent over-exposure by limiting signals in high-intensity areas of the subject to the dynamic range of your Sony ZV-E10.

First, select whether to set the knee point and slope automatically or manually in [Mode] and then adjust each setting.

Knee > Mode: Auto / Manual

Knee > Auto Set > Max Point: 90% to 100%

Knee > Auto Set > Sensitivity: High / Mid / Low

Knee > Manual Set > Point: 75% to 105%

Knee > Manual Set > Slope: –5 to +5

Mode:

Auto:

Automatically adjusts the knee based on what is selected in the following settings (when [Movie] or [ITU709] is selected in [Gamma]).[Max Point] determines the maximum knee point level (white level). The knee slope is automatically adjusted according to the Max Point setting. The standard is to keep it at 100%. A lower setting will turn white grayish, while a higher setting will discard gradations in high luminance areas.[Sensitivity] changes the luminance level at which the knee’s automatic adjustment starts. When set to [High], the knee’s automatic adjustment starts at lower input signal levels than normal. When set to [Low], the knee’s automatic adjustment starts at higher input signal levels than normal. When a parameter other than [Movie] or [ITU709] is selected in [Gamma], the gamma curve will not exceed the White clip point and over-exposure rarely occurs. When [Mode] is set to [Auto] with these settings, the Knee function is disabled. If you want to enable the Knee function, set [Mode] to [Manual].

Manual:

Sticks to settings based on the following selections.[Point] sets the position of the knee point output level.[Slope] determines the inclination of the knee slope.
A negative slope setting results in a gentler knee slope angle. This expands the dynamic range but reduces the ability to produce rich gradations. A positive slope setting makes the knee slope inclination steeper. This shrinks the dynamic range but bolsters the ability to express gradations. When [Slope] is set to +5, the Knee function is disabled.Set [Point] and [Slope] in [Manual Set] in combination. If you select a higher setting for [Point] and a gentler setting for [Slope], you can obtain video-like sharp highlight effects. If softer film-like highlight effects are desired, select a lower setting for [Point] and a steeper setting for [Slope]. In practical terms, move [Point] and [Slope] up and down in opposite directions while checking the gradations in high luminance areas until you find the ideal settings.

Saturation

A positive value results in more vivid colors, while a negative value presents faded colors. Saturation must be adjusted in tandem with contrast. Bright and vivid settings produce video-like images, while dark and vivid settings result in film-like images. The combination of bright and light creates pastel tones, whereas dark and light settings create artistic finishes.

Color Phase

As you rotate the color wheel to the left (decreasing the set value) or to the right (increasing the set value), the colors shift along the spectrum from red to yellow, green, cyan, blue, magenta, and red. Because this affects all colors, it is difficult to make specific adjustments exactly as intended. Use this function when matching coloring closely between different cameras.

Color Depth

This function adjusts the luminance for each color phase. The luminance changes more drastically when the selected color is richer (higher saturation). It does not change much at all when the color is achromatic.

A higher set value lowers luminance while deepening the color. A lower set value increases luminance, making the color look paler.
This setting does not only enhance the apparent vividness of colors but also can express deep, dark colors.
Because each of the 6 colors — R (Red), G (Green), B (Blue), C (Cyan), M (Magenta), Y (Yellow) — can be adjusted individually, you can apply this function to just the colors you want to emphasize.

Emphasizing image edges (Detail)

This function adjusts how much detail is applied to the subject’s image edges.

Because settings other than [Level] are quite complex, we recommend you start by adjusting only the [Level] setting first.

Level

This function determines the strength of detail image processing to be applied.

If you apply too much detail, the subject’s original atmosphere may be undermined, as its translucence may be lost or it may be given an unnatural luster. Excessive detail when shooting shiny leaves, for instance, may result in the leaves looking as if they are made of plastic. It is also advisable to apply detail only modestly when shooting paintings.

Because Detail makes image edges wider, the original texture of a subject consisting of very fine lines may be lost if too much detail processing is applied. (Example: thin lace curtains)

Also, be aware that Detail may fatten up the edges of noise particles that appear under a high gain setting, and may make such particles highly noticeable. In such cases, you can adjust the amount of detail processing on the noise particles by using the [Crispening] function.

The image edges become more visible when viewed on large screens. It may be advisable to ease off on Detail if you plan to view the image on large TVs or screens.

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Shutter AWB Lock

You can set whether or not to lock the white balance while the shutter button is pressed when White Balance is set to Auto or Underwater Auto. This function prevents unintentional changes to the white balance during continuous shooting or when shooting with the shutter button pressed halfway down.

