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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.

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  • Great sound (3)

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      3.0

      Some problems

      By John T

      from Westchester, NY

      About Me Pro Videographer

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      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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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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