Calvin Enkidi / Android Authority
😐 Good day and welcome to Power Daily. I had a great weekend, except when I took a sliver of glass off a smartwatch screen by doing little more than my daily chores around the house. Top tip: Always invest in a screen protector for every device you own.
Point and shoot! Why did you buy this?
Calvin Enkidi / Android Authority
For context, Calvin wanted a new pocket camera, and with all the hype surrounding Song’s new one-inch camera hardware, he chose the Sony ZV-1. It contains the same sensor as Sony Xperia Pro-I and the RX100, but it’s much cheaper than both. Naturally, he bought one, but buyer’s remorse set in soon after. Here is the story.
Can’t you love him?
- All signs point to the photographic prowess of the Sony ZV-1.
- It features a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens, which should produce nicely peach And amazing low-light performance.
- The camera is incredibly portable too, slipping quickly in and out of most bags and deep pockets when needed.
- With all of this in mind, Calvin took his camera on a trip to Vietnam hoping to capture some great memories.
- He also brought along a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE as his primary smartphone.
- However, the phone appears to have taken over the main camera in flight.
Take a back seat
- When sightseeing on a motorbike, Calvin only had enough bag capacity for three days’ worth of clothes and essentials.
- Right off the bat, the Sony ZV-1 seemed excessive, even with its compact body.
- As a result, it remained locked in a suitcase at the hotel. But perhaps this was the best decision given the circumstances of the trip.
- “On the first day, we drove through a foggy mountain pass and eventually encountered heavy rain.”
- The ZV-1 isn’t weather sealed, so it certainly would have been risky to use. This wasn’t an issue for the Galaxy S21 FE, which stayed attached to its bike without issue.
- “By the end of that first day, the ZV-1 was little more than an afterthought in my mind.”
Seeing the light
- When weather wasn’t a limiting factor, Calvin put the ZV-1 and S21 FE through some head-to-head comparisons.
- “I fully expected the camera to come out on top in a side-by-side comparison, but it was often hard to pick a winner.”
- In terms of immediate results, the S21 FE won in terms of dynamic range straight out of the camera, while the ZV-1 claimed the zoom competition.
- I’ll also admit that selfies taken with the ZV-1 almost always looked better than the tiny camera in my smartphone, and proper framing was possible thanks to the fully articulated screen. Likewise, videos look noticeably better with more detail, depth of field, and depth of field. And not to over-explain.”
- However, those gains weren’t enough to balance out the overall experience.
What is the key takeaway?
- For $500 on sale, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE more keeps up with the dedicated Sony ZV-1 camera.
- “My biggest disappointment with the ZV-1 is that although it’s one of the smallest cameras on the market, it’s not very comfortable.”
- Sony is compact, but still hard to put in a pocket. It also lacks grip, uses a micro USB charging port, and lacks water resistance.
- Of course, that doesn’t mean the ZV-1 is a bad camera.
- “But in a world where computational photography exists, you can get nearly the same results from a phone without breaking the bank. And if you can improve your composition, you’ll achieve a lot even with a mediocre smartphone camera.”
- If you want even better results, check out our picks for The best camera phones you can buy.
Monday Meme (And Handy Tip)
I deleted a Microsoft Edge The shortcut from the desktop several times in the past week. The thing keeps popping up, even after removing it. Looks like I’m not the only one, either…
Fortunately, there is a surprisingly easy fix.
Thanks to the great folks at Reddit, you can registry entry disc related to Edge to stop the persistent re-adding of the shortcut to the desktop. With the entry edited, Edge should stop bothering you, until Microsoft finds another way to push its browser onto users.