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Sony NEX-VG10: Interchangeable lens camcorder debuts, previewed|
(Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 00:01 EDT)
Just a few short months after the 25th anniversary of its landmark Handycam brand, Sony has today taken the wraps off its NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens digital camcorder, whose development was first announced alongside the debut of the NEX-5 and NEX-3 single-lens direct view cameras last May -- and we've just published our Sony VG10 preview.
The Sony NEX-VG10 camcorder is based around the same lens mount, image sensor, image processor, and 3.0-inch LCD display as the NEX-series SLD cameras, and adopts an entirely new camcorder body that has aggressive styling reminiscent of the NEX-5's design aesthetic, but with a fairly conventional layout. The NEX-VG10 includes numerous improvements aimed at a versatile video experience, including a new quad capsule spatial array stereo microphone, external 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks, 16:9 aspect high-res electronic viewfinder, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel 24Mbps AVCHD video recording mode, and true manual control of shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity and white balance for video recording. The Sony VG10 also removes the hard-coded sub-30 minute clip length limit of the NEX-series cameras, and offers battery life of anywhere up to 415 minutes when using an NP-FV100 InfoLithium battery.
At the same time, the Sony NEX-VG10 retains most of the fourteen megapixel still image functionality of the NEX-series compacts, including a still image shutter speed range of 30 to 1/4000 second, ISO sensitivity from 200 to 12,800, and even some of the more unusual multi-shot recording modes such as Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur. The VG10 even goes the NEX-series SLD cameras a step better, by including a standard Alpha-compatible flash hot shoe, and a secondary cold shoe on which to mount accessories such as external microphones.
The Sony VG10 goes on sale from September 2010, with preorders starting from July 14. List pricing has been set at just under US$2,000, which includes both an Active SteadyShot-compatible 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens ($800 list) and a free download voucher for its Sony Vegas Movie Studio 10 software ($100 list). For much more detail on this truly interesting camcorder, take a look at our Sony NEX-VG10 preview.
|Camera Type||Interchangeable lens camcorder|
|Model Number||North America: NEX-VG10|
|Dimensions||3.3 x 5.1 x 8.8 in.|
(85 x 130 x 223 mm)
|Weight||21.9 oz (620 g)|
|Planned Availability||September 2010|
|Sensor Type||Sony CMOS|
APS-C (approx. 1.11 in. diagonal)
14.60 megapixels (total)
14.20 megapixels (effective)
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.50|
|Movie Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60i/50i)|
1440 x 1080 (60i/50i)
(Sensor output is 30p/25p)
|Movie Quality||FX: 1920 x 1080i (24Mbps)|
FH: 1920 x 1080i (17Mbps)
HQ: 1440 x 1080i (9Mbps)
|Still Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Still Image Resolution||4592 x 3056 (14.0 megapixels)|
4592 x 2576 (11.8 megapixels)
3344 x 2224 (7.4 megapixels)
3344 x 1872 (6.3 megapixels)
2288 x 1520 (3.5 megapixels)
2288 x 1280 (2.9 megapixels)
|Still Image Quality||2 levels|
|Image Preview / Review|
|Viewfinder||Yes, EVF type; 1,152K dots LCD|
|LCD||3.0 in. diagonal|
921,600 dots (307,200 pixels)
|Playback Zoom||13.0x max|
|Lens Type||Sony SEL18200 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS|
11.1x optical zoom
67mm lens thread
|Lens Mount||Sony E-mount|
|Focal Length||18 - 200mm (actual)|
27 - 300mm (35mm eq., stills)
32.4 - 360mm (35mm eq., movies)
|Aperture Range||f/3.5-22(W) / f/6.3-40(T)|
|Focusing System||Contrast Detect: 25-area, Center, Flexible Spot; with Face Detection|
Manual focus possible
|Focusing Range||Normal: 12" - Infinity (30 cm - Infinity)|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto (200-1600), 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|Shutter Speed||30 - 1/4000 second|
|Exposure Modes||Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual|
|Metering Modes||Multi Segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments|
|White Balance||Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Temp./Filter, Custom|
|External Flash||Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||+/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments|
|Scene Modes||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight|
|Self Timer||Yes, 2 or 10 seconds|
|Recording Medium||Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC|
|File System||FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)|
|File Format||AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), JPEG|
|Video||High definition: Yes (HDMI)|
Standard definition: No
|Computer||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|Other||Mini HDMI (Type C), DC Input, External Mic Jack, External Headphone Jack|
|Battery Type||Lithium-ion rechargeable|
|Battery Form Factor||Proprietary InfoLithium NP-FV70|
|Software||PMB (Picture Motion Browser) 5.2 |
|Battery / Charger||1 x Proprietary NP-FV70 Lithium-ion rechargeab e battery and charger|
|Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant||Yes|
|Camcorder Redefined: Sony Debuts World's First Consumer Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder|
SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2010 – 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 CMOS sensor.
“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 sound.”
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 α 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 1920x1080 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 versatility.
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 sound levels.
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 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 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.
Editor ’s Note: For additional information about Sony products, you can call toll-free at (888) 222-SONY, or visit Sony's web site at www.sonystyle.com.