Sony today introduced what the company is dubbing the world’s first consumer level interchangeable lens HD camcorder, the NEX-VG10. With the announcement, Sony has leapfrogged the competition, specifically Panasonic, a manufacturer that rumors suggest is producing a prosumer interchangeable-lens HD camcorder based on the Micro Four Thirds standard.
Built on the technology introduced with the NEX digital cameras, the NEX-VG10 will feature the same Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor found on the NEX-5 and NEX-3 digital cameras. It will also be compatible with the same E-mount lenses that work with those devices. In addition, the NEX-VG10 will feature Sony’s Bionz processor for reduced grain in low-light shooting situations and 14 megapixel still images, or near DSLR-quality photos. Sony claims their Exmor sensor is 19.5 times bigger than the standard sensor found on other camcorders.
High Definition Camcorder
Expect full 1920×1080 HD video at 24 megabits per second, which equates to Blu-ray image quality. The NEX-VG10 will ship with an E-mount 18-200mm lens with 11x optical zoom and optical image stabilization. Additional E-mount lenses will be available at launch as well as an adapter for A-mount lenses that also work with Sony Alpha DSLR cameras.
A Sound Camcorder
On the sound side, the NEX-VG10 will sport a Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone that records stereo sound from four distinct areas, minimizing background noise in favor of audio in front of the camera. A standard external audio input – a feature not found on many Sony Handycam camcorders – will also be included.
Rounding out the NEX-VG10 will be a Sony proprietary Alpha hot shoe that doubles as a universal hot shoe, a removable rechargeable battery and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot that also accepts Memory Stick cards. A download voucher for Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platnium 10 editing suite will also be included.
Pricing and Availability
The NEX-VG10 is available for preorder now for approximately $2,000, and is expected to ship in September.