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Sony NEXVG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Presenting a creative breakthrough: the first Handycam camcorder to accept interchangeable lenses. Sony’s Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor boasts 19.5 times the surface area of conventional8 camcorders resulting in gorgeous depth of field. Enjoy AVCHD video at up to 24 Mbps and still photography up to 14 megapixels. Pursue your creative vision with the supplied 11x zoom 18-200mm Optical SteadyShot image-stabilized lens. Explore an entire world of A-mount lenses5 including award-winning G lens and Carl Zeiss lenses, via an adaptor, all sold separately. The camcorder is the Sony NEX-VG10. The imagery is unforgettable.
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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.
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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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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. If you are used to a camcorder which is always in focus because the small sensor gives you a very deep depth of field, the VG-10 might take some getting use to. If on the other hand you want to be able to keep the subject of your shot in sharp focus with the background softly blurred, this camera can do it, whereas all the older pro and prosumer video cameras can not. The only video cameras out there now (or soon) with this sort of large sensor are the Panasonic PMW-F3 and the soon to be released Sony FS100 NXCAM Super 35mm, both of which cost over $6,000, without lenses.
I agree that I would like zebra stripes and more audio control would be nice, though I still can use my shotgun mikes with or without a Beachtek adapter. The menu system takes a bit of getting use to but isn't bad. I would like built in ND filters but can live with external filters. The camera shoots a native 30P. 24P would be good but I can do that in post. I am not convinced most viewers can tell the differences in most settings.
The VG-10 can also be used as a 14MP still camera, though it does not have a RAW setting. I was looking to buy a video camera, so having one that can double as a DSLR is a bonus.
Overall the NEX VG10 is a remarkable camera that shoots great video. It is not perfect and it is not for everyone. That being said, I am very happy with the camera and video I can shoot with it.
Pros and cons:
CONS: Notable for consumer use, the interchangeable lens requires manual zoom (there is no electronic zoom) and, as is required with kids soccer games, the active use of manual zoom is noisy, with the integrated microphone picking up the low-volume clunking of the lens movement. This is particularly evident as you reach the mechanical stops of zoom in or out. The manual lens control also required some torque to actuate. On my good quality consumer-grade Sony tripod, with the legs and post fully extended, the zoom control resulted in some flexing in the tripod and some small rotation of the video image.
The video output is mini-HDMI only, and it was balky on my camera. It worked sometimes, but mostly didn't (this may have been a defect on my particular unit) and the location of the connector on the mid-side of the camera body made the connection a little tentative. I was concerned that the connector might break if someone bumped the camera or HDMI cable. I was also a little disappointed with the quality of action video. The image seems to dither or jitter throughout. This is true of the video played directly from the camera, as well as on compiled video. Finally, the camera was supplied without an SD card and a small batter. Using a 32GB card (another $100 purchase) the capacity was approx 180 minutes. Also, the small battery delivered with the camera delivered about 2 hours of use. An eight hour battery is available.
PROS: Outstanding video quality for stable images. The depth of field control and very high res output does deliver amazing quality and vibrant color (much better than my 5 year old Sony HD camera). The lenses are interchangeable with other e-series Sony lenses, as on our NEX-5 DSLR camera. Very nice form factor.