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Sony HDR-MV1 Camcorder

£204.99
8.4MP 1/2 140g Mar 2016
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Two industry awards
Reasonably priced
Does not have a good zoom
50 Reviews + 2 Awards
01net.com 4 Star Expert Reviews Recommended
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This Sony video camera received a "Recommended" award from review sites Expert Reviews who wrote that this Sony camcorder was good.

The editor of one other expert review site decided that this medium total megapixels video camera was good. This Sony camcorder received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

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Good Expert Reviews

This camcorder has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100 based on four expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, Digital Versus, Les Numeriques.com and 01net.com.

Average Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this Sony camcorder is 73 out of 100 based on 35 owner reviews. 61% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

We checked 4,270 expert and user reviews (including 383 verified purchases) for Sony camcorders and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its medium total megapixels camcorders. 88% of those that bought a Sony camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Two people who purchased it considered that it was good value for money. Kaehlis82 scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “The product alone is a fantastic value”. Tiptop said three years ago “Pictures are clear, sound quality is great, lots of features inexpensively priced” .

One person who reviewed it mentioned that it was expensive. Three years ago Cathyb said “For me the addition of an optical zoom would be ideal even if it made the product more expensive” in their review of the Sony HDR-MV1.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two people agreed that it was compact. Sonyprofessionalproducts mentioned “This is the perfect solution for a quick, compact, High Definition recording, with premium audio as well” in their review of this camcorder. Bluesky67 gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their Sony HDR-MV1 review “This is a great compact video camera”.

One owner who purchased it said that it was lightweight.

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Average Weight

At 140 grams, the Sony HDR-MV1 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this camcorder.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon C100 (£3,599.00) (1.1kg) which also has a higher rating.

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Design

Nice Design

One customer who purchased it said that it was well designed. George1111 wrote on Johnlewis.com “I've very much enjoyed the design” in their review of this camcorder. One person wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. Kaehlis82 mentioned “It really is pretty perfect for a musician that wants to create music videos or audition reels” in their review of this camcorder.

Robust

One customer concluded that the Sony HDR-MV1 was well made. Three years ago Swingshift mentioned on Walmart.com “Great build here” but despite that they only gave the product a score of 2 stars out of 5.

Good Quality

Eleven owners concluded that this camcorder was good quality. Johnlewis.com wrote in their review of the Sony HDR-MV1 “Great Picture Quality” but they scored it 3 stars out of 5. Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Digital Versus “The Sony HDR-MV1 music video recorder isn't a bad little gadget, offering decent image quality and respectable audio recording in relatively controlled environments (i.e”. Kegsy0 wrote “Great quality sound especially” in their review of this camcorder.

Easy to Use

Six people who purchased the product thought it was easy to use. Johnlewis.com mentioned “Easy to Use” in their review of this camcorder. Bored wrote in their review of this camcorder two years ago “I have yet to use product fully yet”. Four years ago Mattrexy said on Walmart.com “I purchased it and was amazed how easy it is to use, how clear the video is”.

One owner who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Sonyhdtvled said “It has many different scene settings for different lighting situations, shoots great video in low light settings, built-in wifi, let's you control the start” in their review of this camcorder.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Three owners who bought this camcorder considered that it had good features. An anonymous reviewer said in her Sony HDR-MV1 review “The MV1 Music recorder has so many great features”. Bluesky67 rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this camcorder “These are minor software features that can be easily added”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Dr Ted said in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “The features of this unit are good (manual or auto levels, etc” but they only gave this camcorder a rating of 3 stars out of 5.


Power

Good Battery Life

Four people thought the product had a good battery life. John T said “Fresh battery died in 70 min” in his review of this camcorder although he only rated it 60 out of 100. Dr Ted mentioned “Battery life is good” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they scored it 60 out of 100. John T also wrote “After putting in a fresh battery” in his review.


Video

Full HD

Full HD

The HDR-MV1 is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

We compared all the other Full HD video cameras to this camcorder and we think the Canon C100 (£3,599.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Networking

Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The HDR-MV1 supports near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera.

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Does Not Have a Good Zoom

Seven owners who bought it concluded that it did not have a good zoom. Johnlewis.com said two years ago “Limited Zoom” and gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. An anonymous author wrote “How can Sony market this camera as a music video tool when it has no zoom function” in her Sony HDR-MV1 review and scored it 3 stars out of 5. Baldguy71 wrote in their review of this camcorder on Walmart.com “So far the only issue I have with this camera and I knew this before I got it was there is no zoom feature.”.

One person who reviewed the product considered that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Johnlewis.com wrote “No image stabilization”.

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Price

Not Cheap

Video cameras of this type and age range in price from £39 to £2,699. We think that this video camera looks expensive compared to other video cameras of this type and age.


Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the HDR-MV1.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

The HDR-MV1 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1". That's 25% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 4/3".

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