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Sony NEXVG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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|Item Dimensions||17 x 7.6 x 12.7 inches|
|Item Weight||16.1 pounds|
|Media Format Digital Video||SD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.6 MP|
|Shipping Weight||5.55 pounds|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080|
From the Manufacturer
Handycam CamcorderChange the way you shoot videos.
Fusing Full HD video recording and high-quality audio capture, the NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens Handycam camcorder, with supplied 18-200mm lens, turns your video into a masterpiece.
Creative Storytelling through videos.Wrapped in a sleek, ergonomically engineered body, this Full HD camcorder features a large image sensor to create video with the depth and detail of SLR-class still photos. The combination of interchangeable lens support and a large sensor enables you to create dramatic video, while the built-in mic records spectacular audio to complete the story.
Let your imagination run wild.Experience a level of creative freedom unimaginable with camcorders of the past. Compatible with a wide assortment of interchangeable E-mount and A-mount lenses, it's never been easier to express your creative side through videography.
Bigger sensor, better videos.Boasting an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor that's roughly 19.5 times larger than sensors used in conventional camcorders, you can capture video with a superb shallow depth of field and dramatic background defocusing effects that camcorders with smaller sensors simply cannot.
Uncompromising audio quality.High-quality video requires high-quality audio and the Handycam interchangeable lens camcorder delivers both. The Quad Capsule Spatial Array stereo microphone contains four precision placed microphone capsules that provide exceptional front-side directivity and stereo separation. There's also a microphone jack for external microphones as well as a stereo headphone jack for precise audio monitoring.
Stunning 14-megapixel photos, too.Switch from videography to photography at a moment's notice. Capture 14MP still photos at up to 7fps with image quality that rivals many high-end DSLR cameras. With advanced still photo features such as Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and more, the NEX-VG10 has you covered.
|FULL MANUAL CONTROL. || |
VEGAS SOFTWARE INCLUDED.
|OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION. |
|Iris, gain, white balance and shutter speed can be adjusted manually while shooting, giving you powerful creative control over how each scene looks. ||Create Hollywood-style movies with special video effects, background music, titles, transitions and much more via Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10. ||Leave the bulky stabilization rig at home and take smooth handheld videos from any angle thanks to Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode. |
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Top Customer Reviews
I will say that the shot footage looks great, if there's adequate light. But if you shoot something with a busy, repeated texture, moire patterns show up - very annoying. Other Sony camcorders in this price range show a very useful zebra pattern in areas of blown-out whites, Sony decided to omit that in this camera - weird.
Another strange omission is in the still pictures - yes it takes great stills BUT doesn't save them in RAW format, just JPEGs. The lesser cameras in the NEX line save in RAW. Why would Sony do this? It makes no sense. If this thing shot in RAW, Sony would have the hottest camera on the planet.
Controls -you can control most of the functions manually, but you have to go through an array of odd menu functions to do it. I understand that an upcoming firmware update will make this much easier, but for now it's just a pain. Another pain - you have to leave the monitor door open all the time to access the controls - you can turn the monitor off and just look through the viewfinder (thankfully).
Glass - the included 18-200mm lens is very nice - good quality glass with just enough drag on the zoom to keep it smooth-I don't miss a motor zoom at all. I bought the wide-angle 16mm lens-which I also like - and it's a bit better than in low light than the included lens. I probably won't get the 18-55mm lens (it seems kind of redundant). Sony has promised more lenses in the E-mount line. Lens changing is fast and easy.
Sony and Apple - what a sad story that is. You can import footage into Final Cut Pro with Log (Lag?Read more ›
Video cameras, because of their typically small image sensors, shoot footage that has a very deep depth of field and a limited color range. In recent years many videographers have taken to shooting on DSLRS which have much larger sensors and can produce footage which is far more "filmic" with shallow depth of field and richer colors. The problem is that DSLRs are much better still than video cameras. They are typically limited to shooting for about 12 minutes. They generally do not have auto-focus and sound can be problematical.
The NEX VG-10 is a DSLR that is designed to shoot video. It has the same sensor as the Sony NEX 5 DSLR. Unlike most DSLRs, it does have auto focus. The quad mike is quite good and it is much easier to shoot handheld than a DSLR rigged out for video. The steadyshot stabilization is really nice. The 18-200mm E-mount 11x Zoom is a very good lens that sells for around $800 on its own. I plan on buying the 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle lens as well.
The real magic in the camera is the 23.4 x 15.6mm Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor. There is simply nothing like it in a video camera in this price range. The shallow depth of field is beautiful.Read more ›
I think that in some ways I am surprised at Sony. I have had great pleasure from a good number of Sony products and that makes me inclined to purchase more of the Sony range. At the same time I have a hard drive high definition recorder that is a pleasure to use from Sony but does not produce the quality of sound nor is it as versatile in low light.
With the camera you do get the Vegas premium software which is excellent, though I did purchase the Vegas pro which is a superb piece of software.
There are a number of issues with the camera that I cannot even vaguely understand. The balance in holding the camera is very poor and it is very heavy in the front. So that if you are filming and pointing forward and move towards the vertical the lens unwinds itself. Now I was trying to photograph some old photographs and had these on the ground and I had to physically hold the lens to prevent it from zooming out.
My other Sony has the pleasure of a touchscreen and this has an unbelievably awkward system of manipulation to try and get to the screen and activities you want.
The sound system does not allow you to control gain and this means that periodically you land up with other unpleasant noise that gets picked up when the microphone suddenly becomes very sensitive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great camera but not the best for making proper films-- and if they offer financing, don't take it, or if you do pay it off in the same month.Published 6 months ago by Gabrielle M.
The Sony NEX-VG10 was the perfect choice for my needs. I wanted to be able to shoot high quality videos, using a variety of lenses with the convenience of a handycam. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anonymous
It's so-so. Performs poorly in low light, doesn't stop down that far on the kit lens. Pluses--Easy to handle. The menu is designed for dummies. Not a prosumer camera.Published on January 28, 2014 by EuroGal
Others have mentioned the high points of the VG10 but to be honest they are far outweighed by the negatives... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by CW
I've tested it with Canon vixia m41 in a low-light environment. Sony's video is noisy compare to Canon, even with low gain. The picture is so unfocused, no matter what you do. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Konstantin
Well after holding back from this purchase for months, with all the Mixed reviews, i was forced into my purchase, due to a last minute wedding, i had 1 day to learn how to use this... Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by mR WOOD
I got this camera because I wanted narrow depth of field which I love in photography... but I am not a professional video-person, i only had simple consumer camcorders before, and... Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Irina Filatova
I have been looking forward to ordering the NEXVG10 for quite a few months, upgrading from a five year old Sony HD camera. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I truly love the Sony NEX-VG10 and would recommend it to folks who love great picture quality. After much research I purchased this camera and after doing several video projects, I... Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by jt