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Sony ZV-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Sony ZV-E1 is a game-changer for aspiring and professional vloggers alike. Packed with a powerful full-frame sensor, advanced image processing, and innovative features, it delivers exceptional video quality and creative flexibility.

With its award of the best professional content creator camera,the featured S-Cinetone creates an expressive cinematic look, especially on skin tones. Achieve additional video stability with the optical active mode image stabilisation. If you're recording the video by yourself, you can use the auto-framing function based on AI that tracks the subject's movement like a videographer while the camera remains fixed. It will switch between the cropped area and the entire scene every 15 or 30 seconds.

This vlogging camera boasts an intelligent 3-Capsul Mic that lets you record audio in auto, front, rear or all directions. You can also edit your content from dark to bright by changing colour and tone with a rich gradational reproduction that is possible through LUT import and monitoring. This full-frame E-mount camera offers you access to the G Master lens lineup for further creative expression.

  • 12.1 MP Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K 120p / FHD 240p / 10-Bit 4:2:2
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilisation
  • 15+ Stops Dynamic Range, AI Auto-Framing
  • S-Log3, S-Gamut3, S-Cinetone, User LUTs
  • BIONZ XR Processing engine
  • Up to ISO 409,600 Extended
  • Internal Mic + Inputs, USB Streaming
  • Multi-Face Recognition, Time-Lapse

No matter your vlogging style, the ZV-E1 will tell your story.

“The ZV-E1 has been designed to deliver a premium content creation tool for video creators who want to elevate their content,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “We are constantly listening to feedback from our customers, pushing to innovate to meet their demands.  We have taken all the information into mind with our development of this new camera – with more sophisticated video features, a streamlined user experience and an extremely compact design, the ZV-E1 offers a whole new way for today’s creators to create top level video content.”

Expressive imagery that emphasises the subject

The ZV-E1 is a dedicated content creation camera that features a 35mm full-frame back-illuminated CMOS Exmor R™ sensor, with approximately 12.1 effective megapixels, delivering high sensitivity, low noise and gorgeous bokeh.

With up to eight times more processing power than previous Sony processors, the new BIONZ XR™ image processing engine markedly boosts high-sensitivity performance, gradation rendering, colour reproduction, low-noise performance, and more. The high volume of data generated by the image sensor can be processed in real time, even when shooting 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) footage at 120piv. The BIONZ XR processor also contributes significantly to improved AF speed and precision.

High-quality 4K (QFHD) video can be recorded with full pixel readout at 10-bit 4:2:2, without the need for pixel binning and with very high speed to minimize rolling shutter. This makes the expressive advantages of the full-frame format available for video recording while delivering high-resolution 4K footage. Users can upgrade from 4K 60p to 4K 120pv through the Creators’ Cloud for extraordinarily smooth 5x (max.) slow-motion imagery. Direct playback for video in slow or quick motion in the S&Q mode boasts outstanding image quality.

With 15+ stop latitude, it’s possible to capture natural looking images in a wide variety of lighting to capture natural looking images even in extraordinarily low light situations without losing highlight or shadow detail. The standard ISO range extends from 80 to 102400 for both stills and movies. The expanded range for stills is 40 to 409600, and the expanded range for movies is 80 to 409600.

Turn cinematic dreams into reality

The ZV-E1 can create standout content with Cinematic Vlog Settingsix, an intuitive way to capture scenes with the cinematic look of feature movies. By choosing an appropriate Look, Moodx and AF transition speed, anyone can create cinematic footage that ideally matches the scene and creative intent. The overall cinematic feel is further enhanced by a 24 fps frame rate and the widescreen Cinemascope aspect ratio (2.35:1).

For a truly cinematic look, the ZV-E1 features S-Cinetone, a unique Sony feature which can create a cinematic look straight out of the camera without post-processing. Based on Sony’s Cinema Line technology, S-Cinetone delivers natural mid-tones that are essential to healthy-looking skin colour to deliver cinematic quality. 

A selection of new Creative Looks makes it easy to create interesting appearances for stills and video right in the camera. Ten Creative Looks are provided as presets that can be used as they are or customized with the touch of a button. Newly added My Image Style xvi makes it possible to shoot in the Intelligent Auto or Scene Selection mode; icons on the touch-sensitive monitor make it easy to directly adjust background bokeh, brightness, and colour tone, as well as select a Creative Look.

AI plus leading technology delivers consistently stunning imagery

The ZV-E1 features a dedicated, powerful AI (artificial intelligence) processing unit that leverages Sony’s technologies to uniquely overcome the challenges of self-taken footage faced by “crew of one” creators.  By using AI human recognition, newly developed features of Multiple Face Recognition, Auto Framing, Framing Stabilizer and even Auto Microphone directivity have now become possible. For the first time, the ZV-E1 allows for true self-taken footage and even minimizes or eliminates the need for a second shooter.

Real-time Recognition AF incorporates an innovative AI processing unit that uses subject form data to accurately recognize movement - human pose estimation technology uses learned human forms and postures to recognize not just eyes, but body and head position with high precision, making it possible to lock onto and track a subject facing away from the camera. The AI processing unit can even differentiate between multiple subjects having different postures and recognition of individual faces so that tracking reliability is achieved in challenging situations such as when a subject’s face is tilted, in shadow, or backlit. In addition to Human and Animal, the AI processing unit now makes it possible to recognize Bird, Insect, Car/Train and Airplanexviv subjects, providing even greater flexibility and reliability when shooting both stills and video.

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12.1 MP
ISO Range
80 to 102,400 (Extended: 80 to 409,600)
SD (UHS-I/II compliant)
Lens Mount
E Mount
Sensor Type
Sensor Size Type
Full-frame Exmor R
Sensor Actual Size
35.6 x 23.8 mm
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8000 to 30 Second
BIONZ XR AI Processing Unit
10bit 4:2:2
File Formats
Weather Sealing


Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
R 49,995 Off-site Warehouse
Payment plans available
Delivery Truck Free Standard shipping included. Faster options available

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What's in the box

  • Sony ZV-E1 Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Sony BC-QZ1 Battery Charger
  • Sony ALC-B1EM Body Cap for E-Mount Cameras
  • USB-C to USB-A Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty

Note that the lens and tripod are not included.

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