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Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Startup Guide

Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera FEATURE


Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera PRODUCT

About SONY
Sony was founded in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita, originally as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. The company started with a focus on producing innovative consumer electronics, such as radios and tape recorders, and later expanded into various other areas, including televisions, audio equipment, cameras, video game consoles, and mobile devices.

Here are some key aspects and divisions of Sony:

  1. Electronics: Sony is widely recognized for its wide range of consumer electronics, including televisions, home audio systems, digital cameras, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming consoles. The company has been at the forefront of technological advancements and has introduced many groundbreaking products over the years.
  2. Entertainment: Sony is also heavily involved in the entertainment industry. It owns and operates Sony Picture Entertainment, which produces and distributes movies and television shows globally. Additionally, Sony Music Entertainment is one of the largest music labels in the world, representing a wide array of artists across various genres.
  3. PlayStation: Sony’s PlayStation brand is a dominant force in the gaming industry. The PlayStation consoles, including the latest PlayStation 5, have gained immense popularity among gamers worldwide. Sony also develops and publishes a range of video games through its subsidiary, Sony Interactive Entertainment.
  4. Imaging: Sony is a major player in the digital imaging market, producing high-quality cameras, lenses, and other imaging equipment. Its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras has garnered critical acclaim and is favored by both amateur and professional photographers.

Sony continues to innovate and expand its presence in different sectors, including virtual reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence. The company is known for its commitment to technological advancements, design excellence, and delivering high-quality products and experiences to its customers.

About the “Help Guide”

For detailed instructions on using the camera, refer to the “Help Guide” (web manual). https://rd1.sony.net/help/ilc/2310/h_zz/Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 7


Checking the supplied items

The number in parentheses indicates the number of pieces.

  • Camera (1)
  • Body cap (1) (attached to the camera)
  • Rechargeable battery pack camera) NP-FZ100 (1)                                                     
  • Shoe cap (1) (attached to the
  • Windscreen (1) (attached to the windscreen adaptor)              
  • Startup Guide (this manual) (1)
  • Windscreen adaptor (1)
  • Reference Guide (1)
  • Shoulder strap (1)

Inserting the battery pack (supplied)/memory card (sold separately) into the camera

Open the battery and memory card cover, insert the battery/ memory card, and close the covers.

Insert the battery pack while pressing the lock lever.  Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 1

Ensure the notched corner faces correctly.Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 2

This camera is compatible with SD memory cards. When you use a memory card with this camera for the first time, format the card using the camera to stabilize the performance of the memory card.

Charging the battery pack

 Turn the power off.

  • If the camera is turned on, the battery pack will not be charged.

Using a commercially available USB Type-C cable, connect the USB Type-C terminal on the camera to an external power source, such as a commercially available USB AC adapter or mobile battery.

  • The charge lamp will light up when charging starts. When the charge lamp turns off, charging is completed.Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 3

This camera is compatible with USB-PD (USB Power Delivery). When a device compatible with USB-PD is connected to the camera, fast charging is possible. We recommend using a USB-PD device compatible with an output of 9 V/3 A or 9 V/2 A.

Attaching a lens

  1. Mount the lens by aligning the two white index marks (mounting indexes) on the lens and camera.
  2. While pushing the lens lightly toward the camera, turn the lens slowly in the direction of the arrow until it clicks into the locked position.

Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 4

Performing initial setup for the camera

By establishing a Bluetooth connection (pairing) between the camera and a smartphone, you can perform initial camera setup such as date and time settings from the smartphone. Install the dedicated application on your smartphone in advance, and then follow steps 1 to 4 under “Procedures for initial camera setup.”

 Installing the dedicated smartphone application
Install the application from the following website. Also, update to the latest version of the dedicated application. The specifications of the dedicated application may change without notice. https://www.sony.net/ca/Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 5

 Procedures for initial camera setup

  1. Set the ON/OFF (Power) switch to “ON” to turn on the camera.
  2. Select the desired language and then press the center of the control wheel.
    The privacy notice screen will appear. Read the privacy notice regarding biometrics by opening the link using your smartphone, etc.
  3. Press the center of the control wheel.Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 6
  4. Follow the instructions on the camera screen to connect the camera to your smartphone and perform the initial setup.
    You can also configure or change the initial settings later from the MENU of the camera.

