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From rehearsal room to the web, your audience awaits

Press release   •   Sep 04, 2013 16:45 CEST

  • Record live musical performances, demos and rehearsals with studio-quality Linear PCM sound
  • Superb Full HD video quality with wide-angle lens and high sensitivity for low-light shooting
  • Quick, easy sharing with Wi-Fi and NFC for one-touch connection

The new HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder from Sony lets you shoot and share every performance with crisp, punchy pictures and studio-quality sound to match.

Ideal for band rehearsals, practice sessions and live gigs, the slim, portable HDR-MV1 makes a great partner for recording groups, solo voices and instruments. Capturing Full HD video and uncompressed hi-fi stereo digital audio, it’s a huge step up from grabbing muffled, murky clips on your camera phone. And when you’re done, it’s easy to connect wirelessly with a smartphone or tablet for on-the-spot web uploads.

The HDR-MV1 resolves every detail of your musical efforts with full-range, beautifully rich audio you'd expect from Sony – whether you’re recording a delicate flute or full-throttle band action. The high quality 120-degree X-Y stereo microphone stands proud of the recorder body, guaranteeing superb depth and separation. An on-screen meter allows easy checking and adjustment of mic levels for clear, undistorted recordings. And as an extra pro-style refinement, there’s an on-board limiter that guards against signal clipping when volume levels start climbing. If you want, plug in an external microphone or connect instruments directly to capture a totally pure performance.

Linear PCM recording assures pure, uncompressed sound that's even better than CD – making the HDR-MV1 ideal as a ‘standalone’ audio recorder even when you don’t need to shoot video. Or if you prefer, switch to web-friendly AAC format that's great for speedy Internet uploads. There's also a handy speaker on-board for checking your recordings instantly.

Vibrant, dynamic sound is matched by pristine video quality to match. From cramped rehearsals to expansive stages: the wide-angle 120-degree Carl Zeiss lens sees the whole scene, so no-one in the band gets left out of the action. Even dimly-let clubs and practice rooms are no problem: the back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor grabs detail-packed Full HD video with extremely low noise.

Sloppy clips with sound and pictures out of sync won't do your performance any favours. Audio lip sync makes sure that music stays precisely matched to the live view image, with no irritating lag.

When the last chorus dies away, you’re seconds away from sharing your performance with the world. Built-in Wi-Fi connects the HDR-MV1 with your smartphone or tablet for easy wireless uploads of your clips with no PC needed. Just touch the recorder against your NFC-equipped Android device for one-touch sharing (movie only). Even use your mobile as a handy remote to start recording and check camera angles on screen.

MVR studio software (PC and Mac) is available as a download from the Sony website for easy editing, polishing and web uploads of your recordings. Available as an option, the LCS-MVA Soft Carrying Case protects the Music Video Recorder while you’re out and about, gigging or travelling.

The new HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder from Sony is available in Europe from the end of November 2013.

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Key specifications



Image Sensor

1/2.3 type (7.77mm) back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor with approx. 16800K pixels

Effective picture resolution

Approx.8400K pixels (16:9)

Video recording format

MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Video mode (resolution)

1920x1080 30p / 1280x720 30p

Continuous recording time

Approx. 130 minutes (MP4 1920×1080/30p)


Unidirectional, 120-degree X/Y stereo / monaural speaker

Audio record format

MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch / MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch (48kHz/16bit)

Lens type

Carl Zeiss® Tessar® F2.8

Focal length

18.2mm (35mm equivalent)

Minimum focus distance

Approx. 30cm


6.7cm (2.7 type) Clear Photo LCD™ display (230k dots) Wide (16:9)

Scene Modes

Auto/Night Scene/Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks/Landscape/Spotlight/Beach/Snow

Wireless networking

Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n): Send to smartphone (Movie Only) / control with smartphone

NFC: One-touch remote / One-touch sharing (Movie Only)


HDMI Out (micro); Multi/Micro USB Terminal; Headphone (stereo mini jack); Analogue line in (stereo mini jack); external mic input (aggregated into analogue line in)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

Approx. 116.5 x 70.5 x 27 mm

Media card compatibility

Memory Stick Micro™ (Mark 2)and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or Higher)

Weight (main unit only)

Approx. 140 g

Weight (with supplied battery)

Approx. 165 g

Supplied accessories

Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1; micro USB cable; lens cap; cap string; Operating Guide