Sony ZV-E1 Body (Black)
- 12.1 MP1 Full-Frame Back-Illuminated CMOS Exmor R Image Sensor
- Advanced BIONZ XR Image Processing Engine
- An AI Processing Unit for Wider, More Accurate Subject Recognition
- The World's Most Compact, Lightweight Full-Frame Camera with Interchangeable Lenses2
- Intelligent 3-Capsule Microphone
Expressive imagery that emphasises the subject
Cutting-edge technology for vloggers
Working with the ZV-E1's 12.1 MP1 full-frame sensor, the latest BIONZ XR™ engine provides high-speed processing to support 4K 60p, 120p upgradable3 recording, while an AI processing unit improves subject-recognition capabilities for advanced vlogging applications.
Full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS Exmor RTM sensor
The ZV-E1 is Sony's first dedicated vlog camera with a 12.1 MP1 back-illuminated 35mm CMOS image sensor, delivering 15+ stops of latitude, low noise, high sensitivity, and gorgeous full-frame bokeh.
BIONZ XR image processing engine
With up to 8x4 more processing power, the new BIONZ XR image processing engine boosts high sensitivity, precise gradation rendering and colour reproduction, and low-noise performance.
AI processing unit
The ZV-E1 is equipped with an AI processing unit specifically dedicated to processing significant amounts of data to enable wider and more accurate subject recognition.
Sony's E-mount system
Vary your imagery with different lenses
Because it features Sony's E-mount system, the ZV-E1 can be used with all E-mount lenses, including the superlative G Master series with its stunning resolution and world-class bokeh. A choice of focal lengths ranging from 12 mm to 1200mm5 gives users outstanding creative control.
Intuitive Cinema Vlog Setting
Create memorable imagery with S-CinetoneTM and other settings
By using Cinematic Vlog Setting6 and choosing a Look and Mood7, you can create cinematic vlog footage that matches the scene and your creative intent. The overall cinematic feel is further enhanced by the use of a 24 fps8 frame rate and the widescreen Cinemascope aspect ratio (2.35:1)9 with black bands above and below the image.
Rely on stable camera work
5-axis in-body stabilisation, Dynamic Active Mode and Framing Stabilizer
A compact, precision stabilisation unit and gyro sensors plus optimised algorithms achieve up to 5.0-step10 stabilisation. Dynamic active Mode11 further improves stability by up to 30% compared to previously12, while the Framing Stabilizer13 automatically maintains the subject's position in the frame, using Dynamic active Mode and AI-based subject recognition.
AI-based Auto Framing for movies13
Automatically adjust the framing to highlight your main subject
Using AI-based subject recognition technology, the Auto Framing feature automatically crops the frame to keep the subject in a prominent position when shooting movies. Even though the camera is mounted on a tripod, framing is continually adjusted so that recorded footage looks like the subject was being followed by an experienced camera operator.
Real-time Recognition AF14
Human pose estimation using a skeleton-based model
With its innovative AI processing unit, the ZV-E1 uses subject form data to accurately recognise movement, providing an improvement of approx. 60% in human eye recognition15. Human pose estimation technology recognises body and head position, so you can even track a subject facing away from the camera or wearing a mask.
Slow and Quick Motion
Capture action in superhuman detail
When directly replaying movies in slow or quick motion in S&Q mode16 while using the XAVC S-I format at 60p, a maximum bit rate of 600 Mbps (4:2:2 10-bit, H.264, All-I)17 delivers outstanding image quality. When using the XAVC S format, up to 10x slow motion with Full HD resolution is possible at 240 fps (24p recording)18, providing fresh perspectives on dynamic sports and other types of action.
Creative zoom control
The zoom lever on top of the grip controls compatible powered zoom lenses and also enables Clear Image Zoom for unpowered zoom and prime lenses, which can reduce the number of lenses required for a shoot.
Record your main subject's voice clearly, whatever the setting
The Intelligent 3 Capsule Microphone captures clear audio, including the voice of your main subject. Depending on your shoot, you can set the microphone's directivity to Front, Rear, All Directions or Auto19.
