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Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder

You Pay: $298.00
Product Highlights
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video at 30 fps
  • Record Audio Using LPCM or AAC Formats
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with One Touch NFC
  • 120° Stereo Microphone Array
  • 120° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • HDMI Output & Multi Terminal USB Port
  • Clear Photo 2.7" Widescreen LCD Monitor
  • Microphone Input & Headphone Jack
  • Manual or Auto Audio Level Control
  • On-Screen Meter for Monitoring Levels

The Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder is designed for capturing high-quality video and audio. It can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps and LPCM or AAC stereo audio. For video, it's equipped with a 16MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor and a wide-angle 120° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. It can also capture HD 1280 x 720p video at 30 fps and it records to the web-friendly MP4 format. The camcorder features a 2.7" LCD monitor as well.

For recording audio, the HDR-MV1 features a 120° stereo microphone array and an external microphone input. It also has a headphone jack for more accurate audio monitoring. You can record audio using the 44.1kHz/16-bit LPCM format or the 48kHz/128kbps AAC format. Plus, the camcorder supports Audio Lip Sync functionality and manual or auto audio level control. The 2.7" LCD screen features an on-screen meter as well, which you can use to monitor the audio input levels.

For wireless connectivity, the HDR-MV1 features built-in Wi-Fi with One Touch NFC smartphone or tablet pairing. This allows you to use your compatible mobile device as a remote control and a remote monitor. Once you've recorded some footage, you can transfer it to your mobile device via Wi-Fi for immediate uploading onto the Internet. There's also a micro-HDMI output and a Multi Terminal USB port that supports simultaneous data transfer and charging.

LPCM & AAC Audio Formats for Recording Versatility
Records in uncompressed Linear PCM (LPCM) and versatile AAC audio formats. With LPCM recording you'll be able to capture high-resolution CD-quality 44.1kHz/16-bit sound. With AAC recording you'll be able to capture 48kHz/128kbps audio files for easy uploading to the Internet.
Capture Wide-Angle Stereo Sound with 120° X/Y Microphone
The HDR-MV1's 120° stereo microphone array captures full stereo sound. Plus, unlike smartphones and conventional camcorders, its wide-angle recording field allows you to easily capture every note and lyric from the entire band - even at close distances.
Capture Full HD 1080/30p Video with Low Grain in Low Light
Record Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps with low grain - even in low lighting situations. You can record using the web-friendly MP4 format, which is ideal for sharing your Full HD movies on the Internet using your smartphone, PC or Mac computer.
Exmor R CMOS Sensor with Enhanced Sensitivity
Experience enhanced low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and reduced grain thanks to Sony's back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor. Designed for compact cameras and camcorders, the Exmor R CMOS sensor relocates the photo diodes above the support circuitry, maximizing the light gathering area per pixel so you can shoot with better results in lower lighting conditions. The camcorder also features a BIONZ image processor and Triluminous color technology.
Wide-Angle 120° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
The 120° wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens captures high-quality video with Full HD 1080p or HD 720p resolution, high contrast and accurate color reproduction. Plus, its wide viewing angle allows you to easily capture the entire band and stage from close distances.
Multi Terminal USB Port for Charging & Data Transfer
The unit's integrated Multi Terminal USB port provides convenient charging and data transfer connectivity. The HDR-MV1's USB port will even charge the battery and access content on a computer simultaneously. Plus, with the supplied battery and optional AC-UD10 power adapter, users can operate and record video while the device is charging.
Audio Lip Sync Functionality
The Audio Lip Sync functionality ensures synchronicity for postproduction between the audio track and the video
Capture Stereo Sound via an External Microphone
You can use your favorite microphone when recording by simply attaching it using the camera's microphone input jack.
Manually Control & Monitor Input Levels via a 2.7" LCD Screen
The HDR-MV1's 2.7" widescreen LCD monitor allows users to quickly frame their shots and make adjustments. You can use the LCD screen to manually or automatically adjust audio level control in 31 steps. There's also an on-screen meter that allows users to monitor the audio input levels and adjust to diverse environments.
Built-In Wi-Fi & One Touch NFC
The HDR-MV1 employs built-in Wi-Fi and One Touch NFC (Near Field Communication) to link the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet. This allows you to instantly upload recorded videos to the Internet. The Wi-Fi/NFC function also turns your mobile device into a remote control and a remote monitor for the HDR-MV1, which is especially useful for framing the scene to achieve your desired shot.
Camera
Sensor 16 Megapixel CMOS
Backside Illumination Yes
Effective Pixels 16,000,000 
Optics
Focal Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Aperture Not Specified By Manufacturer
Angle of View 120°
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media Memory Stick Micro, microSD/SDHC/SDXC  
Video Format High Definition
MP4
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1280 x 720p / 30 fps
Still Image Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Microphone Recording Angle 120°
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC
LPCM
Sampling Frequency LPCM: 44.1 kHz
AAC: 48.0 kHz
Bit Rate LPCM: 16.0-bit
AAC: 128.0 kbps
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7"
Pixel Count 460,000
Rotation None
Features
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Wi-Fi Yes
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x Multi-Terminal USB
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack Yes
General
System Requirements Windows

