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Kodak PixPro SP1
Kodak PixPro SP1
Sony HDR-MV1
Sony HDR-MV1

Sony HDR-AS100VR
Sony HDR-AS100VR
 
Kodak PixPro SP1 Sony HDR-AS100VR Sony HDR-MV1
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Kodak PixPro SP1
Overview - Full review
Sony HDR-AS100VR
Overview - Full review
Sony HDR-MV1
Overview - Full review
Price
Wide-angle setting
Kodak PixPro SP1
Sony HDR-AS100VR
Sony HDR-MV1
Score
4/5
4/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5 4/5
Video Quality
3/5 4/5 3/5
User Score
2/5 (2)
1/5 (1)
Specifications
Specifications
Format AVCHD
Sensor NC 14
Zoom
Focal length in 24x36 16.8
Image stabilization NC
Dimensions 85 x 51 x 40 mm
Weight 0 g
Specifications
Format AVCHD / XAVC-S
Sensor BSI CMOS 18.9 Mpx
Zoom NA
Focal length in 24x36
Image stabilization Digital
Dimensions 24 x 47 x 82 mm
Weight 0 g
Specifications
Format
Sensor
Zoom NA
Focal length in 24x36
Image stabilization
Dimensions
Weight NC
Conclusion
That's right, we gave the PixPro SP1 the same rating as the GoPro Hero3+, because even though it offers lesser picture quality, it has other advantages, such as a whole slew of included accessories, a (housing-free) waterproof body and a Kodak screw hole for tripods and mounts. That places it among the best deals currently on the market for action cams.
Although the GoPro Hero3+ is still the undisputed market leader, Sony's AS100V is easily as good. The GoPro remains slightly ahead on image quality, but the AS100V has plenty of other great features, including an effective digital stabilisation system, GPS, Wi-Fi, a 50 Mb/s "Pro" mode with time code and a handy slow-motion video function.
The Sony HDR-MV1 music video recorder isn't a bad little gadget, offering decent image quality and respectable audio recording in relatively controlled environments (i.e. so long as there isn't too much in the way of interference/unwanted background noise). It's not great for interviews, but it could certainly appeal to musicians looking to record gigs and rehearsals for uploading online, for example. Still, that's a pretty niche market.
Pros

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Manufacturing quality

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Waterproof (no need for an extra housing)

+

Colour LCD display for easier framing

+

Over 2 hours of battery life in HDTV 1080

+

Screw hole lets you attach it to a tripod and other accessories

+

Camcorder is shock- and splash-resistant without its waterproof casing

+

Good sensitivity levels for low-light filming

+

Pro mode with time code

+

Effective digital stabilisation

+

Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS

+

Decent battery life

+

Auto white balance does a good job

+

4x slow-motion video in 720p

+

Power/charge over micro-USB

+

Decent-quality audio recording

+

Records in uncompressed PCM format

+

Headphones out for controlling audio level while filming

+

Decent video quality in low light

Cons

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No 60/50p mode in HDTV 1080

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Colours look a bit dense

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No optical/digital image stabilisation

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Body is on the heavy side

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Connections on the camera's underside: not accessible with the camera on a tripod

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Image is a little soft compared with certain competitor models

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Basic LCD with no backlighting

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Can't take a still photo while filming

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No 4K video mode

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No optical zoom

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No sponges or windshields for the mics

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Screen isn't in the most practical place, plus resolution could be sharper

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No photo mode

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Smartphone app doesn't offer many remote control options

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No memory card guide to help you get the card in the right way round, no internal memory