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Overview: The Sony HDR-MV1 is an HD video recorder with an emphasis on
recording professional-quality audio. The MV1 has dual microphones in a 120° X/Y
pattern to capture full stereo sound over a wide angle. This camcorder is
designed for recording live performances and music videos in high-resolution CD
quality. The unit comes with a rubberized slip-on lens cover with a string to
Lens: The HDR-MV1 features a wide-angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens with a
fast F2.8 aperture for capturing high quality video with excellent resolution,
contrast, and color reproduction. The 120° wide angle lets you record the entire
stage from short distances. The lens has a focal length of 2.5mm, which
equivalent to 18.2mm in 35mm photography, and can focus on objects as close as
Image Sensor: The camcorder is equipped with a 1/2.3 (7.77mm)
back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with 16,800,000 gross pixels and
8,400,000 effective pixels. It also features the BIONZ image processor found in
most Sony camcorders.
2.7" LCD: The unit has a side-mounted 2.7" Clear Photo LCD screen with
230,400 pixels. The LCD does not swivel out like other camcorders. You can
automatically or manually monitor audio levels with the on-screen audio meters.
Recording: The HDR-MV1 records high-definition video in both Full HD
(1920 x 1080/30p) and HD (1280 x 720/30p) in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format. It does
not record still images. You can choose between two audio formats: Linear PCM
for high resolution CD-quality sound (44.1 kHz, 16-bit) or AAC (48 kHz, 128
kbps) for files that can be shared on the Internet. The maximum continuous movie
shooting time is about 13 hours. The MV1 can also record audio only in WAV
format up to 2 GB per file (approx. 2 hours 50 minutes).
Media: Video recordings are recorded to microSD, microSDHC, and
microSDXC memory cards, as well as Memory Stick Micro (Mark2) media. The
estimated shooting time for movies is as follows:
||Recording Time (Minutes)
||1920 x 1080
|1280 x 720
||1920 x 1080
|1280 x 720
|Audio Recording only (WAV)
Built-in Wi-Fi: The HDR-MV1 has built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to make
a wireless connection to a smartphone or tablet. Performing wireless operations
requires the use of the PlayMemories Mobile application on the smart device.
PlayMemories Mobile is compatible with iPhones and iPads running iOS 5.0 or
later, or Android devices running Android 2.2 and up. When connected via Wi-Fi,
you can do the following:
- Transfer movies to your smartphone or tablet: You can wirelessly
transfer recordings from your camcorder and store them on your device.
- Operate the camcorder remotely with your smartphone or tablet:
Using the touch screen of your smart device, you can view the subject and
- Connect via NFC (near field communication): If you have an NFC-compatible
Android smartphone or tablet, you can make the wireless connection by simply
touching the device to the camcorder. Once connected, you can also transfer
movies from the MV1 to the device using the One Touch NFC method.
Note: You cannot transfer movie and audio files from the camcorder
to your computer via a wireless LAN. A wired connection (USB) must be established.
Connections: The camcorder has the following inputs and outputs:
- Headphones: A 3.5mm headphone output is provided for monitoring
the audio during recording or playback.
- Micro USB (Multi-connector): The camcorder has a Micro USB port
that can be used to connect the supplied USB cable. This port is used to
charge the camcorder or for downloading movie and audio files to your
- HDMI Out: The HDMI Micro (Type D) connector allows you to connect
the camcorder to a TV via an optional Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable for playing
HD videos. You can set the output image resolution to Auto, 1080p, 1080i,
720p, 480p, or 480i. The MV1 can be controlled by the remote commander of
your TV when connected to a "BRAVIA" Sync compatible TV.
- Microphone/Line In: You can connect an external microphone or
other device via the 3.5mm Microphone/Line In jack. The connection supplies
"Plug In Power" for microphones that require it. In order to get the proper
audio level, you can switch the input to "External Microphone" or "Other
Device." If set to External Microphone, the recording level can also be
Battery: The HDR-MV1 is powered by the supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery. As the battery is used, the battery icon in the monitor
displays the remaining battery power in four increments, plus empty. A
discharged battery fully recharges in approximately 4 hours 5 minutes when
connected to a running computer via the supplied USB cable. Using the optional
AC-UD10 AC Adapter, you can recharge the battery in approximately 1 hour 35
minutes. You can also operate the camcorder on AC power with the AD-UD10
adapter, if desired. The estimated battery life with a fully charged battery
pack is as follows:
|Continuous Recording Time
|Typical Recording Time
Downloadable Software: The HDR-MV1 comes with no software, however, it
is recommended that you download the "MVR studio" software to your computer for
quick and easy importing and editing of video and audio files recorded by the
unit. You can also use MVR studio to upload videos to YouTube or share them with
others. MVR studio software is free, and compatible with computers running the
following operating systems:
- Windows Vista (SP2)*
- Windows 7 (SP1)*
- Windows 8
- Windows 8.1
- Mac OS X v10.7-10.9
*Business and Standard Editions are not supported