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Focus Magnifier

When focussing manually or in DMF mode, you can set the Sony ZV-E10 to magnify a part of the screen so you can check focus. This sub-menu allows you to select the part of the image that will be magnified during shooting.

Focus Magnif Time

You can set how long to hold the magnified area during MF assist. 2 sec, 5 seconds or no limit. 2 seconds is how I have it set up.

initial Focus Mag

Sets the initial magnification scale when using [Focus Magnifier]. Select a setting that will help you frame your shot.

AF in Focus Mag

You can focus on the subject more accurately using auto-focus by magnifying the area where you want to focus. While the magnified image is displayed, you can focus on a smaller area than the flexible spot.

MF assist

This works in conjunction with the Focus Magnifier found on this page too You might remember that you can select the area to magnify there when using manual focus (MF). MF assist will need to be turned on if you want to use this feature.

Peaking Setting
Peaking Level

Peaking Level is a manual focusing aid that works when you have your Sony ZV-E10 set to MF or DMF.

Peaking Color

You can choose the color of this Peaking between Red, white, blue and yellow. I have it set to red, as this contrasts nicely with most scenes you capture.

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Product Showcase Set

For in-store demo purposes only.

Face Registration

If you register faces in advance, the product can detect the registered face as a priority when [Face Detection] is set to [On (Regist. Faces)]. Shoot the face from the front in a brightly lit place. The face may not be registered correctly if it is obscured by a hat, a mask, sunglasses, etc.

  1. MENU – Camera Settings 1 – Face Registration – New Registration
  2. Align the guide frame with the face to be registered, and press the shutter button.
  3. When a confirmation message appears, select Enter.
Regist. Faces Priority

Sets whether to focus with higher priority on faces registered using Face Registration when Face Priority in AF]is set to On.

Self-portrait/ -timer

As you probably know, you can change the angle of the monitor and shoot images while watching the monitor.

Simple turn this setting on, flip the screen and press the shutter button. The camera will start shooting after three seconds.

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Shoot Mode

You can set the shooting mode for movie recording.

  • Intelligent Auto :Allows you to shoot movies with automatic scene recognition.
  • Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
  • Aperture Priority:Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually.
  • Shutter Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.
  • Manual Exposure: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) manually.
  • Recall Camera Set.: Allows you to shoot after recalling often-used modes or numeric settings registered in advance.
S&Q Shoot Mode

You can select the exposure mode for slow-motion/quick-motion shooting. You can change the setting and playback speed for slow-motion/quick-motion shooting with S&Q Settings later.

  • Program Auto / Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value).
  • Aperture Priority / Aperture Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually.
  • Shutter Priority / Shutter Priority: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually.
  • Manual Exposure / Manual Exposure: Allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (both the shutter speed and the aperture value) manually.
USB Streaming

You can connect a computer, etc. to the camera and use the camera video and audio for livestreaming or web-conferencing services.

File Format (video)

You can choose between XAVC S 4K or XAVC S HD. You’ll need a fast UHS Speed Class U3 SD card to record at 100 Mbps or more.

  • XAVC S 4K: Records 4K movies in the XAVC S format. This format supports a high bit rate. Audio: LPCM
  • XAVC S HD: Records HD movies in the XAVC S format. This format supports a high bit rate. Audio: LPCM. The file size of movies is limited to approx. 2 GB. If the movie file size reaches approx. 2 GB during recording, a new movie file will be created automatically.
Record Setting  (video):

You can choose the quality of the recorded video here. Select the image size, frame rate, and image quality for movie recording. The higher the bit-rate, the higher the picture quality. Frame- and bit-rate differ depending on your movie file format.

When File Format is set to XAVC S 4K you have these options:

  • 30p 100M/ 25p 100M: Approx. 100 Mbps. Records movies in 3840×2160 (30p/25p)
  • 30p 60M/ 25p 60M: Approx. 60 Mbps. Records movies in 3840×2160 (30p/25p).
  • 24p 100M: Approx. 100 Mbps. Records movies in 3840×2160 (24p).
  • 24p 60M: Approx. 60 Mbps. Records movies in 3840×2160 (24p).

