Sony ZV-E1

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    Highlights

    • 12.1 MP Full Frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
    • 80 - 102,400 Native ISO
    • 759 Focus Points
    • 5-Axis Image Stabilization
    • 3.0" 1,037k dot Fully Articulated Screen
    • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 3840 x 1920 Video Shooting
    • 13 h Video Recording Limit
    • Built-In Wi-Fi
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Sony ZV-E1 was announced in 2023 and is a Full Frame (35.6 x 23.8 mm) Mirrorless camera with 12.1 Megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 80 to 102,400 and expands to 40 - 409,600 in boosted mode. The camera has a Fully Articulated 3.0" screen with 1,037k dot resolution. It has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in body image stabilization.

    Sony ZV-E1 can capture video up to 3840 x 1920 resolution with no recording time limit.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Sony ZV-E1.

    PROS

    •   Video Capture
    •   Large Sensor
    •   80 Lowest Native ISO
    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode
    •   Insect Tracking Mode
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Digital Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High Video Recording Limit
    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 483 g (1.06 lb / 17.04 oz)
    •   USB Charging
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12.1 Megapixel
    •   Low Bit Depth
    •   +6 EV Min AF Detection
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   Price
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps
    •   Video Resolution - 3840 x 1920

    Screen

    Fully Articulated Touchscreen

    Sony ZV-E1 has a 3.0" Fully Articulated touchscreen with 1,037k dot resolution. Fully articulated screen makes this camera selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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    Sony ZV-E1 with Fully Articulated screen

    Sensor

    BSI-CMOS Sensor

    Sony ZV-E1 features a 12.1 megapixel Full Frame BSI-CMOS sensor with dimensions of 35.6 x 23.8 mm and a total area of 847.3 mm2. Its native ISO range is 80 - 102,400 and expands to 40 - 409,600 in boosted mode.

    The camera has BSI-CMOS sensor, short for Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor sensor. In traditional CMOS sensors, the wiring and circuitry are located on the front side of the sensor, which can block some of the incoming light. BSI technology flips this design by placing the photosensitive elements (pixels) on the backside of the sensor, allowing more light to reach the pixels. This significantly enhances light sensitivity and improves low-light performance. BSI-CMOS sensors are particularly effective in low-light conditions, as they can capture more light, resulting in brighter and less noisy images. This makes them well-suited for indoor and night photography. BSI-CMOS sensors deliver a higher SNR and reduced cross-talk.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Sony ZV-E1's Full Frame sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame35.6 x 23.8 mm847.3 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with BIONZ XR processor and can take pictures up to 4240 x 2832 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Sony ZV-E1 has Sony E lens mount. Due to Full Frame sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 1x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length.


    In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera has a built-in 5-Axis Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with 5 stops of compensation. This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Sony ZV-E1.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Camera has a built-in Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 5, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4/5 GHz) which allows to easily transfer photos and videos from the camera to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, tablets, printers, or computers. This eliminates the need for cables and allows for quick and convenient media sharing and social media integration. It gives you the ability to control your camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. This is particularly useful for taking self-portraits, group shots, or capturing images in challenging conditions without having to touch the camera. Firmware updates can also be downloaded and installed wirelessly.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in WiFi.


    Bluetooth

    Camera has a built-in Bluetooth which lets you to connect the camera to a smartphone or a dedicated remote control device. This allows you to remotely trigger the camera, adjust settings and controls remotely through a paired mobile app. While Wi-Fi is generally faster for transferring larger files, Bluetooth can be used for small, selective transfers, it can provide real-time information about your camera's battery status, memory card capacity, and other key settings directly on your paired smartphone or smartwatch.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in Bluetooth.


