Sony ZV-E1

Sony ZV-E1 front
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.00" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 102400 (Raise to 409600)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 1920 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 483g - 121 x 72 x 54mm
  • Revealed March 2023
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony ZV-E1 overview

Sony ZV-E1 is Sony's Pro Mirrorless camera first released on March of 2023. The camera includes a 12MP, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4240 x 2832.

The ZV-E1 comes in at #37 out of 69 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all round #79 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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Sony ZV-E1 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony ZV-E1 based on factors which are usually viewed as useful in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
comes with focus by touch
comes with phase detect AF
connects via bluetooth
does have external mic jack
does have HDMI support
does have headphone jack
environment proofing
good high ISO (102,400)
good min ISO (80)
great battery (570 shots)
lighter than competition (483g)
manual focus
NFC connection
quiet shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
saves RAW files
screen articulates
screen has good resolution (1,037 thousand dot)
screen size is good (3.00 inch)
selfie friendly display
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports face detection focusing
supports tracking autofocus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
touchscreen capability
video resolution high (3840 x 1920 pxls)
max shutter speed is low (1/ seconds)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
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Sony ZV-E1 Sensor information

The sensor spec on the Sony ZV-E1 is 35.6mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 847 mm² sensor can resolve 4240 x 2832 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 12MP and features a native ISO range of 80 to 102400. The ISO can be increased digitally to 40 to 409600. RAW photos are supported so the user has more margin for error.

The image underneath displays the ZV-E1's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The ZV-E1 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony ZV-E1 dimensions

Sony ZV-E1 is 1.06 lb (483 gr / 17.04 oz) & has outer proportions of 121mm x 72mm x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1"). The weight of normal Pro Mirrorless camera is 719 gr and the Sony ZV-E1 is lighter compared to various competitors.

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Here is a image of the Sony ZV-E1 next to a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Sony ZV-E1 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show the button design on the ZV-E1.

Sony ZV-E1 topview buttons dials

Sony ZV-E1 Lens information

The ZV-E1 uses the Sony E mount and has 170 lenses currently available. Here is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the ZV-E1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Sony-E lensSamyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS21mmf/1.4275g
Venus-Laowa-25mm-F2.8-2.5-5X-Ultra-Macro-Sony-E lensVenus Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro25mmf/2.8400g
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Sigma-30mm-F2.8-EX-DN-Sony-E-NEX lensSigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN30mmf/2.8 135g
Sony-FE-24-70mm-F4-ZA-OSS-Carl-Zeiss-Vario-Tessar-T lensSony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar T24-70mmf/4.0 426g
Sony-FE-50mm-F2.8-Macro lensSony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro50mmf/2.8236g
Samyang-24mm-f1.4-ED-AS-UMC-Sony-E-NEX lensSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS UMC24mmf/1.4 580g
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Sony-FE-40mm-F2.5-G lensSony FE 40mm F2.5 G40mmf/2.5 173g
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Sony ZV-E1 Connectivity

The ZV-E1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer photos and in some cases adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external screen. A lot of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Sony ZV-E1 Video information

The maximum video quality on the Sony ZV-E1 is 3840 x 1920 and you can save in MPEG-4, XAVC S and H.264 format. 1920p offers a outstanding quality for video recording. You are able to downsample to Full HD to get cleaner results. Beware of the huge file sizes and make sure you own high quality SD cards with good write speed. The camera does include both headphone and mic jack making it really useful while recording audio.

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Sony ZV-E1 Weather Sealing

Sony ZV-E1 comes with environment sealing which makes it a good candidate for use for rough places. This can be especially useful if you are unsure about the conditions you might encounter for outdoor photography.

Sony ZV-E1 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony ZV-E1 includes a 3.00 inch fully articulated screen with a resolution of 1,037 thousand dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display for self portraits and even group photos if needed. Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you are able to adjust focus points as well as adjust settings by using your finger.

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The ViewFinder details for Sony ZV-E1 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are really useful for sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Sony ZV-E1 Shutter information

Sony ZV-E1 can shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The camera also provides silent electronic shutter of 1/8000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might result in "rolling shutter" in some circumstances.

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Sony ZV-E1 Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony ZV-E1 features external flash ability but is lacking integrated flash.

Sony ZV-E1 Autofocusing information

Sony ZV-E1 features both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & exact compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it helpful for taking photos of people.

The Sensor includes 759 focus points to pick from. Sony ZV-E1 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to shift focus points. It also features Tracking AF for things on the move. Sony ZV-E1 boasts manual focus in case it is required for low light or you require more exact control on focus.

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Sony ZV-E1 Battery life

The battery (NP-FZ100) in the Sony ZV-E1 is built to last for 570 photos as per the CIPA specifications making it higher than average in comparison to its class. The general Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 462. Olympus E-M1X offers the highest possible (870) battery life for this type of cameras.

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Sony ZV-E1 for varying types of photography

The following graph displays a analysis of the Sony ZV-E1 for varying types of photography. To find out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony ZV-E1 Portrait photography advice

The Sony ZV-E1 receives a score of 72 which is nice, meaning that it is a good choice for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support along with the option to utilize off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focus
saves RAW files
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)

Street photography with Sony ZV-E1

With a great points total of 85, the Sony ZV-E1 is a great pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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fully articulated screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
includes focus by touch
environment sealing
lighter than others in class (483g)
very good ISO range (102,400)

Sony ZV-E1 Sports photography highlights

A above average sports photography score of 72 suggests the Sony ZV-E1 is a respectable option for shooting sports. A camera needs very good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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quiet shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports tracking autofocus
environment proof
great battery (570 per charge)
sensor has phase detect AF
max shutter speed is low (1/ seconds)
low MP (12MP)

Sony ZV-E1 Travel photography advice

Size is extremely critical in choosing a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony ZV-E1 gets a awesome 79 for a travelling camera which makes it a brilliant option to purchase for your trips.

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great battery life (570 CIPA)
lighter than others in class (483g)
weather proofing
has bluetooth
includes focus by touch
selfie friendly screen
low resolution (12 megapixels)

Sony ZV-E1 Landscape photography features

If you find yourself planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony ZV-E1 and it's excellent grade of 80 for a landscape camera is a excellent fit in the current market.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3.00 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
large sensor size (Full frame)
good ISO range (102,400)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
good battery (570 shots)
low resolution (12MP)

Sony ZV-E1 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging really should posses a articulating display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony ZV-E1 is a awesome option as a vlog camera as it delivers a superb score of 85.

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display is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect autofocus
high res video (3840 x 1920 pxls)
has microphone support
lighter than competition in class (483 grams)

Sony ZV-E1 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the ZV-E1, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall within the category of Pro Mirrorless.

The line graph followed below will give you a bird's eye view of the ZV-E1 compared to it's top ranked rivals mentioned above.

Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony ZV-E1
Pro Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.6 x 23.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4240 x 2832
RAW support
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Sony E
Number of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display sizing
3.00 inch
Display resolution
1,037 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
Maximum quiet shutter speed
Continuous shooting speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, XAVC S, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
483 grams (1.06 lb)
121 x 72 x 54mm (4.8" x 2.8" x 2.1")
Battery life
570 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
With downloadable app
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots
Retail price