When File Format is set to XAVC S HD you have these options:

  • 60p 50M  /50p 50M: Approx. 50 MbpsRecords movies in 1920×1080 (60p/50p).60p 25M/50p 25M Approx. 25 MbpsRecords movies in 1920×1080 (60p/50p).
  • 30p 50M  /25p 50M: Approx. 50 MbpsRecords movies in 1920×1080 (30p/25p).30p 16M  /25p 16M Approx. 16 MbpsRecords movies in 1920×1080 (30p/25p).
  • 24p 50M:   Approx. 50 MbpsRecords movies in 1920×1080 (24p).120p
  • 100M/100p: 100M Approx. 100 MbpsRecords high-speed movies in 1920×1080 (120p/100p). You can record movies in 120 fps or 100 fps.
  • 120p 60M/100p 60MApprox. 60 MbpsRecords high-speed movies in 1920×1080 (120p/100p). You can record movies in 120 fps or 100 fps.
S&Q settings

You can do slow-motion recording or record quick-motion recording. The sound will not be recorded. In a slow-motion recording, the shutter speed becomes faster and you may not be able to obtain the proper exposure. If this happens, decrease the aperture value or adjust the ISO sensitivity to a higher value.

How to record slow motion movie on the Sony ZV-E10:

  1. Set the mode dial to (Movie/S&Q Motion).
  2. Select MENU- (Camera Settings2)-[Movie/S&Q Motion]- and select the desired setting of slow-motion/quick-motion (S&Q) ( Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual Exposure).
  3. Select MENU- (Camera Settings2)-[ S&Q Settings] and select the desired settings for [ Record Setting] and [ Frame Rate].
  4. Press the MOVIE (movie) button to start recording. Press the MOVIE button again to stop recording.

Record Setting: Selects the frame rate of the movie.

Frame Rate: Selects the shooting frame rate.

Playback speed: The playback speed will vary as below depending on the assigned Record Setting and  the Frame Rate.

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Proxy Recording
This function allows you to simultaneously record a low bitrate proxy file at the same time as recording the high bitrate original file movie.
AF transition speed

You can set the transition speed of the focus when the target of auto-focusing changes while shooting a movie.

AF subj. Shift Sens.

You can set the sensitivity for shifting the focus to another subject when the original subject moves out of the focusing area while shooting a movie.

Auto Slow Shut.

Sets whether or not to adjust the shutter speed automatically when recording dark scenes.

  • On: Uses Auto Slow Shutter. The shutter speed automatically slows when recording in dark locations. You can reduce noise in the movie by using a slow shutter speed when recording in dark locations.
  • Off: Does not use Auto Slow Shut. The recorded movie will be darker than when On is selected, but you can record movies with smoother motion and less object blur.
Initial Focus Mag. (movie)

Sets the initial magnification scale for the Focus Magnifier functionality in the movie shooting mode. You can choose between 1 or 4 times magnification to check focus.

Audio Recording

You can switch off audio recording in movie mode. When you record audio movies with loud volumes, set Audio Rec Level to a lower sound level. Doing so enables you to record more realistic audio. When you record audio movies with lower volumes, set Audio Rec Level to a higher sound level to make the sound easier to hear. Regardless of the Audio Rec Level settings, the limiter always operates.

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Audio Rec Level

You can adjust the audio recording level while checking the level meter.

Audio Level Display

Sets whether to display the audio level on the screen.

Don’t see the audio level display?

  • Check if Audio Recording]is set to Off.
  • Check if DISP (Display Setting) is set to No Disp. Info.

During slow-motion/quick-motion shooting, audio is automatically turned OFF.

Wind Noise Reduction

This helps reduce noise from the wind during video recording.

Steadyshot

Sets the SteadyShot effect when shooting movies. When using a tripod setting SteadyShot to Off] will result in a more natural image.

  • Active: Provides a more powerful SteadyShot effect using electronic SteadyShot.
  • Standard: Provides a SteadyShot effect using lens-side SteadyShot. Use this setting under stable movie shooting conditions.
  • Off: Does not use SteadyShot.
Steadyshot Settings

You can shoot with an appropriate SteadyShot setting for the attached lens.

  • Auto: Performs the SteadyShot function automatically according to the information obtained from the attached lens.
  • Manual: Performs the SteadyShot function according to the focal-length set using the focal length setting.

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Marker Display (movie)

Select if you want guidelines (a grid) in movie modeThe markers are displayed on the monitor or viewfinder

Marker Settings (movie)

Sets the markers to be displayed while shooting movies. You can display several markers at the same time.

