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Sony HDR-MV1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 363 reviews of Sony HDR-MV1. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the image quality and size are overall positive. The price and portability are also appreciated. Many are critical about the zoom, while there are some mixed views about the memory.

usability, portability, price, size, image quality


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-MV1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-MV1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Sony HDR-MV1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the portability and design are overall positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the size, while there are some critical comments about the zoom.

usability, price, image quality, design, portability


91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Full HD Music Video Recorder with Wi-Fi and NFC - BlackSony Full HD Music Video Recorder with Wi-Fi and NFC - Black

Feb, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HDR-MV1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 156 user reviews of Sony HDR-MV1 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the image quality and price are generally positive. The size and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the memory, while many are less positive about the zoom.

usability, portability, size, price, image quality


87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder (Black)Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder (Black)

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Richard Easton (

Sony HDR-MV1 review


The HDR-MV1 is a good choice for musicians looking to record performances for social media, but video quality could be better

Overall the sound recording capability is the HDR-MV1’s shining feature and its mobile app makes it a snap to share your recordings. Its video quality is average, however. If good audio quality is crucial for you then the HDR-MV1 is a good choice, but...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Jonathan Margolis (

Sony HDR-MV1


A compact camcorder that captures outstanding 3D-effect stereo sound

Mar, 2014

Consumer review (

Great touring musician's Camera


As an Irish Uilleann (illan) Piper, My job involves teaching, recording for bands or artists, session work and marketing for my website. I used to rely on a zoom H5 audio recorder but found that with some requests from potential clients, video would be...

May, 2016

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Fit for purpose.


Easy to use great audio ideal for intimate recordings ie Jazz Trio Solo videos, best used close range given wide angle lens, wifi nice control feature, edit in vegas can produce stills ect. Best of the bunch.

Apr, 2016

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Music video


I have yet to use product fully yet. Not quite as simple to use as I had hoped but will persevere with it, once I can plan a recording session with my band.

Sep, 2015

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Great features


Bought this camera a few weeks ago to record the band that my son plays in! Had a go whilst they practised and it is so easy to use! so simple to put on computer and memory stick! Going to film them doing a live gig tomorrow

Jul, 2015

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easy to use


I've used this to record my band's gigs. Great quality sound especially.

May, 2015

Consumer review (

Brilliant little camera


This is a clever little camera, it is so easy to use, once you know how. The viewing screen goes off when in the record mode but this in a way is an advantage so you know it's recording. Also the fact that it is not a touch screen means that you can't...

Apr, 2015

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Good Value


Great little video recorder for recording music live, does what it says on the tin. Good quality results.

Apr, 2015

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Super product


I've bought this video camera about 3 weeks ago. I've very much enjoyed the design. I wasn't able to take any shootings, until I've purchased a micro memory card. It is very basic, but a very useful camera, especially for musicians who would like to...

Mar, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:LPCM
Audio system:
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Microphone connectivity:
PCM digital audio:16-bit/48 kHz


Battery Type:NP-BX1


Back light compensation: Yes
Back Light Compensation (BLC):Y
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Geotagging: No
GPS (satellite):N
Minimum illumination:9


Color of product:Black


Color of product:Black


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2.7
Display resolution (numeric):230000


Built-in flash: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto
Smile detection:

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):8.4
Optical sensor size:1/2.3
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:16.8

Lens System

Image Stabilizer: No
Interchangeable Lens: No
Wide angle lens system:Y

Light Exposure

Light exposure modes:
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night landscape, Snow, Spotlight, Sunrise, Sunset


Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Other Features

Audio recording formats:
Display Diagonal:2.64
Display Diagonal (metric):2.64
Electrical viewfinder:
HDMI out:
Integrated USB cable:
Main camera sensor:
Manual focus:
Night mode:
Power cord included: No
USB port:
Video compression formats:AVCHD, H.264
Windows operating systems supported: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: No
AC adapter included:N
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:PlayMemories Home
Cables included:USB
Handheld remote control:
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:
Headphone outputs:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
Microphone in: Yes
S-Video in:
S-Video out: No


Camera shutter speed:1/30 - 1/10000

Still Image

Image formats supported:


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC, MS Micro (M2)
Disc types supported: No

Technical Details

USB charging:


Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Video capturing speed:30
Video compression format:MPEG4
Video formats supported:MPEG4
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions


White Balance

Indoor white balance: Yes
Onepush white balance: Yes
Outdoor white balance: Yes
White Balance:Auto