Sony has announced the NEX-VG10E, the world’s first consumer-level camcorder with an interchangeable lens system.
Available in late September, the Sony NEX-VG10E sports a large image sensor, which makes background blurring easier through an improved depth-of-field potential when fitted with the correct lens. It records 1080i HD footage onto either Memory Stick Pro Duo or SD memory cards. Pricing is still to be revealed.
The NEX-VG10E is compatible with E-mount and A-mount lenses, the latter with an optional adaptor. It comes supplied with an 18-200mm E-mount lens.
Other E-mount lenses available include 16mm fixed and 18-55mm lenses. Both are commonly found and used with the Sony NEX range of interchangeable lens digital stills cameras.
Read our first look review of the Sony NEX-5
There are many A-mount lenses available – up to now, these have mainly been sold for use with the Sony Alpha range of DSLRs.
Read reviews of Sony Alpha digital SLRs in our digital SLR reviews
Sony sensor and creative effects
Inside the NEX-VG10E is a 14.2Mp CMOS sensor. This is APS-C sized, and is large compared to most other camcorders. This should make blurring the background much easier, providing more scope for creativity in film-making. According to Sony, the sensor can capture DSLR-quality still images.
Sound and vision
For help choosing the best HD camcorder, read our HD camcorder reviews
Sony claims that stereo sound recording is improved with advanced processing software within the device and a sophisticated internal microphone design. There’s also a 3-inch LCD screen and an electronic viewfinder.
At 1.3kg with 18-200mm lens, lens hood and battery all attached, the NEX-VG10E is no lightweight. Most of our other camcorders weigh in at less than half this.
Christopher Christoforou, Which? camcorders expert, said: ‘This is an interesting model, clearly designed for the keen amateur video maker who likes to experiment – and who doesn’t mind carrying a bit of extra weight around. We will be getting a model in imminently, and look forward to trying it out. Look out for our review very soon.’
Options for Sony NEX camcorder
A range of official accessories for the NEX-VG10E includes the ECM-CG50 external microphone and a dedicated soft carrying case (LCS-VCD). You can also buy longer lasting rechargeable batteries, including the NP-FV100 that Sony claims can provide power for up to 330 minutes of continuous HD shooting.
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