  • Center: Sets whether or not to display the center marker in the center of the shooting screen. (Off or On)
  • Aspect: Sets the aspect marker display. (Off, 4:3, 13:9, 14:9, 15:9, 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 2.35:1)
  • Safety Zone: Sets the safety zone display. This becomes the standard range that can be received by a general household TV. (Off, 80%, 90%)
  • Guide frame: Sets whether or not to display the guide frame. You can verify whether the subject is level or perpendicular to the ground.
Emph disp dur REC

Sets whether or not to display a red frame around the edges of the camera’s monitor while recording a movie. You can easily check whether the camera is in standby or recording, even when you are looking at the camera monitor from an angle or at a distance.

REC lamp

ou can choose whether or not the recording lamp lights up during recording.

Movie w/ shutter

You can start or stop recording movies by pressing the shutter button, which is bigger and easier to press than the Movie button.

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Silent Shooting

You can shoot images without the shutter sound, i.e. only using the electronic shutter.

e-Front Curtain Shut.

This shortens the time lag between shutter releases. When you shoot at high shutter speeds with a large diameter lens attached, the ghosting of a blurred area may occur, depending on the subject or shooting conditions. When a lens made by another manufacturer (including a Minolta/Konica-Minolta lens) is used, set this function to Off. If you set this function to On, the correct exposure will not be set or the image brightness will be uneven.

Release without lens

It makes it possible to capture images even if a lens is not supported by the Sony ZV-E10. (Like when using an adapter with vintage lenses)

Release without card

If set to Off, you won’t be able to engage the shutter when there is no SD card in the slot. This is a useful failsafe to prevent you from shooting images without the ability to save them.

SteadyShot

Sets whether or not to use the SteadyShot (sensor stabilization) function. For optimal sharpness, turn it off when using a tripod.

If your lens does not relay focal length information to the ZV-E10 body, you can still use the Ibis stabilization by dialing in the focal length manually.

  • Auto: Performs the SteadyShot function automatically according to the information obtained from the attached lens.
  • Manual: Performs the SteadyShot function according to the focal length set using “SteadyS. Focal Len.” (8mm-1000mm)
SteadyShot settings
  • Auto (default setting): Performs the SteadyShot function automatically according to the information obtained from the attached lens.
  • Manual: Performs the SteadyShot function according to the focal-length set using [SteadyS. Focal Len.]. (8 mm-1000 mm)

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Zoom range

You can select the zoom setting of the ZV-E10.

  • Optical zoom only: Limits the zoom range to the optical zoom. You can use the Smart Zoom function if you set [JPEG Image Size]to [M] or [S].
  • ClearImage Zoom : Select this setting to use Clear Image Zoom. Even if the zoom range exceeds the optical zoom, the product magnifies images using an image process with less deterioration.
  • Digital Zoom : When the zoom range of the Clear Image Zoom is exceeded, the product magnifies images to the largest scale. However, the image quality will deteriorate.
Zoom lever speed

Sets the zoom speed when using the W/T (zoom) lever of the camera. This can be set separately for shooting standby and movie recording.

Custom Key Z. Speed

Sets the zoom speed when using the custom key to which [Zoom Operation (T)] / [Zoom Operation (W)] is assigned. This can be set separately for shooting standby and movie recording.

  • Fixed Speed: Sets the zoom speed during shooting standby. (1 (Slow) to 8 (Fast))
  • Fixed Speed: Sets the zoom speed during movie recording. (1 (Slow) to 8 (Fast))
Remote Zoom Speed

Sets the zoom speed when performing zoom operations using the remote commander or [Smartphone Connect]. This can be set separately for shooting standby and movie recording.

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Disp button

Selects the functionality (what is shown) on the screen when you press the DISP button (on the control wheel). You can choose Graphic Display, all info, no disp info, and histogram.

Zebra setting

The zebra function shows a zebra pattern on the screen while shooting in any area that is in danger of highlight clipping.

You can switch this OFF or anywhere in a range between 70 and 100.

The Zebra Pattern is a highlight warning indicator that is common in video cameras. It does not control exposure but just warns you that your highlights are blown out. It is not recorded into the resulting image.

I have it set halfway at around 75, and it is a very useful indication of correct exposure of the entire scene.

Grid Line

Sets whether the grid line is displayed or not. The grid line will help you to adjust the composition of images.

