If you thought the camcorder was deader than Monty Python’s parrot, think again – Sony’s designed a new movie maker specifically for shooting music videos.
The HDR-MV1 looks like a cross between a compact camera and high-end audio recorder – which is pretty much what it is. Underneath the Carl Zeiss lens you’ll find a pair of microphones capable of capturing uncompressed Linear PCM sound. Non-muso translation: it’ll sound really good (as long as the band’s not rubbish).
Behind the music
Behind that lens there’s an Exmor R CMOS sensor that’ll record 1080p video to an SD card to be unearthed later when your band has gone on to become the next One Direction. On the side there’s a 2.7in LCD screen for watching your footage back to make sure you caught that botched stage dive.
The MV1 also comes with Wi-Fi and NFC onboard, meaning you can hook it up to an Android smartphone or tablet to use its screen as a viewfinder, or transfer clips wirelessly to upload to the internet.
The HDR-MV1 will set you back £260 when it hits sony.co.uk (and probably other shops) in December.