With the smartphone explosion in the past years, many thought camcorders will have the same fate as compact digital cameras – forgotten it the bottom of a drawer, seeing their bigger brother (read DSLR) being the star of all important events and their younger sibling (read Smartphones) being the day to day photo and video companion.
Well, things are somehow headed that way, but a new current of niche-designed camcorders is flooding the market to replace the generic, old, family video recorders. Think about the new breed of action cameras …
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With this new mentality, Sony introduces the HDR-MV1 to the markets. The Sony camcorder is designed with all the bells and whistles of a modern camcorder and, as it is targeting musicians and niches where audio quality is important (even more important than the actual video recording), it sports an 120-degree X-Y stereo microphones capable of recording in uncompressed linear PCM (48kHz / 16-bit) or compressed using the AAC codec. As an extra, you also get the possibility to connect external microphones or musical instruments to improve the sound quality of your recording.
The Sony HDR-MV1 features a 16mp Exmor R CMOS image sensor, wide-angle 120° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) recording at 30 fps, built-in WI-FI connectivity with one touch NFC pairing with tablets and smartphones for fast data transfers, micro-HDMI output, multi terminal USB port for charging and data transfers and a 2.7″ LCD screen which allows watching the recordings and adjust various recording settings.