  • Rule of 3rds Grid: Place main subjects close to one of the grid lines that divide the image into thirds for a well-balanced composition.
  • Square Grid: Square grids make it easier to confirm the horizontal level of your composition. This is suitable to determine the quality of the composition when shooting landscape, close-up, or duplicated images.
  • Diag. Square Grid: Place a subject on the diagonal line to express an uplifting and powerful feeling.
  • Off: Does not display the grid line.
Exposure set guide

The exposure set guide is an on-screen scroller that tells you the relation between your chosen aperture and the appropriate shutter speed for the scene you are shooting. I find this quite handy, but you can turn it off if you don’t.

Live view Display

Live view display allows you to see the image you’re going to capture with the settings you have dialed-in like aperture and shutter speed. Some users report easier auto-focusing in low light when it’s turned OFF, and you’d need to turn it off when using external flashes too that can’t be used with Sony’s TTL (through the lens) functionality.

Auto Review

You can check your captured image on the screen directly after shooting.  You can select how long the image will stay on the screen (10, 5 or 2 seconds). I find this very annoying, so I turned it off. If you want to review your image, you can simply press play to do so.

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Custom Key(Shoot.)/Custom Key(PB)

You can assign the desired function to the desired key. Some functions are available only when they are assigned to a custom key.

The keys that can be assigned functions are different for Custom Key Shoot.]and Custom Key PB.

You can assign the desired functions to the following keys. You can also assign a shooting function to the focus hold button on the lens. However, some lenses do not have a focus hold button.2 1.

  • Custom Button 1
  • Custom Button2
  • AF/MF Button/AEL Button
  • Fn/ Button
  • Control Wheel (Center Button/Down Button/Left Button/Right Button)
  • Custom Button 3

In the Custom Key menu, I have assigned the AEL button to cycle between the 6 remaining AF area. I typically start wide and only come down in size if I am trying to avoid picking up subjects that are nearer to the camera than my primary subject. Some will start with an Expand Flexible Spot but you have to be quick at moving the Spot onto a moving target to start the tracking in order to be successful.

Prior to the new AF Tracking, I would normally recommend people to use a Wide or Zone AF area and only use Lock-on AF Areas when obstacles might appear in front of the subject. Now I will be recommending ‘Tracking’ as the default AF Area for shooting action/sports.

Function Menu Set.

You can assign the functions to be called up when you press the Fn (Function) button.

Dial/Wheel Setup

You can switch the functions of the front/rear dial between shutter speed and aperture.

Dial/Wheel Ev Comp

u can adjust the exposure compensation using the control dial or the control wheel.

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Func. of Touch Oper.

Select the functionality of the touch screen. There are three choices:

  1. Touch Shutter: When you shoot using the monitor, the camera automatically focuses on the point you touch and shoots a still image.
  2. Touch Focus: You can select a subject on which to focus using touch operations in the still image and movie recording modes.
  3. Touch tracking: select your subject via the touch screen to start tracking.
Dial/Wheel Lock

You can set whether the dials and wheels will be locked by pressing and holding the Fn (Function) button. You can release the lock by holding the Fn (Function) button down again.

  • Lock: Locks the front and rear dials when you press and hold the Fn button.
  • Unlock: The front or rear dials are not locked, even if you press and hold the Fn (Function) button.
Audio Signals

Selects whether the product produces a sound or not, for example when the focus is achieved by pressing the shutter button halfway down.

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Smartphone connect

You can adjust settings related to smartphone connection.

  • Smartphone Connection: Sets whether to connect the camera and a smartphone. ([On] / [Off])
  • Connection: Displays the QR Code or SSID used to connect the camera to a smartphone.
  • Cnct. while Power OFF: Sets whether to accept Bluetooth connections from a smartphone while the camera is turned off. ([On] / [Off])
  • Remote Shoot Setting: Configures settings for images saved when performing remote shooting using a smartphone. ([Still Img. Save Dest.] / [ Save Image Size] / [RAW+J Save Image])
  • Always Connected: Sets whether to always connect the camera and a smartphone that has previously been connected. ([On] / [Off])If this item is set to [On], once you connect the camera to a smartphone, you do not need to perform the connection procedure on the camera again. If it is set to [Off], connect the camera and the smartphone manually when you want to connect them.
Send to Smartphone

You can transfer images to a smartphone by selecting images on the camera.

The following is the procedure for transferring the image currently displayed on the camera.

Send to Smartphone:Selects images and transfers them to a smartphone. ([This Image] / [All Images in This Group] / [All with this date] / [All with this date()] / [All with this date()] / [Multiple Images])

  • The options displayed may differ depending on the View Mode selected on the camera.
  • If you select [Multiple Images], select the desired images using the center of the control wheel, then press MENU → [Enter].