Mac
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Charging Method USB
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SonyHDR-MV1 Music Camcorder
     
    3.3

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    33%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        3.0

        Some problems

        By John T

        from Westchester, NY

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Buggy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder:

            Three stars because it does what it says quite well for the price. But be careful: If the battery runs out while recording the file becomes corrupt and can't be played back. After putting in a fresh battery, the camera asks if you want to repair the file. Choose OK and it appears to be fixed. Then file doesn't show up in camera menu. When hooked up to computer, file reappears in the folder but won't play. This happened to me TWICE in a week. Had it on a stand as an extra cam, to set and forget. Fresh battery died in 70 min and the file could not be played. Didn't jeopardize the shoot because I brought it mainly for stage audio, and I also recorded from the board onto my mac. I suppose an external power supply would solve the problem.

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            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Nice build & audio, Video disappoints

            By Dr Ted

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Poor Image Quality
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder:

            Sony builds great hardware, and the features of this unit are good (manual or auto levels, etc). Battery life is good. Close to 2 hours depending on battery. But I was hoping for better video. Canon Vixia mini video significantly better but is "auto gain" only, and the Vixia has very poor battery life...hardly one half hour. GoPro battery 2+ hours (especially with battery pack) and video great, but audio poor. Zoom Q2HD has best audio, but the worst video in class. So I was hoping Sony would give me everything, but the video is much grainier in low life that the Canon or GoPro, and there is so much blurring at the edges of the video, to make it almost un-usable.

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            3.0

            good audio, video ok

            By Dr Ted

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • Poor Image Quality
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder:

              GREAT
              - audio
              - battery life (2-ish hours)
              - construction quality
              - manual (or auto) gain
              LESS GREAT
              - video similar to Sony Action cam
              - blurs at edges
              - more grainy in low light than GoPro or Canon Vixia-Mini
              - was hoping video would be better

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              4.0

              Great, and not so good.

              By Bob Sings Lead

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Video Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder:

              I am a member of a 40-man barbershop-style chorus and first used this camera to record a holiday show we did with our local lady's (Sweet Adeline) chorus. For this time let's just say it was good we had a back-up camera.
              This camera was just released to the market this month (Dec, 2013). I am probably one of the first in my community to have one. Sony has not caught up with itself on this product, and instructions with the device, and online, are very poor.
              I love that I can set up a direct Wifi connection between my smartphone and that camera. I like that I can download the videos to my computer over my home Wifi network. I also like that the camera records to a microSD card (up to 64 GB). However, there was little to no instruction on how to set that all up.
              I recorded a 2 hour show. I could play the show on the camera. When I hooked up the camera bu USB to my pc, I could see the video files on the card. But, when I set up PlayMemories and tried to sync the video to my pc, the files disappeared from the card and the pc. It looks like the card was re-formatted (it had already been formatted) and all the data lost.
              I will try that again when I haven't anything of value in the camera.
              The only other complaint, that I quickly realized, was it doesn't zoom. Maybe it will be able to digital zoom on my computer. I hope so.

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