Details make the difference
10-bit 4:2:2 in-camera recording
The ZV-E1 can record 10-bit 4:2:2 video internally when using Long GOP or All Intra compression, making it possible to grade for fuller, more natural gradations while generally providing greater editing freedom.
S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3 and S-Gamut3 / S-Log3
S-Log3 offers enhanced reproduction of shadow to mid-tone (18% grey) gradations. Color spaces include S-Gamut3, with even better colour reproduction than S-Gamut, and S-Gamut3.Cine, a colour space that has been designed to provide a look similar to scanned cinema film.
Import and use custom LUT files
User LUT files (.cube format) can be imported and assigned to picture profiles to create a specific look. The look is recorded in-camera, so colour correction in post processing can be minimised or eliminated.
Flexible ISO for greater exposure setting freedom
Flexible ISO is an S-Log3 shooting mode that allows ISO sensitivity to change according to the brightness of the scene, while aperture and shutter speed are set manually. ISO can be set to AUTO or manually set between 640 and 102400 (160 and 409600 in expanded ISO mode) as required for optimum exposure.
Compact and lightweight with intuitive control
The world's smallest, lightest, full-frame interchangeable lens vlog camera20
The ZV-E1 is the world's most compact, lightweight vlog camera with a full-frame CMOS sensor and lens interchangeability20, making it ideal not only for handheld shooting, but also for gimbal or drone mounting.
The side-opening vari-angle LCD screen and the positioning of the Still/Movie/S&Q selector, REC button and other controls make it easy to shoot selfies and vlogs.
Intuitive touch operations
Swiping the left or right edge of the monitor display reveals touch function icons at the top that control the shooting mode, Cinematic Vlog Setting, and more.
Additionally, the function (Fn) menu can be displayed by swiping up on the monitor.
Other refinements include exposure compensation and white balance touch-control icons that have been added to the existing F-stop, shutter speed, and ISO icons at the bottom of the monitor display21.
Z-series battery and optimised power performance
Drawing on Sony's high-capacity Z battery, the ZV-E1's new image processing engine, image sensor, and related circuitry have been designed for optimal power economy under all shooting conditions.
Dust- and moisture-resistant design22
The ZV-E1 offers outstanding resistance to dust and moisture in challenging outdoor conditions, with sealing around all buttons and dials as well as a tongue-and-groove structure for all body seams.
Convenient features for confident shooting
Shoot with confidence while the ZV-E1 assists with a range of helpful features, including a recording lamp on the front of the camera, a self-timer for movies23, and a prominent recording indicator on the monitor.
Accessories to support your shooting needs
A wide variety of accessories are available to support vloggers during shoots, from high-quality external microphones to an easy-to-handle grip for smooth, one-handed operation.
Connect and share
Easy and stable smartphone connectivity
Connection stability when transferring images from the camera to the Creators' App on a smartphone has been greatly improved, with stable transfers continuing in the background24. Shot Marks help make uploading clips easier and more efficient.
Stream top-quality live content
Connected to a personal computer or smartphone25 via USB, the ZV-E1 can function as a high-quality webcam for live events or online meetings. Take advantage of narrow depth of field, stunning bokeh and advanced AF to create unique imagery.
Easy on the environment
Sony's Road to Zero Plan
Sony's 2010 "Road to Zero" environmental plan has a zero environmental footprint as its goal, with their Green Management 2025 plan defining intermediate targets. Measures have been taken to reduce the environmental footprint of this product at every stage of its life cycle: from product development through supply chain, production, and packaging.
To minimise environmental stress, the outer packaging of the ZV-E1 uses Sony's durable, recyclable "Original Blend Material" consisting of bamboo, smugar cane, and recycled paper, with no plastics. Sony is working towards using non-plastic packaging materials with ample protection against shock and impact26, as well as plant-based non-woven fabrics for product bags27.