Size of Sending Image:Selects the file size for images to be transferred to the smartphone. The original-sized JPEG file or a 2M-equivalent JPEG file can be transferred. ([Original] / [2M])

RAW+J Trans. Trgt.:Selects the file type for images to be transferred to a smartphone when the images are shot with [File Format]set to [RAW & JPEG]. ([JPEG Only] / [RAW Only] / [RAW & JPEG])

Px Sending Target:Sets whether to transfer the low-bit-rate proxy movie or the high-bit-rate original movie when transferring a movie to a smartphone. ([Proxy Only] / [Original Only] / [Proxy & Original])

PC Remote function

Uses a Wi-Fi or USB connection, etc. to control the camera from a computer, including such functions as shooting and storing images on the computer.

  • PC Remote: Sets whether or not to use the [PC Remote] function. ([On] / [Off])
  • PC Remote Cnct Method: Selects the connection method when the camera is connected to a computer using [PC Remote]. ([USB]/[Wi-Fi Direct]/[Wi-Fi Access Point])
  • Pairing: When [PC Remote Cnct Method] is set to [Wi-Fi Access Point], pair the camera with the computer.
  • Wi-Fi Direct Info.: Displays the information needed to connect to the camera from the computer when [PC Remote Cnct Method] is set to [Wi-Fi Direct].
  • Still Img. Save Dest.: Sets whether or not to save still images to both the camera and the computer during PC Remote shooting. ([PC Only]/[PC+Camera]/[Camera Only])
  • RAW+J PC Save Img: Selects the file type for images to be transferred to the computer when [Still Img. Save Dest.] is set to [PC+Camera]. ([RAW & JPEG]/[JPEG Only]/[RAW Only])
  • PC Save Image Size: Selects the file size for images to be transferred to the computer when [Still Img. Save Dest.] is set to [PC+Camera]. The original-sized JPEG file or a 2M-equivalent JPEG file can be transferred. ([Original]/[2M])
Airplane Mode

Disables all wireless functionality, just like airplane mode does on your phone.

Wi-Fi Settings:
WPS Push

If your access point has the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button, you can register the access point to this product easily by pushing the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button.

Access Point Set.

You can register your access point manually. Before starting the procedure, check the SSID name of the access point, security system, and password. The password may be preset in some devices. For details, see the access point operating instructions, or consult the access point administrator.

Disp MAC Address

Displays the MAC address of your Sony ILCE-ZV-E10.

SSID/PW Reset

Your Sony ZV-E10 shares the connection information for [Send to Smartphone] and [ Connection Info.] with a device that has permission to connect. If you want to change the device that is permitted to connect, reset the connection information.

Bluetooth Settings

Controls the settings for connecting the camera to a smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. You need to pair the camera and smartphone before using the location information interlocking function. If you want to pair the Sony ZV-E10 and smartphone in order to use the location information interlocking function, refer to “Loc. Info. Link Set..”

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Loc. Info. Link Set

You can use the application PlayMemories Mobile to obtain location information from a smartphone that is connected with your camera using Bluetooth communication. You can record the obtained location information when shooting images.

To use the location information linking function of the Sony ZV-E10, you need the PlayMemories Mobile application on your smartphone and transfer an image to your smartphone to test the connection

Procedure:

Confirm that the Bluetooth function of your smartphone is activated. (Do not perform the Bluetooth pairing operation on the smartphone setting screen!!! In steps 2 to 7, the pairing operation is performed using the camera and the application of PlayMemories Mobile. If you accidentally perform the pairing operation on the smartphone setting screen in step 1, cancel the pairing and then perform the pairing operation by following Steps 2 through 7 using the camera and the application PlayMemories Mobile.)

  1. On the camera, select MENU – (Wireless) – [Bluetooth Settings] – [Bluetooth Function] – [On].
  2. On the camera, select MENU – (Wireless) – [Bluetooth Settings] – [Pairing].
  3. Launch PlayMemories Mobile on your smartphone and tap “Location Information Linkage.”
  4. Activate [Location Information Linkage] on the [Location Information Linkage] setting screen of PlayMemories Mobile.
  5. Select [OK] when a message is displayed on the monitor of the camera. Pairing of the camera and PlayMemories Mobile is complete.
  6. On the camera, select MENU – (Wireless) – [ Loc. Info. Link Set.] – [Location Info. Link] – [On].
  7. (obtaining location information icon) will be displayed on the monitor of the camera. Location information obtained by your smartphone using GPS, etc., will be recorded when shooting images.

