Win This Kick Ass Sony HDR-MV1 Camcorder!

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Your iPhone’s camera is pretty good, but if you’re going to make some kick-ass videos, you’re going to need something more powerful. That’s why we’re giving away a Sony HDR-MV1 digital camcorder! That, and the fact Sony didn’t make us pay for it. It’s worth, like 300 bucks.

While it’s “MV” stands for “Music Video” chances are you’re going to get a pretty sweet shot of your kids at the upcoming Easter concert. If only we had gotten our collective act together to launch this before Valentine’s Day, you could have found so many more uses for it, too.

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Camera Camera Type Digital HD Video Camera Recorder
Imaging Sensor Imaging Sensor 1/2.3 type (7.77 mm) back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
Processor BIONZ® image processor
Pixel Gross Approx. 16800K pixels
Effective Picture Resolution (movies) Approx. 8.4 megapixels (16:9)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Recording 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: 1920×1080 30p
MP4: 1280×720 30p
Movie Recording Rate (Average Bit Rate/VBR)*2*3 1080 + AAC-LC: Approx. 16.2 Mbps
720 + AAC-LC: Approx. 6.2 Mbps
1080 + Linear PCM: Approx. 17.6 Mbps
720 + Linear PCM: Approx. 7.6 Mbps
Video Actual (Pixel) Approx. 8.4 megapixels (16:9)
Progressive Mode MP4: 30p, Progressive recording
Audio Format MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch*4
MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit)*4
Microphone/Speaker Unidirectional, 120-degree X/Y stereo
Monaural Speaker
Mic Level Control Yes (31steps)
Optics/Lens Lens Type Carl Zeiss® Tessar® Lens
Aperture F2.8
Focal Distance f=2.5mm
FOV 120°
Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (movie mode) f=18.2mm
Minimum Focus Distance Approx. 30cm
Approx. 11 7/8inch
LCD Display LCD Type 6.7cm (2.7 type) Clear Photo LCD display (230K) Wide (16:9) 960 × 240
Brightness Control*5 Yes (Menu)
LCD Backlight
Coverage 100%
Marker/Grid Display Grid Line*6
Exposure System Metering Modes Multi-segment
Exposure Settings Auto
Manual (Menu)
LOW LUX Mode Yes
Scene Mode(s) Auto / Night Scene / Sunrise & Sunset / Fireworks / Landscape / Spotlight / Beach / Snow
Backlight Compensation Yes (Auto)
Noise Reduction Yes
White Balance Mode Auto/Onepush/Outdoor/Indoor
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 Yes
Gain Control Auto
Shutter Speed Scene Selection 1/8 – 1/10,000
LOW LUX 1/30 – 1/10000
Convenience Features Multi Selector Yes
Fader Effect(s)*7 White/Black
Erase/Protect 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 meter, Recording Audio Quality (LPCM/AAC LC).
Convenience Features (details) Image Management File Repair Yes
Date & Time, Area Setting Date & Time, Summer Time, Area Set Yes
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 (Movie Only)
Control with Smartphone
NFC One-touch remote
One-touch sharing (movies only)
LINE IN Yes (audio only)
Low Cut Filter Yes (audio only)
Audio Level Display Yes
Power Save Yes
Face Detection Yes
Priority Setting (for face detection) Auto/Child Priority/Adult Priority
Intelligent Auto Backlight/Spotlight/Twilight/Low light
View & Index Yes (Event Index)
x.v.Color™ Yes
Airplane Mode Yes
Interface Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz band)
NFC 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 Yes
BRAVIA Sync Yes
Headphone Jack Stereo Mini Jack
Line Input (Analog Audio) Stereo Mini Jack
Microphone Input Integrated into “Line Input (Analog Audio)”
HDMI Terminal Yes (micro)
Power Battery Type NP-BX1
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 (with AC Adaptor AC-UD10, sold separately)
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 media.
*2 Bit rate is described by system rate (including movies, sound, and others).
*3 PS mode (28 Mbps) and FX mode (24 Mbps) are peak bit rates.
*4 Video Mode is MP4.
*5 Backlight brightness automatically sets to “Bright” when connected to the AC adapter.
*6 the same as Guide Frame.
*7 Only record movies.
*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.

[/citem] [citem title=”How to Win” id=”citem_6″ parent=”collapse_19″] Of course, we’re gonna make you jump through a few hoops if you want this sweet palm-sized gadget.

  1. Make a video or take a photo of yourself enjoying The World’s Most Popular Podcast™
  2. Upload it to your Facebook account and write the wackiest testimonial you can come up with
  3. Tag the G&B Facebook Account (http://www.facebook.com/geeksandbeatspodcast) so we’ll see it
  4. Profit

Once we’ve got 3 weeks worth of entries, we’ll post on the website the top 3 that tickle amuse us for the G&B Listenership to vote on.

The one that collects the most votes wins!
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