Sony Announces NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder

Sony has announced the innovative Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder, that is claimed to be the world’s first consumer camcorder with interchangeable lenses and the first Handycam camcorder to feature an extra-large ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor.


Sony’s NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder is equipped with the same Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor used in the Sony’s “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.

The NEX-VG10 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.

Powered by Sony’s powerful BIONZ processor, the Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam 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 which allows videographers to achieve cinematic results with stunning background defocus (bokeh).

NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder also allows users 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 Sony NEX-VG10 Camcorder can capture full 1920×1080 high definition video at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray DiscTM media. The camcorder also includes 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.

Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder is equipped with Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone mounted on top of the camera housing which uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four individual microphone capsules resulting in exceptionally clear stereo audio with high directional response, allowing videographers to capture more sound from their subject and less background noise.

The Sony camcorder also features dedicated inputs for optional external microphones and headphones to monitor sound levels.

The Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder also offers TruBlack technology that brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to its 3.0? Xtra Fine LCDTM 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 Sony NEX-VG10 camcorder provides users 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.

Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder also offers 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.

The Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder offers supports for both Memory Stick PRO DuoTM (including Memory Stick PRO-HG DuoTM) and SD (including both SDHC and SDXC formats) media allowing users to record up to four hours of high definition footage in full 1920×1080 HD resolution FH mode (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.

Price and Availability

The Sony NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam Camcorder will be available in September 2010 for about $2,000 and presales on will begin July 14, 2010.

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