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Studio sound ready to share


Your audience awaits.

The times are changing.
Sharing your music creation with people around the world is no longer a privilege exclusive to studio musicians. Now at the single click of a button, you’re able to broadcast your creative inspiration right from the comfort of your living room.
The new Music Video Recorder from Sony,
studio sound ready to share.

* Recommended to playback using external speakers or headphone to enjoy the sound.

You will link to the official YouTube channel of Sony's Music Video Recorder.

Stellar sound that satisfies musicians

Record the pure sound of real performance with Linear PCM.

You can also use AAC (48kHz,128kbps) for Internet uploading.

For more detail

Create expansive 3D sound.

120° X-Y stereo system tilts two mics to the centre so you have wide sound coverage from the right, centre and left.

For more detail

Now it's easy to upload and share

Take advantage of free mobile apps such as "PlayMemories Mobile" to connect to smartphones or tablets via Wi-Fi.

For more detail

* One-touch sharing (Movie Only)

Enrich your performance.

An intuitive PC software for all musicians using Music Video Recorder to realize easy and quick managing, editing, and sharing. Rich audio effect function to express your music.

Compatible with : Windows Vista or later / Mac OS X Lion (10.7) or later

Go to MVR studio free download page

Record in uncompressed Linear PCM and Internet-ready AAC.

Enjoy the Sony music video recorder especially designed for musicians. HDR-MV1 supplies Linear PCM to capture pure sound without source compression. It faithfully records original individual sounds with realistic depth and tone for CD-quality high-density audio. What's more, HDR-MV1 also supports AAC (48kHz, 128kbps) for Internet uploading and sharing. Sony mic and amp technology deliver sound that's as stunning in playback as in a PC.

Make 3D recordings with 120° X-Y stereo mic coverage.

Now it's easy to create expansive 3D sound. HDR-MV1 dual-microphone unit projects outward from the device, rather than being embedded in the body. Moreover, the 120°X-Y stereo system tilts the two mics to the centre of the device, covering a wide range of sounds from the left, centre and right. Thus, unlike smartphones and camcorders with embedded mics, HDR-MV1 records wide, deep, truly realistic stereo sound.

Shoot big scenes in small spaces using 120° Carl Zeiss Tessar lens.

120° wide-angle shooting is possible. You can capture expansive scenes and large groups in small rooms or confined places with no room to step back. HDR-MV1 incorporates a Carl Zeiss lens crafted by the renowned German optical equipment manufacturer. Make use of high-precision optics to shoot high-quality images with excellent resolution, contrast and colour reproduction.

Enjoy spectacular Full HD video recording (1920 × 1080, 30p).

Turn memorable performances into Full HD video movies. You can record in Full HD (1920 × 1080) for enjoyment of high-definition videos on large-screen TV. Capture club gigs, studio sessions, improvisation, concert recitals, music lessons, home recordings and more. Then share with a wider audience of family, friends, fans, fellow musicians, teachers, students, etc. — including viewers worldwide.

Record stunning videos in dark places with Exmor R CMOS Sensor.

Sony's original Exmor R CMOS sensor captures high-quality images, including clear facial expressions and movements even in dark studios and stages. Improved sensor sensitivity receives incoming light more efficiently due to the back-illuminated structure using wiring layers on the back side of the photodiode (light receiving element). HDR-MV1 can take bright, beautiful images wherever you shoot.

Sony is the world's No. 1 manufacturer of image sensors for digital cameras and video recorders (based on Sony research from April 2012 to March 2013 that shows Sony has a 50% market share)

Easily upload and share recorded videos on the spot.

Just use free mobile apps such as "PlayMemories Mobile". Connect HDR-MV1 to smartphones or tablets via Wi-Fi and immediately transfer recorded videos for uploading and sharing on the Internet. Operate HDR-MV1 start/stop recording remotely and check viewing angles while recording. Also enjoy using the NFC function with NFC-equipped Android smartphone or tablet for single-touch video transfer ("one-touch sharing") and remote control connection ("one-touch remote") — no need for complicated settings.

* Requires NFC-compatible Android device. Device cases may prevent connection.
* One-touch sharing (Movie Only)

Adjust recording level manually and check the on-screen level meter.

