Sony NEX-VG10 Coming in September



Ok, so i'm sitting here playing with the Sony NEX-3 Interchangeable lens camera trying to figure out better ways to make this shoot like a real video camera. Next I get an email from Alex Cahiz pointing me to the latest Engadget article about Sony's latest Video Camera announcement. A 3" Swivel LCD, Still Photos, 1080p, 24 frames, and SDHC storage are some of the terminology being dropped, oh and also an estimated street price of $2,000 US. It should be bundled with an 18-200mm lens, so it's not a terrible price for something that acts more like a Video Camera should. Check out the full write up over at Engadget.

From the images above it looks like it has both an LCD and a ViewFinder for sharper focus? It also has a better Stereo microphone position over current DSLR's. The smartest thing Sony can do to really steal back some of the current market is to come out with a Canon Lens adapter right from the start. Hey, Apple went to the Intel platform, supported Windows installations, and now look where they are at. If Sony can adapt for Canon, i'm sure most of the Canon users would love to pick this thing up and test it out with the current gear they are already so much invested in.

Update: Looks like more specs are available and many comments are talking about the correction on 24p. It's actually 24Mbs bitrate which is half the 5D Mark II, and no indication of 24p. This is a big time deal breaker for people who can already afford the T2i with several aftermarket accessories available on the cheap. I don't think Tamron, Sigma, or Tokina are making Sony mount lenses for the NEX? This will definitely put Sony in a niche audience.

8 thoughts on “Sony NEX-VG10 Coming in September

  1. There is a new engadget post about this little beauty with some test video.

    I was admittedly thrown off by this thing at first but after reading a bit more about it i tend to like it quite a bit more. I know i wont be able to afford one any time soon since I just bought my T2i that im in love with. I am however very excited to see more pro level footage from this guy. I really like the way the auto-focus looks, silent and not jerky like some DSLRs

  2. Herb

    More info that could be interesting:

    "It's 30/25PsF: a progressive image in an interlaced container. Any NLE can remove it without impacting the image quality.

    In addition, apparently the HDMI output is on during recording, meaning you can hook it up to an AJA Ki Pro which will remove the PsF and turn it into P before it is recorded as ProRes 422.

    This is a 2K-for$2K Super35mm Handycam with interchangeable lenses that shoots 25PsF. That's close enough for anyone wanting to make films. Add a Ki Pro and it's just awesome.

    P.s. They did tweak the sensor and imaging for video."

  3. It looks great and has some great features i would be very interested in for a location run and gun camera. Good screen functionality, good microphone set up, nice hot and cold shoes. But the problems I see are the same problems I have with the old NEX, limited to 24p (personally I don't see the point in shooting 24p when I'm delivering on DVD or online, neither of which really show 24p so its ending up at 30), and the lack of manual aperture in video mode. Now if this had nice smooth auto focus like a regular miniDV camera and servo zoom then i would easily forget those other factors and when i need manual aperture throw on some older lenses. I love my T2i but it is severely missing these features for smooth shooting in a run and gun set up.

  4. michel

    E-mount and most of all the lack of 24p is a dealbreaker for most prosumers and I can't imagine too many consumers having a need for depth of field. PLus if you want a hybrid, you can hace it already much cheaper. Where exactly is Sony's target group with this one?

  5. Sean

    If you check the spec sheet they list only 60i, not 24p. That seems to have been an error on Engadget's part, it's nowhere on the Sony documentation. Otherwise it seems very impressive.

  6. Kenswift

    WOW. This looks like an awesome camera at an awesome price. Cant wait to hear more about it.

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