Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E

July 14, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras | 17 Comments | |
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The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10E is an interchangeable-lens Full-HD camcorder using the Sony E lens mount - the same as the one found on the new Sony NEX digital system cameras - and an APS HD CMOS sensor. The NEX-VG10E comes supplied as standard with an image-stabilised E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens, optimised for video shooting and offering smooth, ultra low-noise autofocus and stepless diaphragm control. Alongside the three currently available E-mount lenses, users of the NEX-VG10E can mount a wide variety of A-mount DSLR optics by using the optional LA-EA1 mount adapter. The Sony NEX-VG10E comes equipped with a 3”, 921,000-dot LCD screen and a 1,152,000-dot electronic viewfinder. Apart from capturing Full-HD video, the Handycam NEX-VG10E can also shoot stills at a resolution of 14.2 megapixels. Availability is slated for September in the U.S.A. and October in Europe. The price is $2,000 including the 18-200mm lens.

Sony Press Release

“Camcorder Redefined” Sony unveils world’s first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder Handycam® NEX-VG10E captures cinematic Full HD movie and stereo sound with great depth
14 July 2010

• 14.2 effective megapixel ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor (19.5 times larger than conventional camcorder) for stunning HD movies with beautiful background defocus
• Accepts E-mount interchangeable lenses plus A-mount ? DSLR lenses (via optional adaptor)
• High quality audio with Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone and external mic input
• 7.5cm (3 inch-type) Xtra Fine LCD and electronic viewfinder

Building on 25 years of continuous Handycam® innovation, Sony introduces the NEX-VG10E – the world’s first consumer HD camcorder with interchangeable lenses. It’s also the first Handycam® featuring an extra-large Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that allows the creation of exquisitely cinematic background defocus effects.

Targeting video enthusiasts and photographers, the NEX-VG10E opens up unprecedented artistic possibilities not achievable with conventional consumer video cameras.

Compatible with a choice of high quality E-mount lenses, it’s the first consumer camcorder that offers the same breadth of creative expression enjoyed by DSLR photographers. Alongside the three currently available E-mount lenses, users of the NEX-VG10E can experience a wide variety of A-mount DSLR optics by using the optional LA-EA1 mount adaptor. Picking from a choice of award-winning Sony G lenses, fixed-focal length Carl Zeiss portrait lenses and other models from macro to super-telephoto, videographers will have unprecedented freedom to explore an exciting world in movie creation.

At the heart of the NEX-VG10E is a 14.2 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that’s teamed with Sony’s powerful BIONZTM processor to capture very high resolution video and still images. Approximately 19.5 times bigger than the standard sensor found in other consumer camcorders, the APS-C sized imager also enables an extremely shallow depth of field. This allows videographers to achieve ‘cinematic’ results with beautiful background defocus (bokeh). In addition, the ability to capture DSLR-quality still images gives videographers extra shooting flexibility on assignment with less to carry.

Full HD 1920x1080 video images are captured in AVCHDTM format at up to the maximum 24 Mbps bit rate for superlative detail and clarity. Unlike many digital still cameras including DSLR that support HD video, there’s virtually no restriction on continuous shooting time. Just slip in your choice of either Memory Stick PRO DuoTM or SD media cards and capture Full HD video and JPEG still images for easy transfer into your existing PC storage and editing environment.

The NEX-VG10E comes supplied as standard with an image-stabilised E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS lens that offers a powerful 11x optical zoom range. Because of its optimized design for video shooting, this high-quality E-mount lens offers smooth, ultra low noise autofocus and iris control. In-built Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation assures clearer video images when you’re shooting handheld. At wide angle settings, Active Mode enhances anti-shake performance even further, steadying jittery images even while walking. The lens also features a circular aperture for the creation of beautiful bokeh effects whether you’re shooting video or stills.

Reflecting the demands of serious videographers, sound quality matches the phenomenal imaging performance of the NEX-VG10E. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four separate omnidirectional microphone capsules. The result is exceptionally clear stereo audio with a highly directional response: this allows videographers to capture more sound from the subject they’re shooting, and less of distracting sounds around them. There’s also a jack for adding an optional external stereo mic, plus a headphone jack for audio monitoring.

