Sony NEX-VG10 Handycam


Sony, not content to offer new and exciting offerings, has stepped it up with the Handycam NEX-VG10.  This Handycam video camera allows for consumer changeable lenses in a camcorder.  Pretty exciting.  And they do this at a price that really is very affordable for what you’re getting.

“Shoot AVCHD™ video at up to 24Mbps at full 1920×1080/60i HD resolution and still photography up to 14 megapixels.”  That in itself is pretty amazing, especially at that price point.  You may have noticed the strange silver caged attachment on the top of the NEX-VG10.  Yeah, that’s the quad microphone that will give you nice spatial representation of what you are capturing.  It’s compatible with E-mount and A-mount lenses.  So, you have lots of choices at your disposal.  Alright, so what are the specs:

  • Continuous Shooting Speed : 7fps
  • Drive Mode : Photo Mode: Single-shot, Continuous, Self Timer
  • Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay
  • Shutter Speeds : Auto: 1/30 – 1/4000 (Movie) , 30 seconds – 1/4000 (Still); Manual: 1/4 – 1/4000 (Movie) , 30 seconds – 1/4000 (Still)
  • Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
  • AF Modes : Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
  • Focus Area : Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
  • Focus Features : Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
  • Focus Points : 25 points
  • Focus Sensitivity : 0 EV to 20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
  • Focus System : Contrast AF
  • Lens Type : E-mount 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
  • Aperture : Circular
  • Filter Diameter : 67mm (included SEL18200 lens)
  • Angle of View : 76o (included SEL18200 lens
  • Aperture (Max.) : F3.5 (wide end) – F6.3 (tele end) (included SEL18200 lens
  • Aperture (Min.) : F22 (wide end) – F40 (tele end) (included SEL18200 lens
  • Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture?
  • Aspheric Elements : 4 (5 surface)
  • Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 3in x 4 in
  • Direct Manual Focus : Yes
  • Distance Encoder : Yes
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : Photo: 27mm-300mm; Video: 32.4mm-360mm (35mm equivalent) (included SEL18200 lens)
  • Lens Groups-Elements : 12 groups, 17 elements (5 aspheric surfaces, 1 ED-glass element) (included SEL18200 lens)
  • Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
  • Lens Stabilization : Optical Steadyshot™ image stabilization with Active Mode3 (included SEL18200 lens)
  • Lens Weight : 18.5 oz (included SEL18200 lens)
  • Maximum Magnification : 0.35x (APS-C)
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 1ft (wide end) – 1.6ft (tele end)
  • Minimum Illumination : 11 lux (Shutter speed: 1/30 sec, Iris: F3.5, Gain: Auto)
  • Color Temperature : 2500 – 9900k with 19-step Magenta / Green compensation
  • Creative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
  • D-Range Optimizer : Yes: (Auto, Level 1-5, off)
  • Exposure Compensation : ±2EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
  • Exposure Settings : Program Auto (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M)
  • ISO : Still Mode Only: Auto, 200 to 12800
  • Metering : Still Mode Only: 49 Segment metering from CMOS image sensor
  • Metering Modes : Still Mode Only: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity : Still Mode Only: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
  • Noise Reduction : Long exp.NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: Auto
  • White Balance Mode : Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Temp./Filter, Custom
  • Audio Format : Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
  • Color Space : sRGB, AdobeRGB
  • Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card (both sold separately)
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 14.2 megapixel
  • Still Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine)
  • Still Image Size 16:9 : L (12M): 4592 X 2576 M (6.3M): 3344 X 1872 S (2.9M): 2288 X 1280
  • Still Image Size 3:2 : L (14M): 4592 X 3056 M (7.4M): 3344 X 2224 S (3.5M): 2288 X 1520
  • Video Format : AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
  • Video Mode : AVCHD: 1920 x 1080/ 60i (FX/FH); FX- 24Mbps, FH – 17Mbps; 1440×1080/60i HQ -9 Mbps

Again, all this, with 11x zoom 18-200mm Optical SteadyShot™ image-stabilized lens, for $1999.

And finally, Sony’s promo video of it.  Looks delicious:



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