- Posted January 22, 2014 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- Review of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” from The Hobbit Marathon
- Doing what you have to do to get the picture
- Screening of “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Q&A
- Police and security are becoming paranoid – Security at the Hobbit LA Premiere
- “Still Alice” screening and Q&A with Julianne Moore and Wash Westmoreland
Review of Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder
Sony’s HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder lives up to its advertising. It was created for musicians that wanted to stream live with good sound quality, but is perfect for selfies and is used by reporters as a one man band tool. (A one man band is an industry term when one person has to do it all from filming to interviewing under unknown conditions.)
During the International CES where 150,000 other techies descend upon Las Vegas to discover the latest in technology, we spent much of our charging battery time and internet access in the digital press room and compared tech with others. Cell phones, monopods, cameras, sd and mini cards, you name it any tool that could be used to make life easier for a reporter was sitting on table tops and were a main topic of discussion. Everybody was asking, how are you using the devices?
We discovered the hard way that the Wi-Fi that allows you to view via smart phone or any smart device such as tablets could quickly eat expensive bandwidth, going through 3GB of data with 2 press conferences. Similar to many in the press room, we discovered that while you could set it up for viewing via smart device, it’s best not to utilize it when recording but just for set up.
If you’ve been an active user of action cams, it’s the next step in a compact footprint for a multi-function device for multiple situations. You can carry it in your pocket, view it from your smart device or view for setup that changes to a shadow once recording begins. If you’re recording in dark areas you will be delighted with the dimming of the screen and excellent low light filming.
What really sets this apart from other devices you might be considering for a one man band is the lens. With the wide-angle 120 degree professional Carl Zeiss® Tessar lens, you are able to put yourself in the interview while holding it within arms length while being connected to a microphone. We don’t know of any other devices within an affordable price range that can do this.
If you don’t have a microphone, no worries. The Sony Music Video Recorder also acts as a stand alone audio recording device. It’s 120 degree X/Y mic records amazingly clear sound.
We recorded at the beach with loud waves and construction noises and at CES Unveiled where you could actually record the interviews and didn’t have to rely upon another recording device to make up for the sound not being able to be heard on the camera. Standing next to a person almost shoulder to shoulder, you had a difficult time hearing them and yet we didn’t have to rely on another sound source nor clean the audio. The camera person couldn’t hear what was being said at all if he didn’t have his earphones plugged in, which this also has, yes another big plus.
Would we buy the Sony HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder? It was in the plans from the day we first saw it.