With a photo-realistic 921k dot resolution, the 7.5cm/3 inch-type Xtra Fine LCD features TruBlackTM technology for an exceptionally detailed, high contrast view of images and menu settings. The LCD is supplemented by a high-resolution (1152k dot) electronic viewfinder that assists easy framing and monitoring. The viewfinder helps operator capture clear images in bright daylight and its angle can be easily adjusted for comfortable operation.

Despite its groundbreaking creative possibilities, the NEX-VG10E is compact, beautifully balanced and easy to handle, even for novice videographers. An intuitive jog dial and hotkeys make it easy to navigate camera menus and adjust shooting parameters. Videographers can also enjoy precise manual control over Iris, Shutter Speed, Gain and White Balance for professional results.

A range of official accessories includes the ECM-CG50 Shotgun Microphone that attaches to the camcorder’s accessory shoe. There’s also a choice of rechargeable battery options, including the NP-FV100 that provides power for up to 330 minutes continuous HD shooting. A dedicated soft carrying case LCS-VCD is also available as an option.

Offered to customers as a free download, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 video editing software includes everything you need to produce spectacular HD movies. Powerful tools for video compositing, colour correction and sound mixing make it easy to achieve cinema-quality results in your own home studio. You can also upload movies to web, burn them to Blu-ray Disc™ or author DVDs with custom menus and graphics.

The Handycam® NEX-VG10E interchangeable lenses Full HD camcorder is available from October 2010.

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#1 Bill

Please bear with me, I've been told I'm an idiot. The problem is that I don't understand the purpose of this camera. Everything I've read about video in DSLR's says that it's great - for a DSLR. That dedicated video cameras always have better video. Yet, here's Sony making a new video camera based on what I assume should be considered inferior technology? What am I missing?

1:50 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

#2 Jim

The issue with video shot with a DSLR is that the audio is always bad, or unusable. Most I've seen don't have the option to use an external audio source such as a mic.

The price is not bad so if the features are good, I could see this being useful.

2:09 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

#3 videojunkie

DSLR video can be great, but they can lack in audio area like Jim said. Also the biggest problem I find is the lack of continuous auto focus, like a real camcorder. The current contrast based auto focus are worthless. If this Sony can achieve fast auto focus while shooting, I think they would have a winner here. Here's a HD cam with interchangable lens, with stills that doesn't suck. Add in pro level audio and traditional camcorder controls, what's not to like? This would be a perfect all in one device!

9:22 pm - Wednesday, July 14, 2010

#4 G-man

@ Bill:

Well, Bill, this is where we're headed. As far as HD is concerned, this is the best package of a HD camera that is also capable of shooting excellent stills. You saw that Canon thing the other day, about how it's going to be in 2030, where the video capture is going to be so amazing that we can pull stills from video? Well, this is sort of the first step.
Inferior? No. For its power-to-sensor ratio, going with the smaller chip like this extends battery time. And as far as our 1080/24p video on 16x9 HDTVs are concerned - you don't need to shoot any higher as it would be a waste of energy.
In the future when they can slot a serious high pixel count and shoot video in Ultra-HD, as that Canon was demonstrating - there won't be a need for stills cameras in the future. We'll just have a smaller form factor, but we all know that. Might as get used to it.

2:10 am - Thursday, July 15, 2010

#5 tom hardwick

Bill: The point is the big chip. Big chips are like big V8s, they do things well without breaking sweat. Big chips see well in the dark, offering high ISO levels with ease these days. They also offer you the chance to use far more aperture values before diffraction sets in, such that you can selectively control the depth of field - very difficult to do with a 1"/3 chipped camcorder. Of course the supplied zoom lens has a pretty restricted aperture range, but then big chips need big (expensive) lenses, so nothing's for free.