Control, fine-tune and enhance recording quality, quickly and easily. You can adjust the recording level manually in 31 increments and set an appropriate level for the performance environment. Also check the on-screen recording level at a glance.

Connect external devices and mic to LINE IN / MIC IN (Audio input).

Set up HDR-MV1 to suit your performance needs. It's equipped with LINE IN / MIC IN audio input terminals to record external sound devices. You can easily connect to external equipment and microphones for recording sound performance.

Put the music video recorder to added use as a Linear PCM recorder.

HDR-MV1 doubles as a Linear PCM recorder for recording sounds only. The device is equipped with a small speaker for handy sound checking without earphones.

Enjoy truly effortless operation with 2.7-type Wide LCD.

Check viewing angles before recording and images after recording on the 2.7-type Wide LCD. You can also easily change settings with just one-key operation while checking the monitor. During recording, the LCD screen automatically turns off if there is no action after a certain period of time, so you don't need to be concerned about battery level.

Decrease noise and clarify sound with Low-cut filter.

HDR-MV1 uses a Low-cut filter to lessen low frequency sound. This reduces noise such as air conditioning and wind while recording, allowing you to capture clear sounds for easy listening.

Count on polished playback with Audio lip sync.

Match the timing of your image and sound. Audio lip sync adjusts sound on HDR-MV1 when outputting the image on other devices, for playback that looks and sounds professional.

TRILUMINOS™ Color. A breathtaking way to relive your fondest memories.

HDR-MV1 supports Sony's "TRILUMINOS Color", allowing you to view photos and videos in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a "TRILUMINOS Display". The expanded colour gamut lets you immerse yourself once again in those unforgettably colourful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the natural tones of a rosy complexion.

Be ready for any recording venue with Scene Selection.

HDR-MV1 is equipped with a Scene Select function that offers optimal image settings to match recording conditions. You can choose from seven scene settings, including "Auto", which automatically adjusts brightness and colour tones, and "Spotlight", which prevents overexposure of faces. Just set the Scene Selection and concentrate on performance.

Power up with USB charging and feeding capabilities.

Simply charge HDR-MV1 by connecting it to a USB terminal of a computer. Moreover, with a supplied battery and optional AC adaptor AC-UD10, you can operate and record video. Never miss a recording opportunity due to low battery.

PlayMemories applications

A suite of applications for PCs, smartphones, tablets and PlayStation®3 to expand photographic enjoyment after the shot.

PlayMemories Home

Free, easy-to-use image management software that installs onto Windows PCs.

PlayMemories Mobile

Do more with your smartphone or tablet. Share photos and videos directly from the camera or control your Wi-Fi compatible camera by remote.

PlayMemories Studio

Transforms PlayStation®3 into a creative playground for editing, viewing and sharing photos and movies.

PlayMemories Online

A fun, cloud-based image sharing expenence that provides unprecedented access to photos and movies.


Get memory card slot compatibility with two kinds of memory cards.

The memory card slot works with both "Memory Stick Micro (MARK2)" and "Micro SD/SDHC /SDXC Memory Card (Class4 or later recommended)". You can select the memory card to save data depending on PC and usage, and enjoy using HDR-MV1 with ease.


Basic Specifications

Size & Weight

Dimensions (W × H × D)

Approx. 4 5/8 inch (W) × 2 7/8 inch (H) × 1 1/8 inch (D) (116.5 mm × 70.5 mm × 27 mm)


Approx. 5.9 oz (165 g) (Battery included)*1
Approx. 5.0 oz (140 g) (Main unit only)

Convenience Features(details)


Camera Type

Digital HD Video Camera Recorder

Imaging Sensor

Imaging Sensor

1/2.3 type(7.77mm) back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Sensor


BIONZ® image processor

Pixel Gross

Approx. 16.8 megapixels

Effective Picture Resolution(movie)

Approx. 8400K pixels(16:9)

Colour Filter System

RGB primary colour filters


Microphones. Max input level

120dB SPL

Media Type

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

Video Format

MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Video Mode(Resolution)

