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Sony NEXVG10 Full HD Interchangeable Lens Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Product Description

Product Description

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 Camcorder

Change 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.


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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 12.7 x 7.6 x 17 inches
Item Weight 16.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.5 pounds
Item model number NEXVG10
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #15,290 in Camera & Photo
#790 in Camera & Photo > Camcorders
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at July 21, 2010

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When I first read about this camera, I couldn't wait to get one. Interchangeable lenses, big sensor, tiny size, HD, 14MP stills and more for 2 grand. It sounded to good to be true, and it was.

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.

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Sony and Apple - what a sad story that is. You can import footage into Final Cut Pro with Log (Lag?
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I read the other reviews and have to shake my head. Only one reviewer even mentioned, and only in passing, what makes this camera so remarkable. It has a huge sensor and creates fantastic images. If what matters to you is the arrangement of the shoulder strap or the layout of the menu, by all means stay away from this camera. If you want interchangeable lens, the ability to shoot shallow depth of field and to create great images, take a closer look. This camera is not for everyone, but it does shoot some amazing video.

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.
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I have used this camera over the course of the last month and I would have to say that in general I am quite disappointed with it. However to begin with I would have to say that there are a number of aspects that relate to this camera that are very pleasing. In relatively low light it has produced an excellent picture and the quality of the microphone is very good. If you use the camera on a tripod it is very good but its use in other contexts is feeling much more problematical.

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.
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