Creators' Cloud platform
Creators' Cloud is a platform that supports creative work from shooting to production by combining advanced Sony camera technology with cloud-based AI. It's also a place for discovery and collaboration with other creators around the world. Explore web, mobile, and PC-based apps providing efficient solutions that integrate cameras with shooting and production apps and services.
1 Approximate, effective.
2 As of the March 2023 product announcement, compared to digital interchangeable-lens cameras with full-frame sensors and in-body image stabilisation. Sony survey.
3 A free license key must be downloaded from Sony’s camera upgrade website and installed in the camera. Not available in some countries and regions. To be released in June 2023 or later. Visit the following URL for details: https://creatorscloud.sony.net/cameraupgrade/4k120p/ QFHD（3840×2160). With approx. 10% image crop.
4 Compared to the BIONZ X image processing engine in the ZV-E10. Sony tests.
5 With the SEL20TC teleconverter. 35mm full-frame equivalent.
6 Available in the Movie and S&Q modes. Not available for XAVC S-I 4K recording in S&Q mode.
7 Mood is not available when the [Mono] Look is selected.
8 Recording frame rates are indicated as the closest integer values. The actual corresponding frame rates are as follows: 24p: 23.98 fps, 30p: 29.97 fps, 60p: 59.94 fps, and 120p: 119.88 fps.
9 The black bands above and below the image are recorded as part of the image. The image area between the black bands is Cinemascope aspect ratio, but the aspect ratio of the entire recorded image area is 16:9.
10 CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens. When shooting stills.
11 Dynamic active Mode reduces angle of view more than Active Mode. Clear Image Zoom is not available when using Dynamic active Mode.
12 Compared to the α7S III Active Mode. Sony internal tests.
13 Available only for movies. Framing is cropped from 4K images, resulting in reduced angle of view.
14 Camera may not accurately recognise all specified subjects in all conditions. Available subject settings are: Human, Animal/Bird, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car/Train, and Airplane. Subject types other than the type specified may be erroneously recognised in some cases.
15 Sony internal tests. Compared to the ZV-E10.
16 Audio recording not available in S&Q mode.
17 A V90 class memory card is required to record XAVC S-I.
18 A free license key must be downloaded from Sony’s camera upgrade website and installed in the camera. Not available in some countries and regions. To be released in June 2023 or later. Visit the following URL for details: https://creatorscloud.sony.net/cameraupgrade/4k120p/ 1420 x 804 effective sensor readout pixels.
19 Microphone directivity settings become inactive when an external microphone is connected.
20 As of the March 2023 product announcement, based on a Sony survey of interchangeable-lens digital cameras with 35mm full-frame image sensors and optical in-body image stabilisation.
21 Not available in the Intelligent Auto mode.
22 Not guaranteed to be 100% dust- and moisture-proof.
23 Not available when using the MOVIE button to shoot movies in the still image mode.
24 Transfer may be interrupted when a different app is launched on some operating systems.
25 When streaming via USB maximum image resolution is 3840 x 2160 and maximum frame rate is 30 fps. The OS of the computer or smartphone used must be compatible with UVC/UAC. Use the most up-to-date OS available for your device. A commercially available USB cable and/or terminal adaptor may be used to connect to equipment with a USB Type-C port. When connected via USB2.0 maximum image resolution is HD (720p) and maximum frame rate is 30p.
26 Not including materials used in coatings and adhesives.
27 Not including materials used in coatings and adhesives. Natural non-woven fabric may not be available during some production periods.
What's in the box?
- 1 x Sony ZV-E1 Body (Black)
- 1 x Rechargeable Battery NP-FZ100
- 1 x Shoulder Strap
- 1 x Wind Screen
- 1 x Wind Screen Adaptor
- 1 x Body Cap
- 1 x Accessory Shoe Cap
- Lens Mount
- 35mm Full-Frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor R CMOS Sensor
- Number Of Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 megapixels (Max.)
