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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it but, November 6, 2010
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Sorry to copy paste here but G.Ellis is right on the spot ! Exactly what i think!!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Kinda Disappointed....., October 26, 2010
By G. Ellis
This review is from: Sony NEXVG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (Black) (Electronics)
At first I was pretty excited about this camera. I work as an event blogger/videographer and figured this camera would be perfect for my needs. However, if I knew what I know now after a weekend of shooting, I would have made another camera choice. I shot over 300 video clips with this camera the weekend after I received it.

1. The menus are clumsy to negotiate; especially since there is no touch screen. A touch screen would make life with this camera much faster and easier in order to change settings quickly. Also, the "wheel" which is needed to scroll through the menu is not friendly and way too sensitive. While scrolling, if you are not VERY careful and you apply to much pressure to the wheel, you activate a menu item that you did not intend. And although you can look at the menus through the view finder (good for bright sunshine situations) with a touch of a button, you still have to have the monitor door open to access the buttons. So you have to look away from the viewfinder all the time in order to find all the buttons to change the menu settings.

2. The "Record" button is not as responsive as it should be. After pressing the Record button, there is at least a one second lag period before the camera actually starts recording. It is the same when you stop recording. A camera of this quality should start recording immediately when the button is pushed. I was surprised at this because I've previously owned Sony cameras where the recording started instantly after pushing the button. The same thing sometimes happens when switching from Video to the Photo mode. Although the button is convenient, there is sometimes a lag before it actually makes the switch. Finally, both the Record button and the Mode buttons do not "beep" when pressed. This is a noticeably lacking feature that is nice to have to warn of unwanted activation.

3. The auto-focus has trouble keeping up with the zoom or won't focus at all. This is the most frustrating of all. At times, I could not get an object focused at all, especially at higher zooms. This was in full daylight conditions. This didn't happen all the time, but happened enough to be worth mentioning.

4. I agree with the previous reviewer about the camera strap. First, no strap is included which is ridiculous for a $2000.00 camera. And second, the strap attachment point is next to the record button so the strap gets in the way of the operation EVERY time.

Overall, I'm kind of disappointed; especially after spending $2000.00. I don't think the camera is user friendly whatsoever. The only good things I can say is the fact that you can change lenses and the video quality is excellent. The other good thing is all the different video settings for creative style. However, the menu and controls are so unfriendly that changing the settings are not worth messing with, especially if you're in a hurry for a shot. The camera is not horrible, but it is not that great either. I would look around at other cameras and compare before buying. Or at least wait until Sony fixes these issues in future versions of this particular unit."
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Initial post: Feb 3, 2011 9:41:09 AM PST
W. Deptuch says:
For #3 there is a trick to this if you do not use auto focus. If you zoom in on your target and focus and then zoom out when you zoom back in again (provided the camera doesn't move much or you are in a less wide aperture) the target should be in focus.
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