Sony has announced an updated license for its ZV-E1 full-frame vlogging camera that adds 4K/120 and FullHD/240 capabilities.

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This upgrade was mentioned when the camera was first launched, and isn't that surprising, given that a7S III and FX3 models with which the ZV-E1 shares its sensor can also shoot this fast. As with these other cameras, the 4K/120 is taken from a slightly cropped region of the sensor. Interestingly, though, the update doesn't take the form of a firmware update that adds the code enabling the capability but is, instead, a license file that gives access to modes already contained in the current firmware.

Sony had originally said this upgrade may require payment in some regions, and we're seeking confirmation of whether this is the case. In North America, at least, the update is free of charge, but users will need to supply their camera's serial number to download the necessary files.

Sony Electronics Announces Free ZV-E1 Upgrade to Elevate Content Creation

4K 120p Upgrade Now Available for Users

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 28, 2023. ​ 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.

The original release of the ZV-E1 showcased impressive video performance with the ability to record high-quality 4K video at 10-bit 4:2:2 with full pixel readout, without pixel binning, and with minimized rolling shutter. This latest upgrade further enhances the camera’s video capabilities and is unlocked through Sony’s Creators’ Cloud platform.

Sony’s Creators’ Cloud, designed for content creators of all types, offers services and applications optimized for the entire creative process, from shooting to collaboration with creators worldwide. This integration includes the Creators’ App, a mobile application that facilitates seamless content transfer from camera to cloudii.

Completing the ZV-E1 upgrade via the Creators’ Cloud is a simple process. Users sign into their Creators’ Cloud account, access the Upgrade page, input their ZV-E1 model serial number, and download a free license. Installation can be performed via an SD card or with a USB plug-in. With the Creators’ Cloud platform, users can also easily manage and reinstall licenses via the License Management pageii. A Sony Creators’ Cloud account is required to access the license to upgrade.

Upgrade is available as of today, June 28, 2023, via the Creators’ Cloud application at no additional cost to Alpha ZV-E1 users.

For more information about the ZV-E1 upgrade, please visit Sony's official website:


i As of the March 2023 product announcement, based on a Sony survey of interchangeable-lens digital cameras with 35mm full-frame image sensors and optical in-body image stabilization.

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