Options in this Menu:

  • Location Info. Link: Sets whether to obtain the location information by linking it with a smartphone.
  • Auto Time Correct.: Sets whether to automatically correct the date setting of the Sony ZV-E10 using information from a linked smartphone.
  • Auto Area Adjust.: Sets whether to automatically correct the area setting of the camera using information from a linked smartphone.
Edit Device name

If you wish, you can change the name of the Device Access point) perhaps to make it easier to identify which ZV-E10 is yours in particular situations.

Reset Network set

Resets all network settings.

If something does not function properly, and you want to start from scratch, can be useful.

MENU – playback options – page 1 (Playback settings page 1)

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Protect

Set your camera to not shoot images without inserting an SD card.

Rotate

Change the orientation of images in-camera.

Delete

Delete one or multiple images stored on your SD cards.

Rating

Rate your images in-camera for easy culling in Lightroom afterward.

Rating Set (Cust Key)

Set a custom key for easy rating.

Specify Printing

Specify Printing is a feature that allows images to be marked for printing later. Registered images are displayed with the DPOF mark. (DPOF stands for Digital Print Order Format)

MENU – playback options – page 2 (Playback settings page 2)

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Photo Capture

Captures a chosen scene in a movie to save as a still image. First, shoot a movie, then pause the movie during playback to capture decisive moments that tend to be missed when shooting still images, and save them as still images.

Enlarge Image

Select an image and expand a portion of that picture. Useful for checking details and focus.

Enlarge Initial Mag.

Sets the initial magnification scale when playing back enlarged images.

Enlarge Initial Position

Sets the initial position when enlarging an image in playback. You can select either the image center or the focus position.

Cont. PB for interval

Continuously plays back images shot using interval shooting.

You can create movies from still images produced by interval shooting using the computer software Imaging Edge. You cannot create movies from the still images on the camera.

PB Speed for interval

Sets the playback speed for still images during Continuous PB for the interval.

MENU – playback options – page 2 (Playback settings page 3)

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Slide Show

Select whether you want the camera to repeat slideshows when all pictures are viewed or not, and choose the interval between slides.

View Mode

Select how the camera will arrange captured pictures in the viewing browser.

Image Index

Choose whether you want the image browser to display 12 (larger) or 30 (smaller) images per page.

Display as group

When shooting bursts of images in Continuous Shooting it is possible during playback to see the groups of images rather than all images. When cycling through the groups you can see individual images in that group by pressing the Center Button in the Control Wheel.

Display Rotation

Select whether you want the camera to rotate images automatically when you rotate the camera or not.

Image Jump Setting

Image Jump Settings allows you to choose which images you choose to see when reviewing them in Playback, e.g., you can choose only to see your rated images. This will be useful to implement when you want to show somebody just your hero images from the day’s shoot.

You can see all images by using the dial you have NOT assigned to see only the rated images.

MENU – Camera Setup – page 1

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Monitor Brightness

Manually set the Monitor brightness (recommended leave to zero) or change to a brighter setting for Sunny Weather.

Gamma Disp. Assist

Movies with S-Log gamma are assumed to be processed after shooting in order to make use of the wide dynamic range. They are therefore displayed in low contrast during shooting and may be difficult to monitor, using [Gamma Disp. Assist], contrast equivalent to that of normal gamma can be reproduced. In addition, [Gamma Disp. Assist] can also be applied when playing back movies on the camera’s monitor/viewfinder.

Volume settings

Modify the playback volume for recorded videos or demos.

Delete Confirm

When deleting images on your SD card, you’ll have to confirm every deletion (to make sure you don’t accidentally delete anything). You can turn Off this confirmation here if you wish.

Display Quality

You can change the display quality from standard to high at the expense of shorter battery life.

Power Setting option

Sets time intervals to automatically switch to power save mode when you are not performing operations to prevent wearing down the battery pack. To return to shooting mode, perform an operation such as pressing the shutter button halfway down. I have it set to 5 minutes, a good balance between usability and battery life.

MENU – Camera Setup – page 2

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NTSC/PAL Selector

Plays back movies recorded with the product on an NTSC/PAL system TV.

Cleaning Mode

If dust or debris gets inside the Sony ZV-E10 and adheres to the surface of the image sensor (the part that converts the light to an electric signal), it may appear as dark spots on the image, depending on the shooting environment. If this happens, follow the steps below to clean the image sensor.