Approx. 10.1 megapixels (Max.)1
- Optical Low Pass Filter
- Color Temperature Range
- 2500K - 9900K
- Anti-Dust Function
Recording System (Still Image)
- Recording Formats
- JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.32, MPF Baseline-compliant), HEIF (MPEG-A MIAF-compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 4.0 format-compliant)
- Image Size (Pixels)
- 35mm Full-Frame L: 4240 x 2832 (12M), M: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), S: 2128 x 1416 (3.0M)
- Image Quality Modes
- RAW, JPEG, HEIF(4:2:0 / 4:2:2), RAW+JPEG, RAW+HEIF
- 14Bit Raw
Recording System (Movie)
- Video Compression
- XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, XAVC HS: MPEG-H HEVC/H.265
- Recording Format Audio
LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 16 bit), LPCM 2ch (48 kHz 24 bit)2, LPCM 4ch (48 kHz 24 bit)2
- Recording Format Video
XAVC HS 4K
- 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 10bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (150 Mbps / 75 Mbps / 45 Mbps), 50p (150 Mbps / 75 Mbps / 45 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps / 50 Mbps / 30 Mbps)
- 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (200 Mbps / 100 Mbps), 50p (200 Mbps / 100 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps / 50 Mbps)
XAVC S 4K
- 3840 x 2160 (4:2:0, 8bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (150 Mbps), 50p (150 Mbps), 29.97p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 25p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 23.98p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps)
- 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (200 Mbps), 50p (200 Mbps), 29.97p (140 Mbps ), 25p (140 Mbps ), 23.98p (100 Mbps)
XAVC S HD
- 1920 x 1080 (4:2:0, 8bit) (Approx.): 119.88p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 100p (100 Mbps / 60 Mbps), 59.94p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps / 25 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps / 16 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps)
- 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (50 Mbps), 50p (50 Mbps), 29.97p (50 Mbps), 25p (50 Mbps), 23.98p (50 Mbps)
XAVC S-I 4K
- 3840 x 2160 (4:2:2, 10bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (600 Mbps), 50p (500 Mbps), 29.97p (300 Mbps), 25p (250 Mbps), 23.98p (240 Mbps)
XAVC S-I HD
- 1920 x 1080 (4:2:2, 10bit) (Approx.): 59.94p (222 Mbps), 50p (185 Mbps), 29.97p (111 Mbps), 25p (93 Mbps), 23.98p (89 Mbps)
- Recording Functions
- Slow & Quick Motion (S&Q)
- Proxy Recording
- TC / UB
- Raw Output
- Memory Card Type
- Slot for SD (UHS-I/II compliant) memory card
- Focus Type
- Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Max. 759 points (phase-detection AF)
Max. 627 points (phase-detection AF)
- EV-6 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
- Recognition Target
Human, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car, Train, Airplane
Human, Animal, Bird, Insect, Car, Train, Airplane
- Other Features
- AF Track Sens. (Still)
- AF Subj. Shift Sensitivity (Movie)
- AF Transition Speed (Movie)
- Switch V/H AF Area
- AF Area Regist.
- Circ. of Focus Point
- Focus Map (Movie)
- AF Assist (Movie)
- Metering Mode
- 1200-zone evaluative metering
- EV-3 to EV20 (ISO100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
- Exposure Compensation
- +/- 5.0 EV (1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps selectable)
- ISO Range
ISO 80-102400 (expandable to ISO 40 - 409600), AUTO (ISO 80-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
ISO 80-102400 equivalent (expandable to ISO 40 - 409600), AUTO (ISO 80-12800, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
- LCD Screen
- 7.5 cm (3.0-type) type TFT
- Touch Screen
- LCD Monitor Resolutions (dots)
- 1 036 800 dots
- Adjustable Angle
- Opening Angle: Approx. 176°, Rotation Angle: Approx. 270°
- Other Features
- Product Showcase Set
- Background Defocus
- Soft Skin Effect
- Creative Look
- Custom function
- Picture Profile
- Cinematic Vlog Setting
- Auto Framing
- Framing Stabilizer
- My Image Style
Clear Image Zoom
- Zoom Range
Approx. 1.5x (4K), Approx. 2x (HD)
- Electronic Shutter
- Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 30s
1/8000 to 1s
- Flash Sync Speed
1/30 s (35mm full frame), 1/60 s (APS-C)3
- Flash Control
- Pre-flash TTL
- Flash Compensation
- +/- 3.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
- External Flash
- Sony α System Flash compatible with Multi Interface Shoe, attach the shoe adaptor for flash compatible with Auto-lock accessory shoe
- Drive Speed
Hi+: 10 fps4 (Approx. Max)
- No. of Frame Recordable (Approx.)
