Sony has released a new firmware update for the recently released Sony ZV-E1 (buy here). On release, looking at the specs, the Sony ZV-E1 was essentially a slightly cut-down Sony A7S III (buy here) or Sony FX3 (buy here) in a more vlogging-friendly form factor. One of the notable features missing from the ZV-E1 that both the A7S III and FX3 can do was 4K video at 120fps.
If that was a feature you were a bit sad to see missing, Sony has answered your prayers today. The new update released today, which is completely free to download for ZV-E1 owners, adds 4K 120fps shooting capabilities. You get 1080p HD at up to 240 frames per second, too.
Sony Electronics announces an upgrade for the ZV-E1, the world’s most compact and lightweight full-frame interchangeable lens camerai, offering video creators maximum creative freedom and versatility. Announced in March of this year, the ZV-E1 is designed to offer the ultimate video creation experience.
With this new upgrade, the ZV-E1 joins a roster of Sony cameras featuring 4K 120p video recording, including the Alpha 1 and Alpha 7S III, and the FX6, FX3, and FX30 from Sony’s Cinema Line. This feature enables faster high-speed frame rate video recording, resulting in smooth slow-motion footage that is five times slower than standard 24fps, highlighting Sony’s commitment to providing groundbreaking technology for all creators.
The upgrade also introduces Full HD 240p recording capability to the ZV-E1, providing even more flexibility for the video creator.
On release, the Sony ZV-E1 boasted 10-Bit 4:2:2 4K video with full pixel readout, no pixel binning, and minimal rolling shutter. Sony doesn’t specify if you still get 10-Bit 4:2:2 at 120 frames per second when shooting 4K, just that the new update “further enhances the camera’s video capabilities”. There’s also no mention as to whether or not the ZV-E1 has its slight crop when shooting 4K 120fps, the same way the FX3 does. We’ve reached out to Sony for clarification on this, and we’ll update this post when we receive a response.
Regardless of whether or not the 4K 120fps is 10-Bit 4:2:2, though, installing the firmware doesn’t remove anything or make anything worse. So, any 4K 120fps capability is better than none.
The Sony ZV-E1 upgrade is available to download now for free from the Sony website. You will need your ZV-E1 serial number handy to download it.