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Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1

Portability
75
Imaging
44
Features
20
Overall
34
Epson R-D1 front
 
Sony ZV-E1 front
Portability
80
Imaging
67
Features
89
Overall
75

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Key Specs

Epson R-D1
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 1600
  • No Video
  • Leica M Mount
  • 620g - 142 x 89 x 40mm
  • Announced March 2004
  • Replacement is Epson R-D1x
Sony ZV-E1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Expand to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Released March 2023
Photography Glossary

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Overview

Its time to examine more in depth at the Epson R-D1 versus Sony ZV-E1, former being a Advanced Mirrorless while the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by manufacturers Epson and Sony. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the R-D1 (6MP) and ZV-E1 (12MP) and the R-D1 (APS-C) and ZV-E1 (Full frame) enjoy different sensor size.

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The R-D1 was unveiled 20 years earlier than the ZV-E1 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving through a more detailed comparison, below is a concise overview of how the R-D1 grades versus the ZV-E1 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Epson R-D1 over the Sony ZV-E1

 R-D1 ZV-E1 

Reasons to pick Sony ZV-E1 over the Epson R-D1

 ZV-E1 R-D1 
ReleasedMarch 2023March 2004Fresher by 231 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3.00"2"Bigger screen (+1")
Screen resolution1037k235kCrisper screen (+802k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Epson R-D1 and Sony ZV-E1

 R-D1 ZV-E1 
Manual focus More accurate focus

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and measurements. The Epson R-D1 has got exterior dimensions of 142mm x 89mm x 40mm (5.6" x 3.5" x 1.6") having a weight of 620 grams (1.37 lbs) and the Sony ZV-E1 has proportions of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1") with a weight of 483 grams (1.06 lbs).

Take a look at the Epson R-D1 versus Sony ZV-E1 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the R-D1 versus the ZV-E1.

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the R-D1 and ZV-E1 is 75 and 80 respectively.

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 top view buttons comparison

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizing purely by researching technical specs. The visual here may offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the R-D1 and ZV-E1.

As you have seen, both cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The R-D1 using its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF tougher and the Sony ZV-E1 will render greater detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older R-D1 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 sensor size comparison

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and ViewFinder

Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Epson R-D1 Portrait photography highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography highlights
50
you can focus manually
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
doesn't have liveview
sensor resolution not great (6 megapixels)
72
manual focus
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features face detection focus
saves RAW formats
low MP (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Epson R-D1 as a Street photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Street photography camera
55
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (620 grams)
84
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
features focus via touch
weather proof
lighter than competitors in class (483g)
above average high ISO (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Epson R-D1 Sports photography highlights
Sony ZV-E1 Sports photography highlights
30
decent sensor size (APS-C)
doesn't have liveview
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
has no phase detect autofocus
72
quiet shutter (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery (570 per charge)
supports phase detect auto focus
low max shutter speed (1/s)
low MP (12 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Epson R-D1 as a Travel photography camera
Sony ZV-E1 as a Travel photography camera
38
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than competitors in class (620 grams)
sensor resolution not great (6 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
79
better than average battery (570 shots)
lighter than competitors in class (483g)
weather proof
has bluetooth
features focus via touch
selfie friendly screen
low MP (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Epson R-D1 Landscape photography advice
Sony ZV-E1 Landscape photography advice
47
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Leica M mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (2 inches)
doesn't have liveview
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (6MP)
does not have Timelapse function
79
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3.00")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
above average high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
better than average battery (570 shots)
low MP (12 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Epson R-D1 Vlogging advice
Sony ZV-E1 Vlogging advice
9
can't shoot video
85
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focus
good video quality (3840 x 1920 resolution)
comes with external microphone socket
lighter than competitors in class (483g)
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Epson R-D1 vs Sony ZV-E1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Epson R-D1 and Sony ZV-E1
 Epson R-D1Sony ZV-E1
General Information
Brand Epson Sony
Model type Epson R-D1 Sony ZV-E1
Type Advanced Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2004-03-11 2023-03-29
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Full frame
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.6mm 35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area 369.7mm² 847.3mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3008 x 2000 4240 x 2832
Highest native ISO 1600 102400
Highest boosted ISO - 409600
Lowest native ISO 200 80
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO - 40
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 759
Lens
Lens mount type Leica M Sony E
Number of lenses 59 195
Crop factor 1.5 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 2 inches 3.00 inches
Resolution of display 235k dots 1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (rangefinder) None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 1 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds -
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes - no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions - 3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 280 3840 x 2160 @ 100p / 280 Mbps, XA3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 50p / 200 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 140 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 100p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution None 3840x1920
Video data format - MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB none USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 620 grams (1.37 pounds) 483 grams (1.06 pounds)
Dimensions 142 x 89 x 40mm (5.6" x 3.5" x 1.6") 121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 570 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-FZ100
Self timer No Yes
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Type of storage SD card SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $1,709 $2,198