Following the 25th anniversary of its industry-leading Handycam product line,
Sony today announced the innovative NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder.
The new NEX-VG10 is the world’s first consumer camcorder with interchangeable
lenses and the first Handycam camcorder to feature an extra-large Exmor APS HD
"The NEX-VG10 takes Sony’s Handycam line to the next level by allowing
unprecedented artistic expression that isn’t possible with conventional consumer
video cameras," said Andy Bubala, director of
Sony’s camcorder business. "With this camcorder, video enthusiasts and
photographers can now capture cinematic full HD movies and premium stereo
Sony’s NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder 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 award winning Sony G Lenses and Carl Zeiss branded lenses.
Coupled with Sony’s powerful 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 an extremely shallow depth of field. This allows videographers to achieve cinematic results with stunning background
defocus (bokeh). 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 seven fps.
The NEX-VG10 can capture full 1920×1080 high definition video at up to 24Mbps
for amazing clarity and detail, 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 for superior
Satisfying the needs of serious videographers, sound quality matches the
stellar imaging performance of the NEX-VG10. Its Quad Capsule Spatial Array
Stereo Microphone uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from
four individual microphone capsules. The result is exceptionally 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 remarkably higher contrast and
brightness to its 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD swivel display, delivering more natural,
realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions. The LCD is
supplemented by a high-resolution adjustable electronic viewfinder that helps
framing, monitoring and capturing clear images.
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.
An intuitive 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 ($99
value), Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 video editing software includes
powerful tools for video compositing, color correction and sound mixing to
produce cinema-quality 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
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 (1920×1080, 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 Handycam users can upload video clips in a fraction
of actual playback time.
Price and Availability
The NEX-VG10 will be available in September for about $2,000 and presales on www.sonystyle.com will begin July
14. They will also be available at Sony Style retail stores and at
authorized dealers nationwide.