Touch Operation

Sets whether or not to activate touch operations on the monitor. Touch operations when shooting with the monitor are referred to as “touch panel operations,” and touch operations when shooting with the viewfinder are referred to as “touchpad operations.”

TC/UB settings

Timecode (TC) and the user bit (UB) information can be recorded as data attached to movies. This is used for the synchronization of the video in post production. The time code can be set between the following range: 00:00:00:00 to 23:59:59:29.

  • TC/UB Disp. Setting: Sets the display for the counter, time code, and user bit.
  • TC Preset: Sets the time code.
  • UB Preset: Sets the user bit.
  • TC Format: Sets the recording method for the time code. (Only when [NTSC/PAL Selector] is set to NTSC.)
  • TC Run: Sets the count up format for the time code.
  • TC Make: Sets the recording format for the time code on the recording medium.
  • UB Time Rec: Sets whether or not to record the time as a user bit.
HDMI Settings

When you connect the product to a High Definition (HD) TV with HDMI terminals using an HDMI cable (sold separately), you can select HDMI Resolution to output images to the TV.

  • Auto: The product automatically recognizes an HD TV and sets the output resolution.
  • 2160p/1080p: Outputs signals in 2160p/1080p.
  • 1080p: Outputs signals in HD picture quality (1080p).
  • 1080i: Outputs signals in HD picture quality (1080i).
4K Output Sel.

Outputs still image in 4K resolution to an HDMI-connected TV that supports 4K.

MENU – Camera Setup – page 3

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USB connection

Selects what will happen when you connect your Sony ZV-E10 to your PC or MAC.

Auto: Establishes a Mass Storage or MTP connection automatically, depending on the computer or other USB devices to be connected. Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers are connected in MTP, and their unique functions are enabled for use.

Mass Storage: Establishes a Mass Storage connection between this product, a computer, and other USB devices.

MTP: Establishes an MTP connection between this product, a computer, and other USB devices. Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers are connected in MTP, and their unique functions are enabled for use.

PC Remote: Uses “Remote Camera Control” to control this product from the computer, including such functions as shooting and storing images on the computer

USB LUN Setting

It improves compatibility with external devices by limiting the functions of the USB connection. Older devices that are not able to connect to the Sony ZV-E10 might work when set to single. Otherwise, use Multi.

USB Power Supply

You can extend battery life by providing a power supply over USB.

Language

Selects the language to be used in the menu items, warnings, and messages.

Date/Time Setup

The Clock Set screen is displayed automatically when you turn on your ZV-E10 for the first time.

Area Settings

Sets where in the world where you are using your camera

MENU – Camera Setup – page 4

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Format

When you use a memory card with this camera for the first time, we recommend that you format the card using the Sony ZV-E10 for stable performance of the memory card. Note that formatting permanently erases all data on the memory card, and is unrecoverable.

Select REC folder

Selects where the Sony ZV-E10 will store newly captured images.

New Folder

Make a new folder for quickly organising events and locations.

File/Folder Settings

Sets file names for still images to be shot, and specifies folders for storing the shot still images.

File Settings (movie)

Configure settings for the file names of recorded movies.

  • File Number:You can set how to assign file numbers to still images.
  • Set File Name:You can specify the first three characters of the file name.
  • Folder Name:You can set how folder names are assigned.
Recover Image DB

If you have a storage card error, you can try to rebuild the database to retrieve lost images possibly.

  • File Number:You can set how to assign file numbers to still images.
  • Set File Name:You can specify the first three characters of the file name.
  • Folder Name:You can set how folder names are assigned.

MENU – Camera Setup – page 5

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Display media info

You can check how much space is left on your SD card (have pictures in your desired quality and how many minutes of video)

Version

Check what version of the operating system your camera and the lens is running. Sony sporadically releases updates with new features, so it might be worth checking if any new firmware versions are available.

Setting Reset

Fully resets the Sony ZV-E10 to factory settings.

Conclusion

Here it is, the advanced manual for the Sony ZV-E10 with plenty of tips and tricks to get you started. If you’re somewhat overwhelmed by this large post, I would suggest that you use the search function in a browser like Chrome at first to find the subject you are actually looking for.

If you have any questions or need extra information on any subject covered here, feel free to write something in the comments section below. Have Fun!

wim arys

Wim Arys is a photographer from Belgium Europe with a passion for mirrorless cameras.

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1 Response

  1. Bert Hoogerhoud says:

    Well done. Ik have learned a lot. Translating to dutch caused some problem. Especially with the abbreviations. Do you have also a dutch version?

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