7:56 am - Thursday, July 15, 2010

#6 Anders Berggren

For me as a documentary filmmaker this is a kind of revolution. The same high quality picture like the one on DSLRs but without the fiddling with the inaccurate controls, and with a dedicated mic, a proper viewfinder and handling like a videocamera. Remember when Sony launch the VX1000 and BBC bought 100 of them on the spot. That scared the hell out of Sony Prof departement. This is the same kind of revolution as the VX1000 was. But I guess the professional one is just around the corner this time...

2:25 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2010

#7 Hiddenwarbler

What about the rolling shutter effect? Will there be any when shooting fast moving subjects or when using the long end of the telephoto lens handheld?

And why not include a 1080p, instead of interlaced option? Even the Sanyo HD2000 can do that. 720 60fps option? Hello? I can't understand that.

24 mpbs? I think Canon SX20 IS can do that...

Finally, having this "enormous" sensor, what about an intelligent zoom option to increase the max reach? The 200mm lens (300mm 35 equivalent) could very well convert into 600mm). Will this be possible?

8:51 pm - Thursday, July 15, 2010

#8 David B. Monier-Williams

It's a beginning but the Pro model is what i look forward to. I guess it'll replace the EX1r.

10:22 pm - Saturday, July 17, 2010

#9 Alex

OMG. This is what I was waiting for. Meet my next camera !

1:17 pm - Friday, August 13, 2010

#10 amrietok

why you are not inform us the price of that unit?Maybe it acceptable for mu income , but if not? I'll be very sad. That's why i insist- tell us how much does it cost?
-always yours- amrietok.

10:40 pm - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

#11 Superpig

The disadvantge of Filming video with dslr are 1) audio 2) rolling shuttle 3) hand held/ handling convinence eg zooming while filming.
But however the ability of customizing zooming n aperture size allow effects professional filimng experience like movie makers -sumthg that conventional consumer videocam lacks.
With this new Sony cam I believe they shld overcome all the issue with dslr video filming but yet maintain the pros of it.
1) audio - build in mic & ability to for external mic input. 2) rolling shutter - using video cam sensor instead of dslr sensor will solve this problem 3) handling ease - suitable handgrips design. Not sure if zooming can b done by 1 finger push button like normal consumer vidcam thou.

9:48 am - Thursday, September 16, 2010

#12 no one here

Videographer turns to dslr for the bokeh, they willing to sacrifice the sound & focusing of a camcorder for the sake of the bokeh.

this camcorder is something...miracle..a blessing.

with its ability to get the depth just as dslr (although micro 4/3 doesnt produce bokeh like fullframe - its still far better than my fx7 camcorder.) High quality sound, and more important, handling of the camcorder and not looking like you shooting still image.

i would sell my 5dmkII to buy 2pcs of this camera!!

all i wonder is, if the sensor is far larger than normal camcorder, does this camera have higher dynamic range?hows the lowlight ability?

10:19 am - Friday, October 1, 2010

#13 john

I've heard theres numerous problems with this otherwise nice camera as stated in this review, any idea if sony will fix them with a firmware update?

9:56 pm - Saturday, November 13, 2010

#14 ashok kumar

am intrested to get price on this nex-vg10e

12:06 am - Wednesday, December 8, 2010

#15 Ramesh

Dear Friends, please help me...... vg10 e video is not smooth to play... how can i fix this problem... i know its 25p recording and plays 50i, but how to convert to play smoothy video. please, me..... i'm really upset with his cam... i think fooled.... with SONY VG10e... I Spend my One year Savings on this CAMERA.... Please Help me..................

4:44 am - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#16 tom hardwick

First thing to ask Ramesh is does your footage play smoothly when you replay it in the camera? You're not expecting 50i smoothness in pans and zooms if you're shooting 25p, are you? I suspect the answer is yes, replay is smooth in camera, so it must come down to your editing program or your computer. If possible get a friend to test some of your footage straight from your card to see if this is where your problem lies.

8:56 am - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

#17 Ramesh

@ tom hardwick, thanks for your reply.... i used program like After effects for Editing.... i think which is the best software for change the FSP, and can do the best editing tool. the answer is same.... even at the 24 MB Video format... I attach the link for your reference

11:21 am - Tuesday, July 12, 2011