Sony ZV-E1 vlogging camera goes official with a full-frame 12MP sensor

Sony ZV-E1 Price in Nepal
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Sony is a veteran player in the market when it comes to cameras. The company’s ZV Series has been pretty popular among bloggers, thanks to its lightweight and handy form factor. Now, the Series has got a new member, the Sony ZV-E1 which arrives with some impressive specs such as a BIONZ XR engine, and a full frame 12MP sensor. Let’s get into the specs, features, and expected price of the Sony ZV-E1 in Nepal here.

Sony ZV-E1 Camera Overview:

12MP Full-Frame Sensor

The key highlight of the Sony ZV-E1 camera is its full-frame 12MP CMOS sensor. To note, the previous gen ZV E10 camera had a 1.5X crop lens and this one becomes the first ZV model to use a full-frame one.

For starters, full-frame lenses provide a higher dynamic range and shallow depth of field alongside a wider field of view (FOV) as compared to crop sensors. The latter one takes zoomed-in shots, for example, using a 24mm lens on 1.5X crop sensors will generate 36mm images. On the other hand, full-frame sensors will provide a 24mm output with the same lens.

Sony ZV-E1 Vlog Camera

With a 12MP full-frame unit, the ZV-E1 uses a full-pixel readout with no binning in all modes. This 35-mm CMOS image sensor also ensures better low-light imageries thanks to backside-illuminated (BSI) technology. It can capture up to 4K 60p videos currently but the limit will max out to 120fps, for which Sony plans to air an update, by the way.

Furthermore, the ZV-E1 is capable of 10-bit 4:2:2 videos for more flexibility for color grading. On top of that, the lens gets the support of Sony’s BIONZ XR engine providing precise gradation rendering, color reproduction, and better low-noise performance.


As a vlogging-centric camera, the Sony ZV-E1 is a lightweight machine at just 483 grams. The camera includes a single rear dial and a motor zoom control in place of the front dial. Talking of additional controls, you get three programmable buttons, an Fn button, and Sony’s customary D-Pad.

Sony ZV-E1 Design Body

Likewise, there is a Still/Movie/S&Q switch, product showcase button, and backdrop defocus button as well. The ZV-E1 also sports a tally light that is visible from the top and front. The camera is compatible with all E-mount lenses, including the top-end G Master series.

Touchscreen and Mic

For other camera controls, the camera boasts an LCD touchscreen display. The screen is an articulating type that is flexible to reposition on various angles for capturing vlogs. Moreover, it uses 3 Capsule Microphone for capturing clear audio. Users can set the mic’s directivity to Front, Rear, All Directions, or Auto as per need. And there is no electronic viewfinder as expected on a vlog camera.

Stabilization, AF, AutoFraming

What makes the ZV-E1 so interesting is its 5-axis in-body stabilization. To make use of it, Sony provides two modes: “Active” optical mode and “Dynamic Active” modes. The first one is said to reduce shakes while walking. And the latter one ensures more smoothness for rapid movements with some extra cropping though.

Sony ZV-E1

The vlogging camera borrows the Real-time Recognition AF from its A7R sibling. This helps the lens to detect different subjects like humans, animals, birds, insects, and moving objects like cars/trains, and airplanes.

Moving on, the ZV-E1 also features an AI-based auto-framing mode that crops the frame to keep the subject in focus for those solo vlogging actions. For two persons, it employs multiple face recognition, which modifies the aperture to allow for the sharp focus of both subjects.

It can simultaneously capture two different image types: a full image for an HDMI output and a cropped image for an internal memory card.

Rest of the Specs

Furthermore, the Sony ZV-E1 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a single SD UHS-II card slot, a micro-HDMI output, and a USB-C port. There is no video output via I/O ports but the camera can also act as UVC/UAC webcam with support for up to 4K 30p video via the USB-C port. And users can also transfer files via the Creators’ App on a smartphone.

Sony ZV-E1 Specifications:

  • Lens: 12MP Full-Frame CMOS BSI Sensor
  • Auto Focus: Real-time Recognition, AI Auto Framing
  • Stabilization: 5-axis in-body stabilization
  • Video: Up to 4k 60fps, (120fps to be made available via an OTA update), 10-bit 4:2:2
  • Microphone: 3 Microphones
  • Smartphone Companion App: Creator’s Studio

Sony ZV-E1 Price in Nepal and Availability

The ZV-E1 retails at USD 2200 for the body only while a kit combo with the SEL 28-60mm zoom lens, costs USD 2500. We can expect the Sony ZV-E1 price in Nepal to begin from NPR 347,999.

Camera Price (Official) Price in Nepal (Expected)
Sony EV-Z1 (Body Only) USD 2200 NPR 347,999
Sony EV-Z1 with SEL 28-60mm zoom lens USD 2500 NPR 395,999