    NFC

    Sony ZV-E1 has Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which simplifies the process of pairing it with other NFC-enabled devices like smartphones or tablets. It allows to quickly transfer photos and videos or remotely control the camera from compatible device. NFC can also be used for authentication and security purposes. It can verify your identity before accessing certain features or transferring sensitive data. It can be used with NFC-enabled accessories as well, such as lenses, flashes and GPS devices.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Sony ZV-E1 has a USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10 GBit/sec) Type-C input for data transfer and battery charging. There is a Micro HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Sony ZV-E1 comes with NP-FZ100 battery pack with battery life of 570 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Sony ZV-E1 has Electronic shutter and Mechanical Focal Plane shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/8000 sec. Camera can shoot continuously up to 10.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Sony ZV-E1 has Fast Hybrid AF (Phase-detection / Contrast-detection) system with 759 focusing points and from +6 to +20 EV detection range. Touch-to-Focus allows users to select a specific point on the screen where they want the camera to focus. This feature can be helpful for achieving precise focus in both photo and video recording. There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces and additional eye detection further locks the focus on one of the eyes and tracks it down during the motion.


    Exposure

    Camera's exposure metering ranges from +3 to +20 EV and you can set the exposure compensation within the ±5 EV range. You can also do exposure bracketing and manual exposure adjustment.


    Flash

    Sony ZV-E1 has no built-in flash but an external flash may be connected via Intelligent Hot Shoe.

    Physical Parameters

    Sony ZV-E1 has dimensions of 121 x 72 x 54 mm (4.76 x 2.83 x 2.13"). It weighs 483 g (1.06 lb / 17.04 oz), so it is a lightweight camera.

    121 mm (4.76")

    72 mm (2.83")

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    54 mm (2.13")

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    Sony ZV-E1 dimensions

    Sony ZV-E1 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Sony ZV-E1 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    EXCELLENT
    85

    Sony ZV-E1 gets a score of 85 and is EXCELLENT choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    78

    Sony ZV-E1 gets a score of 78 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    GOOD
    78

    Sony ZV-E1 gets a score of 78 and is GOOD choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Insect Tracking Mode
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    EXCELLENT
    91

    Sony ZV-E1 gets a score of 91 and is EXCELLENT choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Sony ZV-E1 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 483 g (1.06 lb / 17.04 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    89

    Sony ZV-E1 gets a score of 89 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   Video Resolution - 3840 x 1920
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   High Video Recording Limit
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 483 g (1.06 lb / 17.04 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots

    Sony ZV-E1 Evaluation

    We evaluate Sony ZV-E1 and give score of 84 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    84

    Sensor

    GOOD
    75

    We give Sony ZV-E1 a score of 75 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Large Sensor
    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12.1 Megapixel
    •   80 Lowest Native ISO
    •   102,400 Highest Native ISO

    Photo

    GOOD
    79

    We give Sony ZV-E1 a score of 79 for Photo parameters.

    •   Low Bit Depth
    •   Image Stabilization
    •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/8000 sec
    •   Max Continuous Shooting - 10.0 fps

    Video

    EXCELLENT
    89

    We give Sony ZV-E1 a score of 89 for Video parameters.

    •   Image Stabilization
    •   Video Resolution - 3840 x 1920
    •   10-bit 4:2:2 Color
    •   No crop on 4K Videos
    •   Webcam Functionality
    •   Unlimited Video Recording
    •   High Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    EXCELLENT
    92

    We give Sony ZV-E1 a score of 92 for Focusing parameters.

    •   +6 EV Min AF Detection
    •   759 Focus Points
    •   Touch-to-Focus
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   Animal Eye Detection
    •   Vehicle Tracking Mode
    •   Insect Tracking Mode

    Screen and Viewfinder

    GOOD
    84

    We give Sony ZV-E1 a score of 84 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fully Articulated Screen
    •   Touch Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 1,037k dot
    •   No Viewfinder

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    98

    We give Sony ZV-E1 a score of 98 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   High USB Speed
    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Built-in GPS
    •   Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    AVERAGE
    69

    We give Sony ZV-E1 a score of 69 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 483 g (1.06 lb / 17.04 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 570 shots


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