A beginner’s guide to vlogging with ZV-E10

The ZV-E10 interchangeable-lens vlog camera is a versatile companion for vloggers. Here’s a quick guide on various lenses you can use to enhance your vlog, as well as some basic set-up techniques to get you started. 

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As a beginner to the big, wide world of vlogging, it’s easy to feel lost finding the ideal framing techniques to aid your visual storytelling. One perk of vlogging with the ZV-E10 is the flexibility of switching between lens perspectives measured by focal distance to show different facets of your day. You could film your breakfast platter up close to show off every detail or go wide to show your viewers what’s happening as you walk down the street. Now, you may be wondering which lenses to include in your camera bag. Here are some of our photographer recommendations that you should never leave home without! 



Best wide-angle lens combination for travel and lifestyle vlogs 


When you’re vlogging outdoors, you’ll want to capture more of what’s happening around you in hopes that you can bring your viewers along with you on an adventure. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll in the city or going on a trek in the woods, you’ll be able to share the moment with your viewers in full detail. With a wide-angle lens, you can capture more of your surroundings through dynamic footage that puts both you and your location in the spotlight. 



E 11mm F1.8 (SEL11F18)
E 15mm F1.4 G (SEL15F14G) 


Prime lenses for portraits, product reviews, food vlogs 


Want to shift the attention to yourself for a moment? Go for a fixed focal length or prime lens and grab your viewer's attention without any background distractions. Prime lenses create a smooth, natural background blur, also known as bokeh, that makes you or your subject stand out. It also comes in handy when you want brighter footage in a dimly lit setting. 



E 35mm F1.8 OSS (SEL35F18)
E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) 



Macro lenses to capture every detail, down to the smallest grain 


With a macro lens, you can enlarge previously overlooked details and bring out beauty that lies hidden in the ordinary. Unlike other types of lenses, a macro lens gets you closer to your subject and allows you to capture minute details at a larger size and higher resolution. Whether it's an accessory you're reviewing on your channel or extreme close-ups of your bakes for your next video tutorial, a macro lens is bound to help you show off every glorious detail. 



E 30mm F3.5 Macro (SEL30M35) 



Telephoto lenses to capture all the action from a distance 


Capture far-off objects, picturesque landscapes or action with clarity, whether you're vlogging while travelling or just shooting parts of your everyday life. It doesn’t matter how near or far you are from your subject when you have a reliable telephoto lens in your camera bag. Get up close with subjects from a distance in smooth zooming motion to add an extra dynamic element to your story. 



E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS (SELP18105G)
E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS (SEL70350G)


With all these capabilities that the ZV-E10 and its range of lenses have to offer, all you have to do is bring it out for adventures! Make sure that your battery is fully charged so that you don’t leave a single moment unrecorded; and it doesn’t hurt to bring a spare. With all that said and done, it’s time to fill your channel with your escapades!  



Get your first vlog started in 3 easy steps 

Although we have just given you a rundown of our recommended lenses, the ZV-E10’s versatile E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens (SELP1650) is perfect for you to get started. Being a retractable power zoom lens, you’ll be guaranteed effortless control across the zoom range, as well as gorgeous bokeh or sharp backgrounds whenever the situation arises. As you dip your toes into the craft of vlogging, the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is the best starting point for your creative endeavours.

Now that you have a basic idea of the different lenses that will serve you well on your vlogging journey, you’ll need a solid set-up before you start speaking to the camera so that you won’t have to overly treat your footage in the post-production process. It’s not complicated and saves you a lot of time when editing your vlog.  


Step 1: Adjust your frame rate 

For starters, you’ll want to capture smoother footage. You can do this by setting the frame rate of your camera to 30fps (frames per second) and your shutter speed to double your frame rate, at 1/60s. To adjust your frame rate on the ZV-E10, simply go to MENU → (Camera Settings2)[Record Setting] → desired setting.  


You’ll also want to adjust your shutter speed to capture fast-moving subjects without motion blur. All you have to do is change your Shoot Mode to Shutter Priority and turn your camera dial around to toggle between different shutter speeds.  

By doing this, you’re sure to get clean-cut, cinematic shots without any fuss! 


Step 2: Light it up 

Next up, ensure that your face is well-lit whenever you’re in front of the camera. ISO settings determine your camera’s sensitivity to light, so if you don’t have lighting equipment on hand when shooting in low light, simply bump up your ISO and open your aperture to a wider setting. Conversely, if you’re shooting in bright, natural light, a low ISO will suffice.  


Step 3: Get a grip! 

Finally, you’ll need a good grip on your camera to capture smooth, stable videos. We recommend that you attach the GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip to the ZV-E10, which allows you to quickly adjust the position of your camera on the go and double as a tripod for hands-free vlogging. Say goodbye to tangled cables with the GP-VPT2BT’s Bluetooth connectivity and enjoy easy access over remote control buttons on the grip, which give you handy control over your camera settings. Vlogging has never been easier or more convenient than this! 



GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander 

And there you have it. You are ready to shoot your first vlog! Simple, isn’t it? All that’s left for you to do is put your best smile on in front of the camera. Happy trails! 


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