 Connecting (pairing) the camera with your smartphone later
For details on the connection method, refer to the following
Help Guide URL: https://rd1.sony.net/help/ilc/2310_pairing/h_zz/Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 7

Shooting movies

  1. Set the Still/Movie/S&Q switch to the MOVIE (Movie) button (Movie).
  2. Press the MENU button and select (Shooting) [Shooting Mode]   [ Shoot Mode] the desired shooting mode.
  3. Press the MOVIE (Movie) button to start recording.
  4. Press the MOVIE (Movie) button again to stop recording.Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 8

 Using the windscreen (supplied)

Use the windscreen to reduce wind noise picked up by the internal microphone when recording a movie. Attach the windscreen to the Multi Interface Shoe.Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 9

Notes on use

Refer to “Precautions” in the “Help Guide” as well.

Notes on handling the product

  • Do not leave the lens exposed to a strong light source such as sunlight. Because of the lens’s condensing function, doing so may cause smoke, fire, or a malfunction inside the camera body or the lens. If you have to leave the camera exposed to a light source such as sunlight, attach the lens cap to the lens.
  • If sunlight or other strong light enters the camera through the lens, it may focus inside the camera and cause smoke or fire. Attach the lens cap when storing the camera. When shooting with backlighting, keep the sun sufficiently far away from the angle of view. Even if it is slightly away from the angle of view, smoke or fire may still occur.
  • Do not look at sunlight or a vital light source through the lens when it is detached. This may result in unrecoverable damage to the eyes or cause a malfunction.
  • This camera (including accessories) has magnet(s) that may interfere with pacemakers, programmable shunt valves for hydrocephalus treatment, or other medical devices. Do not place this camera close to persons who use such medical devices. Consult your doctor before using this camera if you use any such medical device.
  • Increase the volume gradually. Sudden loud noises can damage your ears. Be especially careful when listening to headphones.
  • Do not leave the camera, the supplied accessories, or memory cards within the reach of infants. They may be accidentally swallowed. If this occurs, consult a doctor immediately.
  • If the monitor is damaged, stop using the camera immediately. The damaged parts may harm your hands, face, etc.
  • When shooting still images continuously, the monitor may flash between the shooting screen and a black screen. If you keep watching the screen in this situation, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as feelings of unwellness. If you experience uncomfortable symptoms, stop using the camera, and consult your doctor as necessary.
  • When recording or streaming for long periods or recording 4K movies, if the same part of your skin touches the camera for a long period while using the camera, even if the camera does not feel hot to you, it may cause symptoms of a low-temperature burn such as redness or blistering. Pay special attention in the following situations and use a tripod, etc.
  • When using the camera in a high-temperature environment
  • When someone with poor circulation or impaired skin sensation uses the camera
  • When using the camera with [Auto Power OFF Temp.] set to [High]

Sony lenses/accessories

Using this unit with products from other manufacturers may affect its performance, leading to accidents or malfunction.

Note on the 5 GHz band for wireless LAN

When using the wireless LAN function outdoors, set the band to 2.4 GHz by following the procedure below. (WW694956 only)

  • MENU               (Network)  [Wi-Fi]  [Wi-Fi Frequency Band]

How to turn off wireless network functions (Wi-Fi, etc.) temporarily

When you board an airplane, etc., you can turn off all wireless network functions temporarily using [Airplane Mode].

For Customers in the U.S.A. and Canada

This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment and meets the FCC Radio Frequency (R) Exposure Guidelines. This equipment has very low levels of r energy that is deemed to comply without testing of specific absorption rate (SAR). The available scientific evidence does not show that any health problems are associated with using low-power wireless devices. There is no proof, however, that these low-power wireless devices are safe. Low power Wireless devices emit low levels of radio frequency energy (RE in the microwave range while being used. Whereas high levels of RF can produce health effects (by heating tissue), exposure to low-level RF that does not produce heating effects causes no known adverse health effects. Many studies of low-level exposures have not found any biological effects. some studies have suggested that some biological effects might occur, but such findings have not been confirmed by additional research. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with ISED radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment and meets Rss-102 of the IseD radio frequency (RF) Exposure rules.

For Customers in the U.S.A

For questions regarding your product or for the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-800- 222-SONY (7669).

Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity

  • Trade Name: SONY
  • Model: WW694956
  • Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Address: 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
  • Telephone Number: 858-942-2230

Important note on use of 5 GHz wireless LAN

  • Compliance with FCC requirement 15.407(c)
  • Data transmission is always initiated by software, which is passed down through the MAC, through the digital and analog baseband, and finally to the RF chip. Several special packets are initiated by the MAC. These are the only ways the digital baseband portion will turn on the RF transmitter, which it then turns off at the end of the packet. Therefore, the transmitter will be on only while one of the aforementioned packets is being transmitted In other words, this device automatically discontinues transmission in case of either absence of information to transmit or operational failure.
  • Frequency Tolerance: 8 pm

For Customers in Canada

5150-5 350 MHz band is restricted to indoor operation only. High-power radars are allocated as primary users (i.e. priority users) of the bands 5 250- 5 350 MHz and 5 650-5 850 MHz and these radars could cause interference and/or damage to LE-LAN devices.

