Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sony Debuts First Consumer Interchangable Lens HD Camcorder
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Following the 25th anniversary of its Handycam product line,
Sony today announced the NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD
The new NEX-VG10 is the world's first consumer camcorder
with interchangeable lenses and the first Handycam camcorder
to feature an extra-large ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor.
The camera is equipped with the same Exmor APS HD CMOS
sensor used in the "NEX-5" and "NEX-3" digital cameras and
compatible with the high grade "E-mount" series of smaller,
lighter lenses optimized for video shooting with silent
operation and AF. It is also compatible with a wealth of
"A-mount" interchangeable lenses used by Sony's existing
alpha DSLR camera lineup via a mount adapter (sold
separately), including Sony G Lenses and Carl Zeiss branded
Coupled with Sony's BIONZ processor, the
camcorder's Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor realizes high
resolution video and 14 megapixel still images.
Approximately 19.5 times bigger than the standard sensor
found in conventional camcorders, the APS HD CMOS sensor
enables a shallow depth of field. Users can also enjoy
DSLR-quality photo capture with features like Auto HDR,
Handheld Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur, as well as catch
fast action sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to
The NEX-VG10 can capture full 1920x1080 high definition
video at up to 24Mbps, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray
Disc media. It also comes with an E-mount 18-200mm lens
optimized for video shooting that offers a powerful 11x
optical zoom in addition to a silent auto-focus system and
Optical Steadyshot image stabilization with Active Mode.
Its Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone uses
advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four
individual microphone capsules.The result is clear stereo
audio with high directional response, allowing videographers
to capture more sound from their subject and less background
noise. The camcorder also features dedicated inputs for
optional external microphones and headphones to monitor
The camcorder's TruBlack technology brings higher contrast
and brightness to its 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD swivel display,
delivering easier viewing in bright conditions. The LCD is
supplemented by a high-resolution adjustable electronic
viewfinder that helps framing, monitoring and capturing
Compact and easy to handle, the NEX-VG10 gives videographers
the flexibility of a removable lens with the ergonomics and
operability of a Handycam camcorder. A jog dial and hotkeys
make it easy to navigate menus and adjust shooting
parameters, including full manual control of Iris, Shutter
Speed, Gain and White Balance for professional results.
Dual accessory shoes (Alpha Hot Shoe/Universal Cold Shoe)
allow for many still photography and video accessories, such
as the ECM-CG50 shotgun microphone and external flash
lighting. There's also a choice of rechargeable battery
options, including the NP-FV100 that provides up to 315
minutes of continuous HD shooting (may vary), and a
specially designed soft carrying case.
Included with purchase as a download voucher, Sony Vegas
Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 video editing software includes
tools for video compositing, color correction and sound
mixing to produce HD movies with ease. You can also share
your creations via DVD, Blu-ray Disc media, or upload to the
web all from one simple program.
The NEX-VG10 accepts both Memory Stick PRO Duo (including
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) and SD (including both SDHC and
SDXC formats) media. Users can record up to four hours of
high definition footage (1920x1080, FH mode) when using the
32GB memory card.
Sony's Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX offers an industry leading
30MB per second transfer rate, which means Handycamusers can
upload video clips in a fraction of actual playback time.
The NEX-VG10 will be available in September for about $2,000
and presales on www.sonystyle.com will begin July 14.