Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder (Black)

HD camcorder with a built in stereo

Sony seems to have been focusing on how to make creative’s lives a little bit easier these past few days. Earlier this week, the Japanese giant announced their “Smart Shot” digital camera clip- ons to help smartphone photographers take their work to the next level. Now, Sony is targeting the aspiring musician and Youtuber searching for stardom as they’ve unveiled their HDR-MV1. The Sony HDR-MV1 is an HD camcorder with a built in stereo field recorder, built in speaker,


Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder
Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder


Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder

Capture your next jam session with pro-quality sound and HD video. Imagine recording CD-quality audio in uncompressed Linear PCM or versatile, internet-ready AAC with this compact camcorder featuring a 120? X/Y mic. It also records HD video at 120? with its wide-angle lens and captures fine detail even in dimly-lit venues. Put simply, every artist should have one.

sony-hdr-mvwe’re living in the Age of YouTube, it’s becoming pretty much standard practice for up-and-coming musicians to post videos of their jam sessions or live performances online. And while the affordability of HD video cameras/phones may mean that the visuals in those videos look nice, music is first and foremost an auditory art-form. That’s why Sony is introducing a new musical- performance-specific camcorder, known appropriately enough as the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder.

sony-hdr-mv1The MV-1 records audio in either uncompressed Linear PCM or internet-friendly AAC format, via a tunable 120-degree X-Y stereo microphone. Recording levels can be manually controlled, and a line-in port allows for direct feeds. Audio quality is monitored either via user-supplied headphones, or using the camera’s built-in speaker.

Video is captured by a wide-angle 120-degree lens – to ensure that all band members get in the shot – at a resolution of either 1080p or 750p (both at 30 fps). A back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor is claimed to capture sharp images even in dimly-lit clubs, and the option of manual exposure control will keep the iris from closing down every time a stage light comes on.

Footage is recorded to a Micro SD card or a Memory Stick Micro, in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. Shots are monitored or reviewed using a 2.7-inch LCD screen, which can also be used to check and adjust audio input levels. Additionally, the camera can be remotely operated using a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device – this could come in particularly handy in cramped venues, where a videographer would be in peoples’ way if they stayed with the camera.

Music Video Recorder

The user’s mobile device can also be utilized to post footage online, via Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app.


Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder (Black)


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