MP4: 1920x1080 30p
MP4: 1280x720 30p

Movie Recording Rate(Average Bit Rate/VBR)*2*3

1080+AAC LC : Approx. 16.2Mbps
720+AAC LC : Approx. 6.2Mbps
1080+Linear PCM : Approx. 17.6Mbps
720+Linear PCM : Approx. 7.6Mbps

Video Actual (Pixel)

Approx. 8400K pixels(16:9)

Progressive Mode

MP4: 30p, Progressive recording

Audio Format

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


Unidirectional, 120-degree X/Y stereo
Monoral Speaker

Mic Level Control



Lens Type

Carl Zeiss® Tessar® Lens



Focal Distance




Focal Length (35mm equivalent)(Movie Mode)


Minimum Focus Distance

Approx. 30cm
Approx. 11 7/8inch

LCD Display

LCD Type

6.7cm (2.7type) Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9) 960×240

Brightness Control*5


LCD Backlight




Marker/Grid Display

Grid Line*6

Exposure System

Metering Modes


Exposure Settings




Scene Mode(s)

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

Backlight Compensation

Yes (Auto)

Noise Reduction


White Balance Mode


Minimum Illumination

Standard:9 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed)
Low Lux:4.5 lux(1/30 Shutter Speed)

Drive System

Shutter Speed Auto Control Range

1/8 - 1/10,000

Camera (details)

Auto Non Flicker


Gain Control


  Shutter Speed

Scene Selection

1/8 - 1/10,000


1/30 - 1/10000

Convenience Features

Multi Selector


Fader Effect(s)*7



Yes/Yes (Movies)
Yes/Yes (Audio Recording)

Media/Battery Indicator

Yes(recordable time, free and used media space)/Yes(remaining capacity)

On Screen Main Indicators

Intelligent Auto Status, Recording/Playback/Editing Media, Recording Status, Recording Mode, Recording Image Quality(1080/720), Shooting Mode Status, Battery, Audio level mater, Recording Audio Quality(LPCM/AAC LC).

Convenience Features(details)

Image Management File Repair


  Date&Time, Area Setting

Date & Time, Summer Time, Area Set


Media Format

Quick Format (Initialize)

Memory Card

Advanced Features

Only Audio Recording Mode (without video)

Linear PCM(WAV)

Wi-Fi (built-in)

Send to smartphone (video only)
Control with Smartphone


One-touch remote
One-touch sharing (Movie Only)


Yes(Audio only)

Low Cut Filter

Yes(Audio only)

Audio Level Display


Power Save


Face Detection


Priority Setting( for Face Detetection)

Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority

Intelligent Auto

Backlight/Spotlight/Twilight/Low light


Yes (Event Index)



Airplane Mode




IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)


Yes (NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible)

Memory Card Slot

Memory Stick Micro™ and Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible

HD Output

HDMI Out(micro)(sold separately)

Multi/Micro USB Terminal*8




Headphone Jack

Stereo Mini Jack

Line Input (Analog Audio)

Stereo Mini Jack

Microphone Input

integrated into "Line input (Analog Audio)"

HDMI Terminal

Yes (micro)


Battery Type


Power Consumption (in LCD Operation)*9

MP4: 2.1W*10

Power Requirements

3.6V (battery pack); 5.0V (AC Adaptor (sold separately))

USB Charging (details)


DC 5 V 500 mA/800 mA

USB Power Supply


Yes(w/ sold separately AC Adaptor AC-UD10)

In the Box

Supplied Accessories

Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BX1)
micro USB Cable
Lens Cap
Cap String
Operating Guide

*1 including a battery pack and a media.
*2 Bit Rate is described by system rate(including movie, sounds and others).
*3 PS mode(28Mbps) and FX mode(24Mbp) are peak bit rate.
*4 Video Mode is MP4.
*5 Backlight brightness will automatically be set "Bright" when connected to AC adaptor.
*6 the same as Guide Frame.
*7 Only record movie.
*8 Supports Micro USB compatible device.
*9 Recording mode and media are default settings.
*10 Electric power when a LCD monitor becomes dark automatically during recording.


Soft Carrying Case




Roll Bar Mount


Stereo Headphones



AC Adapter


Sample Videos

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