Welcome to my Sony ZV-E1 battery and battery charging guide where you will learn all you need to know about batteries and charging options for the ZV-E1.
What’s in the Box?
When purchased from new the Sony ZV-E1 includes one Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh) in the box but unfortunately no external charger.
Surprisingly Sony has also not included a USB charger or a USB-C cable in the box. So you will only be able to charge the battery in-camera if you happen to have one of these already for another device.
The compatible battery for the ZV-E1 is the Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh).
There are many third-party NP-FZ100 batteries on the market, but a lot of these do not work correctly in the ZV-E1 and the camera may display a warning. And if they do work correctly a future ZV-E1 Firmware Update might cause the camera to start throwing up warnings.
I would personally recommend sticking with the official Sony batteries, since this is not a cheap camera and it’s really not worthing the risk of turning it into toast just to save a few dollars.
I will cover third-party battery options, but I don’t recommend that you purchase them as they may end up costing you much more in the long run.
The official battery for the Sony ZV-E1 is the Sony NP-FZ100 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (2280mAh).
One of the more reliable third-party battery options is the Watson NP-FZ100. However, these batteries might still display warnings.
Just like with the Sony a7 IV, the ZV-E1 does not include an external charger in the box. So here are your options if you wish to charge the battery externally.
The official battery charger for the NP-FZ100 battery is the Sony BC-QZ1. This charger will allow you to charge an official NP-FZ100 battery in around two hours.
The Sony NPA-MQZ1K multi battery kit can charge 4x NP-FZ100 batteries in approximately 480 minutes. It also allows you to power two USB devices as well as the ZV-E1 at the same time. The NPA-MQZ1K includes two NP-FZ100 batteries in the box, a cable protector and a mounting plate.
Watson Mini Duo Charger
If you are after a low cost dual USB charger then the Watson mini duo charger is one of the better options. It’s a USB charger so isn’t the fastest, but will still charge two NP-FZ100 batteries in around 5 hours. With built-in overcharge, short-circuit, and power surge protections, your batteries should be pretty safe.
This charger is designed for Watson NP-FZ100 batteries, so you will be taking a risk if you charge original Sony NP-FZ100 batteries with it.
The Sony ZV-E1 has a USB-C port that can be used to charge the battery in-camera.
You can leave the NP-FZ100 battery in the Sony ZV-E1 and charge the camera via its USB-C port. This will take approximately 2h 55 minutes to fully charge from flat.
Unfortunately as already mentioned Sony does not provide a USB charger or USB-C cable in the box of the ZV-E1, but I expect many people will already have at least one of these chargers and cables at home already.
If you don’t already have a USB-C cable then here are a couple of options.
Anker PowerLine II USB-C 3.1 Gen2
Use this cable with a USB-C charger. It has a USB-C connector on each end and supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 which will also enable you to transfer files at the maximum speed that the ZV-E1 is capable of.
Anker USB-A to USB-C Cable
Use this cable with a USB-A charger. It has a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-C connector on the other end for the ZV-E1. It supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 which will enable you to transfer files at the maximum speed that the ZV-E1 is capable of.
You can also use a Power Delivery (PD) certified power bank to charge the battery when the ZV-E1 is powered off. Sony recommends using a USB-PD device that is compatible with an output of 9V/3A or 9V/2A.
ANKER 10,000mAh PowerCore Slim PD
The ANKER 10,000mAh PowerCore Slim PD is just one of many power banks that you could use to charge the ZV-E1. I use this to charge my own cameras.
The battery life of the ZV-E1 can vary greatly depending on your shooting settings and the environment that you are shooting in. On cold days the battery will drain much faster.
The below estimates for battery life and number of recordable images apply when the battery pack has been fully charged.
The battery life and number of recordable images are estimates based on shooting with the default settings under the following conditions:
- Using the battery pack at an ambient temperature of 25°C (77°F).
- Using a Sony SDXC memory card (U3) (sold separately)
- Using a FE 28-60mm F4-5.6 lens
Battery Life Shooting Stills
Sony says that you can shoot approx. 570 still images (CIPA standard).
(CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association)
- One picture is taken every 30 seconds.
- The power is turned on and off once every ten times.
- The zoom is switched alternately between the W and T ends.
Battery Life Recording Video
|Actual shooting of movies
|Approx. 95 min.
|Continuous shooting of movies
|Approx. 140 min.
Sony ZV-E1 Resources
The Sony ZV-E1 is compatible with the Sony NP-FZ100 rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Using the Sony BC-QZ1 charger it takes around 2 hours to fully charge a single NP-FZ100 battery.
Yes you can charge the Sony ZV-E1 via a USB charger Type-C cable. Unfortunately Sony does not include a USB-C cable in the box.