For Customers in Europe

Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 10

Hereby, Sony Corporation declares that this equipment complies with Directive 2014/53/EU  The full text of the EU declaration of conformity is available at the following

Hereby, Sony Corporation declares that this equipment complies with the UK’s relevant statutory requirements. The full text of the declaration of conformity is available at the following

For this radio equipment, the following restrictions on putting it into service or requirements for authorization of use apply in

  • AT/BE/BG/CY/CZ/DK/EE/FI/FR/DE/EL/HU/IE/IT/LV/LT/LU/MT/NL/PL/PT/RO/SK/SI/ES/SE/UK/UK(NI)/HR/IS/LI/NO/CH/AL/BA/MK/ MD/RS/ME/XK/TR: 5 150 – 5 350 MHz band is restricted to indoor operations only.

For customers who purchased their camera from a store in Japan that caters to tourists

Some certification marks for standards supported by the camera can be confirmed on the screen of the camera.

  • Select MENU – ® (Setup) – » (Setup Option| – [Certification Logo].


Camera [System]

  • Camera Type: Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
  • Lens: Sony E-mount lens

[Image sensor]

  • Image format: 35 mm full frame, CMOS image sensor
  • Effective pixel number of camera: Approx. 12 100 000 pixels
  • Total pixel number of camera: Approx. 12 900 000 pixels


  • Rated input: 7.2 V, 3.5 W
  • Operating temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
  • Storage temperature: –20 to 55°C (–4 to 131°F)
  • Dimensions (W/H/D) (Approx.)
    121.0 × 71.9 × 54.3 mm
    (4 7/8 × 2 7/8 × 2 1/4 in.)
  • Mass (Approx.): 483 g (1 lb 1.1 oz) (including battery pack, SD Card)

[Wireless LAN]

WW694956 (see nameplate on the bottom of the camera)

  • Supported format: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Frequency band: 2.4 GHz/5 GHz

WW942672 (see name plate on the bottom of the camera)

  • Supported format: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Frequency band: 2.4 GHz

Rechargeable battery pack NP-FZ100

  • Rated voltage: 7.2 V

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Compatible iPhone/iPad models

iPhone SE (3rd generation), iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 65 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPad Air (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPad (5th through 9th generation), iPad mini (6th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st through 5th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air 2, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini 4 (As of September 2022)


  • is a trademark of Sony Group Corporation
  • Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
  • USB Type-C® and USB-C® are registered trademarks of USB Implementers Forum
  • The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Group Corporation and its subsidiaries is under license.
  • Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi logo and Wi-Fi Protected Setup are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
  • QR Code is a trademark of Denso Wave Inc.
  • In addition, system and product names used in this manual are, in general, trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective developers or manufacturers. However, the ™ or ® marks may not be used in all cases in this manual

IMPORTANT – Read the End User Software License Agreement before using your Sony product.

Using your product indicates your acceptance of the End User Software License Agreement. The software license agreement between you and Sony is available at the following

  • URL: (https://rd1.sony.net/help/di/el23/h_zz/)
  • Use of the Made for Apple badge means that an accessory has been designed to connect specifically to the Apple products) identified in the badge, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards.Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 11

Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera -fig 7


Additional information on this product and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our Customer Support Website.


FAQS About Sony Alpha ZV-E1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Is Sony ZV-E1 a crop or full-frame camera?


Does the Sony ZV-E1 have a camera?

The Sony ZV-E1 is a fantastic camera for taking landscape photos.

What is the Sony ZV-E1’s battery life?

95 or so minutes

How long does the ZV-E1’s battery last?

Monitor (when Auto Monitor off is set to 2 s): approximately 410/about 205 min., 260/approximately 130 min.

Is the Sony ZV-E1 weatherproof?

Weather sealing is absent on this camera.

Is the Sony ZV-1 a reliable video camera?

To make way better use of a directional microphone for vlogging, ZV1 does away with the pop-up viewfinder.

ZV 1 may be used while charging, right?

Check to see if the monitor is showing the () indicator, which indicates that USB powering is now active.

How long does the Sony ZV-1 battery take to charge?

150 minutes or so.

How can I tell when the battery in my Sony ZV e1 is full?

When charging is finished, the charge lamp goes out.

What is the Sony ZV-E1’s record capacity?

the equivalent of 13 hours

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