- JPEG Extra fine L: over 1000 frames4
- JPEG Fine L: over 1000 frames4
- JPEG Standard L: over 1000 frames4
- RAW: over 1000 frames4
- RAW & JPG: 416 frames4
- RAW (Lossless Compressed): over 1000 frames4
- RAW (Lossless Compressed) & JPEG: 92 frames
- RAW (Uncompressed): 85 frames4
- RAW (Uncompressed) & JPG: 57 frames4
- Enlarged display mode, Protect,Rating, Shot Mark (Movie), Divider Frame,Crop, Photo Capture
- Accessibility Functions
- Screen Reader, Focus Magnifier, Focus Map (Movie), Peaking Display, Subject Recognition in AF, Touch Focus, Touch Tracking, Touch Shutter, Touch AE, Vari-angle LCD screen, Custom function
Mass-Storage / MTP
Yes, SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps (USB 3.2) compatible
Yes, with Digital Audio Interface7
Yes, 3.5mm Stereo Minijack
Yes, 3.5mm Stereo Minijack
Remote Control (Wireless)
Yes, Bluetooth Remote Control
Send to smartphone, Remote control via smartphone, PC Remote
- Wireless Lan
(Built-In) Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz band/5 GHz band5 6
- Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.2 (2.4 GHz band)
- HDMI micro connector (Type-D), 3840 x 2160 (59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 23.98p) / 1920 x 1080 (59.94p / 50p / 23.98p) / 1920 x 1080 (59.94i / 50i), YCbCr 4:2:2 10bit / RGB 8bit
- Video Data Format
MJPEG, YUV420 8
- Video Resolution
- 3840 x 2160 (15p / 30p), 3840 x 2160 (12.5p / 25p), 1920 x 1080 (30p / 60p), 1920 x 1080 (25p / 50p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 1280 x 720 (25p)
- Audio Data Format
- LPCM 2ch (16bit 48 kHz)
- Built-in, stereo
- Built-in, monaural
- Lens Compensation
- Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Breathing (Movie)
- One rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100
- Battery Life
Approx. 570 shots (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)9
Movies (Actual Recording)
Approx. 95 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)10
Movie (Continuous Recording)
Approx. 140 min (LCD monitor) (CIPA standard)
- Power Supply
Internal Battery Charge
Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery compatible
USB Power Supply
Available with USB Type-C Terminal. USB Power Delivery compatible
- Power Consumption
Still Images (with LCD Screen)
Approx. 3.5 W (with FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens attached)
Movies (with LCD Screen)
Approx. 7.0 W (with FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens attached)
- Operating Temperature
- 0 - 40 ℃
With Battery and Memory Card Included
- From Grip to Monitor: Approx. 121.0 (W) x 71.9 (H) x 54.3mm (D)
1 When "SteadyShot™" is set to "Standard" or "Off".
2 When using accessories that support 4ch output / 24 bits with the Multi Interface Shoe.
3 With compatible Sony external flash
4 Varies according to shooting conditions or memory card used
5 (Configuration method/Access method) WPS or manually /infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK/WPA3-SAE)
6 Models sold in some countries/regions support IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) wireless LAN only.
7 Sony accessories for the Accessory Shoe can be attached.
8 When [Resolution] is set to [HD(720p)], [MJPEG] is only available.
9 The LCD screen is turned on, shot once every 30 seconds, operate zoom alternately between W and T ends, flash strobe once every two times, turn power off and on once every ten times.
10 Indication recording time, which is defined by repeating the cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom , stand-by and power off.